TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week – Pierson Allison

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Union County senior quarterback Pierson Allison went 14-for-24 with 230 yards and four touchdowns in the air, while adding 34 yards rushing and an interception on defense in the Panthers’ 33-14 victory at Fannin County on Friday night.

For his efforts, Allison is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week.

While he had a standout performance, Allison gave all the credit to his teammates and his coaches for the Panthers getting their sixth-straight victory over the area-rival Rebels.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. I don’t think one special person did anything better than others. I think we did it as a team, and it was a great win,” Allison said after the game.

Despite the Panthers begin called for a lot of penalties on the night, two of which took away touchdowns, Allison said the way the players are coached allowed them to overcome it and stay focused.

“I credit the coaches. They keep up in line and keep us focused on the task at hand,” Allison said.

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TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week – Mason McCombs

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Union County junior Mason McCombs has been kicking since he first started playing football, and it showed Friday night as the Panthers hosted the Towns County Indians in Blairsville.

McCombs went 6-for-6 on point-after attempts, while kicking off for four touchbacks and catching a touchdown pass as the Panthers won, 60-7.

For his efforts, McCombs is the Union County Panthers Player of the Week.

“I’ve been kicking since I was seven or eight-years-old, but this is my first year kicking for the varsity team,”
McCombs said.

McCombs handles all the kicking duties for the Panthers, kicking off and attempting extra points.

He also plays wide receiver, where he caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior Pierson Allison in the second quarter. After he converted the extra-point try, McCombs and the Panthers led 28-0 early in the second quarter.

The touchdown catch was the first for the varsity squad for McCombs, who said he would always remember the play.

“I loved it. That’s my first touchdown catch and it was exhilarating,” McCombs said.

As for the game, McCombs gave all the credit to his teammates for the big win.

“They did amazing. We knew what we had to do, and we did it tonight. Our coaches tell us to get 1 percent better every practice, and I think we did that all week and we proved it tonight.”

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Boys and Girls Soccer Triumphs Honored for Exceptional Seasons

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Blairsville, Ga – Union County High School (UCHS) Boys and Girls Soccer Teams honored for outstanding 2019 season.

Union County School Board of Education presented awards to both teams for their great season and showing in the state tournament.

UCHS Principal CT Hussion presented the awards to the soccer coaching staff: Girls Head Coach Tim Hunter, Assistant Girls Coach, Boys Head Coach Leland Sarrell, Boys Assistant Coaches Jon Krieger and Chris Robbins.

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UCHS Girls went undefeated in the region.

Starting with the UCHS Girls Soccer Team, Hussion noted that Hunter 259 career wins and commended the players and coaches for a stellar season.

“Girls Soccer team went undefeated in the region,” said Hussion, “What a year, just watching this team go, we had some stellar player moments throughout the year and leading up to the final game against St. Vincent’s. They won state, and I think we gave them the hardest game of the entire tournament.”
St. Vincent’s went on to win state for the 2019 season after beating Union County in the elite eight or third round of the tournament.

Hussion also presented Senior Madison Yost with a special award for setting a career goal and school record with 103 goals. She’s also a top-ten scorer in state history.

Ellie Garrison, who couldn’t attend the ceremony was the Region Eight AA player of the year.

Next, the UCHS Boys Soccer Team received their awards for reaching the state championships in 2019.

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Yost earned a school and state record with 103 goals.

“You had a core of players returning, a group of very talented freshmen, some move-ins and it kinda created this team that took a little bit of time to gel, but when they did they never looked back. They didn’t lose. It was amazing to see,” Hussion beamed, “They gelled and beat everybody. They went all the way, all the way to state finals.”

UCHS Boys played Thomasville in the final and left it all on the field. UCHS Boys lost during overtime PK kicks and logged over 11,000 miles during the tournament.

“You couldn’t go any further than they could possibly go. It was amazing,” commented Hussion.

One player couldn’t attend was graduating Senior Brian Smith who just began basic training.

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Boys Team lost to Thomasville in State finals.

“He led the way in goal scoring for us this year, and he showed us how to win when we weren’t necessarily sure how it could be done,” said Robbins, “He was a heck of a leader both on the field and off the field. The last two weeks of the season he was voted the United Soccer Coaches Max Prep’s player of the week for the entire state of Georgia.”

Director of Custodial Services Hughes recognized Emma Nichols for donating part of her summer to help clean up the schools.

“She just loves to do this custodial work. She’s just a regular kid, but she loves to do cleaning and housekeeping stuff, and I thought now would be a really good time to recognize her for the hard work that she has done,” said Hughes.

Emma Nichols donates her time to assist custodians in cleaning up the school.

Assistant Superintendent David Murphy commented,” Work-force readiness, soft skills those are the things that we’re hoping to teach, this little lady is doing it on her own, and I want to thank her parents for giving her the opportunity.”

Union County School Systems Bid on Police Cars

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Union County, Ga.—Union County School System contacted 84 vendors for bids on two potential vehicles for their Police Department. Two bids were returned from Jacky Jones Ford in Cleveland, Ga. and Ware Chevrolet in Blairsville, Ga.

Union County Schools Police Department currently owns two Dodge Durangos and has an order placed for two Dodge Durangos for 24,000 dollars each. These Durangos need additional work done as far as outfitting the vehicles with proper safety measures like lights, reflectors, sirens, etc.

Board of Education’s Assessment & Compliance Coordinator David Murphy suggested that the Board of Education go with the Jacky Jones Ford bid because the Dodge Chargers are already outfitted and there are about a 10K dollar cheaper.

Board Member Janna D. Atkins asked, “So how many vehicles do we have?”

Murphy responded, “We own two Dodge Durangos and we have another two Dodge Durangos on order. This [the Jacky Jones Ford deal] would allow us to cancel the order because the Dodge Durangos are 24,000 plus outfitting and the lights and all the equipment would make for a several thousand-dollar cost. So, this would be the cheapest option we can get.”

Janna D. Atkins replied, “So this is just a matter of us changing our minds between the Dodge Durangos and the Dodge Chargers?”

Superintendent John Hill spoke, “We found a cheaper option.”

Chairwoman Cynthia Odom stated, “Well there wasn’t any used ones available when we initially looked at them…”

Both Hill and Murphy answered, “No, ma’am.”

Murphy continued, “All the information that we got [from initial search] was 80,000-100,000-mile vehicles. We put out [bids] there for less than 40,000.”

Hill explained, “There were some cars at this price point that was low-mileage used cars, but they weren’t outfitted with all the equipment.”

In the end, there was a unanimous vote to approve the Jacky Jones Ford bid for the two new outfitted Dodge Chargers for the Union County School Police Department pursuit vehicles.

Panther Playback 2018

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BKP sits down every Monday night with Union Panther’s head Coach Brian Allison to discuss the previous week’s game and look forward to the next game.

11/5/18 – Senior Night

10/29/18

10/22/18

10/15/18

Special 1-on-1

9/24/18

9/17/18

9/10/18

8/27/18

Ruff leads Panthers over Bobcats

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The Panthers faced off against the Gilmer County Bobcats in a non-conference matchup. The Panthers entered the contest with a 1-1 record.

Davis took the mound for the Panthers for the second time this season. Davis pitched well as he allowed one earned run during 4 innings of work.

Davis got info some trouble to start the game allowing a hit and a walk as the Bobcats pounced onto an early lead 1-0.

UCHS senior RJ Banton warms up on the mound during Tuesday night’s game against Gilmer High. Photo by Isaiah Garrett, TeamFYNSports.

Banton stepped in to relive Davis after 4 innings of work. Davis finished with 1 K and 2 BB’s over the course of 4 innings. Davis allowed one earned run.

Can Colwell helped the Panthers grab a lead in the bottom of the 4th with a 2-out, 2-run, single.

The Panthers got into some trouble early in the 6th inning after an error at 3rd base let the Bobcats gain some momentum as they went on to score 3 runs. The Panthers trailed 4-2.

After allowing 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, Banton returned to pitch in the 7th. Banton struck out a batter to start the 7th and finished with 2 groundouts.

Trialing by 2 the Panthers looked to regain the lead and a win. Allison and Ruff walked. Banton got on base with a single. Junior Kelley hit a 2-out, bases clearing, double in walkoff fashion to win the game.

The Panthers were led by, Ruff with 3 HBP BB’s 1RBI and Can. Colwell 1-3 with 2 RBI’s.

The Panthers improve to 2-1. The Panthers will host the Rabun County Wildcats Monday, Feb. 26th in a non-conference matchup.

Panthers looking ahead after opening double-header

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The Panthers faced off against the Commerce Tigers in a double header. This would be the Panthers first test of the season. Commerce is considered one of the better teams in the 1A-Private region.

The first pitch was at 4:05. Baggett was UC’s first baserunner of the season and Dyer was the first base hit of the year.

Ruff was the first to pitch for the Panthers in a game that would dig into the bullpen. Ruff pitched 2 innings. Ruff struck 2 batters out, walked 1, allowed 4 hits, Ruff was allotted for 3 earned runs.

Rich took over in inning 3 as the Panthers trailed 3-0. Rich pitched 2 shut out innings as Baggett tied the game up in top of the 4th with a 3 run 2 our single.

Rich got into some trouble early in the 5th as 3 hits and 2 walks as he gave up 3 earned runs. Rich finished with 4 K’s, 4 BB’s, and 3 ER.

Banton stepped in to finish the inning as the Panthers trailed 3-7 at the end of the 5th.

The Panthers put the comeback in force as they scored 2 runs in the 6th which was started by a Baggettt walk.

Colwell stepped in to pitch the 6th as he allowed 2 runs  Colwell allowed 4 hits with 1 K.

Baggett finished 2-2 with 4 RBI’s and 2 BB’s and 2 steals.

The second game of the double header got underway at 7:20.

Harkins started the second game of the evening as he pitched 2 innings.

Baggett was the first run of the second game as he scored off of a walk, a stolen base, and an error.

The Panthers used a huge second inning to separate from the Tigers as Schafer hit his first home run of his career. The Panthers led 6-2 after the 2nd.

J. Colwell took over in the top of the 3rd as he gathered 4 K’s over the course of 4 innings. Colwell allowed 3 runs and walked 4.

Davis stepped in to close the game as he finished with 2 K’s and 1 BB.

Schafer led the Panthers going 2-2 with a homerun and a INF single. Dyer followed with going 2-3 with 2 RBI’s.

The Panthers improved to 1-1 as they split the series. The Panthers next game will be against Rabun county in a non-region matchup Tues. Feb 20th. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00.

After losing only three seniors, Union baseball is loaded

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The Panthers look to improve after striking out on a 10-15 2017 season, and with a dugout full of experience returning this season, they’re chances are looking pretty good.

“The Panthers graduated only 3 players after the 2017 season,” third year head coach Robby Roxbury said in a recent interview with your TeamFYNSports reporter.  He added, “This team has a lot of potential and we’re looking on building momentum early in the season and riding on it throughout the season.”

This 2018 Panthers roster returns many starters and carries a deep bullpen into this season. Region 7-AAA is one of the more difficult regions in the state as North Hall won the state championship during the 2017 season and GAC advanced into the quarterfinals.

Coach Roxbury when asked about how this region stacks up replied, “You look at this region and say wow! This is easily one of the most talented and most difficult regions in the state. Just to show how talented this region is, North Hall placed 3rd in the region last year and went on to win the state championship.”

The Panthers look to lean on the senior leadership from this team as they will have 7 seniors. All 5 of the 7 seniors have played all 4 years at Union County.

When asking senior infielder Patrick Baggett on what he thought about the upcoming season: ‘“This has been the quickest 3 years of my life I can’t believe we’re already seniors I’ve played with these guys since t-ball. I think we will improve a lot in contrast to last year, I’m not going to lie it was a difficult year for all of us we hate losing.”

Baggett along with the rest of the players, coaches, and fans hope to see this team make a deep run in the playoffs.

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