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UGA soccer team falls 4-3 to Missouri on Senior Day

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:04:12 +0000

An early first half lead was not enough for the victory, as Georgia fell to Missouri, 4-3, in the home finale at the Turner Soccer Complex on Senior Day. Georgia falls to 5-11-1, 2-8 in the Southeastern Conference, and Missouri improves to 11-5-1, 6-3-1 SEC.

Prior to the game, Georgia honored its eight seniors, including Alexa Antetomaso, Marion Crowder, Taylor Donohue, Kara Looby, Morgan Orobello, Lauren Tanner, Bria Washington, and Caroline Waters.

Missouri came out on the attack, putting Georgia on its heels early, but it was the Bulldogs who were on the board first. Georgia capitalized on the first shot of the game, when Mariel Gutierrez scored off a free kick from outside the Missouri box in the 7th minute.

Not even one minute later, Marion Crowder extended Georgia’s lead to 2-0 after sending the ball to the back of the net off a great pass from Kelsey Killean.

Georgia’s possession was quick and aggressive, outshooting the Tigers 8-7 in the first 45 minutes.

The Bulldogs lost their earlier momentum at the start of the second half. Within the first minute Missouri ripped a shot into the net. Sarah Luebbert scored the first goal for the Tigers, and a minute later Kaitlyn Clarke scored the equalizer on an assist by Luebbert.

Missouri took the lead in the 58th minute of play on a breakaway ball, and extended the lead when Madison Lewis headed a corner kick into goal.

Waters gave the Bulldogs hope, volleying Tanner’s corner kick into the net to cut the Tigers’ lead to one with six minutes remaining.

The Bulldogs fought hard, but fell short of the victory, losing to Missouri 4-3.

Women’s tennis set for three ITA Regional Titles

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:03:07 +0000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. | Georgia women’s tennis freshman Eleni Christofi (singles main draw), senior Caroline Brinson (singles back draw) and the Bulldogs’ doubles team of Christofi and Kennedy Shaffer went a combined 5-0 Sunday to advance to their respected championship matches in the ITA Southeast Regional in Gainesville, Fla.

The Georgia tandem of Eleni Christofi and Kennedy Shaffer used a match tiebreaker to get past Florida’s Kourtney Keegan and Peggy Porter 6-2,4-6, 10-5 in the semifinals. In May, Keegan and Gator teammate Brooke Austin won the NCAA Doubles National Championship.

Christofi continued to cruise in the singles main draw as she racked up wins against Maryna Veksler of Florida International University 6-1,6-1 and put away Gator senior Spencer Liang 6-4, 6-3 to punch a ticket to the championship bout. Christofi will battle against No. 89 Kuhlman of the Gators for the singles main draw title.

In the singles back draw, Caroline Brinson defeated Michelle Valdez of North Florida 6-2,6-0 then outlasted Georgia Tech’s Kenya Jones 6-3,6-7(7), 10-6.

Brinson won’t be able to defend her ITA Southeast Regional Championship she won last year but will compete for the back draw title against Georgia State’s Kristin Rehse. Georgia’s Shaffer defeated Rehse in the Georgia Bulldog Classic earlier this fall.

UGA’s Montgomery into finals of ITA Southeast Regional

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:02:09 +0000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Georgia men’s tennis junior and No. 1 overall seed Wayne Montgomery won a battle of Bulldogs in Sunday’s semifinals to advance to the title match of the 2016 ITA Southeast Regional at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

It was an impressive day for Georgia, which took three of the four semifinals spots in singles. Montgomery got the better half of teammate Emil Reinberg, 6-3, 5-6, 6-4, to advance to Monday’s finals. Sophomore Walker Duncan, who defeated 22nd-ranked Elliott Orkin from Florida earlier in the day, fell to Florida State’s Guy Iradukunda, 6-4, 6-2, in the final four round.

Georgia came close to claiming both spots in the championship match thanks to an impressive start in the quarterfinal round.

Duncan picked up perhaps the best win of the day by a Georgia player, as he took down Florida’s Orkin in three-sets, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, to move on to the semis. The Gator senior, who played mostly at the No. 2 singles court on his way to being named First-Team All-SEC a season ago, was the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s tournament.

Montgomery landed in the semis by running past Georgia Tech’s 73rd-ranked Carlos Benito, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals to set up the meeting with Reinberg, who defeated USF’s Justin Roberts, 7-5, 6-4, earlier in the day.

After facing each other in singles, Montgomery and Reinberg teamed up in doubles to down Georgia Tech’s duo of Michael Kay and Andrew Li, 8-4, to advance to the semis.

Commerce's Chancey is Athens area player of the week

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:59:44 +0000

Commerce’s Cole Chancey is the player of the week after scoring five touchdowns in the Tigers’ win over Towns County Friday.

Chancey scored on runs of 46, 43 and five yards. He returned fumbles 55 and 35 yards for touchdowns. He rushed 10 times for 135 yards.

Commerce picked up a 56-20 win over Towns County.


Ed Ferguson, Drew Byus, Jacob Hudson, Athens Academy: Ferguson caught six passes for 156 yards and rushed 15 times for 63 yards and three touchdowns in an overtime win over George Walton Friday. He also recorded eight tackles and one interception. Byus hit three field goals, including a 43-yarder to send the game to overtime. Hudson was 17 of 25 for 251 yards and a touchdown.

Terrell Mattox, Cody Lee, Lovic Smith, Travis Kellogg, Joseph McEllhannon, Quavion Teasley, Athens Christian: Mattox had four catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns and Lee was 11 of 13 for 144 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ win over Providence Christian. Smith tallied seven tackles and two sacks, and Kellogg had eight tackles, a punt recovery and blocked and recovered a field goal. McEllhannon had an interception and Teasley blocked a punt.

Colby Clark, Zack Boobas, Jefferson: Clark scored on 10- and 15-yard runs in the Dragons’ shutout of St. Pius X. Boobas had seven tackles and led the Dragons’ defense, which held St. Pius to 67 yards of offense.

David Metts, Madison County: Metts scored twice for the Red Raiders in a win over North Oconee.

Jonathan Sewell, Clarke Central: Sewell scored twice in the Gladiators’ win over Flowery Branch.


Maddie Anderson, Malia Busenitz, Athens Academy: Anderson had 31 assists, 16 digs and four aces in the Spartans’ quarterfinals win over Wesleyan Saturday. Busenitz had 26 digs and 17 kills. Anderson had 35 assists and Busenitz had 10 kills in the Spartans’ second-round win Tuesday.

Lauryn Waters, Clarke Central: Waters had 78 assists in the Gladiators’ first-round victory in the Class 5A tournament.


Cameron Watson, Sam Vinson, Caroline Brownlee, Caroline Mitchell, Jefferson: Watson had a two-run double and Vinson had an RBI triple in a Game 3 win over West Laurens in the second round of the Class 4A tournament. Brownlee had the game-winning run in Game 1 and Mitchell pitched a complete game with two hits and 13 strikeouts.

Lexi Veamoi, Athens Christian: Veamoi pitched a complete game with six hits and eight strikeouts in the first game of second round of the Class A Private state tournament. She had three hits, and added two more in Game 2.

Chloe Fambrough, Morgan Tyler, Oconee County: Fambrough pitched in both games of the Warriors’ second-round sweep in the Class 4A state tournament. In Game 1, Fambrough pitched a complete-game six hitter with five strikeouts and one earned run. In Game 2, she struck out one batter. At the plate, she hit a solo home run. Tyler had an inside-the-park grand slam.

Jessie Marvin, East Jackson: Marvin pitched both games of the Eagles’ second-round sweep in the Class 4A playoffs.

Kirby Smart gets first shot at Gators as head coach after losses and one big win as a player

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:48:28 +0000

The words from a couple of decades ago that Kirby Smart uttered as a Georgia junior safety probably still hold true today in his first year as Bulldogs head coach. "Losing is bad enough, but losing to Florida every year is worse," Smart said in 1997 in the Orlando Sentinel. “It was mentally draining. We were very tired of losing to Florida, and we've been trying to get to the level that they're at. I don't think I have ever been around a win this big." Georgia’s 37-17 victory in '97 over the nation’s No. 6 team ended a seven-year losing streak to Florida, their longest in a series the Gators have dominated since Steve Spurrier arrived in 1990.  Smart had two interceptions in the game and Robert Edwards rushed for 124 yards and tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns. “This game's a lot more important to me now than it was back then,” Smart said Monday. “Obviously, the ramifications are different and things are a little different. Nobody expected or gave us a chance that game. I think we were -- I don't know what we were underdog wise, but we were able to run the ball, control the line of scrimmage; and they had some turnovers and it opened some things up. I think they also had some injuries that day.” Florida has won 20 of the last 26 games in the series spanning from Spurrier to Ron Zook to Urban Meyer to Will Muschamp to Jim McElwain. “I think when you get recruited to go to Georgia and Florida, that's a game that you always point to you want to play in,” Smart said. “I know historically I was that way as a player. But I know our players are that way. It's considered to them one of the biggest games we have each year, especially because of where it's played.” Mark Richt went 5-10 against the Gators. Jim Donnan was 1-4. Ray Goff stood at 1-6. If Smart could approach Vince Dooley’s record against Florida-a 17-7-1 mark--that would be saying something. No. 14 Florida is favored by 6 ½, according to “I think we've gotta play our best football, and we have yet to do that all year,” Smart said. “And I think the rivalry has just grown, especially as there's been a little more parity and a little more back and forth.” Georgia had won three straight before losing the past two in Jacksonville against the Gators. “This is a big week, ol’ Florida hate week,” fifth-year senior offensive tackle Greg Pyke said. “There’s no better feeling than coming over that bridge and seeing all the people tailgating and knowing how big of a game that is.” Smart went 1-3 as a Georgia player against Florida (losing 52-17, 37-17 and 38-7) and 0-1 as an assistant coach (14-10 in 2005), but his overall record coaching against the Gators is 8-2 with five straight wins. Smart sported a 5-1 record against Florida at Alabama, 0-1 at Georgia, 1-0 at LSU and 2-0 at Florida State when he was a graduate assistant. On Monday, Smart wasn’t elevating Georgia’s game against Florida head and shoulders above other rivalry games on the Bulldogs’ schedule. “We've said before, there's five, I think, states contiguous with Georgia, so they're all huge rivalries, and to say that one is more important than the other, I think that's unfair,” Smart said. “I think when you say SEC East, you've gotta rank those opponents first because in order to advance you've gotta beat those teams. So those would be all 1As. Then you cross over to the West and it makes it a little different. This game is big and they're all big. Not to say that one is bigger than the other.” Added Pyke: “He comes in there for the meetings and treats every SEC opponent the same. They’re another team we have this week, another SEC opponent, but it is Florida so it is different. You don’t try to make things personal out there but I definitely want to get a win.” Georgia outside linebacker Davin Bellamy says he’s been well aware of this game since he was little.  “It is a gam[...]

UGA-Kentucky kickoff time, TV set

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:00:39 +0000

Georgia and Kentucky will play under the lights in Lexington on Nov. 5.

The Nov. 5 kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on the SEC Network, according to an announcement on Monday.

Kentucky (4-3, 3-2 SEC) is currently in second place in the SEC East after winning its last two games heading into its game this Saturday at Missouri.

Georgia (4-3, 2-3) plays Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Florida in Jacksonville after a bye week following a home loss to Vanderbilt.


No suspensions for UGA LBs Patrick and Smith after both pass drug tests

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:19:23 +0000

Georgia will have its top two tacklers available to play No. 14 Florida on Saturday.

The school announced Monday that sophomore inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick will not be suspended after university police investigated a report suspected marijuana use in a dorm of room on Oct. 15. Police didn’t file any charges.

“After receiving an incident report last week, we determined that neither Roquan Smith nor Natrez Patrick had violated any Athletic Association rules that would require suspension,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “This included drug testing, which was negative for both student-athletes.”

Police searched Patrick’s dorm room in which he and Smith were on the night of the incident after a resident assistant reported smelling marijuana.

"We brought the matter to a conclusion today," coach Kirby Smart said at his weekly news conference. "I'm happy for these two young men that they get to move on to football and not have to deal with a distraction."

Police found a fake can of Arizona strawberry iced tea with a hidden compartment, but marijuana wasn’t found in the can. Patrick admitted to keeping marijuana in it when he had possession of it, but said he did not have any on that night.

Police found other items identified as drug paraphernalia including a “smoke buddy, tobacco gutted from cigars and rolled in a paper towel and lighters and towels rolled up and pushed against door cracks.  Both players admitted to smoking cigars that night, but not marijuana.

"I will say that on the field both these two young men have been exemplary leaders, especailly for sophomores," Smart said. "I think I've mentioned before that Natrez and Roquan have just started to kind of be vocal maybe since the Ole Miss game, which is tough when you're a sophomore because you're in the bottom half of leadership."

Smart was asked about Georgia's drug and alcohol policy, which is among the more stringent nationally. It calls for a suspension of one game for a first-time violation, six games for a second and a dismissal for a third.

"I'm a team player when it comes to policy," said Smart, who McGarity and president Jere Morehead discussed with him before he was hired. "I believe in doing what the team theme is, which is what our Athletic Association has been so far. Do I think we live in a society that's a little bit different now than it was back whenever?  Sure I do. I always believe in what we have and we know and accept the rules that we've been charged with."

Patrick was suspended last November after a marijuana arrest.

“Since November 2015, I have dedicated myself to moving forward,” Patrick said in a statement. “I’m blessed to have done that despite hurdles I’ve had to clear. This incident was simply another hurdle and I was confident I would successfully clear it. I’ll continue to move forward and I’m anxious to play Saturday.”

Smith also issued a statement through Georgia.

“As a student at the University of Georgia and a member of the football team, I take this opportunity very seriously,” he said. “I have followed the rules of the Athletic Association and I am happy this situation has been rightfully resolved. I look forward to representing my school and my team on Saturday in Jacksonville.”

CROSS COUNTRY | Winder-Barrow finishes fourth

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:12:55 +0000

At The Buford Invitational, Winder-Barrow had two runners finished in the top 10 as the Bulldoggs finished fifth among nine teams.

Winder-Barrow’s Kacie Wilson came in second place in 21 minutes, 01 seconds. Teammate Micah Weathers finished third in 21:02.

Apalachee, which finished fifth, had one top-20 competitor, Taylor Salvaggio, who crossed the finish line in 24:12.

Centennial won with 45 points, followed by Dawson County (69 points), Buford (91 points), Winder-Barrow (92 points) and Apalachee (126 points).

CROSS COUNTRY | Apalachee's Robert Bowers ninth at Buford

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:11:34 +0000

At The Buford Invitational, Apalachee’s Robert Bowers finished eighth among 87 runners as the Wildcats came in fifth place among 10 teams.

Bowers finished the race in 18 minutes, 19 seconds.

Dawson County finished first with 37 points, followed by Gainesville (54 points) and  Buford (68 points). Apalachee finished fifth with 134 points and Winder-Barrow was eighth with 198 points.

CROSS COUNTRY | Snyders lead Lions

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:10:11 +0000

At the GICAA Division I region meet at Williamson, Westminster Christian had the two top runners and had the fifth-best runner as the Lions won the region title.

Westminster Christian finished first among five teams with 31 points.

Abigail Snyder finished first among 42 runners in 19 minutes, 26 seconds. Rachel Snyder was second in 19:54 and Klaire Lattin finished fifth in 22:08.

CROSS COUNTRY | Athens Academy's Anna Marian Block wins again

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:08:58 +0000

At Carrollton, Athens Academy’s Anna Marian Block finished first among 74 runners in a time of 19 minutes, 3 seconds in the Girls Class 3A-4A division at the Carrollton Last Chance race.

Athens Academy finished third among 10 teams, trailing Lovett (34) and White County (71).

East Jackson’s Sue Ann Morales finished third at 19:48. Emily Elder of Athens Academy finished fourth in 20:31 and teammate Sara Irvine was 11th at 22:12.

Block, a two-time Class A state champion, has finished first in five of the six races she’s run this year.

CROSS COUNTRY | Westminster Christian finishes second

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:07:33 +0000

At the GICAA Division I region meet in Williamson, Westminster Christian, led by Jack Turner’s ninth-place finish, came in second among seven teams.

Turner crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 31 seconds. Teammate Jackson Mulkey finished 11th in 20:01.

CROSS COUNTRY | East Jackson wins at Last Chance

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:05:28 +0000

At Carrollton, East Jackson had three runners finish in the top five as they finished first among 12 teams in the Boys Class 3A-4A division at the Carrollton Last Chance race.

Kennedy Chandler finished second among 99 runners in a time of 17 minutes, 30 seconds. Columbus High’s Alex Saldago was the overall winner, crossing the finish line in 17:12.

East Jackson’s Shane Shelafoe finished fourth in 17:36 and teammate Ethridge Chaisson came in 10th in 18:28.

Athens Academy’s Ryan Iyer finished fifth overall in 17:55. The Spartans finished sixth.

VOLLEYBALL | Jefferson eliminated

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:04:16 +0000

At Roswell, Jefferson was bounced from the Class AAAA state tournament by Blessed Trinity, which took a 3-0 victory in the quarterfinals.

The Titans (53-9) won 25-10, 25-13, 25-12.

Jefferson was led by Bre Arbanas (three blocks), Bri Gaba (seven digs), Gracey Haney (seven assists), Abby Wood (three kills) and Sommie Nixon (four kills).

Jefferson, the No. 8 seed in the championship round, ends its season at 32-24. Blessed Trinity, the No. 1 seed, will host No. 4 seed Columbus on Wednesday for a shot at the finals, set for Saturday at Marietta High School.

In the other semifinal, No. 3 seed St. Pius X will play Wednesday at Woodward Academy, the No. 2 seed.

VOLLEYBALL | Athens Academy reaches semis

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:03:10 +0000

At Athens Academy, the Spartans won a grueling 3-2 match against Wesleyan to advance to the semifinals of the Class A state tournament.

Athens Academy (36-13) survived, going 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 17-25, 15-10 to defeat Wesleyan (25-12).

Maddie Anderson led the Spartans with 31 assists, 16 digs and four aces. She was followed by Sydney Williams (13 kills), Malia Busenitz (26 digs, 17 kills), Mackenzie Ferguson (five blocks) and Nancy Belle Hansford (15 digs).

Athens Academy, the No. 3 seed in Class A, will play Wednesday at Calvary Day, the No. 2 seed, in the semifinals. Calvary Day (29-6) defeated Fellowship Christian 3-0 on Saturday to advance.

In the other state semifinal, No. 1 seed Savannah Christian will host No. 4 seed Landmark Christian. The state finals are set for Saturday at Holy Innocents’ in Atlanta.