Track: Underwood takes first in 3200M with PR time of 10:49

Track: Underwood takes first in 3200M with PR time of 10:49
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Track: Underwood takes first in 3200M with PR time of 10:49
By Todd Forrest
North Georgia News
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Murphy, NC - Junior
Lance Underwood took home
gold in the 3200-meter race with
a personal record time of 10 minutes and 49 seconds at last week’s
Muphy Invitational.
Union County was the
lone Georgia representative at
the event while Swain County,
Hayesville, Andrews, Rosman,
and host Murphy all represented
the Tarheel State.
In the 1600M event, Underwood placed third with a time
of 4:59 - another personal best.
He also made waves by
becoming the first Union County
athlete (since track was reinstated
at UCHS in 2014) to record a subfive minute mile.
On the girls side, freshman
Zoe Sanchez nearly duplicated
Underwood’s 1st and 3rd performance with a third place finish in
the 1600M but came up just short
in the 3200M and took second.
Other second place finishers included the guys 4x200 relay
team of Chad Buzzard, Chayton
Schafer, Sloan Sutton and Jared
The guys 4x400 relay team
Union Co. junior Lance Underwood pulls away from the pack at Murphy, NC. Photo courtesy of Jenni Dixon
of Bryan Nelson, Herum, Kyle
Morlock and Adrian Shaw also
finished as the runner up.
Aladriel Arnold placed
third in the 400M race.
The guys 4x400 relay Bteam of Cole Payne, Timothy
Murphy, Will Harkins and Un-
derwood posted a solid third place
Cole Wright placed third in
the 100M along with fifth place
finishes in the long jump and
triple jump.
Adrian Shaw picked up the
bronze in the 400M and Chayton
Schafter took fourth in the 100M
The 4x100 relay team of
Dockery, Herum, Wright, and
Kanon Hemphill came in fourth.
The girls 4x100 relay team
of Arnold, Destiny OrellanaIrvin, Keeley Mobley and Jordan
Sophomore Aladriel Arnold in the relay race. Photo courtesy of Jenni Dixon
Stubblefieldcame in fifth.
Payne was fifth in the 800M
event while Dockery placed fifth
in the 5th place in both the 110
high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles.
Latty Ryals finished fifth in
the 1600M while Hemphill took
sixth in the 200M.
Jessie Holbrook was fifth
in the 3200M with a personal
best time.
The girls 4x400 relay team
of Ryals, Arnold, Evelyn McBride
and Orellana-Irvin took home
Baseball: Dawson sweeps as Panthers fall for seventh time in last eight games
By Todd Forrest
North Georgia News
[email protected]
After opening the season
with four wins, Union County
dropped to 5-7 overall and
1-5 in region play following
Dawson County’s sweep of
the Panthers in a three-game,
Region 7-AAA series that was
punctuated with a 17-1 shellacking in game three to wrap
up a Friday doubleheader in
Once again, weather delayed the series, forcing Union
County to host a twin bill on
Friday after dropping Wednesday’s road game.
In Dawsonville, the Panthers fell behind 2-0 but rallied
for leads of 3-2 in the fourth
and 5-3 midway through the
fifth before the Tigers (11-6,
6-3) scored three in the fifth
and five in the sixth for an 11-6
In game two, the Panthers were unable to find an
answer for Dawson County ace
Connor Bearden, who tossed
a complete game, three-hit
shutout with four strikeouts
and two walks in a 3-0 win for
the Tigers.
Union’s RJ Banton nearly matched Bearden pitch-forpitch but four Panther errors
and three walks chased Banton
from the game after allowing
one earned run and three hits
over five innings.
Ean Harkins pitched two
scoreless innings in relief to
keep his team in the game but
the lineup was unable to generate any offense.
Dawson jumped out to
an early 2-0 lead in the first
when a leadoff error, a one-out
hit-by-pitch and a pair of twoout base hits put the home team
in an early hole it wouldn’t
recover from.
A two-out double by
Candler Colwell in the bottom
half of the inning went to waste
and in the second, the Tigers
manufactured another run on a
walk, stolen base, and a fielders
choice for a 3-0 advantage.
A leadoff single by Banton in the bottom half of the
inning was followed by a 1-6-3
double play to end the threat.
Union missed another
scoring opportunity in the
fourth after Banton retired the
Tigers in order and Candler
Colwell singled to right with
one down in the Panthers’ half
of the inning.
Crawford Colwell
reached on an error to bring the
tying run to the plate with one
out but Union went down quietly with a fly out and ground
out to remain three-down after
In the fifth, Candler Colwell provided one of the few
Panther highlights on the day,
and it wasn’t due to him being responsible for two of the
team’s three hits. Instead, the
junior centerfielder, running at
full-speed into the right-centerfield gap, made an over-theshoulder, warning-track catch
to rob Bearden of an extra-base
hit and an RBI.
The “Web Gem” came
with a runner on first, who just
happened to be running on
the pitch. As Candler Colwell
Junior Candler Colwell lines an opposite field single to right vs Dawson County last week. Photo/Todd Forrest
made the catch with the runner
rounding second, he turned and
hit the cut-off man Logan Dyer,
who fired to Coleson Daniel at
first for the 8-4-3 double play.
However, a double play
ended Union’s hopes after Del
Ruff led off the bottom half
of the inning with a base-onballs.
Harkins worked around
a two-out error in the sixth by
inducing a fly out with a runner
on third.
In the Panthers’ half of
the sixth, a one-out walk by
Dyer would be the last Union
baserunner of the game.
In the 11-6 loss on
Wednesday, the visiting Panthers were victimized by 10
strikeouts to only five for Dawson County despite the two
teams being nearly even in every other offensive category.
Ruff drove in a careerhigh four runs with a pair of
singles during a 2-for-3 day
at the plate. Patrick Baggett
finished 1-for-5 with a run and
a double – Union’s only extrabase hit.
Crawford Colwell went
2-for-4 with a run while Candler Colwell was 1-for-3 with
an RBI single and a run.
Davis got the start on the
mound and lasted four innings
while allowing four runs on
five hits.
The junior lefty yielded a
run in the first and second but
was in position to record the
win when the offense gifted
him three runs in the fourth on a
bases loaded single by Ruff.
A two-out passed ball in
the bottom of the fourth tied
things up at 3-3 but a leadoff
double by Baggett in the fifth
followed by a Candler Colwell
RBI single put Union back
on top.
Crawford Colwell kept
the rally going with a base hit
and Ruff delivered once again
with a single to right to give the
Panthers a 5-3 advantage.
Davis pitched to one
batter in the bottom half of the
inning – a five pitch walk –
before giving way to freshman
Pierson Allison, who was unable to catch a break as Dawson
regained the lead.
A bunt, two bloops, and
an infield single off of Allison
put the Tigers back in front for
good with a 6-5 lead.
Union loaded the bases
in the sixth with three walks but
were unable to answer Dawson
County, who now had momentum on its side and exploded
for five runs to put the Panthers
away with an 11-5 advantage
after six.
A leadoff single by
Groves resulted in a run after
Baggett reached on an error
with two-down in the seventh.
In the series finale, Dawson scored 17 unanswered
– including six in the fourth –
before Union was able to cross
home plate.
Their lone run came in
the bottom of the fourth when
Carter Wright knocked in Logan Dyer but it wasn’t enough
to prevent the game from being
called due to a 16-run Tiger
Allison, Cayden Rich,
Jackson Colwell, Daniel, and
Josh Nachtrieb all combined
to work four innings for the
Panthers with Allison taking
the loss after surrendering four
runs in the first.
Up next is a three game
series with 4th ranked North
Hall, who remains unbeaten in
region play with a 6-0 record.
The Panthers host Wednesday’s
game two while visiting the
Trojans on Monday and Friday.
Each game is scheduled for a
5:55 p.m. first pitch.
On Tuesday, Union will
visit Rabun County at 5:30
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