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College scoreboard: Brenau University swimming relay team places third at NAIA Nationals
Brenau University’s Sarah Frey swims the 400 yard IM during the NAIA swimming and diving championships Friday in Columbus. - photo by AJ Reynolds

Courtney Hayward, Alisha Hodgetts, Lindsay Dowling and Yanne Toussaint received bronze for Brenau University's 400-meter relay team in the NAIA Championship on Friday in Columbus.

Dowling placed fifth for the Golden Tigers in the 100 yard backstroke event. In the 200-yard freestyle, Toussaint finished fifth and teammate Ella Kleinschmidt placed 14th.

Hodgetts won the B-Final of the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.69 seconds, placing ninth overall. Hayward took fifth place in the 400-yard IM, with Maria Morell Quiroga finishing 12th and Sarah Frey finishing 14th.

Brenau’s 200 yard-medley relay team of Dowling, Toussaint, Hodgetts and Kleinschmidt placed sixth.


University of North Georgia’s softball team swept Lincoln Memorial in Friday’s doubleheader at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium in Dahlonega.

The Lady Nighthawks won their first game 4-0, and 9-1 in the second. North Georgia’s reigning NFCA National Pitcher of the Week Kylee Smith threw six strikeouts in her two-hit shutout performance through six innings. Alishia Frierson had a pair of doubles for the Lady Nighthawks (20-5).

North Georgia plays Armstrong State at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hill Stadium in Dahlonega.


North Georgia’s Kelsey Hutchins made the Peach Belt All-Conference team. This is the senior’s third time making the all-conference team.

Hutchins totaled 1,092 points, 606 rebounds, 102 assists, 90 steals, and 68 blocks in her career. She racked up 472 points and had 17 double-doubles this season.

Meanwhile, North Georgia women’s basketball graduate assistant coach Lauren Pounds has been named the inaugural women’s winner of the Mike and Amy Wood Foundation Graduate Scholarship, the Peach Belt Conference announced at its annual awards banquet Thursday evening in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Pounds finished her playing career in the 2015-16 season for the Nighthawks, graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Pounds was named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll three times and to the women’s basketball All-Academic team twice. She has been teaching in elementary school and serving as a graduate assistant on the women’s basketball team.


For the first time in his tenure at the University of North Georgia, men’s basketball coach Chris Faulkner has been named the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

Faulkner guided the Nighthawks to a rare worst-to-first turnaround this season. After finishing last in the Western Division a year ago, North Georgia was picked to finish 10th in the PBC preseason coaches’ poll.

Instead, the Nighthawks were a co-West Division Champion with an 11-8 league record. In his 14th season at North Georgia, Faulkner helped the Nighthawks more than double their number of overall and conference wins from a season ago.

Gainesville grad Shaquan Cantrell, meanwhile, has made the Second Team PBC All-Conference roster for North Georgia.

The Gainesville native scored 458 points this season, averaging 15.8 points per game and averaged 5.4 rebounds per contest.

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