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Local college notebook: Oct. 31
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The North Georgia College & State University women’s soccer team has moved up one spot to fifth in the most recent Southeast Region poll released Wednesday.

The top six teams in the region will advance on to post-season play with an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional going to the conference champions of the Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt Conference and South Atlantic Conference. The other three spots will be based on the region rankings.

North Georgia (14-3-2) travels to Armstrong Atlantic State in a semifinal game at 5 p.m. in Augusta.

NORTH GEORGIA COACH GETS 100TH WIN: The North Georgia College & State University women’s soccer team’s win over Clayton State University marked head coach Chris Adams’ 100th career win in his 10th season at the helm of the women’s program.

Adams, the third coach to oversee the women’s program at North Georgia, has accumulated a record of 100-68-16 during his decade in Dahlonega, giving him a .543 win percentage.

Adams coached both the men and women for two seasons at NGCSU and was named the 2004 Southern States Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on the men’s side, as he led the program to a third-place finish in the conference standings and its first-ever appearance in the NAIA Regional Tournament.

He was named the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Women’s Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a 10-5-2 overall record.

This season, Adams’ team earned a ranking of fifth-nationally and has gone 2-1-1 against ranked opponents with a season record of 14-3-2 heading into Friday’s semifinal bout with the nation’s No. 1 team, Armstrong Atlantic State University.

NORTH GEORGIA OPENS SIXTH: The North Georgia College & State University women’s basketball team is ranked sixth in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll as released by the conference office Wednesday.

The Saints received a third-place vote along with two fourth-place votes, five fifth-place votes and one vote for seventh, eighth and ninth after finishing last season 12-14 overall. The 2011-12 Saints just missed out on post-season play as they went 1-4 over the final five games of the season.

This season, head coach Buffie Burson returns five players including one senior and two juniors. The Saints also have junior and Gainesville grad Jaymee Carnes – the 2012 Daktronics National Player of the Year as well as Southeast Region and PBC Player of the Year.

North Georgia will open its 2012-13 season in its own Lady Saints Tip-Off Classic against Carson-Newman and the University of West Florida on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 in Dahlonega.

YOUNG HARRIS RANKED EIGHTH: The Young Harris College women’s basketball team, which will be competing in the Peach Belt for the first time this season, is ranked eighth in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll as released by the conference office Wednesday.

The Mountain Lions, which received 72 points in the poll, return nine players – including all five starters – off last season’s 23-3 team. Young Harris, which is in candidacy year two of the NCAA Division II membership process, will be eligible for the regular-season title; however, the Mountain Lions will not play in the conference tournament in 2012-13.

Young Harris opens its 2012-13 season when they host Bryan College at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Young Harris.

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