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Three University of North Georgia softball players named All-Americans
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University of North Georgia softball players Kylee Smith, Stephanie Hartness and Sydney Sprague received All-American honors per an announcement by the The National Fast pitch Coaches Association on Wednesday in Salem, Virginia.

Smith and Hartness received First-team honors, while Sprague was named Second-team All-American. The trio led the Lady Nighthawks (48-13) to its fourth-straight Peach Belt Conference title.

The standout freshman pitcher Smith finished the season with 254 strikeouts and a 31-6 record. Smith was also one of the eight finalists selected for the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Freshman of the Year nod and was a top-25 finalist for National Player of the Year.

The sophomore outfielder Hartness recorded 96 putouts for the Lady Nighthawks and hit 12 home runs for North Georgia this season.

Hartness too was one of the 25 finalists for National Player of the Year.

The junior infielder Sprague racked up 73 putouts this season, while hammering 14 home runs for the Lady Nighthawks.
The North Georgia softball team finished their season in the Super Regional tournament last week in Dahlonega.

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University of North Georgia baseball players Michael Gouge, Daniel McCrary, Connor Hoover, Dylan Peppers and Bill Leroy all received All-Region honors Wednesday in an announcement by the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div II in Greensboro, N.C. Gouge and McCrary received First-team All-Region honors. Hoover, Peppers and Leroy received Second-team honors.

“This year’s success has been fueled by a team first attitude in the locker room, but it is great to see these five young men honored for their individual successes,” said head coach Tom Cantrell. “The All-Region honor is well-deserved by this group of players.”

Gouge has recorded 54 putouts with 10 home runs for the Nighthawks. Lumpkin County graduate and North Georgia pitcher McCrary is 10-1 for the season and has thrown 60 strikeouts.

Hoover has 76 putouts with 18 home runs, Peppers (8-3) has recorded 106 strikeouts and Leroy has 47 putouts for the Nighthawks.

The five standouts have boosted the Nighthawks to the NCAA Division II Championship tournament, which is set for Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas. North Georgia begins championship tournament play against West Chester University at 3 p.m.

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