FYN Sports Games of the Year

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As our team has been doing some reflecting on this past football season for the GHSA, we have narrowed down our top 3 games of the year we covered in 2020.

  1. Fannin vs Pace Academy 1st round GHSA 2a playoffs

Fannin 28 Pace 21

This was the lone playoff matchup to make our list. Fannin played host to Pace Academy the Saturday after Thanksgiving, in a game that was close in its entirety. Both teams were tied at a touchdown a piece heading into the locker room, but coming out of the halftime gate Pace jumped out to a 21-7 lead, the largest deficit Fannin had seen all year. The resiliency of the Rebels paid off however, as they were able to put up 28 unanswered points and win the ball game 28-21. 

  1. Union vs Fannin week 1 

Fannin 24 Union 20

In the first game of the year for both the Panthers and the Rebels, we were able to watch an instant classic. This was perhaps the only game this year in which the Panthers were fully healthy, and they played up to their potential. There is a lot of history between these two teams and this game is tagged by the locals as the “Border War”. Fannin took a 17-14 lead into halftime thanks to a Jack Catner field goal. Logan Helcher was able to find paydirt late in the 3rd quarter however and give Union their first lead of the game. Fannin was able to answer with about 5 minutes left in the game, as Andre Bivens scored on a 25 yard TD pass from Luke Holloway. Union got the ball back and was putting together a good drive of their own until Cason Owensby intercepted a Panther pass attempt, sealing the game for the Rebels and kick starting their undefeated regular season run. 

  1. Gilmer vs Union final week of regular season

Union 7 Gilmer 0

As you can tell by the final score, defense dominated this game. Union County was riddled with injuries offensively, but their defense was still able to stonewall the Gilmer Bobcats offense, not allowing them to score a single point. JJ Littles was able to pick off a pass for the Panthers in the second quarter, and their offense capitalized as Jonah Daniel punched in a TD for the only points in the ballgame. Unions Defense held on and they won the game on a single score. 

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Team FYN Sports Player of the Week: Dawson Stephens

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Congratulations to Junior Left Tackle Dawson Stephens for being named our Player of the Week for his work against Heritage. Stephens is one of the anchors of the Gilmer Offensive Line that produced a solid rushing attack Friday night.

Gilmer Tennis Finishes Undefeated In Region

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The Gilmer tennis teams completed the region schedule for 2019 with a victory over the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield to remain undefeated.  This big win will send the Bobcats into the region tournament on April 9th and 10th as the number on seed for both boys and girls teams.

Coach Donna Parks said, ” It is very exciting to go in as the #1 seed.”  The Cats will have a first-round bye as the top seed.

In the matches with the Bruins, the Lady Cats took the team win by a 3-2 score on the afternoon. Scoring on the day was as follows:


Senior Lauren Cole Fell to Sruthi Gireeshkumar 0-6 and 1-6

Hope Colwell fell to Isha Mittal 4-6 and 3-6

Emma Callihan defeated Daniela Vara 6-3 and 6-4


Sarah Sheahan/Beth Burnette defeated Claire Rann/River McClain 6-4 and 6-0

Mary Elizabeth Walker(Senior)/Morgan White defeated Abby Adams/Paige Hughes  6-1 and 6-0

In boys action, the Cats also took the 3-2 victory over Northwest.


Brett Becker fell to Will Helton 3-6 and 1-6

Senior Carter Hice defeated Gabe Kirk 6-4 and 6-2

Senior Tripp Pierce defeated Will Summey 6-2 and 6-3


Mason Hadden/Luke Wimpey defeated Matthew Harris/ Billy Robison6-4 and 6-4

Corbin Singleton(Senior)/Kaden Reece fell to Gage Lyon/Hayden Maynard 3-6, 6-1, and 3-6

The Cats have had a great season and are excited to be atop the region standings. Best of luck to Gimer Tennis and bring home a region title!


Gilmer Falls To Pickens on Walk Off

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Coming off an 8-1 defeat at the hands of the Pickens Dragons,  the Bobcats stepped into Thursday’s game ready for a little revenge and tie the rivalry series at one game each.  The game was going the Bobcats way until late in the game.

Game two came down to the bottom of the seventh with the Dragons at the plate.  The Cats found themselves on the losing end of a hard-fought game in which they carried a 3 run lead into the sixth inning.   A 3 run home run quickly tied the score heading to the seventh.  The home half of the seventh was the tell of tales as Pickens put runners on base for Chad Pacas.  On a Pacas hit, the winning run for the Dragons crossed the plate and bringing the final score of the game to 8-7.

Evan Frady and Hunter Bowyer got things started for the Cats with back to back singles in the top of the first inning to set the stage for the first run of the night.  The 1-0 lead quickly vanished in the bottom half as Pacas drove the first pitch he saw over the fence for a 2 run homer and a 2-1 lead for the Dragons.  Pickens would carry that one run advantage and add to it in the third and after a Gilmer run in the top of the fifth, the Dragons quickly answered in their half for a 4-2 score heading into the sixth.  The Bobcats scored 5 huge runs and took a 7-4 lead in the top of the sixth on four singles, two walks and a home run off the bat of Davis.  Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the Dragons to answer one again.  This time it was the bat of Caswell Smith with the three-run bomb.  The game came to a close in walk-off fashion for the Dragons handing the Gilmer Bobcats a devastating loss to rivals just south on Hwy 515.

Friday night will close out the series with the Bobcats trying to salvage one of three with Pickens.

Boston Teague Buzzer Beater Gives Gilmer Park and Rec Win

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Team FYN Sports wants to give a shout out to Boston Teague #32 of 12U Gilmer Park and Rec basketball team on his Buzzer Beater 3- pointer for the win.

Cats Fall In Rivalry Opener To The Dragons

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Keeping the rivalry alive on Hwy 515, the Dragons of Pickens came to Ellijay for game one of three of region play against the Gilmer Bobcats.

Jonas Griggs started the night on the mound for Gilmer and held off the Dragons as long as he could going four and one-third innings.  Griggs struck out seven Pickens hitters but took a loss with 4 hits and 6 runs to his opponents.  In relief, Austin Daman and Jess Buckner came to hold off another offensive attack by the Dragons.  In Daman’s appearance, he threw one-third of an inning allowing 2 runs on 1 hit, 0 strikeouts, and 2 bases on balls. Buckner in two and one-third innings gave up 2 hits, no runs, and 2 strikeouts.  The pitcher for the Dragons getting the 8-1 victory was C. James allowing just one hit and one run over six innings of work.

The one hit for the Gilmer Bobcats came off the bat of Tyler Woody and Avery Bertolini pushed across the only Cat run.  Evan Frady and Hunter Bowyer coaxed walks against James.  Offensively for the Dragons, Pacas and Smith each had two hits in the game to lead all batters in the victory over the Bobcats.  Scoring the runs in the 3 run inning was Vreeland, James, and White crossing the dish  In the 5 run fifth, Pickens had 5 hits, 2 walks and a Gilmer error contributing to the big inning.

Same two teams Thursday at the home of the Dragons.

Varsity Tennis Defeats Pickens

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The varsity Bobcats and Lady Cats took the courts against the Dragons of Pickens in a warmup of things to come as the meet up in region play in the near future.  Several team members did not compete as they were attending other events.  The Cats defeated the Dragons despite the absence of several of their main athletes.


Lady Cats Singles:  Hope Colwell defeated Chloe Imbriano 6-1 and 6-0, Emma Callihan defeated Sarah Parks 6-4 and 6-2, Morgan White defeated Emily Pierello 6-0 and 6-2. In exhibition- Ellie Teague defeated Kami 8-7

Lady Cats Doubles:  Sarah Sheahan/Beth Burnette defeated Katie Cowart/Sydney Pearson 6-4 and 6-0, Josie Reece/Emma Deyton took a loss to Hattie Baker/Kate Wigington 6-0, 1-6 and 4-6.

Bobcats Singles: Brett Becker defeated Eli Bradford 6-1 and 6-0, Carter Hice fell to Tristen Warren 3-6 and 3-6,  Tripp Peirce defeated Craig Johnson 6-0 and 6-1

Bobcats Doubles:  Mason Hadden/Luke Wimpey fell to Cody Manis/Neagle 5-7(TB-3-7) and 2-6,  Corbin Singleton/Kaden Reece defeated Henry Moore/ Josh Cox 6-2 and 6-0  Exhibition- Rylan Cochran/ Gavin Berger defeated Avery/Andrew 8-3, Brett/Kaden defeated Owen/Rylie 8-1

JV Tennis Sweeps Dawson

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The Gilmer Junior Varsity tennis teams faced off against the Dawson Tigers on Wednesday with boys and girls getting the wins.

Stepping to the court for the Lady Cats and sweeping their opponents:

Ellie Teague with a win over Carly 8-4, Abi Contlay win over Chloe 8-4, and Jenna Cole win over Hailey 8-2 on the singles side.

In the doubles action for the Gilmer Lady Cats JV, Jessica Futch/Kylie Callihan defeated Wendy and Avery B. 8-2, Hannah Walker/Cana Coleman defeated Avery B. and Avery by an 8-1 score.  In an exhibition match, Kaylee Baccera/Bailey Wells fell to Isabella and Kelci 6-8.

With the boys taking the courts, the Cats continued the afternoon with a sweep as well over the Tigers of Dawson.       Coming away with victories in singles was Isaac Bradshaw 8-2 over his opponent and Isiah Sharp 8-0 over his opponent.

Doubles action had Gavin Berger/Ethan Cole 8-2 over the Dawson Tigers and Will Teague/Andy Lopez taking their match 8-1.

Congratulations to the JV Cats with a big win over the JV Tigers

Gilmer JV Falls To Lumpkin At Home

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On a very cold Tuesday afternoon the Junior Varsity Bobcats welcomed in the Indians of Lumpkin County to the Hill at Gilmer High School.

In game one of what was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, the Indians started off the scoring in the top of the first with a base on balls to the leadoff batter followed by a Mincey single. After a hit batsman to load the bases, Lumpkin pushed the first run across the plate on a sacrifice fly by #42 Chris Day.  The Indians added two runs in the third, 2 in the fourth, and 5 in the fifth.  The 10 runs on the board by the visiting team was more than the JV Cats could match in the 10-1 loss at home.

At the plate, the JV Bobcats to get anything going.  In the five-inning game, the Cats struggled to make contact and fell victim to the strikeout.  With 12 total over five innings, the Cats managed just three hits and one run against the Indian pitcher.  Seth Darling crossed the plate for the only Gilmer run in the third after a walk, stolen base, and a single by J. Rhodes.  Rhodes also led all Bobcat hitters going 2 for 3 on the day.  Zach Miller took the loss for Gilmer.  Game two was canceled due to not only the extreme cold temperatures but also a gas line that was fractured by a contractor doing road repairs within the vicinity of the baseball field.


JV Tennis Takes Victory Over Woody Gap

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The Gilmer Junior Varsity Tennis teams battled Woody Gap and came away with a dominating victory for both the girls and boys.

Singles(Lady Cats)

Mary Elizabeth Walker defeated Els Hernandez 8-0, Ellie Teague defeated Lohan Dissie 8-0, Jenna Cole defeated Gretchen Mossenick 8-0, exhibition- Kiley Callihan defeated Chloe Taylor 8-0.

Doubles(lady Cats)

Hannah Walker/ Cana Coleman defeated Jennifer Mason/ Abby Pruit 8-0, Kiley Callihan/ Jesica Futch defeated Dixie Lee/ Molly Tritt 8-0.  In the exhibition play, Kaylee Baccera/Bailey Wells defeated Brooklyn Pain/Emily Allen 6-1.


The Gilmer JV Boys took the competition at 5-0 score with wins from Isaac Bradshaw defeating Dunkin Lee 8-0, Bryson Sisson defeating Wes Ponder 8-0, and Isiah Sharp defeating Griffen Disser 8-0.  The Cats took two wins by forfeit.


Bruins Edge Bobcats At Home

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Last Thursday the Gilmer baseball team finally experienced a warmer and dryer afternoon to hit the diamond.  The Northwest Whitfield Bruins came for the final matchup of the 3 game region series.  Falling in the first two, the Bobcats were looking to salvage a win and avoid the sweep.

The Bruins stepped out to an early 1st inning lead with one run off the Gilmer starter in Avery Bertolini.  The quick run proved to be all that Northwest would need to secure the region victory and the sweep of the Cats.  Just to be sure a win was in their future, the Bruins added an insurance run in the fifth for a 2-0 lead which would be the final score.  Taking the hill for the Bobcats was Avery Bertolini who pitched good enough to get a victory but it wasn’t meant to happen.  “Bert” went four and two-thirds inning allowing just the two runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and had a strikeout on 81 pitches.  Austin Daman came in as relief throwing two and one-third innings to close out the Bruins.  Daman had another good outing with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, and no hits on 32 pitches with 21 in the strike zone.

At the plate, the Cats managed just 1 hit off of the Northwest hurler who has committed to the University of Georgia.  Bearden through 85 pitches, no runs on 1 hit and 10 strikeouts.  Rhodes got the start at 1st base with the absence of Tyler Woody who was sitting out a few games to rest a sore elbow.  Rhodes had the only hit in the game for the Bobcats.  The bats have been a little cool but as the weather warms up so will the Gilmer offense. Saturday’s game with Murray and Monday’s game with Gordon central were both postponed due to the rain and field conditions.  The Gilmer varsity baseball team are scheduled to hit the field again on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Chattooga for a non-region matchup.  The week of the 18th will see the anticipated rivalry with the Pickens Dragons just south on Hwy 515.  The games on the 19th and the 22nd will be at Gilmer High School with the middle game on the 21st being played at Pickens.

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