Battle of Blood Mountain

Name: Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and is the midpoint between the University of North Georgia and Young Harris College.  Blood Mountain is the sixth highest mountain in Georgia with an elevation of 4,458 feet.  It is located on the border of Lumpkin and Union counties and is within the boundaries of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blood Mountain Wildnerness area. 

Premise: Annual rotating cup between the University of North Georgia and Young Harris College athletic departments.  The two schools are geographically two of the closest members of the Peach Belt Conference (only 42 miles apart) and an annual all-sports competition will inherently create a natural rivalry.

Scoring:  For each of the sports that the two schools sponsor there will be one annual point awarded to the school that wins the majority of contests in that particular sport.

If teams only play once then the team that claims the regular season contest will earn the point.  If teams play twice then a team must win both to garner the point. If in a two-game season, teams split the series each team will win a half point. In a three-game season teams must win the series to earn the point.  The point for individual sports of cross country and golf will be awarded to the school that finishes highest in the Peach Belt Conference Championship.  

If UNG and YHC play each other in PBC conference tournament play that game will be added to the competition.  Season points will not be awarded until the completion of the respective sport’s PBC championship tournament to allow for any tournament competitions to be added to the competition. 

Sports Of Competition (10):  Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Men’s Tennis and Women’s Tennis.  Note: Men's golf will be added to the rotation beginning in 2014-2015. 

Annual Points Earned = 10.  A school must earn 5.5 points to win the cup.  In case of a 5.0-5.0 tie the team holding the trophy will retain the cup – similar to Ryder Cup format. For the initial season of competition, the team that finishes highest in the Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cup will earn the trophy pending a tie.
                                   
Reward:  The school that wins the annual competition will get to house the trophy for the next calendar year.  The trophy will be something that reflects the challenge name and northeast Georgia mountain heritage.  The Athletic Director of the losing school will have to wear the opposing schools colors while presenting the trophy to the winning school’s SAAC Committee. 

2013-2014 Scoring:  North Georgia 6.5, Young Harris 3.5
Updated:
April 21, 2014

Sport Point Awarded
Women's Cross Country UNG wins point by virtue of 7th place finish at PBC Championship (YHC 9th)
Men's Soccer YHC wins point by virtue of two victories (Regular season & PBC Tournament)
Women's Soccer UNG wins point by virtue of 3-2 (OT) victory on Sept. 21
Men's Basketball Teams split point by virtue of each team winning one game
Women's Basketball YHC wins point by virtue of sweeping both games of season
Men's Tennis YHC wins point by virtue of 8-1 win on Mar. 26
Women's Tennis UNG wins point by virtue of 8-1 win on Mar. 26
Softball UNG wins point by virtue of 5-0 and 7-0 wins on Apr. 9
Baseball UNG wins point by virtue of winning two of three games
Women's Golf UNG wins point by virtue of 7th place finish at PBC Championship (YHC 8th)