October 15, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release Eight – Monday, October 15, 2012


Thursday, Oct. 18: MIDNIGHT MADNESS – 10:00 p.m.

As the fall season begins to wrap up in the closing weeks, schools across the country are beginning preparations for the next season with great anticipation – basketball season. North Georgia College & State University is no different as the 2012-13 season promises to be an exciting one and to celebrate the start of the new season, the Saints are bringing back Midnight Madness on Thursday, Oct. 18 with a new theme – “Sending off the Saints.”

This year, the official start date is Monday, Oct. 15, but because the celebration would start the night before, Sunday, Oct. 14, North Georgia has decided to hold off until Thursday, Oct. 18.

Midnight Madness will be the first opportunity for students and fans to meet the 2012-13 Saints from both squads. The theme of “Sending off the Saints” will also be a celebration of the campus uniting under the nickname “Saints” heading into the final stretch as the school consolidates with Gainesville State College in January and adopts a new mascot. 

This year promises to be a great time for those in attendance with the first 400 fans through the doors receiving a spirit towel to wave and twirl during not just Midnight Madness, but also at every home game.

There will be refreshments as well as games with chances to win prizes including, but not limited to a gym membership and t-shirts donated by the North Georgia Campus Connection Bookstore and one lucky fan will have the opportunity to compete for a one-year lease on a new Honda sedan.


Students will be chosen at random from Greek organizations, residence halls, the Corps as well as commuter status. 

The madness will start at 10 p.m. with music and games before the Saints’ cheerleading and dance teams perform for the crowd. When the clock strikes 11:00 p.m., the women’s basketball team will be introduced to the crowd followed by the unveiling of the men’s team. Both teams will run through a set of drills before members of the crowd are chosen to compete in a few final games with the Saints basketball players.

Women’s Cross Country

Next Meet: Peach Belt Conference Champioships (Montevallo, Ala. – 10/20)

The North Georgia College & State University women's cross country team took last week off from competition to prepare for the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championships hosted by the University of Montevallo this Saturday, Oct. 20. The meet will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the men’s race before the women race at 9:45 a.m. in their 6K. 

Mixed Rifle

Last Week: North Georgia Invitational – 2nd / 2nd (10/13)

Next Tournament: SEARC 2 (Milledgeville, Ga. – 10/20)

The North Georgia College & State University rifle team held its First-Annual North Georgia Invitational this past weekend at the Ole Mill Range Complex in Griffin, Ga. The tournament, which was open to athletes of all ages, included three collegiate teams from Georgia including Columbus State University, the club team from Georgia Military College and NGCSU, along with numerous high school and middle school age rifle athletes.

The Ole Mill Range Complex is a USA Shooting Regional Training Center and offered the best location to hold the invitational due to the number of shooting stations. 

Nationally-ranked Columbus State swept the collegiate category team and individual awards in the air rifle and smallbore (.22 caliber) rifle events. In the team events, North Georgia posted strong second place finishes in each event, while cutting CSU's lead in half since the last time they met. Georgia Military competed only in the air rifle event and finished in third place.

The NGCSU athletes who contributed to the team totals were freshman Casadie Bragg, cadet freshman Kyle Bailey, freshman Sara Howell and cadet sophomore and team captain Luke Duncan. Their combined scores also set two school records in the air rifle event and in the aggregate of the two events (air and smallbore).

In the individual events, Bragg posted a strong 577/600 in air rifle to take second place overall, tying her personal best and finishing only four points behind CSU's Julie Yoder.  Bailey surged to seventh on the strength of his own personal best score, while Duncan finished 10th and Howell 13th.

In the smallbore event, Bragg and Bailey posted strong scores to finish third and fourth respectively. Howell finished seventh and Duncan 10th with several other team members posting personal bests during the competition. 

Regarding the tournament itself, head coach Tori Kostecki commented, "This was our first invitational tournament, and our first set of matches at the Ole Mill range complex. We are very happy with how it went and are already planning for a much larger tournament next year, with attendance by a number of VIPs, including a member of the Board Of Regents. We are also expecting larger numbers of high school and collegiate athletes."

North Georgia will continue with their season this coming weekend as with the second Southeastern Rifle Conference competition of the season, this time held at Georgia Military College. The event will run from Saturday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 21 in Milledgeville, Ga.

Men’s Soccer (6-4-2, 2-2-2 PBC)

Last week (0-1-1): vs. Clayton State (T, 0-0 2OT); at UNC Pembroke (L, 1-2)

This week: Away vs. Flagler College (10/20 – 7:30 p.m., PBC Game)

The North Georgia men’s soccer team saw their impressive streak of positive results come to an end at six Saturday as the Saints suffered their first loss in nearly a month, a streak that stretched back to Sept. 15 when the Saints fell 3-2 to then-nationally-ranked Young Harris College.

Last week, North Georgia worked to a 0-0 tie with Clayton State through two overtime periods at home on Wednesday, Oct. 10 before dropping a close 2-1 match at the University of North Carolina Pembroke on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Amin El-Shami scored the Saints’ lone goal of the week in the 47th minute of Saturday’s contest to give North Georgia the early 1-0 lead. However, the Braves’ Sean Hoek was able to answer with two goals of his own in the closing minutes to lift the Braves over the Saints and end the streak.

The Saints will be off until next Saturday, Oct. 20 when they hit the road again, this time for St. Augustine, Fla. where they will take on the Saints of Flagler College in another PBC doubleheader. The women will get things started at 1:00 p.m. before the men take to the field at around 3:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer (10-3-1, 3-3-1 PBC)

Last week (0-1-1): vs. Clayton State (T, 2-2 2OT); at UNC Pembroke (L, 2-3)

This week: Home vs. Columbus State (10/17 – 6:00 p.m., PBC Game)

                   Away vs. Flagler College (10/20 – 5:00 p.m., PBC Game)

The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team went 0-1-1 last week with a tie against an extremely tough Clayton State team at home on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and a 3-2 loss to UNC Pembroke on the road on Saturday, Oct. 13. 

Cicely Taliaferro gave the Saints the early 1-0 lead in just the third minute of play of Wednesday’s match and it appeared North Georgia would have little trouble with the Lakers, but Clayton State proved to be tough and refused to go away. The Lakers converted two of their six shots in the first half for goals to take a 2-1 lead into half time.

Kayla Croom found the equalizer for the Saints in the 64th minute to keep the game alive for North Georgia, but neither team could find the go-ahead score through the final minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime action.

On Saturday, the Braves’ Rae-Shawna Campbell recorded a hat trick in the first half of regulation to give UNCP a 3-1 lead heading into half time. Caroline Wallace was able to pull the Saints to within one in the 61st minute, but that would be as close as North Georgia could come. 

North Georgia will return home for another PBC match on Wednesday, Oct. 17 when nationally-ranked Columbus State University travels to Dahlonega for the 6:00 p.m. contest. The women will then hit the road for their final two road games of the regular season.