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Sports Recap 2/17 – 2/23
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TFC’s baseball team split a two game series at Point University on February 20. The Eagles lost in game one 6 – 5, but took game two 14 – 5.

In the opening game, the Eagles scored two runs in both the first and second innings to jump to a 4 – 0 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles struggled to get the final out and saw their lead erased. Despite the early lead, the Eagles fell 6 -5. Pitcher Dylan Charles took the loss for the Eagles. Offensively, Corey Warner went 2- 3 at the plate with a run batted in, a run scored, and a stolen base.

The Eagles again jumped to an early lead in game two and lead 10 – 0 in the third. Unlike the first game, the Eagles would not allow the Point Skyhawks to make a comeback. The Eagles compiled 17 hits and defeated Point 14 – 5. Brenton Ruark started the game on the mound for the Eagles and threw three innings. Micah Ellington pitched the final four innings and earned the win. Ellington allowed four hits, two earned runs, a walk, and two strike outs and earned his first win of the season. Jordan Couillard led the Eagles at the plate with a 4 – 5 hitting effort. Couillard scored three runs and had an RBI in the win. Freshman Will Patrick also went 4 – 5 and scored three runs and drove in two. Corey Warner continued his hot hitting by going 3 – 5 with two runs scored, two RBI’s, and a stolen base.

TFC will host Bethel College in the season’s first home games on Friday, March 1. The doubleheader will begin at 1:00 pm. The following day, TFC will travel to Hiwassee College for a double header that is set to start at 12:00 pm.

Basketball Men:

The men’s basketball team from Toccoa Falls College traveled to Clearwater, Florida, on February 21 to face Clearwater Christian College in the quarterfinals of the South Region tournament. #4 TFC used intense defense and a high field goal percentage to defeat #5 Clearwater, 78 – 62.

Within the game’s first 6 minutes, the Eagles had forced the tournament hosts into several turnovers and transitioned defense into offensive lay ups. TFC jumped to a 16 – 9 lead at the 14:25 mark, and forced Clearwater to call a timeout to slow the Eagles. The Cougars closed the gap to 18 – 14 before the Eagles would go on a 8 – 0 scoring run for a 26 – 14 lead. TFC would increase their first half lead to as many as 19 points, highlighted by a Carlos Hamlett steal and assist to Freddie Harrell for a lay up as the first half clock expired. Harrell’s lay up gave TFC a 46 – 27 lead at the intermission.

TFC was able to carry their strong first half into the opening minutes of the new half. The Eagles opened the second half on a 13 – 3 run that would extend their lead to 59 – 30. The 29 point difference would be the Eagles largest lead of the night. TFC continued to beat the Cougars to loose balls and built a 69 – 43 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the game. Clearwater would end the game with a 19 – 9 run of their own, but the Cougars were unable to overcome the large deficit. The Eagles advanced to the South Region semifinals with a 78 – 62 win.

Nine different players scored for the Eagles, led by Freddie Harrell’s 17 points. Derek Westfall added 15 points in just 18 minutes of playing time. Carlos Hamlett’s energy in the first half was a spark for the team, and he finished with 12 points. Josh Barrett narrowly missed out on a triple double, finishing with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists.

After the victory over Clearwater, TFC would face Florida Christian College in the semifinals of the South Region tournament in Clearwater, Florida. TFC was unable to slow the Suns’ attack and lost 99 – 81.

The Eagles and Suns traded baskets in the opening minutes with neither team holding more than a three point advantage. The Eagles led 21 – 20 nearly 10 minutes into the game, but trailed 48 – 37 lead at the half.

The Suns opened the second half with 19 – 8 run that put the Eagles behind 69 – 44. When Coach Jason Mehl called a timeout for the Eagles with 7:40 left in the game and his team trailing 78 – 49, he challenged his team. “It would have been really easy for a young team to quit and pack it in. I was really proud that we kept fighting,” said Mehl. The young Eagles closed the gap, but the frantic final minutes ended TFC’s season, 99 – 81. Coach Mehl added, “Florida Christian went on several scoring runs that we didn’t really have an answer for. But I’m really proud of this team. We matured over the season and built a nice foundation to build on.”

Sophomore Josh Barrett was selected to first team All – Region and had 10 points for the Eagles. Fellow Sophomore Derek Westfall led the Eagles in scoring against FCC with 25 points. Westfall was selected second team All – Region for the season. Josh Johnson and Freddie Harrell added 13 and 10 points, respectively. The semifinal loss marked the end of the career for TFC’s lone senior, John Sinclair.

Basketball Women:

The Lady Eagles basketball season came to an end on Friday in the semifinals of the South Region tournament hosted by Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. The four seeded Lady Eagles were paired with top seed Trinity Baptist College and were defeated 96 – 52.

Trinity Baptist established their dominance from the opening whistle and jumped to 19 – 8 lead less than 7 minutes into the game. A rash of turnovers by TFC would lead to transition lay ups for Trinity Baptist, and the Lady Eagles found themselves down 48 – 26 at the half. The second period was more of the same for TFC. Trinity opened the second period with a 12 – 0 run and built a lead TFC would be unable to overcome. In the end, TFC’s season ended with a 96 – 52 defeat.

TFC’s leading scorer was first team All – Region selection Cassidy Lang. Lang averaged 12 points a game throughout the season and scored 15 in the Trinity Baptist loss. Kim Crapse, who was given second team All – Region honors, added 9 points for the Lady Eagles. Maddy Moody was named honorable mention on the All – Region team. This was the final game for TFC seniors Kaitlyn Antonioli and Angela Little.

Soccer Men:

The Toccoa Falls College men’s soccer program and head coach Rob Worsley are pleased to announce their first signing of the 2013 recruiting class. Lee Tebbens from Powder Springs, Georgia, has signed a letter of intent to join the TFC soccer program in the fall of 2013.

Tebbens is a versatile defender who plays center back for Hillgrove High School and the SSA Sounders. Coach Worsley said of the signing, “Lee is an aggressive defender who will provide instant depth at marking back. In 2014, we could potentially be looking for four new starters on the back line, and we will count on Lee to be a serious contender for one of those spots.”

Son of Rich and Eileen Tebbens, Lee is undecided on a major, but plans to become a youth pastor after college.