May 31, 2011

Baseball and Basketball Earn Sportsmanship Awards

DAHLONEGA, GA – A pair of programs at North Georgia have been recognized for outstanding sportsmanship, as the baseball team and men's basketball program have been named the Peach Belt Conference Sportsmanship winners for their respective sports.

The Peach Belt Conference presents one such award for each of its 13 championship sports, the award is voted on by other teams in that sport. Men's basketball earns their first-ever PBC Sportsmanship award, while baseball picks up the honor for the second time in the last three years.

The Saints baseball team ended the season at 34-20 overall and one victory shy of appearing in the PBC Tournament championship game for the third time in the last four years. North Georgia won nine of their first 10 games to open the season to post the program's best start in school history.

In the one of the toughest leagues in the country, the men's basketball team finished the year at 10-16 overall and 7-10 in Peach Belt Conference play. The Saints found themselves in a four-game winning streak the last week of January, but lost three of their last four contests to finish on the outside looking in for a PBC playoff spot.

The program presents an award following each championship season to the team in that sport that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class.

The team award is selected by other teams who compete in that sport. Points are awarded based on how each team finished in the voting and in June, the institution with the highest totals will receive the 'PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award.' In 2009-10, North Georgia captured the season-long award, and displayed the Institution of the Year banner in Memorial Hall over the last year.