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2014 FCA East/West High School Football Classic
The X’s and O’s
When: Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bobby Gruhn Field at Gainesville City Park

The Teams:
EAST SQUAD – Flowery Branch, Johnson, East Hall, Banks County,
Riverside Military Academy, Jefferson, East Jackson
WEST SQUAD – West Hall, Chestatee, Gainesville, North Hall, Lakeview Academy, Jackson County, Commerce High

The Coaches:
EAST SQUAD – Chris Griffin
WEST SQUAD – Tony Lotti

The Players:
– 40 roster spots per squad:                                                                                          2 QB, 3 RB, 4 WR, 2 TE, 8 OL, 7 DL, 5 LB, 7 DB, 1 K, 1 P

– 4 seniors will be selected from each school with the remaining spots to be filled by the best players available
– Team members were selected by head coaches on November 3, 2014

The Band:
An All-Star senior band selected from all 14 school bands will perform during the game and at half-time.
The Cheerleaders:
East-West cheerleading squads will be selected from seniors at the 14 area schools
Event Contact:
Clint Fair, GHCFCA Area Representative
678-725-0797 FCA Team East


HCPC Approves Brenau’s Softball Field

The Hall County Planning Commission ended up giving their unanimous approval to the rezoning

request from Brenau University for a new softball field in Gainesville.

The 16.77 acre tract of land for the proposed site is on the south side of Jesse Jewell Parkway,

near the intersection of Old Cornelia Highway.

The project is set to be completed in two phases.

Phase one is the construction of the softball complex, including the field, bleachers, dugouts,

lights, restrooms, and parking.

Phase one will start immediately as long as the Hall County Commissioners give their approval at

their meeting December 11

The second phase, which will include construction of a soccer field, track, pedestrian walking trail,

and drainage system, will begin within three to five years­­as early as 2017.



Sports News: Nighthawks Come up Short in Comeback Attempt

11/24/2014 | Men’s Basketball | Box Score
ROME, Ga. | The University of North Georgia men’s basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season Mondayevening dropping a high-scoring affair to Shorter University, 99-93. The Nighthawks (3-1) erased a 14-point halftime deficit and pulled within one point of Shorter (4-1) on two different occasions within the final four minutes of the game.

Sophomore guard Shaquan Cantrell paced UNG with 22 points on the night with forward T.J. Williams just behind at 20 points in the game.

Jordan Jacks posted a double-double for the Hawks, scoring 24 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field, with Shorter holding an impressive advantage at 58 percent compared to UNG’s 51.

The Nighthawks will head to Pensacola, Florida this weekend to take part in the University of West Florida Thanksgiving Classic. North Georgia’s is set to take on Chowan University on Friday with tipoff set for 3 p.m.

Tanner Plemmons Rains in a Record Nine 3-pointers as Nighthawks Weather Tornados

11/18/2014 | Men’s Basketball
BREVARD, North Carolina | Behind a single game school record from Tanner Plemmons, the University of North Georgia men’s basketball team posted a 104-91 win at Brevard on Tuesday night in BC’s Boshamer Gymnasium. The junior guard deposited a game-high 34 points, including nine for 14 from behind the three-point line to lead the Nighthawks to their second win of the young season.

The nine made three-pointers set a new North Georgia single game record for threes bettering the previous mark by one. Plemmons connected on his first four attempts from long range and would go on to make five more after halftime.
The Nighthawks led by as many as 20 in first half, but the host Tornados trimmed the UNG lead back down to 11 (46-35) at the break.

A layup by BC’s Moose would cut the UNG lead to seven (57-50) with 13:29 remaining in the game, but North Georgia responded with a 12-4 run to extend the cushion back to double figures for good.

Plemmons was one of five players in double figures as Shaquan Cantrell and Ebo Smith pitched in with 13 apiece andSean Brennan and Travis Core each added 11 points.
Moose paced Brevard (0-3) with a team-high 25 points.

UNG held a commanding 37-27 edge on the glass and the Nighthawks connected on 27-33 (82%) of their free throws, compared to 20-35 (57%) from Brevard.

Cantrell led North Georgia with eight rebounds while Core dished out a team-best eight assists.

North Georgia (2-0) returns to the court on Thursday (Nov. 20) when the Nighthawks host Emmanuel at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.


Golden Tiger Gets Complete Facelift as Brenau University Establishes Modern Brand Consistency

GAINESVILLE, Georgia, November 18, 2014 – Brenau University officially launched its new trademarked Golden Tigers athletics logo and graphic identity system that features the tiger mascot in profile roaring out of a bold initial B as well as the university’s bold black and gold colors.

The logo is available for use by Brenau’s 10 Golden Tigers intercollegiate athletics teams and others throughout the university. It also can be licensed by vendors and others for approved commercial and noncommercial uses.

Hoodies, caps and merchandise using the new images are for sale through the university’s bookstore on the Gainesville campus and online. The Department of Alumni & Events and the Athletics Department are making plans to develop an online catalog of tiger-logo merchandise. However, Golden Tiger images – as well as the companion interlocking BU – are showing up on athletics uniforms, player and coaches’ apparel, and other apparel and publications throughout the university. The music department, for example, got into the act when it ordered some tiger-logoed shirts for one of its performing ensembles.

“The athletics department staff, students and alumni are excited to see the new logo design come to fruition and to see it on uniforms, the walls and floors of the buildings, and other applications,” said Mike Lochstampfor, the athletics director and head soccer coach. “And, it’s not just in athletics. Already the Golden Tiger logo is being used throughout the whole campus with equal enthusiasm.”

The next step in the rollout, scheduled to occur in 2015, will be a facelift for the plush costumed mascot “H.J.,” named after Haywood Jefferson Pearce, who served as Brenau president for close to half a century. The branding will appear on signage and other elements of the new athletics park under development in Gainesville. The new logo and colors also are more compatible with “Lucile,” the world’s largest bronze statue of a “golden tiger,” installed as a landmark on the Gainesville campus in 2013 (The statue was named for Lucile Pearce, H.J.’s wife, who technically was Brenau’s first female chief executive.).

Brenau in recent years has stepped up its intercollegiate athletics substantially with its teams consistently competing in regional and national championship play. That and the ongoing major fundraising effort for development of the athletics complex required a strong visual brand identity.

The university set out to create the new athletics logo as part of a university-wide graphic identity realignment to replace a 10-year-old tiger logo that – with more of an orange and black scheme – did not even employ Brenau’s black and burnished gold official school colors. It was difficult to find pre-made merchandise – like plush tiger toys that are popular promotional and souvenir items – to match the old tiger colors.

“The recent growth and success of our athletics program demanded a more visible, professional-looking identity,” said Christie Gregory, Brenau’s design director who is overseeing the university graphic identity realignment. “We wanted a logo that would stand out on our athlete’s uniforms as well as look nice on a cap or t-shirt – something everyone would be proud to wear to show our support of Brenau. I think the new logo does a good job incorporating the overall bold and gold university branding with the athletics.”

“We were looking for something modern, clean and more stylized that would have longevity and would work well on apparel and other applications,” she said. “In addition to the new tiger logo, we also added the classic interlocking ‘BU’ mark to provide the widest range of usable options.”

Since Brenau has staked copyright and trademark claims, the new logo needed to be unique. Although only two universities – Brenau and Tuskegee University – claim “Golden Tigers” as mascot name, there are 56 tiger mascot schools in the United States, including Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Missouri. In fact, Brenau is a member of the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition, a student-led collaboration of colleges and universities around the United States with tiger mascots that is dedicated to improving public policies aimed at protecting the endangered species.

Lochstampfor said that far too often you’ll see cookie cutter approaches to logo development – like taking the basic triangular-shaped face of Brenau’s old logo, changing the shape slightly, exchanging the orange for purple and calling it a day. “There are so many tigers out there that it took a lot of time to achieve the uniqueness we were looking for,” said Lochstampfor. “Fortunately, we had a designer who was very professional and willing to work with us through the process, producing dozens of iterations until we got exactly what we wanted. We were not presented with three or four options and told to ‘take it or leave it.’”

Brenau selected Tom Sapp, the president and art director of Decatur, Georgia-based Real Characters, Inc., to design the new athletics logo system and to ultimately oversee construction of a new mascot suit. Sapp has extensive experience in development of logos, word marks, characters and mascots for many colleges and professional sports teams including “Hairy Dawg” for the University of Georgia, “Pounce” for Georgia State University, “YouDee” for the University of Delaware, “Sparty” for Michigan State University, “Rocky” for the Denver Nuggets and “Slugrrr” for the Kansas City Royals. A graphic design graduate of University of Georgia, Sapp previously worked as creative director at Burton Campbell (subsequently Earle Palmer Brown) and McCann Erickson advertising agencies.

“I like to make original designs, and to make sense of them,” Sapp said. “A lot of the time, artists let their egos get in the way [when they are commissioned], but my job is to work with strategy and direction closely with the client, to be original and fit what the client needs but also retain the equity that the client wants to keep. Sometimes when you try to evolve a pre-existing mark, you create an entirely new one.”

Sapp drew much of his inspiration from the Lucile statue for the look and feel of the Golden Tiger logo, retaining her “personality” while creating a fierce, sharp, contemporary and unique mark. He chose to turn the tiger head to a profile view to add energy and a sense of motion that was also compatible with the traditional BU initials for Brenau University.

Gregory worked closely with Sapp, incorporating her own touch in the process, leading to the stylish tiger head imposed on – and swirling around – the bold B for Brenau. “Symbolically, there is now no doubt that the Golden Tigers and Brenau are connected,” she said.

Lochstampfor, who has been rolling out the logo since it first started appearing on new uniforms this fall, said other schools already have been contacting him to learn about Brenau’s process for rebranding.

“There are so many different ways to develop logos,” he said, “and many schools can find it difficult to navigate the process. But they are impressed with the new Golden Tiger redesign and are now looking for advice.”

Brenau adopted “Golden Tigers” as its mascot name in the 1990s. It was a derivative of the first Brenau motto, “as gold refined by fire,” penned by H.J. Pearce around 1900 when he coined the word Brenau by combining syllables of words from German and Latin applied to purifying gold.

The new branding already is available on some items that are on sale at Brenau’s campus Barnes & Noble bookstore, located in Gainesville at 510 Washington St. The store is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here is a list of items that are available: Champion hooded sweatshirt, unisex fit, black or charcoal grey, $36.98; Champion long-sleeved tee shirt, unisex fit, black or charcoal grey, $21.98; and ​Legacy unisex ball cap, white or black, $21.98.

“Next month for the holidays, we should have more hoodies in black or charcoal grey, with different logos in the new set,” said Heather Ward, manager of the bookstore. Brenau gear and gifts may also be ordered online at​.

Downloadable art work and instructions for authorized use of the logos is available at

For information or permission to use the trademarked logo, contact Gregory at or David Morrison at

For information about commercial or non-profit licensing of the logo, contact Brenau University CFO David Barnett


Coach Tony Lotti to Receive National Award

News from Hall County Schools

By: Gordon Higgins

This evening at West Hall High School former University of Georgia All-American Kevin Butler, representing the College Football Hall of Fame, appeared in the school theatre to give special recognition to Tony Lotti, head football coach of the Spartans.  Butler announced to a theater full of students, faculty, and community supporters that Coach Lotti would be honored by the College Hall of Fame in a special ceremony on December 19, 2014 for being named recipient of the “Caring Coach of the Year Award”  (Dove Men’s Products, the national sponsor of the award, will be putting out a national media release on Monday, November 24, 2014).
In making the announcement, Kevin Butler said that Coach Tony Lotti was selected from over 800 nominees from across the nation. He was nominated by WHHS teacher Rita Crocker. Lotti will be featured in a brief video about his award recognition at the College Hall of Fame in Atlanta; he will also be featured in the upcoming annual “Sportsman of the Year” issue of Sports Illustrated.

UNG Sports News

11/17/2014 | Women’s Basketball
AUGUSTA, Georgia | The opening week honors continue to roll in for University of North Georgia women’s basketball player Stephanie Huffman as she has been named the Peach Belt Conference’s AstroTurf Player of the Week announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

Earlier today, Huffman was honored as the UNG Campus Cash Nighthawk of the Week.

Huffman led North Georgia to a pair of season-opening victories at the Conference Carolinas/Peach Belt Conference Tip Off Classic at North Greenville over the weekend.

The senior guard averaged a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds while adding three assists and three blocks per contest for the Nighthawks.

She connected on half of her shots from the field (19-38) and made good on 23-26 (89%) of her free throw attempts.

In a season-opening 79-71 win over North Greenville, Huffman poured in 34 points before tallying her first double-double of the year a night later (27 points, 15 rebounds) in a 95-80 win over Erskine.

Through the opening weekend, she leads the PBC in scoring and is tied for second in rebounds per game.