Fullington fills heart with UNC powder blue

Farragut hot-hitting third baseman dumps Cincy, commits to UNC

Farragut baserunner Chase Fullington slides safely into third base as Oak Ridge third baseman Luke Hebert can’t corral a throw during Throwback Night play at FHS’s John Heatherly Field April 24. Farragut won in five innings 10-0. While the North Carolina Tar Heels Baseball program has never won a College World Series, it’s currently a program of good guys who finish first in other ways.

That’s the view of Chase Fullington, Farragut’s All-Knox-area third baseman whose hot bat helped lead FHS to the program’s eighth Class AAA state title in May.

Fullington’s sizzling bat in summer ball led to a change of heart, and a new appreciation for Carolina powder blue.

Committing to the University of Cincinnati in February, Fullington, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound rising senior, changed his mind. He committed to UNC, one of the nation’s top college programs in the 2000s, Thursday, July 3.

“North Carolina was a no brainer for me,” said Fullington, Farragut’s No. 2 batter in the line-up who hit .344 with 17 doubles in 2014. “Their coaches are known to be, like, good guys, and it’s a Christian-based program.”

Rating the Tar Heels among all current programs nationwide, “I’d say in my opinion I think they’re the best,” Fullington, who said he’ll likely be a middle infielder at UNC, added. “They went to the College World Series in 2013 and they had the No. 1 2014 recruiting class. It’s just a good place, Chapel Hill’s nice, and a very good conference [Atlantic Coast Conference]. It just worked out.”
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Patience for Blevins at Belmont

Madison Blevins in action as a freshman shooting guard at Belmont University last season. Madison Blevins will likely have to add extra patience to her list of qualities as a Belmont University student/athlete.

As this former Farragut Lady Admirals two-time All-Region 2-AAA guard adjusted to life as a freshman guard at this small NCAA Division I school in Nashville last season, limited playing time was the rule (1.2 points per game with one start in 13 game appearances).

It may be again in 2014-15. Four “really good guards that were juniors last year” return as rising seniors for the Bruins’ 2014-15 team according to head coach Cameron Newbauer.

Though knowing she had little to no game-day playing minutes ahead of her last season, Blevins won over Newbauer with her “selflessness” in practice.

“It’s a testament to her character,” he said. “I love that aspect of her because she’s a big-time team player. … She sacrificed playing time but it didn’t change her attitude or effort.

“In a case like that you never know how players are going to respond because once the seasons gets rolling, it’s pretty evident who’s going to get game minutes and who’s not,” Newbauer added. “But from a coaching standpoint ... her attitude and effort, day in and day out, was fantastic in practice and in game prep.”
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