Murphy's Jessica Beckner (15) prepares to thwart a potential Zoey Jacobsen (22) basket, during a game last year against Hiwassee Dam.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Murphy's Beckner commits to Young Harris College

   Murphy – Jessica Beckner has reached a decision.
   After weighing offers from such schools as Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.), the standout Murphy senior athlete announced a verbal commitment to Young Harris (Ga.) College on Thursday night.
   “It feels pretty good,” Beckner said. “All the hard work has paid off.”
   The offer for a full scholarship, proximity and camaraderie were all driving forces behind Beckner’s decision to suit up for the NCAA Division II-Mountain Lions.
   “It’s close to home,” Beckner said. “I really liked the girls (on the team) when I went for my official visit.”
   A full story on Beckner’s commitment will be in the Sept. 27 edition of the Cherokee Scout.