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“Trion High School (GA) basketball standout Hunter Ivester signs his letter of application to Georgia Northwestern. Sitting to his left is his mother, Michele Ivester, standing is his father, Ken Ivester, sitting to his right is Hunter’s twin brother, Heath.”

 

(Rock Spring, Georgia) – As Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson reloads the roster for the 2012-13 Bobcat intercollegiate schedule, his first signing of the season comes from a familiar recruiting ground. Trion’s (Georgia) Hunter Ivester has signed his letter of application to the NJCAA Region XVII program in a ceremony at Trion High School.

“Trion High School (GA) basketball standout Hunter Ivester signs his letter of application to Georgia Northwestern. Sitting to his left is his mother, Michele Ivester, standing is his father, Ken Ivester, sitting to his right is Hunter’s twin brother, Heath.”

A 6-foot-1 guard who made his prowess known on the hardwood and the gridiron in Chattooga County, Georgia, Ivester was selected to several all-area, county, and region teams and was nominated for multiple player of the week honors with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2011-12 prep hoops. A key piece of Head Coach Lanny Thomas’ Bulldog arsenal, Ivester made a name for himself across GHSA’s Region 6A.

“Simply put, he can get the job done. No matter what it is,” said Thomas. “He’s a student-athlete that is going to fit in perfectly with what David (Stephenson) is doing at Georgia Northwestern.” Stephenson is in his sixth year as head coach of the Bobcat Men’s Varsity program at Georgia Northwestern. The Bobcats play their home games out of Rossville, Georgia at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex.

“I’m very impressed with what Hunter brings to us,” said Stephenson. “He’s solid academically, a double-digit scorer, but most noticeably he is a good young man with a lot of drive and focus for his age. We are really happy about this signing. Trion has been very good for us over the past six years.”

One of the 2012-13 co-captains recently announced for the Bobcats is Trion alum Bud Todd. The 6-foot-5 forward hovered at the double-digit mark in points and boards throughout the 2011-12 campaign for Georgia Northwestern. Todd, along with Casey Day, Matt Hill, and Dustin Rosser, were all members of the college’s first-ever intercollegiate varsity squad back in 2007.

“I was able to play with some of the guys recently and I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said Ivester. “I’m really happy about the decision. I’m going to college and get a true shot at being a part of a college basketball program.” Ivester, along with his twin brother, Heath, were standouts on the Trion High School Football and Basketball teams during their years in Bulldog Country.

“This entire region across these corners of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee is a great breeding ground for recruits built for programs like ours,” said Stephenson. “Hunter (Ivester) has a great chance at becoming a key part of our attack in the next two years.”

Ivester wore number 12 during his run with the Dog Pound faithful at Trion High School (GA). Wearing number 12 for the Bobcats this past season was someone equally as impressively; sophomore co-captain Matt Woods, the college’s first national NJCAA All-American. “In the 25 years I’ve been coaching basketball, Matt (Woods) is one of the elite that standout. He really has handled his business in class, on the court, and in his life.” The two-time All-Region XVII honoree for athletics and academics was announced as Georgia Northwestern’s first All-American at GNTC’s Athletics Banquet on May 8.

Open team workout dates for the Men’s and Women’s Bobcat Basketball program are posted at GNTC.edu as they are available. Tryout dates will be posted this summer for spots on the 2012-13 Georgia Northwestern Men’s and Women’s rosters. Next season will mark the sixth year of student-athletics at Georgia Northwestern.

Georgia Northwestern competes in NJCAA’s Region XVII in Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball. The Bobcats hung conference championship banners in 2008 and 2009. The Lady Cats are the NJCAA Region XVII’s defending champions, advancing the National Sweet 16 in post-season play in 2012.

The Bobcats open their season on November 2 at home when Toccoa Falls College comes to “The R.A.C.” The very next weekend, the ‘Cats pack their bags for the Music City as they return to the Freewill Classic at Freewill Baptist in Nashville, Tennessee. Georgia Northwestern advanced to the semi-finals of the tourney just one year ago.

For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.