Bobcats Round Out First Competitive Signing Season

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(Flat Rock, Alabama) – Recruiting for student-athletes in Northwest Georgia and the Tennessee Valley can be extremely competitive. For Northwest Georgia’s largest college, recruit signings have becoming more of a celebration of the best talent the region has to offer rather than an official school event.

“We’ve had colleges come and do signings all spring. However, it’s more of a family atmosphere and a showcase with (Georgia) Northwestern,” said Dade County High School’s Head Cheer Coach Lindsey Moore. “Recruiting for our region’s top cheerleaders has really picked up since they came into the picture.”

With Georgia Northwestern’s first year of intercollegiate cheerleading just months away, the Lady Cats have rounded out their NJCAA recruiting season with its focus turning to Sand Mountain and Trenton, Georgia.

The final weeks of May saw Georgia Northwestern recruiters making trips up and down Sand Mountain between, Ider, North Sand Mountain, and Dade County High Schools. As the signing season comes to a close, Georgia Northwestern has now inked Ider’s Nicolesha Russell, North Sand Mountain’s Paige Vaughn, and Dade County’s Rachelle Blansit and Maggie Tharp.

“I’m excited about competing with so many cheerleaders from across the area,” said North Sand Mountain’s Paige Vaughn after her May signing. “We’ve all competed in so many of the same competitions in high school. And now after this year with Coach Stoker recruiting me and some of the others from the area, we’ve had a lot to talk about and look forward to.”

In addition to early signees Tara Clark (LaFayette), Mikayla Derryberry (Ridgeland), Desirea Famber (Dalton), and Mina Winters (LaFayette), the Lady Cats have a solid eight NJCAA student-athletes that will serve as the cornerstones of Georgia Northwestern’s latest intercollegiate athletic offering which is expected to field an initial squad of 16 cheerleaders.

“All eight are tremendous athletes and leaders on their prep squads,” said Stoker. “We couldn’t afford to have anything less than best with this being our pilot season.”
The Gordon Lee Invitational Cheer Competition held in Chickamauga, Georgia last October gave first-year Cats Cheer Head Coach Karen Stoker a great look at what the area had to offer in 2013. “We used that event as a great recruiting tool for us,” said Stoker. “We are putting together a team that can compete, not just show up. This is an opportunity for the region’s best to take their skill sets to the collegiate level. It’s a chance to showcase what we have to offer, as well as what these athletes can do in the classroom and on the floor.”

For the 2012-13 season, the Cats Cheer program will solely cheer for the college’s NJCAA Region XVII Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs which run from October through March. The college is looking into the possibility of expanding the program in the near future, as well as adding more athletic offerings through its Northwest Georgia campuses. The Bobcat Golf program is set to tee off in spring of 2014 as the search for the program’s first coach is now underway.

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through, or by e-mail to Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.