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Cats Cheer Wins 2016 National Title

(Myrtle Beach, SC) – About three years ago, when Georgia Northwestern first began its cheerleading program, head coach Karen Stoker admittedly didn’t know too much about the sport on the collegiate level.

Today, she can add College National Championship Coach on her resume.

The Cheer Cats became the first team in the 10-year history of the athletic department of Georgia Northwestern to win a national title when they took home top honors of the collegiate division at the Eastern Cheer and Dance Nationals in Mrytle Beach, S.C. on Sunday.

“When we started the program, I didn’t know if we would ever be a competition squad,” she said on Sunday night. “I spent the first year just recruiting and trying to become knowledgeable about college cheerleading. I was just happy with the way we were supporting our teams, so when the kids (last year) wanted to try and earn a bid to nationals, I was just thrilled when they got one.”

Just 12 months later, Stoker will have a bright, shiny new national championship trophy to sell to potential recruits.

“For me personally, I’m tickled, but it’s really all about the kids and how important this is to them,” she continued. “Today was a good day and was a good feeling for all the kids to walk up on stage and get that national championship banner and trophy. I’m one content coach.”

Coming off a seventh-place showing in their division at the National Cheerleading Association nationals in Florida in April of 2015, the Cheer Cats had earned a return trip to NCA Nationals last summer through their performance at a cheer camp in Louisville, Ky.

But when the squad ended up losing some of its athletes to due to injury and other reasons and did not have enough athletes to compete in NCA, Stoker set out to find a new national competition for her squad.

“I found Eastern Cheer and Dance and it offered a good division for us where we didn’t have to compete against the larger Division I schools,” she explained.

Stoker said the squad scored high from the judges in the Game Day part of the routine and “expressed themselves really well as college cheerleaders.” The Cheer Cats ended with 439 points – 437.25 after a deduction – but still had a high enough score to take home the championship.

“Our pyramids and tosses were pretty strong,” she added. “We did well with jumps and tumbling and the judges said we had good crowd appeal. It wasn’t a perfect routine – we did have the one deduction – but the things we did, we did well.”

With the win, the Cheer Cats also earned a bid to the U.S. Finals, which Stoker compared to getting a bid to the Olympic Trials.

“It’s something we’ll be looking into,” she said. “I’m not sure if we’ll end up going or not, but it’s nice to open that (championship) packet and know we have that option.”

David Stephenson, the school’s Athletic Director and the person who helped bring Stoker in to start up the program at Georgia Northwestern, said the national championship was something that could only help the athletic department as a whole.

“When we started talking about having cheerleading a few years ago, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “But having (the Cheer Cats) has brought a different dynamic to our whole athletic department. It’s another great recruiting tool. It helps to get the Bobcat brand out there and adding something of this prestige will only enhance it.

“Karen and her staff do a great job and always have so it’s nice to see it all culminate with this. I’m proud for all the kids and happy for her and her staff.”

Stoker said to end the year in this fashion was a thrill for both the cheerleaders coming back and the ones that will be leaving the program.

“For the four that will be leaving us – Selena Dupree, Virgil McCoy, Mayvit Sandoval and Codie Weldon (Shredder, the school’s Bobcat mascot) – it’s a great way to go out,” she said. “And for the ones coming back, it’s a great way to springboard into a new year. They are already making big plans for next year.”

Stoker also expressed her gratitude to Grant and Rachel Magness of Hot Shots in Rome for helping the team with its choreography.

Cats Cheer To Host Third Annual Cheer Extravaganza

Lafayette, Georgia to serve as host site

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(Northwest Georgia) – One of the most anticipated local cheerleading events of the year will take place on Monday, Sept. 28 as Georgia Northwestern hosts its third annual Bobcat Cheer Extravaganza.
This year’s event will take place at LaFayette High School with performances and festivities beginning at 6 p.m.
Bobcats cheer coach Karen Stoker said another huge turnout is expected.
“Last year we ended up with about 425 athletes performing, which was more than double what we had the first year and we are expecting at least that many or more this year,” she said. “We know we have at least 14 schools that are going to represented, but we will probably have some more that sign up just before the deadline.”
Recreation cheer squads will compete for awards, as will middle school and high school spirit squads. Middle school, high school and all-star competition squads will perform exhibitions only.
The night will begin with a performance by the Georgia Northwestern Bobcat Cheer Cats. The Cheer Cats finished seventh in their division at the 2015 National Cheerleading Association (NCA) Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in their first season as a competition squad. They have already qualified for the 2016 NCA Nationals following their performance at a camp at the University of Louisville.
Stoker said the performance was another good way for her squad to give back to the local cheerleading community.
“We just finished helping with the North Georgia Athletic Conference (middle school) with their competition cheerleading playday,” she explained. “They asked us to do it and the kids really enjoyed it.”
Admission will be $5 for adults. Concessions and cheerleading-specific vendors will also be on hand with items to purchase.
Stoker added that the main purpose of the night would be to allow cheer squads of all levels to showcase their talents.
“The mats will be theirs to show what they can do,” she said. “I’m looking forward to what I think will be another great night.”

Cats Close Out Season At Nationals With Seventh Place Finish

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The Georgia Northwestern Cheer Cats came to the NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida knowing they were just one of nine squads in the entire country that qualified for the prestigious event in their division.

However, that knowledge, and the experience of being on a national stage, will have to serve as parting gifts.

After placing seventh in Thursday morning’s preliminary session and missing out on an automatic berth in the finals, Georgia Northwestern finished second in Thursday afternoon’s Challenge Cup round, missing out on the final wild-card spot in Friday’s finals by less than a single point.

The Cheer Cats – making their first appearance at Nationals in just their second season as a program – scored a total of 73.75 combined points through their 45-second game day routine and 2:30 long routine in the morning session for Intermediate Co-Ed Division II.

Iowa Central Community College sat in first place after the preliminaries with 80.68 points, followed by the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (79.10), the University of Texas-Dallas (77.83), Palomar (Cal.) College (76.33) and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (75.80).

All five of those squads automatically qualified for Friday’s finals.

In the Challenge Cup round, with the remaining squads in the division once again performing their routines for the judges, Georgia Northwestern scored 75.43 points without a single deduction.

Tyler (Tex.) Junior College was docked four points in deductions during their Challenge Cup performance, but scored higher than the Cheer Cats in other categories, including degree of difficulty, and finished with 76.35 points to hang on for the final spot.

El Paso (Tex.) Community College (74.70) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University (72.35) rounded out the Challenge Cup standings.

“Regardless of what happened today, these kids have done so well,” Cheer Cats head coach Karen Stoker said. “We couldn’t be prouder of them. We’re the smallest squad here, but we’re just excited that we were only one of nine squads in the nation that qualified in our division. That says a lot right there.”

Cats In Daytona Beach For Nationals

Cats Competitive Cheer Squad Hit The Mats this morning at the National Championship in Daytona Beach this morning. As soon as we have a report from the event, we will bring you the very latest. Cats Cheer is one of only nine colleges in the country in their division to qualify for nationals! Good Luck Coach Stoker and Good Luck Cats Cheer Team!cheer-2

Cats Cheer Qualify For Nationals, Headed To Daytona Beach

Georgia Northwestern In Televised National Collegiate Cheer Competition

The Georgia Northwestern Bobcats cheerleaders will take the mat at the NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach on Thursday morning. Georgia Northwestern is in their second year as a cheer program and qualified for nationals on their first attempt.
The Georgia Northwestern Bobcats cheerleaders will take the mat at the NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach on Thursday morning. Georgia Northwestern is in their second year as a cheer program and qualified for nationals on their first attempt.

(Rock Spring, GA) – Nearly two years’ worth of dreams and several months’ worth of practice is about to become reality for the Georgia Northwestern Cheer Cats.

After finding out in late January that they had qualified, Georgia Northwestern will make its National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championship debut in Daytona Beach, Florida later this week.

The Cheer Cats will be the first team to take the beachside mats on Thursday morning (8:54 a.m.) to kick off competition in Co-Ed Intermediate Division II. The division is comprised of teams with one or males from Division II, Division III, NAIA, junior college and community college schools.

Georgia Northwestern earned a trip to Nationals after submitting a video entry that showed off their stunts, pyramids, tumbling, basket tosses and game day performances. Judges who watched and evaluated the video notified the squad that they had been selected as a qualifier on Jan. 28.

“We feel very fortunate,” said head coach Karen Stoker. “Last year, there were 21 teams in this division. This year, only nine qualified so we feel good just knowing that we were one of just nine (in the country) that qualified in our division.”

The Cheer Cats will first perform their 45-second game day routine before setting up for their 2:30 music routine. The teams with the top five scores will automatically advance to Friday’s finals with the rest of the squads coming back at 3 p.m. for the Challenge Cup. Those squads competing in the Challenge Cup will do their long routine once more with one team moving into the finals as sort of a wild card squad.

Only the game day routine scores carry over to the finals.

Sophomore Rhys Turner said she was excited, but also admitted to a case of nerves with the competition just a few days away.

“I’m really excited, but also very nervous,” she explained. “There’s going to be a lot of people there and performing in front of a big crowd gets me pumped up and gives me an adrenaline rush. But driving down there and waiting that first night in the hotel room and thinking about it is going to be nerve-wracking. Still, I’d love to go down there and take a big title back home with us.”

The squad has been practicing two or three days a week for two to three hours at a day to get ready for their NCA debut, plus doing individual work on their own at home to hone their skills.

“We’ve been working really hard and I expect us to do our best,” said fellow sophomore Alex Smith. “If we do that, I can live with the outcome. I’m feeling a little pressure, but we are the first squad (from Georgia Northwestern) to make it to Nationals so that has to count for something.”

The Cheer Cats breathed a sigh of relief this past week when the NCA granted them a special exemption to possibly compete with a squad of just nine members instead of the usually required 10-member minimum.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had an injury that we are trying to work around just in case we won’t have everyone available,” Stoker said. “But they all have done a good job of making those changes and not letting it get them down too much. We appreciate NCA for allowing us to compete with nine if it comes to that.”

Even with a full roster, Georgia Northwestern will likely have the smallest squad, in terms of numbers, that will perform in the entire competition. However, Stoker said this competition will be about quality, not quantity.

“We’ll be going up against some teams in our division that will have up to 20 (members),” she explained. “But it’s not how many you have up there, it’s how clean and how well you do the routine.”

The veteran cheerleading coach also admitted to feeling a little pressure of her own.

“There’s probably a little more pressure just because it’s the first time for us,” she added. “Next time we go (to Nationals), and the times that follow after that, I won’t be so nervous because I will know what to expect.”

Stoker said the team will stick around on Saturday to see other cheer events, like partner stunt and mascot competitions, as well as more “fun” activities like shopping and beach and pool time.

“But just getting to see all these squads perform up close, wow,” she continued. “And getting to meet all of them and develop relationships will be great.”

Stoker expressed her thanks to Georgia Northwestern, Athletic Director David Stephenson, cheer consultant Grant Magness and all of her squad members, coaches and parents for helping them reach this point.

For information on all Georgia Northwestern intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail GNTC Athletic Director David Stephenson at dstephenson@gntc.edu or GNTC Sports Information Director Scott Herpst at sherpst@gntc.edu. GNTC is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA), NJCAA’s Region XVII, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and an equal opportunity institute.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses currently located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

Cats, Eagles Battle To Buzzer in NJCAA vs. NAIA

Georgia Northwestern Falls Short At Reinhardt

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(Waleska, GA) – The first-ever match-up between NJCAA’s Georgia Northwestern and NAIA’s Reinhardt University went to the buzzer Thursday night as the Eagles would soar away with the win, 87-84.

A last-second play in the first half saw the ball in the hands of freshman point guard Rico Mears who launched a three and connected to take a 42-39 lead into the half. The Eagles would come out firing in the second stanza as they would build a 10-point lead with just under eight minutes left to play.

Aggressive play by the Cats over the next two and a half minutes would make the game a one-possession game for most of the final five minutes. With six seconds to go and trailing by three, the Bobcats could not get a good look at the basket and would fail to launch a buzzer-beating shot at the Brown Athletic Center in Waleska, Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern’s LaDarius Watkins would lead the way for the Bobcats in the non-region battle. The 6-foot-4 freshman from Chattanooga’s East Hamilton H.S. would lead the Cats with 19 points and seven boards in the contest.

Sophomore Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) would do damage from the guard slot with 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and a pair of blocks. Fellow sophomore Tavish Reynolds (Calhoun, GA) would drop in 18 points from his shooting guard spot for the Cats.

Reinhardt JV’s Warren Staples (Fayetteville, NC) led all scorers with 24 on the night. Eagle sharpshooting freshman Blaine White (Joliet, IL) would connect from beyond the three-point line five times in the match-up.

Georgia Northwestern (2-2) will next hit the hardwood Monday night at the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.) The Bobcats will host Sewanee (TN) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. For information on all Cats Country intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail the Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu, or call (706) 764-3813.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (84) – Olsen 8, Tavish Reynolds 18, Hunter Ivester 10, Watkins 1, Mears 9, Harris 2, Powell 3, McLin 4, Bell 6, Cochran 4, LaDarius Watkins 19.

Reinhardt University (87) – McCullough 3, Blaine White 15, Sapp 6, Warren Staples 24, Isaiah Hugley 17, N. Jones 9, Lynch 3, D. Jones 8, Tremble 2, Polhill II, Shelley.

Halftime Score: 42-39, Georgia Northwestern.

Lady Cats Steal First Win In Home-Opener

“Sophomore Lady Cat point guard Kiarra Parks led the way Thursday night with 19 points in Georgia Northwestern’s first win of the season.”
“Sophomore Lady Cat point guard Kiarra Parks led the way Thursday night with 19 points in Georgia Northwestern’s first win of the season.”

Georgia Northwestern Drops Warren Wilson (NC)

(Winthrop-King Centre, Rome, Georgia) – After starting the 2013-14 campaign on a three-game slide which consisted of road games in the Volunteer State, the NJCAA Region XVII defending champs returned to Rome, Georgia Thursday night and clawed their way to their first win of the season.

Sophomore All-Region First-Teamer Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN) led the way with 19 points in the Lady Cats win over NAIA program Warren Wilson, 70-63. Georgia Northwestern (1-3) led by 10 at the break, 35-25. However, 17 points off of Lady Cat turnovers kept the Tar Heel State squad close down the stretch.

Freshman Charron Woodley (Rome, GA) added 10 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Sophomore outside threat Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA) went three-of-five from beyond the arc in her 11 point outing.

Freshman 6-footer Caroline Long (Rome, GA) grabbed seven of her own points, but it was the three blocked shots that got Warren Wilson’s attention.

The Lady Owls (1-2) Dani Henderson led all scorers dropping 25 points through the Winthrop-King Centre nets. Former Gordon Lee High School (Chickamauga, GA) standout Lilvia Bradley left her mark, as well. The 6-foot sophomore added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Georgia Northwestern continues to run their traditional non-region gauntlet on Monday night as they head to perennial NJCAA power Gadsden State in Gadsden, Alabama. Warren Wilson returns to North Carolina to host Judson College on Saturday.

Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and an equal opportunity institute. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Athletics, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813., e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu, or visit BobcatsCountry.com.

Warren Wilson (63) – Oglesby 4, Scherer 6, Ashford 4, Isaiah, Blandin 2, Dani Henderson 25, Miller 3, O’Brien, Hall 2, Lilvia Bradley 17, Ackerman.

Georgia Northwestern (70) – Kiarra Parks 19, Jones 1, Alisha Bridges 10, Nichelson 6, Charron Woodley 10, Flaherty, Hall 6, Sierra Smith 11, Long 7.

Halftime Score: 35-25, Georgia Northwestern.

Ivester Catches Fire, Tames Lions In Dayton (TN)

Georgia Northwestern Steals Road Win At Bryan, At Reinhardt Thursday

“Sophomore Bobcat captain Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) led all scorers with 22 in Georgia Northwestern’s road win at Bryan (TN) Monday night.”
“Sophomore Bobcat captain Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) led all scorers with 22 in Georgia Northwestern’s road win at Bryan (TN) Monday night.”

(Dayton, TN) – Just three games into the 2013-14 season, Georgia Northwestern appears to be heading in the right direction. The Bobcats continued its progress with a 64-63 win at Bryan College JV (TN) Monday night.

After an 8-19 season in 2012-13, the Bobcats possess a 2-1 record over the first ten days of the campaign. In each of those three games, the Cats have held double-digit leads in the second-half. The latest coming Monday night when sophomore Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) left his mark on Bryan’s Summers Gymnasium.

Ivester, a team captain this season, led his squad to a 12-point lead at the break, 41-29. The 5-foot-10 shooting guard from Trion, Georgia would catch fire early as he would scorch the Lion nets for 15 points in the first half. 70-percent shooting from the field, 75-percent from beyond the three-point arc, led to Ivester’s 22 points in the Bobcat win.

Freshman point guard Rico Mears (Dalton, GA) added 11 points in the road win. Rome, Georgia’s Veshawn Bell added 10 in the match-up. Bryan freshman swingman Christian Haile (Shelbyville, TN) led all Lion scorers with 20 in the loss. Bryan freshmen Caleb Tuck (Dickson, TN) and Bryan Landers (Maryville, TN) added 13 each on the night.

Next up for the Cats will be a trip through the North Georgia mountains to Waleska, Georgia to square-off with Reinhardt University. It will be Georgia Northwestern’s first-ever match-up with the Eagles. Game time is 6:30 p.m. The Lions JV squad will take to the court next when they host Covenant College on November 18.

For information on all Cats Country intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail the Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu, or call (706) 764-3813.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (64) – Olsen 4, Watkins 4, Rico Mears 11, Harris, Reynolds 2, Powell 5, Hunter Ivester 22, McLin, Veshawn Bell 10, Painter 2, Cochran 2, Stanley 2, Watkins.

Bryan College JV (63) – Caleb Tuck 13, Valentine 2, Christian Haile 20, McClaurin 6, Parton 1, Bagard 2, Clark 6, Bryan Landers 13.

Halftime Score: 41-29, Georgia Northwestern.

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