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GNTC’s Fugh Sets All-Time Scoring Record

564c121e80c03-imageCongrats to Bobcat Basketball student-athlete Darrius Fugh for setting the college’s all-time scoring record this past weekend.
GNTC’s Fugh Sets All-Time Scoring Record

Farrell Named GCAA Player Of The Week

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Congrats to our own Ashley Farrell from Calhoun, Georgia. She was named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for last week.
Ashley Farrell, a sophomore guard from Calhoun (Gordon Central HS), has been named the GCAA Division III Player of the Week for Dec. 2.
Farrell had 13 points, six rebounds, a block and a steal in a 61-46 home loss to the Bryan College junior varsity team on Nov. 23.
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Georgia Northwestern, GSD Grad Takes Education From Class, Court Back Home

Daughtry Putting Degree To Use At Georgia School For The Deaf

“In an action photo from a tournament her sophomore year at Georgia Northwestern, Daughtry drives to the basketball against Warren Wilson College (NC) in a two-day tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.”
“In an action photo from a tournament her sophomore year at Georgia Northwestern, Daughtry drives to the basketball against Warren Wilson College (NC) in a two-day tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.”

(Cave Spring, Georgia) – Four years after putting the Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD) on the basketball map, Brittney Daughtry has put herself back on the GSD campus. Her new goal is to give back in a way she knows how. She’s putting her collegiate training from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to work at the school which launched her career.

Daughtry, now 26-years-old, was the Mason-Dixie Tournament Most Valuable Player during her senior year of high school basketball at the Cave Spring institution. The annual roundball event pits the Schools for the Deaf from across the Southeast against one another. It would just be a short time later that Daughtry would become her high school’s first female to ever become a collegiate athletic signee.

“Brittney Daughtry with her Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player Trophy in 2010. Daughtry was the Georgia School for the Deaf’s first-ever female student-athlete to sign a letter of intent with a college.”
“Brittney Daughtry with her Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player Trophy in 2010. Daughtry was the Georgia School for the Deaf’s first-ever female student-athlete to sign a letter of intent with a college.”

“I love to work with kids,” said Daughtry in her GNTC signing day interview in August 2011. “I want to help them and watch them learn like all my teachers and coaches have done for me. It always makes me feel so proud.” To celebrate, the entire student body attended the event that day and waved pom-poms which shook so violently that the obvious silence was almost deafening.

Today, Daughtry is making her wish come true. She currently serves as a resident advisor at the GSD. “I work with the elementary school girls on campus,” said Daughtry. “I help teach more sign language, basic student life things, and whatever it takes to help them make it at GSD.”

The former Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcat is currently considering colleges to pursue her next degree in Early Childhood Education. “I earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Georgia Northwestern,” said Daughtry. “Just thinking about my next step. I am really happy about the opportunity to bring whatever education I obtain back to the school that has done so much for me.”

This K-12 school in Cave Spring, Georgia has been in business for nearly 170 years. This is the first time a female student has signed to play a collegiate sport on any level. More than 30 years ago, the school saw its first-ever male student-athlete sign to play college basketball when GSD alum Willie Brown headed to Hofstra University.

Originally from Sylvania, Georgia, Daughtry will tell you how she didn’t have much interaction with other children early in life. “I started to lose my hearing when I was two,” said Daughtry. “A really bad fever started my hearing loss. When it was time to begin Kindergarten, we made the decision to attend GSD. I learned everything from sign language to the game I love. Both GSD and Georgia Northwestern have taught me so much.”

It’s a decision that shaped her education, career, and future, both on the court and in the classroom.

The Lady Cats Basketball program is based in Rossville, Georgia. Georgia Northwestern Intercollegiate Athletics competes within the NJCAA Division III and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA). Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s summer semester is April 20. The last day to register for summer classes is May 4.

Home Sweet Home, Lady Bobcats Sweep Welch

Holly Mount throws down one of her team-high eight kills in Georgia Northwestern’s three-game sweep of Welch College Thursday night in Rossville.
Holly Mount throws down one of her team-high eight kills in Georgia Northwestern’s three-game sweep of Welch College Thursday night in Rossville.

 

 

(Rossville, GA) – The anticipated return of the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats volleyball team to the court at the Rossville Athletic Center finally took place on Thursday night and the Navy-and-Silver didn’t disappoint.

Playing host to visiting Welch College of Nashville, the Lady Bobcats sent their guests back to the Music City with a straight-sets loss, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-21.

GNTC (2-1) led by four at the midway point of the first set, only to see Welch rally and take a 22-20 lead when Bobcats head coach Carrie Powell used her last allowed substitution.

It turned out to be the right call as the Lady Bobcats reeled off the final five points, thanks to some brilliant late-game serving off the bench from Katlyn Bishop.

The second set would start out the way of Welch, who stormed out of the gates to grab a 9-2 lead. Undaunted, the Lady Bobcats clawed their way back, tying the match at 14. They worked their way to a 23-19 advantage before an ace by Layna Jenkins and a kill by Sabrina Garcia gave GNTC the set.

The third and final set was a tight one throughout before the Lady Bobcats finally were able to wrestle away the momentum for good.

A kill by Casey Chapman tied things up at 20 and two consecutive hitting errors by Welch put the home team three points from clinching the match. Mikiah Treece had a couple of outstanding digs late in the match and another Welch hitting error, brought on by a hard shot from Garcia, polished off the sweep.

“We should have come out a lot stronger than we did,” Powell said. “Maybe we were just nervous playing at home, but we found a way to win and that’s all that really matters. Welch has a scrappy team and they got to some balls we didn’t think they could get to, but it’s always nice to be able to beat a four-year college.”

Holly Mount paced the offense with eight kills, while Garcia finished with seven on the night. Rachel McGill dished out 15 assists. Treece had a solid game defensively with 23 digs, while Ashley Bradley added eight. Bishop led the Lady Bobcats with three aces.

GNTC will hit the road on Monday, joining Alice Lloyd College for a tri-match at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn. starting at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Treece Hopes To Serve Up Power And Positivity For GNTC

On hand at GNTC for the signing of Mikiah Treece (seated, center) were Bobcats athletic director David Stephenson and Lady Bobcats volleyball coach Carrie Powell, Wendy Moore, Renee Weathers, Gabrielle Allison, Gracie Allison and Nikita Allison.
On hand at GNTC for the signing of Mikiah Treece (seated, center) were Bobcats athletic director David Stephenson and Lady Bobcats volleyball coach Carrie Powell, Wendy Moore, Renee Weathers, Gabrielle Allison, Gracie Allison and Nikita Allison.

(Rock Spring, GA) – The home school-based Chattanooga Patriots have made their mark in high school athletics over the past several years and now one of their own will be looking to make her mark at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
Lady Bobcats head coach Carrie Powell announced the signing of Mikiah Treece following a ceremony at the college last Wednesday. Treece, a
5-foot-6 outside hitter, will give the Lady Bobcats power on the front row and a solid defensive player in the back.
“I’m really looking forward to having Mikiah,” Powell said. “She’s a really strong power hitter with all the potential to be a good outside player for us.”
It was Treece who first contacted Powell about the possibility of joining the Lady Bobcats and Powell said she was glad she did.
“She was wanting to come to Georgia Northwestern and further her volleyball career and luckily it all worked out,” said the coach. “I think it’s a really good fit for all of us. She’s really outgoing and a very sweet girl.
She’s been to some of our open gyms this summer and the other players have already taken to her really well.”
Treece attended Heritage Middle School and went to Heritage High School for one year before leaving to be home-schooled. In addition to playing with the Patriots, Treece also played some club volleyball under the direction of Coach Paul Brock.
She said joining the Lady Bobcats was a dream come true.
“My sister also played volleyball and ever since I was in the second grade, my goal has been to be a college volleyball player,” she explained. “I was looking around at colleges and heard about (Georgia Northwestern’s) program. I liked that fact that it wasn’t too far from my house, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. I talked to Coach (Powell), had a tryout and she liked me and wanted me to sign.”
Treece said even though the season is still a couple of months away, she already feels like part of the team.
“I love the other girls,” she said. “They are all awesome and have great personalities. We’re all getting along really well so far. They’ve been encouraging and I think we’re going to have a great season.”
In addition to her hitting and other skills, Treece says she hopes she can bring positivity to the squad.
“I hope I can bring a good attitude, encouragement and just lift everyone up,” she explained. “Even if we can’t win, we can still have a good attitude and do it for the honor of God.”
Treece wants to become a paramedic and later a pediatric nurse.

Lady Cats Snag Rambler Hoops Standout

Pez and LaShey Ludy are all smiles as their daughter, Chelsea, signed papers to continue her basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Wednesday. Also on hand for the ceremony were LaFayette High assistant principal Maggie Stultz, LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson.
Pez and LaShey Ludy are all smiles as their daughter, Chelsea, signed papers to continue her basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Wednesday. Also on hand for the ceremony were LaFayette High assistant principal Maggie Stultz, LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson.

(Lafayette, GA) – A recent study has indicated that of the thousands of high school athletes that graduate in the state of Georgia each year, only two percent go on to sign college athletic scholarships.
That elite group now includes LaFayette High School’s Chelsea “C.C.” Ludy.
The Lady Rambler senior will be a part of the new-look Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats when they move into their new Rossville home next season. Ludy signed her letter of intent on Wednesday in front of family and friends in a ceremony at LaFayette.
Ludy said it “feels amazing” to be a college basketball player.
“I’ve always wanted to play at the next level,” she said. “I didn’t want high school to be the last time I was ever on the court so I’m really looking forward to it.”
While Ludy started a handful of games last season, she gave the Lady Ramblers value and depth off the bench at guard. An adept ball-handler with 3-point shooting range, Ludy made her mark with solid defense and good passing skills, becoming one of LaFayette’s leaders in assists.
Ludy’s opportunity to play for the Lady Bobcats stemmed from a workout shortly after the end of LaFayette’s 2013-14 campaign.
“I went to a tryout camp for them (in Rome) right after the end of the season,” she explained. “I really didn’t think about it leading to anything at the time, but later on they contacted me about coming to play for them.”
LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson said GNTC was getting, first and foremost, a great person.
“She was really dependable and she had some great highlights for us last year,” he said. “She stepped up and became one of our top assist players. I think she’ll fit in nicely at Georgia Northwestern because she’s quick and she can guard people. We’re excited for her that she gets to continue her basketball career.”
Swanson said that Ludy’s defensive skills were college-ready.
“Anytime you go to the next level, you have to step up your game,” he said. “She just has to continue to work on offense and improve her shot, but defensively, she’ll be fine. She’s also very unselfish and she knows how to pass the ball.”
Ludy echoed her former coach’s assessment.
“I know I need to work on my ball-handling and being more aggressive going toward the basket,” she said. “Plus, I have to work on my shooting.”
GNTC athletic director David Stephenson was happy to add Ludy to the fold.
“She’s a quality girl, on and off the floor, which is what we are always looking for,” he said. “We’re not sure exactly what position she will play. We’ll make a determination after summer workouts, but I think we’re very blessed to get her because I think she can be a very versatile player for us. It’s also huge for her to make the commitment without knowing who the (new) coach is going to be.”
Ludy said she is considering a business major.
“I never wanted to be far from home,” she added. “I’m not used to being away by myself so (Georgia Northwestern) was perfect for me.
Then, on top of that, I get to play basketball close to home so my family can come watch me play.”

Lady Cats Face Tough Division I Foe In Gadsden State (AL)

Georgia Northwestern Preps For Cross-Town Rival Highlands, Freshman Long Questionable

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(Gadsden, AL) – All eyes are on freshman center Caroline Long after a battle with Division I Gadsden State (AL) at Beck Field House in Gadsden, Alabama Monday night.

The 6-foot-1 freshman went down with a knee injury in the second half in the Lady Cats 109-41 defeat at the hands of one of the nation’s best Division I JUCO programs. Spirited play in the paint ended with a Lady Cardinal post player’s head and Long’s knee colliding.

After spending several minutes on the hardwood, trainers helped Long to the locker room. “Her status is uncertain right now,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “She may need as much as a week off. We’ll just wait and see.”

Freshman Lady Cat Alisha Bridges (Calhoun, GA) led Division III Georgia Northwestern in scoring with 10 on the night. Sophomore sharpshooter Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA) added nine points, all by way of the three-point line. Gadsden State (4-0) freshman shooting guard Shauntece Catlin led all scoring with 23 points thanks to 67-percent (10-of-15) shooting from the field.

Georgia Northwestern (1-4) struggled at the hands of the Cardinal defense shooting 29-percent from the field and only 50-percent from the foul line in the loss. “They were a good team,” said Williams. “However, we simply got tired and didn’t play anywhere near our potential. We’ll just go into practice this week and see what they’ve learned and, in turn, what they will show us on the court.”

The Lady Cats will tip things off next against one of its newest rivals in NCJAA Division I Georgia Highlands. Georgia Northwestern and the Lady Chargers will get underway Saturday at 6 p.m. at Charger Gymnasium on the Georgia Highlands College campus in Floyd County, Georgia. Gadsden State next hits the floor on Saturday, as well, when they travel to Selma, Alabama to face Wallace CC – Selma.

For information on all Georgia Northwestern 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 (41) – Parks 3, Jones, Alisha Bridges 10, Nichelson 7, Woodley 2, Flaherty 2, Hall 2, Smith 9, Long 6.

Gadsden State (AL) (109) – Buchanon 6, Taylor Frazier 16, Ward 2, Taylor Adams 14, Calishia Parker 17, Hall 6, Shauntece Catlin 23, Grizzard 8, Williams 8, Brown 4, Gray 5.

Halftime Score: 59-18, Gadsden State.

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.

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