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Nation’s Top Colleges Have All Eyes On GNTC’s First All-American

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s First NJCAA All-American Matt Woods poses for pictures this week. Woods will head for the medical school of his choice in July.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s First NJCAA All-American Matt Woods poses for pictures this week. Woods will head for the medical school of his choice in July.”

Woods Getting Big Offers To Top Med Schools

 

(Walker County, Georgia) – The country’s top programs have all eyes on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) first-ever NJCAA All-American Matt Woods this spring. Although Woods has two years of eligibility left on the collegiate hardwood, they are not basketball programs offering him a full ride.

They are medical schools.

After four years of college at GNTC (2010-12) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2012-14), Woods has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Studies. Medical schools across the country have sent acceptance letters to the 27-year-old UTC college graduate. With scholarships being offered from a number of institutions, Woods has had a tough decision. Those accepting Woods ranged from the University of Hawaii to Georgetown University.

However, topping them all was Mayo Medical School. It’s at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “They offered me a full scholarship that’s worth almost $200,000,” said the excited Woods. “I am also waiting to hear back from Johns Hopkins (University). To even be considered by both colleges is such an honor. I’m truly humbled by it all.” Once Woods makes his decision official, he plans to relocate to his chosen campus later this summer.

Woods earned his place on multiple Dean’s and President’s List at his two colleges during his four years of study. After two years as a member of the Bobcats Men’s Basketball program at GNTC, and three years as an assistant coach for the program, Woods is looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime.

“When I was a kid, I actually wanted to be a marine biologist,” said Woods. “But after my time overseas, and things my family’s been through, I’m excited about one day working in the medical field.” You see, Woods comes from a military family. His family would move 15 times in the first 22 years of Woods’ life. His father is U.S. Army Brigadier General Robert Woods (Retired). With 30 years of service, the one-star General is married to his former U.S. Army Captain wife, Nadine Woods.

A member of the U.S. National Guard himself, Sergeant Woods returned home from a military deployment to the Middle East in 2010. It was a tour of duty in Iraq that saw him earn a Combat Action Badge for heroism during a grenade attack on his patrol. “We could have gotten the guy shortly before the attack, but there was a school behind him so we had to chase him down,” said Woods. “There were three of us from that patrol that ran into a nearby hut and got him.” Woods left the guard after six years of service from 2006-2012.

However, it is the 2010 battle story of Woods’ only brother, Captain Bobby Woods (Retired), which had a big impact on his decision to go into medicine. During a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, the now 29-year-old brother would quickly find himself in the middle of fire fights. “There were a lot of casualties over there,” said the younger brother. With temperatures rising above the 100-degree mark on August 8, 2010, First Lieutenant Bobby Woods would be on patrol and fall under attack when a bullet found its mark, somehow missing his helmet and shattering the front of his skull.

At the same time, back in the states, Woods was in college at Georgia Northwestern, as well as serving in the National Guard. “I was on a training exercise in South Georgia when I got the news about Bobby being shot,” recalled Woods. “It’s a call I never want to get again. My mom got a call reporting that he’d been shot in the head, but that he was alive.”

After multiple procedures and month upon months of recovery at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, Bobby Woods is is looking towards the future. The retired military captain graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in Athens earlier this month. Five years after the shooting, he still does physical therapy twice week.

Matt Woods is a 2005 graduate of Dade County High School in Trenton, Georgia. His family still resides in Dade County, Georgia.

By the way, although Woods has two years of NCAA eligibility remaining, the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota does not have a collegiate basketball program. Johns Hopkins University in Maryland does participate in men’s collegiate basketball. Just in case it makes the decision any easier, Sergeant Woods, there’s something to consider.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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.

Welcome Week in Cats Country at GNTC

 

2014 Welcome Week
2014 Welcome Week

Good Tuesday morning, Cats Country!

It’s Welcome Week on the FCC this week. (Keep an eye out for upcoming activities on your campus)
On the FCC, beginning today, is a “Trucker Hat Giveaway!” Get a brand new hat with YOUR special design from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. today!
Wednesday – The Varsity is serving you lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m. (First 380 students in line!)
Thursday – Picture Day! Get a crack at posing in “The Big Red Chair!”
Also, Thursday – Intramural Softball begins on the FCC! (Sept 9. on the WCC.)

*For more information, contact Mr. McBurnett at dmcburnett@gntc.edu!

Have a great day at Georgia Northwestern!

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.

LaFayette’s Stanfield Inks With Cats Golf

Joining Keaton Stanfield (seated, center) for his signing ceremony were Mark Stanfield and Denise Smith, LaFayette High School golf coach Tom Langford and Georgia Northwestern Technical College golf coach Jared Willerson.
Joining Keaton Stanfield (seated, center) for his signing ceremony were Mark Stanfield and Denise Smith, LaFayette High School golf coach Tom Langford and Georgia Northwestern Technical College golf coach Jared Willerson.

(LaFayette, GA) – Keaton Stanfield took up the game of golf in middle school just to, in his words, “have something to do all the time that was fun”.
However, in the course of having fun, Stanfield found a passion and drive for the sport he didn’t expect, spending hour after hour and day after day on the golf course, working hard to get better.
That drive and competitive spirit helped the LaFayette Ramblers to a Region 7-AAAA title this past spring and, more recently, it earned him a future as a college golfer as the recent graduate signed a letter of intent to join the Bobcats of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“It just means a lot to know I’m moving on to the next level,” he said during a signing ceremony and reception at his home course. “I’ve never have experienced anything like this before with a big ceremony and everything. I’m just proud of myself and all the practice I’ve put in my game.”
Stanfield said he took up the game early in middle school, but quickly got hooked.
“It didn’t take me long to get serious about (golf),” he said. “I started improving and I really surprised myself with how many birdies I started making.”
After Stanfield and the Ramblers defeated Pickens in a playoff to win the region title at Nob North in April, he carded a solid 6-over par
78 at the Class 4A state tournament in Augusta to help LaFayette place third overall, equaling the program’s best finish in five years.
“I’m just tickled for Keaton,” LHS golf coach Tom Langford said. “He’s worked so hard and there have been very few days when he hasn’t been out here on the golf course. I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a kid that loves the game and loves to compete as much as he does. We always played him way up in the lineup because I knew he would battle and that he wouldn’t be intimidated by anyone. He was always consistent with his scoring no matter the tournament. Plus, he’s just a great kid.”
GNTC golf coach Jared Willerson said he was excited to get a player of Stanfield’s skill and determination.
“He’s made himself into a solid player,” Willerson. “He’s the kind of kid that will fight back from setbacks and do the best they can and that’s the kind of kid you want when you are trying to build a program. He’s a battler, just like the rest of the guys we have signed. He always come to play and I think he’ll develop into a good player for us.”
Stanfield is just the latest addition to a GNTC squad that also includes recent signees Jordan Estes (Ringgold), John Rollins (Trion) and Lanier Guest (Gordon Lee). The Bobcats will be eligible for region and national junior college championships next season.
“I love the coach (at GNTC) and I love the team he’s putting together,” Stanfield explained. “They’ve already impressed me with some of the scores they have put up and hopefully I can impress them too. I’m glad to be on the same team with these guys.”
“It’s a really good recruiting class we’ve got coming in,” Willerson said. “If we keep working hard, I really think we are going to be a competitor next year.”
Stanfield said he his undecided on a major, but is considering a career in golf course management.

Heritage Gunner Looks To Score Big With Bobcats

On the front row, from left is Greg Scott, Christie Scott, Cameron Sherlin and Harley Sherlin. On the back row is Nick Scott, Jim Spurgeon, Carolyn Scott, Heritage head coach Kevin Terry and Cody Sherlin.
On the front row, from left is Greg Scott, Christie Scott, Cameron Sherlin and Harley Sherlin. On the back row is Nick Scott, Jim Spurgeon, Carolyn Scott, Heritage head coach Kevin Terry and Cody Sherlin.

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – When you are the younger brother of two recent northwest Georgia high school basketball standouts, you almost can’t help but have some of it rub off on you.
Heritage senior Cameron Sherlin is hoping use the knowledge gained from his siblings, along with the skills he’s honed on the floor with the Generals and on his own, to help the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats become region and national contenders.
Sherlin recently signed a letter of intent with the junior college Bobcats in front of a large crowd of family, friends, coaches and teammates at Heritage High School.
“This is just awesome,” Sherlin said. “I’m ready to play at Georgia Northwesten and I’ve been working hard so hopefully I can go over there and make a big impact on the team.”
During his time with the Generals, Sherlin made his mark as one the program’s all-time leading shooters and one of the area’s top long-range threats.
“He’s been a big part of our offense for the last three years,”
Heritage head coach Kevin Terry. “He’s a tremendous shooter with unbelievable range and he should be able to stretch the defense. If you don’t come out to guard him, he can make you pay.”
Sherlin finished with 693 career points, ranking him seventh all-time in Heritage history, while his 153 career 3-pointers tops the Generals’ record book. He finished his career shooting 33 percent from behind the arc.
“We sometimes forced him to take shots from some pretty deep spots on the floor and he still made one out of every three,” Terry said. “He’s a good shooter and I wish him nothing but the best. Hopefully he can be a key contributor for the Bobcats and help them improve.”
Bobcats head coach David Stephenson agreed.
“Cam is going to be a tremendous shooter for us,” he said. “We needed some shooters since we’re losing Tavish McReynolds, who is now out of eligibility. He can give us that deep threat from the outside.
“He’s also a tough kid that committed to us a long time ago. He has a family connection to the college so he’s very familiar with the campus and the program. We’re looking for very big things from him.”
Sherlin, the brother of former General Cody Sherlin and former Ringgold Tiger Nick Scott, said he is currently undecided on a major.
“They’ve taught me a lot throughout the years,” he added. “It’s good to have brothers that can do that for you.”

Cats Ink 6-5 Frazier

Among those on hand for the signing ceremony of Sammie Frazier (center) were Adairsville coaches Lee Whitaker, Ray Reece and Kent Howard, along with GNTC head coach David Stephenson.
Among those on hand for the signing ceremony of Sammie Frazier (center) were Adairsville coaches Lee Whitaker, Ray Reece and Kent Howard, along with GNTC head coach David Stephenson.

(Adairsville, GA) – Sammie Frazier may not say much, but the smile on his face Wednesday afternoon spoke volumes.
An ear-to-ear grin seemed to be permanently attached to the Adairsville senior’s face after he signed papers to continue his basketball career with Georgia Northwestern Technical College in a ceremony at the high school.

“It means a lot to me to have all my friends and family here to watch me sign to play in college,” he said. “It’s just good to see everybody smile.”

About the only person smiling more than Frazier was GNTC Bobcat coach David Stephenson, who was more than thrilled to pick up the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Tiger standout.

“This is a big pick-up for us,” he said. “To get a 6-5 kid that can run the floor is great and him being left-handed gives him a little bit of an advantage over most people he’ll be facing. He’s someone we can put in the four or five spot for sure, and after summer workouts we may be able to slide him in at the three depending on who we’re playing.”

Frazier said he was impressed with the coaches, staff and the campus at GNTC itself. He added that he would bring a lot of positives to the Bobcat program, on and off the court.

“I’ll bring length, ability, skill level, a great attitude and a winning attitude,” he said. “I just want to win. I know I need to work on some things, like footwork, speed and shot selection, but I take pride in my rebounding and my defense. I work hard at them.”

“He’s a low post player, but he also has pretty good mid-range on his shots,” Stephenson added. “One of the biggest things about him is that he can move his feet, which will pose match-up problems against some of the bigs we’ll play. He’s got to put on some weight, but that’s usually the case with most kids coming out of high school. He’s a good kid that’s been well-coached.”

Frazier averaged around 13 points, over 10 boards a night and more than three shots a contest this past season. He shot 57 percent from the floor and recorded 13 doubles-doubles. He had a season-high 23 rebounds and nine blocks in a late-season win over Coahulla Creek on Feb. 8.

“He’s one of the most improved kids I’ve ever coached, from his freshman year to his senior year,” said Adairsville coach Kent Howard. “He’s gone from a freshman that could barely run the floor, although he had great hands, to a senior that was one of the top rebounders in all of Class AAA. He’s can also handle the ball and guard away from the basket, but he can play with his back to the basket and he’s consistent.

“He’s also a high character kid. He’s a great practice player and a great kid to have in the locker room. He loves his teammates and wants to win. He has a tremendous upside. I think he will just continue to get better because he knows how to play and how to compete. I’m excited for him. He’ll have a great future playing for Coach Stephenson.”

Frazier said he is undecided on a major, but is considering psychology.

LFO Sends Trio To Cats Country Hoops

Lady Warriors Ink Three With Georgia Northwestern

LFO head coach Dewayne Watkins and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson were among those on hand as Octavia Harris, Gloria Silmon and Kirsten Johnson signed on to play basketball next season for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats.
LFO head coach Dewayne Watkins and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson were among those on hand as Octavia Harris, Gloria Silmon and Kirsten Johnson signed on to play basketball next season for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats.

(Fort Oglethorpe, GA) – For the past four years, Octavia Harris, Gloria Silmon and Kirsten Johnson have laughed, cried and played together as members of the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe basketball team.

They saw no reason to end that relationship any time soon.

On Friday, the Lady Warrior trio traded in their red and black for the navy and silver of Georgia Northwestern as all three signed papers to play for the Lady Bobcats.

“We’re very fortunate to have three young ladies who want to continue pursue their college education and play basketball here in the local area,” said LFO head coach Dewayne Watkins. “All three have great potential to be good players at the next level. I look forward to seeing them continue to develop as players and as potential role models for future Lady Warriors.”

Harris was a four-year starter at LFO and averaged 5.9 points a game as a senior to go with a team-best 7.9 rebounds per contest. Blessed with a good outside shot, Harris has scoring potential at both the wing and in the post.

“I’m really excited about (playing for GNTC) and I’m really looking forward to it,” Harris explained. “It’s really close to home for me, which I like.”

Harris said she is considering a career as an ultrasound tech.

Silmon was a defensive specialist and a solid rebounder in the paint, pulling down 4.5 a game. She said she plans to study sports science and pursue a career in the health care profession.

“Today is really exciting and I’m just glad to get it done and out of the way,” she said. “I like the fact that it’s close to home so I can be near my dad, who is my best friend. (Octavia and Kirsten) are like sisters to me and I don’t know what I’d do if they weren’t coming to play ball with me.”

Like Silmon, Johnson didn’t play ball for the Lady Warriors’ program in middle school, but quickly developed solid range and became the team’s best 3-point shooter this past season.

“I really like playing basketball so I’m happy that I get to go on and play in college and knowing that the program is moving to Rossville is nice too,” Johnson said. “I also want to become an ultrasound tech and they have the classes I need there to pursue that.”

“Gloria is an extremely hard worker and if she continues to develop, she will make an impact in the future,” Watkins added. “I still think Kirsten’s best days are still ahead of her. She didn’t play in middle school either so going from only having played in high school to signing to play in college is a pretty big accomplishment.

“Octavia has played a little longer. She’s probably the one who can make an impact (for GNTC) right away, but I’m very happy to see that all three will be moving on to play college basketball.”

While the Lady Bobcats are still searching for a new head coach, GNTC athletic director David Stephenson said he was excited to have the LFO trio in the fold.

“They all three came highly recommended,” he said. “We had heard a lot about them from Coach Watkins and others who had seen them play. Two of the three bring some good size that we need and having three that came from the same program provides a little chemistry. A couple of them also played with (LaFayette’s) Chelsea Ludy, who signed with us earlier in the week so that should provide even more chemistry. Plus, we’re just excited to again get some players from LFO.”

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