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(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.
On the eve of the GCAA Division III basketball tournament, seven Georgia Northwestern players have been recognized with All-Region honors.
Sophomore Ashley Farrell is one of four Lady Bobcats honored by the region. Farrell made the GCAA Division III first team after averaging 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and just under one assist and one steal per game.
Freshman Katy Phillips was picked for the second team after averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in the regular season. Phillips was also named to the five-player All-Defensive Team.
West Georgia Tech’s Jacky Jones was named as the Player of the Year, while West Georgia Tech’s Kenny Edwards was named the Coach of the Year.
Three Bobcats were honored on the men’s side.
Freshman Darrius Fugh took first team honors after scoring 19.7 points and averaging 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists per game. He also shot 53 percent from the field – 49 percent from behind the 3-point arc – and 83 percent from the free throw line.
Sophomore Tyler Shropshire was picked for the second team after averaging 12 points a game to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals a game.
Sophomore Dominic Powell (7.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals) was named as an honorable mention pick.
Southern Crescent Tech’s Dantavius Bega was named the Player of the Year, while Roderick Stubbs of Oxford College was named the Coach of the Year.
Happy Monday, Cats Country!
Here are some unusual facts to get your Bobcat brains running on all cylinders on this soggy morning.
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Vaughn’s Efforts With NW Georgia College
(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Barry Vaughn, who practices in the Tennessee Valley, makes partnering with one area college a priority in his efforts to give back.
Since 2009, Vaughn Spine and Orthopedics has reached out throughout the calendar year to help the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation and Athletic Department. “The doctor (Vaughn) donates very generously to what we are trying to do here at GNTC,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletic Director David Stephenson. “Through his donations of time and funding, we are able to make a lot happen for our young men and women.”
Above making monetary donations to the home of the Bobcats, for the past four years Vaughn has also put aside his time providing his services through the years. “For about four or five years, he (Vaughn) helped do physicals for our student-athletes when it was time for those to be done,” added Stephenson. GNTC fields five intercollegiate athletic offerings in Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Competitive Cheer, Men’s Golf, and Women’s Volleyball.
With the college since 2007, Stephenson prioritizes community involvement and giving back as a top responsibility of his programs. “We are about to start our ninth season of athletic programs at GNTC,” said Stephenson. “Our local young men and women who excelled athletically in our area high schools get a great option to continue their careers, as well as their educational paths, as a result of these kinds of gifts from our community.”
Donations made to GNTC Athletics is made by way of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation. From academic programs to intercollegiate athletic offerings at the Technical College System of Georgia institute, all gifts to any function of the college are managed by the GNTC Foundation. GNTC Director of Institutional Development Jason Gamel leads a team of community leaders from across the college’s nine-county service area in helping gain support of the companies and people the college serves throughout the year.
For more information on GNTC Athletics, the GNTC Foundation, or anything related to the college, contact them at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). You can find them on the Internet at GNTC.edu. Also, Georgia Northwestern can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
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.
Lafayette, Georgia to serve as host site
(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.”
Welcome Week begins one week from Monday on September 14!
You know at least one great meal is headed your way on every campus. What restaurant would you like to see come on campus and serve up your favorite dish? Answer now on the GNTC Facebook Page. Best answers will see an All-New Cats Country Prize Pack!