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Georgia Northwestern Signs Cotton, Green For 2012-13 Roster

GHSA 7-AA Point Guards Ink With NJCAA Program

“Pictured, seated from left, are Brooklyn Cotton, father; Quinton Cotton; and Wylene Cotton. Standing behind the Cotton Family is sixth-year Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson.”

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – It’s dusk in Rossville, Georgia as the summer heat fills the Rossville Athletic Complex (The R.A.C.) as Bobcats and prospective Bobcats run the court in drills for Georgia Northwestern.

                In season number six for the NJCAA Region XVII program, one thing is obvious as this sweat box they call summer workouts fills with squeaks, dribbles, and yells.  GNTC has something they haven’t enjoyed in quite some time: A true depth chart.

                The last two signings of the off-season shows the program’s interest in good ball handlers as they steal away more North Georgia talent. Prep All-Region standout point guards Quinton Cotton (Model) and Josh Green (Dade) both recently inked with the JUCO powerhouse.

                “We lost our All-American point guard in Matt Woods after this year,” said sixth-year Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We had our work cut out for us to replace him. I think we’ve come out very lucky. With Quinton and Josh, we know they’re not afraid to go to the basket or distribute the ball. Just quality student-athletes.”

                It was just five months ago that the 6-foot-1 Green was running rough shot through his region and helping Dade County easily take home their sub-region title. Green would lead the way with 29 points in that championship game. It was just before that at the turn of the year that the 6-foot Cotton would hit the 1,000 point mark for his Blue Devil career on the prep hardwood.

                “This is just a great move for me,” said Cotton. “Coach Stephenson really seems to understand me. I like that he wants me to have my education first. I’m looking forward to this year.”

“Pictured, seated from left, Mike Green, father; Josh Green; and Kim Green, mother. Shown standing, from left, are Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson, Dade County Assistant Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Cole Hicks, Dade County Boys’ Head Basketball Coach Glen Hicks, and Dade County Assistant Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Alan Morris.”

As for Dade’s former top trigger man, Green says he’ll miss Wolverine Basketball. “I loved the up-tempo style of play we had at Dade,” said Green. If Georgia Northwestern keeps this year’s squad intact for the duration, Green won’t miss a thing. “We’ve prided ourselves on playing 94-feet of basketball each trip down the court,” said Stephenson. “With the depth we have at this point, if everything pans out, we’ll be able to do that for every minute of every game if we wish.”

                Both Cotton and Green battled regularly in GHSA’s Region 7-AA for the Blue Devils and Wolverines, respectively. Expected to make the Bobcat roster for 2012-13, these two prep stars will actually be battling it out with another Tennessee Valley point guard for the starting spot at that position.

                Sonoraville’s Tavish Reynolds is also committed to the Bobcats for next season. “We are blessed at the position,” said Stephenson. “More importantly, we have young men who understand that college comes first. They are also men who understand what it means to be a role player. We are already seeing that commitment in summer workouts.”

                Dade County and Model High Schools have been a source of quality incoming freshman for the Bobcats over the last several years. Bobcat starting shooting guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. is Model’s second all-time leading scorer. Woods, the out-going All-American; Ben Patton, GNTC’s all-time leading three-point shooter; and Jesse Moore, who served as a student coach last season for Stephenson, are all former Dade County standouts.

                Off-season signings for last year’s Region XVII semi-finalists loaded Stephenson’s cupboard with true talent at every slot. “We have true big men, big shooters, fast hands, and a possible full roster with its priorities in order,” said Stephenson. “I say possible roster because no one has officially made this year’s team until tryouts are complete in August.”

                Tryouts officially take place on August 23 and 24 for all students of Georgia Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) in Rossville, Georgia. The Bobcats open up the season on November 2 at Georgia’s Toccoa Falls College. In the six years the program has played on the intercollegiate level, Georgia Northwestern has won its conference title twice.

                For information on all Cats Country intercollegiate athletic programs, check out the “Athletics” page at You can also e-mail the Office of Sports Information at 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.



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Tomorrow on the WCC of Georgia Northwestern

Intramural Softball at the WCC will be held on the campus of WCC tomorrow between the Commercial Truck Driving range and the Walker County Emergency Services center on Highway 27. Games start at 2:30 p.m. Good luck! Not on a team yet and want to play? Contact GNTC Intramurals Coordinator David McBurnett at today!


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Georgia Northwestern’s Patton, Miller Named To NJCAA All-Region Team

Bobcats Prepare For Season Six

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(Rock Spring, Georgia) – A pair of Georgia Northwestern student-athletes has earned NJCAA All-Region honors for the 2011-2012 season.

Coaches within the NJCAA’s Region XVII selected freshman Bobcat forward Alex Miller to the All-Region First Team squad (Gordon Central) and sophomore Bobcat guard Ben Patton (Dade County) to the All-Region Second Team squad.

Miller, a 6-foot-5 forward from Calhoun, Georgia, was among the region leaders with 14 points and eight rebounds a game during his first year of varsity basketball on the collegiate level. Patton, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard from Trenton, Georgia, set several records from behind the three-point line this past season.

Patton would lead the region in three-pointers and set a college record for the long-distance strikes in a single game with nine versus Johnson University during a December road game to the Knoxville, Tennessee campus.

“We only lose two players this year in Ben (Patton) and Matt (Woods),” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “With student-athletes like Alex already in place for the 2012-13 season, we’ll look really good this year. Recruiting has been very good to us. I plan to have all the new pieces in place by the end of the school year.”

Next season will mark the sixth year of student-athletics at Georgia Northwestern. For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to


The Vein Train Needs You Cats Country

The Blood Assurance “Vein Train” will be taking your donations Wednesday and Thursday on the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College through the lunch hour. Come out today, Cats Country! Show the region the kind of heart you have this Valentine’s Season.

Intramural Bowling at GNTC

GNTC’s Intramural Bowling begins January 18 at 4:15 p.m. at the Floyd County Lanes in Rome, Georgia. Interested? Give David McBurnett a shout at to make sure they hold a spot for you in the GNTC Intramural Bowling League.

Bobcats Go Down To The Wire With Region Rivals

(Carrollton, GA) – Down by four with ninety seconds to go, the Bobcats found themselves in the thick of a NJCAA Region XVII dogfight with rival West Georgia Tech Saturday night in Carrollton, Georgia.

However, late turnovers by the road warriors and above-average shooting from the region’s leading scorer in Demontray McCormack led to a tough road loss to the Golden Knights, 82-70.

“We have to do a better job of having mental discipline on the court,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “One thing is for sure, though. The other coaches in this region know we are no easy out.”

McCormack, a 6-5 sophomore from Biloxi, Mississippi, led all scorers with 26 in the win over the Cats. Going into the intermission, Georgia Northwestern (6-8, 0-3) trailed by a bucket, 41-39. “We held the lead early the second half,” said Stephenson. “We just couldn’t close this thing out.” West Georgia Tech improves to 6-10 overall and 2-0 in the region.

Making headlines on the Bobcat roster was 32-year-old freshman Andre Towns. The 6-5 forward from Dalton, Georgia saw his playing time increase as he cleaned the glass for 11 boards, rejected a pair of Golden Knight shots, and dropped through eight points. “We tried a lot of rotations on the court in the first half,” said Stephenson. “Andre is one of the reserves who earned his way into a bigger role.”

Bobcat sniper Ben Patton (Dade) led all Georgia Northwestern scorers with 19.
Four-of-nine shooting from behind the arc helped him make his mark on the road. Sophomore captain Matt Woods dropped in a dozen and in perfect fashion. Not
counting a three-point attempt which missed its mark, Woods was a perfect six-of-six from the field.

Georgia Northwestern came back from double-digit deficits twice, once in the first half and again in the last twenty minutes of play. Adding a new angle to the Bobcat attack was the activation of previously red-shirted freshman Brandon Pratt (East Hamilton). “This was his first game in uniform and he’s going to be a good fit,” said Stephenson.

The Bobcats play a pivotal game Tuesday night in Rome at the Winthrop-King Centre on the campus of Shorter University. They’ll take on Southern Crescent Tech in another important Region XVII match-up. “With just seven weeks to the region tournament, every game is huge,” said Stephenson. This game, as well as a Lady Cats match-up as the nightcap that night, is part of the Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness event.

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In the opener Saturday night, Lady Golden Knight Cherish Evans would lead all scorers as the host would play spoiler dropping the Lady Cats 61-46 in Carrollton, Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern guard Kenisha Watkins would suit up for the first time in the road loss leading all Lady Cat scorers with 14 on the night. The 5-foot-2 Lilburn, Georgia native was activated at that break to join the program as they head through region play.

West Georgia Tech (7-9, 2-0) would hold only a five-point lead going into the break. However, the breaks would go the way of the Lady Golden Knights in the second stanza as they would pull away to pick up the Region XVII win.

Georgia Northwestern (1-9, 1-2) will take on Southern Crescent Tech on Tuesday night at home. For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to

Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (70) – Pratt 3, Towns 8, Matt Woods 12, Hill, Jr. 6, Dempsey, Ben Patton 19, Alex Miller 11, Bud Todd 11.

West Georgia Tech Golden Knights (82) – Demontray McCormack 26, Blair Austin 13, Randalezzo Chaney 14, Demario McMath 12, Jarquavious Ware 10, Moore 7.

Halftime: 41-39, WGTC

Women’s Box Score

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (46) – Daughtry 4, Cole 5, McGee, Mia Morrow 10, Kenisha Watkins 14, Philpot 8, Williams 5.

West Georgia Tech Lady Golden Knights (61) – Dickerson 2, Keshimi 18, Cherish Evans 22, Ebonie Harris 15, Grant 4.

Halftime Score: 22-17, WGTC


Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Raymond F. King Auditorium
on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus

Sixteen Basic Law Enforcement recruits will graduate from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) on Thursday, December 8. The ceremony will be held in the Raymond F. King Auditorium at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus at 11:00 a.m. The guest speaker at the ceremony will be Dr. Craig McDaniel, president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. McDaniel has served as president of GNTC since April 1, 1998 and has been employed with the college since 1979. McDaniel has been involved in a number of community and civic activities including: member of Rome Rotary Club, having served as president in 2009; served as chairman of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce in 2002; member of the Redmond Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, having chaired the Board from 2005-2008; and is a 2009 recipient of the Heart of the Community Award.

The ceremony will honor one graduate with an award for academic distinction and the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship.

Basic Law Enforcement Graduates:
Justin S. Ashworth Matthew A. Howren
Cole D. Autrey Thomas I. Morris
Tyler J. Bojo Fernando V. Olmedo
Dallas L. Bryant Blake D. Scheff
James R. ‘Jamie’ Dukes, Jr. Danny K. Streetman
Wendell E. Flood Lorenda D. Vandergriff
Richard A. Greaves Gregory J. Webb
Derick M. Grimes Dylan D. Hodges

Georgia Northwestern Makes Splash in Whitfield Education Scene

GNTC, NWGA Schools Present Future Plans in NW Georgia.

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(Dalton, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel set the tone this morning for the educational outlook in Northwest Georgia. At the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Focus On Education event held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, McDaniel stated, “The businesses of Whitfield County have spoken and we are working towards answering their call.”
This year, GNTC began offering classes at its brand new Whitfield Murray Campus. Northwest Georgia’s largest college educates close to 10,000 students each year across its five campuses and online.
Working with Danny Hayes, Whitfield County Schools Superintendent; Dr. Jim Hawkins, Dalton Public Schools Superintendent; and Dr. John Schwenn, Dalton State College President, McDaniel’s vision seemed to be shared by most of the other top educators on hand. “Today’s education goes beyond the walls of our schools,” said Hayes. “We are working towards finding new ways to engage our students more and more each day they walk into our classrooms.”
McDaniel laid out the future of GNTC in Whitfield County by discussing the latest information on the college’s newest campus. “The Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern is a solid statement of our commitment to the businesses and people of Whitfield and Murray Counties,” said McDaniel. “There is a call for education which prepares the people of Northwest Georgia for careers right here at home and across the country.”
The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Focus On Education is an annual event allowing the forerunners of education in Dalton and Whitfield County to share the future of educating the people of the region. With the labor force within sixty miles of Dalton consisting 1.3 million people, growth in the near future in Northwest Georgia is a strong possibility. All eyes are on the future as the recent past showed unemployment numbers in Whitfield County, Georgia hovering over the 12-percent mark.
Whitfield County, Georgia is currently home to 93,000 residents. Approximately 33,000 people reside within the city limits of Dalton, Georgia, Whitfield’s county seat.
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 23,383 people a year benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making Georgia Northwestern the largest college in the state of Georgia.
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, call 1-866-983 GNTC (4682). Campus and program information is available at Georgia Northwestern is an equal opportunity institution and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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