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Cats Stop Scots, Georgia Northwestern Grabs Tough Road Win

Georgia Northwestern Hits Road To Toccoa Falls Tuesday

(Lookout Mountain, GA) – Up only two points at the break, Georgia Northwestern would turn to freshmen Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) and Richard Olsen (Calhoun, GA) to put away Covenant College Monday night, 70-57.

Ivester would lead all scoring with 22 points and swipe six steals in the Bobcats first road win of 2013. Olsen would go nine-of-11 from the free-throw line to add to his 20 points in the win over the JV Scots.

Covenant College’s Matt Brunjes and Micah Turner would both contribute 14 each in the home loss for the Scots.
Georgia Northwestern (6-13, 0-5) travels to Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia Tuesday night for another non-region game. The Bobcats will be wrapping up a four-game road set which begin this past Friday night in Griffin, Georgia. Georgia Northwestern’s Fernando Lemus, Jr. (Rome, GA) continues to nurse a sore foot he hurt during the Emory-Oxford College game Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats are a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on Bobcat Athletics, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (70) – Richard Olsen 20 (9-of-11 ft), Hunter Ivester 22 (six steals), Todd 6, Miller 8, Reynolds 5, Cotton 5, Robinson 2, Dempsey 2.

Covenant College JV (57) – Micah Turner 14, Matt Dulk 14, Hyatt 2, Leithart 5, Matt Brunjes 14, Moss 1, Plating 3, Barnett 2, Gallagher 2.

Halftime Score: 29-27, Georgia Northwestern

Georgia Northwestern Nearly Topples Four-Year Program

                 (Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL) – The Lady Cats made the more than two-hour road trip for a prime-time match up with four-year college Oakwood University. After taking game one, Oakwood would have their hands full, but managed to steal away the next three to win the non-region match 25-20, 19-25, 23-25, 16-25.

The all-freshman squad from northwest Georgia would be led by Candice McClain with 13 kills on the night. The 5-foot-3 freshman hitter from LaFayette (HS), along with her first-year teammates, will help Georgia Northwestern (1-7) host Covenant College Monday night at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, at 7 p.m. Covenant College took the first match of the 2012 series atop Lookout Mountain just one week ago in a four-game match win over Georgia Northwestern.

The Lady Cats compete in the N JCAA’s Region XVII and awards all students free admission with student i.d.

For more information on Lady Cats Volleyball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern has five campuses across Northwest Georgia directly serving nine different counties in the Peach State.

 

Georgia
Northwestern   25           19           23           16

Oakwood
University           20           25           25           25

 

 

 

Lady Cats, Lady Scots Battle At The R.A.C.

“LaFayette alum Siouxanne Hawkins saves a Covenant kill shot for Georgia Northwestern in Monday night’s match at The R.A.C. Fellow freshman Candice McClain (LaFayette) backs her up.”
“LaFayette alum Siouxanne Hawkins saves a Covenant kill shot for Georgia Northwestern in Monday night’s match at The R.A.C. Fellow freshman Candice McClain (LaFayette) backs her up.”

(The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, Rossville, Georgia) – When your shortest player leads the way with kill shots against an opponent, you know your collegiate volleyball team is a little different from the rest.

At five-foot-one, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe alum Alysa Daniel led Georgia Northwestern with nine kills in the Lady Cats’ loss to Covenant College Monday night at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex. Georgia Northwestern falls 20-25, 25-17, 14-25, 18-25.

“These six young women have to play a different style of game than they were previously used to,” said GNTC Women’s Head Volleyball Coach Carrie Powell. “This team has to multi-task.” In what could be described as a rebuilding year, Kristine Huskey is the Lady Cats (1-4) tallest player at five-foot-seven.

“We have some leapers with some big arms,” said Powell. “We are finding ways to pull out games here and there against much bigger competition. It’s preparing us really well for colleges on our level.” With a roster full of student-athletes majoring in everything from teaching to nursing to cosmetology, Powell has a mix of players that are capable of a lot.

Georgia Northwestern competes in the N JCAA’s Region XVII covering the southeast. The Lady Cats (1-4) will host Bryan College at The R.A.C. next Monday at 5:30 p.m. All students presenting their student i.d. receive free admission.

For more information on Lady Cats Volleyball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern has five campuses across Northwest Georgia directly serving nine different counties in the Peach State.

 

Covenant
College                 25           17           25           25

Georgia
Northwestern   20           25           14           18

Cats Climb Mountain, Tumble To Scots

GNTC ‘Seven’ Preparing For Conference Play

(Lookout Mountain, Georgia) – Just two months ago, Georgia Northwestern topped a visiting Covenant College squad by six. It would be one of ten consecutive regular-season losses for the Scots JV squad who entered Tuesday night’s rematch with the Bobcats with a winless 0-10 mark. However, a late rally by Covenant high atop Lookout Mountain would earn them their first victory of the year stopping the under-manned GNTC line-up, 60-50.

Up 30-23 at the intermission, Cats Country had their eyes set on win number four of the season. Momentum stayed with Georgia Northwestern up to the final eight minutes of the second half as the Bobcats saw their lead grow to as many as a dozen. But the tide would turn swiftly on the mountain as the visiting Cats would run out of steam late.

In the final eight minutes, Covenant (1-10) would go on a run that would give them a 22-point swing leading the JV Scots to a 10-point home win. “Fatigue set in and we made mistakes,” said David Stephenson, Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach of his roster. After the Christmas break, the GNTC roster was cut down to seven varsity players for the home stretch of the season. “Too many turnovers tonight. Simple as that. Scoring was pretty evenly distributed, though. We just needed more baskets to drop.”

The Bobcats (3-9, 0-6) had only one student-athlete in double-digits in the loss. Sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) racked up 10 points to lead the way for the Bobcats. Covenant varsity sophomore guard Rosbie Mutcherson would lead the Scots charge on the Cats. The Martinez, Georgia native cleaned the nets for 19 points in the Scots lone win on the season.

Georgia Northwestern is 1-5 on the road at this point, earning their only “W” of the 2010-11 season last week against Clayton State University’s Men’s Basketball club squad. Free-throw shooting has also made headlines on several occasions for the Bobcats. Troubles from the charity stripe have added up to difference-making points in various games. This would not be the case Tuesday as the Bobcats only took seven total shots from the foul line, dropping four.

Freshman Bobcat guard Ben Patton has had a hot hand from beyond the three-point arc in his first season with Georgia Northwestern. Tuesday, Patton found the Scots home floor would put a chill on his game. The sniper from Dade County would only manage to drop three of 13 shots from downtown.

“Ben has a lot of confidence,” said Stephenson. “But he’s like any good shooter in college ball. He shoots through the good and the bad. Tonight, the shots just didn’t fall his way.” Patton would show hustle, though, managing to pull in eight rebounds from his spot on the wing for Georgia Northwestern.

Patton and the rest of the ‘Magnificent Seven’, a name given to the squad by Stephenson after Christmas break, will get three days rest before they re-enter TCSGAA conference play this weekend as they make the trip down Highway 27 to Carrollton, Georgia to battle rival West Georgia Tech. Both the Bobcats and Lady Cats will be in action in back-to-back games this Saturday. Beginning with the game against the Golden Knights, Georgia Northwestern will close out their regular season by playing nine games in 21 days. GNTC will then have 13 days to prepare for the TCSGAA Conference post-season tournament which will be held at Tennessee Temple University March 3 through March 5.

Georgia Northwestern (50) – Jackson 8, Kyle Wilson 10, Woods, Moore 7, Bonds 8, Patton 9, Ware 8.

Covenant College JV (60)
– Joe Randall 9, Dovan 7, Rosbie Mutcherson 19, Fox 4, Andrew Cristenberry 12, Jackson 2, Zumbach 5, Holland 2.

Halftime Score: 30-23, Georgia Northwestern

Slide Stops, Bobcats Win

(Morrow, GA) – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, a pair of snow storms, and 61 days have passed since Georgia Northwestern’s Bobcats won their last collegiate ball game of the 2010-11 season. As of 8 p.m. Friday night, however, the streak officially ended in Morrow, Georgia.

Down 11 at the intermission, Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson said he took the halftime break to change mentalities. “We were up late in the half and then Clayton (State) went on a run,” said Stephenson. “That was unacceptable. We’ve been close in too many ball games over the past two months to not grab a win this time.”

And that’s exactly what the young Bobcats did.

Georgia Northwestern would waste no time getting back on their game plan and turning their 11-point deficit at the break into a six-point road win, 59-53, over the Clayton State University Laker club squad. Freshman point guard Matt Woods of Trenton, Georgia led the surge with a double-double dropping in a dozen points and cleaning the boards for 10 rebounds on the night. Georgia Northwestern co-captain sophomore Kyle Wilson of Armuchee, Georgia led all scorers with 16.

One noticeable difference since the Christmas break has been discipline and depth. “When the new quarter started, we were down to just seven student-athletes on the roster,” said Stephenson. “But we were down to seven incredibly driven and talented individuals who are buying into the system. After just missing out on the win last week at home, this feels good.”

Georgia Northwestern (3-8, 0-6) go up Lookout Mountain for another road battle on Tuesday night. This time, it will be against the Covenant College JV squad. It was this same team that Georgia Northwestern topped just before going on the five-game slide. The Bobcats won that match at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, on November 22, 63-57. The R.A.C. serves as the den for all Bobcat home games.

Like in most of the games during the downturn, the Bobcat were in last Saturday’s game down to the final minutes only to see it slip away. “With seven guys, you have to play incredibly smart and well-conditioned basketball,” said Stephenson. “I’ve started calling them the Magnificent Seven.” The 1960’s movie of the same name starred seven young guns with big names like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson who fight the odds to make the impossible, possible.

Well, the “Seven” are led by a pair of co-captain sophomores in Wilson and Jesse Moore of Trenton, Georgia. Now the “Seven” are 1-1 and hope to stretch that 2011 record to 2-1 at Covenant College Tuesday. “This group is running a very disciplined offense and defense and doing a pretty good job of it,” said Stephenson.

For more information on the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats Basketball program, contact the Office of Sports Information at (706) 764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern is the largest college in Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (59) – Kyle Wilson 16, Jesse Moore 11, Bonds 2, Matt Woods 12, Ben Patton 10, Ware 3, Jackson 2.

Clayton State (53) – J. Roberson 10, Hillburn 2, Coons 3, Castillo 2, Tomlin 6, Blessett 2, Nichols 3, R. Reynolds 10, L. Matthews 11, Marcus 3, Dobbs 2.

Halftime score: 31-20, Clayton State

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