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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 Open Season Tonight At Cleveland State

Georgia Northwestern Boasts NJCAA All-Region Honorees, Prep Standouts

Lady Cats 2013 Basketball Shoot-13

(Rome, GA) – With the strength of four NJCAA All-Region honorees in the line-up, Georgia Northwestern opens its 2013-14 Women’s Basketball season with a trip to the Volunteer State tonight for a 6 p.m. tip-off with Division I Cleveland State in the confines of L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.

Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams returns at the helm for season number four and a shot at the college’s fourth consecutive region championship. “We’ve got a great group of student-athletes and really hope to compete well again this time around,” said Williams. “Our returners will make a big difference in how we perform this season.”

Leading the way for Georgia Northwestern as they make their way through NJCAA Region XVII in 2013-14 is Canton, Georgia-native Alyssa Nichelson. At 5-foot-8, the former Creekview H.S. (GA) standout is an all-region first-team member. Sophomore Lady Cat guard Kiarra Parks also received all-region first-team honors heading into the new schedule.

Nichelson and Parks dropped in 11 points a game in their freshman campaigns last season. The 5-foot-4 Parks, a former Pepperell HS (GA) standout, would add four boards and two swipes a night, as well.

Lady Cat outside shooter Sierra Smith returns after hitting from beyond the arc at a 31-percent click in 2012-13. Missing from the line-up is her back court counterpart from last season in Emily Cole. The former Adairsville HS (GA) sharpshooter signed with Toccoa Falls College in the offseason after completing her two years of eligibility at Georgia Northwestern.

The most noticeable absence comes beneath the glass as the Lady Cats have to fill the shoes of Odessa Person. The 5-foot-10 forward rounded out last season ranked seventh in the nation in rebounds. Averaging 14 boards each outing, the Lineville, Alabama-native managed to grab the attention of the NJCAA with four 20-plus rebound performances during her sophomore run.

Williams has his eyes on freshman forward Caroline Long to help soften the blow in the post. Long, a 6-foot-1 freshman forward from Model HS (GA), will lead the Lady Cats front court this season. Long, along with 5-foot-8 freshman guard Alisha Bridger, were named NJCAA All-Region second-team honorees. Bridger is in her first year with Georgia Northwestern after completing her prep career at Sonoraville HS (GA).

In usual Jim Williams style, the non-region schedule in November and December is extremely tough. The line-up of opponents consists of several four-year programs and a handful of nationally-ranked Division I Juco opponents. Among the national junior college powerhouses the Lady Cats will use for tune-up matches are Gadsden State (AL), Albany State (GA), Georgia Highlands, and Prince George’s CC (MD).

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.

Bobcats Sign NW Georgia Hardwood, Track Standout

Georgia Northwestern Inks Ridgeland’s McLin

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(Walker County, GA) – With tryouts just over two months away at Georgia Northwestern, Bobcats Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson is one person closer to filling the 15 jerseys the NJCAA program has on hand.

Ridgeland (GA) alum Xavier McLin made his commitment to GNTC in a ceremony at the Walker County, Georgia high school just before his senior graduation in late May. The 6-foot-2 swingman may be Stephenson’s last signing for the 2013-14 signing class. “This is an excellent signing to begin closing out this year’s recruitment,” said Stephenson.

Now entering his seventh season as top Bobcat, Stephenson says he’s extremely pleased with McLin’s signing. “Xavier is a solid person. Great character that he takes the length of the court for the length of the game,” said Stephenson. Stephenson first joined Georgia Northwestern in 2007. Now in his 26th year of coaching high school and collegiate basketball, the seasoned coach also serves at the college’s athletic director, as well.

McLin, a senior leader for the 2012-13 edition of the Ridgeland Panthers, also was a prep standout in track in the state of Georgia. “Going to (Georgia) Northwestern was sort of a no-brainer for me,” said McLin. “My parents really instilled the fact that academics must come first. I can see that happening now. Plus, Coach Stephenson reminds me of my dad. He’s very strong-willed and sees things in people that others may not see.”

The senior Panther baller averaged just over 10 points a game for the GHSA Region 7-AAAA prep power. “He got most of his points this year when he found his stride and really started taking the basketball to the rim,” said Ridgeland’s fourth-year Head Coach David Stoker.

The three-man for the Panthers fought his way back from a mid-season injury against Heritage (GA) in which he took a hard fall to the ground after blocking a shot off the glass in the final minute of that rivalry match-up. “He hurt his non-shooting hand and thought we may lose him for the season,” said Stoker. “But he fought his way back and was ready to play by our region tournament. He’s a great kid with great potential. And on the court, Xavier is just so deceivingly long.”

As for the rest of this year’s Bobcat recruiting class, McLin joins Silverdale Baptist’s (TN) John Hall, Northwest Whitfield’s (GA) Dustin Stanley, and Dalton’s (GA) Rico Mears, Demond Rucker, and Brandon Painter. “Dustin brings us solid size and a lot of grit at 6-foot-6, 215, the Dalton guys bring us chemistry just months removed from a region where they ran rough shot over the competition, and John helped lead his program to its first-ever trip to the TSSAA regional tournament. We have an interesting group of talent and determination headed our way.”

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through BobcatsCountry.com, or by e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.

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 GNTC.edu. You can also 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.

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Georgia Northwestern Honors First All-American Student-Athlete

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s first NJCAA All-American Matt Woods, center, receives his national honor from Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel, shown left, and Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson.”

Dade’s Matt Woods Receives NJCAA Recognition For Court, Class

 (Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern honors its first collegiate All-American in point guard and pre-nursing student Matt Woods. The National Junior College Athletic Association named Woods to the nationally-recognized team as a result of his performance on and off the court in 2011-12.

                The second-year starter from Dade County, Georgia met with Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel and Bobcat Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson to officially receive the honor. “Matt is an amazing young man who has represented this college, his family, and himself extremely well,” said Dr. McDaniel. “

                Earning a 3.94 grade point average, scoring six points, and dishing out four assists per game, this year’s team captain and starting point guard was an easy choice for the NJCAA honor. “He handled his business well at Georgia Northwestern,” said Stephenson. “His stats were steady on the court. However, it was his ability to stay calm under pressure and still get the job done that was always most impressive.”

                Three years ago, Woods earned another honor. This time, the recognition would be for his service to the country. He served a year-long tour of duty in Iraq. Woods would earn a Combat Action Badge for his heroism in a grenade attack on his patrol. An assailant had just dropped an anti-tank grenade near fellow troops on patrol and quickly ran away. “We could have shot him shortly before, but there was a school behind him so we had to chase him down and pull him out of some nearby huts.”

                Woods will be continuing his academic career by attending the nursing school at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this fall. For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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.

SCAA Conference Player Of The Year Inks With Georgia Northwestern

Mountain View’s (AL) Robinson Signs With Bobcats

“Mountain View (AL) graduate Jordan Robinson is surrounded by some of his much younger classmates during a photo session shortly after signing with Georgia Northwestern. The 6-foot-6 Bryant, Alabama is part of a 10-player recruiting class for GNTC Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson.”

(Bryant, Alabama) – It doesn’t take much finger paint and poster board to make a 6-foot-6 forward feel head and shoulders above the rest. The homemade signs by a dozen grade-schoolers from Mountain View Christian Academy in Bryant, Alabama, showed prep standout Jordan Robinson what he means to his younger classmates at a school he has helped put on the map.

“You guys come out and be in the picture,” called Robinson to the elementary students who were on hand at his signing and photo session with Georgia Northwestern. “I can’t believe you made these signs for me.” If you haven’t guessed, Mountain View is a small school with plenty of special stories from high atop Alabama’s Sand Mountain.

MVCA is one of eight private Christian schools which compete in the Southern Christian Athletic Association. It consists of eight schools across Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Robinson averaged a double-double throughout the SCAA post-season tournament this year earning him most valuable player honors.

Robinson is headed to Cats Country to play under GNTC Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. In his sixth year at the helm of the program, Stephenson is most proud of this year’s signing class. “Jordan is a good young man with his priorities in order,” said Stephenson. “He’s ahead of the game when it comes to his attitude for a student-athlete coming straight out of high school. We’re really happy he’s made the decision to sign.”

The Cats Den is well stocked with post standouts this season. Also joining the roster this season at the forward slot are Gordon Lee grads Andrew Johnson (6-foot-4) and Cody Cochran (6-foot-5), Global Prep (TN) alum Terrell Rose (6-foot-9), and sophomore Bobcats Bud Todd (6-foot-5) and Alex Miller (6-foot-5). “We have solid big man experience coming into this season,” said Stephenson. “We hope to get Bud (Todd) and Alex (Miller) in a teaching mode to help our freshman fit into our system.”

Planning on learning computer information systems at Georgia Northwestern, Robinson plans on studying and playing his first two years in Cats Country. “I’m excited about the computer program I’m heading into and really happy about the opportunity to be a college student-athlete,” said Robinson. “Getting to play under Coach Stephenson is going to be extremely helpful. This whole season, he’s been more concerned with helping plan for the future off the court. He’s got a good heart and good faith.”

MVCA Boy’s Head Basketball Coach Dustin Robinson has a big hole to fill on the prep level as a result of Robinson’s graduation. “We’ll be doing a lot of work by committee. We’ll miss the size,” said the coach of this year’s 19-5 Lions. “He’s a really good kid who does what you ask him to do. You can count on him at any time in any game.”

Robinson’s graduating class at MVCA this year had seven students. Yes, seven. Now, the incoming freshman at Georgia Northwestern joins a student body of 6,000 fellow Bobcats. “It’ll be different,” said Robinson. “But, it’s the next challenge in my life. I plan on making the most of it.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Georgia Northwestern competes in NJCAA’s Region XVII in Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball. The Bobcats hung conference championship banners in 2008 and 2009. The Lady Cats are the NJCAA Region XVII’s defending champions, advancing the National Sweet 16 in post-season play in 2012.

The Bobcats open their season on November 2 at home when Toccoa Falls College comes to “The R.A.C.” The Rossville Athletic Complex serves as home court for the Bobcats. 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 dfoley@gntc.edu.

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Cats Take Armuchee’s Hudson For 2012-13

Georgia Northwestern Signs Floyd County Standout

Georgia Northwestern’s Newest Bobcat Marcel Hudson (Armuchee) sits center at his signing day held at Armuchee High School. Seated to his left is his mother Karlene Hudson and to his right Armuchee High School Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Ray Tucker. Standing from left are Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson and members of the Armuchee High School Assistant Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Clint Decker.


(Floyd County, Georgia)
– Armuchee prep hardwood standout Marcel Hudson has committed to join the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats Men’s Basketball program in 2012-13.

Hudson’s Indian crew from Armuchee went 15-12 his senior season with the high school forward leading the way with 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals per game. “He played down low quite a bit more than he will for us,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “He brings a great skill set and head for the game.”

As if he were applying for his first job after college, this 6-foot, 180-pound incoming freshman brings quite a resume and valuable references into summer workouts with GNTC. “He can flat out play,” said Bobcat co-captain Fernando Limus, Jr. at Hudson’s letter signing. “Signing guys like Marcel is going to make us really strong in the right places.”

Limus, Jr., second in career scoring at Model High School (GA), is the anticipated starting point guard for the Bobcats this upcoming season. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound guard from Rome, Georgia returns to the Georgia Northwestern roster this fall after a knee injury on the road sidelined him early in the 2011-12 campaign.

Alongside, Limus, Jr., Hudson will almost assuredly see some time on the hardwood this season for the NJCAA Region XVII program. “He’s a really good kid that fits into whatever mold you shape for him on the court,” said Armuchee High School Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Ray Tucker. “Marcel played big for us all over the court. He’s part of a resilient class of seniors that could bounce back from anything.”

“I’m really excited about the chance to go to college,” said Hudson. “Basketball is a big part of my life. But my future comes first. So, whatever gets me there, I’m going to give it my all. It just happens that basketball is what’s helping me make it all become a reality for me.”

Hudson was also a standout on the prep gridiron in North Georgia amassing nearly 500 yards as a wideout for the Indians in 2011. He also played defense and special teams for the GHSA Region 7-AA program.

The new Bobcat will be joined by what is arguably the best recruiting class the young program has had in its six years of intercollegiate competition across the southeast. The two-time TCSGAA conference champions joined NJCAA’s Region XVII last season and reached the regional semi-finals in 2012.

Georgia Northwestern will be holding its next open workout on May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville, Georgia. A current sports physical and waiver signature is all that is required to take part. Tryouts will begin after the fall semester begins at GNTC. For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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.

From the Dog Pound To The Cats Den: Georgia Northwestern Signs Ivester

2012 Captain Woods Named College’s First-Ever National All-American

“Trion High School (GA) basketball standout Hunter Ivester signs his letter of application to Georgia Northwestern. Sitting to his left is his mother, Michele Ivester, standing is his father, Ken Ivester, sitting to his right is Hunter’s twin brother, Heath.”

 

(Rock Spring, Georgia) – As Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson reloads the roster for the 2012-13 Bobcat intercollegiate schedule, his first signing of the season comes from a familiar recruiting ground. Trion’s (Georgia) Hunter Ivester has signed his letter of application to the NJCAA Region XVII program in a ceremony at Trion High School.

“Trion High School (GA) basketball standout Hunter Ivester signs his letter of application to Georgia Northwestern. Sitting to his left is his mother, Michele Ivester, standing is his father, Ken Ivester, sitting to his right is Hunter’s twin brother, Heath.”

A 6-foot-1 guard who made his prowess known on the hardwood and the gridiron in Chattooga County, Georgia, Ivester was selected to several all-area, county, and region teams and was nominated for multiple player of the week honors with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2011-12 prep hoops. A key piece of Head Coach Lanny Thomas’ Bulldog arsenal, Ivester made a name for himself across GHSA’s Region 6A.

“Simply put, he can get the job done. No matter what it is,” said Thomas. “He’s a student-athlete that is going to fit in perfectly with what David (Stephenson) is doing at Georgia Northwestern.” Stephenson is in his sixth year as head coach of the Bobcat Men’s Varsity program at Georgia Northwestern. The Bobcats play their home games out of Rossville, Georgia at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex.

“I’m very impressed with what Hunter brings to us,” said Stephenson. “He’s solid academically, a double-digit scorer, but most noticeably he is a good young man with a lot of drive and focus for his age. We are really happy about this signing. Trion has been very good for us over the past six years.”

One of the 2012-13 co-captains recently announced for the Bobcats is Trion alum Bud Todd. The 6-foot-5 forward hovered at the double-digit mark in points and boards throughout the 2011-12 campaign for Georgia Northwestern. Todd, along with Casey Day, Matt Hill, and Dustin Rosser, were all members of the college’s first-ever intercollegiate varsity squad back in 2007.

“I was able to play with some of the guys recently and I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said Ivester. “I’m really happy about the decision. I’m going to college and get a true shot at being a part of a college basketball program.” Ivester, along with his twin brother, Heath, were standouts on the Trion High School Football and Basketball teams during their years in Bulldog Country.

“This entire region across these corners of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee is a great breeding ground for recruits built for programs like ours,” said Stephenson. “Hunter (Ivester) has a great chance at becoming a key part of our attack in the next two years.”

Ivester wore number 12 during his run with the Dog Pound faithful at Trion High School (GA). Wearing number 12 for the Bobcats this past season was someone equally as impressively; sophomore co-captain Matt Woods, the college’s first national NJCAA All-American. “In the 25 years I’ve been coaching basketball, Matt (Woods) is one of the elite that standout. He really has handled his business in class, on the court, and in his life.” The two-time All-Region XVII honoree for athletics and academics was announced as Georgia Northwestern’s first All-American at GNTC’s Athletics Banquet on May 8.

Open team workout dates for the Men’s and Women’s Bobcat Basketball program are posted at GNTC.edu as they are available. Tryout dates will be posted this summer for spots on the 2012-13 Georgia Northwestern Men’s and Women’s rosters. Next season will mark the sixth year of student-athletics at Georgia Northwestern.

Georgia Northwestern competes in NJCAA’s Region XVII in Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball. The Bobcats hung conference championship banners in 2008 and 2009. The Lady Cats are the NJCAA Region XVII’s defending champions, advancing the National Sweet 16 in post-season play in 2012.

The Bobcats open their season on November 2 at home when Toccoa Falls College comes to “The R.A.C.” The very next weekend, the ‘Cats pack their bags for the Music City as they return to the Freewill Classic at Freewill Baptist in Nashville, Tennessee. Georgia Northwestern advanced to the semi-finals of the tourney just one year ago.

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 dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern All-Star Softball Games This Week

All-Star Intramural Softball Games THIS WEEK! Game One on the WCC Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Game Two on the FCC Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Speak with David McBurnett at dmcburnett@gntc.edu for times of departure from the FCC for Tuesday’s game. Speak with Don Foley at dfoley@gntc.edu for times of departure from the WCC for Thursday’s game.

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