(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.”
(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.
Incoming freshman hits hardwood this fall
(Chickamauga, GA) – After a senior season where he earned All-Region status in football, Gordon Lee’s Garret McAllister was leaning toward continuing his gridiron career in the college ranks.
But when his first love came calling, McAllister simply couldn’t say no.
The senior has opted for basketball as his sport of choice at the next level, signing a letter of intent on Thursday to join nearby Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“I love football,” said McAllister, who had considered a handful of schools, “but basketball is my favorite sport and I’m happy I found some place where I can keep playing basketball.”
McAllister said he also considered not playing sports at all when he got the call from Bobcats head coach David Stephenson. “I couldn’t find anywhere to play basketball, so I thought about just going to go to school and being a regular college student,” he explained. “But Coach (Stephenson) called me one day and asked me to come and talk to him. So I did and everything just worked out.”
McAllister had an award-filled senior year for the Trojans, leading the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, shooting 36 percent from behind the 3-point line and 68 percent from the charity stripe, while adding 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals a night.
He was named to the All-Region 6-A squad by the region’s coaches and as a Class A All-State honorable mention by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
“He had been talking to some football people, but his passion was basketball and from a money standpoint, (GNTC) will be a lot cheaper than any school he was looking at for football,” Stephenson said. “I think we got a steal here. He’s a guy that can play the 1 or 2 spot for us, and we like getting guys that have played football because they are more used to the contact they will have to adjust to in college.
“Plus, he’s got good character, good grades and he comes from a good family, and if you get a kid out of Gordon Lee’s program, you know they are coming with good, sound fundamentals. It makes our job a lot easier when the kids have the basics down.”
Gordon Lee’s Ed Clendenen said he wasn’t surprised that his point guard finally chose basketball.
“I think he enjoyed playing football, but his first love was basketball,” Clendenen said. “I’m proud that he will get to play some more at the next level. He’s multi-talented and one of best rebounding guards I’ve ever coached. He can play the point, but he shoots it well enough to play the 2, and if they want to go small, he could even play the 3. He’ll be a good addition for Georgia Northwestern and a valuable addition to their recruiting class.”
The Trojans played in arguably the toughest Class A region in the state and Clendenen said that type of competition will only help McAllister down the road.
“He wasn’t exactly held back from playing against top-level players, that’s for sure,” the coach continued. “He’ll be ready to play the competition he’ll face (in college) because he’s gone up against even (NCAA) Division I talent in high school. I think he’ll make an immediate impact and he can be a great leader for them. I’m looking forward to watching him play some more.”
McAllister added that he chose GNTC for its proximity to home and that he credits Clendenen for helping prepare him for the college game.
“Coach (Clendenen) always pushed us and tried to get the point across that we had to mature as players,” he said. “That really helped me get to the next level and know that basketball is what I wanted to keeping doing with my life.”
McAllister said he considering Criminal Justice as a major.
(Calhoun, GA) – It wasn’t long after the merger of Northwestern Technical College and Coosa Valley Technical College that there were serious questions as to whether or not athletics would even be offered at newly-formed Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
However, due to the tireless efforts of coaches, players and administrators behind the scenes, athletics did survive at GNTC.
Not only did they survive, they grew.
Today, the college boasts varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s golf and – starting this year- competition cheerleading.
And as of Thursday, May 1, 2014, the college’s athletic department also boasts a Hall of Fame.
The induction of the first Bobcat Hall of Fame class was the headline at GNTC’s annual sports banquet, held this year in the convention hall on the Gordon County campus in Calhoun.
The first class consisted of two of the original founders of athletics at the school with former men’s basketball player, Matt Hill, and retired school administrator, Jeff King.
“We started talking about a Hall of Fame two years ago since we had a region and a national college membership,” GNTC athletic director David Stephenson explained. “When we started all this, we wanted it to be like any other college (athletic) program and most every other college (athletic program) has a Hall of Fame.
“We did some research and decided it was time. We have a three-person (Hall of Fame) committee and when I presented the first two names, the vote was unanimous. These two inductees represent very well what we are trying to do with our Hall of Fame.”
Hill was one of the original Northwestern Mustangs, the club team that was the forerunner to what would eventually become the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats.
A team captain for two of his three seasons, Hill helped the Mustangs to a perfect 11-0 record in that inaugural season of 2008. He went on to play for two more seasons for the Bobcats before ending his eligibility.
“Jeff King actually approached me at a Trion (High School) function about coming to play for (Northwestern) and Coach Stephenson was actually the first person I met at the school,” said the Trion High graduate. “That’s really how it all got started.”
“In our very first game, I was the first person to score any points so that was kind of cool. I guess I’m the answer to a trivia question now, but it’s something to always remember.”
Hill said being named to the Hall of Fame was an honor.
“It’s kind of crazy, because it really wasn’t that long ago when I played,” he said. “It just shows me that you never know how far hard work and dedication can take you. That’s something I learned from Coach Stephenson that I still try to apply to everyday life. A lot of stuff I learned (at GNTC) is stuff I still think about and use today.
“I was never the biggest or the most athletic player, but an honor like this just shows that I did have an impact. This night definitely means a lot to me.”
“Matt was the first player to ever try out at any sport for us,” Stephenson recalled. “He was almost 30 minutes early to the first tryout and when I got to the gym, Matt was asking if there was anything I needed help with.”
He called Hill’s character “impeccable”.
“He would do anything you asked him to,” the coach continued. “Really, he was like a second son to me, and to see him out in the workforce now, married and about to become a father, makes me very happy.”
King served as the college’s interim president prior to the merger and Provost once Northwestern and Coosa Valley became Georgia Northwestern. King retired last year, but continues to work part time for the school on special projects.
He is currently overseeing and helping to manage the construction of GNTC’s new Catoosa County campus in Ringgold.
“This was really a surprise,” King said of the induction. “I didn’t know about the honor, nor was I expecting it, but it means a lot. We’ve had to go over a lot of hurdles with the athletic program, from the start of it to the continuation after the merger and it’s just a blessing that we all have been able to overcome all of these hurdles together.”
He said seeing the college grow from grassroot beginnings to full-fledged junior college athletics has been a thrill.
“We had a dream back then and that dream was to get in a conference where we could play for conference championships,” he said. “When we started, (men’s basketball) was little more than an intramural team. Now, we’re in a league, we have several sports, we’re having our own banquets and now we have a Hall of Fame.”
“We simply would not be having sports banquets and a Hall of Fame without Jeff King and his fighting and pushing to keep us in existence during those early years,” Stephenson explained. “His inclusion (in the Hall of Fame) was a no-brainer.”
King said giving local athletes a chance to continue their athletic careers was rewarding.
“It’s a blessing to the players, but also to us because we feel like we’re really accomplishing something by allowing the kids to keep playing the sports they love,” he added. “Even more is that some of our kids have gone on and gotten a chance to play at four-year colleges.
“Who knows where we will be five years from now, but looking back five years ago, it’s hard to believe where we are today.”
Athletes in several sports were honored at Thursday night’s banquet, including Tavish Reynolds and Hunter Ivester, who were named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association’s All-Region Men’s Basketball First Team, while Ivester and Cody Cochran were both named to the GCAA’s All-Academic Team.
Volunteers Betty Murphy and Tony Davis were given special recognition awards by the athletic department.
Georgia Northwestern Heads To Oxford Tournament
(The R.A.C., Rossville, GA) – When the Bobcats went to bed on November 22, 2013, they were 3-2 and six weeks away from NJCAA Region play tipping off. However, Georgia Northwestern took a five-game skid leaving them at 3-7 as region action finally arrived at The R.A.C. in Rossville, Georgia Monday night.
In the often spoken words of Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson, that’s when they, “handled their business.”
Up only two, 28-26, at the break Monday night, the freshmen big men would come to life as the Bobcats took home their first win in nearly two months with a 58-52 win at home over NJCAA Region XVII opponent Southern Crescent (GA). 6-foot-5 center Dustin Stanley (Northwest Whitfield HS, GA) and 6-foot-4 forward LaDarius Watkins (East Hamilton HS, TN) combined for 23 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocked shots.
The other side of the two-headed Bobcat attack was the sophomore backcourt of Tavish Reynolds (Sonoraville HS, GA), Richard Olsen (Granger HS, UT), and Hunter Ivester (Trion HS, GA). The second-year trio combined for 28 points, nine assists, seven steals, and three blocks.
Holding the lead for most of the game, Georgia Northwestern (4-7, 1-0) would see double-digit leads come and go in the second stanza Monday. The Tigers (2-10, 0-1) would manage to keep it within a couple of possessions late in the game before the Cats would claw its way to a win in their region opener.
Next up on the slate for the Cats is a weekend trip to Oxford, Georgia where the Bobcats will match-up in a pair of games on the campus of Emory-Oxford.
For information on all Georgia Northwestern intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com or e-mail the Bobcat Athletic Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NJCAA Region XVII Box Score
Georgia Northwestern (58) – Richard Olsen 10, Watkins 2, Tavish Reynolds 11, Ivester 7, Bell 3, Cochran 2, Dustin Stanley 11, LaDarius Watkins 12.
Southern Crescent (GA) (52) – Ijelum 4, Ware 2, Rodney Gilbert 13, Anthony Calloway 21, Danish Freeman 12.
Halftime Score: 28-26, Georgia Northwestern
Georgia Northwestern Returns To Action January 4 Against Crosstown Rival
(The R.A.C., Rossville, GA) – Georgia Northwestern closed out the 2013 side of their women’s basketball schedule tonight at home against NJCAA Division I power Gadsden State (AL). However, cold shooting from the Winthrop-King Centre floor by the Lady Cats left them on the short end of the scoreboard as they fell Monday, 89-43.
Alabama product Taylor Adams led all scoring with 18 points on the night. The 6-foot-1 Lady Cardinal sophomore hit 8-of-13 from the field and pulled down 13 rebounds in the Gadsden State road win.
The Lady Cats were not quite as accurate as they would hit only 15-of-64 (23-percent) from the field, 6-of-13 (46-percent) from the foul line in the Georgia Northwestern loss. With the defeat, Georgia Northwestern (3-11) falls to 2-2 at home.
Georgia Northwestern sophomore point guard Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN) led all Lady Cats with 15 points on 4-of-22 shooting. Sophomore shooting guard Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA) connected 3-of-8 shooting from the three-point-line for nine points on the night.
The Lady Cats return to action after the Christmas break to take on their crosstown rival in Georgia Highlands. The NJCAA Division I opponent will visit the Winthrop-King Centre on January 4 for the non-region match-up. NJCAA Region XVII play opens against South Crescent Tech (GA) on January 13 at the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.), Rossville, Georgia.
Gadsden State (12-2) now heads to West Georgia Tech for a Thursday night match-up against the 8-5 Lady Golden Knights. West Georgia Tech was most recently ranked 13th in the nation in NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball. Georgia Northwestern will first face the Lady Golden Knights when they travel to West Georgia Tech on February 8.
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, visit BobcatsCountry.com or contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information by calling 706.764.3813 or e-mailing to email@example.com.
Georgia Northwestern (43) – Kiarra Parks 15, Jones 2, Bridges 7, Nichelson 4, Woodley 1, Flaherty 2, Hall 3, Smith 9.
Gadsden State (AL) (89) – Hall, Lacey Buchanan 14, Taylor Frazier 10, Catlin, Ward 6, Onenda, Grizzard 6, Taylor Adams 18, Williams 2, Brown 7, Carla Clemmons 15, Gray 6, Garner 1, Parker 4.
Halftime Score: 38-22, Gadsden State.
Georgia Northwestern Prepares For NC Trip, Warren Wilson Rematch
(Winthrop-King Centre, Rome, GA) – Lady Cats freshman forward Charron Woodley (Rome, GA) had her break out game as she lit the Winthrop-King Centre nets on fire with 19 points in Georgia Northwestern’s home win Wednesday night, 71-56. The mid-week win puts the breaks on a four-game slide for the reigning NJCAA Region XVII’s two-time defending champs.
Sophomore Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN) and freshman Alisha Bridges (Calhoun, GA) helped pace the attack for the Lady Cats (2-7) with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Leading all scorers on the night was Lady Scot freshman Alex Quimby. The 5-foot-5 shooting guard from Denver, Colorado racked up 20 points in the Covenant loss.
The Lady Cats have a chance for their first back-to-back wins of the young season win they travel to the Tar Heel State Friday night for a rematch with NCCAA program Warren Wilson. It was Georgia Northwestern’s last win before Wednesday night when they stopped the squad from Swannanoa, NC on November 14 in Rome, Georgia, 70-63.
Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams will have his squad head to Lookout Mountain, Georgia on December 12 to return the favor when they visit the confines of Barnes Gymnasium on the campus of Covenant College. Georgia Northwestern will be on a mad sprint as they now play five games over the next 13 days to close out the 2013 side of their schedule before heading into the Christmas break.
Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and an equal opportunity institute. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Athletics, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813., e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit BobcatsCountry.com
Georgia Northwestern Technical College directly 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. Georgia Northwestern offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and non-credit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern (71) – Kiarra Parks 18, Jones 2, Alisha Bridges 17, Nichelson 6, Charron Woodley 19, Flaherty, Hall 6, Smith 3.
Covenant College (GA) (56) – Elizabeth Bell 16, Stuart 2, Fikkert 4, Price 2, Alex Quimby 20, Tingle 2, Haley Dempsey 10.
Halftime Score: 28-19, Georgia Northwestern.