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Georgia Northwestern Inks Northwest’s Stanley

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(Tunnel Hill, GA) – After running wild through GHSA’s Region 7-AAAA, Northwest Whitfield’s Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Ryan Richards is seeing success in placing his senior standouts into college. The latest Bruin to sign his name with a college is Northwest big man Dustin Stanley. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound post player will be joining the NJCAA’s Georgia Northwestern Bobcats this fall.

Stanley played a part in the Bruins run through the 2012-13 campaign. Northwest went perfect in region play, losing only one game after December 21, 2012; a GHSA playoff loss in Atlanta, Georgia to Grady High School. The Bruins beat their opponents by an average of 15 points per win this past season as they piled up a 23-4 overall mark.

“The past two years for Dustin have been an amazing transformation,” said Richards. “He’s a good leader. He’s a vocal leader. Most of all, he is taking a lot of size away as he heads off to college and I simply can’t teach size. He really brought a lot to our rebounding effort.”

Stanley, who was a monstrous GHSA 7-AAAA prep football lineman standout in high school, trimmed down for his senior year on the high school hardwood. “I’ve cut about 45 pounds now that football is done,” said Stanley. “I was 255 for football. Then, when basketball rolled around, the weight just came off. Basketball will do that,” added Stanley.

The 18-year old incoming Bobcat freshman didn’t blossom in basketball until his junior year in high school. “He only played the last two years on the prep level,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “But everyone who has watched him these past 24 months, including myself, can see that his best basketball is still in front of him. Not many prep standouts can say that at this point in their careers.”

With the Bobcats losing their top two post players in NJCAA All-Region and All-District player 6-foot-6 Alex Miller (Gordon Central alum) and team captain 6-foot-5 Bud Todd (Trion alum), size and strength are key areas of concern for Stephenson. “We are emphasizing toughness and real grit this year on our roster,” said Stephenson. “He’s a former football player, too. I find that student-athletes who played football, as well as basketball, have a bit more grit in their game. Dustin gives us that.”

Stanley will be joining sophomores 6-foot-6 Cody Cochran (Gordon Lee alum) and 6-foot-6 Jordan Robinson (Mountain View Christian alum) in the paint. Another Gordon Lee grad will return for time on the hardwood in 6-foot-5 Andrew Johnson. “Andrew made things happen with hustle last year, Jordan continues to develop into a true college forward, and Cody returns from an early season injury and we expect he’ll make his presence felt early and often. ” added Stephenson.

Todd will join the Bobcat coaching staff next season as a graduate coach. “If Bud (Todd) can give some of his basketball knowledge to Dustin, he’s going to go a long, long way over the next two seasons,” said Stephenson. Stanley plans to enroll this fall at Georgia Northwestern as an Occupational Therapy Assistant student. Georgia Northwestern is one of only two colleges in the state of Georgia to offer the specialized program. “I’m just looking forward to a great chance to go to college locally and also compete on the next level.”

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.

Lady Cats Escape With Must-Win At Home, Grab Share Of Region Crown

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(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – A pair of free throws from freshman Mariah Price (Summerville, GA) with 12 seconds remaining would prove to be the shots that would break a 66-all tie and help Georgia Northwestern grab a share of the NJCAA Region XVII 2012-13 regular season title Saturday. Sophomore Lady Cat All-Region standout Emily Cole (Adairsville, GA) would lead the way with 16 points as the Cats would top Middle Georgia Tech at The R.A.C, 68-66.

One year after winning the NJCAA Region XVII outright, the win Saturday puts Georgia Northwestern in a first-place tie for the region crown with West Georgia Tech. With both teams splitting their regular season series, the tie-breaker scenarios have now all whittled down to one coin-toss expected to be held in Oxford, Georgia tomorrow afternoon at Emory-Oxford College.

Both teams split the regular season title. However, the coin-toss will determine the top seed for the post-season tournament taking place next week at Middle Georgia Tech.

Making their living from the three-point line throughout the 2012-13 campaign, the Lady Cats would hit a bit of a long-range cold snap against the visiting Lady Titans (7-18, 2-4). Georgia Northwestern would go 7-of-31 from beyond the arc. Big shots from mid-range would help the Lady Cats keep the advantage throughout the game.

Price would drop in 15 points in the win for Georgia Northwestern (13-10, 5-1) in the regular season closer. Sophomore Lady Cat Odessa Person would continue to make her presence felt as she popped through a dozen points and pulled down 15 boards on the day.

The NJCAA Region XVII Basketball Tournament will be held in Warner-Robbins, Georgia February 22-24. The winner of the tournament earns the regions automatic bid into the NJCAA Women’s National Basketball Tournament which begins one week later. The Lady Cats fell in the first round of the national tournament last year losing at the nation’s eventual fourth-place finisher in Montgomery College-Rockville (MD) 99-51.

Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (68) – Kiarra Parks 10, Jones, Emily Cole 16, Nichelson 8, Smith 3, Mariah Price 15, Mostella 2, Odessa Person 12.

Middle Georgia (66) – Gresham 4, Gadson 7, Ashley West 15, Hudson 2, Tynisha Walton 10, Ashleigh Burnett 10, Kameelah Wynn 16

Halftime Score: 37-27, Georgia Northwestern.

Men’s Game

Bobcats, Titans Play Tale Of Two Halves
NJCAA Region XVII Tournament Begins February 22.

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Bud-GNTC-MGTCGeorgia Northwestern, West Georgia Tech In Coin-Toss Sunday

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – After slowing down one of the region’s highest-scoring offenses for a half of action Saturday, Georgia Northwestern would take a 21-16 lead into the intermission with the region’s top team in Middle Georgia Tech at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) Saturday.

However, the Titans would turn things up as they would outscore the Cats on their home court 48-24 in the second half in route to a 64-45 win over Georgia Northwestern in the NJCAA Region XVII regular season finale. The win gives Middle Georgia Tech (17-12, 6-2) the outright NJCAA Region XVII regular season title.

Titan Forward Dwayne Bryant led all scoring with 15 points in the road win. Georgia Northwestern (8-18, 0-8) was led by NJCAA All-Region and All-District standout Alex Miller (Calhoun, Georgia) with 13 points, seven rebounds, and a steal. Fellow Cat sophomore Bud Todd (Trion, Georgia) added six points, five rebounds, and four blocked shots in the effort.

After slowing things down in the first-half, the Bobcats felt like they had things in hand. They held the top team in the region to 16 points in the opening stanza. That’s an impressive feat give it was just four weeks ago that the Titans dropped 107 points on the Cats in Warner-Robbins, Georgia.

When play began in the second half, that’s when Middle Georgia Tech Men’s Head Basketball Coach Bobby Brown turned on the full-court press. The final twenty minutes belonged to the Titans as they scored 48 points in the final 20 minutes of play, thanks in part to 21 turnovers caused by the Titan defense.

The Bobcats will next hit the hardwood on Friday night at Middle Georgia Tech, site of the 2013 NJCAA Region XVII post-season tournament. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid into this year’s NJCAA National Basketball Tournament. The Cats will face off with West Georgia Tech (14-15, 4-4) in the opening game of the tournament.

The 2013 NJCAA National Tournament begins one week following the regional event. Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (45) – Cotton 2, Jackson 3, Ivester 3, Todd 6, Alex Miller 13, Robinson, Reynolds 9, Olsen 2, Johnson 4, Dempsey 3.

Middle Georgia (64) – Smith 8, Anthony 4, Etheridge 4, Johnathan Morine 12, Simmons 7, Rozier 6, Walker, Yancy 6, Dwayne Bryant 15.

Halftime Score: 21-16, Georgia Northwewstern.

Georgia Northwestern Run For A NJCAA Repeat Begins Saturday

Defending Region XVII Champs Pre-Season Number One Again


(Rome, Georgia)– What started out as a pilot program in athletics five seasons ago has turned into what could be G

“Freshmen packing a punch in October practices for the Lady Cats. Creekview alum Alyssa Nichelson, left, gets hounded on defense by All-Region, All-Area, and All-Georgia team member Kiarra Parks (Pepperell). The Lady Cats are picked to finish first in NJCAA Region XVII in 2012-13.”

eorgia Northwestern’s most promising run in NJCAA Basketball to date.

Bobcat Athletic Director David Stephenson has seen the men’s and women’s programs come full circle since year one in 2007. With a successful recruiting campaign this past off-season, both GNTC squads have legitimate chances at taking home some hardware in the 2012-13 campaign.

“Both the Bobcats and Lady Cats have an incredible mix of recognized prep standouts and veterans on the NJCAA level,” said Stephenson.  

For the second straight year, the Lady Cats have been picked as the region’s pre-season number one.  An honor which comes on the heels of the programs’ first-ever trip to the NJCAA national tournament this past winter. The Lady Cats earned the berth after winning their region tournament in Oxford, Georgia this past February.

For the Lady Cats, all eyes are on freshman standout Kiarra Parks from Pepperell H.S. (GA). She is a member of the pre-season NJCAA All-Region XVII first team roster. Parks was an All-Region and All-Area honoree her senior season with the Lady Dragons scoring 24 points per game throughout the 2011-12 prep schedule.

Sophomore Emily Cole from Adairsville H.S. (GA) and new Lady Cat Alyssa Nichelson from Creekview H.S. (GA) were named NJCAA All-Region XVII second team.

Outside threats will be led by Cole and Parks. Pepperell long-shot artist Anna Baker and Armuchee’s Sierra Smith are expected to fill in the gaps from three-point land in 2012-13. “As for Alyssa (Nichelson), she’s a flat-out hustler,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “She plays 94-feet of basketball and goes in high-gear the whole way.” Nichelson scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds per game during Creekview High School’s elite eight run last year which saw the Lady Grizzlies go 26-4 on the season.

“We have been blessed with the pick-ups we’ve made in the off-season,” said Williams. A pair of All-Region and All-Area point guards in Parks and Alana Jones from Rockmart H.S. (GA) gives the Cats solid depth at the point. Jones dropped in 15 points a night in her senior season on the prep level.

Another player who stands out in the recruiting class is freshman Mariah Price from Chattooga H.S. (GA). The 5-foot-8 freshman was the center of the Lady Indians attack at the War Lodge in Summerville this past season. Price led the way with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists per game. “She basically averaged a triple-double the entire season. We’ll gladly take that,” snickered Williams.

Even more impressive this year is the defensive size the Lady Cats will be bringing to their slate of games. Freshmen Terika Mostella (6-foot), Odessa Person (5-foot-10), and Charron Woodley (5-foot-9) bring solid frames and high-pressured defense to this GNTC line-up.

“Terika (Mostella) was a beast for Cartersville H.S. (GA) last year, Charron Woodley (Model H.S., GA) is the daughter of Assistant Coach (Consuelo) Saxton who played Division I ball with Alabama, and Odessa Person (Lineville H.S., AL) is related to former NBA star Chuck Person,” said Williams. Chuck’s daughter, Eisha, plays for Southern Union out of Wadley, Alabama. Those two teams will meet up in Rome on December 7. “They’ve already been talking trash with each other about the game,” said Williams.

Sophomore Brittney Daughtry and freshmen Keesha Wise (Rome H.S., GA) and Megan Flaherty (Creekview H.S., GA) will also see playing time throughout the next four months. “Brittney had some injuries last year playing down low, but we are going to get her ready to roll,” said Williams of the Georgia School for the Deaf alum.

Joining Williams on the bench for his third season at the helm of the Lady Cats are assistant coaches Saxton, Robbie Nash, and Emanuel Turner. “These guys help give this team energy and direction,” said Williams.

The Lady Cats open up their 2012-13 campaign with a NJCAA Region XVII Jamboree this Saturday in Carrollton, Georgia. GNTC’s region title defense officially begins on November 6 against Georgia Highlands in Rome, Georgia. All Lady Cats home games for the season will be played at the Winthrop-King Center on the campus of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.

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.

Rockmart Star Rounds Out Lady Cat Recruiting

Jones Rounds Out Georgia Northwestern’s 2012 Signing Class

“The final signee of the 2012 Georgia Northwestern recruiting class is Alana Jones. The four-year starter at point guard for the Rockmart (GA) Lady Jackets will enter Cats Country as a freshman this fall.”

(Rockmart, Georgia) – A player described by many as the fastest girls’ basketball player in her region, Rockmart’s Alana Jones has become the final signee of Georgia Northwestern’s 2012 Lady Cats recruiting class.

Jones, a 5-foot-1 guard, averaged 15 points per game in her senior season leading the Lady Jackets through GHSA’s Region 7-AA South. Jones also ran track her junior and senior years competing in the 400-yard run and the long jump. The Rockmart standout capped off her final high school season with an appearance in the Tennessee/Georgia All-Star game last month.

“She’s a solid worker and has a reputation for being a great point guard,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “She’ll fit right in. We have a lot of speed this time around and that will help us with our defense first attitude.”

Jones will take the torch from Lady Cat forward Kelsie Philpot who also came to the program from Rockmart High School just two years ago. Philpot, Kayci McGee (Cedartown), Mia Morrow (Rome), and Jessica Williams (Pepperell) are all out-going Lady Cats who helped the college win conference championships two years in a row.

The Polk County, Georgia native will be enrolling in Georgia Northwestern’s Criminal Justice program. “I’d love to do crime scene investigation,” said Jones.

Jones first played organized ball in the fourth grade. “It was a rec league game and her grandpa got her involved in it,” said Alana’s mother, Tania Jones. “In her first game she ever played, her team won by scoring 56 points! That’s a lot for a little league basketball game. Well, Alana scored 48 of the points.”

A four-year starter in “Jacket Country,” Jones will be in good company when it comes to speed from the prep ranks. Jones is one of six Georgia Northwestern recruits brought in during the off-season. Joining her this fall will be prep standout guards Kiarra Parks (Pepperell) and Alyssa Nichelson (Creekview). Also signing on for the 2012-13 season are forwards Mariah Price (Chattooga), Sierra Smith (Armuchee), and Terika Mostella (Cartersville).

Georgia Northwestern saw its 2011-12 season end this past March after making headlines on the national stage. The Lady Cats earned the NJCAA Region XVII title, as well as a birth into the NJCAA National Tournament. Less than a week after earning their first-ever national tourney spot, the Lady Cats fell on the road to the nation’s sixth-ranked team in Montgomery-Rockville (MD). A win would have landed Georgia Northwestern in its first-ever NJCAA Elite Eight appearance in school history.

Tryouts and open workouts for the 2012-13 Lady Cats are posted on GNTC.edu’s Athletics Page. 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.

Three Days to Season Opener in Cats Country

(Rome, GA) – The 2011-12 edition of the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats takes to the hardwood of The R.A.C. Thursday night at 6 p.m. against Hiwassee College. The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) is the home court of GNTC’s men’s basketball program in its fifth year. Early this morning, top cat David Stephenson hit the airwaves in Rome, Georgia on WRGA and Hometown Headlines with John Druckenmiller.

Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams hit the Chattanooga airwaves last week talking about their tip-off on Saturday against visiting powerhouse, Snead State, out of Boaz, Alabama.

All GNTC’ers get in free with i.d. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and all children under 12 years of age are free.

For more information, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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