On the eve of the GCAA Division III basketball tournament, seven Georgia Northwestern players have been recognized with All-Region honors.
Sophomore Ashley Farrell is one of four Lady Bobcats honored by the region. Farrell made the GCAA Division III first team after averaging 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and just under one assist and one steal per game.
Freshman Katy Phillips was picked for the second team after averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in the regular season. Phillips was also named to the five-player All-Defensive Team.
Two other freshman, Haley Blevins (8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals) and Sprite Dyer (4.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.8 steals) were named as honorable mention selections.
West Georgia Tech’s Jacky Jones was named as the Player of the Year, while West Georgia Tech’s Kenny Edwards was named the Coach of the Year.
Three Bobcats were honored on the men’s side.
Freshman Darrius Fugh took first team honors after scoring 19.7 points and averaging 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists per game. He also shot 53 percent from the field – 49 percent from behind the 3-point arc – and 83 percent from the free throw line.
Sophomore Tyler Shropshire was picked for the second team after averaging 12 points a game to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals a game.
Sophomore Dominic Powell (7.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals) was named as an honorable mention pick.
Southern Crescent Tech’s Dantavius Bega was named the Player of the Year, while Roderick Stubbs of Oxford College was named the Coach of the Year.
Congrats to our own Ashley Farrell from Calhoun, Georgia. She was named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for last week.
Ashley Farrell, a sophomore guard from Calhoun (Gordon Central HS), has been named the GCAA Division III Player of the Week for Dec. 2.
Farrell had 13 points, six rebounds, a block and a steal in a 61-46 home loss to the Bryan College junior varsity team on Nov. 23.
Fun Facts of the Day: With Halloween two weeks away, here are a couple of facts to keep in your Trick-Or-Treat bag this season.
-10 percent of U.S. pet owners admit to dressing up their animals for Halloween.
-90 percent of American adults …admit to taking candy from their children’s trick-or-treat bag for their own personal consumption.
Remember, today is the last day of Early Registration for retuning students at Georgia Northwestern.
(Fort Oglethorpe, GA) – For the past four years, Octavia Harris, Gloria Silmon and Kirsten Johnson have laughed, cried and played together as members of the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe basketball team.
They saw no reason to end that relationship any time soon.
On Friday, the Lady Warrior trio traded in their red and black for the navy and silver of Georgia Northwestern as all three signed papers to play for the Lady Bobcats.
“We’re very fortunate to have three young ladies who want to continue pursue their college education and play basketball here in the local area,” said LFO head coach Dewayne Watkins. “All three have great potential to be good players at the next level. I look forward to seeing them continue to develop as players and as potential role models for future Lady Warriors.”
Harris was a four-year starter at LFO and averaged 5.9 points a game as a senior to go with a team-best 7.9 rebounds per contest. Blessed with a good outside shot, Harris has scoring potential at both the wing and in the post.
“I’m really excited about (playing for GNTC) and I’m really looking forward to it,” Harris explained. “It’s really close to home for me, which I like.”
Harris said she is considering a career as an ultrasound tech.
Silmon was a defensive specialist and a solid rebounder in the paint, pulling down 4.5 a game. She said she plans to study sports science and pursue a career in the health care profession.
“Today is really exciting and I’m just glad to get it done and out of the way,” she said. “I like the fact that it’s close to home so I can be near my dad, who is my best friend. (Octavia and Kirsten) are like sisters to me and I don’t know what I’d do if they weren’t coming to play ball with me.”
Like Silmon, Johnson didn’t play ball for the Lady Warriors’ program in middle school, but quickly developed solid range and became the team’s best 3-point shooter this past season.
“I really like playing basketball so I’m happy that I get to go on and play in college and knowing that the program is moving to Rossville is nice too,” Johnson said. “I also want to become an ultrasound tech and they have the classes I need there to pursue that.”
“Gloria is an extremely hard worker and if she continues to develop, she will make an impact in the future,” Watkins added. “I still think Kirsten’s best days are still ahead of her. She didn’t play in middle school either so going from only having played in high school to signing to play in college is a pretty big accomplishment.
“Octavia has played a little longer. She’s probably the one who can make an impact (for GNTC) right away, but I’m very happy to see that all three will be moving on to play college basketball.”
While the Lady Bobcats are still searching for a new head coach, GNTC athletic director David Stephenson said he was excited to have the LFO trio in the fold.
“They all three came highly recommended,” he said. “We had heard a lot about them from Coach Watkins and others who had seen them play. Two of the three bring some good size that we need and having three that came from the same program provides a little chemistry. A couple of them also played with (LaFayette’s) Chelsea Ludy, who signed with us earlier in the week so that should provide even more chemistry. Plus, we’re just excited to again get some players from LFO.”
(Lafayette, GA) – A recent study has indicated that of the thousands of high school athletes that graduate in the state of Georgia each year, only two percent go on to sign college athletic scholarships.
That elite group now includes LaFayette High School’s Chelsea “C.C.” Ludy.
The Lady Rambler senior will be a part of the new-look Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats when they move into their new Rossville home next season. Ludy signed her letter of intent on Wednesday in front of family and friends in a ceremony at LaFayette.
Ludy said it “feels amazing” to be a college basketball player.
“I’ve always wanted to play at the next level,” she said. “I didn’t want high school to be the last time I was ever on the court so I’m really looking forward to it.”
While Ludy started a handful of games last season, she gave the Lady Ramblers value and depth off the bench at guard. An adept ball-handler with 3-point shooting range, Ludy made her mark with solid defense and good passing skills, becoming one of LaFayette’s leaders in assists.
Ludy’s opportunity to play for the Lady Bobcats stemmed from a workout shortly after the end of LaFayette’s 2013-14 campaign.
“I went to a tryout camp for them (in Rome) right after the end of the season,” she explained. “I really didn’t think about it leading to anything at the time, but later on they contacted me about coming to play for them.”
LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson said GNTC was getting, first and foremost, a great person.
“She was really dependable and she had some great highlights for us last year,” he said. “She stepped up and became one of our top assist players. I think she’ll fit in nicely at Georgia Northwestern because she’s quick and she can guard people. We’re excited for her that she gets to continue her basketball career.”
Swanson said that Ludy’s defensive skills were college-ready.
“Anytime you go to the next level, you have to step up your game,” he said. “She just has to continue to work on offense and improve her shot, but defensively, she’ll be fine. She’s also very unselfish and she knows how to pass the ball.”
Ludy echoed her former coach’s assessment.
“I know I need to work on my ball-handling and being more aggressive going toward the basket,” she said. “Plus, I have to work on my shooting.”
GNTC athletic director David Stephenson was happy to add Ludy to the fold.
“She’s a quality girl, on and off the floor, which is what we are always looking for,” he said. “We’re not sure exactly what position she will play. We’ll make a determination after summer workouts, but I think we’re very blessed to get her because I think she can be a very versatile player for us. It’s also huge for her to make the commitment without knowing who the (new) coach is going to be.”
Ludy said she is considering a business major.
“I never wanted to be far from home,” she added. “I’m not used to being away by myself so (Georgia Northwestern) was perfect for me.
Then, on top of that, I get to play basketball close to home so my family can come watch me play.”
Georgia Northwestern To Pair Men, Women’s Basketball Programs At Same Site
(Rossville, GA) – As of April 2014, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has made the decision to pair up its men’s and women’s intercollegiate basketball programs. When the 2014-15 season tips off this fall, both the Bobcats and Lady Cats will call the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.) their home den.
Until the completion of the 2013-14 campaign, the Lady Cats had called the Winthrop-King Centre on the Shorter University campus its home court. The Lady Cats have played intercollegiate basketball for the past four years, officially participating in the NJCAA for the first time during the 2011-12 campaign.
For information on all Georgia Northwestern intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, or e-mail the Athletics 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 16,000 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.
Open House Saturday For Potential 2014-15 Basketball Prospects
(Rome, GA) – “You would’ve thought the President of the United States was walking in,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams about the welcome the kindergarteners at Rome, Georgia’s Main Elementary gave his squad Friday morning.
It was “Little Bobcats Club” Appreciation Day for Gillian Evans and Lauren Rodin’s Kindergarten classes. Nearly three dozen students were on hand with hand-made signs and lots of cheers to say thank you to the NJCAA women’s basketball program.
“We started the Little Bobcats Club this past fall as a way to show we want to be a true part of our town,” said Williams. “We started holding practices at the gym at Main Elementary. In the process, we got to know some of the administration and faculty at the school. Once we figured out a way we could serve, we just started trying to play a part.”
Coaches and players from the Lady Bobcats have made several visits to the school to help mentor the up-and-coming students. Georgia Northwestern even hosted a “Little Bobcats Day” at a NJCAA home game on January 20 against Prince George’s (MD) College. “We were really impressed,” said Williams. “There was no school in session due to the Martin Luther King holiday that day and there was still a good showing of youngsters and their families. We were honored.”
From classroom visits, to trips to ball games, and even a pizza outing, the Little Bobcats Club has had an eventful first year. “We just wanted to build good solid bonds,” said Williams. “I’ve always wanted our program to do more than play basketball. So, we started spending time with these kids and showed them that there is a big world out there that also cares about them.”
The Lady Bobcats will be back at Main Elementary Saturday at noon for an open house for potential 2014-15 Lady Bobcat Basketball recruits. All are welcome to attend the open house and meet Coach Williams, as well as the coaching staff and players from Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
Georgia Northwestern is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on Lady Bobcats Basketball at Georgia Northwestern, contact Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams at email@example.com.
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 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.
Reynolds, Parks, Nichelson Earn NJCAA Region First-Team Honors
(Northwest Georgia) – With Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson’s win on February 17 over Welch College (TN), the top Bobcat is only three wins away from the 500 victory mark for his career.
Two potential wins towards that plateau could go down in Oxford, Georgia this weekend as the Bobcats square off in NJCAA Region XVII competition in the post-season national qualifying tournament. A first-round game in the district round of the NJCAA National Tournament next week would set the stage for win number 500.
But, it’s ‘win-and-you’re-in’ or ‘lose-and-go-home’ from this point on. It all begins Saturday at 4 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium on the Emory-Oxford campus. That’s when the Bobcats will face-off with West Georgia Tech in the NJCAA Region XVII Semi-Finals. On the other side of the bracket is host Emory-Oxford and Southern Crescent Tech. The finals will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday.
The goal: Two wins in 26 hours.
The Cats (8-16, 2-4) have won at least two in a row twice this season. But this time, Georgia Northwestern has a spot in the National Tournament on the line. For NJCAA Region XVII, the Cats only have to win their semi-final match-up against West Georgia Tech. The region’s top two teams automatically advance to the district round of the national tourney.
The Golden Knights, winners of six of their last eight, won the region last year. The Carrollton, Georgia squad (18-16; 2012-13) came within one game of the NJCAA Elite Eight before falling to Caldwell Tech (NC) last March.
That was a different team. This year’s edition of the Golden Knights is 11-15 overall, 4-2 in region play. The 2013-14 editions of Georgia Northwestern and West Georgia Tech basketball both hover around the .500 mark at home and have sub-par records on the road.
Going into the tournament, the key players to watch are sophomores Tavish Reynolds (Calhoun, GA) and Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) who earned slots on the All-Region squads for the season. For West Georgia Tech, Orlandis Hill, Devante Orebeau, and Jon Perry earned spots, as well.
“We have to get it in our head that we can play with them,” said Stephenson of West Georgia Tech. “We have to come out ready and confident. We start games a little less than confident. Then, we realize, a little late, that we can play with these squads. So many times we end up a possession or two away.”
Georgia Northwestern fell both at home and away to West Georgia Tech in the regular season. One of the oldest adages from post-seasons past is that beating the same team three times in a single season is tough. “Playing these guys on a neutral site may help out,” said Stephenson. “But simply put, we have to slow the ball down and play smarter basketball than they do. That can earn us a win.”
Other regular season honors included freshman Bobcat Devin Watkins (Cedartown, GA) who was named to the region’s honorable mention list. Ivester was named to the region’s All-Defensive Team. Ivester, along with Cody Cochran (Flintstone, GA) was named to the region’s Academic Achievement Team.
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On the women’s side of the tournament bill this weekend, the Lady Cats find themselves in an unusual position. Georgia Northwestern goes into a win-and-you’re-in NJCAA Region XVII title game as the underdog. In the previous two region crown match-ups in 2012 and 2013, the Lady Cats went into those games as favorites. Sunday at 2 p.m., Georgia Northwestern will be a heavy underdog against the nation’s seventh-ranked team in West Georgia Tech.
The Lady Golden Knights boast the region’s 2013-14 Coach of the Year in Kenny Hill and Player of the Year Kadriana Howard. West Georgia Tech (16-8) leads the nation in steals per game (19.5) and ranks in the top ten in total rebounds per game (47.1) and assists per game (17.4).
Two-Time NJCAA Region XVII Coach of the Year Jim Williams says his Lady Cats have been the underdog before. “We’ve had games where we thought we didn’t have a shot,” said Williams. “But, our team would walk into the gym and fight. Knowing that all it takes for a trip to the next round is one win is a real motivation for this club this week. With this being our third time around against this team, there is a lot we’ve learned and we hope we can make some things happen.”
It all rotates around NJCAA Region XVII All-First Team members Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN) and Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA). Parks (13.4 ppg) and Nichelson (10.4 ppg) were named All-Tournament Team starters after their freshman showing in the region tourney held last year in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern has been in a rebuilding year going 5-17. The Lady Cats finished up the regular season going 2-2 in the final two weeks of play. The two loses, however, were to West Georgia Tech. The Lady Cats advanced to the NJCAA Sweet 16 in 2011-12 losing on the road to Montgomery College-Rockville (MD).
As it is on the men’s side this weekend, West Georgia Tech has to complete one of the tougher things to do in sports to be able to move on. They have to win a third game in three tries in 2013-14 against the Lady Cats to move on.
Other regular season honors included freshman Brecia Hall (Rome, GA) and sophomore Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA) who made the honorable mention list for their play in the 2013-14 season. Smith was also named to the region’s Academic Achievement Team.
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. GNTC is a member of the NJCAA, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and an equal opportunity institute.
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.