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Lady Bobcats Rachel McGill (11) and Erin Hurley (10) go up to attempt a block during Georgia Northwestern's volleyball match against the Covenant College junior varsity squad Monday night on Lookout Mountain.
Lady Bobcats Rachel McGill (11) and Erin Hurley (10) go up to attempt a block during Georgia Northwestern’s volleyball match against the Covenant College junior varsity squad Monday night on Lookout Mountain.

Fun Fact Of The Day / Lady Cats Head On Road

Fun Fact of the Day: The longest recorded flight time for a chicken is 13 seconds.
Have a great Thursday in Cats Country!

It will be a bit of a longer flight Friday afternoon as the Lady Cats Volleyball program hits the road to Powell, Tennessee for a Tri-Match. Good luck to Coach Powell and the Lady Cats!

Fun Fact of the Day
Fun Fact of the Day

LFO Sends Trio To Cats Country Hoops

Lady Warriors Ink Three With Georgia Northwestern

LFO head coach Dewayne Watkins and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson were among those on hand as Octavia Harris, Gloria Silmon and Kirsten Johnson signed on to play basketball next season for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats.
LFO head coach Dewayne Watkins and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson were among those on hand as Octavia Harris, Gloria Silmon and Kirsten Johnson signed on to play basketball next season for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats.

(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.”

Lady Cats Snag Rambler Hoops Standout

Pez and LaShey Ludy are all smiles as their daughter, Chelsea, signed papers to continue her basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Wednesday. Also on hand for the ceremony were LaFayette High assistant principal Maggie Stultz, LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson.
Pez and LaShey Ludy are all smiles as their daughter, Chelsea, signed papers to continue her basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Wednesday. Also on hand for the ceremony were LaFayette High assistant principal Maggie Stultz, LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson.

(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.”

Elementary School Honors Georgia Northwestern’s “Little Bobcats Club”

Open House Saturday For Potential 2014-15 Basketball Prospects

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(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 jwilliams@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 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.

Georgia Northwestern Faces Elimination Weekend In Oxford

Reynolds, Parks, Nichelson Earn NJCAA Region First-Team Honors

“Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson in a media interview in Rome, Georgia at the start of the 2013-14 NJCAA season. Stephenson’s career victory records sits at 497.”
“Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson in a media interview in Rome, Georgia at the start of the 2013-14 NJCAA season. Stephenson’s career victory records sits at 497.”

(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 dstephenson@gntc.edu. 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.

Lady Cats Close Out Non-Region Play Versus Division I Power

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 dfoley@gntc.edu.

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.

Lady Cats Prioritize Season With Big Cats/Little Cats Initiative

“Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats basketball players standing, from left, are Charron Woodley (Rome, GA), Brecia Hall (Rome, GA), Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA), and Alisha Bridges (Calhoun, GA) lead the class in a cheer.”
“Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats basketball players standing, from left, are Charron Woodley (Rome, GA), Brecia Hall (Rome, GA), Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA), and Alisha Bridges (Calhoun, GA) lead the class in a cheer.”

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats and Bobcats Face Covenant Thursday

(Rome, GA) – Georgia Northwestern has made plenty of headlines over the past two years on the JUCO level. The Lady Bobcats are back-to-back NJCAA Region XVII champions and looking for a third as region play begins in January.

However, as Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams looks at priorities for this “Three-Peat” season, he is clear on what’s near the top of the list. “Reaching out to our schools and our communities,” said Williams.

Wednesday morning, before their shoot-around session before their Cleveland State (TN) game in Rome, Georgia, the Lady Cats visited the kindergartners at Mrs. Evans’ Kindergarten Class at Main Elementary in the Rome City School System. “They talked to the kids about their priorities and how they can plan to do what’s right in their own classroom,” said Williams.

Williams, now in his fourth year at the helm of the Lady Cats, calls it a “Big Cats/Little Cats” initiative. “We are simply wanting to do our part by reaching out and sharing with our communities,” said Williams. “What’s important here is the mentoring, role-modeling, and achievement work we hope to do with all the kindergarteners, first-graders, and second-graders at this school.”

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats Charron Woodley (Rome, GA), Brecia Hall (Rome, GA), Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN), Tiana Jones (Summerville, GA), Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA), and Alisha Bridges (Calhoun, GA) made the trip to Main Elementary for this particular event. “We have more things we are attempting to do in the near future,” said Williams. “We want to prioritize this season very carefully. Taking care of schools and our communities is a huge priority for this team.”

Both the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs travel to Covenant College (GA) tonight (12/12) to take on Covenant College JV for a non-conference warm-up. The Lady Cats will tip things off at Barnes Gymnasium at 6 p.m., the Bobcats will begin shortly after the conclusion of the women’s match at approximately 8 p.m.

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.

Lady Cats Stop Slide, Drop Covenant (GA) At Winthrop-King

Georgia Northwestern Prepares For NC Trip, Warren Wilson Rematch

"Freshman Lady Cat Charron Woodley (Rome, GA) had a breakout game Wednesday night with 19 points in Georgia Northwestern's win over Covenant College at Rome, Georgia's Winthrop-King Centre."
“Freshman Lady Cat Charron Woodley (Rome, GA) had a breakout game Wednesday night with 19 points in Georgia Northwestern’s win over Covenant College at Rome, Georgia’s Winthrop-King Centre.”

(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 dfoley@gntc.edu, 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.

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