November was selected in America as the month to hold major elections because harvest seasons were complete by then.
The first Tuesday of November was selected as Election Day because initially many people had to travel the day before to reach the polling place in time. Since most people did not travel on Sunday for religious reasons, they did not want elections to be on a Monday.
Bobcat Fact of the Day: Application and Testing Deadline for spring semester is November 25. (gntc.edu)
(Covington, GA) – The Bobcats golf team prepped for next week’s Berry College Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational by routing Oxford College by 61 shots at The Oaks Course in Covington on Wednesday.
All seven golfers played for the Bobcats, although only the lowest four scores counted toward the team score of 280 (4-under par). Chase Cole fired a team-best 66, followed by John Rollins (70), Drew Tankersley (71), Grant Allen (73), Jordan Estes (73), Lanier Guest (74) and Keaton Stanfield (78).
Georgia Northwestern will tee off in the first round of the 36-hole tournament Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Coosa Country Club in Rome.
Intramural Football begins this week on the WCC and FCC. ALL GNTC’ers from all campuses are invited to take part. FCC plays this afternoon on Bobcat Field. WCC plays every Tuesday. Game times begin at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Fun Fact of the Day on this Wednesday, October 22:
Here are three amounts of U.S. Currency that are no longer in print. William McKinley was on the $500 bill, Grover Cleveland was on the $1,000, and James Madison was on the $5,000.
GNTC Fact: Next Wednesday is the last day to drop a class and still receive a “W” for a grade.
(LaFayette, GA) – Keaton Stanfield took up the game of golf in middle school just to, in his words, “have something to do all the time that was fun”.
However, in the course of having fun, Stanfield found a passion and drive for the sport he didn’t expect, spending hour after hour and day after day on the golf course, working hard to get better.
That drive and competitive spirit helped the LaFayette Ramblers to a Region 7-AAAA title this past spring and, more recently, it earned him a future as a college golfer as the recent graduate signed a letter of intent to join the Bobcats of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“It just means a lot to know I’m moving on to the next level,” he said during a signing ceremony and reception at his home course. “I’ve never have experienced anything like this before with a big ceremony and everything. I’m just proud of myself and all the practice I’ve put in my game.”
Stanfield said he took up the game early in middle school, but quickly got hooked.
“It didn’t take me long to get serious about (golf),” he said. “I started improving and I really surprised myself with how many birdies I started making.”
After Stanfield and the Ramblers defeated Pickens in a playoff to win the region title at Nob North in April, he carded a solid 6-over par
78 at the Class 4A state tournament in Augusta to help LaFayette place third overall, equaling the program’s best finish in five years.
“I’m just tickled for Keaton,” LHS golf coach Tom Langford said. “He’s worked so hard and there have been very few days when he hasn’t been out here on the golf course. I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a kid that loves the game and loves to compete as much as he does. We always played him way up in the lineup because I knew he would battle and that he wouldn’t be intimidated by anyone. He was always consistent with his scoring no matter the tournament. Plus, he’s just a great kid.”
GNTC golf coach Jared Willerson said he was excited to get a player of Stanfield’s skill and determination.
“He’s made himself into a solid player,” Willerson. “He’s the kind of kid that will fight back from setbacks and do the best they can and that’s the kind of kid you want when you are trying to build a program. He’s a battler, just like the rest of the guys we have signed. He always come to play and I think he’ll develop into a good player for us.”
Stanfield is just the latest addition to a GNTC squad that also includes recent signees Jordan Estes (Ringgold), John Rollins (Trion) and Lanier Guest (Gordon Lee). The Bobcats will be eligible for region and national junior college championships next season.
“I love the coach (at GNTC) and I love the team he’s putting together,” Stanfield explained. “They’ve already impressed me with some of the scores they have put up and hopefully I can impress them too. I’m glad to be on the same team with these guys.”
“It’s a really good recruiting class we’ve got coming in,” Willerson said. “If we keep working hard, I really think we are going to be a competitor next year.”
Stanfield said he his undecided on a major, but is considering a career in golf course management.
(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.
(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.