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18th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament raises more than $14,000 for GNTC Students

William Hamilton was part of the International Paper team in the 18th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament.

(Adairsville, GA)
– More than $14,000 was raised to provide funding and financial aid to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students during the 18th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament held at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville on Tuesday, Oct. 25.


The tournament was sponsored by the Foundation at GNTC. James Derward Powell served as the president of GNTC from 1987-1994.


Teams that participated included: Bank of LaFayette, Cedarstream, Coca Cola, Dalton Utilities, Five Star Food, Flegal Insurance, Fox Systems, Georgia Power, The HON Company, International Paper, Jay LeGrande Team, Miura America, Mohawk Industries, Nesbitt Consulting, Rehab Techniques, Powell Team, Ringgold Telephone Co., Southeastern Mills, Team 507, and United Community Bank.


The J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament was divided into two flights and prizes were awarded to the first place teams in each flight.


1st Flight – 1st Place

Rehab Techniques, consisting of: Michele Randall, Keith Randall, Jeff Bennett, and David Pledger.


2nd Flight – 1st Place

Jay LeGrande Team, consisting of: Mitchell LeGrande, Charles Pinkard, Bobby Hitchcock, and Chuck Wright.


Kevin Black won “Closest to the Pin” and Andreas Gjesteby won “Longest Drive.”


Special guests playing in the tournament included members of the Powell family: Blake Cescutti, Charlie Powell, Jim Powell, and Tripp Powell.


There were four Tournament Sponsors: Fox Systems, Inc.; The HON Company; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; and Shaw Industries Group, Inc.


Proceeds raised from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships and financial assistance to GNTC students. The foundation also assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and furthering marketing and public relations efforts.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

17th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament

Here’s a look this year’s 17th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament. The event helps raise funding to help students enrolled at Georgia Northwestern Technical College either online or on one of its five campuses across Northwest Georgia.

Lady Cats Can Claim Region, NJCAA Bid

Georgia Northwestern – Middle Georgia Showdown Saturday

“Sophomore Lady Cat forwards Kayci McGee and Jessica Williams deny a Snead State (AL) shooter during a regular season game in Rome, Georgia. McGee and Williams lead a Georgia Northwestern front court for a chance at a NJCAA District birth Saturday.”

(Rome, GA) – Win and you’re in.

It’s a big step that the Georgia Northwestern Athletics Program has been waiting to happen for five years. If the Lady Cats make magic happen on the hardwood Saturday, the college will earn its first trip to a national post-season tournament in school history.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Northwestern will face Middle Georgia Tech for the NJCAA Region XVII title. The game will be played at Emory-Oxford College in Oxford, Georgia. The winner moves on to the NJCAA District Round.

The Lady Cats won their conference championship in a title game last year in dramatic fashion. After trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Lady Cats would claw their way back and take home the championship, 72-65.

Although it was a conference win in 2011, it was the final game of the campaign for Williams’ squad that season. “We played in the TCSGAA before this year’s schedule,” said Williams referring to the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association. “There was no next round last year. This 2011-2012 campaign is the first full season we’ve been with the NJCAA. We’re excited”

The Lady Titans from Warner Robins, Georgia fell to the Cats on December 10 at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex), 59-46. Middle Georgia would return the favor January 14 with a 22-point victory over Georgia Northwestern, 62-40.

“It’ll take leadership from our sophomores to have a chance at this thing,” said Williams. “Kayci (McGee), Kelsie (Philpot), Mia (Morrow), and Jessica (Williams) bring a ton of experience into this game Saturday. We’ll be utilizing those strengths.”

The Lady Cats face a tougher task than they did in their regular season match-ups with Middle Georgia. Depending on the health of freshman forward Brittney Daughtry, this roster could field as few as six players. “We’ve done it before and won with that number, too,” said Williams. “Saturday should be a lot of fun.”

Daughtry, a Georgia School for the Deaf alum, hit the reserved list in January with an injured right knee. “Getting her back on the court is a process we are taking slowly and carefully,” said Williams. Freshman guards Emily Cole (Adairsville) and Kenisha Watkins (Berkmar) will help anchor the back court for the Lady Cats going into Saturday.

A win by Georgia Northwestern would send the Lady Cats to a northeastern site for a chance to move on. “The site for the next round is still to be determined by play across the country,” said Williams. “We are worried about one site right now. That’s Williams Gymnasium at Emory-Oxford this Saturday.”

For more information on Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to 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 throughout the year.

Cats, Crusaders Cap Off Home Stand For Georgia Northwestern

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(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – The Bobcats have exactly 18 days to re-shape their game plan for their first ever NJCAA post-season appearance. A shortened roster struck by injuries throughout the 2011-12 campaign left Georgia Northwestern with only seven uniformed players in the home stand finale tonight at The R.A.C. versus Crown College (TN).

Tonight in their final home game, the Bobcats played an extremely aggressive first half taking a one-point lead into the half against the 15-man roster of the Crusaders who made the trip from Knoxville, Tennessee. However, the gap quickly closed behind 6-foot-1 junior shooting guard Ed Loney who led the way for Crown (12-10, 4-2) with 21 points and six boards in the 73-60 win over Georgia Northwestern.

“The one thing take away from this game is that we simply know we are outmanned right now,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We will have to find a way to play games at a level that will work best for our squad. Our guys are as talented as any other team in our region.”

Freshman guard Justin Dempsey continues to improve his output for the Cats. After serving as a role player in the first half of the season, a depleted roster forced the 6-foot-3 Dempsey into the starting five. However, his play on the hardwood has solidified his spot. The Ruleville, Mississippi native led the way with 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Sophomore forward Bud Todd (Trion) dropped in 10 points and swatted a trio of shots. Freshman forward Alex Miller (Gordon Central) had a sub-par night on the scoreboard with eight points. However, the first-year Bobcat would clean the home boards for 15 rebounds. Sophomore Bobcat Ben Patton (Dade) locked in for six three’s for 18 on the night.

The Bobcats forced the Crusaders to overtime on their home court in November, dropping the contest 88-80. Another key loss in that game was starting point guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. (Model). An ACL tear left the freshman on the bench for the rest of the season. “He’s had surgery and is rehabbing nicely. We expect him to be back to 100-percent in plenty of time for summer tryouts,” said the fifth-year Georgia Northwestern head coach.

Georgia Northwestern (7-18, 0-7) closes out the 2011-12 regular season on the road next Friday as they take another shot against Emory-Oxford in Oxford, Georgia. The NJCAA Region XVII Tournament tips-off March 4 in Oxford, Georgia. The Bobcats will have a shot at the semi-finals of the region tournament if they can win a play-in game on Friday, March 2.

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

Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern (60) – Miller 8, Pratt, Woods 6, Ben Patton 18, Bud Todd 10, Towns, Hill, Jr. DNP, Dempsey 18.

Crown College (73) – Brown, Ed Loney 21, Farmer 2, Owens 4, Hickman 4, Grant 2, Scoggins, Nate Humphrey 20, Cook 4, Sherrod 8, Doolin, Horton, Cruse 2, Cook 6.

Halftime: 31-30, Georgia Northwestern


Bobcats To Battle For Third In State

Georgia Northwestern Falls In Qualifier


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(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – Despite cleaning the host site Tennessee Temple’s nets for four three-pointers, 23 points in all, Bobcat sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) couldn’t narrow the gap in the end as Georgia Northwestern (0-1) would fall in the TCSGAA semi-final round against West Georgia Tech, 87-81.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the first half as the Bobcats had one final chance to knot things up before the intermission, however, the final shot wouldn’t fall and Georgia Northwestern went into the half down by three, 40-37.

Gainesville, Georgia product Martavious Pittman led all scorers with 24 point on the night to help West Georgia Tech (1-0) advance to the finals of the post-season tournament Saturday. They’ll play top-seed Middle Georgia Tech (1-0) Saturday at 5 p.m. for the TCSGAA title.

Georgia Northwestern freshman sharp-shooter Ben Patton (Dade County) got hot in the second half narrowing the gap to three as he found lightning, striking four of his five long-distance bombs on the night in the last stanza. Sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) tossed in 17 points in the effort.

The Bobcats will face Southern Crescent Tech (0-1) in the state conference’s third-place game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at McGilvray Gymansium on the Tennessee Temple University campus in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The four-year college is serving as the host site for the state conference tournament out of Georgia for the second consecutive year.

On a related game note, Georgia Northwestern’s Lady Bobcat basketball squad will be playing in the TCSGAA title game against West Georgia Tech at the same site Saturday at 3 p.m. This is the inaugural season of Women’s Basketball in the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association.

During a break in play in the qualifying round Friday night, TCSGAA Commissioner David Stephenson award TCSGAA founder and board chair, Dr. Skip Sullivan with an award honoring his years of service to the league. Dr. Sullivan and Stephenson both helped develop the league in the state of Georgia nearly five years ago.

For more information on Bobcat and Lady Cat athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college educating nearly 10,000 students each year.


Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (81) – Kyle Wilson 23, Woods 8, Jesse Moore 17, Bonds 7, Ben Patton 19, Ware 2, Jackson 5.

West Georgia Golden Knights (87) – DeMario McMath 17, Lominy 8, Martavious Pittman 24, Black 7, Hunter, Codi Linton 19, Williams 8, Holland 4.

Halftime Score: 40-37, West Georgia Tech.

Cats’ “Seven” Hit Road For Tourney Tune-Up

GNTC Men Fall On Road at Emory-Oxford University; Lady Cats Face Tough Post-Season.

(Oxford, Georgia) – After shooting a season-high 86-percent from the free throw line in a home win on Tuesday, Georgia Northwestern shot only 37-percent from the charity strip against Emory University in Oxford, Georgia Saturday dropping the last scheduled regular-season game for GNTC, 75-58.

Georgia Northwestern’s “Magnificent Seven”, a nickname for the seven players on the Bobcat roster as they head into the post-season, also struggled from the field Saturday in Oxford, Georgia only converting 38-percent of their shots in the losing effort. Trailing by only six at the intermission, the “Seven” would witness the Eagles’ 6-foot-5 forwards sophomore Caesar Anyogu and freshman Evan Dunwoodie lead the Emory University (10-17) attack with 15 points apiece in route to the win over GNTC.

Bobcat freshman guard Ben Patton (Dade County) led the “Seven” attack with 13 points in the road effort Saturday. A bright spot from the road trip was the continued improvement of freshman forward Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa) who racked up a dozen points, draining six of eight shots from the field. Fellow freshman Bobcat Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) dropped in 11 points on the day.

Georgia Northwestern (4-16, 0-8) is just two weeks away from its own conference tournament. Although they’ll enter the post-season event with the smallest roster and lowest seed in the bracket, Bobcat Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson is preparing for anything.

“We’ve went from a full-court basketball team which pressed and drove the ball for the full forty minutes of every game in the first half of the season to a team of seven who has had to learn to slow down the game and be extremely disciplined,” said Stephenson. “Now these remaining seven have really gelled together and become one of the more controlled groups I’ve ever coached. They’ve really become family.”

Georgia Northwestern is currently attempting to reschedule a weather-postponed game with the Clayton State University club squad for next week at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex. Up next for the Bobcats, the TCSGAA Post-Season Tournament at Tennessee Temple University takes place on March 4-5.

As for the Lady Cats, a pair of Georgia Northwestern freshmen is on the injured list with their tournament trip awaiting them, as well. Freshman guard Lindsay Watts (Murray County) is out for the season after suffering a non-basketball related injury. “Lindsay has a really serious injury to one of her legs and may have to immobilize the leg for a while,” said Lady Cats Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Robbie Nash.

Another injury impacted the line-up during the Lady Cats final regular season game on February 11 against Southern Crescent Tech in Griffin, Georgia. GNTC took home a 42-point win, however they lost forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the opening tip. “She came down at the tip and rolled her ankle on the opponents’ foot,” said Nash. “Doctors labeled it a grade three sprain. They put her in a boot for precautionary measures.” Doctors said at the time of the injury that the 5-foot-10 forward would be out until March 4, the first day of the post-season tournament.

“We only had one practice this past week as players rested up,” said Jim Williams, Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach. “Kacyi (McGee) actually came to the session and walked through the workout. We lost one starter with Lindsay (Watts). We are really hoping we don’t lose a second starter in Kayci. We want the best of health for all of our student-athletes.”

The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) will enter the TCSGAA tournament as the two-seed in the event. This is Georgia Northwestern’s pilot year of collegiate women’s basketball participation. Both the Bobcats and Lady Cats are in their first year as members of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or email to Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with an annual enrollment of nearly 10,000 students across four campuses and online.

Georgia Northwestern (58) – Wilson 8, Woods 2, Moore 9, Ty Bonds 11, Ben Patton 13, Steven Ware 12, Jackson 3.

Emory-Oxford (75) – Caesar Anyogu 15, Evan Dunwoodie 15, Jorge Menocal 12, Stephen Simmons 11, Tien 8, Acevedo 6, Levick 4.

Halftime Score: 32-26, Georgia Northwestern

GNTC’s Women Wrap-Up First Season With Win, Two Seed In Post-Season Tourney

 (Griffin, Georgia) – The three-hour trip to Southern Crescent Tech took a dangerous turn on the tip-off Friday night for Georgia Northwestern. The Lady Cats, fighting for a spot in the TCSGAA post-season tournament, lost their starting forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the tip, rolling her ankle on her Lady Tiger counterpart.
Down to six players, Georgia Northwestern rolled to a twenty-point halftime lead. Then, the Lady Cats carried the momentum in the second half as they would wrap up the regular-season ending win, 69-27. Bench player Kelsie Philpot (Rockmart) filled in without missing a beat leading the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the conference win.
The 2010-11 collegiate basketball season is the first season ever for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats. “We couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve learned and the turn-around they’ve accomplished,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams.
Lady Cat point guard Mia Morrow (Rome) dropped in 15 points and dished off 10 assists to be one of three GNTC’ers to rack up a double-double. Jessica Williams (Pepperell) cleaned the nets out for 10 points and pulled down a monstrous 16 rebounds on the night. “She pulled down everything that came off the rim,” said Williams.
The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) have earned a two-seed in the TCSGAA post-season tournament with the win. “This was truly a total team effort,” said Williams. “X-rays Friday night were negative on Kayci (McGee). She’ll see an orthopedic specialist on Monday.” The post-season tournament for the state conference will be held March 4-5 at Tennessee Temple University.
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Illness would take the Bobcats top scorer off the court for Friday night’s game. The flu would keep sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) from suiting up leaving Georgia Northwestern with just six players, as well, in their nightcap against Southern Crescent Tech.

Down four to Southern Crescent at the intermission, then down ten points late in the second half, Georgia Northwestern would have to press to claw their way back into the conference match-up.

An off-target shot in the final seconds would leave Cats’ forward Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) with a chance to force overtime. The freshman post specialist would strike with a buzzer-beating put-back on the missed shot knotting the game up at 70-all at the end of regulation. Bonds would end with 10 points on the night.

Georgia Northwestern (3-14, 0-8) would fall three points short in the tough road conference loss, 83-80. Cats’ Co-Captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) would lead the way with a huge game by way of 21 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. The individual performance everyone was talking about came from freshman Bobcat, Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa). A post player who began the season as a reserve specialist managed to pile up 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. The first-year forward also pulled down eight boards in the road effort.

Freshman outside specialist Ben Patton (Dade County) would score 20 points against the Tigers hitting on 3-of-12 three point attempts in the loss. Fellow freshman guard Treas Jackson (Heritage-Catoosa) popped in a dozen points in the effort.

Georgia Northwestern plays its last regular-season home game at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, on Tuesday against Hiwassee College. The Bobcats lost the road side of this two-game set before the Christmas break, 122-105. GNTC wraps up the regular season on February 19 with a road game to Emory-Oxford College. The Eagles used a 16-0 run in the second-half of the first meeting to help drop the Cats, 85-53, just two weeks ago.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with more than 6,700 students across four campuses and online.
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***Women’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (69) – Day 5, Mia Morrow 15, Ashley Crosby 15, Kelsie Philpot 21, Jessica Williams 10, Watts 3.

Southern Crescent Lady Tigers (27) – Powell 4, French, Rousea 2, Sands 6, Genia Parker 15, Jones.

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***Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (83) – Jesse Moore 21, Treas Jackson 11, Woods 3, Ty Bonds 10, Ben Patton 20, Steven Ware 17.

Southern Crescent Tigers (86) – R. Bird 14, D. Gilbert 16, LeBlanc 2, C. High 20, R. Hardy 14, V. Woods 13, Thomas 5.

Halftime Score: 31-27, Southern Crescent.

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