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VSU and GNTC Form Pathways Program Partnership

Valdosta State University signed articulation agreements with Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Tuesday, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education. Pictured, from left to right, are Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, and Dr. William McKinney, president of VSU.
Valdosta State University signed articulation agreements with Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Tuesday, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education. Pictured, from left to right, are Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, and Dr. William McKinney, president of VSU.

(Rome, Georgia) – Valdosta State University signed articulation agreements with Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Tuesday, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education.

The Pathways Program agreement will allow Georgia Northwestern Technical College students with an Associate of Applied Science to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership or a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance in two years or less at Valdosta State University, noted Andy Clark, vice president for the Division of Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications at VSU.

“I am thrilled to have the articulation agreement between Valdosta State University and Georgia Northwestern Technical College become a reality,” said Dr. William J. McKinney, president of VSU. “VSU is committed to building pathways that enable students to take the next step in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.”

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is recognized as a premier college for workforce development in the nine-county area of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state, with an annual credit enrollment of 8,200 students plus an additional 6,300 non-credit students utilizing resources available through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and other programs. It offers associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates in some 200 programs of study, covering everything from business and health to industry and public service, and has campuses in Rome, Calhoun, Rockmart, Rock Spring, and Dalton.

“GNTC is very pleased to enter into this articulation agreement with Valdosta State University, which will expand the continuing educational opportunities for our students,” said Pete McDonald, president of GNTC.

“The agreement is a strong indication of the continuing collaboration between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia,” he continued. “The expanding partnership between our two systems of higher education will help build a better workforce for the state of Georgia.”

The Pathways Program centers on the priorities of Complete College Georgia, an initiative developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. It is a collaboration between Valdosta State University and partner institutions like Georgia Northwestern Technical College to allow students with approved Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Technology degrees to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years or less. Pathways students can expect 51 or more transferable credit hours to be applied to either of the two articulated programs, Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership or Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, both of which are offered completely online.

It is projected that over 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree by 2020. Presently, approximately 42 percent of the state’s young adults, its developing workforce, are prepared to such a level, which means that Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels but also produce an additional estimated 250,000 graduates in upcoming years to remain competitive.

VSU has now signed Pathways Program articulation agreements with 14 Technical College System of Georgia institutions of higher education — Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, South Georgia Technical College, Southwest Georgia Technical College, Albany Technical College, Savannah Technical College, Gwinnett Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Lanier Technical College, North Georgia Technical College, Altamaha Technical College, Ogeechee Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College, Southeastern Technical College, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Valdosta State University is a premier comprehensive university characterized by outstanding instruction, a wide range of student life opportunities, and a close connection to the community. Established in 1906, the institution’s mission is to prepare students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning; to expand the boundaries of current knowledge and explore the practical applications of that knowledge through excellence in scholarship and creative endeavors; and to promote the economic, cultural, and educational progress of the community and region through excellence in service outreach. VSU seeks to accomplish this mission in a dynamic, student-centered learning environment marked by a respect for diverse abilities, backgrounds, and contributions by all members of the university community.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Lady Cats Come Down Stretch, Push “Pack The R.A.C.” Date

(The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, Rossville, Georgia) – The all-freshmen Lady Cats Women’s Volleyball squad from Georgia Northwestern wraps up their NJCAA pilots season with a “Pack The R.A.C.” night on Monday, October 15.

The final home match of the season will see Oakwood University come to the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.) in a rematch of a September 29 contest in Huntsville, Alabama. “They had a packed gym and a loud crowd and our girls were in it from the start,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Carrie Powell of the closely-contested four-game loss. “We want to return the favor on Monday.”

Powell is asking the high schools from which her squad hails to come out to the season-ending match to show their support of the program.

The 2012 Lady Cats consist of Alysa Daniel (LFO), Siouxanne Hawkins (LaFayette), Kristine Huskey (Battlefield Parkway Christian Academy), Fallon Larmon (LaFayette), Candice McClain (LaFayette), and Kayla Pierce (Gordon Lee).  Powell is a former all-region player from Ridgeland High School, as well as an all-conference standout for Georgia Northwestern during her college career.

The Lady Cats Women’s Volleyball program took a year off last year in preparation for the pilot season in the NJCAA this year, as well as to provide recruiting time for the 2013 campaign. “When I came on board, we were pretty much in a position to play with the hand we were dealt,” said Powell of her early August 2012 hiring. “We have a solid team who can really get after the ball. However, we are looking for strong hitters and have been having a good experience so far with the early stages of recruiting for next season.”

Georgia Northwestern (1-12) carries maybe one of the toughest schedules in NJCAA Division III. And, when you consider that the Lady Cats are made up of exactly six student-athletes, none over five-foot-seven, the two-month trek seems even more treacherous. The dates for the two-year program included two matches with each of the four-year powerhouse programs from Bryan, Covenant, and Oakwood University.

“It is what it is,” said Powell. “We have great young women working hard right now to make sure we have a good foundation for recruiting and a good run in 2013. They are really clawing their way to every point we win. We make no excuses. We get what we earn. Nothing more.”

Georgia Northwestern athletic programs compete in the N JCAA’s Region XVII and awards all students free admission with student i.d. The Lady Cats will open the match with Oakwood at 6 p.m., Monday Night, at the R.A.C.  The season wraps up on the road at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee in a tri-match between Welch, Georgia Northwestern, and Victory College on October 19.

For more information on Lady Cats Volleyball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern has five campuses across Northwest Georgia directly serving nine different counties in the Peach State.

Georgia Northwestern Launches Student-Athlete Signing Season

Northwest Georgia – NJCAA’s Georgia Northwestern Bobcat and Lady Cat collegiate varsity basketball programs launched their off-season signing schedule this past week. Among the first two signing their letters of application were Sierra Smith of Armuchee High School in Armuchee, Georgia and Hunter Ivester of Trion High School in Trion, Georgia.

Cats Country adds another signing tomorrow in Cartersville, Georgia. Watch for the latest on this next signing and the many others on the horizon in the next few weeks.

For more information, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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Cats Road Win Showcases Record-Setting Night by Patton

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(Knoxville, TN) – Ringing up more triples than a cashier at Wendy’s, sophomore Bobcat Ben Patton shattered a Georgia Northwestern record for three-pointers Friday night in a road win over Johnson University, 83-78.

While the host squad was hot all across the floor dropping treys at an above-par 48-percent clip, the sophomore sniper from Trenton, Georgia would set a Bobcat record with nine-of-11 shooting from behind the arc as part of his 33 points on the night. He set the previous program record last year with six three-pointers in a game.

The former Dade County standout also set his college record for most points in a half with 27 in the second half Friday night. The original record was set two years ago by Kyle Wilson with 25 in one half versus Freewill Baptist (TN). Wilson is now a junior on the Berry College Men’s Basketball Roster.

Georgia Northwestern (7-10, 0-5) sophomore point guard Matt Woods tied the college record for steals in a game with five. It’s a record he originally set last year against Southern Crescent Tech. Add to that defensive effort a monster block in the paint with little three minutes remaining in the game and Woods had one of his best showings of 2011-12.

Johnson University guards Tyler Griffin, Nick King, and Depew Chase went a combined eight-of-14 from three-point land. However, the hot streak from long-range would subside for Johnson University in the second half as Georgia Northwestern’s Patton would go seven-of-nine from outside in the final twenty minutes.

A week-long home stand at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) kicks-off for the Bobcats on Tuesday as they host Clayton State at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Georgia Northwestern hosts Macon State in a tribute game. At halftime of that game, GNTC will honor the college’s first-ever men’s basketball program and the five-year anniversary of their inaugural season.

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Lady Cats Fall At The Buzzer In Instant Classic

In the opener at Johnson University, freshman Lady Cat Emily Cole (Adairsville) had her best game of the season with 10 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals in the non-region contest in Knoxville Friday night. It would be the 18 points of Johnson University’s Ashley Rawls though that would set the pace for a one-point win over the Cats, 58-57.

Sophomore forward Jessica Williams dropped in 13 points and cleaned the boards for 11 rebounds in the road loss. Down three at the half, the Lady Cats would fight to gain a lead in the final ten minutes. However, foul trouble would force the road team to play with only four players for the final four minutes of the game.

Georgia Northwestern (2-13, 2-3) would fight to hold on to the lead until the final three seconds when a backdoor pass gave Johnson a lay-up to take the lead for good. The Lady Cats are off until January 31 when they will host Cleveland State (TN) on January 31 at the Winthrop-King Centre on the campus of Shorter University.

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.

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Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern (83) – Miller 8, Brandon Pratt 14, Woods 4, Ben Patton 33, Bud Todd 14, Towns, Hill, Jr. 8, Dempsey 2.

Johnson University (78) – Cebastiano Louis 14, Depew Chase 14, Gibson, Nick King 17, Tyler Griffin 22, Bowen, Jr. 4, Noe, Friedman 7.

Halftime: 40-35, Johnson University.

 

Women’s Box Score

Georgia Northwestern (57) – Emily Cole 10, Morrow 9, Kenisha Watkins 12, Philpot 7, Jessica Williams 13, McGee 6.

Johnson University (58) – Givens 4, Lankford 7, Ashley Rawls 18,  McGuirk 8, Chelsea Simbeck 12, Fales 5, Alley 4, Forsythe.

Halftime Score:  27-24, Johnson University.

 

 

Cats Road Win Showcases Record-Setting Night by Patton  
Lady Cats Fall At The Buzzer In Instant Classic

Cutline: “Dade County, Georgia product Ben Patton set the Georgia Northwestern record for most three-pointers in a game Friday night in a road match-up at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee.”

 

(Knoxville, TN) – Ringing up more triples than a cashier at Wendy’s, sophomore Bobcat Ben Patton shattered a Georgia Northwestern record for three-pointers Friday night in a road win over Johnson University, 83-78.

While the host squad was hot all across the floor dropping treys at an above-par 48-percent clip, the sophomore sniper from Trenton, Georgia would set a Bobcat record with nine-of-11 shooting from behind the arc as part of his 33 points on the night. He set the previous program record last year with six three-pointers in a game.

The former Dade County standout also set his college record for most points in a half with 27 in the second half Friday night. The original record was set two years ago by Kyle Wilson with 25 in one half versus Freewill Baptist (TN). Wilson is now a junior on the Berry College Men’s Basketball Roster.

Georgia Northwestern (7-10, 0-5) sophomore point guard Matt Woods tied the college record for steals in a game with five. It’s a record he originally set last year against Southern Crescent Tech. Add to that defensive effort a monster block in the paint with little three minutes remaining in the game and Woods had one of his best showings of 2011-12.

Johnson University guards Tyler Griffin, Nick King, and Depew Chase went a combined eight-of-14 from three-point land. However, the hot streak from long-range would subside for Johnson University in the second half as Georgia Northwestern’s Patton would go seven-of-nine from outside in the final twenty minutes.

A week-long home stand at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) kicks-off for the Bobcats on Tuesday as they host Clayton State at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Georgia Northwestern hosts Macon State in a tribute game. At halftime of that game, GNTC will honor the college’s first-ever men’s basketball program and the five-year anniversary of their inaugural season.

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In the opener at Johnson University, freshman Lady Cat Emily Cole (Adairsville) had her best game of the season with 10 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals in the non-region contest in Knoxville Friday night. It would be the 18 points of Johnson University’s Ashley Rawls though that would set the pace for a one-point win over the Cats, 58-57.

Sophomore forward Jessica Williams dropped in 13 points and cleaned the boards for 11 rebounds in the road loss. Down three at the half, the Lady Cats would fight to gain a lead in the final ten minutes. However, foul trouble would force the road team to play with only four players for the final four minutes of the game.

Georgia Northwestern (2-13, 2-3) would fight to hold on to the lead until the final three seconds when a backdoor pass gave Johnson a lay-up to take the lead for good. The Lady Cats are off until January 31 when they will host Cleveland State (TN) on January 31 at the Winthrop-King Centre on the campus of Shorter University.

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.

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Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern (83) – Miller 8, Brandon Pratt 14, Woods 4, Ben Patton 33, Bud Todd 14, Towns, Hill, Jr. 8, Dempsey 2.

Johnson University (78) – Cebastiano Louis 14, Depew Chase 14, Gibson, Nick King 17, Tyler Griffin 22, Bowen, Jr. 4, Noe, Friedman 7.

Halftime: 40-35, Johnson University.

 

Women’s Box Score

Georgia Northwestern (57) – Emily Cole 10, Morrow 9, Kenisha Watkins 12, Philpot 7, Jessica Williams 13, McGee 6.

Johnson University (58) – Givens 4, Lankford 7, Ashley Rawls 18,  McGuirk 8, Chelsea Simbeck 12, Fales 5, Alley 4, Forsythe.

Halftime Score:  27-24, Johnson University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobcats, Lady Cats Fall Short In State-Line Battle

(Cleveland, TN) – What was a manageable obstacle on the scoreboard at the break quickly got out of hand as Georgia Northwestern would shoot only 35-percent from the field in the second half getting outscored 45-16 in last stanza in route to an 86-43 loss at Cleveland State Tuesday.

The first offensive play of the night at L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium ended with a 23-footer from Bobcat freshman point guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. to take a quick 3-0 lead. But a 12-0 run by the host Cleveland State Cougars helped the home squad open up a 14-point lead at the break.

A pair of vicious rejections courtesy of Bobcats Matt Woods (Dade) and Randy Boyd (Chattanooga Hixson) would help keep things close going into the final twenty minutes.

However, sophomore Keith Johnson and freshman Nick Ross would both drop in 18 points for the home team in route to their home win.
Freshman Alex Miller (Gordon Central) led all Bobcats in scoring with 10 points in the road loss. Cleveland State (4-1) would swipe the ball away from GNTC 19 times in the contest. The young Cats turned over the ball 27 times Tuesday night.

“I’ll say what I said to these guys on the bench in the second half,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Coach David Stephenson. “We were down 14 at the break. They didn’t go get a different group of guys to play us in the second half, did they? We played like men in the first half. It was boys in the second half. We have a lot of growing up to do.”

However, time is not something that is on their side as Georgia Northwestern (2-2) will hit the interstates again on Thursday as they travel to Powell, Tennessee to take on Crown College. On Saturday, Georgia Northwestern returns home to host Caldwell College (NC).

Georgia Northwestern (43) – Boyd 6, Lemus, Jr. 7, Woods 2, Alex Miller 10, Chitwood 2, Moon 3, Towns, Hill, Jr., Dempsey 3, Patton 3, Todd 7, Fuleki.

Cleveland State (86) – Jones 6, Griffin 7, Macon 7, Keith Johnson 18, Nick Ross 18, Brown 6, Jamarcus Comage 10, McPherson 4, Baker, Gerard Gore 10.

Halftime Score: 41-27, Cleveland State

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Lady Cats Re-Cap

(Cleveland, TN) – The nine spot roster of Georgia Northwestern took a physical game into L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium on Tuesday night as they tangled with Cleveland State in a state-line battle. But second and third chance boards for the Lady Cougars led to an 81-34 win for the TCCAA power.

Georgia Northwestern sophomore forward Jessica Williams (Pepperell) led the way for the quickly improving Lady Cats (0-2) off the glass and through the nets. The second-year post player cleaned the Cleveland State nets for eight points and the boards for eight rebounds on the night.

Sophomore Mercedes Smith led the Lady Cougars effort with a double-double outing raking in 12 points and 10 boards in the November win. In exactly two weeks, the Lady Cats will travel south into Alabama to tangle with Auburn University feeder two-year program, Southern Union. Up next for Cleveland State a visiting Columbia State on Friday night.

“They were a very quick team, a very solid team, and beat us to the open man,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “Jessica played great tonight. Incredible hustle. Gave a very physical effort. We have work to do before our next date. We got out a lot out of this game.” Lady Cat freshman guard Emily Cole (Adairsville) also added eight points in the road effort.

The Lady Cougars swiped the ball from Georgia Northwestern 23 times in the Lady Cats tough road loss. Georgia Northwestern continued its struggles from the charity stripe going five-of-15 from the foul line.

One number Georgia Northwestern will no doubt watch closely in their preparations as they prepare for NJCAA Region XVII play coming in December is 16-percent shooting from the field in the second half.

Georgia Northwestern (34) – Cole 8, Morrow 3, McPherson, Philpot, Williams 8, Heath 6, Hoskins 5, McGee 4.

Cleveland State (81) – Morgan Rogers 11, Brown 3, Anthony 8, Gordon 1, Shanavian Woodland 11, Cash Champion 10, Ramsey 4, Martinez, Armstrong 4, Harper 3, Nunn 6,
A. Smith 8, Mercedes Smith 12.

Halftime Score: 41-23, Cleveland State

GNTC Heats Up In This Latest Summer Cats Cast!

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Georgia Northwestern Qualifies Four For National Professional Competition in Orlando!

Pictured from left to right: Patty Hart, GNTC director of Economic Development; Kellie Garland; Corey Hash; Mary Beth McNeese; Phil Gregory; Melissa White; Johnathan Creamer; Terran Carlisle; Cho Miller; Autumn Brown; Ronald Brown; Ronda Rape, GNTC assistant director of Financial Aid; and Brandy Rhodes, GNTC assistant of Student Affairs. Not Pictured: Jocelyn Ridley.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College students took home honors in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) state competition. The competition was recently held in conjunction with the 2011 Georgia PBL State Leadership Conference at the The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Atlanta, Georgia.

Phi Beta Lambda, a division of Future Business Leaders of America, hosts annual state and national competitions that recognize and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

The Georgia PBL State Leadership Conference showcased students competing in business related leadership events including impromptu speaking, future business executive, job interviewing, public speaking, and sales presentations. Other competition areas covered topics consisting of principles of accounting for professionals, computer applications, business communication, business decision making, financial services, hospitality management, human resource management, and network design.

Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College placing in the competition included:

Johnathan Creamer, Floyd County Campus – 1st Place – Client Service & Public Speaking

Jocelyn Ridley, Walker County Campus- 1st Place – Word Processing

Philip Gregory, Walker County Campus – 1st Place – Web Site Design; 4th Place – Computer Applications

Ronald Brown, Walker County Campus – 2nd Place – Future Business Executive

Autumn Brown, Walker County Campus – 3rd Place – Future Business Executive

Cho Miller, Walker County Campus – 3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking; 4th Place – Public Speaking

Melissa White, Walker County Campus – 3rd Place – Job Interview; 4th Place – Financial Analysis

Terran Carlisle, Walker County Campus – 4th Place – Financial Concepts

Kellie Garland, Walker County Campus – 4th Place – Project Management

Corey Hash, Walker County Campus – 4th Place – Accounting Principles & Accounting Analysis and Decision Making

Four of GNTC’s winners will go on to compete in the PBL National Competition in Orlando, Florida in June including Creamer, Ridley, Gregory, and Ronald Brown.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions:

  1. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
  2. FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
  3. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and
  4. Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.

FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.

Georgia Northwestern Rallies From 17 Down, Wins State Title

Lady Cats Capture Inaugural TCSGAA Women’s Championship

TCSGAA 2010-11 State Champs

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – With West Georgia Tech apparently running away with the inaugural TCSGAA Women’s Basketball title game held at Tennessee Temple University Saturday, Georgia Northwestern didn’t score their first point until Cedartown’s Kayci McGee hit a free throw to make it 11-1 with 12:55 left in the first half. After the break, the Lady Cats faced a 17-point deficit well into the second half.

“We were just hanging our heads,” said Lady Bobcat Assistant Head Coach Robbie Nash. “It was like we were getting run out of the gym.” That’s when the streak hit. Freshman Lady Cat Kayci McGee lit up the nets for a pair of threes to spark a 15-0 run in the final ten minutes to help Georgia Northwestern (2-0) topple the Lady Golden Knights, 72-65.

“We couldn’t even have a real celebration on the court. We were just plain exhausted,” said Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams on capturing the conference crown. “It came down to who had fresh legs at the end. We were very fortunate to win. These were two very competitive teams today.”

Lady Cat freshman Mia Morrow (Rome) led the way with a double-double by way of 17 points and 11 assists. Fellow freshman Jessica Williams (Pepperell) added a double-double of her own with 16 points and 10 boards.

The story of the game came at the free-throw line. In the season-opener last November, the Lady Cats fell by one at home to the very same West Georgia Tech team, 63-62. They shot a dismal 17-of-42 from the charity stripe that day. In the first-ever TCSGAA Women’s Title Game Saturday, they were 13-of-14 from the line.

Now, West Georgia Tech (1-1) fell by seven in the conference championship. The Lady Golden Knight performance from the foul line Saturday: 8-of-15. That’s seven points. Freshman Lady Cat Mia Morrow hit clutch free throws in the final minute. The 5-foot-1 point guard went four-for-four in the final minute to help nail down the tournament title.

Georgia Northwestern’s Shadow Day (Chattooga), Mia Morrow (Rome), and Kayci McGee (Cedartown) were named to the TCSGAA All-Tournament Team. Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams was named co-coach of the year in the TCSGA. West Georgia Tech’s Kenny Edwards also took home the honor.

This is the first season of varsity collegiate women’s basketball for both Georgia Northwestern and West Georgia Tech. “The recruitment process for 2011-12 is underway,” said Williams. “We are talking with some talented prep players. And now, we have a great core of players who could return for the run.”

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GNTC's Jesse Moore slams over Southern Crescent's Ricky Byrd.

In the TCSGAA third-place game Saturday afternoon, Georgia Northwestern’s sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) drained 13 of his 21 points in the game to stop Southern Crescent Tech, 69-64.

Fellow sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) capped off his career at the two-year program with 16 points in the tournament win. Freshman Bobcat Ben Patton drained a quartet of threes popping in 12 points in the winning effort.

“We’ve had talented teams in the past. However, this team has had the best chemistry, teamwork, and flat out character of any bunch I’ve had at the college,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson of his 2010-11 squad. “Kyle (Wilson) and Jesse (Moore) should have a great shot at getting looks from some area four-year programs. Now, they are the only two we lose next year. We will be talking to recruits now who will be adding to a great core next season.”

Moore and Wilson were named to the Men’s All-Tournament Team this weekend in the TCSGAA post-season event hosted by Tennessee Temple University. Moore and Wilson have also previously earned academic honors from the college and the association over their careers at the two-year program.

“Jesse’s (Moore) final two points came on a huge dunk,” said Stephenson. “It was exactly the way I hoped it would happen for him. He and Kyle (Wilson) have worked so hard for this program, on the court and in the classroom.”

The Georgia Northwestern Bobcat Men’s squad also earned the conference’s Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row. “It’s a testament to the kind of young men we are building,” said Stephenson.  This is Stephenson’s fourth season as the head coach of the Bobcat men’s basketball program. Stephenson also earned conference honors being named Co-Coach of the Year in the TCSGAA. West Georgia Tech’s Niki Olokovich also took home the honor.

For more information on the Bobcat and Lady Cats athletic programs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college education nearly 10,000 students every year.

BOX SCORES

Women’s Box Score
TCSGAA Women’s Title Game
– Shadow Day 13, Mia Morrow 17, Crosby 2, Kelsey Philpot 11, Kayci McGee 13, Jessica Williams 16

Georgia Northwestern  Lady Cats (72)

West Georgia Lady Golden Knights (65) – Porsha Goss 10, Quita Rogers 26, Hannah Penn 11, Roshunda Dobbs 13, Wyatt, Cookerly 5.

Halftime Score – 28-23, West Georgia Tech

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 dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college educating nearly 10,000 students each year.

BOX SCORES

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.

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