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Georgia Northwestern’s Bradford To Compete Nationally

Represents Georgia This June In Kansas City

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting Technology instructor Thomas Williams, left, stands with his gold-medal winning drafting student Matt Bradford. Williams and Bradford will represent Georgia in the National SkillsUSA Competition this June.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting Technology instructor Thomas Williams, left, stands with his gold-medal winning drafting student Matt Bradford. Williams and Bradford will represent Georgia in the National SkillsUSA Competition this June.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting student Matt Bradford will represent the state of Georgia in the National SkillsUSA Competition in Missouri this June.

The 24-year-old Ringgold, Georgia resident took home top honors in Technical Drafting at the state-wide SkillsUSA competition March 13-15 in Atlanta, Georgia. Bradford, a Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School graduate, is pursuing a Drafting Technology degree at Georgia Northwestern’s Walker County Campus.

Bradford and his instructor, Thomas Williams, will travel to Kansas City, Missouri on June 22 to take part in a national week-long competition. The gold medal winner in every category from the state SkillsUSA event qualifies to represent Georgia at nationals.

Other students from Georgia Northwestern earning honors in Atlanta were Ramon Meza, Automotive Technology (Silver); Cody Dobbs, Welding (Silver); Andrew Miles, Electrical Construction Wiring (Bronze); Daniel Heiman, Mercella Hooper, Cynthia Mills, and Norval Henderson, Team Entrepreneurship (Silver).

Others competing included Zach Breeden (CNC Milling), Jonathan Funderburk (CNC Turning), Michael Landrum (Precision Machining), Wesley Long (CNC Milling), Michael O’Bear (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration), Dan Rumphol (Precision Machining), and Georgia Vitale (Technical Drafting).

SkillsUSA, formerly known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), is a partnership of students, teachers and industry which help prepare students for their careers.

Early Registration for summer and fall semesters at Georgia Northwestern is underway now through March 28. 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.

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 Face Tough Division I Foe In Gadsden State (AL)

Georgia Northwestern Preps For Cross-Town Rival Highlands, Freshman Long Questionable

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(Gadsden, AL) – All eyes are on freshman center Caroline Long after a battle with Division I Gadsden State (AL) at Beck Field House in Gadsden, Alabama Monday night.

The 6-foot-1 freshman went down with a knee injury in the second half in the Lady Cats 109-41 defeat at the hands of one of the nation’s best Division I JUCO programs. Spirited play in the paint ended with a Lady Cardinal post player’s head and Long’s knee colliding.

After spending several minutes on the hardwood, trainers helped Long to the locker room. “Her status is uncertain right now,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “She may need as much as a week off. We’ll just wait and see.”

Freshman Lady Cat Alisha Bridges (Calhoun, GA) led Division III Georgia Northwestern in scoring with 10 on the night. Sophomore sharpshooter Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA) added nine points, all by way of the three-point line. Gadsden State (4-0) freshman shooting guard Shauntece Catlin led all scoring with 23 points thanks to 67-percent (10-of-15) shooting from the field.

Georgia Northwestern (1-4) struggled at the hands of the Cardinal defense shooting 29-percent from the field and only 50-percent from the foul line in the loss. “They were a good team,” said Williams. “However, we simply got tired and didn’t play anywhere near our potential. We’ll just go into practice this week and see what they’ve learned and, in turn, what they will show us on the court.”

The Lady Cats will tip things off next against one of its newest rivals in NCJAA Division I Georgia Highlands. Georgia Northwestern and the Lady Chargers will get underway Saturday at 6 p.m. at Charger Gymnasium on the Georgia Highlands College campus in Floyd County, Georgia. Gadsden State next hits the floor on Saturday, as well, when they travel to Selma, Alabama to face Wallace CC – Selma.

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.

Georgia Northwestern (41) – Parks 3, Jones, Alisha Bridges 10, Nichelson 7, Woodley 2, Flaherty 2, Hall 2, Smith 9, Long 6.

Gadsden State (AL) (109) – Buchanon 6, Taylor Frazier 16, Ward 2, Taylor Adams 14, Calishia Parker 17, Hall 6, Shauntece Catlin 23, Grizzard 8, Williams 8, Brown 4, Gray 5.

Halftime Score: 59-18, Gadsden State.

Lady Cats Basketball 2013-14 Preview

Lady Cats Open Season Tonight At Cleveland State

Georgia Northwestern Boasts NJCAA All-Region Honorees, Prep Standouts

Lady Cats 2013 Basketball Shoot-13

(Rome, GA) – With the strength of four NJCAA All-Region honorees in the line-up, Georgia Northwestern opens its 2013-14 Women’s Basketball season with a trip to the Volunteer State tonight for a 6 p.m. tip-off with Division I Cleveland State in the confines of L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.

Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams returns at the helm for season number four and a shot at the college’s fourth consecutive region championship. “We’ve got a great group of student-athletes and really hope to compete well again this time around,” said Williams. “Our returners will make a big difference in how we perform this season.”

Leading the way for Georgia Northwestern as they make their way through NJCAA Region XVII in 2013-14 is Canton, Georgia-native Alyssa Nichelson. At 5-foot-8, the former Creekview H.S. (GA) standout is an all-region first-team member. Sophomore Lady Cat guard Kiarra Parks also received all-region first-team honors heading into the new schedule.

Nichelson and Parks dropped in 11 points a game in their freshman campaigns last season. The 5-foot-4 Parks, a former Pepperell HS (GA) standout, would add four boards and two swipes a night, as well.

Lady Cat outside shooter Sierra Smith returns after hitting from beyond the arc at a 31-percent click in 2012-13. Missing from the line-up is her back court counterpart from last season in Emily Cole. The former Adairsville HS (GA) sharpshooter signed with Toccoa Falls College in the offseason after completing her two years of eligibility at Georgia Northwestern.

The most noticeable absence comes beneath the glass as the Lady Cats have to fill the shoes of Odessa Person. The 5-foot-10 forward rounded out last season ranked seventh in the nation in rebounds. Averaging 14 boards each outing, the Lineville, Alabama-native managed to grab the attention of the NJCAA with four 20-plus rebound performances during her sophomore run.

Williams has his eyes on freshman forward Caroline Long to help soften the blow in the post. Long, a 6-foot-1 freshman forward from Model HS (GA), will lead the Lady Cats front court this season. Long, along with 5-foot-8 freshman guard Alisha Bridger, were named NJCAA All-Region second-team honorees. Bridger is in her first year with Georgia Northwestern after completing her prep career at Sonoraville HS (GA).

In usual Jim Williams style, the non-region schedule in November and December is extremely tough. The line-up of opponents consists of several four-year programs and a handful of nationally-ranked Division I Juco opponents. Among the national junior college powerhouses the Lady Cats will use for tune-up matches are Gadsden State (AL), Albany State (GA), Georgia Highlands, and Prince George’s CC (MD).

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.

Cats Captain Signs With Four-Year Toccoa

Cole, Jones Ink With NCCAA Lady Eagles

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(Rome, Georgia) – Sophomore standout Emily Cole of Adairsville, Georgia officially has a uniform waiting on her at NCCAA Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia this fall. Cole, a Lady Cats Women’s Basketball captain for the 2012-13 program, will wear the Lady Eagles jersey in the 2013-14 season.

A standout shooting guard for NJCAA Region XVII member Georgia Northwestern for the past two years, Cole caught the eye of Toccoa Falls College’s coaching staff during a non-region match-up with the Lady Cats in Rome, Georgia last season. Averaging 10 points per game in region play in her sophomore campaign, Cole will take her game and remaining two years of collegiate eligibility to Eagles Country this August.

The Adairsville (GA) alum closed out her last Lady Cats regular season with 16 points in a regular season finale which clinched the regular season championship for Georgia Northwestern in toppling Middle Georgia Tech, 68-66. Cole entered last season as a pre-season NJCAA All-Region First Team starter. The Lady Cats finished their regular season with a 15-10 mark.

Also joining Cole in Toccoa will be Rockmart, Georgia’s Alana Jones. After one year in a reserve role for Georgia Northwestern, the form Rockmart H.S. (GA) standout made the decision to also commit to Toccoa Falls. Jones was signed into the Lady Cats den just one year ago after coming off of a standout senior season in her prep career in GHSA’s Region 7-AA.

Tryouts and open workouts for the 2013-14 Lady Cats will be posted at BobcatsCountry.com. For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, visit BobcatsCountry.com, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, or e-mail to dfoley@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 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 Ink Adairsville’s Bramblett

Georgia Northwestern Rounding Out Title Defense Recruitment

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(Adairsville, Georgia) – As one Adairsville alum who left her mark on Lady Cats basketball gets set to ink with four-year Toccoa Falls, it’s Tiger Country that will once again provide Georgia Northwestern with another outside threat to help fill Emily Cole’s place on the NJCAA hardwood.

Standing at 5-foot-5, Adairsville grad Mallory Bramblett has committed to playing her first year at NJCAA Region XVII defending champion Georgia Northwestern. “She’s very unselfish and she is a great pass maker. The hustle and attitude we saw at an open workout recently was very eye-opening,” said Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “She’s a team player and she really knows the game.”

Cole, a Lady Cat captain and a former NJCAA All-Region shooting guard for Georgia Northwestern, will be signing a letter of intent to play in June to play for NCAA Division III Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia this fall.

As for the latest signee, the Lady Tiger four-year starter will begin her pursuit of an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree this fall at Georgia Northwestern. “I’ve heard great things from Emily (Cole) about the program and I feel we will have a ton of fun and have a chance at going far,” said last year’s double digit scorer for Adairsville. “Emily had a lot of success there and I think this year’s group will have a real chance at that, too.”

First picking up the basketball at eight years old, Bramblett played ball with mostly boys early on. “It was physical, but I really learned a lot and liked that style of game,” said Bramblett. Rounding out the 2013 recruiting class for Georgia Northwestern are GHSA prep standouts 6-foot forward Caroline Long (Model) and 5-foot-10 Tiana Jones (Summerville).

Georgia Northwestern finished the 2012-13 season with a 15-10 mark. Williams was named the NJCAA’s Region XVII Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. The NJCAA Region XVII title was vacated in 2013 leaving the Lady Cats as the defending champs once again from their capture of the 2012 title; a season crown that came complete with a trip to the district level of the NJCAA National Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Bramblett will be learning from last year’s NJCAA Region XVII All-First Team starters Kiarra Parks and Alyssa Nichelson. Parks, a Cleveland, Tennessee native, dropped in 11 points a game last season as a freshman. In her first year removed from her prep play at Georgia’s Pepperell High School, Parks also pulled down four boards, dished out three assists, and stole two balls each outing. Nichelson, a Creekview High School (Canton, GA) alum, also added 11 points a pop on the season.

Tryouts and open workouts for the 2013-14 Lady Cats will be posted at BobcatsCountry.com. For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, visit BobcatsCountry.com, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, or e-mail to dfoley@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 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 Claw Way Back From 17 Down, Fall Short In Repeat

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Georgia Northwestern Closes Season, Mostella Injured In Finale

(Warner-Robins, GA) – Georgia Northwestern fought back from a 17-point deficit in the second half to come within one shot of Middle Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon in the NJCAA Region XVII Title Game. However, the Lady Cats would not be able to push their way over the top as the Lady Titans would claim the championship and the region’s lone national tournament bid with a 64-58 win in Warner-Robins, Georgia.

After sweeping the regular season series with Middle Georgia Tech (10-19, 4-4), the Lady Cats would find it hard to beat the same team three times in a season. 25-percent shooting from the field and 47-percent shooting from the foul line would contribute in Georgia Northwestern’s (14-11, 6-2) season-closer.

The note of interest from the title game for the Lady Cats was the fouling out of sophomore Odessa Person (Lineville, AL). Before fouling out just inside the four-minute mark, the nation’s eighth-leading rebounder would pull down 13 rebounds, drop in nine points, and swipe three balls in the effort. “It was an incredibly physical game today and they just let these teams play,” said Georgia Northwestern’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “Odessa and this entire team simply played their hearts out. She has an incredible shot to play at a four-year program next year.”

Last year’s region champs would find themselves trailing 44-27 in the second half before they would turn up the pressure and look to their bench to clean the road nets for points as they Cat subs would bucket 14 in the second stanza. With 2:25 remaining, Georgia Northwestern’s team effort would cut the deficit to two, 59-57. However, three trips down the court and three missed shots later and the Lady Cats would end the game fouling for shots at the ball.

A note to watch will be an injury to freshman post player Terika Mostella (Cartersville, GA) who went down in a chase for a loose ball late in the game. A hard fall on her left knee left the first-year Lady Cat on the hardwood for several minutes as specialists tended to the injury. Early reports are that she suffered a severe strain of ligaments in her left knee. “It’s the same knee she hurt badly in high school,” said Williams.

Middle Georgia Tech’s NJCAA Region XVII two-time Player of the Year Ashley West would led her Lady Titans with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. The 5-foot-8 forward from Perry, Georgia would play all forty minutes of the championship. Middle Georgia forward Tynisha Walton would make her presence felt with 13 points and 23 rebounds on the day.

Georgia Northwestern was led by freshmen Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN), Sierra Smith (Armuchee, GA), and Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA) with 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively in the tourney final. The Lady Cats expect to return six from this year’s roster. Leading all scorers in the title bout was sophomore Lady Titan Kameelah Wynn with 19 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point line.

The Lady Titans will play at the winner of NJCAA Region XX Women’s Champion in the NJCAA Round of 16 on March 2. Allegheny County-Boyce (PA) and NJCAA Final Four team Montgomery College-Rockville (MD) are playing today to determine that champion from NJCAA Region XX.

“This team is returning a lot of talented freshmen next season,” said Williams. “We are returning most of our starters and a ton of subs. Ones have come through for us in the clutch all season long. We are looking forward to what next season will bring. The final games for Cole and Person, though, are bittersweet. They’ve been vital to our success this year.”

The Lady Cats 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 Georgia Northwestern Athletics, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern (58) – Jones 2, Cole 7, Alyssa Nichelson 11, Sierra Smith 12, Person 9, Kiarra Parks 13, Price 4, Mostella.

Middle Georgia (64) – Tynisha Walton 13, Ashley West 13, Asheleigh Burnett 13, Gresham, Hudson 1, Kameelah Wynn 19, Gadson 5.

Halftime Score: 35-27, Middle Georgia.

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