Off-Court Stars Shine at GNTC

Posted: May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Seven Bobcat, Lady Cat Student-Athletes Earn Academic Honors

(Northwest Georgia) – The Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association has honored seven student-athletes on the Bobcat and Lady Cat collegiate basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College for their academic performance.

            To receive All-Academic honors from the TCSGAA conference, a student-athlete must be a full-time student in good standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Members of GNTC Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson’s Bobcats who earned All-Academic honors for the 2010-11 season are Tres Jackson (Ringgold), Jesse Moore (Dade Co.), Ben Patton (Dade Co.), Kyle Wilson (Armuchee), and Matt Woods (Dade Co.).

            Jackson is a freshman enrolled in the Criminal Justice program. Moore is a sophomore enrolled in the Medical Assisting program. Wilson is a sophomore enrolled in the Early Childhood program. Woods is a freshman working towards entering the nursing program. Patton is freshman working towards entering the occupational therapy assistant program.

            “Jesse (Moore) and Kyle (Wilson) represented the college and their communities well over these past two years,” said Stephenson. “We are looking forward to what these rising sophomores will bring to the table, on and off the court next season.”

            Members of GNTC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams’ Lady Cats who earned All-Academic honors for the 2010-11 season are Ashley Crosby (Calhoun), Mia Morrow (Rome), and Jessica Williams (Pepperell).  Crosby is a sophomore enrolled in the Dental Assisting program. Morrow is a freshman enrolled in the accounting program. Williams is a freshman enrolled in the Early Childhood program.

            “These women have faced a ton of hurdles this year,” said Williams. “Regardless, they found ways to succeed. I’m proud that we have team players that know what it takes to handle themselves with class during the game, as well as in the classroom.”

            The conference awarded All-Conference First Team honors for on-court performance in the 2010-11 season to Jesse Moore for the men’s program and Mia Morrow and Kayci McGee (Cedartown) for the women’s program. Earning All-Conference second team honors were Kyle Wilson for the men’s program and Shadow Day (Chattooga) and Kelsie Philpot (Rockmart) for the women’s program.

On May 25, the Bobcats will hold an open workout session for anyone interested in trying out for Men’s Basketball in 2011-12. It takes place at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, at 2 p.m. Official men’s and women’s basketball tryouts for Georgia Northwestern will take place after the Fall Semester begins in August.
              In 2011-12, Georgia Northwestern will be competing for a chance at regional and national titles as official members of the NJCAA Region XVII in men’s and women’s basketball.
             “We are entering our fifth year of competitive varsity athletics and have really developed programs that have quickly become a destination for many of our area high school student-athletes who are ready for the next level,” said Stephenson. “Make no mistake about it, though. This college wants success for the student in the classroom above everything else. Athletics are simply a part of campus life for us. We want to rise to the top of our potential in competition. However, we want to see them cross the stage on graduation night above anything else.”
              For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Basketball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813. You may also e-mail Don Foley in the Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, visit their website at GNTC.edu.

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