Less than a week after finishing second place to Cass at the Blackbeard Duals, the Gilmer High Bobcats turned around and dominated a 21 team tournament at Etowah to take top honors; and they were able to do so by beating the very team that trumped them just a few days earlier in the week.
With huge wins over Cambridge, Northwest Whitfield, Woodland-Cartersville, and Cass; the Cats were relentless in their pursuit of victory on the mats and would not be denied.
Their second team finished 2nd Place in the JV tournament as well.
When we reached out to the Gilmer coaches, we gained some insight as to the strategy involved from a coaching standpoint and the impact it can have on the team’s overall results.
“We wrestled well at Allatoona just a few days before and Cass was really tough. They have a couple of kids that are experienced and have wrestled in the state tournament,” Bobcats head coach Joshua Ghobadpoor told TeamFYNSports. “We made some adjustments with our roster going into [Etowah] with some weight adjustment and it gave us a more favorable matchup. The team wrestled hard and even with a couple of forfeited matches we knew we had a chance to win and we did.”
Results from the Allatoona Duals:
Gilmer vs. Carrollton (Win)
Gilmer vs. Allatoona (Win)
Gilmer vs. North Forsyth (Win)
Gilmer vs. Woodland-Cartersville (Win)
Gilmer vs. Cass (Tough/Narrow Loss)
ELLIJAY, Ga – The Gilmer County Board of Education (BOE) is moving forward for a change on one front while maybe avoiding change on another for next year.
First, the BOE has approved a motion to begin the process to change the board members compensation from $50 per meeting to $400 per month. Initial response from citizens have been conflicted with such a drastic increase. However, with this approval, the item will be sent to the General Assembly to be considered in the next session in early 2018. Then, if approved, Gilmer County Board of Education Member Michael Bramlett tells FYN that the change will not take effect for board members until the next time their seat is elected.
This means that the current Board of Education members will have to be re-elected before they, or the newly elected member, could take advantage of the compensation change, and that is if it is approved at the General Assembly.
Gilmer County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes told FYN the Board has never set anything about compensation previously, which means it was automatically set at $50 per meeting. But a feeling now that the $50 was insufficient for the work put in ushered forth the motion for a change.
Wilkes also stated that this is already being done by neighboring Fannin County. The switch means going from some months with only the work session and regular session and some with at least five or more meetings. Wilkes stated it was likely, more when the Board was searching for a Superintendent before she was hired, to a set rate for the month regardless of the number of meetings.
As for avoiding a change, the BOE listened to one citizen who signed up to speak at their regular meeting. Brian Pritchard spoke to the board to ask them not to change the leadership of their football program. The Gilmer Bobcats football team has seen a lot of change over the last three years with continuing shifts in coaches across two 0-10 seasons. While Pritchard never mentioned names, he stated the current leadership was what the kids needed. It was a leadership “they would play for.”
The point to note came later in the meeting when the Board approved its November personnel changes. No resignations, terminations or retirements were shown on the list. While personnel was discussed earlier in the week during executive session, before Pritchard’s comments, it will be something they say they consider moving forward.
Fannin County High School is all set to host the 2017 Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament this Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. This year there are only four teams participating in the tournament, with Gilmer, Pickens and Hiwassee Dam all set to enter the gym for round-robin play. The tournament schedule is listed below:
Sat: 3 p.m. Girls: Gilmer vs. Pickens (boys play at 4:30 p.m.)
6 p.m. Girls: Fannin vs. Hiwassee Dam (boys play at 7:30 p.m.)
Mon: 3 p.m. Girls: Pickens vs. Hiwassee Dam (boys play at 4:30 p.m.)
6 p.m. Girls: Fannin vs Gilmer (boys play at 7:30 p.m.)
Tues: 3 p.m. Girls: Gilmer vs. Hiwassee Dam (boys play at 4:30 p.m.)
6 p.m. Girls: Fannin vs. Pickens (boys play at 7:30 p.m.)
The #TeamFYNSports “Fetch Force” will be courtside throughout the event, tweeting updates on our @TeamFYNSports twitter and uploading photos, videos and brief interview clips onto our TeamFYNSports facebook page throughout the tournament. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for full coverage of the games.
The Gilmer Bobcats have officially competed in their first wrestling tournament of the season, and it was a successful performance overall. The Cats have enough wrestlers to make up two separate varsity teams, and that’s exactly what they did as they took a team to compete in the Spartan Slam Invitational at West Hall while a second team traveled to Woodstock to compete in the River Ridge Varsity Duals.
The Spartan Slam Invitational boasts some of the toughest wrestling competitors in the state, with a 16-team turnout and so many wrestlers that the event had to limit individuals to only 5 matches.
The Cats finished 3rd overall (out of 16) and scoring was led by first place finishers Caleb Waddell (152lb class), Ryan Crump (195lb class) and Anthony Zilke (285lb class). A complete list of individual results is listed below.
Gilmer coach Joshua Ghobadpoor was pleased with the effort of his wrestlers and excited about the future. “We wrestled hard and with a purpose, team atmosphere was great, and we had success,” Ghobadpoor told his team after the meet. “[We] still have a lot we can improve upon which is a great position to be in! Couldn’t be more proud of the effort that was displayed by all our wrestlers!”
– Varsity Team #1: Spartan Slam Invitational Results:
Team took 3rd overall.
113: Gabe Reimer: 5th Place
120: Logan Bentley: 2nd Place
126: Cameron Martin: 7th Place
132: Javier Jacinto: 2nd Place
132: Tristain Kendall: 3rd Place
138: Alex Repetin: 3rd Place
145: Hoyt Stover: 4th Place
152: Caleb Waddell: 1st Place
160: Chase Calvert: 8th Place
170: Grant Ledford: 3rd Place
182: Chad Weaver: 3rd Place
195: Ryan Crump: 1st Place
285: Anthony Zilke: 1st Place
285: Jhaydon Ragsdale: 5th Place
– Varsity Team #2: River Ridge Varsity Duals Results:
*individual stats for this event not yet reported, but there were several wrestlers that were undefeated on the day
Overall Record: 3-2
– Dunwoody (Forfeited to us)
– North Gwinnett
Gilmer will compete on Tuesday in a Quad Match against Dawson County, Murray County, and Riverside Military Academy at Gilmer County High School.
The Gilmer Bobcats are finished talking about “heart” and “courage” and all of the words you use when you’re describing a football program that is completely rebuilding from the ground up. They don’t want your sympathy in Gilmer County. They want your respect, and with the work they’ve put in this season, they’re going to get it.
Friday night, after recognizing the seniors at center field, the Cats lined the sidelines to host the top team in AAAA football right now – or so the experts say – the Ridgeland Panthers. A familiar face opposite the home stands, Ridgeland head coach “Tank” Tankersley stood ready to pick up another win and move closer to an eventual showdown with some of the best high school players to ever play the game (that is, if sports fans are fortunate enough to see Ridgeland play Cartersville later this year).
On the home sidelines, Gilmer head coach Casey Wingard and his varsity football team stood ready to take home a win of their own, albeit they were searching for a different kind of victory: the end zone. The Bobcats have struggled to score a touchdown all season long – having only scored in one game (14pts vs Union) – how were they going to do it against one of the best defenses in the state of Georgia?
Both coaches ended the day with accomplished goals.
Ridgeland defeated Gilmer 64-14, and there’s not a lot to be said other than this:
– Tank has a team that is capable of reaching the state championship game if they stay healthy
– Ridgeland’s defense has only given up 2-touchdowns (or more) three times this season
– The Gilmber Bobcats are one of those three teams to reach paydirt more than once
The Gilmer County offense finally had a chance to know what a touchdown feels like for the second time this season, and this week they travel to Lafayette to feel it once again. It is the only game that matters now.
This season is history. It’s over. Wingard and his staff can put away the schedules. They can let go of the sting of a dropped pass, the burn of a fumble, and the agony of injury. This week, Gilmer County has the best match-up they’ve had this year.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm. It’s time to use your Ingles Fuel Points – fill up the van and load up – come out and support the new and ever-improving Gilmer Bobcats!
TeamFYNSports director Jason Banks called in this morning for our Monday Morning Quarterback segment. He and BKP discussed Fannin’s tough loss to Lumpkin, Ridgeland’s win over Pickens, and East Hall’s loss at Dawson. Follow TeamFYNSports for all your up to date high school football coverage in our North Ga region. Every Friday night we have your complete sideline coverage.
The Gilmer Wrestling mandatory hydration test has been rescheduled for this Tuesday, 10/24 at 5pm. GCHS wrestling coaches will be taking a bus and it will leave the high school at approximately 3pm Tuesday afternoon. Wrestlers who are still in football will have to go to the Hydration Test this coming Saturday 10/28 and will meet at the high school at 8:45am. GCHS Coaches are asking that the wrestlers please drink plenty of water and eat healthy in preparation for the test. Athletes will need to wear a t-shirt and shorts, and the cost for the test is $10.
The upcoming Hydration Test has been cancelled by the UNG Testing Administrator. He told coaches that he forgot “Gold Rush” would be this Saturday. Though the coaches offered several solutions, the testing administrator chose to postpone the mandatory hydration test until a later date.
“I am working on rescheduling, and it will be either this coming Tuesday or Saturday,” Coach Joshua Ghobadpoor told his wrestlers Thursday evening. “I will let everyone know the time and date once it is rescheduled.” Coach Ghobadpoor added, “I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for many many people.”
TeamFYNSports looks forward to following and reporting coverage of the Gilmer Bobcats’ wrestling season. If you are a parent, alumni, or simply a fan; we are looking for volunteers to help us cover matches and upcoming events! If interested, please contact Jason Banks at Jason@FetchYourNews.com !