On the night of November 1st, 2018 the Bobcat Wrestling Nation came together for a time of honor, memories, and the desire for current and future athletes to never forget. These athletes can now see the history of Bobcat wrestling and with every match honor and continue the legacy of those from the past.
Spearheading the efforts, Mark Waddell took a comment from his son Matthew and ran with it. Waddell with help from several others received the go-ahead from school officials to start the project. These parents and fans of Gilmer Wrestling dedicated their time and skills to take the upstairs room and through hard work made it into a useful locker room and a shrine of sorts to those that have made the program what it is today.
Each and every time the athletes walk in the door they will be reminded of the history, hard work and dedication that is Bobcat Wrestling. News clippings and photos fill every wall from youth involvement to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. On that day there were smiles as former greats and their families walked through and memories of those that are no longer with us. The namesake for the locker room is Will Gudger. Will tragically lost his life in a car accident in November 2016. Gudger was a 2015 graduate of Gilmer High School and a member of the Bobcat Wrestling program. Noah Harris is also honored as part of the history that fills the new locker room. Harris graduated from Gilmer with State Champion credentials and Captain of the football team in his pocket. Though Harris was confident he was never cocky. This gentle-hearted soul had family and friends collect beanie babies to give to the Iraqi children as he served in the United States Army. The ultimate sacrifice was given by Harris on June 18, 2005, after an attack by enemy forces.
Coach Josh Ghobadpoor and his staff are not only preparing the athletes for a match on the mats but they also continue the tradition of former coach Sam Snider in preparing these young men for life after high school. With 17 state titles, the wrestling program speaks for itself and continued hard work will produce even more. Best of luck to the current and future Bobcats as they take to the mats. For the former Bobcats, thank you for your dedication to making Gilmer Wrestling what it is today.
The Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for the week of October 12th is Sophomore defensive Outside Line Backer and Tight End Kyle Allison. Playing both sides of the ball keeps a player on the field for the majority of the 48 minutes of a high school football game. At 6’2 and 210 lbs, Allison handles it well and without losing his hustle.
In Friday night’s game at Heritage #47 stayed focused. Kyle Allison, with both solo and team tackles racked up right at 10. Some of these tackles came in long drives by the Generals. As a tight end Allison competes at a high level and performs the blocking schemes that he is called on to do.
Congratulations on being chosen the Team FYN Sports Player of the Week!
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – It may seem like a small gesture to some, but for those in Gilmer County, Georgia, a simple jersey is relating a lot more than meets the eye as they receive a memorial jersey to honor Gilmer’s middle school principal, the late Larry Walker.
With a special moment before the middle school football games between these two schools on September 19, Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney took to the field with Gilmer County School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs and Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee for a special ceremony in order to present the jersey hosting the emblems of both Gilmer and Fannin.
After a few words about Walker’s life and a moment of silence honoring him, Gwatney and Downs shared their own moment holding the jersey together. The announcers explained the meaning of the ceremony saying,
“The jersey being presented to the Gilmer Middle School football team bears the name of Walker with the #1. Also on the jersey is the Fannin County School insignia and the Gilmer County School insignia. The jersey being presented is in memory of Larry D. Walker, principal of Gilmer Middle School, and signifying Fannin County and Gilmer County are together as one, both in spirit and community.”
With the funeral today, many are still dealing with the loss as they prepare their final respects. Others are coping in their own ways. But as a community comes together and the true reach of one man comes into focus, they are responding to the show of support. Kayann Hayden West offered her thanks on social media saying, “Thankful for the support of our community and the Walker family up and down the 515 corridor. Rivals on the field but united in purpose and heart.”
Ellijay, Ga. – The GHS Film program has cause to celebrate this week as they have received a $1,000 donation from the Georgia Theater Company, owners of Mountain Cinemas who held a special day for them in June at their grand opening.
The day was held specially to celebrate the theater’s opening, but is a part of a larger program that occurs every year where theater managers like Mountain Cinemas’ Lauren Chastain get to choose a cause they want to donate proceeds towards.
FYN caught up with Film Program Instructor Nathan Sutton to ask what the donation means. He replied, “We’re incredibly thankful for this donation. While our department does a wonderful job at providing needs and wants, it’s always nice to have money in the account to cover those spur of the moment fixes for cameras, tripods, and microphones.”
Sutton has far more plans for the donation than saving some for maintenance costs, though. He went on to say, “Personally, I’m a big proponent of the notion that the students are what make this class and this program. So, I’ll be sitting down with some of my after-school students and we’ll discuss what direction we want to go, what we want to spend where, and really let them be involved in the process because this has always been their class and their program after all.”
Connecting a movie cinema with a film program seems like a match made in heaven as they fuel tomorrow’s directors, writers, costume designers, cameramen, and others, completing a cycle into the future of film. Gilmer County Charter School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs commented on the donation saying, “I am pleased that a business that is new to our community is taking an interest in this aspect of our high school program.”
While Sutton said the money will be discussed with students on how to use it, he did note that one project the film program has had is to convert some connecting rooms into writing rooms. “We have some extra rooms attached to our primary class and we’re looking at creating “writing rooms” so that student groups can go in and have a space to work, brainstorm, and discuss their short films in a more peaceful, group-centric setting.”
While the exact usage is still up in the air, the program continues to grow in the community as this year saw the second GHS Film awards in the spring. Now that a new school year has begun, we expect to see even more from this year’s coming awards show.
I am pleased that a business that is new to our community is taking an interest in this aspect of our high school program.
The Clear Creek Middle School honored their Track and Field team with the end of season banquet earlier in the week at the middle school cafeteria. Coach Tommy Jones spoke on what a great season it was for the track and field program. Several of the athletes were competing in track and field for the first time and each athlete grew so much over the course of the season. During the 2018 season several of the middle school Bobcats broke their personal best including Jocelyn Birko who broke the school record in the Shot Put.
Seven Bobcats came home with awards as seen in the photo below. Pictured left to right are: Austin Long, Helana Garland, Jasmine Wright, Wyatt Ledford, Mattie Bryant, Carson Purvis and Jocelyn Birko
Each athlete that competed for the Bobcats of Clear Creek received a t-shirt for their outstanding work ethic and dedication tho the team.
Clear Creek Middle School made the 2 hour trip to Parkview High School in Lilburn Ga to compete in the Middle School State Track and Field Championships over the weekend. Middle school athletes from all over Georgia competed in individual events and four athlete relay events for both girls and boys teams.
Coach Tommy Jones of Clear Creek Middle School has done an excellent job with these young athletes all season. Preparing athletes for not only competition but life after middle school can be a tough job. Coach Jones has instilled in these athletes the discipline to work hard and give all that you have in everything you do, on or off the track and field setting.
The Clear Creek Middle School Teams didn’t come back with a State Title but returned with several athletes beating their personal best times in the Championship. Team’s full results are posted below. Congratulations to all the athletes that competed at Parkview High School!
Hold on to the memories, they will last forever.
The Bobcats Tennis teams hosted the first round of State playoff tennis on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lady Cats took to the courts on day one against Central Carrollton and on day two it was the boys facing Cedartown in 4-A action.
On the court for the Lady Cats, Lauren Cole, Katie Sheahan and Hope Colwell grabbed their rackets for singles action against a very strong Lions team. It was a tough day for the Lady Cats that ended their hopes of advancing to the second round. Lauren Cole(2-6,2-6), Katie Sheahan(0-6,0- took tough losses and Hope Colwell had a 6-3,2-1 lead when pulled off. In doubles for the Lady Cats, Katie Marick/Sarah Sheahan were defeated 0-6 and 1-6. Jacie Reece/Bethany Burnette were pulled with no score.
The Bobcat boys faced Cedartown at home on Wednesday in first round action of the GHSA Tennis playoffs. The Bulldogs came in with their minds set on taking the Bobcats dreams away and accomplished that task. Tripp Pierce had the only win on the day for the Cats taking the match 7-6, 3-6 and 6-1. Taking tough losses for the Cats in singles were Carter Hice(6-3.2-6,2-6) and Brett Becker(4-6,4-6). In doubles action, Luke Wimpey/Mason Hadden(4-6,4-6) and Kaden Reece/Rylan Cochran(3-8) fell short to the the season for the Bobcats of Gilmer.
The Gilmer Bobcats Soccer teams hosted the Warriors of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Monday and celebrated the high school careers of four Lady Cats and six Bobcats. On the field in the girls game, both teams battled hard for the entire game. At the end of regulation play the score was knotted up at four each and this being a non region game, no extra time period or shoot out was played putting the game at a tie in the win-loss record for the Lady Cats. Scoring for the Lady Cats were Nohemi Francisco-Sabastian(1), Catarina Tercero(1) and Grace Henderson with two goals on the day.
Teammates, Coaches and family gathered before the game to honor four Lady Cat Seniors. Rena “Ninja” Chastain has played soccer for 12 years and plans to attend Kennesaw State university after graduation., Grace Henderson has played for 7 years and she will attend Oglethorpe University to study Pre-med and ply the game she loves., Tylea Hernandez has 5 years experience on the field both as a goalkeeper and a defender. Hernandez, a Valedictorian, plans to attend College to obtain a Psychology degree and the transfer to a medical school for her Psychiatrist license. Finally for the Ladt Cat Seniors was Tory “T” Jack. Jack has played for six years and after graduation, Tory plans on having fun and getting stuff done.
The Bobcat boys team took a 1-0 victory on a goal by Marvin Reynoso. Reynoso’s personal best 16 goals in a season was waiting to be tied and that he did in the game against a strong AAA classification team in LFO.
Seniors for the boys that were recognized before the game were Parker Benitez . Benitez has played the game for six years and plans to attend a University that offers a Computer Science degree. Nick Chimel(Shhh-meal) has played four years for the Cats as a defender and midfielder. He plans on attending Kennesaw StateU University to obtain a Biology degree. After completing KSU, he will transfer to University of Georgia to obtain a degree in Vetrinary Medicne. Javier Landverde(Land-a-ver-dee) has six years on the soccer field and after graduating wants to got to college close to home and enter the construction field. Andres “Ervin” Lopez played 2 years in middle school and 3 years for the high school. Lopez is planning on going to Dalton State College to obtain a degree in Business. Elias Velasquez has played Varsity Soccer for three years and he wrestled for two years. in the 20 18 season he has started almost every game at the left defender position. Velasquez wants to attend Chatahoochee Tech and work in the construction field. Lastly for the Bobcats. Marvin Reynoso has three years of varsity soccer for the Bobcats. He led the team in total goals for the 2017 season with 16 goals and sat at 15 goals for the 2018 seaon in which he would tie in the following game. Reynoso hopes to attend college after graduation and continue his education.
Congratulations goes out to all Bobcat seniors!