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!
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer High School (GHS) Marching Band is looking to replace their uniforms after 13 years of use.
The legacy of the current uniforms stretches across over a decade of champion level performances, nation-spanning shows like Hollywood for the Christmas Parade, and growth into new avenues, such as this year’s inaugural Winter Guard Competitive Season.
After all the events these uniforms have been showcased at, the time has come to hang up the old and ring in the new. Director of Bands Joe Pflueger has worked since November on finding the new look and gauging interest of both band members and Band Boosters members. Originally engaging three companies for design bids and ideas, Pflueger has finally come to a definitive design.
Noting the resemblance of the front design to that of our iconic mountains, he said he has decided on the final design from Fruhauf Uniforms, Inc. The competition line uniform will bear the school’s emblematic G as seen in the photo.
Achieving this goal, however, is something the band team is still working towards. Pflueger took time to speak with FetchYourNews (FYN) saying he felt the new uniforms, along with the board’s August approval for replacing percussion instruments, bear a rewarding feeling for the students after the constant work and successes in recent years.
The uniforms are more than just a new design for some though. Band mom Bobbi Leigh Mullins said it represented the chance to have her son “sparkle and shine” as he marched for the band.
Consisting of 130 musicians, the GHS Band has always grown from support from its band boosters, support from the school and school board, and support from the community to further its efforts. Pflueger spoke with FYN confirming that the band has already raised half of the funds necessary to purchase the uniforms. However, if they are to meet their hopes of fielding these uniforms at the opening show next season, this fall, they need to garner another $30,000 to finish the project.
Attempting to raise the necessary funds, the band has turned to its community for help. An official release from the organization has offered game-time announcements and program recognition for sponsorship at different “star levels.” Each level represents a part of a uniform up to “5 Star” level at $395 for a full uniform.
Pflueger said the process has included over 20 designs and numerous minor changes to designs before ending on this arrangement. Though the current band stands at 130 students, Pflueger admitted the band could see growth toward 140 in the coming years, making it the largest band Gilmer has fielded to date. Pflueger told FYN, “With all the organizations, it’s just getting the kid involved. It makes for a better, well-rounded kid. And it provides those kids with memories they can keep the rest of their lives … That’s the satisfying part of it.”
As Thursday afternoon approached, the Bobcats were preparing to host the Generals of Heritage High School in Game two of the three game series. The Generals took game one in dominating fashion and were riding an undefeated region season at 13-0 coming in to Thursday game. Coach Jeff Thurman sent Senior Brooks Rosser to the hill to shut down the powerful offense of the Generals. Though Rosser threw well enough to get the win, the Bobcats couldn’t give him any run support. Rosser went 6 innings and on 101 pitches allowed 6 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs all earned. Rosser had 9 strikeouts with 51 of his 101 pitches being strikes.
Offensively, Heritage scored their runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings while Gilmer pushed their only run on the day across the plate in the fourth. The Cats had sever opportunities through out the game with 8 hits on the day. Leading the way for the Cats were Brooks Rosser 3-3, Tyler Woody, Hunter Bowyer, McKinley Chadwick and Sam Nicholson all had one hit each for the Cats.
With this loss, The Bobcats fall to 8-19 overall on the season with two games left. Next up for the Bobcats will be at Heritage on Friday starting at 5:30. The last game of the regular season will be on Monday April 16 at home against Trion. The Bobcats will usher out the regular season with Senior Night.