As the 2018 Bobcats prepare for the upcoming football season Coach Casey Wingard took some time away from practice to field a few questions and discuss his thoughts on his team.(See Interview Below) With a new coaching staff standing with him on the sidelines, Wingard is excited to finally have the staff to completely focus on the needs of his football team.
Gilmer High School has brought guys in from Florida, Tennessee and area schools to fill a complete staff for the first time in several years. These coaches will be able to work one on one with specific positions both on offense and defense. In doing this, the skills of these athletes will improve during practice which will allow them to perform at a higher level in the games on Friday night. The coaches for the offense are Trey Rickman-Offensive Coordinator(Franklin Co.), Alan Ramfiord-offensive line(retired), Justin Clutter-Wide Receivers(Rabun Co.), Taylor Johnstone-Tight ends/Running Backs(Riverridge) and Cole Fairst-Lay Coach Offensive Line(college). The defensive coaches for the Bobcats are Will Dodaro-Defensive Coordinator(Monarch H.S. in Florida), Jason Poteet-Defensive Line(Lafayette), Charles Higdon-Defensive Backs(Etowah) and Pat Daley-Linebackers(Copper Basin H.S. in Tennessee. the Video Coordinator that keeps the film for the coaching staff is Todd Gibson.
The Bobcats had 4 seniors graduate last school year which will allow a large amount of returning players that received playing time last season. Several of the upcoming seniors are already stepping up to take leadership roles on the team. Wingard stated that they will talk to the younger players in the locker room and even carry that leadership to the field. Coming off of a 2017 season that was not favorable to the Bobcats, there could be a blessing in that for this year. With close to 15 seniors returning, the veteran Bobcats are staying focused and training harder to not only produce a winning season but to build camaraderie with the younger payers and upcoming freshman.
The Bobcats will open up their regular season against the Rebels of Fannin Co. on August 17th ready to put their hard work at practice to the test.
See the full interview with Coach Casey Wingard here:
The Cats were trying to right the ship after a tough series with the Dragons of Pickens High School the previous week.
Gilmer strapped on their batting helmets ready to put runs on the board but could only plate 1 run with a hard fought walk by Hunter Bowyer followed by an Austin Damen gap shot to right center field . The Panther outfielder misplayed the baseball allowing Bowyer to cross the plate. This would be the only lead the Cats would have in the game as the Panthers plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Cats would fight from behind for the remainder of the game.
The Cats added 3 runs in the 3rd and 1 in the 5th bringing their spot on the board to 5 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 hit by pitch and 3 Cats reaching by error. The Panthers would take advantage o 4 pitching changes for Gilmer putting up 16 runs over 4 innings. With the mercy rule loss, the Cats fall to 2-11 overall and 0-4 in the region.
The major highlight of the game was #3 McKinley Chadwick hit his first home run after coming back from Tommy John surgery in the off season.
The Cats will host the Panthers on Thursday night at Bobcat Field starting at 5:55 pm.
As the fields flooded in Murray Co. on Friday, the Bobcats of Gilmer welcomed the Indians to Bobcat Field and did not treat them well. The Bobcats cleated up and brought their A-game. Brookes Rosser took the mound with his head set on keeping the Indians at bay and that he did. Rosser carried a no-no into the 4th when an Indian swing pushed the baseball just passed Bobcat Shortstop Evan Frady. Rosser had a complete game win allowing 1 hit, 2 walks and 1 K in the 5 inning Mercy Rule.
The Bobcats defense played a complete game committing only 1 error and keeping the Indians off the base pads. The wind was cold but the bats of Gilmer were hot putting 7 runs on the board in the first inning. The Bobcats would add 2 runs in the third, 5 runs in the fourth and 1 in the fifth giving them the Mercy Rule win 15-0. Leading the way from the plate were#2 Evan Frady 3-4 and helping out his own cause was #18 Brookes Rosser who was 2-4.
Gilmer Bobcats enter this week looking to stay on the winning track as they will face the Dragons of Pickens Co. in a regional 3 game series. Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday March 5th at the home of the Dragons. Start time is slated for 5:55 pm.
Today Doctor Whaley had great information for us as usual! He also brought us a little table decoration. In this segment the Doc answered the following viewer questions:
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Springtime in Ellijay means a lot of great upcoming events to get outside and enjoy! Dalton State College is hosting an art show for all local students from today until May 5th. There will be a reception tonight to kick off the art show. There are also ribbon cuttings this week at Premier Pools and Spas and Abby’s Ice Cream and Fro Yo. This weekend is Earth Day and it is supposed to be a beautiful weekend. In honor of Earth Day there will be a couple “clean up” events around town one will be at Harrison Park and the other will start at River Pavilion.
The next big Gilmer County event that we are looking forward to is the Apple Blossom Festival on May 6th and 7th. This is a great festival showcasing local craft vendors, food vendors and businesses. Come out, bring your pups, and meet the FYN team. We will have a “pup-cam” and treats for all our furry friends as well. Also in today’s segment with Karla hear a little confession from BKP about “his spot” at the Apple Blossom Festival.
For more information on all these upcoming events and many more check out the events calendar on the Gilmer Chamber website.
This past Friday we continued our discussion about rural Georgia with 51st district (R) State Senator and Lumpkin County’s economic development director, Steve Gooch. Our three areas of focus: rural Georgia economy, broadband access, and health care. Although the district doesn’t want to see something in the line of the KIA plant they most certainly would be open to small companies offering high paying, high tech jobs. In order to attract these types of companies; the area must provide good schools, fast internet, and quality health care. We discussed Piedmont Mountainside new stand alone emergency health care center in Gilmer County; a model for quality health care in rural areas. When our discussion turned to high speed internet for the area, Gooch was unable to say they “moved the ball” concerning Senate Bill 232, Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act.