ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer ARTS program has weighed in on an ongoing survey from the Gilmer County Charter School System.
The survey is for options on an upcoming Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) cycle starting in 2020. As FetchYourNews previously reported in “BOE asks for citizen input on 2020 ESPLOST,” the options include a performing/fine arts center (on the Gilmer High School campus), a multi-use sports facility (gym, weight rooms, wrestling center, batting cages, track), or an indoor swimming pool. There is also an option for citizens to forego these options and write in their own suggestion in an “other” box.
Now, Gilmer ARTS has endorsed the option for a Performing Arts Center noting, “The options included a much overdue and badly needed performing arts center. Gilmer is far behind our neighbors in Fannin to the north and Pickens to the south. Both counties have wonderful performing arts facilities that enhance the performances of not only school system student programs but also community use for concerts and events.”
Gilmer ARTS also noted their partnership agreement with the school system and the hard work that the students have put in for some of the most successful programs in the high school. In their official release, Gilmer ARTS stated, “We have competition-winning programs in our schools with art, instrumental and choral music and have had for many years (Champions if you will).”
With little time left for the survey, the release asks for all citizens to either follow the Survey link or log on to the Gilmer Schools website and click the survey link at the top of the page, so they can offer their voice and vote on the possible options.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Board of Education is almost halfway through its current ESPLOST plan completing projects like the renovations on Huff Mosley Stadium, building a new Agriculture Education center, and the current renovations to Gilmer High School.
However, anticipating the process needed to prepare for continuing the ESPLOST after this one ends in 2020, the board is already moving into discussions for that next cycle. As a part of that process for ESPLOST, the board must have planned projects they intend to use the money for.
In that discussion, Gilmer County Charter Schools System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs has turned to the citizens by placing a survey on their website. The board already has certain plans for projects to continue to upgrade technology, improve safety measures, purchase buses, and build an elementary school to replace Ellijay Primary.
However, the survey itself is intended to add more to the list with citizen input on three additional suggestions for the ESPLOST cycle. The choices include a Performing/Fine Arts Center (on GHS Campus), a Multi-use Sports Facility (Gym, Weight Rooms, wrestling center, batting cages, track), or an Indoor Swimming Pool. There is also an option for citizens to forego these otpions and write in their own suggestion in an “other” box.
Citizens can either follow the Survey link or log on to the Gilmer Schools website and click the survey link at the top of the page to offer their opinion as well as speaking at the next meeting of the Board of Education.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Entering its second season as an official team, the Cartecay Youth Bike Team has already achieved greatness by producing a state champion in its inaugural season.
Even though the actual race season runs through September, October, and November, the team is already preparing for early training and meetings. Involving parents of the students on the team is part of the process through the next three months of April, May, and June as Coach Larry Alonso prepares for practice season and eventually the races.
Preparing the team in its first season, Alonso said he and his wife expected only a handful of members with their own children making at least half of the team. Today, Alonso celebrates 10 state finishers last season with Hannah Calabretta being a state champion in her first season of competition.
Alonso points to his Mountain Bike Team and the sports as more youth development focused than competitive. Separating the competition from other sports, Alonso said the constant focus on self alleviates much of the back biting and negativity of many other sports. Additionally, Alonso commented on how competitive mountain biking builds on active lifestyles and growth through training like many other sports. Competitors must be fully sufficient on the course for any repairs and on-the-spot fixes needed as accepting outside help carries a penalty in the competition.
Alonso said teaching these skills is so much more than just a sport. He teaches the mechanics of the bikes, skills for sufficiency, and the physical conditioning itself.
Moving into his second season now, Alonso is beginning to build on his successes as he hopes to increase the size of his team, but also to increase the team’s connection and involvement in the county. The team appeared at the Board of Commissioner’s March meeting for Alonso to speak to the commissioners about the county’s trails system.
Part of his presentation to the commissioners focused on the benefits his team and sport could provide for the county. Alonso has already begun work on an “Ellijay Invitational” event to bring teams all over Georgia to Gilmer County as the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia. Alonso admitted he has already hit a wall in the event for parking and access for the major crowds seeking to attend and view the event with family.
Dreaming bigger, Coach Alonso noted ideas of partnerships for trails through or around local apple orchards and more adaptations for major competitions to point to Gilmer as the Mountain Biking Capital and hold events as such. These events, on average, see upwards of 800 racers and potentially 5,000 people attending the race. A major event like this also exposes people to the county for tourism in addition to the immediate economic in town.
The growth continues across the state, according to Alonso, who stated, “There’s no better place for the state championship race than at the mountain biking capital.” Gilmer provides everything needed for the events with varying difficulties across the county, but an event like this could show the mountain views across harder trails to make it a peak destination for the sport.
The races these students on Cartecay Youth Mountain Bike Team face changes across the minimum sixth-grade riders to do one lap around a five to six mile course and finish. Junior varsity riders do two or three laps to finish, and varsity hit four to five laps totaling around 20 miles before the race ends.
Cartecay continues building on its success and is inviting students and parents interested in the team to attend their team meeting on April 10. The event is one of six preseason events the team is allowed to hold before the end of June.
The Dragons of Pickens High School hosted the Bobcats of Gilmer High School on Friday night at Dragon Field. The Bobcats came trying to get a win in a three game series of which the Dragons had taken the first two. With few base runners through the first three innings, the Bobcats mustard a run in the fourth with a base hit from Will Barnes and a double from the bat of Tyler Woody that plated Barnes.
The Cats would remain at one on the board through the fifth and sixth innings before adding three more in the top of the seventh and taking a 4-3 lead into the bottom half of the inning. The Dragons would knot it up at 4 a piece in the seventh with a long ball and sending the game in to free baseball. Gilmer would put Bobcats on the base pads in the eigth and ninth innings and were able to get one run across in the ninth. Having a one run advantage going into the bottom of the ninth had the Bobcats excited and hoping for a shut down of the Dragon and escape with hard earned win. The Dragons would fight back and score two in their half and steal a victory and the three game region series win.
Stand outs for the Bobcats were Will Barnes 4-5, Evan Frady 2-3,HBP, Tyler Woody 1-2 with 2 walks and McKinley Chadwick with his first hit on the season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. The Bobcats will travel on Monday for a region match up at the home of the Ridgeland Panthers. Game time is set for 5:30 pm.
The Gilmer Bobcats hosted the Murray Co. Indians(1-5 overall) on Monday looking to right the ship after 2 tough losses in the Diamond Day Tournament over the weekend. It would prove to be pretty smooth sailing through 5 with error filled play by the Indians.
In the bottom of 2nd inning with runners on 1st and 3rd, Avery Bertolini reached on a swinging bunt to the Indian 3rd baseman. As the baseball sailed past the bag at first, 2 runs crossed the Bobcats a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd inning of play. Both teams would plate 1 run a piece in the fourth and it would stay 4-3 through the next two innings. Austin Daman Through 5 and 1/3 strong innings for the Bobcats and took a no decision.
In the top of the seventh the Indians of Murray would find the bases loaded after a fielding error and two walks. With Will Barnes on the mound in relief, the Murray Co. batter took a well placed fastball just off the plate and hit a single into right Center field. Two runs crossed the dish giving the indians a 5-4 lead. The bottom of the seventh looked promising for the Bobcats as they loaded the bases with 2 outs. Last hope for the team was Avery Bertolini as he worked the count to 3 and 2. A high and tight fastball was the final demise as the game ended on a check swing grounder to the pitcher.
As the 2017-2018 season comes to a close for the Lady Cats of Gilmer High School, two this are guaranteed. First is that the ladies on this team put their heart into every game and left everything they had on the court. Second is that Emma Callihan and Mary Lee Callihan will still be balling it up after the High School season is complete.
Not only do Emma and Mary Lee bond and work together on the court as teammates, they have the honor of this at home as sisters. Emma and Mary Lee agree that being sisters on the court together for the High School and their Spring AAU team(North Georgia Titans) has given them a edge. Mary Lee stated “We are always together at practices and games that I can read how Emma is going to cut the coverage by the opposing defense. This allows Emma to better anticipate the pass,” and “I am definitely harder on Emma as a sister than I am on my other teammates.”
These sisters say that their time spent on the hardwoods has brought them closer together not only as sisters but as friends. This bond also comes with respect. Emma callihan says that without a doubt Her sister, Mary Lee is the best player she has ever played with.
With the 2018-2019 season, the Lady Cats will welcome in the 3rd Muskateer. In coming 6’0″ freshman Ellie Callihan will bring the sisterhood to the next level allowing Coach Nunn the blessings of having the depth needed to sustain a full season.
Join us as TeamFYNSports, FYNTV, FetchYourNews proudly present the LIVE coverage of the entire Gilmer Parks & Recreation annual basketball tournament. Coverage begins Saturday morning at 9 AM and all games will be streamed LIVE on FYNTV.com and our YouTube Channel and we will be posting updates via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.
By Reagan Young, TeamFYNSports Reporter
This past Thursday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Gilmer Bobcats took on the Coahulla Creek Colts at Fannin County High School. Both teams were battling to redeem themselves from their lost games prior to the matchup at Fannin County. The Colts did not come to “horse around”, they put their all into the game and the Bobcats did the same.
During the first quarter of the game, Gilmer relied heavily on inside passes for shots under the basket which was how they scored the majority of their points. This allowed Bobcat, Kell Weaver, to be the main man inside throughout the game and lead Gilmer in scoring with twenty-five points. The Colts did most of their scoring from the outside thanks to their point guard, Maddox Adams. Adams led his team in scoring with twenty-eight points overall. Although the teams had different methods of scoring, it didn’t mean that one was better than the other. As the buzzer sounds for the first quarter to end, the Gilmer Bobcats and Coahulla Creek Colts were tied with a score of 14-14.
Both teams were fighting for the lead as soon as the second quarter began. The Bobcats gained more confidence in their shooting and started making outside shots. Bobcat, Tyler Sims, contributed twenty points for Gilmer with his outside shots. Another Bobcat, David Smith, followed the trend by scoring a three point shot for his team. Bobcat number two, Carter Hice, started driving the lane and put eight more points on the board. Gilmer took the lead over the Colts after the second quarter with a score of 30-24.
With the Colts making fakes left and right, Gilmer also found an opportunity for more points. The Bobcats had the determination to look up the court and see the open lane as a perfect chance for layups. Bobcat, Coady Cobb, had the speed to make the layups and contribute six points for Gilmer. Another Bobcat, Austin Daman, contributed four more points to put on the board for his team. Gilmer doubled their lead over the Colts at the end of the third quarter with a score of 46-34.
Although the Colts lead strayed farther from the Bobcats, they were not giving up. Both teams started getting after it on defense and drawing fouls. Towards the end of the game, Gilmer started driving the defense inside, leaving teammates on the outside open where they would score more points. The Colts proved to have outstanding determination and hustle by going after loose balls and getting steals on defense. However, it was not enough for them to trot away with a win. Being the last game of the night, the Gilmer Bobcats closed out the first day of the tournament with a 66-54 win over the Coahulla Creek Colts.
The Bobcats win puts their overall record at 4-8 while the Colts stand at 3-7. Catch the Gilmer Bobcats next region game on January 5 at 8:30 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!