Night two of theTip-off Classic had the Rebels and Lady Rebels come into the Cage for some fierce tournament action. Though it’s not officially labeled a big rivalry matchup, the intensity level when these teams take the court is almost beyond belief. There is something in the hearts and minds of both teams that carry their play to the next level.
With smoke starting to roll the locker room doors open and the Lady Cats take the floor to the roar of the Lady Cat faithful. The intensity of these ladies started from the opening tip-off with both the Rebels and Lady Cats hustling up and down the court. The game stayed close through the first half with the Lady Rebels held a narrow three-point lead at the half. The Lady Cats came out for the third period with a different attitude on the defensive side of the ball. Outscoring Fannin in the third and fourth periods the Lady Cats stretched the lead late and held it to a 52-45 for their second win and remain undefeated in tournament play. Emma Deyton led the scoring for Gilmer with 11 points followed closely by MaryLee Callihan and Mallory Kiser both with 10 points in the win.
The varsity boys also faced the Rebels of Fannin in their second tournament game on Monday. The Gilmer boys were coming off an exciting victory on Saturday over the Hiawassee Dam Eagles and looking to step things up against a good Rebels basketball team. The first half of play started slowly for both teams with neither team’s shots finding the net. The comparison of shots taken to shots made was very low. When the horn sounded to enter halftime the Rebels held a 14-10 lead over the Bobcats. Entering the third period the shot percentage increased for both teams with Gilmer’s Tripp Pierce leading the way. Pierce owned the period putting up 13 including three 3 pointers. Trailing by 4 points heading into the final period the Rebels never laid down and fought hard outscoring the Bobcats 11 to 9. In the end, the Rebels efforts fell short giving the Gilmer Bobcats the victory by a score of 42-40. Pierce led all scoring in the game with 20 points followed Bradon Jenkins with 8.
Both the Cats and Lady Cats will return to action on Tuesday as the Pickens teams come to the Cage for the final games of the 2018 Tip-off Classic. The Gilmer teams could sweep the tournament and be crowned Champions with victories on Tuesday.
The 2018 Tip-off Classic brought the Hiawassee Dam buses into Ellijay Ga on Saturday for tournament action against the Bobcats and Lady Cats of Gilmer High School. The Lady Cats hit the court in game one with the Varsity boys to follow in the nightcap.
The game plan for Coach Nunn and the Lady Cats was executed almost flawlessly in the 58-19 win over the Lady Eagles. Setting the pace and outscoring the opponent, Hope Colewell had an extremely good night in putting up 22 points. Other Lady Cats adding points were Jailynn Ledford with 8, Bailey Teague and Emma Callihan with 6 points each in the game. The Cats scored 17 points in the first period with 2 big 3-pointers by Colewell and never looked back. Next up for the Lady Cats will be against Fannin on Monday.
The Varsity boys also took the court against Hiawassee Dam in the nightcap of day one. The Bobcats coming off a win on Friday over the Indians of Murray County were looking to get a commanding win over the Eagles. It would take three and a half periods before the Cats could stretch out a decent lead. The Eagles showcased good perimeter shooting throughout the game but seemed to run out of steam at the end. The Cats pulled away to get the 62-43 victory to start the tournament at 1 and 0. These guys will take the court again on Monday as well to face a very athletic Rebels team from Fannin.
With the 2018 basketball season finally getting fired up the Gilmer Bobcats welcomed the Murray Indians to Ellijay Ga on Friday night. Coaches from both schools have put in an enormous amount of time to prepare their athletes for this moment.
The Varsity girls took to the floor in the first game of the night and it didn’t take long for both The Lady Indians and the Lady Cats to kick in the real hustle gear and get the action going. Even though Gilmer came away with a big win, the Lady Indians played hard but struggled to keep up with the scoring for the home team. The Lady Cats put up 49 in the victory with the help of several players. Leading the scoring on the night for Gilmer were Emma Dayton with 11 points, MaryLee Callihan with 8, and Emma Callihan with 7 on the night. The Lady Cats scoring stayed consistent throughout the game with 14 in 1st, 15 in 2nd, and 16 in the 3rd. Gilmer was held to just 6 points in the final period but held on for the victory over the Lady Indians of Murray County. The Gilmer Lady Cats next scheduled game will be in the Tipoff Classic on Saturday as they face the Hiawassee Dam Lady Eagles.
It was the varsity boys taking the floor in game 2 for Gilmer. As the music rang throughout the gym, the fans from both schools were ready to see their team in action. The game started fast for the Indians who ran the floor with ease scoring almost at will on the Bobcats. The boys of Gilmer never laid down and kept the game exciting with several lead changes over the course of the 4 quarters. It wasn’t until last in the fourth when the Bobcats found a way to get momentum on their side and stretch a lead. The Indians played hard all night but ran out of steam as the game came to an end. The Bobcats walked away with a hard-fought win in a game where they did not play their best. The 58-48 score could’ve very easily been reversed giving the Indians the victory. The Bobcats will play Hiawassee Dam on Saturday and Fannin on Monday as part of the Tipoff Classic be held at Gilmer High School.
Gilmer High School had the opportunity to witness a historical day on Friday as Senior Sarah Mosley put pen to paper in the signing of her National Letter of Intent and play softball for the University of Georgia.
Mosley, as her family, is a born and bred Gilmer resident. She has dedicated her entire life to playing the game of softball since an early age and has excelled at every level. Coach John Stewart started coaching Mosley at age 10 and has continued to this day. Coach Stewart stated that just one example of Sarah facing adversity in her life was that UGA almost refused to give her an offer for a scholarship. At a huge tournament in Colorado, a coach of UGA made the comment that they didn’t think that Mosley could hit at the college level. With a little unbelief, Coach Stewart ask for them to keep watching Sarah. Mosley proceeded to hit a home run off the #1 team in the nation. The UGA offer was re-examined and the offer was made.
Another adverse that Sarah has had to face head-on was the passing of her father in August of the 2017 season. It was both Sarah’s and her father’s desire for her to play college softball at her favorite university. Mosely made the comment at an early age ” I’m going to play at the University of Georgia” and today it came to fruition. With friends, family, and fellow teammates, Sarah Mosley stepped to the table with pen in hand to finalize her childhood dream. As a shortstop for the Gilmer Lady Cats, #33 was a four-year starter and has several accolades. to her credit. In Mosley’s freshman year she earned 1st Team All-Region honors as a part of the GHSA Sweet 16 team in the State Playoffs. Mosley also was 1st Team All-Region in her senior year as well. Sarah’s junior year was a part of the Georgia All-State Team and voted the 6AAAA Player of the Year by the coaches in the region.
Making the decision to play for the Lady Bulldogs and wear the red and black was an easy one even with some very good schools showing interest. To name a few, North Carolina, LSU and Georgia Tech were vying to get Sarah in their programs to no avail. Mosley wasn’t going anywhere once the UGA offer came through. Congratulations to Sarah Mosley on her NLI signing and the advancement of both her education and softball career at a D1 school. This scholarship is the first for a Gilmer Lady Cat to an SEC or ACC school since 1978. A Historical day and the beginning of a well-deserved future for a hard working young lady.
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 Sports Writer Player of the Week for the Gilmer Bobcats is a young man who never made it to the field in the 2018 regular season. Hunter Bowyer suffered a season ending injury in the preseason game against Murray Co. Bowyer was ready for first year as a running back for the Bobcats in his first year playing football for the high school.
On the first play from scrimmage in that game Bowyer’s leg was rolled up by a Murray Co. Indian defensive lineman. Hunter Bowyer suffered a lower leg break. Both the Tibia and Fibula were broke and needed surgery to repair the bones.
Bowyer could’ve easily took the selfish route and gave up on his team but he didn’t. Number 14 was at every practice and at every game whether on the road or at Huff-Mosley Stadium. Right there on the sidelines cheering on his team and giving high fives when either the defense or offense had a good play. Choosing to be a part of the Bobcats shows his desire to be a team guy.
Congratulations on being chosen as the Team FYN Sports Sports Writer Player of the Week.
The Bobcats Friday night game was moved to Thursday as a result of an Officials Shortage as reported by the GHSA, Late in the season as games have playoff implications the GHSA requires a crew of 7 with an additional 4 to operate the chain crews and a electronic clock operator across the state.
In the Thursday competition for Gilmer, the Lafayette Ramblers came in to Huff-Mosley Stadium for Senior Night and the final game of the regular season for 2018. Coach Wingard and his Bobcats were looking to bring a high point to the football program with a victory to close out the the high school careers of 17 young men who have gave their hearts and souls to Gilmer football. It wasn’t meant to be on this night with the Ramblers taking a 34-14 victory at games end. The score doesn’t show how well the seniors and their teammates played the game. Senior David Smith rushed for the 2 touchdowns for Gilmer. The offense for the Bobcats moved the ball up and down the field with few issues but when those happened it seemed as the Ramblers capitalized and put points on the board. Lafayette had one interception off the arm of Freshman Seth Darling. Darling’s pass was on target to his receiver when the Rambler defensive back cut in front for the reception that led to a score.
Defensively the Bobcats dealt with the speed of LaFayette receivers disrupting several passes and were very close to intercepting 2 long attempts. In the end the Ramblers put up a 34-14 win to end the Cats season. The game was closer than what the scoreboard showed at the end of the night. Though the record is a repeat of the previous campaign, the 2018 Bobcats as a team improved. From a school record 99 yard touchdown run, multiple 200 plus yard games to a new assistant coaching staff that really brought this team together to get better and stronger these Bobcats can look forward to the 2019 season. The future is bright for the seniors as well. Some will move on to play at the collegiate level and others may start careers. Either way these guys can graduate with pride from Gilmer High School. GO BOBCATS!!
The Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for October 26th is Andrew Gooch.
Stepping in at 5’10” and 168 lbs. this Junior can play anywhere on the field. Gooch is listed on Max Preps as a running Back and a linebacker and plays bigger that his actual size. In Fridays game at Ridgeland, #26 pounded the middle of the line all night. He kept his legs moving to get every yard he could. Defensively as a linebacker Gooch finds the ball carrier and isn’t afraid to lay a hit on him. Look for Gooch to become a go to guy next season for the Bobcats.