The Gilmer Bobcats welcomed the Murray Co. Indians into Huff Mosely Stadium for the final pre-season game of 2018 on Friday with hopes of resurrecting a program that has seen a few years where it seemed the football gods weren’t showing them mercy. Coach Wingard and his full coaching staff have worked their players really hard in preparation for the 10 weeks ahead.
At the coin toss on the fifty-yard line, the Bobcat Captains won the toss and chose to receive the ball. This option played out to be right and wrong at the same time. The first play from scrimmage proved to be exciting as Senior Quarterback David Smith kept the ball and ran off right tackle. At about 3 yards downfield it was clean air for him to run in. Smith carried the ball down the center of the field for 65 yards and a Bobcat score. The excitement for the first touchdown of the 2018 football season quickly faded with a Gilmer player lying on his back at the original line of scrimmage.
Senior running back Hunter Bowyer was blocking his defensive opponent when a Murray Co. player was blocked to the ground and rolled into the lower left leg of Bowyer. With EMS on the scene, #14 was loaded onto the cart and transported to Kennestone Hospital for treatment. It was determined after X-Rays that Hunter had broken not one but both the Tibia and Fibula just above the ankle. Bowyer will be evaluated by an Orthopedic Surgeon and a surgery time will be scheduled to repair the broken bones.
As the game continued, Murray would answer with their on touchdown. The Bobcats would score two more times in the first half on a run by Brogdon and a pass reception by Singleton bringing the final Varsity score to 20-14. The Junior Varsity took the field for the second half with both Murray and Gilmer playing two scoreless quarters of football.
The real deal starts on August 17th as the Bobcats welcome the Fannin Rebels to Ellijay for the season opener for both schools.
The Gilmer Cheerleaders are in final preparation for cheering on their Bobcats on Friday night and also for the competitions in the Fall of 2018(see schedule Below). The football cheerleaders hit the sidelines to fire up the fans on Friday, August 10th as Gilmer host Murray in the final football scrimmage before the regular season and the competition side gets started in early September.
These young athletes are ready to tumble and flip their way to a GHSA State Competition at the end of the season.
The Lady Cats Volleyball Program has worked hard and prepared for the 2018 volleyball season that is coming fast (schedule below). The first event of the new season takes place Friday, August 10th as Coach Donna parks takes her team to the Home of the Pickens Co. Dragons for a quad match that also includes the Fannin Rebels and the Dawson Tigers.
The schedule for the Lady Cats 2018 season finds them with 18 total dates of play plus first round tournaments that start on October 11th. The bus for the team will log plenty of miles this year with the Lady Cats having only four at home matches scheduled. This travel will find in places such as East Hall and Chestatee, Ridgeland, Whitfield, and Marietta. Coach Parks is excited to get her team on the court and bring home a winning season for Gilmer High School.
As the 2018 season for the Lady cats of Gilmer High School quickly approaches, Head Coach Kim Charles is excited to get her girls back in action(schedule below). After a very good season in 2017, the Lady cats are poised to continue the push for another playoff year and the ultimate goal..a trip to Columbus GA for the GHSA State Championship.
Returning most of her players from last season along with the addition of the upcoming freshman, Charles, and her girls have put in the preseason work and are ready for August 16th to get here. The Lady Cats will travel to Ridgeland in a 5:55 PM game to kick off a 22 game season. Region and State tournaments will follow.
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 Bobcats made the long drive to Lafayette High School on Wednesday to face the Ramblers in game one of a three game region series. With the weather cold and the wind chills colder, the Bobcats bundled up and took the field vying for their second win in the region for the 2018 season.
The bats were slow for both the Ramblers and the Cats with neither team producing much offense through most of the game. The game remained scoreless through 4 innings with the Cats coming the the plate in the top of the fifth. Hunter Bowyer would lead off the inning with a walk to get the offense started for Gilmer. The Bobcats bats came alive with all 9 in the line up contributing to an 11 run inning, McKinley Chadwick plated three RBI”s on his second home run of the 2018 season and Hunter Bowyer and Tyler Woody plated two RBI”s each. Other Bobcats standouts were Eric Turner, Evan Frady and Will Barnes.
Brooks Rosser, who will attend Truett McConnell College next year, pitched a gem on the hill. Rosser allowed 3 hits, 6 strikeouts and kept the Ramblers off the board in a 5 inning complete game. With help from excellent defense, the cats took a 11-0 mercy rule victory giving the Cats game one of the big region series.
The Bobcats will welcome the Ramblers to Bobcat Field on Friday for games two and three in double header action. Game one is set for a 5 pm start time with game two schedule shortly after.
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Gilmer tennis welcomed in the Ramblers of Lafayette high school on Wednesday in a region match up. The Lady Cats took to the courts with rackets in hand facing cold weather that produced 20 plus MPH winds and some snow on the first day of Spring.
The Girls played strong and took the overall victory winning 5 out of 6 sets from the Ramblers. In singles matches Lauren Cole(6-4,6-3), Hope Colwell(6-2,6-3) had wins setting the stage for a good day on the courts. Also in singles, Katie Sheahan fought for over 2 and 1/2 hours in her match to no avail. Sheahan(6-1,3-6,6-7,6-8) would take a loss in the tie breaker.
In doubles for the Lady Cats, Sarah Sheahan/Beth Burnette(6-3,6-4) and Josie Reece/Emma Dayton(2-6,6-2,7-5) and Mary Elizabeth/Morgan White(8-5) came out with the wins to push a 5-1 overall score for the Lady Cats.
At the end of the day for the boys, the Cats and Ramblers split the score card at 3-3. The action on the courts were hot even though the weather wasn’t. In singles play, Carter Hice(6-4,6-2) and Tripp Pierce(6-3,6-2) took victories in outstanding fashion over their Rmbler opponents. Taking an exhausting loss for the cats, Brett Becker(6-4,4-6,6-7,1-7) battled on the court for a little over 3 hours eventually falling to his opponent in a tie breaker set. Doubles action produced a win for Kaden Reese/Ryan Cochran in 2 sets 6-1 and 6-0. Falling short for the Cats in doubles were Luke Wimpy/Mason Hadden(4-6,3-6) and Isaac Bradshaw/Bryson Sisson(5-8).
The Bobcats of Gilmer made the trek to Ridgeland and took the victory 3-1 in yet another tight and hard fought region game. Marvin Reynoso scored a tap in goal after a scramble in the Ridgeland penalty box at 30 mins. The first half ended with the Cats up 1-0 but it was close. Coach Phipps brought the boys together at half time and reinforced the importance of increasing the score.
Ridgeland came out fast at the start of the second half and scored an equalizer within 1 minute of the second half. The boys kept their heads and played some good soccer with timely passing and some nice shots. Israel Bautista scored with a good right footed shot from about 15 yards to put Gilmer up 2-1. The Cats kept on pushing forward and with about 12 mins left on the clock the boys put a good passing move that included Ervin Lopez and Parker Benetiz that lead to another goal for senior Marvin Reynoso.
The Gimer Lady Bobcats traveled to Ridgeland and Tuesday to compete in a region match. The girls got down 0-2 very early in the game. Coach Nicholson said “Ridgeland is a long bus ride. We were tired, sluggish, and clearly not ready to play soccer when we stepped off the bus”. We knew we would get opportunities, but there were some defensive breakdowns that had to be cleaned up.”
The girls rallied and went in the half 4-3. At halftime, Nicholson talked to her team about the errors that had to be fixed. The girls went out in the second half much more relaxed and confident scoring 3 more times and ended the game 7-3. Goals were scored by Naomi Coombs (5), Renea Chastain, and Cat Tercero-Rafael each scoring 1 goal.
JV Girls played Fannin on Wednesday and fell 0-3. Coach Nicholson stated that JV games are really fun because we get lots of girls some field time. Freshmen Keeper Noni Francisco did a great job in goal.