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.
The 2018 Bobcat football season starts this Friday August 10th as they take the turf to host Murray Co. in the final scrimmage before the real deal starts next week(See schedule below). The Bobcats have a full coaching staff and a roster of young men that are ready to right the ship from the pathway of the last few seasons.
Coach Casey Wingard will lead his team into battle in week #1 on August 17th as the Fannin Co. Rebels come to Ellijay. The 2018 schedule holds very little travel for the Bobcats with seven out of eleven games(including 8-10 scrimmage) being at home. This leaves only four travel days on the season.
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.
Amidst all the talk among Democrats and the Media that the Trump election and presidency is a one off that will soon be remedied by a Democrat wave — there is actually evidence to suggest that just the opposite will ring true in 2018. For example, look at upstart Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Justin Simmons, who is running to be the GOP nominee in the 15th District. Simmons, 31, currently represents PA State House District 131 and was planning to mount a Conservative challenge to seven term incumbent Rep. Charlie Dent in the Spring 2018 Primary. That was until Dent abruptly announced his retirement, opening the door for 35 year old Ryan Mackenzie to enter the now open race, a race that could prove to be a battle between conflicting wings of the Republican Party.
Simmons recently called in to FYNTV’s Good Morning from the Office for an exclusive interview regarding his initial decision to run, the surprise of Dent’s retirement, and the differences between himself and Mackenzie.
Simmons made it clear from the beginning that his motivation to run was the dissatisfaction among Conservatives in the 15th District with Dent, as evidenced by the recent rally in protest of the seven term Congressman. According to Simmons, “just his voting record alone is bad enough… then going on MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times… being the go to Republican to rip Donald Trump and Conservatives,” had angered voters in the district won by both Donald Trump and Charlie Dent. However, Dent had spoken out aggressively against Trump during the campaign, refusing to endorse him and frequently criticizing him after his inauguration.
“I was never fully on board with Charlie, I always knew he was pro-choice and supported taxpayer funded abortion… but he was fiscally Conservative at first,” said Simmons, adding “as time went on he just got more Liberal.”
The news of Dent’s sudden announcement to retire was a surprise to the Simmons team, although he insists they were “ecstatic” and this it was a “victory” because it creates a chance to elect a Conservative representative. However, it has created a brand new dynamic with the entry of Mackenzie, setting up a race described by The Morning Call as a “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s race” between what they described as two longtime rivals. Although Simmons dismissed the “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” comparison he did elaborate on what he sees as the differences between him and the only other declared candidate.
Ryan and I have worked together on a lot of good issues. The difference between Ryan and I, is Ryan is establishment and I am not. I got my foray into politics by taking on a Liberal Republican, I took on the party and I took on the establishment. Ryan Mackenzie, he came into politics, his Dad was the former chair of the party, he was very connected. When he first ran for State House in the 134th District… there was a special election and the party hierarchy greased the skids for Ryan, they cleared the field in the special election for him, he hasn’t had an opponent since.
Simmons also described Mackenzie as Charlie Dent’s hand picked successor, which means he will be the beneficiary of the PA GOP fundraising network. However, Simmons described it as a negative because it means Mackenzie would be beholden to the moderate Republican structure of the state party and not the Trump Coalition that delivered PA to a Republican presidential candidate for the first time in a generation.
This race will be one of many that pits establishment Republicans against the new, Trump Republicans. In his recent interview with 60 Minutes, former White House strategist Steve Bannon made clear his intentions to target establishment Republicans in the 2018 Primary races. This has already manifested itself in races like the special election for Senate in Alabama, where incumbent Sen. Luther Strange was leading in polling until Bannon endorsed his opponent, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore.
What’s more, the race in Pennsylvania will pit two millennial candidates, Mackenzie is 35 and Simmons is 31.
You can see Simmons’ entire interview here:
This weeks Super Star Swag honor goes to freshman #42 Austin Damon. Austin earned his first high school varsity game touchdown against the Pickens Dragons last week. He is a up-and-comer for the Bobcats and sure we will see alot more of him in the future.
Congratulations Austin for earning your first touchdown and first Super Star Swag Player of the Week.
The August 8th deadline for Fall 2015 Soccer Registration is approaching! Sign up now at www.gilmersoccer.com. Gilmer Soccer Club offers recreational soccer for boys and girls ages 4-18. In addition, the club also offers Little Kickers, an introduction to soccer for 3 year olds. The age control date is 8/1/15.Registration fees are
$50 for Little Kickers and U6 and $100 for U8 – U19. Payment plans are available for those who register by 8/8/15. Late registrations require full payment.
Practice begins in August. The fall kick-off event is August 29 -30, and regular season games begin on September 12th.
Things move quickly once registration closes so get yours in on time so you don’t miss out. Space is limited. For registration questions, email gilmersoccerclub@gmail or call Erin Byrd, Registrar, at 678-522-8523.