ELLIJAY, Ga – The Gilmer County Board of Education (BOE) is moving forward for a change on one front while maybe avoiding change on another for next year.
First, the BOE has approved a motion to begin the process to change the board members compensation from $50 per meeting to $400 per month. Initial response from citizens have been conflicted with such a drastic increase. However, with this approval, the item will be sent to the General Assembly to be considered in the next session in early 2018. Then, if approved, Gilmer County Board of Education Member Michael Bramlett tells FYN that the change will not take effect for board members until the next time their seat is elected.
This means that the current Board of Education members will have to be re-elected before they, or the newly elected member, could take advantage of the compensation change, and that is if it is approved at the General Assembly.
Gilmer County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes told FYN the Board has never set anything about compensation previously, which means it was automatically set at $50 per meeting. But a feeling now that the $50 was insufficient for the work put in ushered forth the motion for a change.
Wilkes also stated that this is already being done by neighboring Fannin County. The switch means going from some months with only the work session and regular session and some with at least five or more meetings. Wilkes stated it was likely, more when the Board was searching for a Superintendent before she was hired, to a set rate for the month regardless of the number of meetings.
As for avoiding a change, the BOE listened to one citizen who signed up to speak at their regular meeting. Brian Pritchard spoke to the board to ask them not to change the leadership of their football program. The Gilmer Bobcats football team has seen a lot of change over the last three years with continuing shifts in coaches across two 0-10 seasons. While Pritchard never mentioned names, he stated the current leadership was what the kids needed. It was a leadership “they would play for.”
The point to note came later in the meeting when the Board approved its November personnel changes. No resignations, terminations or retirements were shown on the list. While personnel was discussed earlier in the week during executive session, before Pritchard’s comments, it will be something they say they consider moving forward.
The Gilmer Bobcats are finished talking about “heart” and “courage” and all of the words you use when you’re describing a football program that is completely rebuilding from the ground up. They don’t want your sympathy in Gilmer County. They want your respect, and with the work they’ve put in this season, they’re going to get it.
Friday night, after recognizing the seniors at center field, the Cats lined the sidelines to host the top team in AAAA football right now – or so the experts say – the Ridgeland Panthers. A familiar face opposite the home stands, Ridgeland head coach “Tank” Tankersley stood ready to pick up another win and move closer to an eventual showdown with some of the best high school players to ever play the game (that is, if sports fans are fortunate enough to see Ridgeland play Cartersville later this year).
On the home sidelines, Gilmer head coach Casey Wingard and his varsity football team stood ready to take home a win of their own, albeit they were searching for a different kind of victory: the end zone. The Bobcats have struggled to score a touchdown all season long – having only scored in one game (14pts vs Union) – how were they going to do it against one of the best defenses in the state of Georgia?
Both coaches ended the day with accomplished goals.
Ridgeland defeated Gilmer 64-14, and there’s not a lot to be said other than this:
– Tank has a team that is capable of reaching the state championship game if they stay healthy
– Ridgeland’s defense has only given up 2-touchdowns (or more) three times this season
– The Gilmber Bobcats are one of those three teams to reach paydirt more than once
The Gilmer County offense finally had a chance to know what a touchdown feels like for the second time this season, and this week they travel to Lafayette to feel it once again. It is the only game that matters now.
This season is history. It’s over. Wingard and his staff can put away the schedules. They can let go of the sting of a dropped pass, the burn of a fumble, and the agony of injury. This week, Gilmer County has the best match-up they’ve had this year.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm. It’s time to use your Ingles Fuel Points – fill up the van and load up – come out and support the new and ever-improving Gilmer Bobcats!
The Mountain Football League playoffs have finally reached their final destination for 2017: Super Bowl Saturday. This weekend, several of North Georgia’s finest young athletes will meet on the gridiron at Fannin County High School, battling to take home the league’s top honor of Super Bowl Champions.
Here are the results from last weekend’s final round of the playoffs:
6U: Fannin defeated Gilmer 22-0. Will play East Hall in the Super Bowl. East Hall defeated Chestatee 34-0.
7U: Fannin defeated Dawson 32-0. Will play Gilmer in Super Bowl. Gilmer defeated Pickens 46-0.
8U: Union defeated Fannin 20-0. Will play Chestatee in Super Bowl. Chestatee defeated Gilmer 25-19.
9U: Chestatee defeated West Hall 34-8. Will play Pickens in Super Bowl. Pickens defeated Dawson 26-0.
10U: Fannin defeated Gilmer 29-0. Will play Dawson in Super Bowl. Dawson defeated Union 12-0.
11U: Chestatee defeated Fannin 20-7. Will play Gilmer in Super Bowl. Gilmer defeated Dawson 7-6.
Follow us on Twitter @teamfynsports next weekend (or on Facebook) as we will have complete Super Bowl coverage from the sidelines on Saturday.
Updated Game Times:
6u Super Bowl
East Hall vs Fannin 10Am
7U Super Bowl
Fannin vs Gilmer 1145Am
8U Super Bowl
Union vs Chestatee 1:30pm
9U Super Bowl
Chestatee vs Pickens 3:15Pm
10U Super Bowl
Dawson vs Fannin 5pm
11U Super Bowl
Gilmer vs Chestatee 6:45 Pm
Saturday (Oct 15) marked the final week of regular season football for the Mountain Football League. The MFL consists of Chestatee, Dawson, East Hall, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union and West Hall; and age divisions begin with 6u (under 6-years-old) and go up to 7th-grade. Parents and coaches of youth athletes are encouraged to please send your photos, stats and game stories to Jason@fetchyournews.com so that we can highlight the youth players throughout the post-season!
My player of the week this week is captain and Guard #61 Luke Morgan. Luke has the drive and aggression it takes to be a part of any teams defense. With passion he goes after the ball carrier on every play, shows quickness and overall awareness and leads his defense in attacking when the ball is snapped. Luke has a lot of willingness to get things done and is a really outstanding defensive lineman.
Tonight we highlight the Seniors of the Gilmer Bobcats football team. BKP and Coach Wingard recap the season and congratulate the Seniors for all of their effort throughout the season.
BKP sits down with Gilmer’s Head Coach Casey Wingard, O-Line Coach Taylor, and four of the Gilmer Bobcats to discuss Friday night football.
Coach Wingard and Coach Flowers sit down with BKP to discuss the game against Southeast Whitfield.
Gilmer Bobcats Head Coach Casey Wingard joins us to discuss the Pickens game and look ahead to the bye week.
Head Coach Casey Wingard joins us to discuss the Heritage game and look ahead to the Pickens game!
Head Coach Casey Wingard and the running back coach to discuss last Friday’s game. They also discuss the plan of attack on this week’s game. As always we would like to thank Circuit World of Ellijay for letting us film this show in their show room. Also, a huge thank you to Shane’s Rib Shack in Ellijay for always providing the coaches and players on the show with a meal. Come out this Friday and support your Gilmer Bobcats on their home turf. Kick off starts at 7:30 PM.
Gilmer coaches and lead players meet with #BKP from FYNTV.COM to discuss the previous week’s game and strategy for next week!
For the season opener, BKP sits down with Coach Wingard and Defensive Coach Flowers to discuss the first game for the Bobcats. It was a tough loss for them against Fannin last week, but everyone is keeping their heads up for the next game this upcoming Friday. We would like to thank Circuit World in Ellijay for letting us broadcast from their location. Also, we would like to thank Shane’s Rib Shack for providing the meals for the coaches and players on the show. Tune in TUESDAY at 7PM next week for another “Turf Talk” on FYNTV.COM!
The season opener game for the Bobcats ended with a defeat by the Fannin Rebels on Friday night. The final score: 42-0. The Rebels dominated on both sides of the ball offensively and defensively. The player that stood out most, #15 Cody Jacobs, was a huge part in their victory. The Bobcats fought hard, but gave up several big gains and ended every drive with a punt.
The Bobcats had over thirty five yards lost by penalties and in one play the Bobcats even received a safety by the Rebels defense. The Bobcats defense struggled in closing the gap up the middle which was the strongest points for the run game. While the Bobcat coaches and players were very frustrated with how the game was going, they never gave up and the players definitely left everything they had on the field that night.
This Friday, the Bobcats will host the Union county Panthers at Huff Mosely Stadium at 7:30, and Bobcat fans will be there supporting the team, and hoping they can make a comeback. GO CATS! No stats from Friday night’s game are available at the time.
ELLIJAY, GA – Due to citizens asking and continued confusion in the community, the Gilmer Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes asked Gilmer High School Principal Carla Foley to explain the situation of stadium parking at their August Meeting.
Foley explained that the high school has discussed in previous years the option of charging for parking at the football stadium. She stated other schools in the region charge for parking and the thought arose to use the parking to aid in funding our other sports programs.
Early in discussions, Foley states, a post reached Facebook about the charge before discussions had concluded causing confusion on what it would be and how it would be collected.
At the meeting, Principal Foley clarified that other sports programs are going to be present at home games to collect a donation for parking. At the end of the season, the donations will be divided out among the programs involved. Foley also stated that the collection is a donation, and not mandatory for parking.
Additionally, Foley reminded citizens that the parking lots will continue to have a transit system in place to take spectators from the lots to the stadium via bus.