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 Player of the Week for the week of October 12th is Sophomore defensive Outside Line Backer and Tight End Kyle Allison. Playing both sides of the ball keeps a player on the field for the majority of the 48 minutes of a high school football game. At 6’2 and 210 lbs, Allison handles it well and without losing his hustle.
In Friday night’s game at Heritage #47 stayed focused. Kyle Allison, with both solo and team tackles racked up right at 10. Some of these tackles came in long drives by the Generals. As a tight end Allison competes at a high level and performs the blocking schemes that he is called on to do.
Congratulations on being chosen the Team FYN Sports Player of the Week!
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.
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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Releasing information about this weekend’s incident, the County’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is continuing their investigation into an officer impersonation.
Occurring on April 21, a local student from Gilmer High School told officers she was heading home late from a Senior Trip to Zoo Atlanta and a Braves game. Getting off the bus about 1:50 am and leaving the school ten minutes later, the student directly home.
While officials are not releasing the name of the student, they did say they are trying to get as much information as they can out to the public as they need the community’s help being on the lookout for this man or for any details helping the investigation.
The student was driving home in her Nissan Maxima when she saw emergency lights activated behind her. The strange part of the traffic stop was noted by the student as she had not noticed the car behind her previously because it did not have headlights on before activating emergency lights. The “fake officer” did not introduce himself when approaching the car but instead asked the student if she knew why he had stopped her?
She told him she didn’t know, to which he responded she was running 50 miles per hour with the speed limit at 55 and her low beam headlights were on. According to the incident report, the man stated “Obviously, you are not drunk,” before returning to his vehicle. Then, he returned and commented, “Obviously I was wrong, I made a mistake.”
Ending the traffic stop, the man returned to his vehicle and u-turned onto the road heading back towards Ellijay. Lasting eight to ten minutes total, the incident had several issues that cause the student to question. Officials have also issued a public release offering advice on how to handle traffic stops with unmarked cars. Captain Brian Shepard of Gilmer County’s Criminal Investigations Division confirmed, especially with this incident, that officers in unmarked cars understand that a vehicle may continue safely to a well-lit business or public spot before stopping for the traffic stop.
While some citizens have expressed concerns about this being viewed as refusing to stop, Shepard tells FYN that these citizens need not worry. Following their advice by traveling a little further to protect yourself or contacting 911 to confirm a traffic stop of an unmarked car is part of the job of protecting citizens.
With the incident over the weekend, Gilmer’s CID is continuing investigations into the details the student was able to notice past a flashlight the man was shining on her. The report states this man could be a pale white male with blue eyes, a “five o’clock shadow” resembling growing a goatee, and sideburns covering his ears. He appeared short and stout with a flat top haircut.
The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone possessing information regarding the unmarked car over the weekend to please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 706-635-4646 or the non-emergency number to Dispatch at 706-635-8911.
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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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.