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!
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.
Bobcats and Dragons Break Even
By Leah Davis
The Gilmer High School Boy’s and Girl’s Golf teams battled the Dragons head to head on March 9th at home.
The Boy’s Golf was won by the Dragons with a three-stroke lead, 184-181. Dylan Long from the Dragons scored the lowest of the match, coming in at 39, while Josh Dobbs from the Bobcats had the lowest score, 41, from his team.
The Girl’s Golf, on the other hand, was won by our Ladycats, 134-121. Hannah Watkins had the lowest score, 38, for the Ladycats. The Ladycats are off to a great start this season by defeating the Dragons.
Both of Gilmer’s teams will play again on March 16 at Pickens County.
Bobcats falls to Dragons in Double Header
By: Leah Davis
On Thursday night, March 9, the Bobcats hosted the Dragons to a double header.
Pressure began to appear early as Travis Huffman walked up to home plate for the Dragons at the top of the first. Dominic Stephens hit a fly ball gaining a double RBI that put the Dragons over the Bobcats. Tension only grew as Jace Franklin batted in a single RBI soon after. The Bobcats fell behind the Dragons, 3-0, after the top of the first.
At the bottom of the first, McKinley Chadwick hit a double earning a single RBI that put the Bobcats on the board.
All seemed quiet until the third inning when Zack Moore hit a double gaining himself a single RBI and advancing the score, 4-1, over the Bobcats.
At the bottom of the sixth, Tatum Chadwick hit a single which allowed Will Barnes to sprint home. That single RBI for Chadwick put the Bobcats down one less point.
However, it wasn’t enough to close the gap, the final score of the first game was 4-2 with the Dragons winning over the Bobcats.
It seemed the Bobcats couldn’t recover from the first game as the Dragons managed to keep the Bobcat’s offense from gaining any runs in the second. The final score was 11-0.
Despite a heavy loss, the Bobcats will be back for redemption on March 17th against Ridgeland High School.
Article and Photos By Leah Davis
On March 4th, the Gilmer Bobcats hosted the Rebels in a double header determined to take down their rival.
The Rebels took the lead scoring two runs in the first inning at bat leading to at 2-1 game in the third, but they couldn’t stop Rebel’s River Dixon from hitting a home run.
In the fourth inning, the Bobcats were able to hold off the Rebels with awesome defense taking the lead with a 3-run comeback. Austin Daman and Will Barnes were on base, and Tatum Chadwick hit a single earning him a double RBI. Evan Frady also scored in the fourth with a single RBI, giving The Bobcats the 4-3 lead.
A hard fought battle ensued with the Rebels responding with a single RBI tying the game 4-4.
Tensions grew as the teams entered the seventh tied-up, Gilmer’s Defense held strong to stop Fannin from gaining any runs. Fans erupted late in the inning as Drew Healan hit a triple, but, ultimately, it was McKinley Chadwick’s single that drove Healan home for the game winning score. The Bobcats left the Rebels hanging with the final score, 5-4.
Fannin’s Rebels were out for revenge from first game ready to play ball with Will Shirah earning a single RBI in the first, putting the Rebels on the board, 1-0.
The Rebels exploded in the second, though, scoring five runs over the Bobcat’s defense. Never quite recovering from this, Gilmer entered the seventh down 6-0.
It was the seventh inning that finally saw signs of life for Gilmer as McKinley Chadwick managed to strike out three of the The Rebel players closing down Rebels offense. In their last chance to come back, Cochran hit a double earning himself a single RBI to bring Austin Daman home.
The one score was not enough to beat the Rebels dominating second game of double header. They walked away with the final game score at 6-1.
We walk through highlights of Gilmer’s game against Union.