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Wed
12
Jul
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Temple High athlete recognized

Carter Shell was recently named Athlete of the Year for Horizontal Jumps by the Georgia Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (GAFTA XCCA).

In addition to being named Athlete of the Year, Shell won the 2017 State Championship for the Long Jump and Triple Jump.

He also earned a spot on the All-Metro High School Track and Field Team for the Triple Jump.

Shell is a 2017 graduate of Temple High School and received a Track and Field scholarship to attend Arkansas State University this fall.

Mon
08
May
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WGTC Baseball closes season with dramatic win

After three disappointing games, the Golden Knights used more late-inning dramatics to top Georgia Highlands 7-6 here Saturday.

West Georgia Tech was battling for a berth in the GCAA Tournament, but saw their hopes dashed after dropping the first three games by scores of 10-0, 11-0 and 6-2 to the Chargers (37-19, 14-10), who will be the second-seeded team in this week’s tourney.

Saturday’s final game appeared to be going down the same path as the three previous ones. After five innings, WGTC trailed 3-2, and after surrendering three runs in the top of the sixth, found themselves looking at a 6-2 deficit.

Georgia Highlands proceeded to strike out the first two Golden Knight batters in the bottom of the inning. Then four consecutive walks plated a run, bringing up John Livaditis.

Livaditis promptly lined a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam to put WGTC in front 7-6. Richard Triplet slammed the door in the seventh for the save.

Mon
01
May
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WGTC baseball fighting for tournament berth

The Golden Knights ran into the GCAA’s top team last week and found the going tough. West Georgia Tech dropped the first three games of the series by scores of 9-0, 9-2 and 9-2. However, the last game Saturday had plenty of fireworks.

Jake McLinskey found himself locked in a pitcher’s duel. The sophomore right-hander allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings and the contest went into extra innings knotted at 1-1.

In the eighth inning, WGTC’s John Livaditis led off with a single and Jacob Earley followed with a walk. Blake Helton reached on a bunt to load the bases, setting the stage for Logan Tillem’s walk-off grand slam to give the Golden Knights a 5-1 victory. Richard Triplet, who pitched the eighth, got the win.

Tue
25
Apr
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WGTC Softball closes season

The 2017 campaign came to an end for the Golden Knights softball team here Friday with a doubleheader loss against Georgia Highlands.

In Game One, WGTC fell behind early and trailed 5-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning. The Golden Knights came storming back, scoring five runs to take a 6-5 lead over one of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association’s (GCAA) top teams.

The Chargers were able to come up with a two-out, two-strike single in the top of the seventh inning, knotting the game at 6-6. Georgia Highlands got the go-ahead run in the eighth and held on for the 7-6 victory.

In Game two, the Golden Knights could not get anything going offensively and dropped an 8-1 decision to the Chargers. The Chargers improved to an eye-popping 40-12 on the year, 19-9 in GCAA action.

Tue
11
Apr
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WGTC Softball sweeps Andrew

Andrew College visited Carrollton March 4 and downed West Georgia Tech 10-0 and 6-2. On Saturday in Cuthbert, the Golden Knights exacted some revenge, sweeping the Fighting Tigers 13-5 and 5-4. 
 
In Game One, WGTC pounded out 12 hits and led 13-1 after three innings. Dezirae Rhodes blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and the Golden Knights did not look back, scoring five in the second and four in the third. Jayde Bradley got the win, only giving up five unearned runs on just three hits. Bradley helped herself by driving in three runs from the plate.
 
In Game Two, WGTC again drew first blood, plating two runs in the first. The Golden Knights led 2-1 after one inning and 3-2 after three innings. WGTC scored two in the top half of the seventh to lead 5-2, then held on as the Fighting Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the frame. With the wins, WGTC improved to 9-19, 5-17 in GCAA play. Andrew fell to 21-33 and 6-16.
 

Sat
01
Apr
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WGTC Softball sweeps LaGrange, Falls to Gordon

The Golden Knights softball team continues to improve under first-year coach Monica Mills. This week, West Georgia Tech was in action with a Tuesday doubleheader against LaGrange followed by another doubleheader against Gordon.

WGTC put together perhaps its most impressive performance of the season as they swept LaGrange 8-1 and 8-0.

In Game 1, Kendal Hardy led the way offensively with a 3-4 performance including an RBI followed by Azarian Bell’s 2-3 effort with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Kailen Greer gave up just one run over seven innings to get the win.

In Game 2, the Golden Knights scored two runs in the first and with a 3-0 lead in the second, Chancey Davis cleared the bases with a grand slam to center. WGTC added a run in the third to push the lead to the final margin of 8-0. Hannah Hennessy shutout the Panthers giving up just two hits over five innings.

Tue
28
Mar
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McLinskey Leads Golden Knights over South Georgia

Carrollton, GA – Single runs in the first two innings proved to be enough for Jake McLinskey, who scattered four hits and a run over 6.1 innings to lead the Golden Knights to a 2-1 lead over South Georgia in Friday’s double-header nightcap. Connor Wilson recorded the final two outs to earn the save.

McLinskey cruised through the first 6 innings against the Hawks. WGTC got on the board in the first when Aaron Gonzalez doubled in Reagan Thomas. In the second, Justin Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk to score Paul Roth, pushing the lead to 2-0.

It remained that way until the seventh, when things got a little exciting. McLinskey opens the inning with a strikeout, but a Hawk single and double cut the WGTC lead to 2-1, with the tying run at second base. Wilson enters the game and retires the next two hitters to record the save.

Tue
21
Mar
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WGTC hosting open tryouts

West Georgia Tech men's basketball coach Niki Okolovitch has announced the program will hold an open workout on Saturday, April 15.

The tryout will start at 11 a.m. at Oak Mountain Academy, located at 222 Cross Plains Road in Carrollton.

The tryout is open to graduating high school seniors, college transfers and other athletes who are interested in playing junior college basketball.

West Georgia Tech competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III.

Participants should bring a record of a current physical if available. If one is not available, a waiver can be signed on the day of the tryout. If currently enrolled in college, participants are asked to bring a current college transcript.

For more information on the men's basketball tryouts, contact WGTC men's basketball head coach Niki Okolovitch at okolovitch76@yahoo.com.

Sat
18
Mar
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Golden Knights fall in tourney opener

The West Georgia Tech Women's Basketball team fell to fifth-ranked Mohawk Valley 75-55 here Thursday night in the opening round of the NJCAA Division III Basketball Tournament.

WGTC jumped to an early 7-3 lead, but the Hawks outscored the Golden Knights 19-4 to take a 22-11 lead after the first period. Mohawk Valley (25-7), the tournament hosts, took a 37-25 lead into the break and pulled away in the second half for the final margin.

The Hawks were successful in limiting leading scorer sophomore Anna Watkins to just nine points, 10 below her average. Freshman Jaylen Mobley came off the bench to lead the Golden Knights with 17 points and another freshman, Jordan Davis, added 12. Sophomore Faith Swint also added nine points.

Wed
08
Mar
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Golden Knights prepare for national stage

from press release

The pairings for the NJCAA Division III National Women’s Basketball Championship in Utica, New York, were released this week, and the Golden Knights enter the eight-team field as the No. 5 seed.

The local squad will face No. 4 seed and host school Mohawk Valley Community College in the opening round Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

The Golden Knights (8-16) punched their ticket by virtue of their 82-71 win over fourth-ranked Montgomery College (Maryland) last Saturday in the District G Championship game hosted by Emory-Oxford College.

The event will take place over three days, and WGTC is guaranteed three games while in Utica, a community of more than 62,000 people about 55 miles east of Syracuse. The Golden Knights will be aiming to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish.

Visit www.WGTCAthletics.com for more information on West Georgia Tech Golden Knights athletics.

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