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Lady Tigers nab North subregion crown

Last week was a banner week for the Ringgold Lady Tigers.

The Blue-and-White won three games, all on the road, to clinch the Region 6-AAA North title. The subregion championship also earned them a bye to the semifinals of the region tournament and the automatic Class AAA state tournament berth that comes with it.

And, for the icing on the proverbial cake, Friday's regular season finale was the 20th win of the year for the team and the 400th career coaching win for head coach Margaret Stockburger. Ringgold will now

wait to find out their opponent in Friday night's 7 p.m. semifinal at Calhoun High School.

Ringgold girls 56, North Murray 31

Last Monday, in a game which was a make-up of an originally scheduled game from earlier in the season that was postponed by inclement weather, the Lady Tigers thumped the Lady Mountaineers behind 18 points from Rachel Thomas and 14 from Kiwi Dale.

Karoline Sholl hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and added 10 assists to go with her six points. Rachel Akers had four points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Ringgold girls 42, Coahulla Creek 40

The Lady Tigers narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of the Lady Colts last Tuesday.

Thomas had 14 points, followed by Sholl and Dare Schley with seven each. Sholl also collected six steals and five assists. Dale and Infiniti Foster had six points apiece with Foster pulling down eight rebounds.

Ringgold girls 57, Murray County 23

There was no such drama on Friday as Ringgold led 30-11 at halftime and poured it on the third quarter to win going away.

Thomas had 16 points, followed by Foster with 12 points and Schley and Dale with seven each. Sydney Pittman helped out with five steals, while Sholl dished out seven assists.

North Murray boys 63, Ringgold 50

The Tigers were feeling optimistic after holding the Mountaineers to just two points in the opening quarter. But the home team erupted for 25 points in each of the next two periods to win going away.

Drake Starks and Davantae Kimble had 10 each for Ringgold, while Logan Hullender and Blake Goldsmith dropped in six each.

Coahulla Creek boys 47, Ringgold 42

In the night's final varsity contest, Tyler Phillips had 24 points for the Colts and went 8-of-11 from the free throw line, including making 5-of-6 in the fourth quarter.

Kimble had 11 points for the Tigers. Starks and Chandler Chastain had eight points apiece, while Cade Nayadley added seven.

Ringgold boys 67, Murray County 52

The Tigers got four 3-pointers from Kimble, who finished with 14 points in a win over the Indians. Ammon Murphy had 12 points for Ringgold (10-14 overall), while Jackson House added 11.

The Tigers will begin their region tournament at 4 p.m. on Tuesday against Haralson County. With a win, they would face the Adairsville-Murray County winner at 5:30 on Wednesday. Two straight wins would put Ringgold in the state tournament.

The boys' region tournament will also be played at Calhoun High School.

Due to newspaper deadlines, coverage of the Region 6-AAA and Region 6-AAAA basketball tournaments could not be included in this edition. Coverage can be found online at Prep Central and full coverage will be included in the Feb. 15 edition of the Catoosa County News.

Mocs release 2017 football schedule

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team released its 2017 schedule today. Five of the 11 contests are at Finley Stadium this fall.

UTC opens with the previously announced non-conference matchup against Jacksonville State in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Aug. 26. The 7 p.m. (Eastern) kickoff is the only college football game on the week before the opening of the season. It will be nationally televised on ESPN.

After a week off, the Mocs visit LSU on Sept. 9. That is the Tigers' first home game under new head coach Ed Orgeron.

The home schedule starts the following week with a visit from non-conference, instate rival UT Martin

with a 6 p.m. kickoff. Other homes games are against Western Carolina (6 p.m.) on Sept. 30, Homecoming against Furman (4 p.m.) on Oct. 7, Military Appreciation Day against The Citadel (2 p.m.) on Oct. 21 and Senior Day against ETSU on Nov. 18 (2 p.m.).

No game times have been set for other away games at VMI (Sept. 23), Mercer (Oct. 14), Samford (Oct. 28) and Wofford (Nov. 4).

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Bobcats' week features both highs and lows

If there was any one word to describe the past week for the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats, "interesting" would certainly be near the top of the list.

The Bobcats snapped a two-game losing streak, started a two-game winning streak, saw said two-game winning streak halted, were held to their lowest point total all season long and set a new season mark for fewest points allowed – in the same game – and set a new season-high for points in a game, all in a span of just six days.

The final tally is that the Bobcats began the week with a 10-9 overall mark, headed into Monday's contest against the Tennessee Wesleyan JV squad, details of which were unable to be included in this week's edition.

Ga. Northwestern 49, Welch College 45

It certainly won't go down as the prettiest win of the season, but after two straight losses, any win could be considered a good one.

The Bobcats got out to a huge early lead and saw it completely disappear before they came back to score a victory over the visiting Flames last Tuesday at the Rossville Athletic Center.

The 45 points by the Flames were the fewest the Bobcats have allowed in a game this season, but it was also the fewest points scored by the Navy-and-Silver this year.

Georgia Northwestern blew an early 18-2 lead and held just a 25-23 lead at intermission.

Welch would take its first lead of the game in the opening moments of the second half and they would push the advantage to 37-31 with 13 minutes to play.

However, the Bobcats would battle back to tie things up with 10:30 remaining on a steal and subsequent lay-up by Daniel Parrish. Just over a minute later, sharpshooter Patrick Simmons drained a 3-pointer, giving the Bobcats a 40-39 lead.

The home team would never trail again, but it would have to work to keep the lead. Welch would get it back to a one-possession game with a minute to play, but the Bobcats would force an important turnover with 35 seconds left.

Daniel Parrish had 15 points to lead the way for the Bobcats, while he added six rebounds. Darrius Fugh scored 10 points and had a team-high eight boards, while Demonte Parker had seven points and seven rebounds.

Patrick Simmons scored nine on three 3-pointers and Alec Rattanaxay finished with eight points. The Bobcats shot just 33.3 percent on the night (18-of-54), but limited the Flames to just 25 percent shooting (18-of-72) from the floor.

Ga. Northwestern 101, Bryan College (JV) 95

This past Thursday night in Dayton, Tenn., the Bobcats erased a four-point halftime deficit and cracked the century mark, but needed every point they could get to polish off a sweep of the Lions this season.

The 101 points were the most points the Bobcats have scored this season and the most points the Bobcats have scored in any game since a 98-87 win over LaGrange College (JV) on Nov. 17, 2015.

Bryan led 47-43 at intermission and the back-and-forth action would continue in the second half as the scoreboard lit up at a torrid pace.

Georgia Northwestern led 9690 when Bryan hit its eighth 3-pointer of the second half and 17th of the game to pull within three at 96-93 with 32 seconds left. But the Bobcats would win it at the line as Fugh, Parrish and Parker would go 5-of-6 at the charity stripe in the closing seconds to keep the Lions at bay.

Fugh had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Parrish had 21 points and eight assists. Parker went for 19 points and seven boards, while Simmons went 6-of-10 from behind the arc and finished with 18 points.

West Georgia Tech 89, Ga. Northwestern 86

The Bobcats led by one with 1:01 to play

on Saturday, but the visiting Golden Knights would hearts in closing seconds as they left Rossville with a three-point win, ending Georgia Northwestern's modest two-game winning streak.

The Bobcats would lead by double digits for most of the first half and led by as many as 13 in the opening 20 minutes. But Joe Boyer would score 17 in the first half for the Golden Knights to keep them in the game.

West Georgia Tech began to slowly chip away at the lead in the second half, finally making it a one-possession game with 11:45 to go. But Darius Floyd would hit a 3-pointer for the Bobcats, temporarily pushing the lead back to six, 68-62, with 10:30 remaining.

The lead was still six with 6:40 to go, but the Knights would reel off nine unanswered points to take their first lead of the game, 79-76, with 4:44 left to play.

The two former region foes would go back and forth over the next four minutes before Darius Floyd drained his third trey of the game to give his team an 86-85 lead with 61 seconds to go.

But Boyer immediately answered with his game-high 23rd and 24th points of the night and Parrish couldn't connect on a turnaround jumper in the lane with 25 seconds to go, forcing the Bobcats to foul.

Bryan Foster would hit two free tosses to up the lead to three and that would be enough as Floyd's potential game-tying 3-point attempt from the corner bounced off the iron with two seconds left.

Fugh and Parrish had 21 points each for Georgia Northwestern and the duo combined for 12 rebounds. Simmons had 12 points on four 3-pointers, while Floyd had nine points. Rattanaxay scored just four points, but collected four steals and dished out 10 assists.

Tryouts upcoming for GNTC Cheer Cats

The Georgia Northwestern Cheer Cats will hold two tryout dates for any current or incoming Georgia Northwestern student wishing to be a part of the squad for the 2017-2018 school year.

The first tryout will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., while the second tryout will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Both will be held at the Rossville Athletic Center (301 Williams Street).

For those who cannot make the tryouts, a private audition can be arranged.

At the tryouts, each participant will be required to perform a series of jumps, including toe touch, double toe touch, pike and hurdler form, which will be judged on form, technique and height.

Participants must perform two previously-known chants (using "Bobcats" in the chants), three times each. Participants will be judged on knowledge of chants, sharpness of motions, motion technique and crowd appeal.

Participants must perform a previously-known cheer dance that will be judged on knowledge of dance, motions, flow and crowd appeal.

Participants must perform two of their best stunts, which will be judged on knowledge of stunts, form and technique.

Participants must also show off their best standing and running tumbling moves. They will judged on form and technique. Advanced tumbling is not required, but more advanced tumbling will be awarded more points.

Participants will also be interviewed and asked about their strengths as a cheerleader and their motivation for trying out for the Cheer Cat squad. For further information or to schedule a tryout, contact Coach Karen Stoker at, at or at (423) 883-1668.

Limited rosters spots open for Chattanooga vintage base ball clubs for 2017 season

The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball is excited to announce a limited number of roster spots are available on both Chattanooga clubs — the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga and the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga — for the upcoming 2017 season.

The TAOVBB plays by the rules, terminology and customs of 1864.

Registration is currently ongoing at the following web address:

Players will be assigned to clubs based on available openings, geography, personal preference, and other factors. Payment must be received at the time of registration.

The registration fee is $100, which helps defray the association's costs related to insurance and equipment. Players will also be responsible for providing their own uniforms, which averages around $150, but varies per club.

Each team will play 12 regular season match games between April and September, with three of the matches out of each team's regular region. The Lightfoot Club and Mountain City Club plays its home matches at the polo fields at the 6th Calvary Museum in Fort Oglethorpe and at the Tennessee Riverpark in Chattanooga.

The complete 2017 schedule is available at the following web address:

Players will need to affirm the contents of the Ballist Manual and the Credo, which can be found at the following web address:

After payment is received, new players will be sent an e-mail for instructions on how to complete the registration process and be assigned to a team. For more information on the league and its mission, please see the TAOVBB's website, at

"We are always in need of volunteers," said TAOVBB spokesman Tim "Meatball" Morgan" of the Franklin (Tenn.) Farriers. "We allocate roster spots as they become available to the folks who fill this need for us. If you do not get in on these limited available roster spots, the best way to be invited in the future is to come out and volunteer."

The 2017 begins on April 2.

30th anniversary reception to be held for GNTC Coach David Stephenson

A coaching career spanning 30 years will be celebrated on Feb. 18 in Rossville.

Georgia Northwestern's men's basketball team will close out the regular season that afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. game against Warren Wilson (N.C.) College and a reception for head coach David Stephenson will follow immediately after the game.

After graduating from Tennessee Temple Academy in 1985, Stephenson began coaching at his alma mater shortly thereafter. He has had stops at several schools in the north Georgia and Chattanooga area along the way, including Unity Christian, Grace Academy, Tennessee Temple (University), Berean Academy, Lee Highway Christian and North Georgia Christian.

He left North Georgia Christian after a successful stint to begin the program at Hamilton Heights before moving on to Silverdale Baptist. He has been the head coach and Athletic Director at Georgia Northwestern for the last 10 years.

"There was twice in my career when I said I was done and I didn't want to coach anymore and I felt the Lord didn't want me to coach anymore," Stephenson explained. "Both times I was wrong and I got drawn back in (to coaching) by Him and I'm still doing it now."

Stephenson has over 500 career wins on the court and has coached over 800 games. He has also served as a coach for soccer and track and field over the past three decades.

Any and all former high school or college athletes who ever played for Stephenson are invited to attend the game and the reception. The game will be held at the Rossville Athletic Center (301 Williams Street).

For more information, contact the Bobcat Athletic Department at (706) 764-3814.