Gordon State College currently participates in six intercollegiate sports – three for women and three for men. Women's sports include cross country, soccer, and fast-pitch softball while men compete in cross country, basketball, and baseball. Gordon State College also offers swimming as a club sport for women and men.
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Two great scoring opportunities in the first half for Gordon State College were thwarted by Eagles' goalkeeper Hannah Smith. Her efforts kept the Highlanders off the board and Oxford College of Emory went on to defeat GSC 2 - 0 in Tuesday's non-conference match in Barnesville. Oxford's Meghan Spencer was credited with both goals in the victory by the visiting team. The Highlanders must now wait until Friday to claim their first win as they travel to Tifton for a 5 p.m. tilt against ABAC. It will also start the first of seven straight road contests for GSC. Of those seven, five will be important conference matchups during the three-week road tour. Unfortunately, the Highlanders will not return to their own playing surface until September 21 when they host South Georgia State College for a 6 p.m. match at the Athletic Complex. While they are on the road, you can chart the progress of the women's soccer team as the results of each match will be updated on the athletic website. Go Gordon!
Georgia Perimeter College proved to be too much for Gordon State College's women's soccer team on Friday as the Jaguars posted a 5 - 0 victory in Barnesville. On an extremely warm evening, GPC struck first in the scoring column with a goal in the first half at the 15:43 mark. A penalty kick and another Jaguar score three minutes later may have doomed the Highlanders as Georgia Perimeter took a 2 - 0 lead into the break.
The Jaguars controlled the tempo of the entire match and would add three more goals in the second half to complete the scoring for the night. Head Soccer Coach Scott Henderson was already playing with a smaller roster and was limited even further without the offensive threat of Lucy DeWitt. The sophomore from Brookwood High School was held out due to an injury. However, Gordon State College has a chance to rebound from the loss on Tuesday as the Highlanders welcome Oxford College of Emory to Barnesville. The match begins at 7 p.m. at the Athletic Complex. Admission is FREE and concessions will be available. Go Gordon!
Friday is the home opener for the Gordon State College women's soccer team and debut of first year Head Coach Scott Henderson. The Highlanders have a tough challenge from the beginning as they host perennial power and 2013 GCAA regular season champion Georgia Perimeter College. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Athletic Complex on the GSC campus.
The team just finished 21 days of conditioning along with two scrimmages so Henderson expects them to be ready. Eight players are back from last year's playoff squad and experience will definitely help GSC. Henderson's main concern may be the number of players he has available especially early in the fall season. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-nineties at game time and could take a toll on both teams. Friday's match begins at 6 p.m. and is FREE to the public! Precautions should be taken by spectators due to the extreme heat. For your convenience, drinks will be for sale at the concession area starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Gordon State College men’s basketball program has announced tryouts for the upcoming 2014-15 team. The tryout will be held on Monday, August 25, at 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Hall (GYM) and is only open to current GSC students. Please note a $10.00 registration fee will be charged at the door and all participants must be in proper workout attire. The tryout will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.
The final championship ring ceremony for the 2012 men's basketball team will be held Friday before the Gordon State/Georgia Highlands game. Softball and baseball have already received their rings earlier this year. In a rare Friday night performance, GSC will try to rebound from Tuesday's loss to league leader East Georgia College 72 - 68. A victory against Georgia Highlands will cap another 20 win season for Head Coach Israel Ingle and the Highlanders. It will also be a special night as Gordon State College honors the 2012 region championship team during pre-game festivities. Several sophomores from last year's squad are planning to attend the ceremony. Tip-off for the contest is at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Hall. Admission is $5.00 for adults while children 12 and under are FREE!
West Georgia Technical College came into Monday's Gordon State game with just one victory but that didn't keep the Knights from competing. The contest was tied four times and the lead changed on eight different occasions. It took another strong performance from Devonte Thornton as he recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds in the 95 - 88 victory. Four other Highlanders were in double figures on the night. Michael Pack scored 17 points while Rudy Winters had 15 points. Andrew Graham and Reed Dungan each had 13 points as GSC now runs their record to 8 - 1 on the year. With Thanksgiving approaching, the Highlanders receive a break until after the holiday when they play Shorter on December 4.
Garett Sherman arrived on the Gordon State College campus in August, 2012, to begin the new women’s basketball program. Along with the coaching position, he would teach a variety of classes in the Health and Physical Education Department. The combination seemed to be the perfect fit since he already had classroom experience and a solid coaching background from the NJCAA ranks.
From 2008 - 2012, Sherman directed the women’s program at Allegany College of Maryland. Under his guidance, the Trojans had an overall record of 100 – 21 and were consistently ranked in the Top Twenty. He was named Maryland JUCO Coach of the Year on two different occasions and earned Region XX Coach of the Year honors twice during his tenure. In 2010 – 11, his squad set a school record with 30 wins in a season and capped off the year with a 6th place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. In his first year at GSC, Sherman established relationships with women’s basketball coaches throughout the state of Georgia and the foundation for the program was being established. Unfortunately, budget constraints in 2013 would delay the start of women’s basketball and a decision was made to move Sherman to men’s basketball to assist Head Men’s Coach Israel Ingle. With the departure of Ingle after the 2013-14 season, Athletic Director Todd Davis elevated him to Head Men’s Basketball Coach. The transition was smooth and the program seemed to be in good hands. However, Sherman informed Davis on Friday he would be leaving his newly appointed post and has accepted a head women’s basketball position out of state. “Obviously, timing is not the greatest but I do wish Coach Sherman the best of luck,” said Davis. “We plan to move forward as soon as possible but we will take the proper time to find the right candidate for this combined position. Gordon State College has a lot to offer and I’m confident we’ll continue our strong tradition of men’s basketball.”
Garett Sherman has been named the new Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Gordon State College. He replaces Izzy Ingle who has accepted a job as head basketball coach at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah.
Sherman has been at Gordon State since 2012 serving as assistant coach to the men’s team and assistant professor of physical education. He came to Gordon from Alleghany College of Maryland where he served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach for four years and assistant men’s basketball coach for five years. The Cumberland, Maryland native attended Frostburg State University where he earned his undergraduate degree in health and physical education and a master’s degree in administrative supervision. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve as head coach,” Sherman said. “We are working on developing a strong team and welcoming new Highlanders to the court.” The team will begin conditioning once they return to school in August. The season schedule is not yet set. Ingle, who was tasked with rebuilding the men’s basketball program when he was hired in 2007, said leaving Gordon is bittersweet. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last seven years and know the program is in good hands,” Ingle said. Athletic Director Todd Davis had the same reaction when Ingle told him the news. "I couldn't have asked for a better person to begin and direct our men's basketball program when the sport was brought back on campus," said Davis. "Even at a young age for a head coach, the players always respected his ability to get the job done. Coach Ingle will always be a part of the athletic history at Gordon State College!" It's now time to look to a new leader of the men's basketball program and Davis is excited about the new era soon to be ushered in by Garett Sherman. "I have complete confidence in him and I know he's ready for the task," exclaimed Davis. "It will be a smooth transition for our players and I know Gordon State College men's basketball will thrive under his leadership." While at Alleghany, Sherman was named Maryland JUCO Coach of the Year on two different occasions and earned Region XX Coach of the Year honors twice. During the 2010-11 season, the team set a school record with 30 wins and capped off the year with a 6th place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
The first year at Murray State (KY) University was a huge success for former Highlander basketball standout Jarvis Williams. He was named 2013 - 14 All-Conference in the Ohio Valley and was selected to the OVC Newcomer Team. In addition, the Wilkinson County (GA) graduate was instrumental in leading the Racers to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament title. These honors were recently recognized by his peers at the end-of-the-year Murray State Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Awards Banquet. For his many accomplishments, Williams was named Male Athlete of the Year at the annual event attended by more than 300 people at the Curris Center in Murray, Kentucky. Congratulations Jarvis on another well deserved honor!
It was a big night for former Gordon State standout Jarvis Williams as he helped Murray State University put a cap on the 2013-14 season with a championship win in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Racers claimed a 65 - 57 win over the Yale Bulldogs on Thursday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky. MSU (23-11) won four games at home in the CIT to become the sixth champion of the event that began in 2009 and just the second-ever to do it on their home court.
The game started with amazing energy from a fired up crowd at the CFSB and the Racers getting out to a 7 - 0 lead. Despite the early advantage, Murray State was put to a test by a very game Yale (19 - 14) team. The Bulldogs kept pace with the Racers and ended the half with a 7 - 3 run to cut the MSU lead to 27 - 26 at the intermission. In the second half, the Bulldogs carried over that momentum and led early in the stanza at 28 - 27. However, the Racers quickly turned the tables with a 10 - 0 run to lead by 11 at 46 - 35 with 10 minutes to play. Yale would simply not go away as it answered with its own 10 - 0 run, cutting the lead to a single point with just over seven minutes left in the contest. The Racers pushed through and made seven of nine free throws in the final two minutes to hold on for the 8-point win. Playing a key factor in the victory was a record-tying 14 blocks by MSU as Jarvis Williams and Jonathan Fairell each had five for their career-highs. Cameron Payne led MSU with 24 points while former Gordon State All-American Jarvis Williams added 16 by going 8-for-8 from the field to go along with his five blocks. Payne and Williams scored 40 of MSU's 65 points! For their efforts, both players were named to the CIT All-Tournament Team. During the five-game tournament stretch, Williams scored 17.2 points per game and grabbed 7.4 rebounds. He also shot an amazing 71 percent from the field on 35-of-49 attempts and blocked 17 shots. Congratulations Jarvis! Information courtesy of GoRacers.com Photo Credit: Kyser Lough - Murray (KY) Ledger & Times