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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Mother Nature must have decided we need more rain. She must not be a sports fan either as softball's doubleheader with Andrew College has been cancelled for this afternoon. Baseball has still not been able to get their first game of the West Georgia Tech series in this week and there may not be a quick resolution. The extended forecast calls for more rain and that could mean more trouble for all teams. The Gordon State College softball team has only two conference series to go in the regular season and there is no guarantee these games can even be played in the future. With post-season fast approaching, Monday is the last day for any potential softball games to be made up before the GCAA tournament. Once fields dry and changes are made, we'll keep you posted.
Greyson McLeod has a knack for baseball. As a freshman pitcher on the Gordon State College baseball team, he’s been known to paint the corner of the plate with a fast ball or two. Currently, McLeod is tied for fourth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with the most strike outs (40) and sports a 4.91 ERA on the year.
If you scratch the surface a little deeper, you’ll find a hidden talent that dates back to his elementary school days in Valdosta. “I remember drawing people out of comic books when I was in the third and fourth grade,” said McLeod. “My favorite subjects were Dragon Ball Z characters.”
Once middle school arrived, he graduated to more serious sketches. McLeod’s interest turned to the outdoors which led him to concentrate on fish and deer. With no art classes or teachers assisting him, he excelled in his new found talent.
With his passion for baseball, his high school days were consumed with academics and athletics. The long hours on the baseball field slowly pushed his art ability to the side but it would pay off for him. The standout from Lowndes County High School signed a national Letter of Intent to play baseball at GSC.
He utilized his first semester at Gordon State College to get acclimated to the collegiate way of life both in the classroom and on the field of play. As registration was beginning for the spring semester, his mother and father encouraged him to take an art class. McLeod would enroll in Marlin Adams’ Drawing II class and he soon rediscovered his skill.
Adams has been a huge influence on him and has brought back the desire to excel in the art field. “Mr. Adams is unbelievable!” said McLeod. “He makes it look so easy. In just thirty to forty minutes, you’ll be amazed at what he can produce on the canvas.”
Adams is well known for his artistic abilities and much of his art can be admired on the Gordon State College campus. Several of his pieces were on display at Thursday’s Student/Faculty Art Show along with one intriguing framed work from none other than Greyson McLeod. The “Snow Leopard” was created on paper by McLeod’s hand with a mechanical pencil. The detail of his subject came alive in just a few short weeks in February.
Will art be in his future? “I’ve seriously considered making Art my major but we’ll see,” said McLeod. “I love the challenge! If it could provide a steady income, you never know.”
Whether in baseball or the arts, the signature at the bottom means everything. Someday you may see Greyson McLeod’s name on his newest creation when you stroll through an art exhibit. At that point, you can remember the dream started at Gordon State College!
Former Highlander and Murray State senior forward Jarvis Williams has been invited to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) which will be played in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams and from numerous international leagues. The event will be held Wednesday through Saturday, April 8-11, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Each year for 63 years the P.I.T. has invited 64 of the best college basketball seniors from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament.
Portsmouth alum include legends John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway and Scottie Pippen, along with many others who have gone on to NBA stardom including 2015 NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler. Eight players that participated in last year's P.I.T. have played in the NBA this season.
Williams was named All-Ohio Valley Conference first-team this season after he helped the Racers to their 28th consecutive winning season and a school-record sixth-straight 20-win season. MSU raced to the first undefeated OVC season in school history and the fifth in OVC history as they won the OVC regular season title for a 24th time. Jarvis became one of 14 Racers to score 1,000 points and grab 600 rebounds. He's also one of five to do it in less than 100 games. In all-time records at MSU, he ranks 34th in points and 21st in rebounds after playing two seasons.
This season he was one of the top duel threats in the league ranking the top-10 in the OVC in scoring at 15.7 for fifth place and third in rebounding at 8.4. Williams was one of two players to rank in the top-10 in scoring and rebounding in the OVC this season. The former Gordon State College product most recently participated in the NABC Reese's All-Star Game during the Final Four weekend, scoring a team-high 16 points for the Orange Team. Congratulations Jarvis!
Article courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference
The month of April couldn't come soon enough for Head Coach Travis McClanahan. As we have seen, Major League Baseball has those teams that excel in October but Gordon State College seems to always play their best in April. On Friday which was the first day of April, the Highlanders started with a much needed win as they held on for an 11 - 10 victory against East Georgia State College. Ryan Young's two-run homer proved to be the difference while sophomore Nick Martens picked up the win on the mound.
The doubleheader on Saturday was even better for Gordon State College as they earned two more wins to take their first conference series of the season. In Game One, the low-scoring affair turned into a pitcher's duel but GSC's Kane Keith prevailed with five strike outs to garner a 2 - 1 advantage for the Highlanders. Chase Johnson would register his fourth save of the year and the second in the series against the Bobcats.
The bats got hot in Game Two as Gordon State posted 10 runs in the third inning while GSC recorded 14 hits in the contest en route to an impressive 17 - 7 decision. Pitcher Tucker Plouffe was credited with the win as he picked up his second of the year. Offensively, J.C. Pena finished the three-game weekend series with six hits and five RBI's. Josh Black and Chase Johnson also held their own at the plate with five hits a piece for the Highlanders. In addition to Johnson's offensive contribution, he is slowly becoming McClanahan's most versatile athlete. During the two days of competition, he played four different positions, earned two saves, struck out four batters, produced two RBI's, and hit one double.
Gordon State College is now 15 - 24 overall and 8 - 12 in conference play. GSC will play at Middle Georgia State College on Tuesday and then the Knights will return the favor with a game in Barnesville on Wednesday. Go Gordon!
Before Easter Sunday comes baseball at Gordon State College Friday and Saturday. Relax and enjoy a game this weekend at the Athletic Complex! Today’s game has been changed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tonight while Saturday’s doubleheader remains at 1 p.m. The Highlanders play East Georgia State College in an important conference series in Barnesville.
Two great softball games were played Wednesday between Gordon State College and Georgia Perimeter. However, the Highlanders fell short in both contests as the Jaguars completed the sweep of the conference doubleheader. In Game One, it came down to a pitcher's dual between GSC's Katie Jo Goodwin and GPC's La'Brisha Washington. Goodwin was solid from the mound for six innings as she had two earned runs, seven strike outs, and no walks. Washington showed her strength also as she kept the Highlanders to just two hits on the day. The only runs came in the fourth inning when Jaguar Samantha Leach's single brought home two and that was enough to secure a 2 - 0 GPC victory.
Another battle took place in the second game but two big Jaguar double plays in the contest eliminated the scoring threat by Gordon State College. The Highlanders stranded 13 runners on base while Hailey Burnham and Tina Dexter each had two hits a piece for GSC. The game would end in a 2 - 1 decision for Georgia Perimeter College. GSC is now down to their last three conference doubleheaders and it's crunch time for the Highlanders. Any hope of gaining a playoff spot will require alot of wins in the next two weeks. Otherwise, the season will come to a conclusion after their final contest with Andrew College on April 15 in Barnesville. Go Gordon!
Gordon State College is looking for a fresh start to this weekend's baseball series with Georgia Perimeter. However, none of the three conference series already played by the Highlanders have swung in favor of GSC. If Tuesday's opening game with the Jaguars was any indication, the bats must come alive or the same results may be looming for Head Coach Travis McClanahan's squad. Georgia Perimeter took Game One in decisive manner as two big innings turned into a 13 - 6 win at Barnesville. The series now moves to Covington as the two teams begin Game Two at 6 p.m. on Friday and will conclude with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tonight's contest will be broadcast live by Georgia Perimeter College at the following link: http://www.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?ptype=sl&id=482495F13B
It was another battle to the end on Thursday as Gordon State College went toe-to-toe with league leader Georgia Military College. The game would take one extra inning to decide but it was the Bulldogs that eventually walked away with a 3 - 2 victory in Game One. It was a tough loss for the Highlanders and also for pitcher Katie Jo Goodwin. She pitched 7.1 solid innings for Gordon State scattering eight hits along with two unearned runs on the day. At the plate, sophomore Mallory O'Kelley led GSC with three hits and had two stolen bases.
Game Two saw the Highlanders out hit Georgia Military 10 to 8 but five walks by Reba Williams may have been the difference. GMC managed to sweep the doubleheader in Milledgeville with an 8 - 1 decision. Mallory O'Kelley, Abbey Garner, and Hailey Burnham each had two hits a piece for the Highlanders. The only score for Gordon State came on a home run by Burnham as she continues to break her own record in this category. However, there's no time to look back as GSC travels to Douglas, Georgia, on Saturday for another conference doubleheader with South Georgia State College. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Tuesday seemed to be a great day if you were a former Gordon State College baseball player. Tyler Hutch and Devin Bonin each hit a home run for their respective schools while Grant Massey recorded two hits in a key crosstown rivalry against Belmont University. Hutch hit a leadoff homer for the University of West Georgia as the Wolves edged North Georgia 7 - 6. On the same day, Devin Bonin blasted a solo shot for Mercer as the Bears handled the University of Georgia 12 - 8 in Athens. Another former standout Grant Massey collected two hits for Lipscomb University en route to a 10 - 9 victory over Belmont in Nashville. All totaled, the trio of Highlanders combined for six hits, four RBI's, and two home runs.
Down by 10 points with 3:30 remaining, it didn't look like Murray State (KY) University had a shot at getting back in the game against Old Dominion University. With New York City in their sights, the Racers roared back and tied the game on a three-pointer by MSU's Jeffery Moss with 3.5 seconds left on the clock. It looked like the game was going to overtime until the impossible happened. ODU's Trey Freeman hit a 30-foot bank shot at the buzzer to win the game 72 - 69 and send the Monarchs (27 - 7) to the NIT semifinals in New York's Madison Square Garden. The Highlanders own Jarvis Williams had 15 points and closed out his career as a Racer winning 52 games in his two seasons at Murray State.
As a team, they enjoyed their 28th consecutive winning season, which is the fourth-best streak in the nation. MSU (29 - 6) fell short of their third 30-win season since 2010 and finished with the third best win total in the 90 years of the program. They had the nation's second-longest win streak during the season at 25. The Racers were the first team at MSU, and just the fifth in 67 seasons of OVC hoops, to run the table in the conference going 16 - 0. Murray State University rose again into the national rankings when they were No. 24 in the USA Today poll and No. 25 in the Associated Press. MSU also had the nation's top road win total of 12 including a run of 11 straight that ended at ODU. Congratulations Jarvis on a great collegiate career!