CGTC Athletics News
Lady Titans and Titans Win Home Openers
November 7, 2014
Macon, GA — The Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) women's and men's basketball teams earned big victories in their home openers Tuesday, November 4. The Lady Titans won with a score of 111-51 against Fort Benning Air Force Base, while the Titans had a final score of 94-40 over the Martinique National Team.
Both teams had solid games, jumping to early leads against their opponents. The Lady Titans jumped out to a score of 24-6 within the first seven minutes of play, while the Titans followed suit by taking a 19-4 lead within the first five minutes of the competition.
On the women's side, the team had a well-rounded scoring display. The Lady Titans had seven players to score double digits. Freshman players A'Chanti Layfield and Amber McGee lead the team with 16 points, while Mercedes Jenkins (Sophomore), Lauren Duncan (Freshman), Ra'Keta Shelton (Freshman), Shambria Smith (Freshman), and Breanna Bryant (Sophomore) scored 13, 12, 12, 10, and 10, respectively.
The Titans were led by Chris Guilfo (Sophomore), who recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal, and Mike Harden (Freshman), who contributed 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Both Guilfo and Harden were key for the Titans with their play on both ends of the court. The men's team shot an impressive 68.8 percent from three-point range.
Lady Titans and Titans Set for Season Opener at Home
November 4, 2014
Macon, GA — The Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) women's and men's basketball teams are set to begin the 2014-2015 season Tuesday, November 4 at the Titans Arena, located at 1780 Anthony Road in Macon. The Lady Titans will face-off against Fort Benning Air Force Base at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Titans against Faith Baptist Christian at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams are coming off of successful seasons. The Lady Titans ended the 2013-2014 season with a 16-4 conference record, 22-13 overall, marking the first time the CGTC women's basketball team has won a Georgia College Athletic Association (GCAA) post-season game and advanced to the semi-finals of the conference tournament.
The Lady Titans return four players from last season's team. Headlining the returners is sophomore Keyondra "Mercedes" Jenkins, who was named to the GCAA second-team as a freshman last year, averaging 16.0 points and 4.6 assists per game. Jenkins finished fourth in the conference with 3.0 steals per game. She was also selected as one of the top 40 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Student-Athletes, and was selected to participate in the sixth annual NJCAA Coaches Association All-Star Weekend in Niceville (FL).
Also returning for the Lady Titans is Augusta native, Breanna Bryant, and local talents, Aleah Holden (Southwest High School) and Allyson Crawford (Mary Persons High School). Bryant led the Lady Titans with the most minutes played last season, while Holden recorded seven double-doubles.
"I've always been told that you are only as good as your returners and I feel great about the returning players we have," said CGTC women's head coach Jamie Brooks. "We have some experience coming back [that] played a lot of productive minutes for us last season and we are excited about that."
On the men's side, the Titans are coming off of a record 23-12 season, finishing third in the regular season and earning a second place finish in the GCAA tournament. Last season, the Titans made their first appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.
The Titans will be led by returning sophomores Matt Maddox and Chris Guilfo. During the 2013-2014 season, Maddox averaged 6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while Guilfo averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 36 percent from three-point range. Both players will bring tremendous leadership and hustle to the men's basketball team.
"I am very excited about the upcoming season" stated head coach Reco Dawson. "We have a lot of new faces, and the guys have worked very hard this off-season. We have a talented group of freshman that will have to grow very fast if we want to play for the conference title again. With two transfer [players], Lawrance Freeman and Kelvin Henry, along with returners, Chris Guilfo and Matt Maddox, we will be exciting to watch" added Coach Dawson.
Admission for adults is $5, and K-12 students are $1. Central Georgia Technical College students and employees receive free admission with a valid CGTC photo ID.
CGTC's Cross Country Men's Team Finishes Big in CGTC Invitational
October 10, 2014
Macon, GA — In Central Georgia Technical College's first home cross country meet, several members of the men's team earned big wins for the Titans. Freshman Eddie Stafford earned first place with a time of 27:49.18, while Sophomore Danny Shaw took home third place with a time of 28:21.79. Both runners ran personal bests in the weekend's event. Chris Arredondo also earned points for the Titans with his ninth place finish.
"I came in the race knowing that this was the right time and venue to push for the PR, and with my coach and teammates pushing me past my normal limits in practice, I knew I had it in me" said Stafford. "It was a gutsy race pushing the pace from start to finish, but the confidence was there. I believe there is still a lot of room to grow."
"I want to thank Coach and my co-runner Eddie for pushing me in practice and meets. Because of this I was able to break 29 minutes," said Shaw. "Until this year I never broke 29 minutes, and to PR in the 28's; I'm so happy. I just want to continue to improve."
Coach Antonio Harris was pleased with the meet stating that "hosting our first Invitational was a huge success and we received nothing but praise from the attending schools."
With such success in the past weekend's event, Coach Harris is looking forward to competing in the post season.
"Going into the conference championships we have a lot of momentum. I think we have some of the top runners in the conference. If we keep working hard and running like I know we can run, we will be very competitive," said Harris.
The Titans wrap up the regular cross country season Saturday, October 11 at the University of West Georgia Wolves Invitational in Carrollton.
CGTC Men's Cross Country Team Earns Fourth Place Finish
October 3, 2014
Macon, GA — The Central Georgia Technical College's men's cross country team earned a fourth place finish in the 8K race at the Valdosta State Open Invitational held Saturday, September 27.
Eddie Stafford finished in 16th place while Danny Shaw finished 20th, with times of 28 minutes and 56 seconds and 29 minutes and 37 seconds, respectively. Fellow runners Chris Arredondo, Chris Link, and Jonathan Maresca also had strong finishes to help the Titans solidify their fourth place rank.
The teams will next compete at home in the CGTC Invitational Saturday, October 4.
CGTC Cross Country Teams Set for 2014 Season Opener
September 11, 2014
Macon, GA — Central Georgia Technical College's men's and women's cross country teams will open their second season Friday, September 12 at the Georgia College Bobcat Invitational in Milledgeville.
After posting a successful inaugural season in 2013, the Titans cross country teams are ready to embrace the upcoming season with the help of some key returning runners. Returning for the 2014 season are sophomore runners Ashley Collins (Perry), T'keyah Gray (Macon), Janna Turner (Macon), Bethanie Kitchens (Macon), and Danny Shaw (Macon).
Returning for the men's team, Danny Shaw is looking to make his mark this season after competing in the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association Half Marathon. Shaw posted a personal best and medaled at the National Championships by running the 13.1 mile race in under an hour and a half.
The cross country teams will be under new leadership this season with the recent naming of Antonio Harris as the new Titans cross country head coach. While this is Harris' first year coaching intercollegiate sports, he is no stranger to sports in Macon. Harris has coached for several years with middle school and high school sports in the area.
"We are anticipating a great second season for CGTC cross country. The student-athletes have been working really hard and are looking forward to being very competitive in the conference. CGTC has some very good runners, and if we can stay healthy we will make CGTC very proud," said Coach Harris.
New to the women's cross country team is Elizabeth Corley of Cochran, and Savannah Kruger of Macon. Joining the men's team is Chris Arredondo (Columbus), Shayne Julson (Warner Robins), Chris Link (Perry), Jonathan Maresca (Macon), and Eddie Stafford (Columbus).
CGTC Lady Titans and Titans Advance Athletic Endeavors to Four-Year Colleges
June 13, 2014
Macon, GA — Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) and Central Georgia Technical College Athletics is pleased to announce that five former Lady Titans and Titans have signed Letters of Intent to continue their education and athletic endeavors at four-year postsecondary institutions.
The Lady Titans capped off a successful 2013-2014 season with a 16-4 conference record, 22-13 overall. This season marks the first time the CGTC women's basketball team has won a Georgia College Athletic Association (GCAA) post-season game, advancing them to the semi-finals of the conference tournament.
The trio of Ta'Kierra Gibbs, Emili Russ, and Laura Cherranfant led the Lady Titans throughout the entire season. Gibbs, a 5'9" sophomore guard from Eatonton, ended the season averaging 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.2 steals. Emili Russ, a 6'0" sophomore forward from Oxford, garnered 12.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. Laura Cherranfant, a 6'2" sophomore forward from Lauderhill, FL, rounded out the Lady Titan signees averaging 3.8 points and 5 rebounds on the season.
Gibbs, Russ, and Cherranfant have all signed Letters of Intent to continue their education and showcase their athletic talents at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC), Georgia Southwestern University (Americus), and Thomas University (Thomasville), respectively.
On the men's basketball side, the Titans were able to secure their best season in school history with their 12-8 conference record, 22-13 overall. The men's basketball team garnered a second place spot in the GCAA tournament, earning them their first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament.
Cameron Baker, a 6'1" sophomore guard from Columbus, dominated the 2013-2014 season averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.7 steals. Baker is the first basketball player in CGTC Athletics history to earn 1,000 career points. Nigel Jackson, a 6'9" sophomore from Fayetteville, helped the Titans by averaging 3.4 points, and 0.9 blocks this season.
Baker has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Columbus State University (Columbus) in the fall, while Jackson will take his talents to Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer, NC).
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Games will be held at both locations:
CGTC Titans' Gymnasiums
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
1780 Anthony Road
Macon, GA 31204