CGTC Athletics News
Freeman Named CGTC Student-Athlete of the Year
April 9, 2015
Macon - Central Georgia Technical College sophomore Lawrance Freeman received the CGTC IMPACT Award and was named the Student-Athlete of the Year on April 7 at the annual athletics banquet.
Given to the top athlete at the completion of the athletic year, the IMPACT Award recognizes the student-athlete who best exemplifies integrity, maturity, personality, academics, community, and tenacity. To be selected for the award, the student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and show excellence in the classroom, community, and in athletic competition.
"We want the award winner to exhibit the qualities that we hope to see in all CGTC student-athletes", said Rorie Bradley, CGTC Director of Athletics. "Lawrance has been an ambassador for our athletics program in the community, and has always shown class and sportsmanship when competing on the court."
During the 2014-2015 season, Freeman was named a Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA) First Team All-State recipient. Freeman was also named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) All-Region Second Team, and was a two-time Division I Player of the Week. For the season, Freeman averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists, and shot 42.3% from the field.
"Lawrance is the type of kid that every coach wants in their program. His work ethic is unmatched and he has a relentless will to be successful," said men's head basketball coach, Reco Dawson. Freeman, who has a 3.1 GPA, is on pace to graduate this summer with a degree in marketing management.
Pictured: Rorie Bradley, CGTC Director of Athletics, Lawrance Freeman, and Reco Dawson, CGTC head men's basketball coach.
CGTC Athletics Will Host Summer Youth Basketball Camp
April 6, 2015
Warner Robins- Central Georgia Technical College's Athletics Department will host its annual summer youth development basketball camp May 26-29 and June 8-11 from 9:00 a.m. â€“ 2:00 p.m. at the Lawrence C. "Larry" Walker Arena, located on the Warner Robins campus at 80 Cohen Walker Drive. The camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels, ages 8-16. The cost to participate is $80 per camper.
The CGTC Athletics basketball camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball to players through station work and competition. Boys and girls are encouraged to attend this fun and energetic camp. Areas of focus include shooting, ball handling, individual offense, and individual defense. Campers will be divided by age and skill level to ensure the best experience for each camper.
Rorie Bradley, CGTC Director of Athletics, will lead the camp, along with Reco Dawson, CGTC head men's basketball coach, Jamie Brooks, CGTC head women's basketball coach, and current CGTC players.
Lunch will be available daily for campers for an additional $5. All participants are encouraged to dress appropriately in shorts, t-shirts, socks, and basketball shoes.
To register for the camp, interested persons should visit: http://www.centralgatech.edu/studserv/athletics/camp/basketball_camp_brochure_2015.pdf.
For more information, contact Rorie Bradley at (478) 757-4361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CGTC Titans Players Earn All-State Honors
April 2, 2015
Macon- Central Georgia Technical College men's basketball players Mike Harden, Lawrance Freeman, and Sheldon Williams received Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA) All-State honors on March 30.
Freshman Mike Harden was named the New Comer of the Year and made Second Team All-State. During the 2014-2015 season, Harden averaged 13.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Harden also had a 50 percent three point shooting average.
Sophomore Lawrance Freeman was named a GABCA First Team All-State recipient. Freeman was also named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) All-Region Second Team, and was a two-time Division 1 Player of the Week. For the season, Freeman averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, and 1.1 assists.
Freshman Sheldon Williams also gained GABCA recognition, as he was name a GABCA Second-Team All-State recipient. Williams' season averages were 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and one assist.
Jenkins Named NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American
April 1, 2015
Macon - Central Georgia Technical College sophomore Keyondra 'Mercedes' Jenkins was named a National Junior College Athletic Association honorable mention All-American on March 31.
During her sophomore season as a Lady Titan, Jenkins was selected as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Player of the Week three times, and received GCAA First-Team honors. As a leader on the team, Jenkins averaged 15.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. Jenkins led GCAA Division I women's basketball in steals per game (3.1), assists per game (4.7), and three-point percentage (44.7).
Jenkins has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic endeavors with the University of Minnesota in the fall.
CGTC Women's Basketball Will Hold Open Tryouts
April 1, 2015
Macon- The Central Georgia Technical College Athletics department has announced that the women's basketball team will hold open tryouts for the 2015-2016 basketball team on Saturday, April 11 at Titans Arena, located at 1780 Anthony Road in Macon.
Tryouts will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. All interested participants should come dressed in appropriate gym attire, and should expect to complete a participation waiver prior to the tryout.
The Lady Titans are coming off of their third consecutive 20-plus win season, having advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) XVII Tournament in all three seasons.
Please contact head coach Jamie Brooks at email@example.com or (478) 471-5192 to reserve a spot for tryouts, or for more information on the women's basketball program.
Titans Will Face South Georgia State In First Round of GCAA Tournament
March 2, 2015
Macon, GA - The Central Georgia Tech men's basketball team will travel to South Georgia State College for the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Waycross.
The Titans ended the regular season with an 8-10 record, giving them an eighth place finish in the conference. Grabbing the last spot in the conference, the Titans lose home court advantage and will face the top seeded South Georgia State (14-4) away in Waycross. Although the Titans faced two losses at the hands of South Georgia State during the regular season, both contests were closely played.
Rounding out the GCAA Division I tournament, the second seeded Georgia Highlands College will host seventh place Gordon State College in Rome on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Third place South Georgia Tech will host sixth place Georgia Perimeter in Americus on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The fourth seeded Chattahoochee Tech will host Atlanta Metro in Marietta on Tuesday in a 7:00 p.m. match-up.
The semi-final and final rounds of the GCAA tournament will be hosted at the highest remaining seed.
The winner of the South Georgia State/Central Georgia Tech game will face the winner of the Chattahoochee Tech/Atlanta Metro game on Friday, March 6. The winner of the South Georgia Tech/Georgia Perimeter game will play on Friday, March 6, and will face the winner of the Georgia Highlands/Gordon State game. The GCAA menâ€™s basketball finals will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Lady Titans Fall Short In GCAA Semi-Finals
February 28, 2015
Albany, GA - The Central Georgia Technical College women's basketball team's season came to an end Friday night, with a tough 68-73 loss to South Georgia Technical College in the semi-finals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division I Region XVII tournament.
Like much of the season, freshman Ra'Keta Shelton led the Lady Titans with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Shelton's impressive showing marked her fifteenth double-double game of the season, but was not enough to lead the team to victory.
With a timid start to the game, the Lady Titans struggled offensively and faced an early 8-1 deficit within the first two minutes of the game. The team's scoring woes were compounded by their inability to pick-up rebounds, as the Lady Titans were outnumbered 10-to-24 by South Georgia Tech on the offensive boards.
Trailing the Lady Jets for much of the first half, the Lady Titans got their first lead of the game at the 8:20 mark on a made jump shot by Aleisha Merriweather. At the end of the first half, the Lady Titans went on a 7-2 run, in which they were able to secure a 39-34 lead at halftime.
The Lady Titans started the second half strong, with a big three-point shot by freshman A'Chanti Layfield. Seemingly forgetting their first half jitters, the team outscored South Georgia Tech for the majority of the second half, but was unable to sustain the lead down the stretch. Late-game fouls by the Lady Titans resulted in made free-throws for the opposing South Georgia Tech.
Throughout the game the team struggled from the free-throw line, where they went 22-of-35. The team's poor shooting extended beyond the charity stripe, as the Lady Titans only shot 22-51 from the field.
On the defensive end, the Lady Titans had to contend with the tough play of South Georgia Tech's Alexis Armstrong and TaQuandra Mike. Armstrong led all scorers with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Mike scored 17 points and went 4-for-11 from behind the three point line.
Rounding out the Lady Titan' double-digit scorers were sophomores Mercedes Jenkins and Rayven Thomas. Jenkins added 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal, while Thomas had 12 points and six rebounds.
The Lady Titans ended their 2015 season with a 21-9 overall record, giving them their second twenty-plus win season in program history.
Breanna Bryant (5) shooting over a South Georgia Tech defender.
Lady Titans Win First Round of GCAA Tournament
February 25, 2015
Macon, GA - Led by sophomore Ra'Keta Shelton's 22 points and 11 rebounds, the Central Georgia Technical College Lady Titans defeated the East Georgia State College Lady Bobcats by a score of 86-66 in Tuesday night's conference tournament game at Titans Arena. With the victory, the Lady Titans move to 21-8 on the season, and advance to the semi-final round of the Georgia College Athletic Association's (GCAA) tournament.
Off to a rough start, the Lady Titans trailed East Georgia State 16-6 with 15:08 to go in the first half. Unable to respond to defensive pressure, the Lady Titans committed 18 first half turnovers, and missed several point-blank baskets. After facing their largest deficit of the game, the Lady Titans rallied behind the tough play of Breanna Bryant, Aleisha Merriweather, and Ra'Keta Shelton. Bryant hit two big three pointers to cut into East Georgia State's lead, while Merriweather and Shelton pulled down 11 combined rebounds. All three players each recorded nine points at halftime, giving the Lady Titans a 32-30 edge.
Making some mid-game adjustments, the Lady Titans opened the second half with a more aggressive and balanced team attack. Both Bryant and Lauren Duncan connected from long-range to extend the team's lead. Shelton contributed 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in the second half alone.
Aleisha Merriweather finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Lauren Duncan scored 13 points and added two rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Breanna Bryant scored 12 points and contributed two assists and two steals.
The Lady Titans will next face South Georgia Technical College in the semi-final round of the GCAA region tournament on Friday, February 27 at Darton State College at Cavaliers Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
CGTC Lady Titans Receive GCAA Honors
February 24, 2015
Macon , GA - Central Georgia Technical College women's basketball players Mercedes Jenkins, Ra'Keta Shelton, and Allyson Crawford all received Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) honors on Tuesday, February 24.
Keyondra 'Mercedes' Jenkins, a sophomore guard from Fayetteville, was selected to the 2014-2015 GCAA Division I Women's Basketball All-Region First Team. In her second season as a Lady Titan, Jenkins averaged 15.5 points, five assists, and three rebounds per game. Jenkins also shot 40.7 percent from field goal range, 46.4 percent from beyond the three point line, and was a 71 percent free-throw shooter. Jenkins has already signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic endeavors at the University of Minnesota in the fall.
Ra'Keta Shelton, a freshman forward from Albany, also earned conference honors as she was selected to the 2014-2015 GCAA Division I Women's Basketball All-Region Second Team. In her first collegiate season, Shelton averaged 11.2 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist, and made 53.4 percent of her shots from the field. Shelton led the GCAA in defensive rebounds, with a total of 120. As a freshman she started in 25 of the teamâ€™s 28 games.
Allyson Crawford was selected to the 2014-2015 GCAA Division I Women's Basketball All-Academic Team. The red-shirt sophomore from Macon averaged 2.5 rebounds per game, and shot 29.4 percent from the field. Selected to the All-Academic Team, Crawford boasts a 3.30 GPA and is a Management & Technical Studies major.
Titans Basketball Gets Big Wins on Sophomore Night
February 23, 2015
Macon, GA - In their final games of the regular season, Central Georgia Technical College's women's and men's basketball teams both earned victories Saturday as they celebrated Sophomore Night. In the first match-up of the night the Lady Titans defeated Albany Technical College by a score of 78-67. With the win, the Lady Titans ended the season with a 14-4 record in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) and 20-8 overall.
Freshman Ra'Keta Shelton led all Lady Titans scorers with 20 points. Shelton finished the night with 11 rebounds, two steals, and one block, recording her 14th double-double of the regular season.
Sophomore players Mercedes Jenkins and Aleah Holden also had big games on their special night as both scored in double-digits. Jenkins scored 19 points and added two rebounds, one assist, four steals, and one block to her campaign. Holden scored 10 points and recorded seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.
With a third place finish in the GCAA regular season, the Lady Titans will host the East Georgia State College (EGSC) Lady Bobcats in the first round of the GCAA tournament. The Lady Titans will play EGSC on Tuesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. at Titans Arena in Macon.
On the men's side, the Titans came away from Saturday's game with a huge 70-52 victory against Albany Technical College. The Titans ended their regular season campaign with an 8-10 record in the GCAA and 18-11 overall.
In an all-around team effort, the Titans had four players score in double-digits. Freshman Sheldon Williams led all scorers with 14 points, four rebounds, and one assist. Kelvin Henry, Lawrance Freeman, and Andrei St. Vistal all contributed 11 points each to the Titans final score. Henry added four rebounds, one assist, and one block; Freeman recorded six rebounds; and St. Vistal added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Lady Titans Will Host First Round of GCAA Tournament
February 22, 2015
Macon, GA - The Central Georgia Technical College Lady Titans will host the East Georgia State College Lady Bobcats in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division I Women's Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Titans Arena, located at 1780 Anthony Road in Macon. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for K-12 grade students, and free to CGTC students and employees.
Ending the 2015 regular season with a 14-4 record, the Lady Titans finished third in the GCAA conference and earned the right to host the first round of the conference tournament. With their third place finish, the Lady Titans will face sixth ranked East Georgia State College, who finished 9-9 in the regular season. The Lady Titans and Lady Bobcats split their regular season match-ups, each winning one game.
Rounding out the GCAA Division I tournament, the number one ranked Darton State College Lady Cavaliers (16-2) will face the eighth seeded Atlanta Metropolitan College Lady Trailblazers (5-13) on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Albany. The second seeded South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets (14-4) will host the seventh seeded Albany Technical College Lady Titans (6-12) at 6:00 p.m. in Americus. The fourth seeded Georgia Highlands Lady Chargers (12-6) will face the fifth place Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars (11-7) in a 6:00 p.m. match-up in Rome.
The semi-final and final rounds of the GCAA tournament will be hosted at the highest remaining seed.
The winner of the South Georgia Technical College/Albany Technical College game will face the winner of the Central Georgia Technical College/East Georgia State College game on Friday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. The winner of the Darton State College/Atlanta Metro College game will play on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m., and will face the winner of the Georgia Highlands College/Georgia Perimeter College game. The GCAA women's basketball finals will be held on Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Ra'Keta Shelton Named GCAA Division I Player of the Week
February 10, 2015
Macon, GA - Central Georgia Technical College women's basketball player Ra'Keta Shelton was selected as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division I Women's Player of the Week for the week of February 10.
Shelton, a freshman forward from Augusta, averaged 17.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the Lady Titans' victories over East Georgia State College (EGSC) on February 4 and Atlanta Metropolitan College (AMC) on February 7. Shelton recorded a double-double in both of the week's contests, tallying her 13th double-double of the season.
In her rookie season Shelton is averaging 11 points and nine rebounds per game.
Titans Basketball Wins Double-Header at Home
February 5, 2015
Macon, GA- The Central Georgia Technical College women's basketball team had three players score in double-figures in their 73-45 victory over East Georgia State College on Wednesday. With the win, the Lady Titans improved their record to 10-3 in the conference and 16-7 overall.
Freshman Ra'Keta Shelton recorded her eighth double-double of the season, as she gathered in 23 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Shelton currently leads the conference in both rebounds and steals, and is averaging 11.3 points per game for the season.
Sophomore guard Breanna Bryant also came up big for the Lady Titans with 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, and one assist. Freshman Lauren Duncan contributed 11 points and three rebounds to the Lady Titans' victory.
Commanding the majority of the game, the Lady Titans made 56 percent (28-50) of their field goals and shot 73.7 percent (14-19) from the free throw line.
The women's team is currently in third place in the conference behind Darton College and South Georgia Technical College, respectively.
On the men's side, the Titans fought back from a 25 point deficit to defeat East Georgia State College, 83-80, in overtime. Wednesday's win ended a seven-game losing streak for the Titans. After the big conference victory, the men's team is now 6-7 and 16-8 overall.
In the thrilling overtime win, freshman players Lawrance Freeman, Andrei St. Vistal, and Mike Harden all came up big scoring double-digits. Freeman finished the night with 24 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block. Taking control of the game in overtime, St. Vistal scored a season-high 23 points, along with six assists, 5 rebounds, and two steals. To round out the leading scorers, Mike Harden added 18 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
Free throw shooting kept the Titans in the game during the second half, and in overtime, of the game. The Titans ended the game shooting 68.9 percent (31-45) from the free throw line.
"We needed this win," said men's basketball head coach Reco Dawson. "To come back from 20+ [points] showed how tough our kids are. Our guys believed that they could win the game. I'm so proud of them." After losing the previous seven games, Coach Dawson is optimistic about the remainder of the season, stating that "the win tonight will give us some confidence and momentum through the next five games."
The women's and men's teams return to their home court on Tuesday, February 10 when they face Chattahoochee Technical College in conference-play at Larry Walker Arena in Warner Robins. The Lady Titans tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Titans at 7:30 p.m. This game will be the first of two THINK PINK Breast Cancer Awareness games hosted by CGTC Athletics.
Breanna Bryant (5) going up against two East Georgia State College defenders.
Sheldon Williams (23) shooting over an East Georgia State College player.
Mercedes Jenkins Earns GCAA Player of the Week Honor
January 21, 2015
Macon, GA — Congratulations to Keyondra 'Mercedes' Jenkins on being selected as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Player of the Week (POTW) for the week of January 20. Jenkins previously earned POTW honors for the weeks of November 11, when she was selected as Co-POTW with Shanea Armbrister of Darton State College, and November 25.
During the week, Mercedes recorded 19 points, six assists, and three steals versus Georgia Highlands, and 25 points, four assists, and three steals versus Darton College. Mercedes hit the game winning shot versus Darton State College to help the Lady Titans move to 6-2 in the conference and 12-6 overall.
Lady Titans and Titans Split Double-Header at Home
January 12, 2015
Macon, GA — The Central Georgia Tech women's basketball team had four players score double-digits in their 78-66 victory against Atlanta Metro on Saturday. With the win, the Lady Titans improved to 4-2 in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) conference play, and 10-6 overall.
Ra'Keta Shelton led the lady Titans to victory as she recorded a double-double in the game. Shelton had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and four steals. She shot 6-of-8 from the field and was 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Aleah Holden, Keyondra Jenkins, and Lauren Duncan all pulled in double-digits, scoring 15, 14, and 11 points, respectively. Holden also contributed nine rebounds and four steals.
The Lady Titans' bench also came up big as they racked up 27 points. The team capitalized on mistakes made by Atlanta Metro, as they scored 30 points off of turnovers.
On the men's side, the Titans fell to Atlanta Metro by a score of 61-68. With the loss, the Titans moved to 5-1 in the conference, and 15-2 overall.
Andrei St. Vistal led all scorers with 13 points, four rebounds, and three steals. St. Vistal was joined in double-digits by teammates, Chris Guilfo (12 points) and Lawrance Freeman (10 points).
Trailing Atlanta Metro for much of the game, the Titans only shot 18-of-60 (30%) from the field and tallied 15 turnovers.
The Lady Titans and Titans return to their home court on Saturday, January 17, when the women host Darton College and the men host South Georgia State College at Titans Arena in Macon.
Titans Earn Comeback Victory Against Gordon State
December 12, 2014
Macon, GA — The Central Georgia Tech men's basketball team edged out a tough 71-65 victory against Gordon State College Wednesday night. With the win, the Titans improved to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
The Titans got off to a sluggish start, missing early field goals and committing careless turnovers. In the first half, the team shot 10-of-28 from the field and trailed Gordon State by a score of 38-29 at halftime.
Lawrance Freeman, reigning conference Player of the Week, took over the second half as he scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Titans erase a 10 point deficit. Freeman shot 7-of-12 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the three-point line, and 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Joining Freeman in double-digits were Chris Guilfo and Sheldon Williams with 11 points each. Matt Maddox was big on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds.
The team shot 47 percent from the field (25-of-56) in their tough comeback win.
CGTC Basketball Begins Conference Play
December 3, 2014
Macon, GA — The Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) women's and men's basketball teams begin conference play Wednesday night, as they travel to South Georgia Technical College to face the Jets.
With a 6-4 overall record on the season, the Lady Titans have been led by the strong play and leadership of sophomore guard Keyondra 'Mercedes' Jenkins. Selected as a two-time 'Player of the Week' this season, Jenkins is averaging 17.7 points and 6.1 assists per game. The Lady Titans have also seen major contributions from sophomore Aleah Holden, and freshman players Ra'Keta Shelton, Lauren Duncan, and Aleisha Merriweather.
On the men's side, the Titans are off to a 9-1 start this season. With a fast-paced offense, the Titans are a multi-threat team with scorers at all positions. Freshman guards Mike Harden (13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Lawrance Freeman (14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds) have provided a major spark in the backcourt for the Titans, while sophomore Matt Maddox has come up big on the boards and freshman Sheldon Williams has been a sharp shooter from behind the three point line.
The Lady Titans and Titans will return to action on their home court Saturday, December 6 when they face Georgia Perimeter College in a double-header at the Titans Arena in Macon.
Keyondra Jenkins Signs with University of Minnesota
November 20, 2014
Macon, GA — Central Georgia Technical College's women's basketball player Keyondra Jenkins has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic endeavors with the University of Minnesota next fall.
During the 2013-2014 season, the sophomore point guard from Fayetteville averaged 16 points, 4.6 assists, and 3 steals per game. Upon helping the Lady Titans earn a 16-4 conference record, Jenkins was named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Second-Team as a freshman. She was selected as one of the top 40 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Student-Athletes, and was also selected to participate in the sixth annual NJCAA Coaches Association All-Star Weekend in Niceville (FL).
"I loved that Minnesota showed interest and wanted me to be a part of their program," said Jenkins. "That means a lot to me. I love it here at CGTC and we still have a conference championship to work for, but I'm happy that I know I have a four-year home after I leave CGTC. Coach [Jamie] Brooks and my AAU coach helped guide me through the process and I can't thank them enough."
"Mercedes is a special player and is an even better person," said Lady Titans coach Jamie Brooks. "She is a true leader on the floor for us and can affect the game in so many ways. Her personality is so infectious in a positive way and rubs off on the rest of our team. I think Minnesota got a pretty special player."
In her sophomore season, Jenkins is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 assists per game.
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