GHC’s Inaugural Season: Basketball a Great Start to Athletics Program

January 31, 2013

704526_450834721642215_1218308051_oThe Chargers’ first basketball teams have had their ups and downs, but whether winning or losing, they have added immeasurably to the spirit and culture of Georgia Highlands.  The women’s team has had a stellar season, with 19-4 for the season and 10-3 in conference play.  They most recently beat the number one team in the Georgia conference, South Georgia Technical College, 52-46.  A number of GHC players came with Brandan Harrell when he left South Georgia Tech to become the GHC women’s coach.  They are mature and seasoned players and had already formed a strong team.  Earlier in the season the Lady Chargers were ranked sixth nationally, an unheard-of feat for an inaugural team.

59628_451090524949968_1316475863_nThe men have improved dramatically as a team unit.  Head coach Phil Gaffney’s Chargers, however, had to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses, having never played together previously.  The Chargers team has no sophomores on it, so if they continue improving as they have all year, they will be formidable by next fall.  As of this writing, the men are 0-19 for the season, but played a great first half with South Georgia Tech (one of the best teams in the conference) on Jan. 30, leading by 29-26. Following the half, however, SGTC made a 23-2 run that proved unstoppable, winning the game 72-58.

Gabrielle Kendall and Matt Catanzano

Gabrielle Kendall and Matt Catanzano

A couple of the athletes are proving to be stars in the classroom as well.  Matt Catanzano made fall semester 2012 Dean’s List with a 3.6 grade point average.  Gabrielle Kendall achieved a 3.0 GPA.  Catanzano, who is often the lead scorer for the Chargers, is from Armuchee in Floyd County.  Kendall is a native of Canton, Ohio, and one of the leading scorers for the team.

 

 

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