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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After a productive fall campaign, a bit of a break for the holidays, the Highlanders have set their sights on the 2017 season.
The fall included scrimmages against several NCAA Division 1, NCAA Division 2, and NAIA opponents including Georgia State University, University of North Georgia, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Southwestern, Augusta University, Middle Georgia State University, Reinhardt University, and Georgia Gwinnett College.
“As a team with 10 freshmen we had a lot to figure out this fall, and I think we did that. We took some blows, tasted some success, but what we are most excited about is the team improved each week," said the coaching staff.
Looking ahead the Highlanders know that the 2017 season will be a tough. The GCAA has come a long way in the past few years. Every team is competitive and well coached. The Highlanders realize that an off day will be costly.
The Highlanders return seven sophomores in 2017, all of which were starters as freshman in 2016. Catchers Baylee Brantley (Woodland High School - Henry) and Megan Shepherd (Thomas County Central High School) will return behind the plate for the Highlanders. Due to personnel reasons, Shepherd spent most of her freshman season at third base. However, the coaches are glad to have her back behind the plate. Returning infielders are shortstop Tori Aycock (Walnut Grove High School), second baseman Niki Moncrief (Crawford County High School) and first baseman Tiffany Godfrey (Creekview High School). The Highlanders return outfielders Destiny Glawson (Jasper County High School) and Paula Pickett (Pickens County High School).
“All of these ladies gained valuable experience as freshman; they learned not only how to play the college game, but also how to be good at it. Their experience, talent, and leadership will be a big part of our success this year. They certainly are proud to be Highlanders," said the coaching staff.
New faces in Barnesville -- The Highlanders add three in the circle: Dana Barefoot (Transfer / Point University), Maddie Green (Brookwood High School) and McKenzie Barnes (Jones County High School), who will also see time in the Highlander lineup on the infield.
“Actually, we added four in the circle for this year, " said the coaching staff. "Although she will always be part of the Highlander softball family, we lost freshman Sarah Garrett (Etowah High School) to a career ending concussion. However, Dana, Maddie, and McKenzie all had great outings this fall. They learned a lot about the college game, and we expect all three to have great seasons."
New faces in the infield are Angel Dement (Pickens County High School), Haleigh Adams (Jensen Beach High School , FL), and Lauren Deloach (Transfer / Young Harris College).
“These ladies can play. They have all of the tools (bat, arm, footwork, etc) but most of all they are winners, and they compete like champions. We are looking for them to have great freshman seasons," said the coaching staff.
The coaching staff is very excited about the new faces in the Gordon State outfield. “Not only are they terrific outfielders, they can play multiple positions, are athletic, and can all swing the bat," said the coaching staff. The outfielders are McKenzie Powell (Eastside High School), Morgan Sterrett (Calvary Day Christian High School), Shelby Sims (Mary Persons High School) and Alexis Dibuccio (Eastside HighSchool).
“We understand that the GCAA is tough to win," said the coaching staff. "This season may be the toughest year yet and doing that will require a lot to go our way. But we feel that we control that. At this point we have reason to be optimistic; however we still need to improve in several areas. We compete like champions at times, but consistency is where we need to improve the most. We are most excited about the fact that our players realize this."
The Highlander Prospect camp will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Gordon State College softball field. This camp is open to 2018, 2019 and 2020 high school graduates and will be conducted by the GSC coaching staff and current Highlander players. Camp cost is $75.00.
All attending Highlander Prospects will participate in a series of instructional drills that will be both informative to the prospects, as well as allow the prospect to showcase her current skill level. Highlander prospects will receive a GSC campus tour, a GSC academic and athletic question and answer session, a GSC prospect camp t-shirt, softball instructional and evaluation sessions and FREE admission to the GSC Blue vs White scrimmage at 7:00 pm that evening.
To register, please click on the following link: https://merlin.gordonstate.edu/wconnect/ace/CourseStatus.awp?&course=16FSOFTBALLP
The Highlanders of Gordon State College invite you to join them for a Saturday evening of fellowship, hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and SOFTBALL!!!! Everyone in attendance will be able to spend time with the GSC players and coaching staff prior to the game. Also, all kids 14 and younger will have a chance at winning some cool GSC softball giveaway's. Gates will open at 5:00 pm and the scrimmage begins at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5.00. GSC alumni, students, faculty/staff, seniors and kids 10 and under are FREE!
The Gordon State College baseball coaching staff has announced baseball tryouts on Tuesday, July 19th at 1:00 PM.
The Gordon State College baseball coaching staff is having a tryout for the Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 team, underclassmen are welcome. Any player that would like to tryout will need to be at the Gordon State College baseball field 10 - 15 minutes early to fill out a player information questionnaire and a liability waiver. It is recommended but not necessary for players to provide the coaching staff with GPA and SAT/ACT scores, and transcripts are preferred. The tryout will consist of a timed 60 yard dash, players fielding and throwing from their positions, batting practice, and pitchers throwing a bullpen. There is no cost for this tryout. Please check this web site for cancellation of this tryout due to weather. The coaching staff will announce any changes on this website. For those who cannot attend this tryout, the Gordon State College baseball coaching staff may have another tryout in the upcoming weeks.
On Sunday, April 24th, the Gordon State College Softball Team would like to invite our local youth/recreation softball players and their families to attend “Youth Sunday” at the Gordon State College softball field (419 College Drive, Barnesville, GA). Gordon State will be hosting Chattahoochee Valley Community College out of Phenix City, AL in 2:00 PM softball double header. The second game will begin approximately 20-30 minutes after the conclusion of game 1. Admission is FREE!!!! We encourage the youth to wear their softball jerseys and fans that would like to support Gordon State Softball to wear navy or white. There will be reserved seating for the youth in the bleachers next to the first base dugout. Youth softball players that are in attendance prior to game 1 are invited to join the GSC players on the field during the National Anthem. There may be contests and small giveaways throughout both games. The youth softball players will be able to run the bases after game 1 and interact with the players and coaches after game 2 for photos, autographs, etc. We hope to see you at the park on Sunday, April 24th.