2011-12 seasons recap
The Georgia College Department of Athletics finished up another outstanding season in 2011-12. The Bobcats had 19 student-athletes selected All-Peach Belt Conference this season, and added a pair of PBC Freshmen of the Year in Shanteona Keys from women’s basketball and golf’s Ryan Trocchio. GC had nine All-Region performers as well.
Softball centerfielder Whitney Okvist stole a school-record 52 bases in as many tries en route to National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-America honors. GC has just two First Team All-Americans in school history, the other coming for pitcher Mandy Chandler in 2009.Senior Jerome Leborgne and junior Johan Wadstein teamed for All-American honors in doubles through the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Bobcat duo finished No. 7 in the nation thanks to their 13-8 overall mark, adding a 6-3 record in conference play. Leborgne and Wadstein are also just the second pairing to win All-America in doubles, with Erick Siqueira and Justin Pickham earning the spot in 2009.
Bobcat golf capped an amazing season with three golfers taking Ping Division II All-America Honors. Junior Patrick Garrett rode his 72.6 stroke average to a third-team selection, adding honorable mention positions for junior Taylor Smith and Trocchio. All-time, Bobcat golf has earned 24 All-America honors, all coming under head coach Jimmy Wilson.
More special honors came for basketball’s Ryan Aquino, as he was chosen to the Reese’s Division II All-Star Game, played at the NCAA Finals site in Highland Heights, Ky. He was just the third Bobcat all-time to be chosen for that national all-star game.
GC cross country had its first All-Region selections on both the men’s and women’s side this year. Sophomore Allison Lones took 19th at the NCAA Southeast Region Championship. Senior Tyler Mattix was the first all-region runner in men’s history, blistering the course for a 17th place finish.
Bobcat cheerleading also won the 2012 PBC Championship, unseating perennial champion Columbus State University.