Georgia Military College has to do plenty of traveling throughout the college football season.
So far, the road trips have been fun and successful, so much so that GMC is spending the week as the No. 1 team in junior college football.
GMC ended Iowa Westerns 18-game winning streak with last weeks 48-28 victory, and it was enough to push the Bulldogs from No. 5 to No. 1.
East Mississippi made a one-spot jump to second, while No. 1 Navarro and No. 2 Iowa Western fell to eighth and seventh, respectively, after losses.
Safety Corey Neely also earned National Junior College Athletic Association defensive player of the week for his performance against Iowa Western.
The freshman from Rock Hill, S.C. had five tackles, one for loss, two pass breakups and two interceptions, one going for an 85-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs are 5-0 and will try to hold on to the top spot when they visit Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College on Saturday. Ellsworth is 2-3 and lost 61-0 to Iowa Western a month ago.
GMC then is at home for a national showdown when the Bulldogs welcome fifth-ranked Nassau, which is 5-0.
Bobcats schedule set
Georgia College will open the womens basketball season on the road and stay there for most of the first month.
The Bobcats visit West Georgia in the opener Nov. 9, then participate two weeks later in the Nighthawk Classic in Dahlonega, taking on Shorter and North Greenville.
Georgia College welcomes Clark Atlanta on Nov. 26 in the home opener and then begins Peach Belt Conference play on the road at Francis Marion and Georgia Southwestern.
Anderson opens a three-game non-conference homestand on Dec. 16, with Peach belt play resuming in earnest Jan. 2 at UNC Pembroke.
Tennis tournament field grows
A top-100 player from Croatia is among the final entrants for the ButlerCars.com Tennis Classic of Macon tennis tournament sponsored by Mercer and the USTA.
Qualifying begins Sunday morning at the Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center at Stratford, with play in the main draw beginning Tuesday.
Ajla Tomljanovic is ranked 85th and will be in the tournament along with Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal, a winner at Wimbledon over Maria Sharapova this year. Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Melanie Oudin are in the field, as well.
New Mercer tennis head coach Eric Hayes spearheaded getting the tournament to Macon after he took over and is thrilled with the depth.
Our initial ranking cut off was around 200, Hayes said in a tournament release. That is unheard of for a USTA 25K event.
The field includes former Stanford All-American and NCAA singles champ Nicole Gibbs, former Florida standout Allie Will and highly touted juniors Allie Kiick and Brooke Austin. Austin was one of the wild-card recipients.
Other players of note playing in Macon are Anna Tatishvili, from the nation of Georgia who reached No. 50 a year ago, and former Tennessee player Natalie Pluskota of Sharpsburg.
Tickets will be available at the gate and are available at participating Butler Automotive Group dealerships around Macon, also through Hayes at 301-2269.
Around the state
Itll be a day for the military and veterans Oct. 12 when Georgia Southern hosts The Citadel in Southern Conference football.
The Eagles will wear patches from the Georgia National Guard, as well as from assorted branches of the military. Active and retired military members will get a free ticket at Gate 4 with a valid military ID, and their family members can buy tickets at a reduced rate.
Georgia Southerns band will perform a special armed forces show at halftime, and the school will honor the 3rd Infantry Division from Afghanistan before kickoff.
Valdosta State is still No. 1 in the national Division II football poll, getting 30 of 32 first-place votes to beat Minnesota State-Mankato 793-765 in points.
West Alabama, another Gulf South Conference school, is 14th. Washburn, which hosts Fort Valley State on Oct. 17, is 15th. Tuskegee, a visitor this Saturday to FVSU, got six points to rank 33rd.
Valdosta States Cedric ONeal, a sophomore from Dublin, has moved up to ninth on the schools all-time rushing list with 1,459 yards and is seventh with 16 rushing touchdowns.