Milledgeville, Ga. (Jan. 25, 2011)—A $5,000 check from Hutchinson KIA will amplify the newly-established Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rivalry game between Georgia College and Augusta State University Feb. 10. This year’s match-up will be known as the ‘Battle of the Cats,’ in reference to the universities’ respective mascots, the Bobcats and the Jaguars.
“This is a relatively new rivalry, but has quickly built a lot of interest,” Thunder Crew President, Patrick Gamble said. “We hope the ‘Battle of the Cats’ will become a renown tradition for years to come.”
Augusta State will visit Georgia College’s Centennial Center in Milledgeville for the battle. The women will tip off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30. Prior to the match-ups, KIA’s support will provide entertainment for fans through an organized tailgate coordinated by the Georgia College Thunder Crew, the University Athletics student spirit group.
“Tailgating is an innovative concept at Georgia College that has proven to encompass a level of excitement and energy that is carried from the parking lot all the way to the arena,” said Evan Karanovich, Vice President of the Student Government Association of Georgia College.
The tailgate will commence at 4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center parking lot, and is open to all fans of either team. The Daniel Lee Band will perform live country music. The band is known for providing a fun environment that epitomizes Southern life. In addition to being entertainers, the band is also known for song writing with major country star, Brantley Gilbert.
Sodexo will sponsor free hamburgers and hot dogs at the tent provided by the Student Government Association of Georgia College. Thunder Crew will also hand out thousands of dollars worth of merchandise to promote the event as well as instill school pride and enthusiasm for the rivalry.
Augusta State men (19-2, 9-2 PBC) lead the PBC East Division, which will make this year’s game all the more interesting. Georgia College (10-8, 4-6 PBC) will be looking for an upset against the Jaguars with hopes to maintain their upstanding reputation in the conference. Augusta State women (6-13, 0-11 PBC) have struggled and are eager for their first win against the Georgia College women (14-4, 6-4 PBC).
"Augusta State has always been a big rival of ours, but making it known and promoting it is even better,” said Josh Hurst, Georgia College men’s basketball captain. “We’re fired up for it!"
The Thunder Crew of Georgia College is an athletic marketing organization led by students looking to promote and enhance athletic loyalty and experiences amongst all students, faculty, and fans of Georgia College.