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OTC Nail Tech Students Host WC Softball Team


The Waycross College women’s fastpitch softball team traveled to nearby Okefenokee Technical College recently - not to face a local rival, but to get their nails done. Coach Bryan Hartley scheduled the event, scoring a win for both sides. The softball players enjoyed a relaxing and much deserved break and OTC nail technicians tripled their usual lab hours. When players were asked how they like Coach Hartley, one steadfast athlete stepped up to the plate and took a swing, "Best coach in the world. Wouldn't change him for anything." "Yeah," another one said, "what she said, exactly." Heads nodded. On September 17, in the first game of fall ball, the inaugural team faces Valdosta State University's Lady Blazers, who finished second in the nation in their division last year. The OTC nail technician graduating class of Summer 2010 and OTC officials wish Coach Hartley and Waycross College’s first-ever women’s fastpitch softball team a fun, safe, and winning season.


When Okefenokee Technical College nail technician students hosted the Waycross College women’s fastpitch softball team for an afternoon of friendly girl chatter, "Hey, batter, batter, swing" was replaced with hushed conversations about cuticles, nail polish color, and spa treatments. As team members arrived, OTC senior nail tech students Ashley Anderson, Wendy Inman, Alicia Nolan, Debra Nolan, Katoya Porter, and Angela Strickland welcomed them and quickly began performing manicures and pedicures, using knowledge and skills attained from the program and their instructor, Tabitha Mattox. Cosmetology instructors Ollie Harkleroad and Debra Moody were also on hand to greet WC players Nikki Bishop (Vidalia, Ga.), Deborah Caccavale (Jacksonville, Fla.), Kayla Calhoun (Springfield, Ga.), Leah Guajardo (Adel, Ga.), Samantha Howard (Pembroke, Ga.), Mandy McClendon (Crawfordville, Fla.), Katelyn Baxley (Tallahassee, Fla.), Summer Rose (Lilburn, Ga.), Taylor Troxell (Brunswick, Ga.), Holly Warren (Macon, Ga.), Rachel White (Townsend, Ga.), Nicole Williams (Waycross, Ga.), and Alexandra Wood (Roberta, Ga.).

Waycross College fastpitch softball players Alexandra Wood (left) and Holly Warren (right) are shown signing in at the Okefenokee Technical College cosmetology reception desk to receive nail services as Katoya Porter, a senior nail technician, explains available options: manicure, pedicure, hand & arm massage, and paraffin treatment. According to OTC nail tech instructor, Tabatha Mattox, "This worked out perfectly for the class. We had available appointment times, and we needed additional lab hours."
WC players made light conversation as they waited; one surfed the Internet on her laptop, two or three worked on homework, and several leafed through health and beauty magazines as they chatted. It was an uneven playing field for the nail technicians, who had just six trained players, facing 13 keen WC players (clients).  In the end, the challenge proved to be a win-win for everyone. For more information about the nail tech program, contact Tabitha Mattox at (912) 287-6587 and visit okefenokeetech.edu. The next class begins September 30. For information about WC athletics, visit waycross.edu.

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