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Athlete of the Week: Lakeview Academy's Jacob Whitenton

Senior hit three home runs last week

POSTED: April 25, 2011 7:18 p.m.

There are times when success means not worrying about failure.

Last week was one such time for Lakeview Academy senior baseball player Jacob Whitenton.

Going into the week, Whitenton was in a self-described "slump."

"I was just worrying too much, getting too wound up at the plate," Whitenton said. "I just had to let that go, stay back, really see the ball, and try to turn that into some hits."

If Whitenton's performance on Friday and Saturday is any indication, the senior seems to have dug out of his slump and certainly isn't worrying too much any longer.

Whitenton hit a three-run home run in a win over Tallulah Falls on Friday, then went 3 for 4 with two home runs and six RBIs in a win over East Hall the next day.

For his efforts, Whitenton is The Times Athlete of the Week.

The senior picked the right time to reach his peak. The Lions (12-11, 10-8 Region 8-A) have to win both of their final two regular season games, and receive a little help from other teams in the region, to qualify for the Class A state tournament.

Lakeview was in the playoffs last season, but was eliminated in the first round.

"It would really mean a lot, to get back there and then go further than we have before," Whitenton said. "I know that we are capable of doing it, we just have to get it done on the field."

Getting it done on the field is something that Lakeview coach Deuce Roark associates with Whitenton, a four-year starter who has played several different positions during his high school career.

"He's consistent," Roark said of Whitenton. "He's been consistent since he was a freshman. He works hard, he doesn't get into trouble, and he helps make our program better."

While Whitenton, who stands over 6 feet and weighs close to 200 pounds, played first and third base a good bit during his first three years in high school, he has played primarily in the outfield this season.

"I don't care where I play, as long as I can help the team get a win," Whitenton said.

The Lions will visit Towns County at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and host Tallulah Falls at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.



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