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Boys Athlete of the Week: Riverside Military's Avery Cagle

Eagles' junior scored 24 in region games against Union County and Greene County

POSTED: January 20, 2014 9:27 p.m.

Riverside Military basketball coach Lazarus Chennault knows he has a constant competitor on his hands with junior Avery Cagle on the floor.

Whether it be battling inside for a basket or dishing the ball to an open teammate for the Eagles (6-6, 0-3 Region 8-AA), which host Jefferson tonight in Gainesville, Cagle is making a big splash in his first year at Riverside since moving in from North Hall.

“Avery’s a very hard worker and a really good people person,” said Chennault. “He blended in really quickly with the program when he got here over the summer.”

Last week, despite not being able to pick up wins in region play, the versatile 6-foot-4 Cagle put up a pair of 24 point games with eight defensive rebounds in outings against Union County and Greene County. For his efforts, Cagle is The Times Boys Athlete of the Week.

After struggling early in both games last week, Cagle feels like he put his best foot forward late as the Eagles started to make a run.

After trailing big Friday against Greene County for much of the night, Cagle, a junior, instigated a run with a pair of baskets and foul shots at the end of each series to get to within eight points, according to Chennault.

On a couple of other possessions during the run, Cagle eyed a couple of teammates for the open pass and was credited for the assist.

“Avery is probably more of a pass-first player,” Chennault said about Cagle, who filled a major void from last season in the defensive rebounding category.

Cagle, who lives in Gainesville and attends Riverside Military as a non-boarding student, also had the same influence in Tuesday’s region outing against Union County, getting hot late with a string of big baskets to get to within four before losing 67-60.

Cagle feels like the Eagles are very capable of making a run in Region 8-AA down the homestretch, even though they’ve gotten off to a slow start. One thing that Riverside has to compensate for during basketball season is a three-week break and stop to practice time during Christmas furlough.

Cagle hopes to fill a major role on the floor with his leadership ability, after serving as a starter for North Hall’s state semifinal program in 2013.

“I’m very optimistic,” said Cagle, who said he chose to move to Riverside Military for its academics. “I want our team to be one that no one wants to face late in the season.”

Cagle said that the biggest personal hurdle to get to used to is only having 90 minutes per practice session. With academics such a heavy emphasis, Cagle plans to major in broadcast journalism in college.


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