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Athlete of the Week: Two-sport athlete Caroline Wysocki hits 1,000 points for Flowery Branch
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Flowery Branch's Caroline Wysocki shoots the ball during a game against Chestatee at Flowery Branch High School on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Until two days before a road game against Blessed Trinity, Flowery Branch point guard Caroline Wysocki had no idea the matchup against the Lady Titans would be different from any other. Before Lady Falcons coach Courtney Newton-Gonzalez told Wysocki she was just seven point away from reaching 1,000 in her career at Flowery Branch the Wednesday before last Friday’s bout, the senior guard was completely oblivious to how quickly the milestone was approaching.

“She had no idea that she was close, and that’s just the kind of kid she is,” Newton-Gonzalez said. “She doesn’t keep up with all that stuff. Just to see how shocked she was that she was even that close to 1,000 was special.”

Surprising as the news was to Wysocki, she didn’t feel any added pressure going into the game.

“I was just more excited to play,” she said. “It wasn’t a very strong team we were playing, but when she told me that I was more excited.”

When game time came, it showed.

Wysocki poured in a game-high 21 points against Blessed Trinity on the road, leading the Lady Falcons to a 71-29 win that kept Flowery Branch perfect in region play. She also played a major role in wins over Chestatee earlier in the week and Marist on Saturday, good enough to earn her recognition as this week’s Times Athlete of the Week.

Wysocki scored her 1,000th point with a deep 2 from the baseline coming off a screen early in the game against Blessed Trinity. She said passing the milestone was an important moment for her.

“Not a lot of people in our program have done it,” she said. “That made it even more special.”

But the gravity of the accomplishment didn’t change anything about the way she played. After all, it’s just another achievement in a long line of athletic recognitions for Wysocki.

Over the past three years, Wysocki and the Lady Falcons have reached the elite eight, final four and championship rounds of the state basketball tournament. On top of that, she’s reached a pair of final fours with Flowery Branch’s soccer team in the last two years.

Wysocki is as staple for both of the program’s teams.

“She’s got some of the quickest feet that we’ve seen in our program on the defensive end,” Newton-Gonzalez said. “Obviously, soccer helped tremendously with that.”

Wysocki said the biggest challenge in playing both basketball and soccer is the overlapping seasons. With all the deep playoff runs the Lady Falcons basketball team has made in Wysocki’s time there, she often misses the beginning of the soccer season.

She regularly rejoins the soccer team the day after the basketball season ends.

“Soccer is a totally different sport,” she said. “It’s more long distance rather than sprints, but it still conditions me.”

Wysocki is currently committed to play basketball at Georgia College in Milledgeville. But for now, she remains focused on finishing off her high school career strong. Wysocki said she hopes to leave behind higher expectations for future Lady Falcons teams.

According to Newton-Gonzalez, Wysocki and the rest of this senior class of Flowery Branch basketball players has already gotten that message across.

Wysocki is a part of the first class Newton-Gonzalez has coached for a full four years. Her hitting 1,000 career points was another accomplishment in a high school athletic career well worth commending.  

“She’s accomplished so much, her and that senior class, with making to a state championship game and final fours and elite eights,” Newton-Gonzalez said. “Just the things that they’ve accomplished have been fun to be a part of.

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