Jenna Abbott, Dawson County: Struck out 11 batters in a complete-game win over Buford last Wednesday to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Region 7-AAA Tournament.
Emily Crocker, Buford: Had nine strikeouts in a shutout win over East Hall last weekend at the Region 7-AAA Tournament.
Chelsea Dale, East Hall: Went 2 for 4 with a three-run triple at the 7-AAA Tournament.
Carly Gilreath, Dawson County: Was 2 for 5 with two singles and three RBIs against Banks County at the 7-AAA Tournament.
Remington Hasty, Buford: Hit a home run and had two RBIs against Rockmart last Thursday.
Jazmin Hawkins, Buford: Went 2 for 3 with an inside-the-park home run against East Hall in the 7-AAA Tournament.
Carleigh Hulsey, West Hall: Recorded 11 strikeouts in a win over Johnson last Monday.
Morgan McKinney, Jefferson: Pitched Jefferson to two wins over Social Circle on Saturday to lead the team to the 8-AA Region Championship.
Drew Puckett, Buford: Went 2 for 3 with four RBIs against Rockmart last Thursday.
Noah Sudderth, Buford: Was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs scored against Fannin County at the 7-AAA Tournament last weekend.
Kali Turner, East Hall: Went 3 for 4 at the plate with two doubles, a single and three RBIs against West Hall at the 7-AAA Tournament.
Haley Warner, Banks County: Was 3 for 3 with two doubles, a single and two RBIs against Dawson County at the 7-AAA Region Tournament last weekend.
Lindsey Anderson, Johnson: Recorded 12 digs and three kills against West Hall and Lanier last Thursday.
Brittney Campbell, East Hall: Tallied 45 assists, 14 service points, 13 digs, three kills and a pair of aces against East Jackson and Winder-Barrow last Thursday.
Kelly Chance, Johnson: Had 18 assists and 11 aces against West Hall and Lanier last Thursday.
Katie Gay, Lakeview: Added 14 digs and seven kills against George Walton and Providence Christian last Tuesday.
Kristina Gregory, North Hall: Had 18 assists, four aces and three kills against Decatur and St. Pius X last Tuesday.
Laykin Herford, West Hall: Tallied 21 assists against Lanier and Johnson last Thursday.
Kara Hix, East Hall: Recorded 55 digs, 15 service points and three aces against East Jackson and St. Pius X last Thursday.
Stasha Hopkins, Gainesville: Had 15 points on serve, 14 kills, eight digs, four blocks and two aces against East Jackson, Winder-Barrow and Oconee County last Tuesday.
LeNiesha Kearse, West Hall: Had 10 kills, nine digs, six aces and three blocks against Lanier and Johnson.
Tarryn Long, East Hall: Recorded 26 kills, 13 digs, seven points on serve and a pair of aces against East Jackson and Winder-Barrow last Thursday.
Jennifer Mullican, North Georgia Christian: Added 17 service points and nine aces against Heritage Academy last Monday.
Tori Payton, Buford: Had 20 assists against North Hall last Wednesday.
Bailey Towles, Lakeview: Tallied 16 assists, 10 aces and eight digs against George Walton and Providence Christian last Tuesday.
Kaylin Walden, Gainesville: Recorded 48 assists, 27 service points, nine digs and four aces against Winder-Barrow, East Jackson and Oconee County last Tuesday.
Anna Walker, Gainesville: Added 18 service points, 16 kills and eight aces against Salem and Eastside on Thursday.
Paige Watson, Jefferson: Had 29 assists, six digs and a pair of aces against Greater Atlanta Christian, Wesleyan and Rabun County last Tuesday.
Katie White, Lakeview: Tallied 17 digs, seven kills and an ace against Lumpkin County and a loss to Habersham Central on Thursday.
Grace Williamson, Jefferson: Recorded 19 assists, four kills, four aces and three digs against Chestatee and Hart County on Thursday.
Sarah Wood, Jefferson: Had 30 kills, seven digs and four aces against Chestatee and Hart County last Thursday.
Nicholas Ashmead, Flowery Branch: Finished in eighth place at the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational on Saturday with a time of 16 minutes, 24.16 seconds.
Luis Castaneda, Johnson: Won the boys race at the Williams Mill Preview on Thursday with a time of 19:31.
Sarah Beth English, Chestatee: Came in second in the girls race at Williams Mill last Thursday with a 22:32.
Sara Hayes, Gainesville: Won the girls race at Crows Lake last Thursday with a time of 21:27.
Tori Mullinax, Chestatee: Won the girls race at Williams Mill last week with a 22:31.
Jose Reyes-Lavallee, Chestatee: Finished in third place in the boys race at Williams Mill with a time of 19:41.
Cassie Ward, Flowery Branch: Was fourth at the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational last weekend with a 19:46.83.
Compiled by Kelsey Williamson
Buford sophomore Jordan Deep may have missed 11 games at the beginning of the season due to a hamstring injury, but the power hitter certainly didn’t miss a beat when she finally returned to the lineup.
“In her first game back, she doubled off the fence,” said coach Tony Wolfe.
In just 13 games this season, Deep has three home runs, 14 RBIs, seven doubles and two triples on 16 hits, including her stellar performances last week against Dawson County, East Hall, Rockmart and Fannin County, when she went 8 for 11 with four doubles, a triple, four runs scored and five RBIs.
For her efforts, Deep has been named The Times Athlete of the Week.
Deep began playing softball at a young age and has always been a natural hitter. Last season with the Lady Wolves, Deep hit seven home runs and had a .383 batting average, but she is already improving on those numbers with a .444 average in her short season.
“She’s the power hitter in the lineup,” said Wolfe. "She’s going to hit it hard, and she’s usually going to hit it far. She’s given us a big bat in the middle of the order, and she’s a really good second baseman that gives us some stability on defense.”
“I’m all about power,” Deep said, “Home runs are pretty much what I’m in for.”
Her numbers, however, only tell part of the story.
Deep’s love for the sport goes above and beyond RBIs and hits. She admits that coming back from injury was difficult, but she was determined to battle through.
“I could never live without softball,” Deep said. “That’s who I am; that’s what I’ve always done.”
Deep was an integral part of the team even as a freshman last season according to Wolfe, and she learned many lessons from last year’s seniors.
“It’s hard to be a leader as a sophomore,” Wolfe said.
“But she took some lessons to heart last year, like the way they carry themselves and the expectations they have. She’s a big part of our program.”
Deep said she wanted to follow in the footsteps of those leaders, even if they left big shoes to fill. She is a prominent member of the young core of this season’s Lady Wolves, and her role is only going to grow stronger as she develops.
“She’s one of the many great kids we have,” Wolfe said. “She’s an outstanding student, and she loves the game of softball.
“Her work ethic kind of encourages others and they follow suit. The confidence she brings to the ballpark lifts everyone else’s confidence.”
Right now, Deep hopes to carry that confidence into tonight’s rematch with Dawson County in the Region 7-AAA Tournament, but as for the future, Deep said she doesn’t really care where she plays, as long as she does.
“It’s always just been my one true passion, she said. “It’s something I always want to do.”