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Athlete of the Week: Chestatee's Parker Smith
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GAINESVILLE — There’s not much that Chestatee High basketball player Parker Smith can’t do.

The senior guard seems to excel at everything, whether it be in the classroom or on the court.

"Parker tries to do his best at anything and everything," Chestatee coach Russ Triaga said. "The kid has incredible work ethic in all aspects of his life. It’s impressive enough to think that he’s an outstanding basketball player, but he is a straight-A student, too.

"And to think he’s only 17, it’s just extremely impressive."

As a junior last season, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard set the school record for most points in a season (808), highest scoring average in a season (28.8 ppg), 3-point percentage during a season (54.5), most consecutive shots made (11) and most points in a single game (45).

Through five games this year, Smith seems poised to break many of his own records.

In last Saturday’s 91-77 win against West Hall in the opening round of the Jackson EMC Lanierland Basketball Tournament, Smith led the War Eagles (4-1) with 46 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

"I came into the season hoping to break a lot of records before I leave (Chestatee)," Smith said. "I really want to break the scoring record, win the Lanierland Tournament and make it to the final four (in the state tournament)."

To date, Smith has accumulated 1,298 points in his career, leaving him just 130 points shy of Jesus Cantu’s school record of 1,428.

According to Chestatee High assistant coach Charlie Fischer, last Saturday’s game was one of Smith’s best performances in his career.

"Parker played really well against West Hall," Fischer added. "He let the game come to him, and he didn’t force any shots. Here at practice, we work hard to get him a lot of shots up.

"He just had a tremendous game."

Assistant coach Shumbe Hunter added that Smith never lost his composure in last Saturday’s game.

"At times, West Hall was sending two people to guard him. ... They were mixing up their defenses, but he let his game come to him and he knocked down the big shots that mattered."

Smith wants a few things to be instilled in War Eagles fan’s minds forever.

"I want to be remembered as a great player, a good shooter and a player that gave everything he had every game," Smith said.

Chestatee returns to action in the semifinals of Lanierland at 8:30 p.m. Friday against Flowery Branch.

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