Andrew Laur, Flowery Branch: Hit two home runs in a win over Dacula.
Chase Hulsey, Flowery Branch: Hit a home run in a win over Dacula and had four hits and three stolen bases while recording a win over West Forsyth on the mound.
C.J. Navin: Three RBIs and three stolen bases in a win over West Forsyth.
Cody Fowler, North Hall: Went 3 for 3 with two RBIs in a win over Chestatee.
Preston Graham, North Hall: Pitched six innings, allowed one run and struck out five to earn the win over Walnut Grove.
Andrew Smith, North Hall: Three hits, a double, an RBI and three runs in a win over Walnut Grove.
David Gonzalez, Gainesville: Pitched four no-hit innings and the earned the win against Walnut Grove.
Shad Petree, Gainesville: Pitched six innings and struck out 11 in a win over Johnson.
Taylor Foster, Banks County: Struck out 13 and allowed just one hit in a five-inning shutout of East Hall.
Brenton Ruark, Banks County: Two doubles and four RBIs in a win over East Hall.
Cody Streetman, Commerce: Four hits, three RBIs and three runs in a win over Riverside.
Robert Hayes, Commerce: Allowed two hits in a complete-game shutout of Riverside.
Taylor Turner, Banks County: Hit a double and a triple in a win over East Hall.
Austin Tompkins, East Hall: Had two hits, including a double and an RBI and stole five bases in a win over Banks County.
Ryan Marcano, Riverside: Three goals in a win over East Jackson.
Dillon Martin, North Hall: Two goals and two assists in a win over Lanier.
Tristian Bailey, North Hall: Two goals and two assists in a win over Lanier.
Cassidy Elrod, Flowery Branch: Three goals and one assist in a win over Madison County.
Luis Teran, Flowery Branch: Recorded a pair of shutouts in goal last week.
Eduardo Espinoza, Gainesville: Three goals in a win over Franklin County.
Hartley Carter, Gainesville: Five goals in a win over Franklin County.
Melissa Sullivan, Buford: Three goals in a win over Maynard Jackson.
Edgar Ochoa, Johnson: Three goals in a win over Lanier.
Parks Brown, Gainesville: Shot a 72 to win individual honors at the Hall County Golf Championships.
Grant Lasseter, Gainesville: Scored a 75 at the Hall County Golf Championships.
Pep Brown, Gainesville: Carded a 70 in a tournament at Chateau Elan.
Jackson Bishop, Gainesville: Carded a 72 in a tournament at Chateau Elan.
Eric Little, Flowery Branch: Scored a 75 at the Hall County Golf Championships.
Morgan Reece, Gainesville: Shot a 78 to win individual honors at the Hall County Golf Championships.
Malorie Smith, West Hall: Scored a 79 at the Hall County Golf Championships.
Jackson Berry, North Hall: Scored a 37 in a win over Johnson.
Ryan Matthews, North Hall: Scored a 38 (nine holes) in a win over Johnson.
Luke James, Johnson: Scored a 37 (nine holes) in a loss to North Hall.
Anna Kate Shaw, Flowery Branch: Won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over Apalachee.
Elizabeth Mallory, Flowery Branch: Won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over Apalachee.
Nicole Morris, Flowery Branch: Won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over Apalachee.
Dane Allen, East Hall: Won 6-0, 6-0 in a loss to Habersham Central and a win over Rabun County last week.
Carlos De La Cruz/Isaac Salazar: Doubles team won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over Rabun.
County Durden Smith/Bekki Benton: Won 8-0 at No.1 doubles in a win over Habersham Central.
Dani Taylor/Madison Smith: Won 8-0 at No. 2 doubles in a win over Habersham Central.
Christopher Hedden/Anthony Monacella: Won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles in a win over Habersham Central.
Gage Thompson, Jefferson: Won 6-0, 6-0 in a loss to Elbert County.
Latavia Cheeks, Johnson: Won the 400-meter, long jump and triple jump in a tri-meet win over Chestatee and East Hall.
Luis Gonzalez, North Hall: Finished first in the 1600-meter and second in the 800 at a meet in Watkinsville.
Victoria Rogers, North Hall: Finished first in the 3200 and second in the 1600 at a meet in Watkinsville.
Marcquel Woodard, Gainesville: First in the 1600 and 800 in a meet at Gordon Central.
Lakeview junior Dallas Deavers wasn’t much of a strikeout pitcher until this season, and he’s never hit a lot of home runs.
Tell that to Prince Avenue Christian, which had a front-row seat when Deavers struck out 14 Wolverines batters and hit a second-inning grand slam to lead Lakeview to a 6-5 win over its Region 8-A opponent last Tuesday.
“I was just trying to put a ball in play,” Deavers said of his first home run of the season. “Guess I made good contact.”
For his efforts, Deavers is The Times Athlete of the Week.
“He had a good week,” said Lakeview coach Deuce Roark, who values his junior right fielder/pitcher for much more than his stats.
“He’s invaluable,” Roark added. “He’s more than a baseball player, he’s a fantastic young man.”
Roark mentioned Deavers’ leadership qualities for the Lions (7-2, 4-1 8-A), who are looking to make the state tournament after falling one game short last year. He’s one player the coach said he always wants in the game.
“For us he’s never going to come off the field,” Roark said. “He’s a very good baseball player, and he will have an opportunity to play
beyond high school.”
And he’s still improving, especially as a pitcher, which his coach said will most likely be his primary position if he reaches the next level.
“This year he’s just grown, developed into a strikeout pitcher,” Roark said. “He’s gained a few miles (per hour) on his fastball, developed his off-speed stuff.”
Deavers acknowledged that he doesn’t overheat the radar gun, but that being a southpaw doesn’t hurt.
“God gave me a blessing to throw with my left arm,” he said. “I’m doing my best with it.”
Both Deavers and his coach agree that what he does best is pound the strike zone. That’s why he didn’t walk a batter in last Tuesday’s win even while making bat after bat miss.
Deavers said his favorite pitch to get that out is his changeup, a pitch he said he can locate well and one that keeps the hitters off balance. He did that well last Tuesday, even if he allowed a few hits.
“It was an odd game,” Deavers said. “We only needed four natural outs, but they had a couple of hits that snuck into odd places.”
Roark said that it was the kind of game that can jumpstart a team.
“Afterward there was a lot of relief,” the coach added. “It was a boost, gave us a little confidence.
“It’s definitely momentum to carry us through the rest of season.”
The star junior figures to be a big part of it. And, as he displayed last Tuesday, he’s more than capable of providing his own offense.
“He took care of that himself,” Roark said with a laugh.