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Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Jenna Abbott
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Honor Roll
Softball

Kelly Kahlert, Flowery Branch: Went 2 for 3 with four RBIs including a three-run triple against North Hall on Friday.

Volleyball

Brittney Campbell, East Hall: 34 points scored on serve, four aces, 80 assists and 35 digs during the East Hall Spikefest on Saturday.

Kelly Chance, Johnson: Five aces, five kills, and 26 assists during the East Hall Spikefest on Saturday.

LeNiesha Kearse, West Hall: 22 kills, 17 blocks, 25 digs during the East Hall Spikefest on Saturday.

Grace Williams, Jefferson: Ten aces, 37 assists, 21 digs during the East Hall Spikefest on Saturday.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

Dawson County senior Jenna Abbott has been dreaming of playing for an SEC softball team ever since she was nine years old.

Abbott began playing tee-ball when she was five, but it wasn’t until she began pitching that she realized she had something special.

Now, Abbott is in her senior year pitching for Dawson County, and she is committed to play at Auburn next fall.

“It gives me chills thinking about it. It’s a dream come true,” Abbott said.

Although she can only pitch three innings right now due to a shoulder injury, she’s making the most of them, as is evidenced by her three shutout innings against Habersham Central last weekend at the Lanier Point Invitational.

“Honestly, that game was the first game I’ve really pitched since my injury,” Abbott said, “I don’t really feel any different than I did before the injury.”

If that game was any indication of her ability, Abbott should only get better as the season progresses.

She was also stellar at the plate, hitting two doubles, four singles, and leading the Lady Tigers to a win over Union County in the championship game with a two-run home run.

For her efforts, Abbott has been named The Times Athlete of the Week.

Dawson County coach Jim Pruett does not discount the importance of Abbott to his team.

“She finished the tournament really, really well,” Pruett said. “She had the big home run in the championship game that took a lot of pressure off of our team.”

Not only can she hit and pitch, Abbott is also an example for the rest of the Lady Tigers team, her coach said.

“They just see how hard she works and what it takes to get to that level,” Pruett said.

Abbott says that she will continue to work just as hard because she is always trying to impress the Auburn coaches.

“I want to be starting nine my freshman year,” she said.

With the kind of dedication and determination Pruett says Abbott has, that dream could become a reality as well.

“She’s very, very dedicated,” Pruett said. “She’s dedicated to the game, to the sport, and to her teammates. She’s a competitor; she hates to lose.”

Although her injury was certainly a setback, Abbott says she learned to see the game from different perspectives, and her goals changed slightly. She is well on her way to making her SEC dream come true, but right now, Abbott is focused on coming back strong from her injury.

“My goal right now is to be able to pitch the senior night game and the region tournament,” she said.

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