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Athlete of the Week: Flowery Branch's Kelly Kahlert
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Honor Roll

Cross Country

Sarah Beth English, Chestatee: Finished in third place at the War Eagle Invitational at Chestatee last Thursday.

Jenna Gearing, White County: Won the girls’ race in the Clara Bowl at Berry College last Saturday with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds.

Zack Hill, North Hall: Came in fifth in the Clara Bowl at Berry College last weekend with a time of 16:51.

Tucker LoCicero, North Hall: Won the boys’ race at the War Eagle Invitational at Chestatee last Thursday with a time of 17:48.

Taylor Long, West Hall: Finished in fifth place in the Clara Bowl at Berry College with a time of 20:29.

Tori Mullinax, Chestatee: Came in second at the War Eagle Invitational last Thursday.

Witt Nix, North Hall: Took third place at the Clara Bowl at Berry College last weekend with a time of 16:45.

Victoria Rogers, North Hall: Finished in ninth place at the Clara Bowl with a 21:03.

Bryce Schuebert, North Hall: Came in fourth at the Clara Bowl with a time of 16:48.

Dustin Snyder, Lakeview: Was second at the War Eagle Invitational at Chestatee last Thursday with a time of 18:10.

Volleyball

Brittney Campbell, East Hall: Recorded 73 assists, 22 digs, and six kills in four matches on Saturday in Athens.

Lauren Carter, Gainesville: Had 59 digs in two matches last Thursday.

Laykin Herford, West Hall: Had 56 assists in three matches at the Georgia Challenge on Saturday in Roswell.

Kara Hix, East Hall: Had 60 digs and seven aces in four matches on Saturday in Athens.

Emily Hoggard, East Hall: Contributed 31 kills and 25 digs in four matches on Saturday in Athens.

LeNiesha Kearse, West Hall: Had 16 kills and 10 blocks at the Georgia Challenge.

Maggie Roper, Buford: Recorded 33 digs and 32 kills in four matches at Athens Academy on Saturday.

TT Shelton, East Hall: Finished with 31 digs and 10 kills in four matches on Saturday in Athens.

Bailey Towles, Lakeview Academy: Had 15 assists, 10 aces and four digs in wins over Yeshiva and Tallulah Falls last Thursday in Tallulah Falls.

Softball

Morgan Cox, Banks County: Went 4 for 5 with three RBIs in two games at the Evans Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Grovetown.

Lindsey Elliott, Banks County: Was 3 for 5 with three RBIS in Grovetown on Saturday.

Morgan McKinney, Jefferson: Recorded 12 strikeouts in a shutout win over Rabun County last Wednesday.

Drew Puckett, Buford: Went 1 for 2 with a three-run double against White County last Thursday.

McKenna Rylee, Banks County: Went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run and four total RBIs against West Hall last Thursday.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

According to Lady Falcons softball coach Laura Beaver, Flowery Branch sophomore Kelly Kahlert can do just about anything when it comes to softball.

Kahlert has been playing ball since she was only six years old, and she has played for the Lady Falcons since she made the JV team in eighth grade, but even then, Beaver said she knew Kahlert was special.

“She has amazing speed, she’s very versatile at the plate, and she may be the fastest girl we have,” Beaver said.

Kahlert has been showing exactly what she can do since she began playing varsity last season, most recently when she had two-run home run in a big win over Winder-Barrow and went 2 for 2 with a double, three runs scored and three stolen bases in a victory over Apalachee last week.

For her effort, Kahlert has been names The Times Athlete of the Week.

Kahlert is one of Flowery Branch’s captains this year, selected by her coaches through an application process. Beaver said that Kahlert’s biggest strength as a captain is that she leads by example and works constantly to better herself and go above and beyond what the stats show.

“She gives 100 percent effort day in and day out,” Beaver said. “She is harder on herself then any of us could ever be, both on the field and in the classroom.”

Although she currently holds the record for stolen bases and right now leads the team in almost every offensive category, Kahlert never stops pushing herself.

“I have a lot of expectations for myself,” Kahlert said. “I’m still trying to meet them.”

She is dedicated to her sport, playing for the Team Georgia U-16 travel program in the summer and working out on her few days off.

“I try really hard to keep going in softball. If I don’t try hard, then that’s not me,” she said.

Beaver said that she is just as committed to her academics as she is to softball.

“Her teachers are always telling me what a great person she is and how good her grades are,” Beaver said. "She’s the epitome of a student-athlete.”

But Beaver also stresses how much of a leader Kahlert is for the Lady Falcons.

“She’s very humble. She’s quick to help, and she’s easy to talk to. She doesn’t complain,” Beaver said. “She’s got no excuses.

“She expects to get ahead.”

Kahlert admits that she struggled some against Winder-Barrow in the beginning, but her no-excuses attitude pushed her to adjust and keep going, and she led her team to a win.

“I was having a tough time at the plate,” Kahlert said, “I wasn’t doing what I usually do, There was a runner on second, and I knew I had to get this run in. I really needed a confidence booster for myself too, and I got my pitch and it just happened to go over the fence.”

Beaver said that she knows Kahlert has the capability to play softball at the college level and that she sometimes forgets that she is only a sophomore.

“Her potential is limitless,” Beaver said.

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