Drew Carson, Jefferson: Earned the complete-game win with 12 strikeouts against East Jackson on Monday.
Max Ford, Jefferson: Threw a complete game, scattering four hits and giving up one run, while going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored in a win over Jackson County on Friday.
Hamilton Harper, North Hall: Hit a solo home run in a win over Franklin County on Monday; went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in a win over Stephens County on Friday; hit a two-run home run in a win over Lumpkin County on Wednesday.
Kyle Mills, White County: Went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs in a win over Stephens County on Monday.
Jarred Oliver, North Hall: Threw a four-inning, complete-game, two-hit shutout in a win over Stephens County on Friday.
Taylor Simpson, Lakeview Academy: Threw a complete game, scattering seven hits, one walk and one run, while striking out seven in a win over Athens Christian on Thursday; went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two doubles in a win over Riverside Military on Tuesday.
David Sosebee, White County: Earned his seventh win of the season, striking out 16, while allowing one run on three hits and a walk against Walnut Grove on Wednesday; hit a home run in a win over Stephens County on Monday.
Chris Stevens, North Hall: Earned the complete-game win on the mound, striking out nine, and drove in a run from the plate against Lumpkin County on Wednesday; hit a three-run home run in a win against Franklin County on Monday.
Skyler Weber, Gainesville: Went 2-for-4, with a double, home run, and three RBIs in a win over Lumpkin County on Friday; hit a two-run double in a win against Franklin County on Wednesday; hit a home run in a win over West Hall on Monday.
Brett Westmoreland, White County: Went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two home runs in a win over Stephens County on Monday.
Jacob Whitenton, Lakeview Academy: Hit a home run and drove in four runs in a win over Social Circle on Friday. Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in a win over Athens Christian on Wednesday; went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over Riverside Military on Tuesday.
Kayln Dumanowsky, Johnson: Scored two goals with an assist in a win over Monroe Area on Tuesday.
Cassidy Elrod, Flowery Branch: Scored two goals with an assist in a win over Rockdale County on Thursday; scored the only goal in a 2-1 penalty-kick win over Salem on Tuesday.
Ana Torres, Johnson: Recorded a hat trick in a win over Monroe Area on Tuesday.
Chandler Ligas, West Hall: Scored three goals in a win over Walnut Grove on Tuesday.
Kayla Madsen, Johnson: Scored two goals with an assist in a win over Monroe Area on Tuesday.
Jonathan Mendoza, Johnson: Scored two goals in a win over Monroe Area on Tuesday.
Jackson Goble, Gainesville: Went 3-0 in the Region 8-AAA tournament Thursday.
Ryan Joiner, Gainesville: Went 3-0 in the Region 8-AAA tournament Thursday.
Conner McMorrow, Gainesville: Went 3-0 in the Region 8-AAA tournament Thursday.
Meg Callahan, Gainesville: Carded an 89 to place second in the Region 8-AAA championship Thursday.
Gabrielle Hoffman, North Hall: Set a new school record with a pole vault of 10 feet Tuesday, breaking her own 8-foot-6 record.
When a team is in the midst of a playoff hunt, its most important players have to play their best.
For Gainesville last week, that player was Hunter Anglin.
Going into last week, the Red Elephants (17-3, 15-3 Region 8-AAA) were a half-game back of first place White County in Region 8-AAA. After wins over West Hall, Franklin County and Lumpkin County, Gainesville entered this week in a three-way tie with White County and North Hall for the top spot.
Anglin earned two wins on the mound, while hitting two home runs, driving in five runs, and accounting for four runs scored in three games last week for Gainesville.
For his efforts, Anglin is The Times Athlete of the Week.
Although only a sophomore, Anglin (5-0) is no stranger to pressure baseball. Last season as a freshman, Anglin went 10-2, including wins in the first two rounds of the state tournament.
The 5-foot-9 pitcher gives his grandparents credit for helping him handle pressure.
"They've always taught me the right way to handle pressure," Anglin said. "Just don't let it go to your head, stay calm and cool, it's just one game."
Not only did Anglin remain "calm and cool" on the mound last week, he was also steady from the plate.
"I've been struggling lately," Anglin said. "But I got hot about this time last year, and I'm starting to get the feel of it again this year."
The Red Elephants are certainly going to need both Anglin's arm and bat if they want to earn the top seed from Region 8-AAA.
As far as his young pitcher goes, Gainesville coach Jeremy Kemp gave a simple, yet telling, statement.
"He's 15-2 in his high school career, and he's only 15-years-old," Kemp said. "That's pretty impressive."
The coach also stated that Anglin was a "pretty good boy, too."
Anglin showed the truth of his words when asked about what Gainesville needs to do going forward to earn the highest seed possible for the state playoffs.
"We want to be No. 1 going into the playoffs," Anglin said. "And to do that, we have to stay together as a team, just have to have each other's back on and off the field and we have to stay out of trouble."
While the sophomore's thoughts are primarily concerned with finishing this season and his final two years of high school baseball, Anglin admitted that he has given thought to playing baseball in college.
"That's my goal, has been since I was little," Anglin said. "Since I can remember, I've wanted to go play college ball at Florida State or Georgia Tech or some place like that."