Jessica Baker, Jackson County: Won the game in the pitcher’s circle and was 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs against Oconee County last Monday.
Bria Bush, Buford: Recorded at career-high 12 strikeouts against Mustang (Okla.) on Friday at the Score Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Bailey Byers, Union County: Hit a two-run home run in a win over Dawson County last Monday.
Jordan Deep, Buford: Was 2 for 3 with a home run, an RBI and three runs scored in a win over East Hall on Thursday.
Rachel Funk, Gainesville: Went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Central Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Jessica Gunter, Flowery Branch: Pitched a no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Gainesville last Monday.
Remington Hasty, Buford: Had a double, a home run, an RBI and three runs scored in a win over East Hall on Thursday.
Kelly Kahlert, Flowery Branch: Went 3 for 3 at the plate with a pair of singles, a triple, a stolen base and three runs scored in a win over Salem on Thursday.
Drew Puckett, Buford: Hit a double and a triple with a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored in a win over Banks County last Tuesday.
McKenna Rylee, Banks County: Hit a two-run home run in a win over North Hall on Thursday.
Abby Smallwood, Gainesville: Went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Central Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Kaitlyn Stewart, Banks County: Was 3 for 4 at the plate with three singles and four RBIs in a win over North Hall on Thursday.
Noah Sudderth, Buford: Was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs on Tuesday in a win over Banks County.
Madison Whitmire, Flowery Branch: Hit two singles and a double with four RBIs on Thursday in a win over Salem.
Brittney Campbell, East Hall: Tallied 67 assists, 15 digs, seven aces and six kills with 17 points on serve on Saturday at the Darlington Invitational.
Kelly Chance, Johnson: Had 22 assists and 13 aces in wins over Lumpkin and Lanier last Tuesday.
Sydney Cleveland, North Hall: Recorded 11 kills, eight digs, four blocks and a pair of digs in a win over Tucker and a loss to Greater Atlanta Christian on Thursday.
Laykin Herford, West Hall: Had 39 assists in a win over North Hall and a loss to Blessed Trinity last Monday.
Kelsi Jones, West Hall: Added 20 kills and six blocks for the Lady Spartans last Monday.
LeNiesha Kearse, West Hall: Recorded 26 digs, 13 kills and 12 blocks last Monday for West Hall against North Hall and Blessed Trinity.
Tarryn Long, East Hall: Tallied 38 kills, 33 digs and 12 aces on Saturday at the Darlington Invitational.
Maggie Roper, Buford: Had 18 kills and 16 digs in a win over East Hall and a loss to St. Pius X last Tuesday.
Kaylin Walden, Gainesville: Recorded 55 assists for the Lady Red Elephants in a win over Lakeview and a loss to Apalachee last Tuesday.
Anna Walker, Gainesville: Led the Lady Red Elephants with 28 kills and five aces last Tuesday against Lakeview and Apalachee.
Grace Williamson, Jefferson: Added 15 assists, 10 aces and three kills for Jefferson in wins over Monroe Area and Johnson last Tuesday.
Sarah Wood, Jefferson: Tallied 21 kills and five aces against Monroe Area and Johnson.
Lewis Brooks, Lakeview: Finished in ninth place at the West Hall Invitational last Tuesday with a time of 17 minutes, 20 seconds.
Ricardo Castruita, West Hall: Was eighth in the boys run at West Hall last Tuesday with a 17:18.
Makayla Ellis, North Hall: Came in 10th in the girls race at West Hall with a time of 20:58.
Sarah Beth English, Chestatee: Took fifth place at West Hall with a 20:13.
Jenna Gearing, White County: Won and set a new girls race record at the West Hall Invitational with a time of 19:07.
Zack Hill, North Hall: Was fourth in the boys race at West Hall at 16 minutes, 34 seconds.
Tucker LoCicero, North Hall: Finished third in the boys race at the West Hall Invitational with a time of 16:33.
Taylor Long, West Hall: Came in sixth in the girls race at West Hall with a 20:31.
Quintin Miles, North Hall: Finished in 10th place in the boys race at West Hall (17:20).
Tori Mullinax, Chestatee: Took home second place in the girls race at West Hall with a time of 19:44.
Witt Nix, North Hall: Won the boys race at West Hall with a 16:20.
Victoria Rogers, North Hall: Led the North Hall girls at West Hall and finished in third place with a time of 19:48.
Bryce Schuebert, North Hall: Finished in second place in the boys race at West Hall with a 16:28.
Dustin Snyder, Lakeview: Took fifth place at West Hall with a time of 17:15.
Compiled by Kelsey Williamson
Gainesville’s Kayla Street may only be a sophomore, but coach Michelle Green said she fully believes Street is one of the strongest leaders the Lady Red Elephants have.
For a team that is still building in Green’s second year at the helm, Gainesville has turned to some of its younger veterans for leadership on and off the field, and Green feels that Street fits right into that role this season.
“She’s really matured a lot since last season,” Green said. “She’s really hard-nosed and she’s got a vision for where she wants to go.”
After struggling for the majority of the season, Gainesville has started to find a groove with Street on the mound, beating Central Gwinnett and Cedar Shoals last week by scores of 13-8 and 15-2, respectively. In those games, Street recorded 10 total strikeouts and went 4 for 8 at the plate with seven RBIs.
For her efforts, Street has been named The Times Athlete of the Week.
Green knows what winning games by huge margins can do for her team’s confidence and credits Street with a good portion of the team’s success.
“It’s huge, not only did we put up 15 runs, we put up 15 runs because we got hits,” Green said. “(Street) was like 3 for 4, that night. I think people are starting to have to respect us.”
Street believes that part of the success comes from the closeness between herself, her teammates and her coaches.
“This year we have all gotten a lot closer,” Street said. “We’re like a huge family. One day (the coaches) came in and we met them, and the next day we’re best friends.”
Street admits that she had to grow a lot in order to fit into her new role as a leader.
“You have to be mentally strong,” Street said. “You have to be able to go out there and tell everyone to keep their head up when something goes wrong.”
Green said that Street is growing into her role and that her teammates look up to her. She described Street as a “free spirit” that will always “‘say something funny and get the whole team laughing.”
“And sometimes you need that,” Green said.
Along with her ability to lighten the mood, Green also said that Street has been a major factor in the team’s turnaround this season.
“They know when she’s on the mound that they have a chance to win,” Green said.
Green believes that the recent game against Chestatee was really the turning point for the season, and Street was on the mound that night.
“I told her that night that we were going to ride her, she was going to have to put everything on her back and we would go as far as she could take us,” Green said.
And although Green said that Street still has much potential to fulfill, she said Street has started to carry the weight of the team well.