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Athlete of the Week: Gainesville's Kaylin Walden
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Honor Roll

Volleyball

Brittney Campbell, East Hall: Recorded 35 assists, 11 digs, five kills and four aces in a tri-match with Duluth and Johnson last Tuesday.

Kelly Chance, Johnson: Had 20 assists and eight aces in a tri-match last Tuesday.

Madison Dunn, Chestatee: Added 21 assists with a six-point service run last Tuesday against Lanier and Madison County.

Kristina Gregory, North Hall: Recorded 26 assists, nine kills and seven aces on Thursday.

Colleen Grider, Flowery Branch: Had 13 aces and 13 kills in a tri-match with Cedar Shoals and Alcovy last Tuesday.

Laykin Herford, West Hall: Had 31 assists in a tri-match last Tuesday.

Kara Hix, East Hall: Recorded 61 assists and six aces in a tri-match with Duluth and Johnson last Tuesday.

Tarryn Long, East Hall: Added 25 kills and 20 digs in a tri-match with Duluth and Johnson last Tuesday.

Avery Mixon, Jefferson: Had seven digs and six aces in wins over West Hall and Gilmer last Monday.

Tori Payton, Buford: Recorded 49 assists in wins over Collins Hill, Dacula and Shiloh last Thursday.

Lejavian Ratliff, Johnson: Added 15 digs, five aces and four kills against Duluth and East Hall on Thursday.

Melanie Smith, Chestatee: Had 16 kills and five aces in wins over Lanier and Madison County last week.

Kaitlin Tatum, Buford: Recorded 15 kills and six aces in wins over Collins Hill, Dacula and Shiloh last Thursday.

Katie White, Lakeview: Had 10 kills, 10 digs and six aces in wins over Rabun County and Jackson County on Thursday.

Grace Williamson, Jefferson: Contributed 26 assists, six kills, four aces and three digs in wins over West Hall and Gilmer last Monday.

Sarah Wood, Jefferson: Added 25 kills, eight digs, five blocks and a pair of aces in wins over West Hall and Gilmer last Monday.

Cross Country

Shelby Bennett, Chestatee: Finished third overall in the girls varsity race at the Cherokee Chase Challenge last weekend.

Jason Dang, Chestatee: Came in third overall in the boys varsity 5K race at the Cherokee Chase Challenge last weekend with a time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds.

Sarah Beth English, Chestatee: Finished second overall in the girls varsity race at the Cherokee Chase Challenge last weekend.

Jenna Gearing, White County: Won the girls race in a five-team meet at West Hall last Tuesday with a time of 20:07.

Junior Iniguez, West Hall: Won the boys race at the West Hall meet last Tuesday with a 14:41.

Jose Reyes Lavallee, Chestatee: Finished second in the boys varsity 5K at the Cherokee Chase Challenge last weekend with a time of 20:45.

Taylor Long, West Hall: Came in second in the girls race at the West Hall meet last week with a time of 21:34.

Tori Mullinax, Chestatee: Won the girls varsity race at the Cherokee Chase Challenge last weekend.

Brandon Nguyen, West Hall: Was third in the boys run at West Hall last week with a 17:55.

Sinead O’Bryant, White County: Came in third in the girls race in the five-team West Hall meet with a time of 21:43.

Softball

Bria Bush, Buford: Recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts, was 2 for 4 with a three-RBI double in a 9-0 shutout against Fannin County on Thursday.

Niki Cook, Buford: Went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and five stolen bases against Fannin on Thursday.

Megan Faulkner, Jefferson: Went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs in a win over Social Circle on Thursday.

Allyson Gentry, Lumpkin County: Was 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs in a win against Lanier on Thursday.

Remington Hasty, Buford: Recorded three RBIs including a two-run home run against West Hall last Monday.

Hannah Hughes, Union County: Was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs in a win over Jefferson last Tuesday.

Shelton Kendrix, Jackson County: Was 3 for 4 with three RBIs in a win over Hart County last Thursday.

Lindsey Miles, Jefferson: Had an RBI home run against Social Circle on Thursday.

Kayla Street, Gainesville: Had six strikeouts and was 2 for 4 at the plate in a win over Chestatee on Thursday.

Taylor Turk, Lumpkin County: Was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs in a win over Lanier on Thursday.

Morgan Wood, Lumpkin County: Hit a two-run home run against Rabun County last Monday.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

Gainesville High senior volleyball player Kaylin Walden is only in her second season with the Lady Red Elephants, but after helping the team to the state playoffs last year and spending a season with her Gainesville teammates, Walden has developed a strong bond with the other ladies on her team that has helped them improve even more from 2011, according to coach Randi Orr.

“She is very knowledgeable of the game,” Orr said, “Now, she has developed the trust she needed in order to have the girls trust her in decision making.”

Walden is a leader on and off the court, as evidenced by her 142 assists in four matches over the past week.

For her efforts, Walden has been names The Times Athlete of the Week.

Going into this season, Walden said that she didn’t foresee this kind of personal success after having the summer off, but has surprised herself with her play.

“I thought it was probably going to be a little rough, but when I get out on the court it totally changes,” she said.

Orr said that Walden has brought a new style to the Lady Red Elephants and has changed some aspects of their game.

“It’s a lot more intense style of playing,” she said.

Now that Walden has developed chemistry with her teammates, who she says are almost like her sisters, the intensity can increase even more because Walden knows the players she’s assisting.

She has even encouraged some of the Lady Red Elephants to join club volleyball teams, and Orr said that they take that experience and mix it into the play at Gainesville.

“She has kind of set the bar for us to take it to the next level,” Orr said, “We set our team goal to win all of our region matches and the region title this year.”

As much as Walden has changed the Lady Red Elephants, however, she says that Orr’s coaching has changed her play as well.

“I’ve learned Coach Orr’s tactic more, and she has shown me what I need to work on as her player,” Walden said, “I’ve sort of rearranged my play some.”

Orr trusts Walden to lead Gainesville on and off the court because she is “a strong spirit but a gentle heart,” which has helped her form bonds and anchor a team that has become a force in the region.

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