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Athlete of the Week: Gainesville's Pep Brown
Carded a 66 at the Region 8-AAA golf meet
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Honor roll

Baseball
Michael Gettys, Gainesville: Earned the win pitching, and had two hits and three RBIs in a win against Monroe Area; Earned the win on the mound and had two doubles against North Hall.
Stephen Mason, Gainesville: Had five hits and five RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of North Hall.
Caleb Whitenton, Gainesville: Had four hits and three RBIs on Friday against North Hall.
David Gonzalez, Gainesville: Pitched a complete-game shutout in Game 1, then added a solo home run in Game 2 against North Hall.
Jesse Tallent, Jackson County: Had a home run, two hits and three RBIs in a win against Dawson County.
Chris White, Johnson: Went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI against White County.
Win Griffith, Johnson: Had four hits and scored four runs in a win against White County.
Brandon Adams, Johnson: Had three hits and scored three runs against White County.
Freddie Beamon, Lumpkin County: Threw a no hitter in a win against Chestatee.
Chase Hulsey, Flowery Branch: Pitched a complete-game shutout in a region playoff game against Salem.
Keltin DeVoe, Flowery Branch: Finished 3 for 3 with five RBIs and three runs scored in a region playoff game against Salem.
Drew Miles, Flowery Branch: Finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs in a region playoff game against Salem.
C.J. Navin, Flowery Branch: Finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs scored in a region playoff game against Salem.
Kevin Alexander, White County: Had three hits, three runs and three RBIs against Johnson.

Golf
Kameron Williams, Flowery Branch: Shot a 76 for the Falcons in the Region 8-AAAA meet.
Madeline Harr, Gainesville: Carded an 80 in the Region 8-AAA meet.
Meg Callahan, Gainesville: Carded an 80 in the Region 8-AAA meet.
Pep Brown, Gainesville: Carded a 66 at the Region 8-AAA meet.
Nathan Williams, Gainesville: Carded a 74 at the Region 8-AAA meet.
Jackson Bishop, Gainesville: Carded a 74 at the Region 8-AAA meet.
Parks Brown, Gainesville: Carded a 75 at the Region 8-AAA meet.
Grant Lasseter, Gainesville: Carded a 75 at the Region 8-AAA meet.
Austin Booker, Lumpkin County: Carded a 75 at the Region 8-AAA meet.
Andy Bracewell, North Hall: Carded a 71 at the Region 8-AAA meet.
Eli Crumley, White County: Carded a 70 at the Region 8-AAA meet..500

Track and field state qualifiers
Banks County: Makayla Hewell, 1600, 3200.
Buford: Jaquana Brown, shot put; Jordan Deep, discus; Courtney Maddox, shot put.
Commerce: Zoey Forrester, 100 hurdles; Cameron Hawkins, triple jump; Lily Mather, high jump; Thomas McMillian, high jump; Dekkerio Ramsey, long jump and triple jump; Jamir Walton, long jump and triple jump; Micah Eason, shot put, 400 meter relay team.
Chestatee: Sarah Beth English, 1600; Kristin Moroz, high jump; Brandon Thompson, 100 and 200.
Dawson County: Kristy Martin, discus; Hayden Wilson, discus.
East Hall: Isaac Mize, high jump, Jamond Witt, 100.
Flowery Branch: Alex Miller, high jump; Kathrine Randolph, long jump; Brittney Wells, 800; Austin Eckenroth, pole vault; Drew Garland, 1600 and 3200.
Gainesville: Kiki Harris, pole vault; Sara Hayes, 800 and 1600; Marcquel Woodard, 800 and 1600; Girls 1600 relay; Tierra Hill, high jump; Joseph Lazano, pole vault; Pablo Alberto, 800.
Habersham Central: Tanisha Summerour, shot put; Ashley Willsea, discus; Neil Lathem, discus.
Jackson County: Yohan Reynolds, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Jefferson: Holly Baron, 800; Reese Bowles, 1600 and 3200; Abby Carson, pole vault; Sasha Parker, 3200; Rebecca Stoudenmire, pole vault; Carson Newman, discus; Mason Hamrick, pole vault; James Howard, pole vault.
Johnson: Britteny Green, shot put.
Lumpkin County: Skyler Jackson, high jump.
North Hall: Makayla Ellis, 3200; Gabrielle Hoffman, pole vault; Harper Seymour, discus; Luis Gonzalez, 800 and 3200; Witt Nix, 800 and 1600; Destin Bennett, discus; Chase Yarbrough, pole vault; Imani Cross; shot put; Nate Simon, triple jump; Bryce Schuebert, 1600; Tucker LoCicero, 3200.
Riverside Military: Skylar Toney, pole vault.
West Hall: Maia Booker, 100 and long jump; Haley Haynes, long jump; Jarlissa Latimore, shot put; LeNiesha Kearse, 100 and 300 hurdles; Taylor Long, 3200 meter; Ryan Sharry, 800 and 1600 run; Victoria Tuttle, pole vault; Girls 400 and 1600 relay teams.
White County: Jessie Dotson, 1600 and 3200; Chloe Maddox, pole vault; Dalton Whitfield, discus; Ryan Kennedy, high jump.

Tennis
Morgan Mercer/Suzanne Smith, Gainesville: No. 1 doubles team won matches in the first and second round of the playoffs.
Mandy Wuest/Lauren Carter, Gainesville: No. 2 doubles team won matches in the first and second round of the playoffs.
Georgia Summer, Gainesville: Won at No. 2 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Austinn Miller, Gainesville: Won at No. 2 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Jackson Goble, Gainesville: Won at No. 3 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Graham McKinnon/Jake Maddox, Gainesville: No. 1 doubles team won in the first round of the playoffs.
Jake McCardel/Alexander Davis, Gainesville: No. 2 doubles team won in the first round of the playoffs.
Eric Gfesser, Riverside Military: Won at No. 2 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Sergio Saleh, Riverside Military: Won at No. 3 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Eric Chow/Drew Eidson, Riverside Military: No. 2 doubles team won in the first round of the playoffs.
Zach Bost, Jefferson: Won at No. 1 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Gage Thompson, Jefferson: Won at No. 2 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Brandon Clabo/Austin Pratt, Jefferson: No. 2 doubles team won in the first round of the playoffs.
Bekki Benton/Durden Smith, Flowery Branch: No. 1 doubles team won in the first round of the playoffs.
Nicole Morris, Flowery Branch: Won at No. 3 singles in the first round of the playoffs.
Madison Smith/Dani Taylor, Flowery Branch: No. 2 doubles team won in the first round of the playoffs.

Gainesville junior Pep Brown picked a great time to play his best round of golf. In last week’s Region 8-AAA championships at Chattahoochee Golf Course, Brown fired five birdies over the first six holes and carded a 66, three shots better than his previous best of 69.

For his efforts, Brown is The Times Athlete of the Week. The win marked the first low-medallist honors of his high school career.

Not only did Brown’s round of 6-under par give him individual honors, it also propelled the Red Elephants to the region team title and automatic berth to next week’s state championship meet on Monday at the Augusta Country Club.

“That was a huge confidence boost going into state,” Brown said.

The region title on the golf course was just one half of the big week for Brown. The next day, Brown, who ranks second academically in his class, was announced as the student body president for next year.

At region, Brown could do no wrong. He was sharp with his irons, and set up putts that were within birdie range.

On No. 1, he got started with a wedge shot from 100 yards out that came to rest 18 inches from the cup, then tapped in for birdie. Then on No. 2, Brown knocked in a 20-foot putt for birdie after hitting his 7-iron from 160 yards away from the green. On No. 3, Brown had to hit a 10-foot putt for birdie.

On No. 5 he kept the momentum going with a 5-iron fairway shot from 200 yards away that came to rest 10 feet from the cup, then hit his birdie putt. At No. 6, Brown hit his longest birdie putt from 35 feet away.

Brown’s 66 was just one shot off the school record (65) set by Cliff Oliver, according to Red Elephants coach Bryson Worley.

The round at region was solid all around for the Red Elephants, which speaks well for their chances at the state championship on Monday. Gainesville made the turn at the region meet with a collective 7-under par, which was especially impressive given the windy conditions that afternoon.

Six of the Red Elephants finished their round with a 77 or better.

“This is a fun group to coach,” Worley said.

Worley said he’s prepared this team all season with exercises to handle the mental aspect of the game as well as the physical.

Gainesville’s golfers will be on a course they haven’t played as a team this season, even though most have played the Augusta Country Club previously in junior tournaments, according to Worley. They plan to arrive early to give golfers a chance to practice on the course.

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