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Athlete of the Week: Jefferson's Sarah Wood
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Honor Roll

Volleyball

Brittney Campbell, East Hall: Recorded 32 assists, seven digs, three kills and three aces against Decatur and Blessed Trinity last Tuesday.

Madison Dunn, Chestatee: Had 18 assists in wins over Walnut Grove and Eastside last Tuesday.

Laykin Herford, West Hall: Recorded 100 assists and 12 aces at the Battle of the Branch on Saturday.

Emily Hoggard, East Hall: Tallied 20 kills and 17 digs last Tuesday against Decatur and Blessed Trinity.

Kara Hix, East Hall: Had 12 service points and 37 digs in last week’s matches against Decatur and Blessed Trinity.

LeNiesha Kearse, West Hall: Added 45 kills, 40 digs and 11 blocks at the Battle of the Branch on Saturday.

Mikhayla Riegel, Buford: Had 18 digs in a win over Peachtree Ridge and a loss to Norcross last Thursday.

Maggie Roper, Buford: Recorded 12 kills and nine digs against Peachtree Ridge and Norcross.

Taylor Stewart, North Georgia Christian: Had 12 service points and 12 aces in a win over Unity Christian on Saturday.

Bailey Towles, Lakeview Academy: Tallied 22 assists, 24 digs and 11 aces at the Battle of the Branch on Saturday.

Kaylin Walden, Gainesville: Recorded 115 assists, 56 service points and nine aces at the Battle of the Branch on Saturday.

Anna Walker, Gainesville: Had 73 kills, 22 service points, 11 digs and eight aces at the Battle of the Branch on Saturday.

Katie White, Lakeview Academy: Added 29 digs, 19 kills and three aces at the Battle of the Branch on Saturday.

Softball

Jessica Baker, Jackson County: Went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a double against Veterans last weekend.

Whitney Brown, Lumpkin County: Hit a home run in a win over Forsyth Central last Wednesday.

Mason Garland, Jackson County: Went 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs scores, five RBIs and a stolen base against Veterans last weekend.

Beth Hildebrant, West Hall: Hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to break a tie and had six total RBIs in a win over North Hall last Wednesday.

Erin Jackson, Jefferson: Hit a two-run home run in a win over Oglethorpe County on Thursday.

Taylor Kennedy, Banks County: Went 2 for 4 with a home run, double and three RBIs against East Hall on Thursday.

Ericka Lopez, East Hall: Had two hits and two RBIs in a win over Stephens County on Monday.

Sabrina Porter, Banks County: Had a two-RBI single in a win over White County last Wednesday.

McKenna Rylee, Banks County: Was 2 for 4 with two singles and four stolen bases against East Hall on Thursday.

Cross Country

Shelby Bennett, Chestatee: Came in fifth in the girls’ race at Clear Creek Invitational on Saturday with a time of 21 minutes, 12 seconds.

Jack Carnes, Chestatee: Finished in fourth place in the meet with Dalton, Gilmer and Murray County on Saturday with a time of 16:55.

Sarah Beth English, Chestatee: Took home third place in the girls’ race at Clear Creek with a 19:40.

Edgar Guerrero, Chestatee: Was ninth in the boys’ race on Saturday with a 17:13.

Tori Mullinax, Chestatee: Finished in second place at Clear Creek with a time of 19:39.

Paige Williams, Chestatee: Was ninth in the girls’ race at Clear Creek with a 22:37.

Maggee Wilson, Chestatee: Took sixth place in the girls’ race with a 21:39.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

Sarah Wood has been put in a different position every season on the Jefferson volleyball team, but each season, she finds new ways to contribute and exhibit her skills, and she says that it makes her a better player overall.

“After playing in all the different positions, in every rotation I have I know how to play it,” Wood said. “I can execute on every single play.”

Her senior season is the only season that Wood has been one of the main hitters or blockers, but her statistics show that she has adapted to the position extremely well.

In 11 matches last week, she recorded 123 kills, 30 digs, 18 aces and 16 blocks with a passing percentage of 93 percent.

For her efforts, Wood has been named The Times Athlete of the Week.

When she was told of her new position at the beginning of the season, Wood wasn’t sure if she would be able to see the same kind of success that she had at other positions.

“Actually, I was really doubtful about the position I was going to be put in, but I’ve really grown to like it,” Wood said.

She wouldn’t say that it was her favorite position simply because of the work she had to put in to adapt, but she believes that it has helped her become better defensively. Wood said that she had to change her mindset in order to fulfill her potential at the position, but she realized that as the oldest member on the team, she needed to be an example for her teammates.

“I had to show that I’m flexible and can be put in any position with a smile on my face,” Wood said. “This year was my first year as a leader. Before this season I was the only starter that was younger than everyone, and I had to play older than my age.”

But Wood believes that having to “play older” helped her transform into a leader and a skill player even though she is not used to being one of the oldest on the team.

“I feel like I’ve matured a lot this year,” Wood said. “I feel like if I didn’t have the ability to do what I’m doing now we wouldn’t have the team we have.”

Now, because of her well-rounded play and the ability to play in multiple positions for a team, Wood plans to continue her volleyball career in college next fall at Reinhardt College in Waleska.

“I went to a meeting, and the coach laid down and offer and told me I had so many weeks to accept it before it would be off the table,” Wood said. “I’ve always looked at Reinhardt, and her saying that really motivated me and made me really excited.”

Wood feels as though she is blessed to have the opportunity to play at Reinhardt, but for now, she is focused on helping the Lady Dragons finish the season on a winning note.

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