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Athlete of the Week: Jenna Abbott
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Honor Roll

Cross Country

Jessie Dotson, White County: Won the girls individual division at the Mountain Eagle Invitational with a time of 20 minutes, 54 seconds

Taylor Long, West Hall: Won the girls War Eagle Invitational with a time of 20:08

Brandon Lawson, North Hall: Won boys War Eagle Invitational with a time of 17:09

Dylan Price, Buford: Placed second in boys individual division at the Mountain Eagle Invitational with a time of 18:34

Softball

Haley Shinall, Jackson County: Pitched 22 strikeouts and went 3-0 at the Veterans Memorial Tournament last weekend

Lexi Overstreet, Buford: Had a three-run home run, double, three RBIs and scored three runs versus Luella on Monda

Volleyball

Latisha Shelton, East Hall: Had four aces, seven kills, three assists and 12 blocks at the East Hall Spikefest this weekend

Kenzie Grewett, Flowery Branch: 17 assists and 12 blocks versus region opponent Habersham Central on Thursday

Taylor Cramsey, Jefferson: Had six aces, 16 kills and three blocks in wins versus East Hall and West Hall Thursday

Kristina Gregory, North Hall: Led the Trojans to a 4-1 week with 12 aces, 17 kills, 22 assists and four aces

Compiled by Graham Reaves

At the beginning of the season, Dawson County softball pitcher Jenna Abbott said that she had been looking forward to her team’s match-up with Union County.

“I don’t know if I have ever been more pumped for a softball game,” Abbott said, “and especially to win on their turf.”
And she didn’t disappoint, helping the Lady Tigers avenge their only loss of the season, a home loss to the Lady Panthers a month earlier.

Abbott led Dawson County in the pitching circle, shutting out Class AA’s No. 3 ranked team, Union County, on the road.

For her efforts, Abbott has been selected as The Times Athlete of the Week. The win over Union County came one week after an 8-inning, 18-strikout performance against East Hall.

In the game, Abbott said her arm was feeling good and had no idea she had set a career-best for strikouts.

Since the softball recruiting season opened on Sept. 1, Abbott has been contacted by over a dozen Division-I schools, including Auburn, LSU and South Carolina. She came close, however, to never even playing softball.

“My dad didn’t really want me to get into sports, but my mom signed me up for tee-ball anyways,” Abbott said.

Ironically, Abbott now says her father is her biggest supporter, taking her to the park to work on hitting a couple of times each week.

Abbott says she will listen to her dad before anyone else.

“He is the first person to congratulate me and point out things I can work on after a game,” she said.

Not only does she play varsity softball and work on hitting a couple of times a week in her free time, but Abbott plays travel softball for one of the best teams in the nation, the Atlanta Vipers 18 Gold. The Vipers played in a tournament earlier this year and finished fourth out of 180 teams from around the nation.

Abbott will participate in a game with the Vipers on Nov. 4 that will be televised on ESPN, a stage which does not scare the southpaw.

Though she is not one of the oldest members of the team, Abbott is one of the more vocal leaders for the Lady Tigers according to coach Pruett.

“I always tell my team to play like we are down one run,” Abbott said.

It is the same attitude she takes to the pitching circle.

Abbott has high hopes for this year’s Dawson County team. “This year I don’t want to just go to state,” she said, “but I want to win it.”

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