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Athlete of the Week: Lakeview Academy's Jacob Whitenton
Senior hit three home runs last week
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Honor roll

Baseball

Logan Conley, Flowery Branch: Went 2 for 2 with a home run and four RBIs in a win over Riverside Military on Saturday.

Nick Drury, Lakeview Academy: Went 3 for 3 with a home run in a win over East Hall on Saturday; hit a grand slam in a win over Tallulah Falls on Friday.

Chase Hulsey, Flowery Branch: Hit a grand slam and finished with six RBIs in a win over Riverside Military on Saturday.

Mason Savage, North Hall: Went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and a three-run home run in a win over Walnut Grove on Friday.

David Sosebee, White County: Hit a two-run, walk-off home run to finish the game 2 for 4 with two RBIs in a win over Monroe Area on Friday; earned his eighth win of the season with 13 strikeouts and no walks, and hit an RBI double in a win over Oconee County on Wednesday.

Brody Thomas, Flowery Branch: Went 2 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs in a win over Riverside Military on Saturday.

C.J. White, East Hall: Hit a grand slam in a loss to Lakeview Academy on Saturday.

Golf

Aaron George, Lumpkin County: Won the Region 8-AAA championship Thursday.

Track

Tyler Armour, Chestatee: Placed first in the pole vault in the Region 8-AAA championship Friday.

Cody Barger, North Hall: Placed first in the 1,600-meter in the Region 8-AAA championship Friday.

Taylor Guthrie, Lumpkin County: Placed first in the triple jump in the Region 8-AAA championship Friday.

Kyle Stacey, Johnson: Placed first in the shot put in the Region 8-AAA championships Friday.

Soccer

Corwin Kulig, North Georgia Christian: Scored two goals, and added an assist, in a win over Creekside Christian on Saturday.

Sofy Munoz, North Georgia Christian: Scored two goals in a win over Creekside Christian on Saturday.

Alexis Rebollar, Chestatee: Scored two goals in a win over White County on Tuesday; scored a goal in a loss to Habersham Central on Monday.

Roldan Reyes, Chestatee: Scored two goals in a win over White County on Tuesday.

Sarah Rhodes, North Georgia Christian: Scored two goals in a win over Loganville Christian on Thursday.

There are times when success means not worrying about failure.

Last week was one such time for Lakeview Academy senior baseball player Jacob Whitenton.

Going into the week, Whitenton was in a self-described "slump."

"I was just worrying too much, getting too wound up at the plate," Whitenton said. "I just had to let that go, stay back, really see the ball, and try to turn that into some hits."

If Whitenton's performance on Friday and Saturday is any indication, the senior seems to have dug out of his slump and certainly isn't worrying too much any longer.

Whitenton hit a three-run home run in a win over Tallulah Falls on Friday, then went 3 for 4 with two home runs and six RBIs in a win over East Hall the next day.

For his efforts, Whitenton is The Times Athlete of the Week.

The senior picked the right time to reach his peak. The Lions (12-11, 10-8 Region 8-A) have to win both of their final two regular season games, and receive a little help from other teams in the region, to qualify for the Class A state tournament.

Lakeview was in the playoffs last season, but was eliminated in the first round.

"It would really mean a lot, to get back there and then go further than we have before," Whitenton said. "I know that we are capable of doing it, we just have to get it done on the field."

Getting it done on the field is something that Lakeview coach Deuce Roark associates with Whitenton, a four-year starter who has played several different positions during his high school career.

"He's consistent," Roark said of Whitenton. "He's been consistent since he was a freshman. He works hard, he doesn't get into trouble, and he helps make our program better."

While Whitenton, who stands over 6 feet and weighs close to 200 pounds, played first and third base a good bit during his first three years in high school, he has played primarily in the outfield this season.

"I don't care where I play, as long as I can help the team get a win," Whitenton said.

The Lions will visit Towns County at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and host Tallulah Falls at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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