Kelsi Jones, West Hall: Tallied 46 kills in two wins and two losses last week for the Lady Spartans.
Alli Busbee, West Hall: Recorded 56 assists in a pair of wins and a pair of losses last week.
Jenna Gearing, White County: Won the girls race at the West Hall meet last Tuesday in 19 minutes, 17 seconds.
Austin Thompson, White County: Took first place in the West Hall boys race in 17:23.
Jason Dang, Chestatee: Finished the boys race at Union County in 18:36 to take first place last Thursday.
Emma Garrison, Union County: Won the Union County girls race in 20:46.
Morgan Walters, Buford: Had four RBIs and two runs scored in a win against Banks County last Tuesday and hit a three-run home run in a win against East Hall last Thursday.
Mary Ann Luna, White County: Hit a grand slam in a win against West Hall last Tuesday.
Lakeview Academy junior Katie White was blessed with natural athletic ability, and, in seventh grade, she decided to try her hand at volleyball.
Now, her hands have excellent hitting skills, and Lady Lions’ head coach Rena Millwood noted her improvement over her years of play and her talent.
“She has improved as an all-around player,” Millwood said. “She is one of our strongest hitters. She’s consistent with her hits and she can read the other side well.”
White recorded 58 digs, 26 kills and seven aces for Lakeview Academy last week in three wins, two of them in the region, and a loss.
For her efforts, White is The Times’ Athlete of the Week.
“The whole team really stepped it up against George Walton (in a region win),” Millwood said. “They’re a really strong competitor, so we needed our leaders to step up and she was one of them. That momentum carried on into our other matches.”
White is one of many Lakeview Academy players who leads by example, but she also isn’t afraid to make her voice heard.
“She’s vocal on the court and tries to keep everyone pumped up,” Millwood said. “And with her hitting abilities, of course, she’s a strong asset.”
She is a versatile player for the Lady Lions, but it’s clear that White is at her best when in a hitting position. As an outside hitter, White may look to seniors like fellow outside hitter Shelby Ross for advice, but most of her talent comes naturally.
“The really good thing about her is she can hit it strongly all over the court,” Millwood said. “Some girls are strongest when hitting straight, but (White) is just as good hitting cross-court.”
Even though her skill is obvious, Millwood emphasized that White is always eager to learn more to help her team.
“I think she looks up to and respects all of our seniors,” Millwood said. “She and (Ross) feed off of each other, but she’s always looking for anybody to help her improve.
“We have such good chemistry this year, they all encourage each other. It’s really something I have never seen before.”
Millwood noted that White has expressed an interest in playing collegiate volleyball, and due to her eager attitude, Millwood is confident in her abilities.
“I think as this year progresses, and even into next year, if she just keeps her focus I believe she can play at the next level.”