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Athlete of the Week: Lions find new leader
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Honor roll

Basketball

Andraya Carter, Buford: 24 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Decatur.

Kyle Kellam, Buford: 16 points in a loss to Decatur.

Lamar Brooks, Chestatee: 19 points in a win over Lumpkin County.

Jackson Chandler, Chestatee: 14 points in a loss to Creekview.

Peyton Robertson, Chestatee: Averaged 18 points with 13 rebounds in two games.

Chelsea Wilson, Chestatee: 12 points in a win over Lumpkin County.

Jacob Evans, Dawson County: Averaged 14 points in two games.

Jasmine Jenkins, East Hall: Averaged 12.5 points in two games.

J.C. Hampton, East Hall: Averaged 14.5 points in two games.

Greg Edwards, East Hall: 19 points in a win over Lambert.

Haley Chapman, East Hall: Averaged 12.5 points in two games.

Morgan Jackson, East Hall: 15 points in a win over West Hall.

Ishmael Hollis, Flowery Branch: Averaged 23.5 points in two games.

Jessica Harper, Flowery Branch: 18 points in a win over North Hall.

A.J. Johnson, Gainesville: Recorded double digit points and rebounds twice in three games.

Jaymee Carnes, Gainesville: 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over West Forsyth.

Chris West, Gainesville: 14 points in a win over Winder-Barrow.

Blake Sims, Gainesville: 23 points in a win over West Forsyth.

Quon Holcomb, Gainesville: 14 points in a win over West Forsyth.

Darius Minor, Jefferson: Averaged 20 points in two games.

Jessi Damons, Jefferson: 18 points in a win over Union County.

Erin Knight, Jefferson: Averaged 15 points in two games.

Matt Hollis, Johnson: Averaged 14.6 points in three games.

Chris Henry, Johnson: Averaged 14 points in two games.

Tre Dudley, Johnson: Averaged 21.3 points in three games.

Ty Odem, Johnson: 15 points in a loss to Blessed Trinity.

Maddie Haymore, Lakeview Academy: 13 points in a loss to Towns County.

Austin Pearson, Lakeview Academy: 20 points in a win over Towns County.

Jackson Wells, Lakeview Academy: 17 points in a win over Towns County.

Ross Biegler, Lakeview Academy: 16 points in a win over Social Circle.

Austin Montgomery, Lakeview Academy: 16 points in a win over Social Circle.

Robby Hill, North Hall: Averaged 14 points in two games.

Kanler Coker, North Hall: 15 points in a win over Flowery Branch.

McKenna Rushton, North Hall: Scored 20 points in a win over White County.

Taylor Swoszowski, North Hall: 15 points in a win over Creekview.

Brandon McKinney, Riverside: 15 points in a win over Fannin County.

Richard Tribble, Riverside: Averaged 17.5 points in two games.

Melissa Conrad, Towns County: 18 points in a win over Lakeview Academy.

Seth Merritt, Union County, Averaged 17.5 points in two games.

Bailey Soucie, West Hall: Averaged 12.3 points in three games.

Brook Reed, West Hall: 12 points in a win over Johnson.

Jarquise Young, West Hall: Averaged 23 points in two games.

Shunquez Stephens, West Hall: Averaged 21.3 points in three games.

William Stroup, West Hall: Averaged 17 points in two games.

Ashely Lowery, White County: Averaged 12.5 points in two games.

Luke Crumley, White County: 19 points in a win over Pickens.

Luke Fincher, White County: 14 points in a loss to North Hall.

Coaches may nominate players for the Honor Roll by e-mailing sports@gainesvilletimes.com, or calling 770-718-3409. The weekly deadline for nominations is noon Monday.

In basketball, it’s been said that the best offense is a good defense. Then again, it doesn’t hurt to have both.

Lakeview Academy’s Daniel Olvera demonstrated how useful it can be to burn the candle at both ends in two games last week.

Olvera poured in 15 points and grabbed four rebounds in the Lions’ 87-66 win over Social Circle on Tuesday, and had a breakout performance with 25 points with eight steals and two blocks in an 88-54 win over Towns County on Friday.

The wins lifted Lakeview’s region record to 5-1 with a 6-7 overall season record.

For his efforts, Olvera is this week’s The Times Athlete of the Week.

“Daniel shot the ball the best he has all year and that’s good, because that’s his role on this team,” coach Seth Vining said after the game.

“He played outstanding. He put together a complete game and I was extremely pleased.”

For Olvera though, the wins weren’t solely about his accomplishments, but were instead an example of what his team accomplished together.

“I think I did well,” Olvera said. “But it’s not all about me, it’s about the team. They made openings for me. It’s not about one person, it’s about everyone.”

This season, however, has presented new challenges for the 6-foot-2 senior, who found it difficult to find his place on the court early this year.

Starting off this season as a point guard, Olvera racked up 48 rebounds, 37 steals, 21 blocks and 48 assists to lead the Lions defensively through 12 games, but it wasn’t until last week when he changed positions that his scoring potential was fully realized.

“We finally have him in the right position,” Vining said. “We tried him at point guard, but moved him to the wing position and he’s more comfortable there, and how he (performed) Friday was because of that.”

“We turn our defense into offensive points,” Olvera, who averages 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season, stated. “We’ve started to come together and play more as a team.”

For Vining, Olvera’s versatility is key.

“Daniel is a very versatile player,” he said. “ I wouldn’t hesitate to move him if I needed to. You never know what might happen, but we’ll definitely use Daniel where we need to.”

As for the rest of Olvera’s season, Vining simply stated: “He’s playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

Lakeview returns to action against Athens Academy at 7:30 tonight in Athens.

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