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Boys Athlete of the Week: Gainesville's Pep Brown
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Honor Roll

Baseball

Colton Duttweiler, North Hall: Had two hits, one of them a record-tying triple for the school, and two RBIs in a win against Banks County last Wednesday.

Sims Griffith, Gainesville: Had three hits, three runs scored and an RBI in a win against Apalachee last Wednesday.

Adam Kelly, North Hall: Struck out nine over five innings and was 2 for 3 in a win against Banks County last Wednesday. Went 3 for 3 with three RBIs in a win against East Hall on Friday.

Micah Carpenter, Jefferson: Struck out 10 in a complete-game win against Towns County on Friday.

Chase Dunlap, Jackson County: Recorded four strikeouts pitching and was 3 for 4 with a triple, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs in a win against Cedar Shoals on Friday.

Golf

Eli Crumley, White County: Carded a 74 and won in a playoff to finish first individually at the Region 7-AAA championship last Wednesday.

Clay Hoffman, North Hall: Shot a 74 to finish in second place in the Region 7-AAA championship.

Nathan Williams, Gainesville: Finished with an even-par 72 to take second place at the Region 8-AAAAA championship on Thursday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

Eric Little, Flowery Branch: Carded a 73 to finish third overall in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament.

Track

Bryce Schuebert, North Hall: Won the 1600-meter race at the Class AAA sectional on Saturday.

Witt Nix, North Hall: Took first place in the 3200-meter event at the Class AAA sectional on Saturday.

Destin Bennett, North Hall: Won the shot put at the Class AAA sectional on Saturday.

David Curry, Buford: Finished in first place in the pole vault at the Class AAA sectional on Saturday.

Layson Giles, Jackson County: Took first in the high jump at the Class AAA sectional on Saturday.

Over the years, Gainesville’s Pep Brown has learned that with golf, it’s best to take a match one hole at a time and worry less about the big picture.

Now, in his senior season, Brown has a long list of accomplishments to accompany the calm, focused perspective that Red Elephants coach Bryson Worley believes is his biggest improvement.

“The ability to weather adversity and put things in perspective, that’s probably the biggest improvement I’ve seen,” Worley said.

Brown admits that he used to be tough on himself if he made even a single bad shot, and it affected the rest of his game. Ever since he improved his composure on the course, however, he has been outstanding for the Red Elephants.

“He’s a seasoned veteran,” Worley said. “I never worry about him. He’s steady in every part of his life.”

Last week, the veteran Brown shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Region 8-AAAAA meet at the Chattahoochee Golf Club to capture his second individual region title in a row and lead Gainesville to another team region championship.

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

According to Brown, however, his region performance wasn’t really one of his best.

“It wasn’t really anything special,” he said. “Most things just went my way. It was a lot like last year, but going into a tournament, any of our top six guys could win.”

Even with the team’s depth, Brown, who is committed to play college golf for Wofford College, is always consistent for Gainesville, and Worley counts on him to be a leader.

“I probably don’t realize how much I lean on him as a leader,” Worley said. “He’s been a leader for us since his freshman year, so probably next year it’s going to hit me.

“He’s definitely the one that has set the bar. I know my son looks up to him.”

Part of what makes Brown a leader on the Gainesville team is his mental game and his ability to set the tone on the course.

“I try not to show too much emotion on the course to just not get down on myself or get a big head about how I’m playing,” he said. “I just try to go out and play the course and not the opponent.”

But no matter how impressive his golf game ever is, Worley notes that Brown’s involvement in so many things is outstanding.

“What amazes me about Pep is everything he’s involved in,” Worley said. “He’s student body president, which is a big deal at Gainesville. He’s an Eagle Scout, and he’s in the top five or 10 percent of the class, and then to play the type of golf he does is just really great.

“He’s actually an inspiration to me. He gets everything done, and I don’t know how he does it.”

Brown said that part of his motivation to lead comes from within, but the other part comes from his family.

“I just love to be involved and help out and help in any way that I can,” Brown said. “I’m a really organized person and I like to use that in school. My dad and both of my sisters were student body president. It’s always something that I wanted to do.”

He has accomplished most of his goals for high school, but Brown still has a couple more that he wants to reach before he graduates.

“It would be just the best feeling in the world to finish my high school career a two-time state champion,” he said.

No matter the outcome of the state meet, however, one thing is certain about Brown’s senior year.

“It’s been the best year of my life.”

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