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Boys Athlete of the Week: Jefferson's Satchel Turpin
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Honor Roll

Basketball

Spencer Adams, White County: Tallied 16 points and seven rebounds in a win against Jackson County on Saturday.

Avery Cagle, North Hall: Scored 20 points in a win against Banks County on Tuesday.

Carter Cagle, Johnson: Had 16 points against East Hall in the Lanierland tournament on Saturday.

Shaquan Cantrell, Gainesville: Put up 25 points in a win against Chestatee at Lanierland on Saturday.

Tyswon Cantrell, West Hall: Scored 15 points against Flowery Branch and 16 against Fannin County last week.

Ty Cockfield, Johnson: Had 28 points against Jefferson and 18 against East Hall last week.

A.J. Davis, Buford: Recorded 17 points in a win against East Hall last Tuesday.

Jordan Degraff, Chestatee: Tallied 15 points against Gainesville at Lanierland on Saturday.

Tyler Dominy, Dawson County: Scored 19 points against Schley County and 14 against Pinecrest Academy last week.

Kyle Doyle, Buford: Recorded 21 points against East Hall last Tuesday.

Brian Edwards, East Hall: Put up 27 points against Johnson at Lanierland on Saturday.

Caleb Eppling, North Georgia Christian: Scored 17 points in a win against Holy Ground on Thursday.

James Hodge, Johnson: Tallied 16 points against East Hall at Lanierland on Saturday.

Adam Kelly, Buford: Scored 26 points in a win against Lakeview at Lanierland on Saturday.

Montrell McKenzie,Johnson: Had 19 points against East Hall on Saturday.

Austin Montgomery, Lakeview: Recorded 28 points against George Walton on Tuesday.

Luke Moore, Gainesville: Scored 23 points against Chestatee at Lanierland on Saturday.

Deandre Peoples, West Hall: Tallied 15 points against Flowery Branch at Lanierland on Saturday.

Ebo Smith, North Hall: Had 15 points against Lakeview and 17 against Banks County last week.

Jamaad Stephens, Flowery Branch: Recorded 16 points against both West Hall and Cedar Shoals last week.

Nick Wayne, Flowery Branch: Put up 20 points in a win against Cedar Shoals last Tuesday.

Sam Youngblood, North Georgia Christian: Scored 19 points against Horizon Christian last Monday.

Wrestling

Edward Vergara, East Hall: Won his weight class at the John Smith Mountain Classic on Saturday in Dahlonega.

Felton Wood, East Hall: Won his weight class at the John Smith Mountain Classic on Saturday in Dahlonega.

Christian Zapatero, Chestatee: Recorded six pins in six matches last week.

Jefferson basketball coach Bolling DuBose had a feeling that Satchel Turpin would have a breakout game sometime this season, he just didn’t realize it would happen so early in the year.

After losing Austin Thompson to graduation after last season, the Dragons were searching for someone to fill his role as someone the team relies on to produce. DuBose knew that Turpin had talent, it was simply a matter of getting Turpin to realize it as well.

“In preseason practice I thought he looked tremendous,” DuBose said. “The first two games of the season he put a lot of pressure on himself, so he kind of struggled the first three or four games, but in practice we kept seeing what he was capable of doing.”

Last week, Turpin showed everyone what he was capable of doing by scoring 26 points in a 92-89 overtime win against Johnson last Tuesday to hand the Knights their first loss of the season. He then scored 15 more in a 68-36 blowout win against Social Circle on Friday.

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

“The Johnson game was probably the best overall game I’ve ever seen him play,” DuBose said. “He went out and started the game really strong. He did a great job attacking the basket. I hope that shows him he can do that against everybody.”

The Dragons were down by as many as 19 points against Johnson, but Turpin slowly evolved into a more vocal leader on the court and began doing what he knew was necessary to help the team win.

“When the shots started falling, I started having more confidence,” Turpin said.

That confidence turned into 20 second-half points and a 26-foot jump shot as time expired to lead Jefferson to a win.

“I’ve never really done anything like that before,” Turpin said. “I’ve been starting to work on my jump shots the past couple of years, and they’re starting to fall some.”

Before the win against Johnson, the Dragons were struggling to score, but the team had a week off before playing the Knights, and DuBose had a method to help the team.

“We were running every time we made a mistake in practice,” DuBose said. “The kids’ responses to that were positive and the practices got better.”

Not only did those practices help the team eliminate mistakes, it helped Turpin emerge as more of a leader on the team.

“In those week practices, we first started seeing him being vocal,” DuBose said. “We’ve never heard him hardly say a word before. He was not the only one, but it was very out of character for him. I think he just got tired of us making mistakes.”

“We ran a lot, and I saw people starting to get down and frustrated so I tried to keep them up and motivate people,” Turpin said.

“That helped a big deal. It just boosted my confidence level that I can be more than I thought I would.”

Turpin plays for a team that has a tradition of winning, but DuBose knows that “it’s one thing to expect to win and another to have the confidence to do it.”

After two big wins, however, he believes his team has its confidence back and that Turpin had the stellar game he knew was coming.

“I’m happy that he did it early in the season,” DuBose said. “He shoots well outside, he sinks threes, he attacks the basket, and he’s a good rebounder.”

As for the Johnson game, “we wouldn’t have done it without him,” DuBose said.

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