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Boys Athlete of the Week: Lakeview Academy's Dakota Chalmers
Lions pitcher struck out 15 in win against Prince Avenue
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Honor Roll
Baseball

Spencer Adams, White County: Finished 2 for 3 with a double, triple and an RBI in a win against East Hall last Wednesday.

Hunter Anglin, Gainesville: Was 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs and two strikeouts pitching in relief in a win against Flowery Branch last Wednesday.

Garrett Bishop, East Hall: Had two hits, three RBIs and a run scored in a win against West Hall on Saturday.

Colton Duttweiler, North Hall: Went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a home run in a win against Dawson County last Wednesday.

Zach Mize, North Hall: Was 3 for 4 with two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI in a win against Buford on Saturday.

Soccer
Fabian Abarca, Johnson: Scored two goals and had an assist in a win against Stephens County on Friday.

Cristian Felix, Chestatee: Recorded two goals in a win against Stephens County last Tuesday.

Edwin Mendieta, West Hall: Notched a hat trick in a win against North Hall last Tuesday.

Jonathan Mendoza, Johnson: Tallied a pair of goals in a win against Madison County last Tuesday.

Erik Romero, Gainesville: Scored a pair of goals in a win against Heritage on Friday.

Rick Valentine, Lakeview: Recorded a hat trick in a win against George Walton last Tuesday.

Track
Tucker Cook, White County: Won the 300 hurdles in the Region 7-AAA Championship on Thursday.

Justin McCray, Buford: Won the 110 hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles at the Region 7-AAA Championship on Thursday.

Quintin Miles, North Hall: Won the 800-meter event at the Region 7-AAA Championship on Thursday.

Conner Nations, Jefferson: Won the shot put at the Region 8-AA Championship on Thursday.

Witt Nix, North Hall: Won the 3200 at the Region 7-AAA Championship on Thursday.

Alex Parrish, Jefferson: Won the 1600 at the Region 8-AA Championship on Thursday.

Tradd Porter, Jefferson: Won the 800 meter at the Region 8-AA Championship on Thursday.

Skylar Toney, Riverside Military: Won the pole vault at the Region 8-AA Championship on Thursday.

Thomas Wilson, Buford: Won the 200- and 400-meter events and was part of the first-place winning 400- and 1600-meter relay teams at the Region 7-AAA Championship on Thursday.

Tennis
Jackson Goble, Gainesville: Earned a pair of wins against Loganville at Flowery Branch at the Region 8-AAAAA tournament last week.

Graham McKinnon, Gainesville: Won against Loganville, Heritage and Flowery Branch in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament last week.

Tatum Scroggs, West Hall: Won against Fannin County and North Hall at the Region 7-AAA tournament last Tuesday.

Grayson Kyle/Min Kim, West Hall: Won doubles matches against Fannin County and North Hall at the Region 7-AAA tournament last Tuesday.

Alec Zais/Nick Dillard, Gainesville: Won doubles matches against Loganville and Heritage in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament last week.

Even as a sophomore, Dakota Chalmers has already solidified his role on Lakeview Academy’s baseball team.

After seeing some time on the mound as a freshman, Chalmers has become a key player for the Lions this season as a starting pitcher in many important games.

“He’s been someone we’ve counted on to pitch in big games,” Lions coach Deuce Roark said. “Even as our leadoff hitter he’s solidified himself on our team.”

Chalmers made his place evident again last week as he went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles, a single and an RBI in a loss to Hebron Christian last Tuesday, then struck out 15 pitching in a win against Prince Avenue Christian on Saturday.

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

“He has been a young man that every time he pitches, we have a chance to win,” Roark said. “He has come on this year and been a great pitcher for us.”

One of the major factors in Chalmers’s success, according to Roark, is his maturity and presence on the field.

“His presence as a player has been a nice surprise,” Roark said. “He has really matured as a baseball player. He has done everything we ask him to do, and he just kind of does it in a quiet and consistent way.”

Chalmers credits his growth to Roark and his teammates, who he says make him feel comfortable and accepted despite his youth.

“We’ve got a lot of really good leaders on the team setting a good path for me,” Chalmers said. “They help me do a good job of keeping my head on straight, even if things aren’t going my way.”

Since Chalmers has been able to stay focused on the mound and relax at the plate, he has been able to lead the team by example in his second year.

“One of his major characteristics is that he’s confident,” Roark said. “He will throw any of his pitches at any time.

At the plate he’s able to relax in big moments like in the Prince Avenue game when he came in with the winning run, he just let all of the practice time he’s put in take over.”

This relaxed demeanor is new for Chalmers, who said he was more tense at the plate last year but learned how to take a step back and just do his job from Roark. Now, instead of being tense and overaggressive, he just finds focus.

“I just work on staying focused and not worry about anything else that’s going on,” Chalmers said. “I just work on the next pitch. I feel really confident on the mound.”

In addition to focusing on each pitch, Chalmers is also focused on the postseason.

“I hope I can go deep into games so we can save pitchers and move on in the playoffs, because I’m pretty sure we’re going to go,” Chalmers said. “I’ve cut down on my walks a lot, so that helps us save pitching down the stretch.”

Even after the season, Roark noted that Chalmers doesn’t stop working on his game and believes the young pitcher has a bright future ahead of him.

“He’s always working to improve,” Roark said. “He’s very passionate as a baseball player, and if he continues to improve, the sky’s the limit.”

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