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Boys Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Adam Kelly
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Honor Roll

Basketball

Spencer Adams, White County: Scored 16 points against North Hall on Saturday.

Will Anglin, Dawson County: Tallied 15 points against White County last Tuesday.

Hunter Atkinson, West Hall: Recorded 20 points against Fannin County last Tuesday and 19 against Johnson on Saturday.

Ryan Barnes, Chestatee: Had 15 points against Habersham Central on Saturday.

Avery Cagle, North Hall: Tallied 16 points against East Hall last Tuesday.

Shaquan Cantrell, Gainesville: Put up 13 points and nine rebounds last Tuesday against Winder-Barrow and had 20 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday against East Hall.

Tyswon Cantrell, West Hall: Scored 17 points against Fannin County last Tuesday.

Hayden Chapman, East Hall: Tallied 16 points against North Hall last Tuesday.

Ty Cockfield, Johnson: Recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against West Hall on Saturday.

Darius Curry, Flowery Branch: Scored 18 points against Dacula on Saturday.

Brian Edwards, East Hall: Tallied 19 points against North Hall on Tuesday and 27 points and seven rebounds against Gainesville on Saturday.

Chase England, Gainesville: Put up 11 points and seven rebounds against Winder-Barrow last Tuesday and 16 points and 13 rebounds against East Hall on Saturday.

Evan Gattis, Lumpkin County: Scored 16 points against Lakeview on Saturday.

Justin Jones, Chestatee: Recorded 21 points against Walnut Grove on Tuesday and 17 against Habersham Central on Saturday.

Antonio Maddox, East Hall: Tallied 15 points against North Hall on Tuesday.

Montrell McKenzie, Johnson: Recorded 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks against West Hall on Saturday.

Austin Montgomery, Lakeview: Put up 30 points against Providence Christian on Tuesday and 24 against Lumpkin County on Saturday.

Griffin Olson, North Hall: Scored 15 points against East Hall on Tuesday.

Ebo Smith, North Hall: Tallied 19 points against East Hall on Tuesday and 22 against White County on Saturday.

Jamaad Stephens, Flowery Branch: Recorded 21 points against Apalachee last Tuesday.

Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Had 17 points and five rebounds against Winder-Barrow last Tuesday and 14 points against East Hall on Saturday.

Wrestling

Carter Groves, Chestatee: Named Most Outstanding Wrestler in the heavyweight category at the Hall County Duals after leading Chestatee to the county championship on Saturday.

Tyler Kratzer, North Hall: Named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the middleweights at the Hall County Duals on Saturday.

Taylor Marett, North Hall: Named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the lightweights at the Hall County Duals on Saturday.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

North Hall’s Adam Kelly is known for his skills on the baseball diamond, but this season for the Trojans’ basketball team, he has proven that he has what it takes on the hardwood as well.

According to coach Benjie Wood, Kelly leads the team in rebounds and free throws, but it isn’t the individual numbers that make him an asset to the Trojans.

“He really doesn’t play a lot of basketball. He just does whatever it takes to win,” Wood said. “He leads by example. He goes out and sacrifices the body.

“He’s willing to be a team player, which is such a great example for the rest of the team.”

In some games, Kelly scores upward of 30 points. In others, he scores as few as two, but Wood believes he is a key member of this North Hall team (17-2, 8-1 Region 7-AAA) in either situation because of his attitude.

“He contributes in every phase of the game,” Wood said. “Scoring 33 or two, you can’t tell a difference in his mannerisms. He’s a kid that plays hard every time he’s out there.”

Kelly added that his individual stats aren’t at the forefront of his mind when he’s on the court.

“It doesn’t really matter to me if I score a lot as long as we’re winning and the team is playing good,” Kelly said.

In two region wins last week, Kelly put up 31 points against East Hall and 14 against White County.

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

“I really didn’t know throughout those games that I was scoring that much,” Kelly said. “I just figured it out afterward.”

Kelly isn’t always a scorer, but against teams like East Hall, which guards the outside well, he gets his chance to shine.

“East Hall takes away the 3-point shot which opens up more shots for Adam,” Wood said.

“I haven’t really always been much of a scorer, but I figured the team would benefit from that this year,” Kelly said. “I just try to go with the flow.”

Going with the flow is very much Kelly’s personality, Wood noted, but although Kelly is a quiet, laid-back person off the court, his play speaks volumes during games or practices.

“His play is not quiet,” Wood said. “Adam’s a really good athlete. He’s a great pitcher in baseball.

“He jumps really well. He comes out and plays with the fire and energy of a warrior. He’s a better athlete than he looks like. He has met and surpassed all of our expectations.”

Kelly is committed to play baseball for Georgia Southern next year, but he is just as calm about his future in college sports as he is during one of the Trojans’ games, partially due to the training he has received while on the basketball team.

“In college, I’ll have to go to conditioning during the fall,” Kelly said, “and I’ve heard how hard it’s going to be, but it won’t be as hard as basketball practice has been over the years, so it’s just another bump in the road.”

With his dedication, scoring ability, and team-first mindset, Kelly is valuable to North Hall as they head into the final stretch of the season, but he believes there are few things more valuable to this team than chemistry.

“We are filled with seniors, and we’ve played together since seventh grade, so we know what each of us is thinking,” Kelly said. “We play off of each other real well.”

For this group of seniors, they only have one goal: making it to the state tournament. Kelly doesn’t have any individual goals, just ones for the team.

“They’re all set for the team,” he said. “We’re just going to try to make it into the state tourney and see how it goes from there.”

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