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Times Athlete of the Year publication out in print
Banquet May 4 recognized top athlete from each sports season in Hall County
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The Times 2022 Athletes of the Year. - photo by Scott Rogers

In the blink of an eye, the high school sports season has come and gone in Hall County. 

And what a record-setting year it was!

In a span of eight months, prep athletes from all corners of the county won individual state championships, captained state championship teams and set the stage for prolific careers for the remainder of their high school years. 

On May 4, The Times held its second Athlete of the Year banquet, honoring the most accomplished athlete from each sports season. 

At the ceremony, The Times was fortunate enough to have Gainesville High graduate and former big league pitcher Micah Owings talk to players, their coaches and the family members of athletes in attendance. 

Today, the print publication is included in The Times with profiles on the Top 20 athletes from fall, winter and spring sports. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, we honored Jeremiah Telander, a rising senior at Gainesville High, and Lakeview Academy senior Millie Filson as the respective Boys and Girls Athlete of the Year. 

Times high school sports intern Bowen Corley, a senior from Chestatee High, wrote a profile story on both Telander and Filson, outlining their background and why their accomplishments are special. 

Telander is one of the state’s top linebacker prospects in football for the Class of 2023. 

He’s gearing up for his senior season with the Red Elephants and holds close to 30 offers from Division-I football programs, most of those which are Power-5 institutions. 

Filson, meanwhile, leaves high school as the most prolific girls soccer scorer ever in Hall County. She’ll be going on to play at the University of Georgia, starting in the fall. 

And those are just the two top athletes for the season. 

However, the rest of the group is also quite impressive. 

Just this spring, Johnson junior Jorge Sandoval, the Boys Soccer Player of the Year, led its program to the Class 5A state championship. 

On Tuesday, Boys Golfer of the Year Ryan Davidson, a Gainesville High senior, won the Class 7A individual state championship. 

During the winter season, Boys Wrestler of the Year Hunter Adams, a North Hall senior, and Isabella Redlinger, a Chestatee High junior, were both repeat state champions. 

Also winning state championships were Boys Swimmer of the Year Eamon Monaghan, a sophomore from Gainesville High, and senior Krisalyn Henderson, who is graduating from Lanier Christian Academy. 

In addition to a slew of state championship athletes in Hall County, we also witnessed the emerged of a handful of young athletes who have very bright futures in their respective sports. 

Girls Cross country athlete of the Year Clodagh O’Bryant was a force as a freshman for North Hall. She was a Hall County and Region 7-3A champion in 2021, along with performing well at the state meet. 

In tennis, Cherokee Bluff’s James Rivenbark and North Hall’s Ella Kate Canaday were both freshman in 2022, but stood out as the top singles players for all of Hall County. 

Meanwhile, Cherokee Bluff junior M’Kaylah Jackson, the Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, had another stellar season running the sprints and is suited to be a state-title contender next season for its program. 

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