By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Girls Athlete of the Week: Buford's Elexa Bahr
Placeholder Image

Honor Roll

Soccer

Hartley Carter, Gainesville: Recorded a hat trick in a win against Apalachee last Tuesday.

Ceely Coker, Buford: Scored a pair of goals in a win against North Hall on Friday.

Katie Estrada, North Hall: Tallied four goals in a win against Banks County on Wednesday.

Katie Phillips, Jackson County: Notched five goals in a win against Chestatee on Tuesday.

Jacy Ramey, Flowery Branch: Scored two goals in a win against Grady on Wednesday.

Alexis Rebollar, Chestatee: Recorded two goals in an overtime win against Johnson on Friday.

Corrie Thomas, Flowery Branch: Notched two goals in a win against Grady on Wednesday and two more in a win against Clarke Central on Friday.

Tennis

Tricia Dial, North Hall: Stayed undefeated with singles wins against Fannin County and Buford last week.

Cailyn Diianni, Jefferson: Won 6-0, 6-0 in singles against Social Circle last Thursday.

Josie Evert, Lakeview: Earned an 8-0 win at No. 1 singles against Commerce last Thursday.

Brinkley Frankum, Gainesville: Grabbed a 6-0, 6-0 win against Winder-Barrow last Tuesday; won against Union Grove on Wednesday and Loganville on Thursday.

Mary-Kaitlin Hocker, Lakeview: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles against Tallulah Falls last Tuesday.

Nicole Morris, Flowery Branch: Got a 6-0, 6-0 singles win against Heritage on Thursday.

Durden Smith, Flowery Branch: Earned a 6-0, 6-0 singles win against Heritage on Thursday.

Georgia Summer, Gainesville: Won 6-0, 6-0 against Winder-Barrow on Tuesday and Loganville on Thursday.

Katherine Wright, Gainesville: Grabbed a 6-0, 6-0 win against Loganville on Wednesday and beat her Union Grove opponent on Wednesday.

Martha McKinnon/Katherine Anderson, Gainesville: Picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win against Winder-Barrow on Tuesday and won at Union Grove on Wednesday and Loganville on Thursday.

Dani Taylor/Kaia Clark, Flowery Branch: Earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles against Salem last Tuesday.

Golf

Meg Callahan, Gainesville: Carded a 42 in a win against North Hall on Wednesday and placed third in a tournament on Saturday.

Olivia Davis, West Hall: Shot a 43 in a match against Jefferson on Wednesday.

Madeline Harr, Gainesville: Carded a 42 in a win against North Hall on Wednesday and an 82 in the tournament Saturday.

Morgan Reece, Gainesville: Was the low-medalist against North Hall, carding a 40 on Wednesday, and shot an 81 on Saturday.

Haley Twiggs, North Hall: Carded a 43 in the loss to Gainesville on Wednesday.

Morgan Wood, Lumpkin County: Shot a 44 in a win against Johnson and Monroe Area last Thursday.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

Buford’s Elexa Bahr might as well have been born with a soccer ball attached to her foot since the sport was certainly etched into her brain from infancy.

Growing up in a house with a professional soccer player for a dad gave Bahr a love for the sport that few others can match, and she began playing in recreational leagues when she was just 2 years old while her father coached her at home and gave her tips.

“I look up to him as a coach,” Bahr said. “I want to follow in the footsteps that he walked in. He taught me everything I’ve learned and has always been there.”

Even as a toddler, Bahr was a standout player on any team she played on, but she said that her father helped her be humble as well as confident.

Her natural talent has taken her through the ranks of recreational soccer and onto regional teams and beyond, and now she has a chance to prove herself as a freshman on the Lady Wolves’ team, but she says that even with the reputation for being an outstanding player, her teammates never put pressure on her to score.

“The whole team has a part, and we work as a team,” she said. “There isn’t really any pressure.”

But even though she isn’t always counted on to score, Bahr does it anyway. Last week, she scored two goals against region opponent and state-ranked White County before notching a hat trick in a region win against then-ranked North Hall.

For her efforts, Bahr is The Times Girls Athlete of the Week.

When the Lady Wolves are down in a close game, the team knows Bahr will do whatever it takes to try to turn the game around.

“She has a desire to win,” coach Crystal Fowler said. “She is extremely competitive, and she’s going to do everything she can to make sure we don’t lose, even if it’s going all the way back to the defense to get the ball or playing in the midfield.”

Fowler noted that in a game earlier this season, the Lady Wolves were down 2-0 with nine minutes left, and Bahr helped spark the team with a never-quit attitude.

“All of the girls kind of pulled each other together, and then (Bahr) scored one goal, and we scored again 30 seconds later to tie it,” Fowler said. “In overtime, she was way out of position and got the ball and ended up scoring from way back.

“She’s got a real nose for the ball and where it’s going to be.”

Before this season, however, the Lady Wolves had no idea they would have a player like Bahr on the team because she transferred to the school over the summer. Fowler said that she began hearing of Bahr and her skill when she entered the school, and fortunately, Bahr and the Buford program were a perfect match.

“I transferred because of the soccer team,” Bahr said. “Buford is a great program and a great school to get college views, and it’s a great academic school, too.”

Once Fowler truly got a look at Bahr on the field, she knew that she could add something special to the Lady Wolves that might send them over the top.

“I noticed that she was really fast,” Fowler said. “I thought she would be able to come in and give a different look and spark to our forwards than what people had seen from us before.”

Buford, traditionally a larger, stronger team that powers past its opponents, got a new weapon in Bahr who can play well off of the other players, like one of the team’s leading scorers, Ceely Coker.

“(Coker) is a big, strong forward, and (Bahr) plays off of that,” Fowler said. “They’re still getting used to each other and learning where the other is going to be on the field.”

Coker has been the leading scorer for Buford for the past two seasons, but Bahr respects that, thanks to her dad’s teachings, and takes the opportunity to learn from her teammates.

“He really helped me be humble and a team player,” Bahr said. “When I was little, I was the standout player, and I was comfortable, but now I know that there are people better than me and I’m glad I’m not the standout player because I can learn better.”

As a part of the Buford team, Bahr still gets excited when her team wins, and she takes every chance she gets to leave her heart on the field.

“Every time I step on the field, I play the same game I always play, and being there for my team is an awesome experience,” she said. “We win as a team and we lose as a team.”

Bahr and Fowler both hope that winning as a team continues for the rest of the season, and Fowler hopes Bahr will keep the same attitude she has always had.

“She just needs to keep doing the things that she’s doing,” Fowler said. “She has a great spirit, and the things that she adds to the game, those are just going to come naturally.”

Regional events