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High school soccer: Cherokee Bluff girls lead strong Hall County contingent on All-Region 8-4A team
Cherokee Bluff's Kaitlin Cook (20) kicks the ball against Southeast Whitfield in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs April 13, 2023 in Flowery Branch. Photo by Bill Murphy

As was the case with the All-Region 8-4A boys soccer team, the All-Region girls team was also well-stocked with Hall County talent when it was released Tuesday.

Cherokee Bluff was the most represented team both within Hall County and overall in the region with 11 total players on the three different teams.

The Lady Bears, who wound up as region runner-up and advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs, were led by three juniors – forward Kaitlin Cook, center back Carson DeMars and central defensive midfielder Anna Gessner – all named to the first team.

Johnson, which placed third in the region this season and qualified for the state playoffs, placed eight different players on the team, with the Lady Knights’ Lizabeth Rivera and Abigail Menjavar earning first-team honors.

Other Hall County players earning a place on the first team were Paola Alvarez of North Hall, Abbagale Budd of Chestatee and Gaby Rosas of East Hall.

The entire Hall County contingent on the All-Region teams are as follows:



F Kaitlin Cook, Cherokee Bluff

CB Carson DeMars, Cherokee Bluff

MF Anna Gessner, Cherokee Bluff

MF Lizbeth Rivera, Johnson

D Abigail Menjavar, Johnson

MF Paola Alvarez, North Hall

GK Abbagale Budd, Chestatee

D Gaby Rosas, East Hall


Avery Fowler, Cherokee Bluff

Eva Martin, Cherokee Bluff

Ellie Sutulovich, Cherokee Bluff

Briana Acosta, Johnson

Joana Marban, Johnson

Sarah Morris, North Hall

Idaly Rivera, Chestatee

Uli Negrete, East Hall

Honorable Mention: Amelia Dovie, Cherokee Bluff; Abigail Essex, Cherokee Bluff; Genesis Gamez, Cherokee Bluff; Sophie Recinella, Cherokee Bluff; Alyssa Stringer, Cherokee Bluff; Nancy Torres, Johnson; Genevieve Aguilar, Johnson; Skylar Robinson, Johnson; Aaliyah Godina, Johnson; Jaylee Canaday, North Hall; Brookelyn Green, North Hall; Kim Marquez Reyes, East Hall; Sherlyn Falcon, East Hall.

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