Hall of Fame Class of 2019: 66 Inductees
A record 50,175 total votes were casted by the public to determine which athletes should be added to the BLITZ Hall of Fame. We took the top vote-getters for each sport, which came out to 54. We then added 12 with a “Producer’s Pass” if we feel that athlete was overlooked in voting efforts. That’s a grand total of 66 inductees. The top overall vote-getter was Rabun County football star Austin Jones (2,830 votes), which is the most ever in any HOF voting class.
Here are the newest inductees for the BLITZ Hall of Fame, joining the 120 previous players enshrined. That brings our current total to 186 Players in our Hall of Fame! [in order from highest vote total for each sport]
DISCLAIMER: Some statistics are “ballpark” figures if full statistics are not available. For additional info or corrections on any info/typos, please email Brian Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUSTIN JONES – RABUN CO ’19
Jones became one of the premiere players in the state of Georgia. The “Swiss Army Knife” as we often called him, Jones could change a game in any capacity as a go-to wide receiver, a ball hawk at the safety position, or flipping the field on a punt return as he often did. Jones was a core piece for a Wildcats team that made a State Championship game and the quarterfinals all four years he was on the team.
The 3-time All-State player put up 2,282 career receiving yards with 24 TD. He also had 1,112 punt/kick return yards with another 5 TD, and all-told had 3,556 all-purpose yards with 31 scores. On defense, Jones tallied 354 tackles (18 for loss), had 10 interceptions, 15 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles. Jones now stars at Furman University, and held multiple D-I offers. Jones was a 9-time BLITZ Player of the Week, which is the most such weekly awards in BLITZ history.
(2,830 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
TUCKER MAXWELL – DAWSON CO ’16
Maxwell was a next-level talent in two sports (baseball & football) but wound up going pro in the former. However, he was a standout wide receiver for Dawson County in one season there, and fetched over 1,500 yards receiving with more than 20 TD in his football career. He added more than 30 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense. Maxwell, also a BLITZ HOFer in baseball, was a large reason why the Tigers won the 2015 region title and advanced to the Quarterfinals. Maxwell was a one-time Player of the Year (baseball) and two-time Player of the Week, and went on to play baseball at UGA before being drafted by the Phillies in the 2019 MLB Draft
(1,285 votes/2nd year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
COLBY WOOD – JEFFERSON ’18
Wood was a phenomenal talent for the Dragons, rushing for 5,785 yards, and hauled in 852 receiving yards as well from the backfield. The elusive runner, all told, put up 89 total TDs and 6,637 yards of offense. He shined on defense as well, with 100+ tackles and 10 career interceptions, and was a 3-time All-State player. Wood initially went to Wofford, but was not listed on the roster for 2018.
(1,141 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
KALEB CRANE – WHITE CO ’18
Crane had a stellar career at White County, helping guide the Warriors to one of the quickest turnarounds we’ve ever seen. In 2016, the team went just 1-9. In 2017, Crane was on another level, pounding his way to a 7-4 season that had White County just moments away from making the Sweet 16. Crane was hard to bring down, tallying north of 2,000 yards and 30 TDs on offense throughout his time at White County. He also had 250-plus yards receiving with 5 more scores. On the flip side of the ball, Crane had 100-plus tackles, 5 sacks, and was an All-State player. Crane was a one-time BLITZ Player of the Week.
(1,138 votes/2nd year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
AJ CURRY – HABERSHAM CENTRAL ’18
What an athlete AJ Curry was. He had only one year at Habersham Central, and three years prior at Stephens County. A running back/receiver for the Indians, he converted to quarterback when going to the Raiders. It was an incredible adjustment, and it paid off. He passed for 2,495 yards and 18 TD in his one season as a QB, learning the curve quickly. He rushed for 676 yards altogether, adding 13 more scores. His career numbers include 285 receiving yards and 2 TD. Curry was an All-Region member in 2017 for Habersham. The dual threat ended his career with more than 3,300 offensive yards and a total of 33 TDs.
Curry plays now at Western Carolina University after entertaining a handful of big-time offers. Curry was a two-time BLITZ Player of the Week. (717 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
DONOVAN CURRY – HABERSHAM CENTRAL ’19
Donovan Curry, younger brother of AJ (above), also made the switch from rival Stephens County to Habersham, and helped get the Raiders back to the playoffs in 2018 after seven years removed from the previous trip. The 2-time All-Region talent balled out for the Raiders, and closed his career with 1,829 receiving yards and 21 TDs. He also tallied exactly 1,000 career return yards on punts/kickoffs, and had 80 tackles (3 for loss), and 3 interceptions (one TD). Curry, a 2-time BLITZ POW, now plays at Troy University.
(692 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
SHAWN LOVELL – RABUN CO ’19
Shawn Lovell was an undisputed leader on the Rabun County dynasty that made four straight Quarterfinal runs, including a State Championship in his junior 2017 season. It’s hard to quantify what he did, but Lovell at the center position took great pride in protecting his quarterback (Bailey Fisher & Gunner Stockton), or running back. Yes, the skill players get most of the glory, but what Lovell did in the trenches earned the praise of his teammates, and as Fisher (one of the state’s all-time best) once said, “he makes my job easy.”
Lovell paved the way for 22,420 yards of offense throughout his time at Rabun, including 300 offensive touchdowns. For his efforts, he was honored with All-State recognition. Lovell also earned BLITZ POW honors during a quarterfinal win at Screven in 2017. He earned a spot to play at Mars Hill.
(618 votes/1st year on ballot)
TYLER DOMINY – DAWSON CO ’13
Dominy was a 2-time All-State quarterback, and shredded opposing defenses for over 5,000 yards in his career, including 60-plus TDs. He added 15 rushing scores and helped lead the Tigers to a state playoff berth in 2012, his senior year. He still holds the school record for passing yards in a game (412) against Forsyth Central that 2012 season, which puts him in elite company of rare feats in the state of Georgia of 400-yard passing games. Dominy is in the BLITZ HOF as a basketball player as well, and played a full career at UNG in that sport. Dominy won both POY in football and basketball his senior year, and was a 3-time POW.
(80 votes/2nd year on ballot/Producer’s Pass) | HIGHLIGHTS
SEVAUGHN CLARK – DAWSON CO ’19
There’s no way this guy doesn’t deserve to get in on his first try. So Clark earns the Producer’s Pass after putting together a stellar resume from Dawson County. The running back-turned-quarterback closed his Tigers career with 2,663 rushing yards and 31 TDs, and added 965 passing yards his senior season with 9 TD passes. He earned All-State honors as a RB after his junior year, and as a preseason selection before his senior year.
The ultimate team player, Clark sacrificed many touchdowns and rushing yards to go to the QB position for his senior year – something almost no other senior would be willing to do. A “bruiser” back, Clark has ice veins and helped guide the Tigers to its first-ever 10-win season in 2018, and all told played a large part in going 18-6 his two years as a featured player with 2 Sweet 16 appearances. Clark went to UGA as a preferred walk-on.
(54 Votes/1st year on ballot/Producer’s Pass) | HIGHLIGHTS
SYDNEY MCGINNIS – DAWSON CO ’17
McGinnis was a very consistent player in her time at Dawson County, batting .347. While she didn’t have a ton of power (20ish extra-base hits), she drove in some 40 runs, scored about 50, and was a reliable fielder (.964%). McGinnis was a 2-time All-Region player, and plays now at Anderson Broaddus.
(2,534 Votes/1st year on ballot)
KATELYNN SIMPSON – DAWSON CO ’16
Simpson, like McGinnis (above), was a large reason for Dawson’s success from 2012-2015, which included an Elite 8, Sweet 16, and Round 1 appearance, and 65 wins and 2 region titles. Simpson hit .345 with 40 runs, 25 RBI, 30 SB, and was an All-Region selection. Simpson went on to a successful softball career at Andrew College before transferring to Brenau to play lacrosse.
(1,641 votes/1st year on ballot)
EMILY PERRIN – JEFFERSON ’19
Perrin led Jefferson to a State Championship game in her 2018 senior season, and was one of the top players in the state (All-State), going 22-5 with a 0.92 ERA and 284 strikeouts. Her 2017 junior season was insanely good also, as she went 18-8 with a 1.65 ERA and 155 K. A 3-time All-Region selection, Perrin went 55-17 as a Lady Dragon with a 1.33 ERA and 539 K in 443 innings pitched.
(1,563 votes/1st year on ballot)
JAYCIE BOWEN – BANKS CO ’19
Bowen was one of Banks County’s greats, as the two-way player finished her illustrious career with a .486 average, 17 HR, and 117 RBI. She scored 79 runs, tallied 38 doubles, 4 triples, and was an All-State honoree. In the circle, Bowen went 18-6 with a 1.43 ERA and 206 K. The two-sport star (basketball), chose to pursue basketball at Georgia College. Bowen was BLITZ Player of the Year as a senior after batting .550 with 11 HR and 44 RBI and leading the Lady Leopards to a State Championship game. Bowen had 5 POW awards as well.
(1,251 votes/1st year on ballot)
PAIGE COOK – HABERSHAM CENTRAL ’19
Cook was so good at softball, Mississippi State locked her up before her sophomore season. The Lady Bulldog had a great Lady Raider career, batting .437 with 10 homers and 66 RBI. She scored 80 runs, had 26 doubles, 8 triples, and 33 stolen bases, and was a 4-time All-Region selection.
Cook played excellent defense, and won Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after putting up a .476-6-25 state line, as well as 3 player of the week awards.
(1,171 votes/1st year on ballot)
EMMA WHITFIELD – STEPHENS CO ’19
Whitfield leaves Stephens County as the GOAT. The pitcher was a one-time BLITZ POY, and 2-time POW. She went 66-27 as a Lady Indian, complete with a 1.55 ERA and 809 strikeouts over 625.2 innings of work. She also compiled a .323 average with 13 homers and 64 RBI, and was a 3-time All-State player.
Whitfield’s sophomore and junior seasons were ridiculous. As a sophomore, she went 24-9 with a 0.96 ERA and 285 K, while going 24-5 with a 0.92 ERA and 232 K the next season while guiding the Lady Indians to a State Runner-Up finish. Whitfield is now starring for Clemson University.
(1,064 pts/1st year on ballot)
CALLIE DYER – UNION CO ’12
Dyer left Union County as one of the top hitters in school history. The outfielder went on to play at Young Harris, but while at Union County, she hit .360 with 14 homeruns, 106 RBI, 71 runs, 46 doubles, 4 triples, and a total of 155 hits. She played in 141 total games (school record), including playing for a State Championship in 2010. Dyer was a 2-time All-State and 2-time All-Region selection. Her 46 doubles (school record) includes a single-season record of 19.
(525 votes/2nd year on ballot)
CAELI CHAMBERS – HABERSHAM CENTRAL ’14
Chambers was a talented Libero for Habersham Central, helping the Lady Raiders to 83 wins over her 4 years, including a state playoff run in 2012. She tallied over 500 digs (3/game) and 50-plus aces, and was a 2-time All-Region selection. Chambers was the Volleyball POY for BLITZ in her senior year.
(392 votes/1st year on ballot)
FRANKIE MULDOON – DAWSON CO ’19
Muldoon (also a track star/HOFer), left Dawson County as a 4-time region champion in cross country, and all four years placed in the top-10 at state, including a pair of top-five finishes. Her PR was 18:22.
Muldoon was named BLITZ Runner of the Year in back-to-back years as a sophomore and junior and is a 4-time Player of the Week. Muldoon will continue her career at Georgia State University.
(779 votes/1st year on ballot)
GUY GOBER – RABUN CO ’19
Gober won a state title in cross country (3 overall as he’s also a T&F HOFer). He won 3 region titles from his sophomore year through senior year. His lone non-title winning run at region was his freshman year, when he placed third. He had 3 top-10 finishes at state, including the title as a senior, and a fifth place finish as a junior. Gober’s PR of 16:37 is a school record.
Gober was named BLITZ Runner of the Year in 2018, and also in T&F in 2019. He also owns 2 POW awards. Gober continues his career running at UGA.
(663 votes/1st year on ballot)
MADALYN WALTERS – DAWSON CO ’12
Before Muldoon (above), there was Madalyn Walters. Look at the numbers and they are almost identical. Walters was a 2-time region champion in cross country, and once runner-up. She placed in the top-5 at state twice, and had a PR of 18:33. Walters, like Muldoon, is a T&F HOFer as well.
(41 votes/4th year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
LUKE CHISM – DAWSON CO ’19
Chism had what became a dream of a senior season at Dawson County after transferring in from Dawson Christian Academy. The guard/forward eclipsed the extremely rare feat of scoring over 2,000 points in his career, averaging 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks per game. That included more than 30 double-doubles and a State Final 4 appearance as part of Dawson’s historic 27-win season. The 3-time Player of the Week and BLITZ 2018-19 Player of the Year was an All-State selection, and his career will continue at Georgia College & State University.
(1,185 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
ZACH PULLEY – LUMPKIN CO ’17
Pulley was a 1,000-point scorer for Lumpkin, and helped the Indians to a string of 4 straight state playoff runs, including a Sweet 16 in his junior year. He averaged a triple double as a senior in 2016-17, which earned him Region POY honors. He averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists per game as a starter, and now plays at UNG.
(748 votes/2nd year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
MICHAEL VAN HOOSER – TALLULAH FALLS ’17
Van Hooser put up a solid career as a 1,000-point scorer for Tallulah Falls, leading the charge for the best season in school history that saw the Indians win 24 games, make the Sweet 16, and earn a #2 state ranking. He put up 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game before earning a scholarship at Middle Tennessee State. He left to go to UGA as a non-player (men’s basketball manager).
(716 votes/2nd year on ballot)
JACK HOWARD – LUMPKIN CO ’16
Howard was a force for the Indians, guiding them to a Sweet 16 as part of 4 straight playoff trips for the program. He tallied over 1,000 career points, including averaging 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists as a starter. The 2-time Player of the Week plays now at UNG.
(592 votes/3rd year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
DE’UNDRA SINGLETON – STEPHENS CO ’18
Singleton we had to get into the Hall as he has been overlooked in voting. The power forward was almost impossible to stop in the paint, as he scored well over 1,000 career points, and averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game as a starter. He led the Indians to back-to-back Sweet 16 runs and 42 wins and a #3 state ranking. Singleton, who won one POW award, plays now at UNG.
(51 votes/2nd year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
AUSTIN HARRIS – WHITE CO ’19
Harris deserves to get in on the first try. The often overshadowed guard quietly put together an elite career that saw him score over 1,000 points. He averaged 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists per contest, and shot 45% from the floor and 35% from deep. The 2-time Player of the Week led the Warriors to 56 wins and two state tournament runs.
(35 votes/1st year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
GEORGIA STOCKTON – RABUN CO ’19
Stockton, the BLITZ Player of the Year as a junior, scored over 1,000 career points and averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals per game. The All-State guard was a large part of the 29-3 State Title game team in ’16-17, and helped the Rabun County Lady Wildcats to 106 wins over 4 years, with all 4 seasons going to the Quarterfinals or further, and 3 included region titles. Stockton, who also won a BLITZ POW award, continues her career at Presbyterian College.
(1,161 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
KAYLEE STICKER – DAWSON CO ’19
Sticker was a floor general and played every position throughout her career at Dawson County. The 2-time All-State player and now Clemson baller was the BLITZ Player of the Year after her senior year. She also won 4 Player of the Week awards. Sticker set the school record with 1,656 career points, and added over 500 career boards. She averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks per game, and had over 60 double-doubles.
(1,111 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
JAYCIE BOWEN – BANKS CO ’19
Bowen, also a softball HOFer, was a 5-time Player of the Week, and dropped in over 1,000 career points. She averaged an even 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block per game over her career, and was an All-State selection. She led the Lady Leopards to 81 wins over her 4 years, which included a region title, 4 playoff trips, and an Elite 8 and Sweet 16 run. Bowen now plays at Georgia College.
(732 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
BROOKE HENRICKS – RABUN CO ’19
Henricks was an All-State selection following a stellar senior season that saw her come back from a junior injury-marred season. She led the Lady Cats of Rabun to 106 wins over 4 years alongside Stockton (above), and closed with north of 1,000 career points. She averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals per game. Henricks, a 2-time POW, earned a scholarship from Southern Wesleyan.
(717 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
MACKENZIE PULLEY – LUMPKIN CO ’19
Pulley became perhaps one of the best to ever play for the Lumpkin girls, finishing her career with over 1,000 career points. She averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks per game, and shot 45% from the floor and 30% from downtown. She was the heart and soul of the “Great Eight” team that made history with 17 wins and earning a #7 state ranking. Pulley, a BLITZ Player of the Week, is now playing at Grace College.
(410 votes/1st year on ballot) | HIGHLIGHTS
NYAH WILLIAMS – TALLULAH FALLS ’19
Williams finished what became a ridiculously-good career at TFS. She scored 1,852 career points, and averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal per game as a starter, and shot 43% overall and 25% from deep. She led the Lady Indians to more than 50 wins, including a Sweet 16 run as a senior and #10 ranking. A one-time POW, Williams more than has talent to play at the next level, but is pursuing academics first at the University of Pennsylvania.
(104 votes/1st year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
SHEYENNE SEABOLT – DAWSON CO ’15
Seabolt played with 3 other 1,000-point Dawson County scorers, but herself was a fourth that partnered up in a 5-year period of greats. She was a dominant presence in the paint with 1,604 career points and 821 rebounds. She averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per contest, and was a big part of the State Championship game team of 2012-13 and of the 29-1 ’14-15 team. Her time for the Lady Tigers included 89 wins, a region title, a Finals appearance, Elite 8 trip, and Sweet 16 run, as well as a #1 state ranking. Seabolt, a former Player of the Year and 3-time POW, initially went to UNG but did not play.
(63 votes/2nd year on ballot/Producer’s Pass) | HIGHLIGHTS
TUCKER FLINT – COMMERCE ’19
Flint had an outstanding career for Commerce, closing with 114 wins against just 16 losses, and won a pair of state titles as well as a pair of runner-up finishes. He wrestled in 4 different weight classes along the way.
(174 votes/1st year on ballot)
TERRENCE WALKER – BANKS CO ’19
Walker is a 195-lb wrestler who finished runner-up in 2019 to close out his career. He 3 times placed in the top five, and had a 135-14 career mark.
(126 votes/1st year on ballot)
GREG HILLIARD – LUMPKIN CO ’15
Hilliard finished his Lumpkin career with a state runner-up finish, his third such finish. He had 150-plus wins for Lumpkin, including a state championship, and wrestled in the 113, 132, and 145 class.
(121 votes/2nd year on ballot)
RYAN HURD – JEFFERSON ’19
The 2018-19 BLITZ Wrestler of the Year, Hurd (160 lb) went 93-7 in a brief but powerful career at Jefferson. He was the State Champion, and finished 3rd as a junior.
(64 votes/1st year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
SEBASTIAN DUNN – LUMPKIN CO ’16
Dunn was a hard out at Lumpkin County, batting .420 with 40 RBI, scoring 70 runs, swiping 60 bases, drilling 25-plus extra-base hits, and going 10-6 on the mound with 7 saves and a 2.30 ERA and 75 K. He was a 3-time All-Region pick, and plays college ball at Florida St College at Jacksonville.
(2,818 votes/1st year on ballot)
PEYTON IRVIN – HABERSHAM CENTRAL ’19
Irvin was a hoss for Hab Central, and it showed in his spectacular senior season which saw him lead the Raiders to the state playoffs for the first time in a decade. The shortstop/pitcher hit .370 with 3 HR, 60 RBI, 60 R, 25+ XBH, and 25 SB along the way, and he went 15-6 (3 saves) with a 1.95 ERA and 135 K in his career, which included a pair of All-Region selections. Irvin plays college ball for Piedmont College.
(1,120 votes/1st year on ballot)
LANE WATKINS – JEFFERSON ’19
Watkins is a current UGA baseball player after wrapping his career up at Jefferson. He was a strong piece of the State Championship team his junior 2018 season. The first baseman/pitcher was a 2-time All-State honoree, and hit .425 with 12 HR, 70 RBI, 60 BB, 40+ XBH, 30 SB, and 75 R in his career. He also went 20-5 with a 1.80 ERA, striking out 140 batters. He was a 2-time BLITZ POW.
(1,096 votes/1st year on ballot)
KOOPER BRILEY – STEPHENS CO ’17
Briley is a generational type of hitter that rolled through Stephens County. A 3-time All-American and 2-time All-State player, the former BLITZ Player of the Year batted .425, slugged 25 homers, and drove in 75 runs. He scored 80 times, knocked 60+ XBH, and showed complete patience with 60 walks. He slugged .850 for his career, and was a part of the Indians’ Elite 8 team in 2017. Briley plays for Kennesaw State University.
(1,026 votes/2nd year on ballot)
CHANDLER ROGERS – COMMERCE ’15
Rogers closed his Commerce career with a .430 average, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 25+ XBH, 40 SB, 70 R, and 50 BB. He went 10-6 on the mound with 4 saves, a 3.15 ERA, and 110 strikeouts. The all-around player was an exceptional fielder (.970 FLD%), and was a 2-time All-Region pick. Rogers plays at USC Aiken.
(924 votes/1st year on ballot)
COLTON DAVIS – COMMERCE ’12
Davis, a recent professional pitcher for the Minnesota Twins organization, had a solid high school career and was an All-State talent. He went on to play at Western Carolina before going pro. He had a fantastic senior year, going 5-2 on the mound with a 0.44 ERA with 88 strikeouts, helping Commerce to a 21-8 record and Sweet 16 appearance. He also hit .468 with 4 homeruns and 36 RBI. As a junior, he was 6-3 with a 2.19 ERA and 98 K, batting .420 with 30 RBI.
(53 votes/1st year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
ALEX MCFARLANE – HABERSHAM CENTRAL ’19
It was a short high school career for McFarlane, but no doubt he deserves this. A transfer from the Virgin Islands, the stud pitcher (mid-90s thrower) went a perfect 6-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 66 K in a senior season that saw the Raiders get to the playoffs for just the second time in school history. He also hit .479 with 1 HR, 16 RBI, 44 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, and 19 BB. He was named an All-Region player for his efforts and was a BLITZ Player of the Week. A Miami commit, he was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB Draft in 2019 in the late rounds.
(52 votes/1st year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
TITO DIAZ – RABUN CO ’19
Diaz was a special talent for Rabun County, scoring 40-plus goals for his career, as well as over 10 assists. That gave him north of 100 total points in his career for the Wildcats, which also saw him earn All-Region honors twice, and a pair of BLITZ POW awards. Diaz was a part of four straight playoff runs and 21 total wins.
(224 votes/1st year on ballot)
ROJELIO NAVARETTE – HABERSHAM CENTRAL ’11
A very special player was Rojelio Navarette at Habersham Central. The forward scored 38 goals and 24 assists, finishing with 100 career points and 2 All-Region selections as a 2-year starter. He went on to play at Piedmont College.
(171 votes/2nd year on ballot)
BRIAN SMITH – UNION CO ’19
Smith tallied over 130 career points (50+ goals, 20+ assists) and was the heart and soul of the school’s best season ever in 2019, which culminated in a State Runner-Up finish. Smith was a 2-time All-Region selection, and the 2019 BLITZ Player of the Year, as well as taking a POW award.
(169 votes/1st year on ballot)
JAVY FLORES – JEFFERSON ’19
Flores had an unreal 2019 senior season that led the Dragons to the Final 4. The keeper stopped over 200 balls from reaching the back of the net, and tallied 21 shutouts with a 0.9 Goals Against Average, which helped earn him an All-Region selection.
(85 votes/1st year on ballot)
ABI HUNT – LUMPKIN CO ’17
It’s not as hard as you’d think to quantify the value of Abi Hunt. The Lumpkin defender anchored the back line for 48 shutouts in her career, and scored a goal from time to time. She was an elite defender for the Lady Indians, and a large reason why the program advanced to 4 straight playoffs, including a Final 4 (2015) and Elite 8 (2016), and ranked as high as #1 in the state at one point. Her play guided Lumpkin to 55 wins over 4 seasons. Hunt plays now at Kennesaw State University.
(1,501 votes/2nd year on ballot)
MCKENZIE SIMPSON – BANKS CO ’16
Simpson, a 2-time All-Region pick, scored more than 30 goals and had more than 15 assists in her time for the Lady Leopards, closing with 75+ points. Simpson plays now at Emmanuel College.
(961 votes/1st year on ballot)
MADISON YOST – UNION CO ’19
Yost finished her career as one of the greatest goal-scorers in the state of Georgia…EVER. She finished Union’s Elite 8 2019 season with a bang, as her career finished with 103 goals and 50+ assists, giving her over 260 points when it was all said and done. Yost was a 3-time All-Region selection and a 2-time BLITZ Player of the Week.
(443 votes/1st year on ballot)
FALLAN LACEY – DAWSON CO ’19
Lacey became one of the top keepers in the state as a 3-time All-Region pick. She secured 40 shutouts in her career, and logged a 0.65 Goals Against Average and over 200 saves. Lacey was a key piece to a program that won 55 games, ranked as high as #2 in the state, won 2 region championships, and made state all 4 years, which included a pair of Sweet 16s (’18,’19) and an Elite 8 (’16). Lacey continues her career at Brenau University.
(357 votes/1st year on ballot)
GABE MARTIN – BANKS CO ’18
Martin was a solid #1 singles player for Banks County, guiding the program to its first Elite 8 in 2018. He notched over 30 wins and was a 2-time All-Region pick, as well as a former BLITZ Player of the Year. Martin was also a standout basketball player who excelled in his long range shooting.
(355 votes/1st year on ballot)
GINEVRA GRADASSI – JEFFERSON ’19
The 2019 BLITZ Player of the Year, Gradassi proved herself one of the top players in the state. She was the Region POY in her senior season, leading the Lady Dragons to a deep playoff run. She was 18-2 overall.
(288 votes/1st year on ballot)
IZZY KINARD – LUMPKIN CO ’19
Kinard left Lumpkin as one of the top tennis players in school history. The #1 singles star was a 3-time All-Region selection, and went 43-6 over her career for the Lady Indians. Kinard was also a star softball player, and chose to play that at the next level at Shorter University.
(229 votes/1st year on ballot)
MOLLY VINSON – RABUN CO ’15
Vinson was a 3-time All-Region pick, and performed very well each time she repped Rabun County at state. All 3 times, she finished in the top 20, including a 7th place finish. Her scoring average hovered around 78. She went on to play golf at Young Harris College.
(548 votes/1st year on ballot)
CAROLINE CRAIG – WHITE CO ’19
Craig was a State Champion in her sophomore year, and placed 6th in her junior season as well. She helped the Lady Warriors finish in the top-5 in 3 straight seasons, and had a scoring average around 72. Craig was highly recruited and chose UGA very early, where she continues her career. Craig was a 2-time BLITZ Golfer of the Year.
(346 votes/1st year on ballot)
KARSON KIMSEY – WHITE CO ’17
Kimsey was an All-State golfer who helped build the White County program into a powerhouse. She was an Area Runner-Up, and finished 14th in the state tournament. Kimsey plays now at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
(236 votes/2nd year on ballot)
JEREMY DAVIS – COMMERCE ’19
Davis was a 4-year leader for Commerce, helping the program to 4 consecutive top-10 finishes at state. His scoring average of 76 made him one of the best golfers in school history, and 3 times he finished state in the top-15, including a 5th place finish. Davis was a 3-time All-Area golfer and the 2019 BLITZ Golfer of the Year.
(231 votes/1st year on ballot)
TRACK & FIELD
GUY GOBER – RABUN CO ’19
Also a cross country BLITZ Hall of Famer in this class of 2019, Gober was a 3-time state champion and 5-time region champion in track & field. He placed in the top 10 at state 7 times in the 1600 and 3200 runs. His 1600 PR of 4:29 and 3200 PR of 10:05 are both school records. Gober has won BLITZ Runner or T&F Athlete of the Year twice, as well as 2 POW awards. He continues his career at UGA.
(306 votes/1st year on ballot)
ELI MORRIS – JEFFERSON ’19
The 2019 BLITZ T&F Athlete of the Year and one-time POW, Morris excelled in hurdles as one of the best in the nation among high schoolers. He won a pair of state titles in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles as a senior, and won 2 region titles as well. All told, he had 4 state top-5 finishes, and his PR for the 110 (13.63) and 300 (37.67) were the best in the state.
(287 votes/1st year on ballot)
FRANKIE MULDOON – DAWSON CO ’19
Muldoon, also a CC HOFer for BLITZ in the class of 2019, won 4 region championships in track & field, and 4 times placed in the top 10 at state in the 1600 and 3200 runs. Two of those times she came in the top 5. Her 5:19 1600 PR and 11:44 3200 PR were some of the best in school history. Muldoon earned a pair of BLITZ Runner of the Year awards and 4 Player of the Week awards. She continues her career at Georgia State University.
(266 votes/1st year on ballot)
JACOB POSTON – DAWSON CO ’17
Poston was an elite runner for Dawson County, accumulating quite the honors in track & field as well as cross country. In T&F, he was a 4-time region champ and 2-time runner-up, and 3 times finished in the top 5 at state (6 times in the top 10). He ran a PR of 1:57 in the 800 and a 4:21 in the 1600. Poston now runs at Augusta University. He was a 2-time BLITZ Player of the Year and one-time Player of the Week.
(256 votes/2nd year on ballot)
ZATRICK PEARCE – TALLULAH FALLS ’17
Pearce was an incredible athlete for Tallulah Falls, and a state champion, as well as a 2-time state runner-up. The sprinter/jumper placed in the top 10 at state on 6 occasions, and won a pair of region championships. He also had 9 region/area top-10 finishes. His PRs for each event: 100M (10.94), 200M (21.85), 400M (48.14), and Long Jump (21-7). Pearce was a BLITZ Athlete of the Year, and now stars at Augusta University.
(75 votes/2nd year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
MADALYN WALTERS – DAWSON CO ’12
Also a cross country BLITZ HOFer in the same class, Walters deserves to be in both with her resume. The one-time region champion in track & field was in the top 3 on 4 different occasions. She also finished top 5 in state 4 times, including twice as a state runner-up. Her 5:21 PR in the 1600, and 11:43 PR in the 3200, rank among some of the best times in school history. Walters ran at UGA following graduation.
(49 votes/3rd year on ballot/Producer’s Pass)
It is pitiful of the talent you skip over because you don’t cover Jackson County or East Jackson!!! But you cover Commerce and Jefferson!!!! Simply pitiful!!!
You’ve posted this before…and we answered you with the following: It’s not that easy. Taking on a new school means covering 20-plus more varsity programs. The resources needed to pull that off is a heavy consideration. Counting these two Jackson Co comments, that makes just three times total we’ve ever heard from Jackson folks on being interested in coverage from us. If that pulse heightens then it’s something we can look into, but also need the financial backing to add that kind of expansion. That has been true of every school we have added to our area, including Jefferson being added this year and Commerce back in 2012.
Jackson Co & East Jackson are not in our coverage area. You & two others ever have even made a comment showing any interest in either school, so the overall desire for it isn’t there at this time. It takes time and resources to pull it off. It’s not as easy as it seems.