The local immortals! The BLITZ Hall of Fame consists of 120 inductees!
Listed below by sport (fall sports, winter sports, then spring sports), or follow the links to the individual year of inductees.
MICHAEL BABERS III
Babers was a power back for the Raiders, racking up close to 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, averaging just under 6 yards per tote. A three-time first-team all-region selection and first-team all-area back, the three-time Player of the Week finished as the second-leading rusher in school history. Babers’ top season was his junior 2015 season, in which he had 1,264 yards and 16 TDs, adding 163 receiving yards and 4 more scores. He had 947 rush yds (10 TD) as a sophomore, and was hampered by injuries in his 2016 senior season, but still managed 641 yards and 8 TDs. He has the third-most rushing TDs in a single season (16) in school history, and second-most in a career (34), second-most rushing yards in a game (278), season (1,269) and career (2,900) and second on the all-time rushes list (536). Babers now plays at Georgia Southern. (112 votes, 1st year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
MICHAEL BABERS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Cain tallied over 3,000 rushing yards and north of 40 TDs in his illustrious career, averaging 7 yards per carry. On the other side of the ball (linebacker) he had more than 50 tackles. Cain was outstanding especially in his senior 2015 season, where he rushed for 1,339 yards and 18 TDs, which was preceded by 871 yards and 15 TDs as a junior. Cain, a one-time Player of the Week, also had more than 500 receiving yards in his career with 5 TD. He now plays at Reinhardt University. (173 votes, 1st year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
Chancey is one of the top rushers in Commerce history, which speaks volumes with the rich tradition they have of elite runners. Chancey, a former Player of the Week, racked up 3,644 yards on the ground to go with 44 touchdowns. He rarely took plays off, surpassing 100 career tackles as a safety and hauling in some five interceptions. As usual, Commerce made the playoffs in all four of Chancey’s years. Now at Harding University, Chancey had a sensational stellar season (1,347 yds, 15 TD). (295 votes, 1st year ballot)
Ellison was one of the country’s top dual-threat quarterbacks during his senior year at Habersham Central. The option QB put up school records for rushing yards (4,372) and rushing touchdowns (63) in his illustrious career. He also passed for 1,412 yards and 15 TD. His 80 career all-purpose TDs (1 receiving and returning as well) put him 5th on the all-time state list for all-purpose TDs. His senior year of 2011 consisted of a mind-blowing 2,183 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns, adding 1,025 passing yards and 12 scores. He led the Raiders to a state playoff appearance. Ellison was a three-time BLITZ Player of the Week and the BLITZ 2011 Football Player of the Year. He was highly recruited, and went to Georgia Southern as a two-star recruit. He holds school records in many categories: longest touchdown run (94 yds), most rushing TDs in a game (5), season (32) and career (63), points scored in a season (200) and career (394), rushing yards in a season (2,183) and career (4,372) and career rushes (625). Five times he recorded more than 220 rushing yards in a game, and is one of only 13 Raiders ever to be a four-year letterman.
Ellison, named the AJC Class 4A Player of the Year in 2011, garnered 130 votes in his first year on the BLITZ Hall of Fame ballot (43.8% of the football votes). He had an outstanding career at GSU, rushing for 3,368 yards and 35 TD, while passing for 3,225 yards and 19 TD. His sophomore season (2014) featured 1,096 rushing yards and 12 TD while passing for 1,001 yards and 5 TD; his top season for the Eagles. Ellison plays professionally for the Milano Rhinos of the Italian Football League.
KEVIN ELLISON HIGHLIGHTS
36-4 as a starter under coach Lee Shaw, and three of those losses came in the state quarterfinals or deeper. A true winner, and there’s not been one like him. The Wildcats GOAT Bailey Fisher took his team to the 2017 title game, won four straight region titles and three 2A Quarterfinal runs or deeper. He closed his career with 113 TD passes, fourth most all-time in state history, and 9,383 yards, sixth most all-time. He tallied 170 career touchdowns (113 passing, 57 rushing), while rushing for 3,075 yards, giving him a total of 12,458 total yards of offense.
Fisher rarely stayed in for full games and played only sparingly as a freshman in 2014. His numbers could have been tops in state history. His senior year was better than we’ve ever seen — 3,341 yds passing and 43 TD, as well as 1,283 rush yds and another 27 TD on the ground — all career single-season highs and Rabun County records. Fisher had a hand in 70 touchdowns that season, and was a three-time BLITZ Player of the Year, and a nine-time Player of the Week, giving him 12 awards — the most decorated athlete in BLITZ history. Fisher is now at Tennessee Tech University. (1,153 votes, 1st year ballot)
BAILEY FISHER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Gowder was a three-star recruit out of Union County, leading the Panthers as a big-time playmaker. He was ranked the #110 athlete in the country, spending much of his time as a dominating force at tight end while playing at Union County, where he led them to a 6-4 record his senior year in 2009. With 72 receptions for 1,237 yards and 14 TD, he was named All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as being named an All-Region selection as TE.
He also spent time in the backfield, eclipsing 1,200 yards while scoring 21 touchdowns. His junior year at TE was even better (77 rec, 1,423 yds). On defense (LB) as a senior, he added 76 tackles and an interception. He finished his prep career with 225 receptions, and was a standout in basketball as well as baseball, where he was one of the region’s top pitchers, throwing a no-hitter as a junior.
Gowder (54 votes, 18.2% of votes) was given the Producer’s Pass into the BLITZ Hall of Fame, where as time rolls on it’s hard for people to remember his greatness. Gowder signed with Vanderbilt, playing three years for the Commodores despite dealing with injuries. He never recorded a stat (tackle, rush attempt or reception) while at Vandy.
King was second in voting (107 votes) to get in the BLITZ Hall of Fame in 2016. The Habersham Central (c/o 2008) star receiver was far and away the best deep threat in the state during his incredible career. He led the Raiders to deep state playoff runs in his last two years, and gave the Raiders back-to-back Region Championships. King still holds almost every receiving record in school history, and is currently sixth in state history in career receiving yardage (3,270 yds) and third in state history for most in a single season (1,641 yds on 100 catches in 2007). He owns the top two spots in Habersham history with passes caught in a single game with 12 and 11, and the top spot in career catches (207) and single season (100). He also holds the Raiders mark for single game receiving yards (207), season receiving yards (1,641) and career (3,270), as well as season TDs (17) and career (37). He is one of only 13 Raiders to be a four-year letterman. King was named 1st Team All-State twice by GACA and by the AP and AJC, and was named 4A State Player of the Year by GACA twice and once each by the AP and AJC.
TK went on to a stellar career at UGA that saw him become one of the top go-to targets for the Bulldogs in his last two seasons. He played so well that he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft and has seen time with the Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and currently is with the New York Giants, with whom he caught a TD pass in the NFC Playoffs in 2017.
Kinsey was a gamer for the Raiders, morphing into a true leader on and off the field. No one had a better motor than him, and he almost never took a play off. He left Habersham as the second all-time leading receiver behind fellow BLITZ Hall of Famer Tavarres King, recording some 1,355 yards and 10 TDs, while adding 15 tackles and two interceptions. He had 718 yards (4 TD) as a senior in 2015 and 637 yards (6 TD) as a junior, and won a BLITZ Player of the Week award, as well as being named twice to the All-Region team and once to the All-Area team. He caught nine passes in a game on three separate occasions. Kinsey is third on the single-season and career reception list for Habersham, hauling in 54 passes as a senior and 82 overall. His career-best as a Raider came with a 9-rec, 175-yd performance in 2014. He also put up the third-best receiving total in a single season (in yards) with his 718 as a senior. He now plays at Berry College, where he finished his sophomore season as one of the top receivers in the country (77 rec, 1,245 yds, 17 TD; all Berry records). (519 votes, 1st year ballot)
Lowery led the public polls (155 votes) for the inaugural voting, and rightfully so. The White County c/o 2011 star two-way athlete is in our Hall of Fame for both football and basketball. Lowery had a heck of a prep career on the gridiron, becoming one of the state’s most feared running back and defensive back. In his senior year in which the Warriors made the Sweet 16, Lowery ran for 1,340 yards with 15 TD (6.8 YPC). He added 258 receiving yards with a TD and passed for three more scores. On the flip side in 2010, he totaled 112 tackles and 2 interceptions. Despite his success, he was a self-less teammate who gives more credit to them than he does himself.
His junior year was just as impressive, with 1,175 rushing yards and 12 scores (8.2 YPC). He goes down as perhaps the best to suit up for White County, and was twice named the BLITZ Player of the Year (2009, 2010) and a Player of the Week once during his prep career. Lowery went on to play for the University of Kentucky as a safety, compiling over 150 career tackles and four interceptions as a Wildcat.
ASHELY LOWERY HIGHLIGHTS
With over 50 votes in his first year on the ballot, Mancuso got the producer’s pass right into the BLITZ Hall of Fame in 2016. Mancuso (Class of 2016) more than earned it, silently becoming one of the top signal callers in the state of Georgia. He led his Union County Panthers to three straight state playoff trips and finished his prep career with 8,110 passing yards (10th in GHSA history) and 88 TD (5th in state history) with 2,048 rushing yards with 21 TD. His junior season included over 3,000 passing yards and 35 TD, with over 2,000 passing and 1,000 rushing in his encore performance. His 109 total TD rank third most all-time in Georgia.
Mancuso, also a standout baseball player, was our Football Player of the Year in 2013 and Baseball Player of the Year in 2014. He added four Player of the Week awards to his list of honors. Mancuso’s career was pushed by a strong support system, including his loving family, and has excelled in overcoming adversity throughout his life. Mancuso plays currently at the Univ. of Richmond, where after a redshirt year, was the primary holder in 2017 and rushed for 35 yards, and was the Spring Game MVP with 200 yards and 3 TD.
JOSEPH MANCUSO HIGHLIGHTS
Matthews was the all-time leading rusher at Lumpkin County (3,804 yards, 47 TD), and added some 100 tackles as a linebacker. In the run game though, he made his biggest contribution, averaging nearly six yards per carry. A three-time BLITZ Player of the Week, Matthews had to move from a fullback to a running back to a run-first quarterback, then back to fullback. While his role changed, his production did not. Matthews now plays at the University of West Georgia. (53 votes, 1st year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
ZACH MATTHEWS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Thornton was an electric running back for Stephens County, rushing for 6,309 career yards, surpassing Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker’s career high school rushing totals to finish sixth all-time in the state standings. Thornton was the Region 8-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year, and named second team all-state after a solid senior season (1,756 yds, 24 TD). Three times he was an all-region, first-team pick. In his 2012 senior campaign at Stephens, Thornton averaged more than six yards per carry and nearly 160 rushing yards per game, adding two receiving scores. Thornton’s accolades includes an all-state selection by the Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) following his 2011 junior season in which he was also named 8-AAA Player of the Year. Thornton led the Indians to 30 wins in his four years, including four state playoff trips (one second round appearance).
Thornton received 59 votes (19.9%) to get in on his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot. He went on to Georgia Southern as a two-star recruit, putting up 137 rushing yards with a TD in two partial seasons.
CHAZ THORNTON HIGHLIGHTS
Stats literally can’t show the impact of Harley Vaughan. He was an elite lineman throughout his time at Dawson County, and that was only the beginning. Vaughan was instrumental in getting the Tigers to the state playoffs as a senior, and became a two-time All-American at the University of West Georgia (where he holds the record for most games played/started), and thereafter he was invited to the Falcons Rookie Camp to have a shot to make it into the NFL. (429 votes, 1st year ballot)
No one played with more heart than Coey Watson, as he led the Dawson County Tigers when playing with knee and shoulder injuries, neither of which is easy when you’re a dual-threat quarterback. Watson closed his epic high school career with 6,928 passing yards and 65 touchdowns, adding another 2,002 rushing yards and 41 scores. In total, he amassed 8,930 yards of offense and 106 touchdowns. His name appears in the all-time leaders in passing yards in Georgia, as well as touchdowns.
He took Dawson to the state playoffs in three out of four seasons as starter under center, including a quarterfinals run in his sophomore 2015 season. While never winning Player of the Year (same class as Bailey Fisher), he took six Player of the Week awards in his career. Watson now plays at Shorter University. (911 votes, 1st year ballot)
COEY WATSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Even as a freshman it was clear Charlie Woerner would be a stud athlete at Rabun County. The nephew of former UGA great Scott Woerner played under coach Lee Shaw for the Wildcats (Class of 2016) and put up gaudy numbers, earning him 73 public votes and a spot in our Hall of Fame. To assign him as any other position on offense other than “Athlete” would be misleading. He was at one time a 1,000 yard rusher as a running back, but also collected a 1,000-yard receiving season as a wideout, and could line up as a tight end as well. He was just as dominant defensively, eliminating the deep threat and was always one of the first to the ball on every play.
Woerner, a quiet and respectful young man, closed his prep career with four trips to the state playoffs (34 wins), including back-to-back region titles. He tallied over 5,000 yards of offense, accounting for 66 TD. He recorded 2,358 yds rushing (36 TD) & 2,703 receiving (30 TD). He also had 428 tackles (17 for loss) and 12 INT for 249 return yards.
Charlie Woerner was our 2014 Football Player of the Year and Track Athlete of the Year in his sophomore year. He became the second-most decorated BLITZ athlete, adding five Player of the Week awards to go with his two Player of the Year awards. Woerner is currently starring at UGA, where he played in the 2018 CFP National Championship. He has 150 receiving yards in total (14 catches) as a primarily blocking tight end.
CHARLIE WOERNER HIGHLIGHTS
The dual threat QB Cole Wright, who won four Player of the Week awards, ranked as one of the tops in the state in total yardage in his two years under center. Wright was backup his first two years at Union County, with former Panthers great and BLITZ Hall-of-Famer Joseph Mancuso in place at the QB position through 2015.
Wright entered his 2016 junior year with only 160 passing yards (19/31 passing) with exactly no touchdowns and one interception. He put himself on the map with an excellent 2016 campaign that saw him throw for 1,853 yards and 15 TD, while rushing for 1,450 yards and 20 TD. His senior year was even better, as he threw for 1,938 yards and 19 TD, throwing just 3 picks and completing 57% of his passes. He rush for 1,140 yards with 14 TDs, averaging 10.5 yards per tote. His total (in just two years as starter) was 3,951 passing yards (34 TD) and 2,676 rush yards (35 TD), to give him a grand total of 6,000 offensive yards and 69 TDs. Wright is now playing at Army-West Point. (419 votes, 1st year ballot)
COLE WRIGHT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
With 97 public votes, Abbott led the pack in the inaugural BLITZ Hall of Fame class. The former Dawson County (Class of 2013) star pitcher and hitter had a superb career, leading the Lady Tigers to multiple state playoff runs, including a Sweet 16 run in 2012.
In her senior season at Dawson, she hit a mind-blowing .611 with 7 homers and 26 RBI. In the circle, she posted a 13-3 mark with a 1.70 ERA and 107 strikeouts, adding one save.
She was the BLITZ Player of the Year in 2012 and won a Player of the Week award. Abbott played a full career at Auburn, appearing in two College World Series, including coming within one win in 2016 before falling to Oklahoma in game three of the finals. She finished her career with a .270 average, 10 HR, 86 RBI, 45 R, 16 2B and 2 3B. She also pitched in 24 games, carrying a 2.48 ERA and striking out 17 batters.
COURTNEY & CRYSTAL BUSBEE
Courtney and Crystal are not the same person…as they are the first to tell you. However, their careers were intertwined, as their childhoods were as well (twins), so together they earn induction into the BLITZ Hall of Fame. Courtney, a one-time Player of the Week, finished her career with a .324 average, 67 RBI, 55 runs, 27 doubles and 135 hits, all of which fall in the top-ten in Union County history. A gamer, the catcher played through injury and almost never took a game off, piling up 417 at-bats, third most in Union County history. Sister Crystal was a defensive mainstay at shortstop, and she hit .298 with 44 RBI, 98 runs (3rd most all-time at Union) and 21 doubles as part of her 100 hits. Crystal went to Emmanuel College before transferring to Georgia Gwinnett College. (301 votes, 1st year ballot)
Canup was a great-hitting catcher who also played great defensively. She had a phenomenal junior and senior season. As a junior (2015) she hit .453 with 21 RBI, 22 runs and 11 SB, also adding 11 doubles and a triple, posting a .514 OBP. She followed it up with a 2016 senior year that saw her hit .491 with 18 RBI, 15 R, 8 2B, 4 3B, 10 SB, 12 BB and a .590 OBP. The one-time BLITZ Player of the Week hit .380 as a freshman, .360 as sophomore, .453 as a junior and .463 as a senior. Her career totals included .415 average (school career record), 77 RBI, 76 runs, 27 doubles, one triple and 131 hits to with 35 stolen bases. She also drew 54 walks and reached on HBP 10 times, and a record 20 sacrifice bunts. (895 votes, 1st year ballot)
Chambers left Union County as one of the top two-way players in school history. She was a dominating presence both in the circle and at the plate since day one, becoming a rare four-year impact player. Her career batting average of .360 consists of 14 homeruns and 117 RBI. In the circle, she went 69-31 with a 1.50 ERA and 515 strikeouts and four saves. She owns the single-season and career RBI mark at Union County.
She hit .362 with 2 homers and 19 RBI as a senior, going 15-7 with a 1.45 ERA and 130 strikeouts. Her junior year (2015) was better, as she hit .444 with 5 homeruns and 38 RBI, going 18-8 with 3 saves and a 1.33 ERA to go with 145 strikeouts. As a sophomore in 2014 she also hit .330 with 4 homers and 36 RBI while going 23-8 with a 1.54 ERA and 141 strikeouts. This came after her freshman year that saw her hit .343 with 3 homeruns and 24 RBI, going 13-8 with a save and a 1.97 ERA with 99 strikeouts.
Chambers, winner of three BLITZ POW awards, was also back-to-back winner of the BLITZ Softball Player of the Year award for her sophomore and junior seasons and led the Lady Panthers to state all four years, including an Elite 8 run and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. Chambers (66 votes, 30.1%) got in the BLITZ Hall of Fame in her first try. Chambers plays at the University of North Georgia, making it to the College World Series as a freshman after hitting .667 in limited action with 5 RBI and going 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 14 games pitched.
Fleming was a star softball player for the Lady Raiders. The power-hitting catcher set the school record for homeruns, and was a four-year mainstay in the lineup, as well as a three-year basketball player. She was named first-team all-region in her 2011 junior season and all-area second team. She followed that up with an all-area honorable mention in 2012 and named to the all-region team. Fleming was an integral part of the Lady Raiders’ region championship in 2011, helping the girls to a state tournament appearance. Her sophomore year saw Habersham advance to the Sweet 16.
Fleming (64 votes, 29.9%) won a BLITZ Player of the Week award and was also a member of National Society of High School Scholars and a UGA Merit Award winner, graduating with honors and volunteering with Sources of Strength and mentoring program. Fleming went on to a successful collegiate career at Berry College, where she hit .332 for her career with 10 homers and 86 RBI, tallying 121 hits, 34 of which were doubles (47 XBH).
Hughes goes down as one of the most dominant pitchers in state history, striking out more than 1,000 batters while at Union County. She led the Lady Panthers to their sole State Championship game in 2010. Hughes was named BLITZ Player of the Year after her stellar senior season in which she went 26-6 in the circle with a 0.76 ERA and 432 strikeouts – that’s not a typo! She finished her career in the top-three in state history in strikeouts. So it’s no wonder that although tallying just 37 votes her first year on the HOF ballot and 38 the second year (15.4% of softball votes), it’s time we give her the Producer’s Pass to put her in her rightful place (689 innings pitched, 1,082 strikeouts, 79 wins).
Hughes went on to grab two Player of the Week awards in her career and leading the Lady Panthers to 101 team wins over four seasons (three state playoff runs) before heading to Lee University. She earned a 61-36 record for the Flames, to the tune of a 3.69 ERA and 658 strikeouts. She added four saves, 41 complete games (10 shutouts) and pitched 595 innings.
Lewis is perhaps the best definition of “big things come in small packages” as she put up some monster numbers in her career at Dawson. She helped lead the Tigers to an Elite 8 run, and was an All-State player her senior year (2014) after recording 222 strikeouts in 201 innings, with a 2.36 ERA. She also hit .408 with 24 RBI and 28 runs scored that season. Overall, her career looked like this: .443 average, 2 HR, 101 RBI, 82 R, 32 2B, 2 3B at the plate and a 36-9 W-L mark with a 1.59 ERA, 377 K in 315 innings and 42 complete games. She also was named region player of the year as a senior. Lewis went on to play at the University of Pennsylvania for one season. (407 votes, 1st year ballot)
Morgan is a generational talent – Right off the bat (no pun intended), she splashed on the scene as a freshman phenom [.468 AVG, 6 HR, 23 RBI], winning the BLITZ Softball Player of the Year award in 2014. After that freshman season, Morgan committed to the University of Georgia. The catcher led the Lady Warriors to 38 wins in her four seasons — including three state playoff trips, and her career closed with an impressive stat line: .490 AVG, 31 HR, 98 RBI. That also includes more than 100 runs scored, 30 stolen bases, 40 doubles and almost 10 triples in her career.
Her senior year saw her hit to the tune of a .544 average (43-for-79), complete with 10 HR, 29 RBI and 29 runs scored. She was an extra-base machine, collecting 13 doubles and three triples, as well as reaching base on seven walks and three hit batsman. A rare breed of power and contact, Morgan only struck out twice during the entire season. She won the BLITZ Player of the Year award again her senior year for her efforts, giving her two POY awards to go with a Player of the Week award. Morgan left White County early and was able to play at UGA in Spring 2018, meaning she had the rare opportunity to play her senior year of high school and freshman year of college within the same academic year. She homered in her very first at-bat at UGA. (286 votes, 1st year ballot)
Morrison was a two-time All-State player, putting up some solid numbers at Dawson County as part of the Elite 8 team. The outfielder hit .440 in her career, adding eight homers and driving in 95 RBI. The speedster also had 80 stolen bases and more than 50 extra-base hits. Her junior 2014 season saw her hit .511 with 27 RBI and 31 runs. Morrison now plays at Brenau University, and has a career .244 average with a homer, 26 RBI, 32 runs and 11 SB to date. (281 votes, 1st year ballot)
Parson was a do-it-all player at Banks County, leading the Lady Leopards to 57 wins in the circle with a 2.74 ERA. She was 57-18 overall, adding three saves, and struck out 418 batters in 455.1 innings pitched, having a 1.29 WHIP. She was just as pivotal on offense, batting .442 as a mostly-singles hitter, notching 41 RBI, 83 runs, 59 stolen bases, 20 walks and 12 doubles and two triples. She was the region player of the year as a senior (two-time first-team All-Region) and holds the Banks County record for career strikeouts and stolen bases, and was named second team All-State. Parson now plays at Georgia State, winning one game as a sophomore in 2018. She was previously at Georgia Military College, where she was 6-1 with a 2.27 ERA as a freshman, striking out 18 in 46.1 innings of work (5 complete games). (201 votes, 1st year ballot)
Satterfield notched 83 votes, enough for a nod into the BLITZ inaugural Hall of Fame induction. The former slugger from White County (Class of 2011) enjoyed an amazing prep career, complete and capped with a miraculous Class 3A State Championship in 2010. That year, Satterfield tied the state record for homeruns in a single season (16).
The pitcher and first baseman hit .485 with 16 homers and 53 RBI her senior year, going 14-3 with a 1.44 ERA in the circle, adding 55 strikeouts while adding a save. Her junior season included a .422 average with three homers and 27 RBI, going 13-6 with a 1.47 ERA and 133 strikeouts and a save. Satterfield goes down as one of the top softball talents to ever play at White County, and was named BLITZ Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, adding a pair of Player of the Week awards in her time at White County. Satterfield went on to play at Georgia Perimeter College, where she enjoyed a solid career for the Lady Jaguars.
Make no doubt about it, Seabolt is one of the top hitters in Union County history. The outfielder hit .386 overall, but slugged nine homeruns and had 61 RBI. She scored 118 runs (school record) and 35 doubles to go with nine triples. Her 177 hits are still the most all-time at Union County, along with her runs scored and batting average. She still also holds the single-season mark for hits (59), runs (45) and average (.522). A current assistant coach for Union County, Seabolt played collegiately at the University of North Georgia. (454 votes, 1st year ballot)
Webb (51 votes; 22.8%) got in on her second try on the ballot after 61 votes in her first year. The former Lady Raider standout softballer was the 2013 BLITZ Player of the Year after a great senior season in which Habersham won 15 games and made the state playoffs. That season, Webb hit .489 with 2 homeruns and 15 RBI with 10 doubles and 2 triples. She was equally impressive in the field, sporting a .961 fielding percentage.
Webb, also a Player of the Week winner, played a full career at Young Harris, where she hit .313 with 8 HR, 96 RBI, 41 2B, 2 3B, 94 R and 9 SB, while playing solid defense (.970 FLD%).
The lone volleyball nominee for the inaugural Hall of Fame induction was Gerrin, and she garnered 47 votes to earn a spot. Gerrin led Habersham Central as both a volleyball and basketball star. The Lady Raiders star (Class of 2013) middle hitter posted 287 kills (8.2/game) her senior season, adding 92 blocks (2.6/game) and 54 digs (1.5/game).
Gerrin added 26 aces and had a .495 attack percentage. Gerrin won the Player of the Year award in volleyball in back-to-back seasons, and in her junior year also won the Basketball Player of the Year award her junior year. Her junior year in volleyball also saw her post gaudy numbers, including 286 kills and 79 blocks, very close to her senior year numbers.
Gosnell was a two-sport star, making the BLITZ Hall of Fame in both volleyball and basketball in her first year, signing to play collegiately at Appalachian State in the latter. Gosnell (37 votes) was a back-to-back BLITZ Volleyball Player of the Year and Basketball Player of the Year as a junior and senior, adding a pair of Player of the Week awards. As an OH, Gosnell averaged 6.69 kills and 3.13 blocks, 2 digs and 1.7 assists per game as a junior in 2015. In 2016, she had 342 total kills, 244 digs, 112 solo blocks and 31 aces (89% serve receive) and led the Lady Raiders to a state playoff appearance, advancing to the Sweet 16.
Garrison was an often-overlooked talent in long distance running, as her career coincided with White County legend Jenna Gearing and other great runners in the North Georgia area (Towns Co Ansley Vardeman). However, Garrison had a stellar career for the Lady Panthers. She won a pair of 2A state cross country titles (Freshman 2012 & Sophomore 2013). Garrison (63 votes, 29.7%) was a first ballot BLITZ Hall of Famer. She was state runner-up in the 800 meters as a senior and fourth in the 1600. Her PRs include times of 18:35 (5000 M), 5:17 (1600 M) and 2:21 (800 M). Garrison finished in the top seven a combined four times at the state meet in the 800 and 1600 during her sophomore and junior years, earning the Fleetest of Foot Award for all four years on the Union cross country team. She also won Region 8-AA cross titles as a freshman, sophomore and senior (second as a junior), finishing first in the region meet in the 1600 from her sophomore to her senior year, and won the 800 as a junior and senior (runner-up as a sophomore).
Garrison, a two-time Player of the Week winner, was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award and was a member of 4-H, Beta, Key and Interact clubs, as well as part of the United Community Bank Junior Board. Garrison ran one year at UGA for the Lady Bulldogs cross country and track & field team.
Gearing tallied a grand total of 193 votes, which was nearly 75% of the votes, to be the lone cross country inductee in the inaugural BLITZ Hall of Fame class. The White County (Class of 2016) long distance champ is far and away the most decorated in school history, and in BLITZ history. From day one as a freshman, Gearing was a rare talent, who also embodied the humbleness that is a breath of fresh air among high school athletes who have even a portion of her talent.
Gearing’s career is unmatched, with 12 individual region titles (four straight in cross country; eight straight in 1600/3200 track & field) and five state championships. She easily could have had six state titles, but broke her leg in her senior year of cross country just meters away from the finish with plenty of distance between her and the next runner. She rebounded, as only she could, with the help of a solid support system and her unwavering faith, to return months later and win two region titles in track and finish runner-up in both 1600 & 3200 in the state meet.
Gearing was the BLITZ Cross Country Runner of the Year all four years of her career, and added two BLITZ Track Athlete of the Year awards, and added five BLITZ Player of the Week awards – our most decorated with 11 awards! Gearing is currently running for Clemson University.
Hewell was a former Region Champion as a senior in 2014, and was region runner-up as a junior the year prior. She improved significantly from a 17th place finish as a sophomore. She led the Banks girls to back-to-back state meets, and finished seventh individually in both years. Her PR was 17:38 in high school. She currently runs at Emmanuel College, where she’s crushed school records and recently as a junior won the individual NCCAA South Region Championship. (875 votes, 1st year ballot)
Massey had an equally impressive career in cross country as she did in track & field, which is typical for long distance runners. In cross country, she was a two-time Area Champion as both a sophomore and junior, and runner-up as a senior. At state, she was runner-up twice (freshman & junior years) and was fourth as a sophomore and sixth as a senior. Her 3-mile PR was 21:09 and 5K PR was 20:57. Massey was a T&F Athlete of the Year in 2016 and won a pair of Player of the Week awards. In T&F, she was a State Champion three times (2016 twice; once in 2018). (206 votes, 1st year ballot)
Poston (62 votes, 29.2%) got in on his first year on the ballot. The Tigers’ standout long distance runner was back-to-back BLITZ Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year as a junior and senior, also taking a Player of the Week award. Poston won a region title as a junior before finishing 40th in the state meet with a PR of 16:36. As a senior, he again won the 7-AAA title, but this time finished as the state runner-up and bested his PR by over a minute (15:32). In track & field, Poston also nabbed multiple region titles and state top-five and top-10 finishes in the 800 and 1600. Poston now runs for Augusta University.
Underwood was a mainstay for Union County cross country boys. A region champion as a sophomore in 2015, he was also runner-up as a senior in 2017. His high-point came in his senior season at state, where he finished fifth, earning BLITZ Runner of the Year. He was 7th at state as a sophomore and 21st as a junior (5th in region) and 20th as a freshman (region runner-up). Underwood also excelled in Track & Field in the long distance events. His cross country PR time was 15:58. (494 votes, 1st year ballot)
Vardeman was instrumental in getting Towns County on the map, leading the team to its first of five straight state titles. She was the overall state champion as a junior (2012) and was the state runner-up as a senior (2013). Both of those seasons she was the Area individual champion. She was 6th in the area as a freshman and 7th as a sophomore, finishing 50th and 61st respectively in the state meets those years. Her 5K PR was 21:25, and her 2-mile PR was 14:01. Vardeman, a three-time Player of the Week, went on the UGA as a Cheerdancer. (277 votes, 1st year ballot)
Adams is a professional baseball player in the White Sox organization (BLITZ HOF Class of 2016), but he had equal chances to pursue basketball at the next level. Adams (107 votes, 17.4%) was the Player of the Year in both basketball and baseball his senior year, and grabbed a Player of the Week award as well. He averaged 18.7 pts, 8.2 reb, 4.1 ast and 3.2 stl per game his senior season, leading the Warriors to 17 wins and state tournament appearance.
SPENCER ADAMS HIGHLIGHTS
DeVries was a rare 1,000-point scorer, 500-plus rebounds and 300-plus assist member for Towns County, and was named first team all-region as a senior (2016-17). He led the Indians to a #5-ranking and first-ever Sweet 16 appearance, and averaged 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He was a first-team all-region and second-team all-region member in basketball. He was a two-sport star, also the region player of the year in baseball his senior year. (923 votes, 1st year ballot)
DiNofrio was a killer from long-range, scoring seemingly at will for the Wildcats. The guard was a plus ball-handler and could play with anyone on defense. He dropped over 1,000 career points, and had a fantastic senior year (2014-15) in which he netted 18.9 pts/game, 6.1 reb/game, 2.2 stl/game, 2.1 ast/game and 1.5 blk/game. He shot 43% from the floor that season, including 37% from downtown, earning BLITZ Player of the Year honors. He finished with 1,075 career points and was named once as Player of the Week. His 21-9 senior season is still the best in school history as the Cats made the Sweet 16. DiNofrio went on to play at Truett McConnell for one season. (1,163 votes, 2nd year ballot)
AUSTIN DINOFRIO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Tyler Dominy was the inaugural vote leader for the BLITZ Hall of Fame in basketball (114 votes). Dominy was a four-year star at Dawson County in both football and basketball, leading the Tigers to deep state playoff runs in his time (Class of 2013). The guard/forward averaged 13 points per game and 10 boards per game his senior year, including three blocks per contest. He shot 46% from the field and 31 minutes played per game. Dominy is best remembered for his soaring dunks and timely clutch shooting from virtually anywhere on the court. He won the Player of the Year award in both football and basketball in the 2012-13 school year, and is one of the more highly decorated BLITZ players with three Player of the Week awards also to his credit.
Dominy, a 1,000 point scorer, played for North Georgia, where he averaged 8.9 points per game (841 pts), 4 rebounds per game and shot 50% from the floor.
TYLER DOMINY HIGHLIGHTS
Lowery (White County Class of 2011) not only earned enough votes to make the BLITZ Hall of Fame for football, but also for basketball (106 votes). Lowery was an intense player on the hardwood, and although he didn’t go on to play basketball at the next level (UK football), he certainly had the talent.
The guard was the BLITZ Player of the Year in football in both 2009 and 2010, and won a Player of the Week award as well. As Lowery went, so went the Warriors on the court. Lowery knew only one speed, and that was fast.
ASHELY LOWERY HIGHLIGHTS
In Orr’s four years at Banks, the Leopards had their greatest run of success, making the Sweet 16 in each season and going 96-21. Orr flashed on the scene first in 2015-16, coming off the bench to play alongside brother Zac Orr and flashy guard Zez Steeple, throwing down some thunderous dunks. Once upon a time we went to a high school game and MIGHT see a dunk, and if we saw two…well that was insane. Fast forward to 2017-18, and Orr would punish the rim typically a minimum of twice per game, sometimes four of five times. He crashed the boards hard, corralling rebound after rebound. He swatted away opposing players’ shots at an alarming rate. He was flat-out dominant in the paint on both ends of the floor. Orr’s senior year (‘17-18), he notched 22 double-doubles and 4 triple-doubles, posting career single-game highs in points (28; 12/19/17 vs Monticello), rebounds (22; 2/16/18 vs Coosa) and blocks (11; 12/1/17 vs Hart). Orr’s stat sheet produced single-game averages of 16.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.8 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals. He shot 60% from the floor. Orr finished his career with 930 points and 791 rebounds and a school-record 272 blocks. Orr was the BLITZ Player of the Year his senior year and a two-time Player of the Week. He is now playing at the University of North Georgia. (413 votes, 1st year ballot)
DYLAN ORR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Orr was a phenomenal talent for Banks County, joining an elite club of 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Orr could be seen dunking, dominating the paint, doing the little things and of course, doing the dirty work of hauling in boards. Orr was sometimes overlooked because of playing with previous Players of the Year Austin Venable and Zez Steeple, but th1,000e 1,000/1,000 club was a rare feat of its own. Orr was first team all-region as a senior, second team as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore and freshman. Off the court, too, carried a 4.0 GPA as an Honor Graduate and won the Young Georgia Author Award. Orr, a one-time BLITZ Player of the Week, went to Erskine College for two years, but now plays at Bob Jones University. (390 votes, 1st year ballot)
ZAC ORR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
One of the most electrifying players ever covered by BLITZ, Zez Steeple (Class of 2016) made it in the BLITZ Hall of Fame with 106 votes just weeks after graduating from Banks County. The guard was one of three teammates to eclipse 1,000 career points, and in his prep career Steeple tallied 1,336 points.
In his senior year, Steeple averaged almost 22 points per game and close to four assists per game. He added 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in a season that saw the Leopards win a regular season region title and advance to the Sweet 16. A winner of three Player of the Week awards, Steeple also was named the 2015-16 BLITZ Player of the Year. Steeple played two seasons at Erskine College, making a huge impact since arriving on campus. He tallied 10 points and 4 assists per game (455 total points) in two seasons for the Fighting Fleet, and transferred to North Georgia for his upcoming junior year.
ZEZ STEEPLE HIGHLIGHTS
Venable was the first of a string of greats to come out of Banks County. He was a 1,000 point scorer and was hard to match up against as a senior in the paint. He looked like a man among boys with his 6’9, 260 lb frame. He was a shoe-in for a couple of dunks per game at least. Venable was the BLITZ Player of the Year as a senior (2014-15), averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds per game to go with three blocks per contest. He connected on 55% of his shots. Venable was also a first team all-region member and two-time Player of the Week. He went on to play two years at Presbyterian College before going to Erskine College, where he flourished with 15.6 pts and 7.5 reb per game totals, adding 47 total blocks as a junior. (137 votes, 2nd year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
AUSTIN VENABLE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Wiley garnered an all-time high 409 votes (66.4%) to get into the HOF on his first try. The 1,000 point scorer was an electric player for Banks County, eclipsing the milestone in just three seasons after transferring in. He led the Leopards to three straight Sweet 16 runs and 71 wins. Wiley was often the best athlete on the floor, and won the BLITZ Player of the Year award after his fantastic senior year (17.1 pts, 12 reb, 2.4 blk, 2 ast, 2.2 stl per game). He notched 23 double-doubles on the season.
A mere month after the season ended, Wiley nearly lost his life in a car accident that cost him both of his legs, but God spared his life. Wiley is a humble young man with a fierce spirit, and continues to regain his strength and health. The possibilities are endless for Wiley in whatever he chooses to do.
KAHMAL WILEY HIGHLIGHTS
Arencibia is well-known for having one of the best nights in state history on the court, a 43-point performance that included a record 13 3-pointers, breaking her own record of 9 that she made the previous season in a game. She was named Player of the Week, but the craziest part about her extraordinary night? She didn’t play in the fourth quarter, and shot 50% in total, also adding four rebounds, three assists and three blocks that night in February 2011. She still holds the state record, as well as state record for most 3-pointers in a career (312) and was a 2nd-team All-State player in her junior and senior years, and was named to the 1st or 2nd team All-Region every year of her high school career. Arencibia was a 1,000-point scorer and led the Lady Indians to an Elite 8 appearance and three Sweet 16 runs. She played a year at the University of North Georgia (0.3 ppg) before playing one more at Piedmont College (5.4 ppg). (40 votes, 2nd year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
Barrett didn’t put up gaudy scoring numbers in high school. She was a role player, and played with a high-scoring Division-I player (Haley Gerrin), so in that sense she didn’t need to be dropping 15 or 20 per game (although she could). She was good for 9 PTS, 4 REB, 7.4 AST and 5 STL per game, a near triple-double threat. She was a 3-time defense player of the year, one year offensive player of the year, and honorable mention three years! In college, she continued to shine, even brighter really, averaging about 8.5 points per contest at Piedmont College over four full seasons, becoming one of the most consistent players for the Lady Lions, playing in over 100 games and 2,842 minutes to be exact. Barrett was a leader for the Lady Raiders and helped guide them to a Sweet 16 run and region title as a junior, and was a previous BLITZ Player of the Week. (404 votes, 1st year ballot)
Bearden is one of those special players that was like a second coach on the floor. A 1,000-point scorer, the former BLITZ Player of the Year put together some incredible numbers and was part of Dawson County’s best four-year run in school history. The two-time Player of the Week had a solid senior season (15.1 pts, 8.9 reb, 3.3 stl, 2.9 ast, 2.2 blk). Her junior year was also great – 11.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.7 spg, 2.6 bpg, 43% FG and 12 double-doubles. Bearden was an all-region player, and now plays at Lenior-Rhyne University. (144 votes, 1st year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
KARLIE BEARDEN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Cochran remains one of the top talents to come out of Towns County, along with fellow BLITZ Hall of Famer and friends and former teammates Stephanie Patton and Gabby Arencibia. Cochran, a 1,000-point scorer, was a great ball-handler and could score from about anywhere on the floor. She averaged 18.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 5.1 steals per game, all team-highs in her senior season, and as a junior: 13.9 points per game. She and Patton led the girls to a region title that season, a 26-5 record and a trip to the Final Four. A former Player of the Week and first-team all-region member, Cochran played two seasons at Columbus State before transferring to Young Harris. At CSU, she played in 61 games and average 3.8 pts/game. As a junior at YHC, she tallied 11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.5 apg, and dropped a career-high 24 pts against her former CSU team. (744 votes, 1st year ballot)
Daniel was a true leader on and off the court for Union County, and closed her career with over 1,000 career points. She was named to the first team all-region squad in her senior year and as a junior in 2016-17. (466 votes, 1st year ballot)
Perhaps one of the top talents in Northeast Georgia, and no doubt one of the best to ever play at Banks County, is Kaitlyn Duncan. She garnered 67 votes to earn her spot in the BLITZ Hall of Fame in 2016. The guard/forward/center was so unique and versatile because she could run the point, post up down low, make driving layups on the break, or hit a clutch 3-pointer.
Duncan (Banks County Class of 2015) closed her prep career with 1,451 pts and 1,063 rebounds. In her senior campaign, KD averaged 20.4 pts per game, 11.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists. While shooting 47% from the floor, The Lady Leopards star notched 23 double-doubles.
Duncan’s game grew exponentially even from her solid junior year in which she averaged 13.9 points and 10.8 rebounds. Along with her BLITZ Player of the Year award in 2014-15, she was three times named our Player of the Week. Duncan now stars for Furman University, where after three seasons she averages 3.9 pts and 4.2 reb per game (324 total pts/354 total reb) and 103 total blocks.
KAITLYN DUNCAN HIGHLIGHTS
If there’s been a more dominant inside-the-paint presence in girls basketball in our coverage area, we haven’t seen it. Haley Gerrin (Habersham Central Class of 2013), also a BLITZ Hall of Famer for volleyball, had an incredible junior year (18.9 pts, 9.5 reb) and already tallied 1,161 career points before starting her senior season. Gerrin closed her Habersham career with a Sweet 16 run, and averaged 16.5 pts and 18.8 reb over her career.
Gerrin (55 votes) was the 2011-12 BLITZ Player of the Year, and won back-to-back POY honors for volleyball as well. She finished with 1,537 career points, a then-school record, and garnered interest from over 30 collegiate programs. She accepted an offer to play at Georgia State, where she finished her career with 543 pts (5.3 PPG) and 372 reb (3.6 RPG) in 103 games played.
HALEY GERRIN HIGHLIGHTS
The great Carly Gilreath notched 90 votes to get in the first year, and rightfully so. The former Dawson County Lady Tigers (Class of 2013) star led Dawson to a State Championship game in her senior year. A solid four-year starter, Gilreath scored over 1,000 career points, and was nearly unstoppable from anywhere on the floor. In her senior year, Gilreath averaged 15.6 pts per game (516 total), 2.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, shooting 30% from 3-point range and 41% from the floor.
She was the BLITZ Player of the Year in the 2012-13 season, and was twice a BLITZ Player of the Week! Gilreath went on to play at USC Aiken, where she finished her career with nearly 500 pts (3.9 PPG), making 92 3-pointers.
CARLY GILREATH HIGHLIGHTS
Gosnell was a sure first-ballot BLITZ HOFer (162 votes, 49.1%) in both basketball and volleyball. The back-to-back Player of the Year in both sports, Gosnell was a rare 2,000 point scorer in basketball (2,008 career points). She was virtually a guaranteed double-double every time she stepped on the floor. She was a four-year starter for the Lady Raiders, leading them to a state tournament appearance as a senior, as well as a state ranking during the regular season. Her junior stat line included 19 pts, 10 reb, 2.6 stl, 1.6 ast and 1.2 blk per game. Her senior season was even better: 20.3 pts, 11 reb, 3.2 stl, 1.5 ast, 1.6 blk per game.
Gosnell, a two-time Player of the Week award winner also, continues her basketball career at Appalachian State University where she averaged 7.7 pts (208 total pts) 4 reb (107 total reb) per game as a freshman, adding 12 blocks.
LAINEY GOSNELL HIGHLIGHTS
Parker played a huge role in the 2012-13 state title run for Dawson County in her sophomore year, and became the go-to scorer inside for the next two seasons after that. Parker easily reached 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds, and was a two-time BLITZ Player of the Week and three-time all-region selection. In her senior year, Parker averaged 13.4 pts, 9.3 reb, 2.8 ast, 1.7 stl and 1 blk per game, shooting 46% on the floor and collecting 10 double-doubles. Parker played at the University of North Georgia for a season, playing in 18 games and tallying 33 points. (66 votes, 2nd year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
ASHLEY PARKER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Not many have had the career that Stephanie Patton has had (Towns Co / Hayesville Class of 2015), as the athletic and physical guard was as gifted as any, especially from long range and at the free throw line. Patton (Towns Co/Hayesville Class of 2015) nearly had 2,000 career points, something we have not quite seen before. Patton earned over 20 votes for the BLITZ Hall of Fame and got the producer’s pass to be inducted.
Making this all the more impressive was the fact that she transferred from Towns to Hayesville, NC in the midst of her junior year, sitting out most of the second half of that season. Her sophomore year at Towns earned her BLITZ Player of the Year honors after putting up some incredible numbers (19.5 pts, 2.9 reb, 2.2 ast, 3.8 stl). She led her team to the State Semifinals that season, and got Hayesville to the Quarterfinals in her junior year.
In her time at Hayesville, she had the highest free throw percentage in the entire state of North Carolina, and was one of the tops in Georgia as well. Patton finished her career with 1,937 pts, 352 rebounds, 239 assists, 369 steals and 255 career 3-pointers made. She shot 79% from the FT line and went 97-23 in her prep career, advancing to 2 Final 4s and 2 Sweet 16s. She also carried a GPA of 4.0. Patton, a rare combination of talent and humbleness who embodies a Christlike attitude, played at Liberty University and got her undergraduate degree in just two years.
STEPHANIE PATTON HIGHLIGHTS
Scott had a fantastic career at Rabun County as a four-year starter. A pure shooter who could score from anywhere on the floor, Scott capped off her career with a State Championship game appearance for the Lady Cats. She tallied 90 votes (27.3%) to get into the HOF on the first attempt. Scott, a three-time Player of the Week award winner and two-time Tennis Player of the Year (and HOF member), had a senior year that consisted of 13.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.1 SPG, 2.4 APG, and an 8-AA 1st Team All-Region and AJC First Team All-State honor.
After closing her prep career with over 1,000 points, Scott now plays at North Georgia, where she averaged 1.4 pts (10 total) as a freshman, playing in seven games.
SAVANNA SCOTT HIGHLIGHTS
Smith missed almost an entire season (junior year) yet still easily surpassed 1,000 career points. The guard/forward had the size and athleticism to take over a game from beyond the arc, in the paint or anywhere in between. There was no easy way to guard Smith. She led the Lady Leopards to a fantastic quarterfinals run in 2017-18, and tallied 15 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 1 blk and 3 stl per game that season. She shot 77% from the charity stripe and 33% overall from the floor. She was an All-State player as well as all-region multiple times. Smith took one Player of the Week award, and was a standout cross country and track and field athlete as well. She now plays at Emmanuel College. (256 votes, 1st year ballot)
ALLISON SMITH CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Brown was a solid Dawson wrestler. He was the 3A State Champion as a junior in 2013-14, going 45-2 and also winning sectionals, all at the 182-lb class. He went 44-8 as a 195-lb senior in 2014-15, winning area and finishing fourth at state. His career win total surpassed 175 wins. (89 votes, 3rd year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
Brown is a three-time state champion for the Tigers, and went undefeated in 2016-17 in a program that won eight titles (four dual, four traditional) in his time at Commerce. Brown could very well have been a four-time champion (rare feat), but was injured as a freshman. Brown was 45-2, winning area and state as a junior in 2015-16 in the 145-lb class and was 37-3 and a state and area champion as a sophomore in the 138-lb bracket. Brown finished his career with over 180 wins. Brown initially went on to Army-West Point. (92 votes, 1st year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
Burpee is arguably the top wrestler to come through Habersham Central. His 2013-14 freshman year was incredible, as he went 45-1 as a 106-lber. The one-time Player of the Week won the area, sectionals and most importantly, state championship. He was the 6A state runner-up as a junior in 2015-16, going 26-1 as a 126-pounder. He placed third as a sophomore at the 113-lb class, going 59-7. He finished his wrestling career with well over 150 wins. (164 votes, 1st year ballot)
Chancey, also a Hall of Famer in football, was a stud wrestler for the Tigers, earning eight team state titles (four dual & four traditional) and three consecutive individual state championships. He wrestled from the 170, 182 and 195-lb class during his stay at Commerce. As a junior, Chancey was 30-1. He was 37-3 as a sophomore. Chancey won over 175 matches in his stellar career. Chancey is now playing football at Harding University. (249 votes, 1st year ballot)
Flint is only the 32nd wrestler in state history to win an individual state title four times. Former Commerce wrestler Chance McClure was another. Flint (48 votes, 23.8%) put together a 126-11 career record! He was a BLITZ Wrestler of the Year finalist twice. Flint was a four-year area and sectionals champ as well, helping Commerce to duals and traditional team state titles in all four years. Flint also starred on the football field and played tennis as well. Flint now wrestles at Emmanuel College.
Forrester was the BLITZ Wrestler of the Year in 2017-18 after going 32-2 in the 160-lb class, earning three individual and four dual and four traditional state championships as a team. Forrester had more than 150 wins at Commerce. (155 votes, 1st year ballot)
Matthews, a back-to-back BLITZ Wrestler of the Year, won a pair of state titles for the Indians in the 220-lb class. He was also a multi- Region Champ. In his 2016-17 senior season, he was as good as ever at 34-1. The season before as a junior, he went 41-2, also won area and state, and became the defacto top wrestler in Lumpkin history. Matthews had north of 150 wins. Matthews now plays football at West Georgia. (104 votes, 2nd year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
McClure (Commerce Class of 2014) faced personal adversity and overcame it in a big way. Also a standout football player, you could tell there was something special about Chance McClure, who took 69 votes to be in the BLITZ Hall of Fame as a wrestler.
Not only was his team constantly state champions, but McClure pulled off the rare feat of being a four-time state champion. He went 47-0 as a junior, winning the BLITZ Wrestler of the Year award, and followed that up with a 39-0 senior campaign, with another Wrestler of the Year award. He finished his illustrious career with a 191-2 overall record, winning a state title at 189 lbs and three straight 220-lb titles! He currently wrestles at the University of Virginia, where he enters his redshirt senior season with a 25-29 overall record.
McCrackin was one of the top wrestlers to compete at Banks County. He tallied 67 votes (23.2%) in his second year on the ballot. He was the BLITZ Wrestler of the Year in his junior season in 2014-15 after winning a state tile in the 126-lb weight class and going 62-1 that year. He was a three-time state champion and four-time region champion, helping Banks County to a state championship in 2013-14. McCrackin now wrestles as Washington & Lee University.
Caleb Morris (White County Class of 2012) had a stellar beginning to his career, winning a pair of state titles in two weight classes (125 & 130). His final overall record was 212-6 as a Warriors wrestler, easily giving him 68 votes for the BLITZ Hall of Fame in 2016. Morris was twice a BLITZ Wrestler of the Year.
Spencer Adams (White County Class of 2014) was a shoe-in for the BLITZ HOF (213 votes). The former White County star baseball and basketball player, was one of the best, if not THE best, pitcher in the state of Georgia. Despite committing to UGA, he was drafted so high in the MLB Draft (2nd round, Chicago White Sox) as the 44th overall pick.
A two-time BLITZ Player of the Year (one in baseball and one in basketball), Adams amazingly lost two games despite a 0.72 ERA in his senior year. His 4-2 record may not look like much, but he struck out 90 hitters in 58.1 innings of work, walking just 11 and giving up only 27 hits. This included five complete games and four shutouts, and a 0.650 WHIP. At the plate, Adams hit .377 with a homer and 6 RBI. He led his Warriors team multiple times to the state playoffs. Adams also nabbed a BLITZ Player of the Week award.
With his mid-90’s fastball to impeccable command of his full arsenal, Adams, not surprisingly, has excelled in professional baseball in the White Sox organization. He currently pitches for the Birmingham Barons (AA), and continues to motor through the system.
Burt was an all-region left-handed pitcher who took a pair of Player of the Week awards. His senior year in 2014 was extra-special, as he went 6-1 with a 1.15 ERA, striking out 131 batters and recording an opponents batting average of just .106 and a WHIP of just 0.84. He also hit .405 with three homeruns and 20 RBI, scoring 23 runs and stealing 14 bases. His career stats: 15 wins with a 2.50 ERA and 300 K, hitting .400 with 10 HR, 50 RBI, 80 R and 35 SB. Burt went on to play at North Georgia, where he completed his career with a 5-3 record with a 6.72 ERA, two saves and 54 strikeouts. (732 votes, 1st year ballot)
Crumley was a former Basketball Player of the Year before dropping the sport to focus on just baseball his senior year at White County. He had a pair of Player of the Week awards during his career for the Warriors, and received 47 votes (19%) to earn a Producer’s Pass into the BLITZ HOF. The two-way talent enjoyed a big senior year, hitting .376 with 15 HR and 33 RBI, while going 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 62.2 innings pitched. He helped lead the Warriors to 20 wins that season with a region title (first in school history).
Crumley was named to the 2011 Coaches 8-AAA All-Region team as a P/OF, and also helped White Co to 19 wins and a state playoff berth as a junior. He was rated the number eight prep player in Georgia by Perfect Game. In his junior season, he went 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched, and hit .416 with 10 homeruns and 31 RBI. He led the Warriors with 48 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched and had a 3.63 ERA as a sophomore as well. He joined fellow classmate David Sosebee (also a BLITZ HOFer) in going to UGA. Crumley posted a 5-6 record and 6.41 ERA in 41 appearances, including 14 starts, striking out 42 hitters in 78.2 innings.
DeVries was a constant for the Indians during his time at Towns County. As a sophomore (2015) he won three games on the mound with a 4.28 ERA and 10 strikeouts, while batting .435 with 8 RBI and scoring 18 runs. He stepped it up in 2016 with 4 wins, a 2.38 ERA and 49 K, while batting .379 with 12 RBI and nine stolen bases. But 2017 was his big year, as he went 4-2 with a save, a 3.26 ERA, striking out 73 in 68.2 IP. He hit .432 (38/88) with two homers, 24 RBI, 25 runs, nine doubles and one triple. His career totals included 12 wins with a 2.90 ERA and nearly 300 strikeouts, and a .400 average with two homers, 70 RBI, 100 runs and 35 SB. DeVries was the 2017 region player of the year, and was twice all-region first team and once all-region second team. He tossed a no-hitter in his career, was a two-time Perfect Game all-tournament team honoree and All-Southeast team Honorable Mention. (908 votes, 1st year ballot)
Everett was a two-time Player of the Week who anchored a tough Union County team in his time as a Panther, even throwing a perfect game as a senior in 2014. That year, Everett was 6-2 with a save and a 1.20 ERA, striking out 76. He allowed an opponents’ batting average of just .200. At the plate he contributed with a .365 average and 16 RBI. He had roughly 12 wins, a 2.30 ERA and 130 K, batting .350 with 30 RBI. Everett went on to play for awhile at Georgia Highlands. (473 votes, 2nd year ballot)
Gilreath was a special talent out of Dawson County. He could hit in the low 90s on the mound, and was a plus shortstop as well. He was a 2010 Rawlings Preseason All-American heading into his senior year. He lettered all four years and was first-team all-region at pitcher and shortstop as a senior, and second team all-region as a junior shortstop. He set the school record for RBI in a game with 8. As a senior he hit .465 with 7 HR and 38 RBI, and was 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA on the mound. As a junior in 2009, he hit .532 with 7 HR. Gilreath played two years at Columbus State, going 3-5 on the mound with a 3.75 ERA and 35 strikeouts. (591 votes, 1st year ballot)
Jones put together a stellar second half of his career at Habersham. As a senior in 2018, he hit .333 with five homeruns, 16 RBI, 31 runs, 19 stolen bases and 22 walks. He added five doubles and two triples, and on the mound was 1-3 with a 2.80 ERA and eight strikeouts to go with one save. As a 2017 junior, he hit a mind-blowing .481 (39/81), posing 1 HR, 28 RBI, 22 R, 7 2B, 5 3B, 21 BB, .604 OBP, .728 SLG and went on the mound: 3-3, 6.13 ERA, 32 K, 30.2 IP. Jones closed his career with a .336 average, 8 HR, 64 RBI, 15 2B, 7 3B, 69 BB and 78 R, as well as a .468 OBP. A two-time Player of the Week, Jones now plays at Southern Wesleyan University. (1,105 votes, 1st year ballot)
Maxwell only spent one season at Dawson County (2016), but it was incredible. He took home BLITZ Player of the Year honors, as well as two football Player of the Week awards. He took 82 votes (33.1%) to get in the BLITZ HOF in his first year on the ballot, and it was well-deserved. After winning a state title for Lanier, he went to Dawson and led the Tigers to 22 wins and a Sweet 16 run. Maxwell hit .518 with 5 homers and 37 RBI, scoring 51 runs and stealing 38 stolen bases, all while showing plenty of patience with 37 walks. He added 14 doubles and 3 triples.
Maxwell was a 2016 Rawlings/Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American, earned 1st Team All-Region and was a Georgia Dugout Club All-Star as well. He had missed his entire junior year at Lanier due to injury, but as a sophomore, batted .404 with 6 HR and earned Best Defensive Player award in helping team to top national ranking and 6A state title after going 36-2. Maxwell plays for UGA, where he has a .192 average after two seasons with 8 HR, 35 RBI, 44 R, 16 SB and 11 2B.
Sapp was a stellar player for the Tigers from his sophomore to senior season. In his final year at Dawson, he was named BLITZ Player of the Year after putting up 40 hits, batting .460 and adding 23 walks. He displayed power in the form of 5 homeruns, driving in 31 runs. He swiped 15 bases as well, notching a dozen doubles and two triples. In his 2018 senior season, Sapp also went 4-4 with a save and a 3.71 ERA. He struck out 40 batters in 52.2 innings of work. As a junior (2017), he put up a .444 average (40/90), 5 HR, 29 RBI, 31 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 12 SB and went 3-0 with a save on the mound, compiling a 4.20 ERA, 17 K, 18.1 IP, 12 BB. As a sophomore (2016), his numbers were impressive as well: .429 – 6 HR – 41 RBI; 39 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 14 BB, 18 SB; 5-2, 3.63 ERA, 37 K, 44.1 IP. In total, the one-time Player of the Week’s career saw him hit .440 (134 hits) with 16 homeruns, 113 RBI, 115 runs, 51 stolen bases and 30 doubles as well as seven triples. On the mound, he pitched to the tune of a 3.80 ERA, going 12-7 with two saves and 97 strikeouts in over 120.1 innings of work. Sapp now plays at North Greenville University. (490 votes, 1st year ballot)
Sosebee (White County Class of 2011) closely resembles the success of teammate Spencer Adams, who was a freshman when Sosebee was a senior. Sosebee notched 52 votes to earn his way to the BLITZ Hall of Fame after a career that led to him having much success at UGA.
David Sosebee was a great talent on the mound as well as at the plate, though he’d go pro due to the success on the bump. His prep senior season saw him hit .386 with 10 HR and 30 RBI, and saw him go a mind-blowing 10-1 on the hill with a 0.63 ERA, striking out 115. He hurled seven complete games and two shutouts, earning the BLITZ Player of the Year award. He also earned it the year prior, as well as a Player of the Week award, by going 7-1 with a 0.76 ERA as a junior, striking out 106 to the tune of a 0.801 WHIP. He also hit .450 that year with 14 RBI.
Sosebee currently is in the MLB New York Yankees organization (Trenton Thunder AA), and recently in 2018 pitched a relievers’ no-hitter, retiring 28 batters without allowing a single hit.
Westmoreland was one of the top power hitters in the state of Georgia during his senior year at White County. The former Warrior received 81 votes (32.7%) to get in on his first year on the ballot. Westmoreland was the BLITZ Baseball Player of the Year in 2013 after hitting .536 with 13 HR and 31 RBI. His OBP was .673 and he scored 31 runs and notched 24 walks.
A mainstay at Young Harris, Westmoreland finished his career with a .288 average with 19 homers and 94 RBI, adding 79 runs scored and 22 doubles while playing in roughly 150 games.
Wright missed his entire senior season due to an ACL tear from his senior football season, but still put together a fantastic high school career. As a 2015 junior, he was 10-2 with two saves and a 2.20 ERA with 45 strikeouts, and at the plate hit .434 with three homers and 21 RBI, scoring 23 runs and adding 26 stolen bases. He added six doubles and three triples that season, winning a Player of the Week award. His career saw him total a .395 average with 9 homers, 64 RBI, 49 SB, and notch a .500+ OBP. A one-time Player of the Week, was 14-4 as a starting pitcher with 9 saves and a 2.71 ERA along with 117 strikeouts. Wright now plays at Maryville College, where he has been one of the top hitters in the lineup through his first two seasons. (938 votes, 1st year ballot)
Dowdy was a two-time all-region player for Habersham. Stats don’t do justice to how well he played. As a defender, he still notched some 10 goals in his career for the Raiders, and was a key part of 12 shutouts in one of the toughest regions in the highest classifications in the state. Dowdy now plays at the University of North Georgia. (186 votes, 1st year ballot)
NOLAN & SAWYER HEMMER
Nolan and Sawyer are two individuals, but the twins’ careers have gone hand-in-hand. For that reason, both were inducted with 105 votes (32.5%) in their second year on the ballot. The pair were Co-Players of the Year for BLITZ after a sensational senior season in 2010. They led the Raiders to 15 wins, a region title and Sweet 16 appearance, and a #3-ranking. Nolan had 27 goals and 18 assists, while Sawyer scored 4 goals with 5 assists as a defender who helped hold opponents to just 15 goals all season. Nolan was named Region 8-AAAA Most Outstanding Player as a first team All-Region honoree in 2010, and had 72 goals and 40 assists in his 80 career starts at Habersham. Sawyer also earned Region 8-AAAA All-Region first team honors and garnered team Most Valuable Defenseman honors.
The brothers went on to play D-I soccer at Temple, where Sawyer played in 68 games (56 starts), scoring a goal with two assists, while Nolan started all 73 games in which he played, scoring 7 goals while adding 3 assists. He tallied 3 game-winners.
Loudermilk left White County as one of the top players to suit up for the Warriors. He led the boys to 10 wins and a Sweet 16 berth his senior season of 2016, recording 20 goals and 9 assists with 2 Hat Tricks. Loudermilk (72 votes, 22.2%) earned a Producer’s Pass in his first year on the ballot as he is truly deserving of this honor, as he was also named 1st Team All-Region as a senior and a Player of the Week. He now plays at Truett McConnell University, where he has 3 career goals.
Brandon Lund (Dawson County Class of 2015) was an outstanding talent at the prep level at Dawson County, leading the Tigers to many deep state playoff runs in his time. The forward tallied 19 goals and 14 assists as a senior, and had 22 goals and 15 assists in his even-better junior year. Both seasons earned him back-to-back BLITZ Player of the Year awards and a Player of the Week Award. It’s easy to see how he gets the nod to be in the BLITZ Hall of Fame (43 votes).
Pyetsukh’s had almost identical sophomore and junior seasons. His 2017 junior year, he scored 21 goals and added 12 assists, and was named BLITZ Player of the Year for the second straight season. He also won as a sophomore in 2016 after setting the school record with 24 goals, and adding 12 assists. His senior 2018 season saw him miss half the season with injury, but he still had 8 goals and 4 assists in just seven games. He tallied 53 goals and 28 assists in total. (214 votes, 1st year ballot)
Sanchez (99 votes, 30.6%) earned a first-ballot HOF induction after his stellar career at Dawson County, where he led the Tigers to 54 wins over four seasons, including two quarterfinal runs, a Sweet 16 berth and another state playoff appearance as well as a region title. Sanchez, a former Player of the Week, recorded 18 goals and 16 assists (School Record ) during his senior year and was named 1st Team All-Region. Sanchez initially went to Tennessee Wesleyan, but didn’t play.
Vincent, the 2011 BLITZ Player of the Year, scored 30 goals and 9 assists that season, ending his career with an outstanding 53-7-1 team record with three region titles. His career totals included some 80 goals and 30 assists. He played a full career at Piedmont College, where he scored 19 goals and added 12 assists. (572 votes, 2nd year ballot)
Barrett, the 2018 BLITZ Player of the Year, left Towns County not just as the best player in school history, but perhaps one of the better players in all of North Georgia in quite some time. The one-time Player of the Week winner scored 27 goals as a senior in 2018, and added 16 assists (a rare combo of high scoring and high sharing). He final career numbers resulted in 87 goals and 58 assists, both school records. She was the MVP for the first North/South High School All-Star Game in June 2017, tallying a hat trick and an assist in the 5-2 win. Barrett was first team on the Olympic Development team for six years and was the youngest player on that team. Like her teammates on that team, she’s the latest to play in NCAA Division-I. She played twice in Italy in tournaments, winning multiple MVPs (one on loan with the boys team). Showing a great knowledge of the game, Barrett also has coached a U-8 and a U-6 soccer team. She’s also been named MVP at several camps including Top Drawer Soccer. Barrett, who held such D-I offers as Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia, The Citadel and Mercer, elected to play at Georgia Southern. (650 votes, 1st year ballot)
Bennett (53 votes, 26%) made the HOF in her first year on the ballot. The striker, a former Player of the Week, was always a threat to score when she had the ball for the Lady Tigers. Bennett helped the girls to 57 wins over her four years, including two quarterfinal runs, a Sweet 16 and another first-round appearance, as well as a region title. As a junior, she notched 10 goals and 18 assists (then-School Record) and was named 1st Team All-Region. As a senior (again 1st Team All-Region), she tallied 19 goals and 13 assists, while missing the final handful of games (including playoffs) with a torn ACL. Bennett is now at Brenau, where she has 4 goals and 4 assists entering her junior year.
Carter left Stephens County as the all-time leading goal scorer, and her 2018 senior season saw her win a Player of the Week award and be a finalist for Player of the Year. She tallied 25 goals, 6 assists and 6 hat tricks for the Lady Indians. Her career numbers: 71 goals, 16 assists, 13 hat tricks. Carter took her talents to Shorter University, where she now plays. (466 votes, 1st year ballot)
Kaitlyn Hooper (White County Class of 2011) was a standout for the Lady Warriors, being the go-to offensive weapon for White County. The former back-to-back BLITZ Player of the Year, who twice was Player of the Week as well, scored 20 goals and 8 assists as a senior, shattering her school records set the previous season of 15 goals and one assist.
Hooper (74 votes) finished her career with 57 goals and 16 assists, and had a solid career at Asbury University.
Magill was a one-time Player of the Week and multiple Player of the Year finalist. She led the Lady Warriors soccer team to state all four years (39 wins), including a Sweet 16 run. She was a 1st Team All-Region honoree in all four years — a feat in itself. Magill had 21 goals and 5 assists as a senior. She set the White County freshman record for goals (17) and the single-season mark (23 goals), as well as career goals (80), surpassing former Lady Warrior and BLITZ HOFer Kaitlyn Hooper. Magill also finished with 26 career assists. Magill (73 votes, 35.8%) signed to play at Valdosta State University, but took a year off after graduation to focus on club soccer. She had missed most of her club seasons as a junior and senior due to surgery and injuries. It has paid off — she finished the 2016 U-19 Athena A season as the third top-scorer in the state. She went to Valdosta State in 2017.
Morlock was a key member of Union County’s power run in girls soccer, and in her senior 2015 season, she notched 18 goals and chipped in with 6 assists. Her junior 2014 season was even better, as she had 22 goals and 7 assists in just 13 games. She totaled about 65 goals and 25 assists in her illustrious career. Morlock, a former Player of the Week, now plays at Shorter University, where she has a goal and an assist as a Hawk. (265 votes, 1st year ballot)
Alexis Satterfield has been far and away one of the best scorers in northeast Georgia. The Lumpkin County (Class of 2016) forward had an eye-popping 32 goals and four assists in a junior year that is unprecedented, leading the Lady Indians to a state semifinal appearance. She followed that with 29 goals and five assists as a senior. She was named BLITZ Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016, adding a pair of Player of the Week awards.
Satterfield, who gathered 100 votes to make the BLITZ Hall of Fame, now stars at Brenau, where she has 3 goals and 3 assists entering her junior year.
George earned the Producer’s Pass to the BLITZ HOF after only gathering 47 votes in year one on the ballot and 30 votes in year two (26.7%). George has been forgotten by some as a state champion contender during his time at Lumpkin County. He was a three-time All-Region and All-State selection (2009-11) and claimed individual Region Championships in both 2010 and 2011 as a junior and senior, and was the State Runner-Up in 2010. As a junior in 2010, he averaged a 71.4, while dropping that to a 71.1 in his senior season and finishing third at state. George was the BLITZ Golfer of the Year in both of those seasons. He went on to a solid career at the University of North Georgia.
Lee McCoy was a state champion in his lone season at Habersham Central after moving from Florida. He notched 61 votes to make the BLITZ Hall of Fame, and was the 2012 Golfer of the Year after winning his state championship. He had seven tournament wins and scored a 69.9 average.
His career at UGA was even better, as he finished it with a sixth place finish in the national tournament. He was the SEC Player of the Year, and SEC tournament champion, and set UGA records for career average (70.87) and single-season average (70). His amateur highlight came in the Valspar Invitational, where he played alongside Jordan Spieth, and beat him, while placing fourth in the PGA event, but was unable to collect on the winnings ($292,800). McCoy has since made the PGA Tour as a regular.
Roland was a four-year letterman for the Raiders, and was a leader even as a freshman. We don’t see that often. He was consistently the top one or two golfers in the program for three straight seasons, and his scoring average hovered in the 70s. He was third in the region in 2018, and averaged a 79 throughout his senior season. Roland now plays at Truett McConnell. (281 votes, 1st year ballot)
Rowland (83 votes, 48.6%) was a fantastic high school golfer, and was named BLITZ Golfer of the Year back-to-back in 2014 and 2015. As a junior, he placed 3rd at region with a 79, and placed 7th among 3A golfers at state with a 75. He reached new heights as a senior, averaging under 74 and became the 4A state runner-up while carding an unbelievable 71. This led to Rowland being named 1st Team All-State. He had finished fourth in region, but rebounded and polished off his career in incredible fashion.
He had six tournament victories and was a part of the winningest senior class in White County history, as the Warriors made state three straight years with Ben Turner and Duncan Moody. This included a 2013 region championship. Rowland was selected to the GHSGCA (Georgia High School Golf Coaches Association) Ryder cup team, Team North, which won. He also holds the distinction of completing 11 straight tournament rounds during his senior year without a 3-putt. Rowland initially played college golf at Piedmont College before leaving.
Blackburn was a standout golfer for Habersham Central, and was the team low medalist three years. She holds the scoring records for the Lady Raiders, and advanced to the state tournament as a senior individually after averaging an 86. Blackburn played a full four seasons at Truett McConnell, and as a sophomore set the school’s one-day and two-day scoring record and was captain from sophomore through senior year. (879 votes, 1st year ballot)
Madison Caldwell (Dawson County Class of 2015) was our back-to-back-to-back BLITZ Golfer of the Year from 2013-15. Just 12 days after surgery during her senior season, she captured a region title (her third) with a 77, then captured her first state championship with a 73 (winning by five strokes)! She came within one stroke of winning the championship her junior season.
Caldwell, also a former Player of the Week, is currently starring for Western Carolina University and took 51 votes to earn her Hall of Fame spot.
Gowder was a standout golfer at Banks County, and was named 2012 BLITZ Golfer of the Year as a junior. She averaged a 79 that season, and finished 7th at state with an 82. That came on the heels of a region runner-up finish (80). Gowder notched 58 votes (25.1%) to get in the HOF after two years on the ballot. Gowder went on to play golf at Young Harris for three seasons.
Kimsey was a solid golfer for the Lady Warriors, helping lay the foundation for what is now one of the top programs in the state. She was named all-region second team in her 2013 season. As a senior in 2014, she was named to the first team all-region and was region runner-up. Kimsey had an excellent career at Young Harris, averaging 78.9 her senior year, 78.6 as a junior, 82.8 as a sophomore and 86.4 as a freshman. She had five top-10 finishes and two top-5, and was named to the Peach Belt All-Conference Second Team in 2018. (282 votes, 1st year ballot)
Flowers led the Warriors to an 8-8 season his senior year (2010), and was named BLITZ Player of the Year while putting together a solid 15-1 record at #1 singles. Flowers (64 votes, 39%) lost only once at #1 singles in his high school career, going 70-4 overall. Flowers went on to ABAC on a tennis scholarship.
Wilcox played for both Rabun County and Tallulah Falls, and had stellar success in both places on the court. He was good. 41-2 good over a three-year span from 2015-17, three-peating as Player of the Year. He was 10-1 as a senior at Tallulah Falls. As a Rabun junior in 2016, he was a perfect 19-0, winning 93% of his games within matches and 100% of his sets. That’s domination. Even as a sophomore in 2015, Wilcox went 12-1, winning 91% of his sets and 75% of his games. Wilcox was first-team all-region all three years. (347 votes, 2nd year ballot)
Reeves put together a fantastic tennis career at Rabun County, going 13-1 at #2 singles in her junior year and 9-3 at #1 singles as a senior, being named Player of the Year. She combined for roughly 35 wins in her career and helped the Lady Wildcats to multiple state tournament berths. (339 votes, 1st year ballot)
Scott (57 votes, 34.8%) made the BLITZ HOF in her first year in both tennis and basketball. While basketball is what she ended up having the most success, she also had a stellar tennis career at Rabun. As both a sophomore and junior, she was named BLITZ Tennis Player of the Year. In 2015, she went 12-0 at #3 singles while helping the Lady Cats to their first region title in 20 years. She was named 2nd Team All-Region, and won 77% of her sets and 78% of her games. As a junior in 2016, she again was undefeated at #3 singles, going 13-0, winning over 95% of her sets and 84% of her games. As a senior, she went 9-1 overall at #2 singles, finishing with a career record of 34-1. Scott signed a basketball scholarship with University of North Georgia.
Brittany Stewart (Lumpkin County Class of 2014) was a two-time BLITZ Player of the Year, and led the Lady Indians to a region championship and state playoff appearance. The #1 singles star was 11-5 as a senior and 27-7 in her career as a number one, and 37-13 overall. Stewart played two seasons at the University of North Georgia, going 7-0 overall.
Boys Track & Field
Austin Pierce (Lumpkin County Class of 2016) became one of the top sprinters in the state, winning a state championship his junior year. The speedster was named the BLITZ Track Athlete of the Year subsequently, and took 123 votes to get into the BLITZ Hall of Fame. Pierce is now running at the Naval Academy.
Seay (65 votes, 19.9%) got in on his second try on the ballot after just 23 votes the year prior. He was an incredibly gifted athlete at Hab Central, nearly winning a state title in shot put. That 2010 season earned him BLITZ Track & Field Athlete of the Year honors. He placed third at the USATF Region III Junior Olympics with a PR of 156-4 ½ in the discus. At the Region 8-AAAA meet, Seay won the shot put at a PR of 47’11 and took third in the discus. He took second in both events at the USATF Georgia Championships. Seay went on to compete at the University of South Carolina.
Woerner (78 votes, 23.6%) finally got in after two years on the ballot for Track & Field, although he was a first ballot BLITZ HOFer in football. He had only 38 votes in the first year. Woerner was the 2014 BLITZ Track & Field Athlete of the Year as just a sophomore. He was exceptional in shot put, discus and 110 meter hurdles. That sophomore year he placed 3rd in the state in 110 meter hurdles and shot put, and 4th in discus. He won the region title in shot put and 110 meter hurdles. In his senior year, Woerner was region champ in shot put and discus, finishing 6th in shot put at state while winning a state title in discus. Woerner’s football career was more prestigious, where he now plays at UGA.
Girls Track & Field
Davis made TFS history by becoming the first female to win a state title, and won two as a senior in 2018 in the 100 meter hurdles and 300 MH, earning her BLITZ T&F Athlete of the Year honors. She totaled two area championships in her career (300 in 2018, 400 meter dash in 2016), and six area runner-up finishes. At state, she had the two championships, two runner-up finishes in 2017, and seven top-5 finishes and 9 top-10 finishes. She qualified for state all four years, participating in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash, pole vault and long jump. Davis now stars at Davidson College. (205 votes, 1st year ballot)
Garrison, also a BLITZ HOFer in cross country (2-time state champion), excelled in track with five region titles (3 1600, 2 800) in long distance events. She was the 2016 state runner-up in the 800, and six times placed in the top-10 at state, four times in the top-5. Garrison’s PR in the 800 was 2:21, and 5:17 in the 1600. She was a two-time Player of the Week, and was a finalist for the Wendy’s Heisman Award. Garrison went initially to the University of Georgia to run cross country, redshirting her first season. (252 votes, 1st year ballot)
Jenna Gearing (White County Class of 2016), with 114 votes, made it into the BLITZ HOF for Track & Field along with Cross Country. Just add to her list of accomplishments. See above for her career highlights. The now-Clemson long distance runner had her pick of the litter for where to run next, but Clemson won her over.
Gearing is one of those special track & field all-around athletes and was named BLITZ T&F Athlete of the Year in back-to-back years and twice Player of the Week. She was a two-time state runner-up and won seven region titles as an individual. Her senior 2018 season, she took the region crowns in the 400, long jump and triple jump, and did the same exact thing in her 2017 junior year. She participated in 10 state meet events in her career (7 individual, 3 relays) and placed in the top five in all but two events (both relays). She was the 2017 runner-up in the triple jump and runner-up in the 2018 400 meter dash. Gearing now stars at Penn State University. (128 votes, 1st year ballot, Producer’s Pass)
Massey, a two-time Player of the Week and one time Athlete of the Year by BLITZ, goes down as one of the best long distance runners in Commerce history, sweeping the 1600 & 3200 area events for all four years, generating eight region championships for herself. She won both events at state in 2016 as a sophomore, and again won the 3200 in 2018 as a senior to close her career. She was the state runner-up four times and only finished 3rd one time in her career at state. Massey’s career PRs for are 5:35 for the 1600 and 12:09 for the 3200. She is also a BLITZ Hall of Famer in Cross Country. (260 votes, 1st year ballot)
If there’s a better track and field athlete that can do it all, we aren’t aware. Woerner was a 7-time region champion (3 in 100 MH, 2 in 300 MH, 1 each in HJ & 1600). She won the 2A state title in the 100 meter hurdle in her 2014 senior season and was thus named Athlete of the Year by BLITZ. She recorded some 37 major wins, and was a top-five finisher at state five times (2 in 100 MH, 2 in 300 MH, 1 in 1600). She is currently competing at the D-I level at Western Carolina University, where she placed 6th in the 100 MH, 4th in the 400 MH, 3rd in the Heptathlon and anchored the 4X400 team that place 2nd in WCU’s recent repeat of the Southern Conference Outdoor Championship. Find us someone else who can dominate in hurdles, sprints, long distance, throwing events, jumps and relay…you won’t! (264 votes, 1st year ballot)