HALL OF FAME PLAYERS
The local immortals! The BLITZ Hall of Fame consists of 238 inductees!
Listed below by sport (fall sports, winter sports, then spring sports), or follow the links to the individual year of inductees.
INAUGURAL CLASS OF 2016 – 27 INDUCTEES
CLASS OF 2017 – 31 INDUCTEES
CLASS OF 2018 – 62 INDUCTEES
CLASS OF 2019 – 66 INDUCTEES
CLASS OF 2020 – 52 INDUCTEES
Pierson Allison had to sit behind Cole Wright for a couple of years at Union County before getting his shot. Statistically, he made up for lost time. He threw for 6,090 yards and 56 TD, and the All-State QB added 1,172 rushing yards and another 16 TDs on the ground. That’s good for 7,262 total yards and 72 total TD for the lefty. He had 2,800 passing yards or more in his two seasons as a starter under center, and 30-plus TD in each of those seasons. He led the Panthers to their first-ever state playoff win in 2019. He threw for a school-record 490 yards against Monticello during his senior year, which is among the most yards in a single game in state history.
PIERSON ALLISON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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, he 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 briefly played at Georgia Southern. MICHAEL BABERS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Peyton Backer was a two-time All-State player for Rabun County and All-Region selection. He was a force in the trenches with a 90+ overall grade, more than 100 pancake blocks, and on the d-line added 191 career tackles and 8 sacks, as well as 3 forced fumbles. Backer went on to Georgia Southern, where he has become a relied-upon player for the Eagles.
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, also had more than 500 receiving yards in his career with 5 TD. He now plays at Reinhardt University.
Chancey is one of the top rushers in Commerce history, which speaks volumes with the rich tradition they have of elite runners. Chancey 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 freshman season (1,347 yds, 15 TD).
A gamer…that’s what Colby Clark is. The Harding University bound QB took on any and every assignment tasked him by Jefferson over his career, and battled through injuries to help guide the Dragons to victory after victory. Clark finished off his senior season as an All-State honoree, and passed for 563 yards and 9 TD against just one interception, and rushed for 1,108 yards and 24 scores. For his career at Jefferson, he passed for 1,559 yards and rushed for 2,501, and had a hand in 65 TDs (46 rushing, 19 passing). He also contributed at linebacker and corner back during his career, which included an All-State recognition and All-Region honors.
COLBY CLARK CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Clark put 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. SEVAUGHN CLARK CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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. KALEB CRANE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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. AJ CURRY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 now plays at Troy University. DONOVAN CURRY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 BLITZ POY in football and basketball his senior year. TYLER DOMINY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 the BLITZ 2011 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. Named the AJC Class 4A POY in 2011. 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 played professionally for the Milano Rhinos of the Italian Football League. KEVIN ELLISON CAREER 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. Fisher is now at Tennessee Tech University, where he was the Conference Rookie of the Year and followed it with an insane sophomore season. 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 signed with Vanderbilt, playing three years for the Commodores despite dealing with injuries. He never recorded a stat (tackle, rush attempt or reception) while there.
3,490 career yards ranks 5th at the time of his graduation in state history. 46 receiving TDs ranks tops in Georgia history. No other receiver ever posted back-to-back-to-back 12-plus TD seasons. Hicks was part of a dynasty at Rabun County that won 6 straight Region Titles, and left with a record of 48-5, losing only once in the regular season. That includes going 26-0 in region play, and playing in 4 straight quarterfinals games, including the 2017 state championship game run. The UGA-bound wideout had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, and hauled in 183 passes. Hicks is up there as one of the best receivers BLITZ has ever been blessed enough to cover, and was a 2-time All-State selection. BRAXTON HICKS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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. AUSTIN JONES CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Keener really became a true playmaker as a junior, so he was a late bloomer in that regard. That season (2016), he 504 receiving yards and 5 TD, adding an interception on defense at the safety position. But no one predicted his crazy senior year. The Wildcat star earned All-State honors in the Championship Game season for Rabun, collecting 1,008 yards receiving with 13 TD, and had 388 kick return, 16 punt return, and 80 interception yards to give him a collective 1,492 all-purpose yardage season. But here’s where he was even better. At safety, he was a ball hawk who picked off 10 passes and deflected 8 others. He had 15 TDs (13 REC, 1 KR, 1 INT) and had 50 tackles that season. All told, he closed his career with 2,189 all-purpose yards and 22 TDs, as well as 11 interceptions and 74 tackles. COLE KEENER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 the New York Giants, with whom he caught a TD pass in the NFC Playoffs in 2017. He is currently an NFL free agent.
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 was twice an All-Region selection and once All-Area. 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 played at Berry College, where he followed his sophomore season as one of the top receivers in the country (77 rec, 1,245 yds, 17 TD; all Berry records) with an equally impressive junior season. After his senior year, which saw him shatter all BC records for receivers, he was snagged up as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans.
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 earned a spot to play at Mars Hill.
The White County 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). 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 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Mancuso silently became 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 BLITZ Football Player of the Year in 2013 and Baseball Player of the Year in 2014. 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. He was the star QB in his junior season and is set for a big senior year. JOSEPH MANCUSO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Luke Martin (6’3, 225 lbs) was a mainstay at LB for the Tigers during a pivotal part of the historic seasons under coach Sid Maxwell. Martin was an absolute monster on defense, collecting 328 tackles between just his junior and senior season, and finishing with well over 400 for his career. He added a pair of sacks and a few interceptions, and even had some cameo appearances at tight end, where he added a couple TDs and 122 yards. He had a school record 185 tackles (20 for loss) as a senior, and 133 (1) as a junior. The UNC-Charlotte linebacker was named All-State at Dawson as a senior, and earned 7-AAA Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was 1st Team All-Region three times.
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. 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.
ZACH MATTHEWS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 went on to play baseball at UGA before being drafted by the Phillies in the 2019 MLB Draft. TUCKER MAXWELL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
At 5’11, 250 pounds, Pate may seem a little on the smaller side for a lineman. But he always played above that. Pate was named All-State at OL for Commerce AND All-State at DL, and was also a multi-All-Region selection on both sides of the trenches. The Harding University lineman now plays exclusively on offense, but was a beast who rarely if ever took a snap off as a Tiger. He graded out over 90 to the best of our knowledge, had over 150 pancake blocks, and over 150 career tackles.
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 AP, AJC, 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). 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 CAREER 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.
Wade is one of the top lineman to play for the Raiders, and coach Benji Harrison claims he’s the best OL he has ever had in 20-plus years. A three-year starter, he was a two-time 1st Team All-Region pick, and was voted the team’s ’19 best offensive player. He graded out at 90+ every week, and recorded 50 pancake blocks as a senior in 2019. The Reinhardt-bound OL is 6’2 and sits at 285 pounds.
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. Watson went on to play a season at Shorter University. 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. 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. Woerner was our 2014 Football Player of the Year and Track Athlete of the Year in his sophomore year. Woerner had a solid career at UGA, where he played in the 2018 CFP National Championship. He had over 250 receiving yards and a TD, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 NFL Draft. CHARLIE WOERNER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 did not play. COLBY WOOD CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
The dual threat QB Cole Wright 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. COLE WRIGHT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
The former Dawson County 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 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.
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. She went on to play college basketball.
COURTNEY & CRYSTAL BUSBEE
Courtney and Crystal are not the same person…as they are the first to tell you. However, their careers were intertwined. Courtney 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 and having a solid collegiate career.
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. She 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.
A three-time All-Region selection, Lexi Cash was money for the Lady Indians. For three-plus seasons, she hit over .440, scoring over 100 runs, driving in more than 70, and blasting over 10 homers. The Brenau star ended up having a slid career for the Golden Tigers as well.
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. Chambers 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 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. She 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.
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 stat line.
There’s arguably no better two-way player we’ve ever seen. Tybee Denton led Banks County to its first state championship in program history in 2019 in a dream season. Over her career with the Lady Leopards, she finished with a 73-19 record in the circle, complete with 1,041 strikeouts, and a 1.20 ERA. At the plate, she hit .375 with 24 homers, 110 RBI, 39 runs, and 21 doubles. Her senior year saw the two-time All-State and Region Player of the Year go 29-3 with a save and a 0.47 ERA, striking out 412 batters in 195 innings. She threw 12 no-hitters as part of 21 shutouts. At the plate, she hit .423 with 12 homeruns and 41 RBI, complete with a .500 OBP and .837 SLG. Unbelievable! That earned her BLITZ Player of the Year honors. The UNG-bound star isn’t done yet.
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.
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 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).
It wasn’t the picture-perfect career for Brighton Harder, as she was supposed to be one of the big-time leaders for Lumpkin County in 2019. Due to a broken bone, she missed all but the last five games of the regular season. But when she came back, she hit .857 to help get the Lady Indians into the playoffs. She also had a solid junior season with a .463 AVG, .532 OBP, and 33 SB. Her career numbers include an average above .450, OBP over .530, and over 50 stolen bases. Harder is heading to Emmanuel to continue her career there.
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. Her numbers: 689 innings pitched, 1,082 strikeouts, 79 wins. Hughes led 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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).
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.
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. 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.
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.
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%).
Whitfield leaves Stephens County as the GOAT. The pitcher was a one-time BLITZ POY. 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.
Kate Blackburn has left a huge hole in the Tallulah Falls School volleyball program. She left an indelible mark with 1,200-plus assists, 600-plus digs, 250-plus kills, and over 200 aces in a remarkable career. The Lady Indians’ standout was a two-time All-Area selection and had a serve percentage around 93%. Her junior season saw her average a mind-blowing 17.4 assists per match. That was a year TFS played 49 games and made the Sweet 16.
Sydney Brookshire quietly had one of the best careers we’ve seen for a libero. Her serve percentage was outstanding at 98.5% for her career, with a 94% passing accuracy from serve receive. She had 40-plus career aces and over 800 career digs. The two-time All-Region selection had 372 digs as a senior and 401 as a junior.
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.
Haley 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 was a back-to-back BLITZ Volleyball Player of the Year and Basketball Player of the Year as a junior and senior. 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.
The Habersham Central star outside hitter tallied over 700 career kills, 100-plus aces, 600-plus digs, and more than 40 blocks. A stellar career for certain. She had 335 kills, 311 digs, a 96% serve accuracy, 0.280 hitting %, and 51 aces as a junior, earning All-Region honors. And earned that distinction again as a senior with 339 kills, 18 blocks, 246 digs, and 54 aces. She helped guide the Lady Raiders to a #1-state ranking and to the state playoffs.
White County’s Annabeth Vandiver was arguably the best to come through the Lady Warriors’ program at the outside hitter position. As a senior, she had 161 kills, 208 digs, and 64 aces while earning her second All-Region honor. She had over 400 kills, 500 digs, and 150 aces in her illustrious career.
Jessie Dotson was the one who paved the way for White County cross country and her heir to the program, Jenna Gearing. Dotson went on to a solid career at Charleston Southern, but not before a standout two years for the Warriors. She was a region champion in 2010, finishing 37th at state that year, and followed that up with a senior year that included a 3rd-place finish at region and 6th-place finish at state. Her PR was 18:16.
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). 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 was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, and ran one year at UGA for the Lady Bulldogs cross country and track & field team.
The White County (Class of 2016) long distance champ is far and away the most decorated in school 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! Gearing is went on to run for Clemson University.
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. Gober continues his career running at UGA.
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 had a stellar career at Emmanuel College, where she crushed school records and as a junior won the individual NCCAA South Region Championship.
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. In T&F, she was a State Champion three times (2016 twice; once in 2018).
Ben McGinnis had a solid career leading the Dawson County cross country program. He was in the top 4 at region three times, and placed in the top ten at state once (9th), and also had an 11th, 16th, and 30th place finish there. He PR’d with a 16:15, making him a top runner in a very tough region and classification. He continues his running career at Augusta University.
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. Muldoon continues her career at Georgia State University.
The Tigers’ standout long distance runner was back-to-back BLITZ Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year as a junior and senior. 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.
Was there ever any doubt here? Zoe Sanchez is right up there with one of the best we’ve ever seen in cross country, save Jenna Gearing of White County, who won 5 state titles. Sanchez won back-to-back state titles and region titles (and finished region runner-up another time). She PR’d to the tune of 19:03, and won at least (what we could find) 12 races. Incredible performer for the Mercer-bound star. Sanchez is a four-time BLITZ Runner/Athlete of the Year winner.
Griffin Stephens led Banks County to a state championship in cross country. The long distance champ was incredible for the Leopards, and saved his best for last. He polished off his career with a region title and subsequent state title, and PR’d 16:11. He was twice a region runner-up finisher, and was third, second, and first in three straight years at state. In his senior season, he finished in the top 5 on four occasions, earning the BLITZ Runner of the Year status.
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.
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 went on the UGA as a Cheerdancer, and then went pro with the Boston Celtics of the NBA.
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.
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 was the Player of the Year in both basketball and baseball his senior year. 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 playoffs. SPENCER ADAMS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Patrick Burns was a beast for the Raiders, earning a scholarship to Oxford after a senior year that saw him average over 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game. He polished off his career somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, and 50 steals, and earned BLITZ Player of the Year honors his final season.
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 BLITZ 2018-19 Player of the Year was an All-State selection, and his career continues at Georgia College & State University. LUKE CHISM CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
From day one, this kid was a game-changer and proved to be a generational talent. The guy was about unguardable since he could literally score from anywhere, and often scored off double- and even triple-team efforts. He put up insane numbers – 2,445 points, 1,049 rebounds, 390 assists, 82 blocks, and 116 steals, collecting 57 double-doubles and 5 triple-doubles. He was a two-time BLITZ Player of the Year, an All-State selection twice, and two-time Region 8-AA Player of the Year. He led the Leopards to nearly 100 wins in his four-year stint, including an Elite 8 and two Sweet 16s, adding three region titles. He averaged 28 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, and 25 and 12 as a senior. Cleveland continues his career at Young Harris. CARL CLEVELAND CAREER 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.
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. 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. AUSTIN DINOFRIO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Tyler 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. 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. 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 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Jasper Gibson has the unique two-sided career. He spent a couple of seasons earning his stripes and making a name for himself at Jefferson, then spent two seasons showing out to another level at Dawson County. The guard finished his career with over 2,000 career points, 500 assists, 250 rebounds, and 100 steals. Gibson, an Emmanuel College-bound star, averaged 18 points per game as senior and 19 points per game as a junior. He was a two-time All-State player, three-time All-Region honoree, and one-time Region 7-AAA Player of the Year. JASPER GIBSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
The often overshadowed guard, Austin Harris 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 guard led the Warriors to 56 wins and two state tournament runs.
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 guard now plays at UNG. JACK HOWARD CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Lowery not only made the BLITZ Hall of Fame for football, but also for basketball. 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. As Lowery went, so went the Warriors on the court. Lowery knew only one speed, and that was fast. ASHELY LOWERY CAREER 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. He is now playing at the University of North Georgia. 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 the 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 went to Erskine College for two years, and then Bob Jones University. ZAC ORR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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. ZACH PULLEY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
A two-time All-Region selection, and co-Player of the Year for 7-AAA once, the All-State guard Campbell Reed found a way to become one of many 1,000-point scorers for Dawson County in a time when the Tigers had many alpha players in the lineup. He shot over 43% from long range, and averaged 9 points per game as a junior and 15 per game as a senior.
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 went on to play at UNG.
One of the most electrifying players ever covered by BLITZ, Zez Steeple 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. Steeple 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 where he finished off an incredible career. ZEZ STEEPLE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
MICHAEL VAN HOOSER
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).
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. 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. AUSTIN VENABLE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Matthew Weidner had a fantastic career at Tallulah Falls, putting up 1,390 points (school record) and 500 rebounds. He owns three of the top scoring seasons in TFS history, and three of the top rebounding seasons as well. He is one of only three players in Indians’ lore to score 30 or more points in a game.
The 1,000 point scorer, Wiley 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 CAREER 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. 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, and was BLITZ Player of the Year in 2011. She played a year at the University of North Georgia (0.3 ppg) before playing one more at Piedmont College (5.4 ppg).
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.
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. She 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. KARLIE BEARDEN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Bowen, also a softball HOFer, 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. JAYCIE BOWEN 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 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.
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.
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. 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 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. She was the BLITZ Player of the Year award winner in 2014-15. Duncan went on to a solid career at Furman University. KAITLYN DUNCAN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Haley Gerrin, 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 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 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
The great Carly Gilreath of the Lady Tigers 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 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 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Gosnell was a BLITZ HOFer 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 continues her basketball career at Appalachian State University where she had a great first two seasons. LAINEY GOSNELL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 earned a scholarship from Southern Wesleyan. BROOKE HENRICKS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Brooke Maddox led the Lady Panthers to some great success over her years at the guard position. She was an All-State guard and Region 8-AA Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 13.4 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, and 3 rebounds per game. She had roughly 700 points, 400 assists, 150 steals, and 100 rebounds in total for her career before going to play at Huntingdon College.
Towns County has had some great guard players over the years, but forward Jordan Moss was the first big-time star in the late 2000s and early 2010s to turn heads. The forward was an All-State and All-Region selection, and scored 1,237 points, grabbed over 500 rebounds, and had over 350 assists and 75 steals in what was nothing short of a spectacular career. She found her way to nearby Young Harris for her collegiate career as well.
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 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. ASHLEY PARKER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Not many have had the career that Stephanie Patton has had, as the athletic and physical guard was as gifted as any, especially from long range and at the free throw line. Patton nearly had 2,000 career points, something we have not quite seen before. 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 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 is now playing at Grace College. MACKENZIE PULLEY CAREER 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. Scott, a 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 played some at North Georgia, where she averaged 1.4 pts (10 total) as a freshman in seven games. SAVANNA SCOTT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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, initially went to UNG but did not play. SHEYENNE SEABOLT CAREER 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 was a standout cross country and track and field athlete as well. She now plays at Emmanuel College. ALLISON SMITH CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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. 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. KAYLEE STICKER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Laken Stiles played alongside three other 1,000 point scorers in her tenure at Rabun (Georgia Stockton, Brooke Henricks, Savannah Scott), but still put up her own buckets. She did a little bit – scratch that – a lot a bit of everything. Finishing at the rim, nailing long range and mid range shots from the floor, elite defense, rebounding, dishing out dimes, etc. Stiles finished with over 1,000 points, 400 assists, 200 rebounds, and 100 steals and left a huge hole for the Lady Cats to fill. She was an All-State guard, and earned a spot with Piedmont College at the next level. LAKEN STILES CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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 continues her career at Presbyterian College. GEORGIA STOCKTON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Heather Vaughan spent a couple of seasons at Habersham Central, then moved over to Banks County. She finished with 1,000 career points and was a threat from deep like few others. An All-Region selection twice and All-State guard as a senior, Vaughan closed with north of 300 rebounds, 250 assists, and 100 steals. HEATHER VAUGHAN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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. Williams more than has talent to play at the next level, but is pursuing academics first at the University of Pennsylvania.
Peyton Backer of Rabun County was a really good wrestler, and frankly an even better football player. He’s in the Hall of Fame for both. In wrestling, he notched 74 wins against 11 losses, earn two top-five finishes at state, and two area championships. That included a runner-up finish and third-place finish. This is insane considering he missed almost half his wrestling career due to injury. He wrestled as a senior in the 285-lb bracket. Backer stars on the gridiron at Georgia Southern.
Jake Brewer is a Commerce legend after winning three state titles in three years in the program. He then went on to Truett McConnell University, where he currently is. His Tigers career on the mat saw him go 88-8 and finished wrestling in the 145-lb class.
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.
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.
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. He 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. His final season, he came in third wrestling in the 132 class. He finished his wrestling career with three area championships (’14, ’16, ’17) and two sectionals championships (’14, ’17). He had a record of 152-11, recording 98 pins, 11 tech falls, 7 major decisions, 82% bonus point wins record, and won 15 career tournament championships. He outscored his opponents 1,178-163, most of which were escapes he gave, and only allowed 75 offensive points.
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.
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 put together a 126-11 career record. He 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Irwin got overlooked slightly due to the dominance of teammate Nolan Wheeler, but the numbers don’t lie. Irwin was every bit as dominant. He even had more wins (156) in a whole year less. He won state in both his junior and senior seasons, and twice was a 3-time area champion. As a senior, he was 76-2 after going 53-2 as a junior.
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.
McClure 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. 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 wrestled at the University of Virginia.
McCrackin was one of the top wrestlers to compete at Banks County. 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 wrestled at Washington & Lee University.
Caleb Morris 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. Morris was twice a BLITZ Wrestler of the Year.
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.
Lumpkin County’s Nolan Wheeler leaves as arguably the best to ever grapple for the Indians. He had a 142-28 win-loss mark, and was a 3-time state champion. He earned BLITZ Wrestler of the Year honors after a senior year in which he went 61-4 at the 160-lb class. He was a 3-time area champion as well, and signed to continue wrestling at Newberry College.
Spencer Adams was a 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. The 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. 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 Charlotte Knights (AAA), and continues to motor through the system.
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 played for Kennesaw State University.
Burt was an all-region left-handed pitcher who had an extra-special senior year in 2014. 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.
Crumley was a former Basketball Player of the Year before dropping the sport to focus on just baseball his senior year at White County. 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.
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.
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.
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 played college ball at Florida St College at Jacksonville before going to UNC Asheville.
Everett 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.
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.
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, where he had a solid (COVID-shortened) freshman season.
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. Jones now plays at Southern Wesleyan University.
The football Hall of Famer who went on to play (and still does) at Richmond on the gridiron, was insanely good on the mound. Makes sense…a QB with a cannon whether throwing a football or baseball. He went an outstanding 15-0 on the mound in his 3-year stint at Union County, with a 2.25 ERA and 155 strikeouts. At the dish, Mancuso batted .330 with 11 HR and 68 RBI, scoring 54 runs, stealing 14 bases, drilling 20 doubles, 3 triples, and drawing 42 walks. That’s a .449 OBP and .619 SLG. His senior year he went 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA, and also hit .356 with 4 HR and 24 RBI. His junior year was just as impressive (6-0, 1.71 ERA; .333-3-23). Mancuso was named BLITZ Player of the Year as a junior.
Maxwell only spent one season at Dawson County (2016), but it was incredible. He took home BLITZ Player of the Year honors. 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.
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. A Miami commit, he was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB Draft in 2019 in the late rounds.
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.
Colby Rogers batted .430ish for his career, drove in about 50 runs, and scored another 70. He had a little bit of power as well, notching around 25 extra base hits. He had a knack of getting on base, playing solid defense, and was reliable on the mound. To knowledge (stats we know of), he went 4-2 with 3 saves and about a 2.00 ERA with 25 strikeouts, and was a two-time All-Region selection.
Hudson Sapp had an absolute beastly career, and since his sophomore year was already committed to play at Ole Miss beginning in 2021. The lefty outfielder batted over .510 for his career with 15 HR, 70 RBI, 105 R, 65 SB, and 90 BB. He had 25 doubles and 10 triples as well. On the mound, he registered a 5-2 record with a 0.89 ERA and 60 strikeouts. His COVID-19 shortened senior year consisted of him battling Graves Disease, yet still hit .500 with 5 HR and 18 RBI, and was 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 30 K, which included throwing a perfect game. His junior year was even better, as he hit .582 with 6 HR and 22 RBI, 27 SB, 23 BB, and 37 R. He also went 2-1 that year with a 0.45 ERA and 30 K. Sapp is a two-time All-State player and Region Player of the Year, as well as a two-time BLITZ Player of the Year.
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, he 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.
The Indians at Stephens County were blessed to have Dawson Sorrells in their program. The workhorse went 20-7 with 2 saves and a 2.26 ERA alongside 201 strikeouts. At the plate, he hit .350 with 2 homers and 55 RBI, scoring 75 runs and drilling out 27 extra-base hits. His sophomore year saw him go 9-2 with a 1.72 ERA and 51 K. He followed that with a 5-2 (3.19) 46 K junior year, and a 5-3 (2.49) 72 K senior season. Sorrells went on to play at East Georgia State.
Sosebee closely resembles the success of teammate Spencer Adams (above), who was a freshman when Sosebee was a senior. Sosebee went on to 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 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 (AAA), and recently in 2018 pitched a relievers’ no-hitter, retiring 28 batters without allowing a single hit.
CJ Thomas put together a solid career for the Leopards, racking up a 16-9 mark with a couple of saves and a tidy 1.75 ERA to go with 150 strikeouts. He hit .415ish with a homer and 40 RBI, adding 60 runs, 55 stolen bases, and 30 extra-base hits. His junior season saw him go 7-7 with a 1.60 ERA. His senior year in 2018 he went 6-2 with a 1.69 ERA, and tore it up at the plate with a state line of .511 average, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 29 R, and 22 SB. Thomas went on to play college ball at Toccoa Falls.
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.
Westmoreland was one of the top power hitters in the state of Georgia during his senior year at White County. 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, and totaled a .395 average with 9 homers, 64 RBI, 49 SB, and notch a .500+ OBP. He was 14-4 as a starting pitcher with 9 saves and a 2.71 ERA along with 117 strikeouts. Wright had a fine career at Maryville College, where he has been one of the top hitters in the lineup through his first two seasons, and was leading the NATION in RBI as a senior before COVID-19 abruptly ended his career.
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. Diaz was a part of four straight playoff runs and 21 total wins.
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 played at the University of North Georgia.
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.
NOLAN & SAWYER HEMMER
Nolan and Sawyer are two individuals, but the twins’ careers have gone hand-in-hand. 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.
Brandon Hudson was robbed. He was on track for an unbelievable stat line in 2020 before COVID hit. He had 20 goals and 7 assists, which was enough to earn him BLITZ Player of the Year honors. He finished his four-year career at Jefferson with around 50 goals and 30 assists (130 points).
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 was also named 1st Team All-Region as a senior. He played at Truett McConnell University.
Brandon Lund 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.
Jose Miranda stormed onto the scene at Dawson County years ago. He was even better in his best season as a sophomore, netting 19 goals and adding 21 assists (school record). He finished his career with around 65 goals and the same number of assists for about 195 points.
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.
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.
Kobi Robbins had a solid career for Union County and was staring down a senior year that was poised to be terrific before the rude interruption in 2020. The Panthers forward had 40-plus goals in his career, with another 25ish assists, giving him north of 100 points.
Sanchez had a 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 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.
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.
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.
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 striker 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.
Bennett 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 went on to play at Brenau.
Camryn Carter was a fine player for Union County, leading the Lady Panthers to great success in her time in the program. The center midfielder tallied 40 goals and 50 assists (130 points), and went on to a solid career at Huntingdon College in Alabama.
Carter left Stephens County as the all-time leading goal scorer, and her 2018 senior season saw her tally 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.
Kaitlyn Hooper 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 scored 20 goals and 8 assists as a senior, shattering her school records set the previous season of 15 goals and one assist. Hooper finished her career with 57 goals and 16 assists, and had a solid career at Asbury University.
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 played at Kennesaw State University.
Hope Kenney is one of the best to ever play in Northeast Georgia. Period! If not for COVID wrecking her senior year…can you imagine her final stat line? Instead, she settles for 96 career goals and 23 career assists (215 points)…still insane. The Lumpkin County forward demolished the school single-season goals record, scoring 33 as a junior. She had 26 as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore, 33 as a junior, and 20 as a senior despite losing half the season. Kenney goes on to play at Truett McConnell University. Kenney is a two-time BLITZ Player of the Year and a multi All-State player, as well as two-time Region Player of the Year.
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, a former BLITZ Player of the Year, continues her career at Brenau University.
Magill 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 later played at Shorter University.
Margo Perry had a stellar career between the pipes for Jefferson, holding a 1.50 goals against average, with more than 50 saves and 20-plus shutouts. Perry was a mainstay for the Lady Dragons, leading them to deep playoff runs in her time there. Her 0.55 GAA as a junior is the best in school history.
Bella Ramey had so much upside, but we never saw the full picture since she had multiple ACL tears that derailed half her career. Still, when healthy, she had 45 goals and 18 assists (108 points), including going for 24/9 as a sophomore for the Lady Warriors.
Alexis Satterfield has been far and away one of the best scorers in northeast Georgia. The Lumpkin County 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. Satterfield went on to play at Brenau.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Rowland 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 played college golf at Piedmont College.
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.
Madison Caldwell was 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 starred at Western Carolina University.
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.
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 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.
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 went on to play at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
McKenzie McRee was a very reliable leader for Commerce golf, and three times finished in the top 15 at state, including twice in the top 10. She was a one-time area runner-up, and annually led the Lady Tigers to state. Her junior year saw her finish as the runner-up in area play, and then finish third at state. Her shooting average consistently remained in the low 80s.
Morgan Rylee was one of the state’s top golfers while playing at Banks County. The two-time All-State selection finished in the top 10 individually as a freshman while guiding the Lady Leopards to a 3rd-place finish. She was All-Region three times, and was the region runner-up as a senior, and led her team to state all four years. Rylee played a solid career at the University of North Georgia.
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.
Marcus Berninger, if not for COVID-19, would have joined elite company in going over 60 wins for his career. He settled for 55, dropping just 4 matches in his varsity career at #1 singles. Berninger was a two-time BLITZ Player of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scott made the BLITZ HOF 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 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
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. He continued his career at UGA.
The 2019 BLITZ T&F Athlete of the Year, 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.
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.
Austin Pierce 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 went on to compete at the Naval Academy.
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 Athlete of the Year.
Jackson Ramey went full beast mode as a thrower for Banks County. He was a two-time region champion in the shot put, and two-time runner-up in the discus event. At state, he was a runner-up and third in discus, and 10th and 7th in shot put. Ramey will continue his career at Wingate University. Ramey’s personal best in the discus event is 157-6.5, and 48-7.5 in the shot put.
Seay 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.
Shannon Segars was before COVID looking to repeat as a state champion in the long jump. He is a one-time state champion, and came in third another time at state in that event. He won an area title in the long jump, and was a runner-up once. In the triple jump, he finished sixth at area once. Segars was named BLITZ T&F Athlete of the Year in 2020, and is headed to Kennesaw State University to continue his career. His PR in the long jump is 23-1, and 42-7.5 in the triple jump.
Griffin Stephens played a huge role in the incredible success of the Banks County Leopards track and field program. During his time, he was a two-time state runner up in the distance events (1600/3200), a one-time region champion, and a 4-time placer in the top 10 at state. His PR in the 1600 was 4:34, and it was 9:58 in the 3200. Stephens is also a BLITZ Hall of Famer in Cross Country, and was Runner of the Year as a senior.
Woerner is also a BLITZ HOFer in football. 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 played at UGA and was then drafted by the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL in 2020.
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 went on to compete at Davidson College.
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 finalist for the Wendy’s Heisman Award. Garrison went to the University of Georgia to run cross country.
Jenna Gearing 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. 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 went on to compete at Penn State University.
Taylor Grimmett was a key cog in the Rabun County track & field machine. She was a three-time region champion in the 100 meter hurdles, placing twice in the top 10 at state in that same event. She was a two-time region runner-up in long jump and triple jump, and placed 9th at state in the long and 13th (twice) in the triple at the state meet. Her PRs: 15.78 in the 100 MH, 54.22 in the 300 MH, 17-0.25 in the long jump, and 34-11.5 in the triple jump.
Massey, a former Athlete of the Year, 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.
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 continued her career at Georgia State University.
Zoe Sanchez, also a Hall of Famer in cross country, earns that distinction in distance track & field as well. She won the state title in the 3200 as a junior, and was runner-up in the 1600. She was likely to perhaps win both titles in region and state in 2020 before the COVID shutdown. Still, she finished her track and field career with a state title, three region crowns, five state top-5 finishes, and a PR or 5:44 in the 1600 and 11:52 in the 3200. For her efforts, she was named BLITZ Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2019 and 2020, and both of those years was also BLITZ Cross Country Runner of the Year. Sanchez heads to Mercer University to continue her career.
Also a cross country BLITZ HOFer, 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 next at UGA.
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 competed 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!