Around the County: Creekview QB honored by Gridiron Cclub
by Tribune staff reports
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Creekview quarterback Kyle Wilkie played a solid second half in last Friday’s Class AAAAA state playoff game against East Paulding, nearly rallying his team from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Wilkie was named Creekview’s offensive player of the week by the Cherokee County Gridiron Club. Also recognized from the Grizzlies were Joseph Sorrentino (defense) and Connor Dulmage (special teams).

Sequoyah, which also suffered a season-ending loss in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs, had a pair of seniors recognized for their efforts against South Paulding. Quarterback Lex Lauletta was the offensive player of the week, while Peter Rohan was the player of the week for the defense. Sam Rogers was singled out for his contributions on special teams.

At Etowah, Ben Rowell, who returned to action after missing several weeks with a broken arm, was named the defensive player of the game in a 24-0 loss to Norcross. Lineman James Varley (offense) and Keith Gordon (special teams) were also recognized.

College Soccer: Lady Eagles to open NAIA tourney with road trip to Embry-Riddle

Reinhardt’s women’s soccer team will head south for the NAIA tournament, facing Embry-Riddle at 5 p.m. Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Lady Eagles, who swept the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships, earned an automatic bid into the NAIA tournament.

Reinhardt (15-3-2) has a tough draw as Embry-Riddle is No. 6 in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll. However, the Lady Eagles have risen to the challenge in the past against ranked teams. This season, they are 14-4-1 against ranked teams, including wins over No. 1 Concordia (Ore.), No. 3 Lindsey Wilson and No. 8 William Carey.

Over the course of the season, Reinhardt has trailed for just 12 minutes, as two of its losses were in overtime and the third was a one-goal loss to No. 15 Brenau.

College Volleyball: Reinhardt’s De Vine named AAC player of the year for ’13 efforts

Reinhardt senior Denise De Vine was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference’s player of the year.

De Vine, an outside hitter from Lake Elsinore, Calif., leads the NAIA in kills per set with 4.7. She surpassed 400 kills in the Lady Eagles’ victory over Tennessee Wesleyan in their regular-season finale.

De Vine also led the team in digs with 310 during the regular season, and she led the conference with 57 aces.

Youth Football: Junior Chiefs eighth-graders to compete for third straight title The Junior Chiefs eighth-grade team will attempt to win its third straight Georgia Middle School Athletic Association state champion on Saturday when it competes against McEachern.

Each of the Junior Chiefs’ three middle school teams made the playoffs, but only the eighth-grade team advanced to the title game.

The eighth-grade Chiefs finished the season undefeated, outscored their opponents 372-73 and are currently ranked No. 2 in the state.

Offensive linemen Noah Sherburn,

Griffin Pizzano, Dalton Adams, Druw Lewis and Patrick Balance were recently named the Gatorade Players of the Game by

Prep Softball: County represented well among standouts of Region 5AAAAAA While Lassiter swept the player, pitcher and coach of the year honors for Region 5AAAAAA, a few players from Cherokee County were named to the all-region first team.

Woodstock infielders Grace Botti and

Carolyn Edwards were recognized, along with Etowah’s Payton Curtis.

Cherokee outfielders Macy Martinez and Kelli McCormack also made the first team, along with Etowah catcher Maddie Jenkins.

Woodstock pitcher Brianna Roper was also on the first team.

Honorable mentions included Etowah’s Lexi Palazzo, Woodstock’s Kayla Sangrey and Lexi Solzano, and Cherokee’s Kindell Reeves and Katy Stamey.

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