Sequoyah girls escape from Creekview in overtime

Sequoyah girls escape from Creekview in overtime

Category : Creekview HS | Sequoyah HS

sequioyahSequoyah’s Alyssa Cagle drives toward the hoop in Friday night’s game against archrival Creekview. Cagle scored eight points as the Lady Chiefs escaped to win in overtime.  By Alex Resnak

CANTON — Peyton Satterfield scored all of her game-high 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Sequoyah came from behind to beat Creekview 35-32 on Friday.

The teams were never separated by more than eight points — something that surprised neither coach in the rivals’ first meeting since they played for the region championship last season.

“It’s like this every time we play,” Sequoyah coach Derrick DeWitt said. “It’s always close, it’s always physical and it’s always tough. You know you have to bring your best, because both teams always want it so bad.”

Neither team could do much scoring early.

Sequoyah (4-0, 2-0 Region 6AAAAAA) led 5-4 after one quarter, and Creekview (3-3, 1-1) led 8-7 at the half, but both teams found more scoring in the second half.

Creekview came out of the locker room hot with a 6-0 run in the third. The lead held until midway through the fourth, when Sequoyah went to its full-court press.

“We just wanted to make them uncomfortable,” DeWitt said. “We wanted to force their hand a little bit and make them play faster than they wanted to.”

The change also paid off on the offensive side for the Lady Chiefs, as they went on a 10-2 run to tie the score at 25-all on a Satterfield 3-pointer with 2:35 to play.

Still, Creekview had the best chances to win late in regulation, but a missed layup took the game to overtime.

“We really had our chances,” Creekview coach Roger Nolan said. “It’s always like this when we play them. We knew it was going to be a little ugly. We just needed to make some open shots or make a few more free throws, and I think we have a different result.”

Allison Luly and Kendel Bennett led Creekview with eight points apiece. Sydney Rumble added six on a pair of 3-pointers.

Nolan said his team will need to find ways to score in the absence of point guard Kassity Ray, who could be out for the season with an injury.

“Our defense and effort looked good,” Nolan said. “We still just need to find some offense. We’ll get back to the drawing board. We need to find other ways, but we have time. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Sequoyah got eight points from Alyssa Cagle, to go along with a strong game from Emily Seres, who finished with six points and nine rebounds.

Creekview will have a quick turnaround as it faces Cherokee tonight. Sequoyah will be off until it hosts Sprayberry on Tuesday.

Creekview boys ease past Sequoyah in rivalry game

Category : Creekview HS | Sequoyah HS

CV at SEQ BBB_1.jpg12-02-16 —CV at SEQ BBB— Creekview’s James Wall shoots the ball as Sequoyah’s Joseph Cuomo tries to block him during a game between Creekview and Sequoyah Friday night. / Staff-Kathryn Ingall

CANTON — Creekview started fast and pulled away late for a comfortable 65-44 win over archrival Sequoyah on Friday.

The Grizzlies (4-2, 2-0 Region 6AAAAAA) led by as many as 11 in the first half, but the Chiefs (0-3, 0-2) rallied back to get within five before Creekview pulled off 14-3 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away and keep its season on track.

“We know it’s a tough region,” Creekview coach Casey Gramling said. “We told the kids we wanted to get a couple of road wins and really play well at home to get a high seed in the tournament.

 “It wasn’t pretty. Sequoyah challenged us early, but I thought we responded well and did what we needed to to pull way.”

Weber Sandlin scored 10 in the first quarter and led all scorers with 27 points, while his backcourt partner, K.J. Jenkins, caught fire after a scoreless first half to score 17 points.

Their performances made up for an overall subpar shooting night in which only one other Creekview player topped five points.

“They’re both really good shooters,” Gramling said of Sandlin and Jenkins. “If they get hot at the same time, they both have the potential to score 30 points. We’re working on shot selection as a team, but having those two in the backcourt is fun to coach.”

For Sequoyah, the slow start was reminiscent of its first two games and was too much to overcome.

“That’s kind of been our M.O. this year,” first-year Sequoyah coach Allen Carden. “We start slow and we come back. It’s been a little too much for us this year, but we’re getting there. The hustle is there, but with hustle and nothing else, you still lose.”

The Chiefs performed well in the hustle stats, forcing 20 turnovers and holding an 8-4 advantage in offensive rebounds in the second half, but their offense could not score consistently enough.

Jayden Montgomery had a productive game with 19 points, while Ryan Miller scored nine. However, the rest of the Chiefs struggled to make their shots at the rim around Creekview’s Chandler Wright, who finished with six blocks.

“We need to take advantage of our chances better,” Carden said. “I think when we get to watch the film, we’ll see a lot of missed shots at the rim. We have zero guys with varsity experience before this season, though. I think we’ll start to come around. We just need to run our sets more, turn our dumb hustle into smart hustle and raise our basketball IQs.”

Creekview will be back on the court tonight against Cherokee, while Sequoyah will be off until Tuesday when Sprayberry visits.

Frith’s 20-point night helps Woodstock hold off Etowah

Category : Etowah HS | Woodstock HS


WOODSTOCK — Noah Frith scored a game-high 20 points Tuesday as Woodstock went on the road and beat Etowah 65-61.

The Wolverines (3-3, 1-0 Region 4AAAAAAA) trailed midway through the second quarter, but they finished the half on a 13-6 run and never trailed again.

“It took everything we had to win that one,” said second-year Woodstock coach Kingston Clark, who is now 4-0 against Etowah. “They came out ready to fight. It was a game all the way to the end, but our kids fought hard. They knew what we needed to do, and they got it done.”

 The area where Woodstock had the biggest advantage was depth.

In addition to Frith’s 20 points, Tyreke Johnson added 18 and Dylin Hardeman added 16.

“It’s great,” Clark said. “We have guys we know we can count on to make things happen. It wasn’t just either. We had a great game from our bench. We didn’t go to them as much in the second half, but they really helped put us in a good position.”

Etowah (4-2, 0-1) also had three players in double figures with Adrian Cohen (15 points), Lewis Simonson (11) and Jaxon Etter (10).

Simonson scored eight in the fourth quarter to cut a nine-point deficit as close as two points, but the comeback fell just short.

“I liked how we fought back in the fourth,” Etowah coach Allen Whitehart said. “We got it back within one possession, but a couple bad bounces really got us. They were the better team (Tuesday). We have to come back and learn from it.”

Where Etowah will need to improve most is in handling pressure.

 Woodstock ran a full-court press for much of the game, and Etowah struggled to get into its offense at times, finishing with 23 turnovers.

Whitehart was happy with how hard his team worked to overcome the myriad of errors, but he acknowledged it is something that must be fixed moving forward.

“We have to go right back to work with what we’ve been doing,” he said. “We’re going to be habitual, so we need to make sure we’re learning good habits. We’re not going to change what we do. We’re going to look at the film, figure out what’s good and what’s bad and go from there.”

Both team will be off until Friday when Etowah travels to Lassiter and Woodstock hosts Walton.

Etowah breaks into win column after surviving overtime game with Woodstock

Category : Etowah HS | Woodstock HS

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12-06-16 —WOODSTOCK AT ETOWAH GBB— Woodstock’s Sophia Singer dribbles the ball during a game between Woodstock and Etowah Tuesday night. / Staff-Kathryn Ingall

By Alex Resnak 

WOODSTOCK — After squandering a double-digit lead, Etowah retook control of the game in overtime and beat archrival Woodstock 58-54 on Tuesday.

Etowah (1-5, 1-0 Region 4AAAAAAA) ended the third quarter with a 15-2 run to open up a 44-26 lead, but Woodstock (2-4, 0-1) got back in the game with a 25-7 edge in the fourth quarter.

Despite that, Etowah coach Trip Holton said he was always confident in his team entering overtime.

“We just wanted to get back to what we did the first three quarters,” said Holton, who got his first win at the reins of the Lady Eagles’ program after succeeding longtime coach Bob Westbrook following last season. “We wanted to attack the basket. We had them in foul trouble, but we let up in the fourth. I knew we would be fine if we could get back to that. We scored early, too, and that help get the momentum back our way a little bit.”

Holton had plenty of reason to be confident after Etowah grabbed the momentum after a tough first quarter. The Lady Eagles turned the ball over nine times in the period and trailed 12-4, but runs of 10-2, 9-0 and 15-2 over the next two quarters allowed Etowah to get back into contention.

“Consistency has been our problem all season,” Holton said. “Turnovers have really hurt us at times, and they did again (Tuesday). We need to find a way to cut those out. When we’re really on, though, like we were for most of tonight, I think we can play with anyone.”

Freshman Sydne Watts led Etowah with 28 points, while Mikayla Miles provided a boost in her first game back from a broken wrist with eight points.

Taylor Reed led Woodstock with 18 points, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter. Brittany Burnett added 16, and Kamryn Forrester finished with seven.

Woodstock coach Julie Crowe said she was happy with the resilience her team showed through its own injury woes, even if the Lady Wolverines’ comeback came up just short.

“I think we’re resilient,” Crowe said. “We’ve had a tough week with some injuries, but I liked the way we fought. It would have been really easy to give up late, but we always believed we could get back in it.”

Both teams will play again Friday, with Etowah visiting Lassiter and Woodstock hosting Walton.

Cherokee edges past Creekview in dual

Category : Cherokee HS | Creekview HS



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The referee looks for the pin as Cherokee’s Jared Albritton looks to finish off his match at 285 pounds.

By Alex Resnak

CANTON — Cherokee had the edge in a battle of county rivals, beating Creekview 40-35 in a dual match Wednesday.

The Warriors were impressive throughout, winning four of their eight matches by pin and clinching the win with two weights to go.

“I was really pleased with how we looked,” Cherokee coach Gerald Kadien said. “I thought our top guys did what we needed them to, and some of our other wrestlers really did well to hang around. I was really happy with James Matheny at 160 pounds. We knew we could lock it up with a win, but he went out there and got the pin. It was really a boost for the team.”

In addition to Matheny’s pin and a forfeit at 106 pounds, Cherokee also got six points each from Jared Albritton (285), Matt Silka (120) and Jake Matheny (152).

Logan Newby had a hard-fought match at 220, but he was in control throughout to come away with the 5-0 win. Justin Adcox also shut out his opponent with an 8-0 win at 132.

At 145, Max McMahan trailed 4-2 after one period, but he rallied with a reversal, a near fall and a takedown to pull out the 9-6 win.

“I really think we’re starting to come around,” Kadien said. “I think we’re realizing the importance of area matches and county matches, and we’re bringing our best to them. I think we saw that (Wednesday).”

Creekview was wrestling without its full complement of wrestlers, who were nursing various injuries in preparation for a weekend tournament. It proved to be too much to overcome for the Grizzlies, though there were some bright spots.

Jake Locke got the match started with a pin in 1:47 at 195 pounds, and Zach Woodall recorded a pin in 42 seconds at 113.

Bryce Davis had three near falls and four takedowns to win 19-3 at 126, while Wyatt Bono recorded a second-period pin at 138.

Some of Creekview’s best matches took place after the dual had already been decided, as Austin Staton and Braden Johnson each recorded first-period pins in the evening’s final two matches.

Both teams will be tested again this weekend, as Creekview hosts more than 20 teams for the annual Creekview Invitational, while Cherokee will head to South Carolina for the Fort Mill Invitational.

“We’re excited to test ourselves in a big individual tournament,” Kadien said. “We just need to stay working and stay hungry. It will be a great opportunity to get in some mat time. I expect our higher-echelon guys to finish at the top of the podium there, but we also have a fresh group of football players joining us who can use the mat time.”

November 2016 Athletes of the Month

Cherokee HS | Creekview HS | Etowah HS | River Ridge HS | Sequoyah HS | Woodstock HS

Cherokee High School

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Emily Pope, Senior, Volleyball

Emily is the daughter of Kathryn and Alex Pope. Emily will be attending Georgia College and State University on a Volleyball Scholarship next fall pursuing a degree in nursing. Emily carries a 3.9 GPA and scored 24 on the ACT and 1250 on the SAT. Emily has been the Lady Warriors MVP for 3 years serving as team captain. She was also named all area, all county, and lettered four years for the Lady Warriors.




Photo of CHS athlete Jake Jones

Jake Jones, Senior, Cross Country

Jake is the son of Dawn and Harris Jones. Jake carries a 3.9 GPA and scored a 30 on the ACT. He is a member of the Warriors Cross Country team and will be attending the University of Georgia next fall. Jake ran a personal best PR of 17.37 this year leading the Warriors to a tremendous year.






Creekview High School

Photo of Creekview High School athlete Nyah Hernandez

Nyah Hernandez, Freshman, Cross Country

Nyah started off the month of November with a first place finish at the AAAAAA State Championship beating her closest competitor by over 20 seconds with a time of 19:30. She also helped lead her team to a 7th place finish. A week later Nyah competed in the Meet of Champions where every state winner in the state and some of the other fastest athletes compete. Nyah finished in 8th place with a time of 18:30 and was the top finishing freshman in the race. Two week later Nyah competed in the Footlocker South Regional where the top runners across 10 states in the South battle it out. She finished in 25th place with a new school record of 18:18.


Photo of Creekview High School athlete Daniel Wise

Daniel Wise, Senior, Football

Daniel has been a consistent leader for the football team this season.  He continued his role into the Harrison game on November 4th.  He ended the game with 4 tackles and sacked Harrison’s quarterback, a Penn State commit, 2 times.  Daniel also had 3 hurries and a pass deflection in the game.






Etowah High School

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Skylar Wallace, Junior, Softball
Tyray Devezin, Senior, Football

Skylar was recently selected as a 1st team all-state player for the Eagles. The shortstop was the team’s leading hitter for both average and slugging. Although just a junior Skylar has committed to play softball at the University of Alabama.

Tyray had his high school football career come to an end this month, but he was exceptional. Tyray rushed for over 230 yards in each of his last two games and totaled over 1800 yards for the season. For his career he rushed for over 4500 yards (possibly a new school record). He will be missed next season when he is off playing college football – His choice of schools is extensive.


River Ridge High School

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Ansley Nettles, Sophomore, Competition Cheer

Ansley is an athlete who leads her team by example.  Her work ethic is unquestionable and she constantly encourages her teammates to reach beyond their “comfort zone” and strive to be a better athlete for themselves and their team.







Photo of RRHS athlete Jaxson Cromwell

Jaxson Cromwell, Senior, Football

Jaxson finished his senior season with 49 Tackles, 4 Tackles for loss, 9 QB Pressures, 2 Sacks, 1 Caused Fumble, and 1 Interception.  Earlier this month Jaxson received acceptance to Mercer University.  Jaxson has a 30 ACT and a 3.9 GPA.  Along with grades and academics, He was also on the Football Leadership Committee.  Jaxson has been an excellent example of what a student-athlete should be.





Sequoyah High School

Photo of SHS athlete Alyssa Cagle

Alyssa Cagle, Junior, Basketball

Each day, Alyssa serves as a leader for the Lady Chiefs both in practice and in games.  She leads the team in scoring with 16 ppg.  Alyssa plays hard, smart, and embodies the principles of the Sequoyah Lady Chief Basketball team on and off of the court.  She strives to be the best by doing what others won’t, yet she is always available to her teammates and friends.






Photo of SHS athlete Justin Poole

Justin Poole, Junior, Wrestling

Justin has taken this wrestling season by the horns.  He is 10-0 on the year recording 9 pins and one major decision.  He works extremely hard and is a great leader for the Chiefs Wrestling program.








Woodstock High School

Photo of WHS athlete Anna Heid

Anna Heid, Senior, Cheerleading

Anna is a talented and hardworking senior that has been a varsity competition and sideline cheerleader for four years.  She is a great leader and inspires her teammates to give their ALL on the mat and the sideline. Anna is constantly looking for ways to motivate and support her teammates.  Leadership like Anna’s is a large reason for the success of our program this year, earning 2nd place at sectionals and Top 8 in the AAAAAAA GHSA State Cheerleading Championships.  Anna is a very special athlete that has an extremely successful future ahead of her.



Photo of WHS athlete Noah Frith

Noah Frith, Junior, Football and Basketball

Noah plays for both the Wolverines football and basketball teams. Returning from an injury that cut his sophomore season short, the 6-foot-4 wide receiver was a major contributor to the football team’s success, especially in the Wolverines’ first round state playoff win over East Coweta, when he had 131 yards receiving and caught 2 touchdown passes, including hauling in the go ahead score with 2 minutes remaining in the game. For the season, Noah finished with over 900 yards and 15 touchdowns. Fresh off the gridiron, Noah saw his first varsity basketball action since his freshman year against #7 state-ranked Collins Hill. In limited minutes, he scored 4 points on a pair of dunks, pulled 4 rebounds and grabbed two steals.