December 2016 Athletes of the Month

December 2016 Athletes of the Month

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

Cherokee High School

Photo of Cherokee High School Athlete of the Month, Kaitlyn Morris

Kaitlyn Morris, Junior, Swimming

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Kristin and Bob Morris. She carries a 4.0 GPA. Kaitlyn would like to become a physical therapist. During her freshmen year in swimming, she went to state for the 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay in the backstroke. Sophomore year she went to state in the 400 freestyle relay, 200 relay, 200-medley relay, and 100 butterfly. She is also a member of the Cherokee Chorus, and a leader in the First Priority Club.



Photo of Cherokee High School Athlete of the Month, Max McMahan

Max McMahan, Senior, Wrestling

Max is a senior at Cherokee High School. He has wrestled for 8 years, including being involved with Varsity wrestling since his Freshmen year. Wrestling at 138 lbs.  Max has a current record of 18-8. His win during the Creekview match secured the win for Cherokee. He has placed 4th in the Lassiter Trojan Invitational Tournament, 2nd in the Woodstock Wolverine Classic, 4th in the Beef O’Brady’s Classic in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and went 3-0 in the H.O.T. Duals in Robbinsville, South Carolina. He is involved in the Cherokee Welding program, and is currently deciding whether to wrestle in college, or going straight into the Welding industry after high School.

Creekview High School

Photo of Creekview High School Athlete of the Month, Allison Luly

Allison Luly, Senior, Basketball

Allison has led the Lady Grizzlies basketball team to a 10-5 record this season, which has included wins over county rivals Cherokee, River Ridge, and Sequoyah.  Allison is averaging 10.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and fills up the stat sheet with points, rebounds, blocks, assists, and steals.  She also is a positive influence on future Grizzlies as she has participated in the CARES reading program.  Congrats to Allison on her hard work and dedication this season!



Braden Johnson, Junior, Wrestling

Braden, a Junior at Creekview, already has a State title and State Runner-up to his credit. He participated in two December tournaments and won the Takedown Invitational, considered one of the toughest tournaments in the state and placing 3rd at the Creekview Invitational behind a Nationally ranked wrestler from Gilmer High School. A leader on and off the mat, Braden is on track to capture his second state title in February.

Etowah High School

Photo of Etowah High School Athletes of the Month, Jaxson Etter and Sydne Watts

Jaxson Etter, Sophomore, Basketball
Sydne Watts, Freshman, Basketball

Jaxon led the Varsity Boys Basketball team to a 7-3 record for the month of December. Through the first 13 games, Jaxon is the Eagles leading scorer and most consistent player.

Sydne Is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Lady Eagles Varsity Basketball team. She is currently averaging double figures in both points and rebounds. Her breakout game came in her first Varsity match-up vs. rival Woodstock – Sydne led the Eagles to victory behind her 28 points.

River Ridge High School

Photo of River Ridge High School Athlete of the Month, Lexi Palmer

Lexi Palmer, Junior, Basketball

Lexi had a great month of December helping lead River Ridge to a 6-5 (3-2 region) record.  During that stretch, Lexi averaged 14 pts, 8 rebounds a game while shooting 66% from the floor.  Her best game during December was a 15 pts, 12 rebounds win in the game against county rival Cherokee.  Her best region performance was in the win against South Cobb with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  While in Orlando, Florida, at the Windermere Prep Rock Holiday Classic, Lexi was the only Lady Knight selected to the All-tournament team as she continued her high scoring performances of 17, 5, and 15 in each of the three games respectively.


Photo of River Ridge High School Athlete of the Month, Alex Hewgley

Alex Hewgley, Junior, Wrestling

Alex is 11th grade 132 for the River Ridge wrestling program. He was a state qualifier last year for 132. He was 21-5 going into the Holiday break. With a 3rd place finish at the Wolverine Classic and a 2nd place finish at the Creekview Invitational. Alex is also a member of the River Ridge Cross Country and Track teams. While being a three sport athlete Alex has managed to keep an A average while taking all honors or AP classes.

Sequoyah High School

Photo of Sequoyah High School Athlete of the Month, Jordan Weems

Jordan Weems, Junior, Swimming

Jordan is an outstanding leader and female captain for Sequoyah’s Swim & Dive team. She always has a positive attitude.  She is successful not only in the swimming pool, but also in the classroom, taking Honors and AP classes and maintaining an A average while swimming competitively year-round. She was a member of Sequoyah’s 2016 Swim and Dive State team, which placed 3rd overall, and continues to progress this season in the pool.

Photo of Sequoyah High School Athlete of the Month, DJ King

DJ King, Sophomore, Basketball

DJ is the unequivocal leader of the Men’s Basketball team. He “brings it” every day to practice and games. He is the starting Point Guard and leads the Chiefs in numerous statistical categories including scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, deflections and minutes played.  DJ has a great work ethic and always knows the pulse of the team.  He is a polite and well-mannered young man that always greets everyone with a smile and a unique handshake.  DJ has a bright future as both a student and an athlete.


Woodstock High School

Photo of Woodstock High School Athlete of the Month, Jaci Csubak

Jaci Csubak, Senior, Swimming

Jaci has been selected as Woodstock High School’s Female Athlete of the month. Jaci is a valuable member of the Wolverine Swim Team. She is a 4-year varsity swimmer and two-time individual county champion. She has been an individual state qualifier all 4 years of her high school swim career and was a state finalist in the 100 breaststroke in 2016.  This season, she is slotted to compete in 4 events in the upcoming Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Championship meet. Jaci has committed to swim at Georgia Southern University next year. Her expertise in the breaststroke is pivotal for the team’s success in the medley relay. She is also a key member of the school’s top 400 freestyle relay team.

Photo of Woodstock High School Athlete of the Month, Michael Castillo

Michael Castillo, Senior, Wrestling

Michael is a talented and hardworking member of Woodstock High School’s Wrestling team. Last season, he joined the program for the first time as a junior. Although Michael began wrestling late in his high school career, he has earned the respect of his coaches, teammates and opponents through hard work, dedication, and his humble attitude. This season, Michael has won 21 matches, placed in 3 tournaments, won 1 tournament championship, and has the highest individual winning percentage on the team. Because of his work ethic and leadership qualities, Michael was named Senior Captain of the 2017 Wolverine Wrestling team.