March 2017 Athletes of the Month

March 2017 Athletes of the Month

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

Cherokee High School

Photo of Siera Blanton, Cherokee High School March 2017 Female Athlete of the Month

Siera Blanton, Sophomore, Cross Country and Track

Sierra is the daughter of Amy and Scott Blanton. She is a member of the Cross Country and Track team at Cherokee High School.

Sierra is involved in many community activities outside of school including teaching Sunday School at Canton First United Methodist Church. She holds personal records in the 5K at 20:25; 100m 13.7 seconds; 200m 27.6 seconds; 400m 1:01 and 800m 2:33.00. She maintains at 4.0 GPA, and the model teammate and student-athlete.


Photo of Brandon Leftwich, Cherokee High School March 2017 Male Athlete of the Month

Brandon Leftwich, Senior, Track

Brandon is the son of Mike and Kim Leftwich. He is a member of the Varsity Track Warriors.

Brandon carries a 3.2 GPA and has signed to run for Piedmont College next year. He holds Personal Records in the 100m of 11.4 and 200m of 23.13. Brandon is a coach’s dream at practice always doing what the coaches ask of him. He always goes out of his way to help other athletes and be the best teammate possible.



Creekview High School

Photo of Samantha Hogan, Creekview High School March 2017 Female Athlete of the Month

Samantha Hogan, Sophomore, Tennis

Samantha Hogan has been an essential addition to the Creekview Varsity Girls’ Tennis program this season. Her contribution at line #1 singles has propelled the team to their 1st undefeated Region season. Even though she is a sophomore, her tennis strength, experience and maturity have created an atmosphere of focus and excellence for the entire team. In addition, her infectious smile, positive attitude and respect for the other players facilitates enjoyment at practice and shows her love of the game on and off the court.

Recently, her tennis accomplishments are many. She was Doubles Champion in the GA/AL Open Championships, a Singles Finalist in the Rome Junior Super Championships, a Singles Champion in the One Love Tennis Junior Championship, and a Doubles Champion in the GA State Junior Winter Open Championships. She is currently at her career high USTA ranking of #14 in Georgia.

Academically, Sam is a straight A student, is in the Spanish Honor Society and Beta Club. She is also a Future Farmers of America parliamentarian. This academic success is what every student athlete should strive to accomplish.

Sam’s leadership on and off the court has driven the team to strive for excellence and made her an essential part of Creekview Athletics!

Photo of Brady Thomas, Creekview High School March 2017 Male Athlete of the Month

Brady Thomas, Senior, Golf

Brady helped lead the golf team to 3 straight tournament wins (only had 5 tournament wins in program history until this year).

He was the low medalist at both the Grizzly Classic (shot 73) and the Trojan Invitational (shot 72).





Etowah High School

Photo of Drew Waters and Kayla Head, Etowah High School March 2017 Athletes of the Month

Drew Waters, Senior, Baseball
Kayla Head, Junior, Lacrosse

Drew is Etowah’s switch-hitting centerfielder. He is presently leading the state in home runs and has been a leader in most of the offensive categories this season.  His performance this spring comes after being selected as a Pre-Season All-American by Perfect Game and Under Armor.  He has signed a scholarship to play baseball at UGA next year but also has his sight on the major league draft in June.  “He is a 5-tool player that has been performing at a high level for years.”

Kayla is a three-year Varsity Letterman for the Girls Lacrosse team at Etowah High School. She was one of the captains on this years’ team and she has received multiple awards throughout her time at Etowah, including the Offensive MVP for the 2016 season. This year she added to her goal total and currently has the most recorded goals at 74 throughout her three years at Etowah.

River Ridge High School

Photo of Nya Hall, River Ridge High School March 2017 Female Athlete of the Month

Nya Hall, Senior, Track

Nya ran a personal best 25.54 in the 200m and a personal best 58.60 in the 400m, which garnered her a 1st place finish at region in the 200m and a 1st place finish in the 400m. This garnered her 1st sectional appearance in both individual events.





Photo of Noah Fitzgerald, River Ridge High School March 2017 Male Athlete of the Month

Noah Fitzgerald, Senior, Baseball

Noah Fitzgerald is a senior baseball player. During the month, he had 8 hits in his last 18 at bats with 2 doubles, a triple and a home run.

On the mound during the same period, Noah had 1 win and no losses with 1 save. During the 7.1 innings pitched, he accumulated 11 strikeouts and did not allow a run.




Sequoyah High School

Photo of Briana Outlaw, Sequoyah High School March 2017 Female Athlete of the Month

Briana Outlaw, Senior, Soccer

Briana Outlaw is a senior and 1 of the 3 Varsity girls soccer captains.  Not only is Briana an amazing leader at SHS, she has maintained an astonishing 4.5 GPA in her high school career and is ranked 8th in the 2017 graduating class.  Described by her teachers as “one of the most goal driven and focused students I’ve ever seen”, Bri is accomplished in both areas of athletics and academics.  She is a 4-year letter winner in soccer, and cheered for 2 years.  Bri has been a member of the Beta club, NHS, SGA, Habitat for Humanity, and is a Superintendent Key Scholar and plans to attend UGA in the fall majoring in Biological Sciences and continue to play club soccer.

Photo of Kalon Smith, Sequoyah High School March 2017 Male Athlete of the Month

Kalon Smith, Senior, Baseball

Kalon Smith signed to play at Covenant College and hit .440 in the month. He is a senior starter in center field. Kalon had at least one hit and scored a run in almost every game played over the last month.





Woodstock High School

Photo of Carson Clark, Woodstock High School March 2017 Female Athlete of the Month

Carson Clark, Junior, Lacrosse

Carson is Woodstock High School’s Female Athlete of the Month. Carson, a junior, has been a Varsity starter for the past 3 years. She exemplifies being a dedicated teammate and a leader. She always encourages, motivates, and supports her teammates on and off the field.  She is a hardworking, talented athlete. Carson plays midfield for Woodstock girls’ lacrosse team. She is an aggressive offensive and defensive player averaging 45 minutes per game. Her advanced stick skills are beneficial to her success as a lacrosse player. She currently leads the 2017 Varsity Girls Lacrosse team in goals with 31, ground balls with 74, and forced turnovers at 10. Carson has an exciting future in the game of lacrosse.

Photo of Brant Hurter, Woodstock High School March 2017 Male Athlete of the Month

Brant Hurter, Senior, Basketball and Baseball

Brant is Woodstock High School’s Male Athlete of the Month. He has played basketball and baseball for the Wolverines for the past 4 years. He is a leader on the field, in the classroom, and in the weight room. He has signed to play baseball at Georgia Tech next year to continue his academics and athletic career. His dedication to improving his skill and helping his teammates do the same is unmatched. He has been a 4-year member of the varsity baseball team and has had an outstanding senior season. He is currently 5-1 on the mound, while striking out 70 batters in 48 innings.