September 2017 Athlete of the Month

September 2017 Athlete of the Month

Cherokee High School

Brittany Duck, Senior, Cheerleading

Brittany is the daughter of Cheryl and Christopher Duck.  She is a member of the Varsity Sideline and Competition Cheer squads for Cherokee High School.

Brittany plans to study Biomedical Sciences in college while also cheering wherever she ends up.  After college, she plans to attend med school to pursue a career in plastic surgery.  She is a Superintendent Key Scholar recipient, a Scholar Athlete and has received the Cheerleading Leadership Award.  She represents the Senior Class this year as the Senior Class President.

Upon her selection of the CHS Female Athlete of the Month for September, Coach Sharpe had this to say “Brittany is a determined, hardworking student athlete who has stepped up to the plate this year and exhibited great leadership skills.  She is a pleasure to be around and very deserving of this honor.”



Mykal Reed-Hogue, Junior, Cross-Country

Mykal is the son of Tiana and Harold Hogue.  He is a member of the Cross-Country team.  He has participated in Basketball and Track.

Mykal hopes to get an athletic scholarship for Track.  His dream would be to run in the Olympics.   Coach Jennifer Jones had this to say about Mykal’s selection as the CHS Male Athlete of the Month “Mykal is an exceptionally talented runner with a noteworthy work ethic.  He is a shining example to his teammates.  He is driven, motivated, and respectful.  Any coach would be lucky to have him on their team.  There is no doubt in my mind that he will achieve his dreams if he continues to reach for the stars through hard work and dedication.”


Creekview High School

Hanna Siefert, Junior, Volleyball

Hanna is the daughter of Jennifer and Joe Siefert.  She is a member of the Creekview Varsity Volleyball team.

Hanna has been on Varsity Volleyball for two years and has stepped up in leading her teammates. She has been a key player in helping her teammates with skills and their position. She has an eye for the game by analyzing the opponent’s team and motivating/encouraging our team during practice and timeouts. She does this while juggling a rigorous course load and preparing for club volleyball outside of practice.  Hanna’s club team won Nationals this year for their age group.  She plans to play Volleyball in college.



Devin Smades, Senior, Football

Devin is the nephew of Jennifer and Sean Smades.  He is a member of the Varsity Football program for Creekview High School.

Last season Devin played Football at Ballston Spa High School in New York.  He moved to Creekview during the summer and has been a team leader ever since he arrived in the program.  Devin works hard to every practice and has earned the respect of his teammates during just a short time.  The energy and competitive flare the Devin brings to the field everyday has proven that he is a great leader for the program.  Devin hopes to play college football somewhere in the South.

Etowah High School

Emilie Watson, Junior, Softball

Emilie is the daughter Lisa and John Watson.  She is a member of the Etowah Varsity Softball team.

Emilie hopes to attend Georgia Southern for her core classes and then transfer to another bigger college to pursue her dreams of becoming a Veterinarian.   She is a recipient of the Coaches Award, MVP for travel ball, Offensive and Defensive Player of the year and is a Scholar Athlete.

Coach Carter had this to say on Emilie’s selection of September Athlete of the Month “Emilie has been an offensive threat in all games that we have played.  She is a true team player in playing multiple positions through the first couple of games.  She is always willing to do what is necessary to help the team succeed.”


Jake Weitkamp, Senior, Football

Jake is the son of Cheri and Roger Weitkamp.  He is a member of the Varsity Football program at Etowah High School.

Jake plans to attend college after graduation where he hopes to continue his football career.  Jake is a Superintendent’s Key Scholar recipient.  He has represented the Eagles as a member of the All County Defense in 2016, All Region Honorable Mention in 2016, and the 2017 Cherokee County Super Six.  He received the Cherokee County Iron Man and the Lifter of the Year Awards for 2016.

From Coach Svehal on Jake’s selection of the September Athlete of the Month “Jake is a great student who will be a Captain and a returning starter.  I am excited to watch him be a leader on and off the field.”

River Ridge High School

Paige Taylor, Senior, Softball

Paige is the daughter of Kay and Tony Taylor.  She is a member of the Varsity Softball team at River Ridge.

Paige plans to attend Georgia State and play Softball after high school.  She is a 3x All Region player, 2x Golden Glove recipient, a member of an RRHS Elite 8 team, has been selected as the team MVP and was a runner-up in the ASA Nationals in 2017.

When asked his thoughts about Taylor’s selection as the River Ridge Female Athlete of the Month for September, Coach Marinelli said “Paige is a natural leader on and off the softball field.  In the classroom she has a 3.8 GPA and has represented her team well as a 3 time All Region Player.”


Daniel Steele, Freshmen, Cross-Country

Daniel is the son of Linda and Shawn Steele.  He is a member of the Varsity Cross-Country team at River Ridge.

Daniel plans to continue his education while running.  He hopes to one day become an Engineer.   Daniel is proud of his personal record of 19:47 at the Chick-Fil-A 5K.

Coach Hooper acknowledges all the hard work that Daniel put in during pre-season training and congratulates him on his record at the Chick-Fil-A 5K.

Sequoyah High School

Karen Morris, Senior, Volleyball

Karen is the daughter of Lisa and Randy Morris.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball team at Sequoyah High School.

Karen plans to attend Gardner Webb to major in Psychology and minor in Visual Arts.  She hopes to also play Volleyball while attending college.  Her recognitions include, being a member of the 2016 Cherokee Tribune and 2016 Ledger-News All County Volleyball Second Teams, a 2015 All County Honorable Mention, a member of the 2015 Runner-Up State Championship team, a member of the 2014 State Championship team, selected as the 2015 Area 7AAAAA All-Area Volleyball First Team, the 2016 Area 6AAAAA All-Area Volleyball First Team and represented the 2016-17  team as Team Captain.  She will be a four-year letter recipient.

“Karen has taken on one of the leadership roles freely, with the understanding of how important being a positive vocal team member is.  Her presence on and off the court can be seen and heard.  Karen is also a teammate that will keep the team focused on what is needed to be accomplished.” – Coach John Edwards


Kameron Schofield, Senior, Cross Country

Kameron is the son of Terri Houff and Kevin Schofield.  He is a member of the Track, Cross-Country and Basketball teams at Sequoyah.

Although Kameron is currently undecided on college, he hopes to run Track and Cross- Country and WIN the 2020 Olympics.   Kameron’s accomplishments while at Sequoyah include being a Sequoyah MVP, a Rising Star, State Champion, All County and All Region for Track and Field.  He has been the Athlete of the Year for Sequoyah.  His academic recognition includes Academic Letter recipient, Scholar Athlete award and a member of the Junior Honor Society.

“On Saturday, Kameron placed 7th in his first ever Cross Country race. He ran 10:38 in the Hoya 2 Mile Invitational.  Kameron led the way for Boys Varsity, placing 2nd overall” Coach James Adams.


Woodstock High School

Laura Bishop, Junior, Fast-Pitch and Slow-Pitch Softball, Basketball

Laura is the daughter of Marla and Robert Bishop.  She is a member of the Varsity Fast-Pitch Softball, the Varsity Slow-Pitch Softball and Basketball teams at Woodstock High School.

Laura hopes to play Softball in college and receive a great education.  She has received the following honors 2015 Pitcher of the Year, 2015 and 2016 All Region 1st Team, 2016 All County First Team, 2015 All State Honorable Mention, and a recipient of the 2016 WHS Softball Academic Award.  Laura was a member of the 2016 Region Championship and Sweet 16 Fast-Pitch Softball team.   She also received the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year Award for WHS.

Laura Bishop is  athlete of the month at Woodstock High School for reasons beyond her athletic achievement. Ms. Bishop is a natural born leader due to her strong work ethic and “can do” attitude. She is always willing to go above and beyond when her teammates are concerned. There is never a hesitation when called upon to lead by example. In addition to her strong moral character, Ms. Bishops excels in the classroom as well as on the field, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. On the field, Laura has been the catalyst for helping to turn this program around. In the circle, she has dominated her opponents recording 37 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched. Her ERA stands at 0.875 with a 3-1 record. I am honored coach  Laura Bishop and look forward to her continued success.


Evan Cowart, Senior, Cross-Country, Football, JV Soccer, Track

Evan is the son of Rhonda and Greg Cowart.  He is a member of the Cross-Country Team, Football and JV Soccer Teams as well as Track.

Evan plans to attend college and major in Engineering or Law.  He was a 2016 State Qualifier for Cross-Country and invited to participate in the Coaches Invitational Meet for Track.  He is a Superintendent Key Scholar recipient, Academic letter achiever and a 3 sport Letterman.

Coach had this to say about Evan’s selection of September Male Athlete of the Month “Evan is one of Woodstock’s best. HE is a leader by example both in the classroom and on the course. Evan is the first to show up for practice at 5:30 a.m. and works very hard every day. He has been a great leader during his senior year and is very positive among his teammates. I enjoy watching Evan because he always gives it his all.”