CCSD Student Athletes Commit to Colleges on National Signing Day

CCSD Student Athletes Commit to Colleges on National Signing Day

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More than six dozen Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized in a ceremony Wednesday at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level.

The event, sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee and Senior Series title sponsor Varsity Brands, along with Perimeter North Medical Associates, Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Northside Family Medicine & Urgent Care, is coordinated annually by the School District’s Office of School Operations to recognize student athletes, along with their parents, coaches, athletic directors and principals, for making their college choices for a variety of sports on National Signing Day.

 While national signing day focuses mainly on football, Cherokee County students were recognized today for commitments to compete in a variety of sports, including basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and more.  Photos of all the signees present for the program will be posted on the CCSD Facebook page, and a video about the event can be seen here:  The students recognized Wednesday include (roster below photos):









School Athlete Sport College/University
Cherokee Matthew Hager Baseball Berrry College
Cherokee Laiken Wade Basketball Limestone College
Cherokee DeMond Ellison Football Mercer University
Cherokee Justin Magers Football Concordia University Chicago
Cherokee Khalil Walker Football Kentucky Christian University
Cherokee Madison Comer Soccer Piedmont College
Cherokee Kaleigh Killeen Soccer University of Southern Mississippi
Cherokee Alejandra Medina Soccer Oxford College of Emory
Cherokee Catriona Michel Soccer University of West Georgia
Cherokee Cris Ramos Soccer Emmaunel College
Cherokee Macy Werner Soccer North Central College
Cherokee Taylor Cates Softball Kennesaw State University
Cherokee Ryanne White Softball Emmanuel College
Cherokee Ellie Johnson Track Augusta University
Cherokee Morgan Bonitatibus Volleyball Reinhardt University
Creekview Zach McClure Baseball Anderson University
Creekview Kennedy Cater Basketball Emory University
Creekview Sydney Rumble Basketball Truett McConnell
Creekview Anna Hyde Cross Country University of North Georgia
Creekview Ashleigh Meeker Cross Country/Track Berry College
Creekview Peyton Rich Golf Young Harris College
Creekview Walker Winslette Golf Huntingdon College
Creekview Dariana  Blanton Lacrosse Lee University
Creekview Brooke Holmstrom Lacrosse University of Cincinnati
Creekview Sydney Smith Soccer Life University
Creekview Mackenzie Cherry Soccer Coastal Carolina University
Creekview Madison Cherry Softball Limestone College
Creekview Brooke Ramey Softball Reinhardt University
Creekview Anna Belle Tippens Softball Wallace Community College
Creekview Amy Vetula Softball Lipscomb University
Etowah Weston Campbell Baseball Reinhardt University
Etowah Justin Dowdy Baseball Berry College
Etowah Jackson Sisk Baseball Georgia State University
Etowah Nicholas Torres Baseball Long Island University-Brooklyn
Etowah Adrian Cohen Basketball Tusculum College
Etowah Carter Ingersoll Basketball Claremont McKenna College
Etowah Jake Weitkamp Football Berry College
Etowah Lexie Dawson Golf University of Alabama-Birmingham
Etowah Caleb Greiner Golf MaryMount California University
Etowah Mason Armistead Lacrosse Piedmont College
Etowah Jackson Lambert Lacrosse Berry College
Etowah Maddie  Billings Softball Georgia Tech
Etowah Skylar Wallace Softball University of Alabama
Etowah Tegan Brown Swim Barton College
Etowah Grant Williford Tennis Loyola University-Maryland
Etowah Madison Brady Volleyball Reinhardt University
Etowah Jessie  Cohen Volleyball Kennesaw State University
Etowah Maddie Froman Acrobatics/Tumbling Fairmont State University
River Ridge Nick Blubaugh Baseball Georgia Southwestern State University
River Ridge Branson Bowling Baseball Chattanooga State
River Ridge Connor Pavolony Baseball University of Tennessee
River Ridge Chris Williams Baseball Florida International University
River Ridge Andrew Herring Football Rhodes College
River Ridge Paige Taylor Softball Georgia State University
River Ridge Natalie Waldo Swim Sweet Briar College
River Ridge Lauren Talele Volleyball Georgia College and State University
Sequoyah Rachel Renner Diving University of Tennessee
Sequoyah Noah Sherburn Football Tiffin University
Sequoyah Daniel  Brazell Lacrosse University of Montevallo
Sequoyah Gabby Garner Lacrosse Lindenwood University
Sequoyah Elisabeth Dunlap Soccer Reinhardt University
Sequoyah Emily Feyerabend Soccer Anderson University
Sequoyah Aylin Lopez Soccer Life University
Sequoyah Paulina Ortega Soccer Life University
Sequoyah Darcy Fisher Softball Lee University
Sequoyah Bailee Zeitler Softball Georgia Tech
Sequoyah Kristina Friedrichs Swim Colorado State University
Sequoyah Karen Morris Volleyball Gardner Webb University
Sequoyah Jaila Williams Acrobatics /Tumbling Baylor University
Sequoyah Deja Robinson Volleyball Mississipi State University
Woodstock Caleb Bartolero Baseball Troy University
Woodstock Dylin Hardeman Basketball Columbus State University
Woodstock Latrell  Bankston Football Hutchinson Community College
Woodstock Garrett Bass Football Murray State
Woodstock Noah Frith Football Liberty University
Woodstock Louis Hall Football Furman University
Woodstock Carson Clark Lacrosse Saint Leo University
Woodstock Jacob Pinson Lacrosse Reinhardt University
Woodstock Emilee Harris Volleyball The University of West Georgia


CCSD Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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More than 700 female athletes from Cherokee County’s six high schools participated in the county’s annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), held Monday, February 5, at Cherokee High School. NGWSD recognizes the contributions female athletes have made in their sports, acknowledges the challenges they have overcome, and celebrates the positive influence of sports participation for girls and women everywhere, as well as the impact of Title IX legislation that guarantees equal access to athletics for females.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring athletic achievements and encouragement of female participation in sports.  Cherokee County School District takes part in this special day by hosting its own event, which it has done since 2005.

“Thirteen years ago, we began this tradition,” said Laiken Wade, a basketball player who helped coordinate the event as part of her Senior Project at Cherokee HS. “Today, we put our rivalries aside, come together and celebrate.  We celebrate our schools, we celebrate our coaches, we celebrate our peers, and we celebrate our awesomeness!”

“The National Girls and Women in Sports Day Coalition knows that educating the public about the power of this legislation is critical to its enforcement,” said event coordinator Tonya Sebring, athletic director at Woodstock HS. ”The more you understand Title IX and the rights it protects, the more you can advocate for others not as fortunate as us.

“This year’s National Theme is Play Fair Play IX,” Sebring told the crowd.  “As a way to celebrate this day and the support of our School District, the 2018 Theme for CCSD is ‘WE play fair, WE play IX’.”

The program honors a coach each year for his/her contributions and support of female athletes. This year’s recipient was Anita Dodd from Woodstock HS.  Coach Dodd has led girls’ sports teams in Cherokee County for more than 30 years, coaching teams in volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, lacrosse and golf. Last year, Dodd was the Cherokee County Golf Coach of the Year and led the Lady Wolverines to a 7th place finish in the state, producing the division 7A low medalist and state champion Abby Bolt.

Each school also honored an alumna, an athlete of the year and a team of the year.

  • Cherokee High School honored alumna Bree Wells; Athlete of the Year Taylor Cates; and selected Lady Warriors Basketball as Team of the Year.
  • Creekview High School honored alumna Ansley Henson; Athletes of the Year Makena Gates and Emilie Wilkie; and selected Lady Grizzlies Softball as Team of the Year.
  • Etowah High School honored alumna Kelsey Hodgson; Athlete of the Year Skylar Wallace; and selected Lady Eagle Softball and Volleyball as Teams of the Year.
  • River Ridge HS honored alumna Angel Cornista; Athlete of the Year Ryley Decoteau; and selected Lady Knights Basketball as Team of the Year.
  • Sequoyah HS honored alumna Jordan Haley; Athlete of the Year Ashley Painter; and Lady Chief Volleyball as Team of the Year.
  • Woodstock HS honored alumna Emily Bowman; Athlete of the Year Anna Burnett; and selected the Wolverines’ Competition Cheer Squad as Team of the Year.


The event was attended and supported by high school principals and athletic directors, as well as Superintendent of School Dr. Brian Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, and School Board Members Patsy Jordan and Kelly Poole. Event sponsor was Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

A video about this event can be viewed here: