CCSD 2017 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl Set for Dec. 7

CCSD 2017 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl Set for Dec. 7

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UPDATE 12/14/17: Here’s a highlight video from the game and half-time celebrations!

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, for the CCSD 2017 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl at River Ridge HS to support our high school seniors and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!  The showcase game celebrates our high school senior football players, cheerleaders, marching band musicians and Junior ROTC Cadets.  Admission is $5. #CCSDfam

Check out this video to learn more about the game!

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Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Honors Outstanding CCSD Seniors

The students are, from left to right, front row: Emily Snyder, Creekview; Mallory Gilmer, Etowah; Brianna Collender, River Ridge; Breanna Roper, Woodstock; Caroline Crum, Sequoyah; Emily Pope, Cherokee; back row: Bryce Davis, Creekview; Jack Carroll, Cherokee; Liam Byrne, Woodstock; McGwire Wells, Sequoyah; Noah Fitzgerald, River Ridge. Not pictured: Stuart Head, Etowah.

The Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame as part of its recent annual banquet recognized a male and a female Outstanding High School Senior Athlete from each of the Cherokee County School District’s high schools.

The students are, from left to right, front row: Emily Snyder, Creekview; Mallory Gilmer, Etowah; Brianna Collender, River Ridge; Breanna Roper, Woodstock; Caroline Crum, Sequoyah; Emily Pope, Cherokee; back row: Bryce Davis, Creekview; Jack Carroll, Cherokee; Liam Byrne, Woodstock; McGwire Wells, Sequoyah; Noah Fitzgerald, River Ridge. Not pictured: Stuart Head, Etowah.


Cherokee HS Student Wins Georgia’s Most Positive Male Athlete Award

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Jacob Klebar, Georgia’s Positive Athlete Award Winner, runs with the Cherokee High School Warriors.

A Cherokee High School Class of 2017 graduate has been named Georgia’s Positive Male Athlete of the Year!

Jacob Klebar

Jacob Klebar, a member of the school’s football team who graduated this month and is headed to Reinhardt University on an academic scholarship, will be honored next month at the 2016-17 Georgia Positive Athlete Awards at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The award is presented by Positive Athlete Georgia, a subsidiary of Celebrate Positive LLC, which promotes the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. Hines Ward, a former Forest Park High School, University of Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers football star, formed Positive Athlete with local businessman Scott Pederson.

More than 3,400 students are nominated annually by coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents. Awards are presented for specific sports and regions, with the top award – Positive Athlete of the Year — presented to one male and one female student for the entire state.

In addition to excellence on the field, Positive Athletes must show characteristics such as an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.

An injury left Jacob unable to play on the field his junior and senior years, but that didn’t end his membership on the team, as he stayed on the roster and involved in encouraging and coaching his teammates.


CCSD Class of 2017 Graduate Named Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

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A Cherokee County School District Class of 2017 graduate has been named the Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

Drew Waters

The Gatorade Company today announced Drew Waters of the Class AAAAAAA State Champion Etowah High School Eagles is its 2016-17 Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year! Drew, the first Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Etowah HS in the award’s 32 years, now is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year!

The award, which in the past has been won at the State level by players including Derek Jeter, Jon Lester, David Price and Clayton Kershaw, recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. As Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Drew will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.

An outfielder, Drew led the Eagles to a 26-16 record and State Championship, batting .494 with 13 home runs, 35 RBI and 43 runs scored through 42 games, with a 1.126 slugging percentage. Drew, who earned a 92.1 grade point average in the classroom, volunteered for Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and Never Alone Food & Clothing Outreach Center and helped raise more than $12,000 for the family whose son was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Drew has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Georgia this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 11 recruit in the Class if 2017 by Perfect Game and No. 33 by Baseball America.

Drew Waters is up at bat for Etowah High School during the 2017 State Championships.


Cherokee HS Names Men’s Soccer Head Coach

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Samer Kaddah

Cherokee High School has named Samer Kaddah as its new Men’s Soccer Head Coach!

A World and U.S. History teacher, Coach Kaddah grew up in Kennesaw and graduated from Kell High School as a four-year soccer starter and three-year captain, who also played club soccer for NASA.

Coach Kaddah played soccer for Kennesaw State University from 2009-2012 while earning his degree in history. Upon graduation, he joined Cherokee High School’s staff as a history teacher.

“Coach Kaddah brings a wealth of background and experience to the position,” Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jeremy Adams said. “He has tremendous desire to lead student-athletes to be better players and overall people.

Coach Kaddah and his wife, Christina, are expecting their first child this spring.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to build upon a program that has already been established,” Coach Kaddah said. “We have a great group of athletes and coaches, and I think the future is very bright for Warriors’ soccer.”


Woodstock HS Names Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

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Pete Manderano

Woodstock High School has named Coach Pete Manderano as head coach for its men’s lacrosse program.

Coach Manderano has coached lacrosse for 12 years in Georgia, including four years at the collegiate level, and is a five-time Coach of the Year in Cobb County. The School Board earlier this month approved hiring him to teach social studies at Woodstock HS beginning next school year.

“The future is bright for our Woodstock High School lacrosse program,” Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “Coach Manderano brings the work ethic, experience and pedigree to build a championship program. We are excited to welcome Coach Manderano and his family into the Wolverine community.”

He was the first men’s lacrosse head coach at Riverwood High School, where he started its program in 2004. After two years at Riverwood, Manderano moved to Lassiter High School and, during his five-year tenure, his teams earned a record of 78-23 and competed for three State Championships (2006, 2007, and 2010). In 2006, The Trojans brought home the trophy and were notably the first public high school to win a Georgia High School Association State Championship; and he coached three U.S. Lacrosse All American players and multiple All State players.

Coach Manderano left Lassiter to start the Men’s Lacrosse Program at Piedmont College, a Division III program, where he coached four years. He returned to high school coaching at Kell High School, and just completed his second season as its men’s lacrosse head coach. During the past two years, the Longhorns have earned a record of 25-9; this past season, his team advanced to the post season earning its first program playoff win in school history.

A three-year starter on the Fairport (NY) High School football team, Coach Manderano and the team won two Section V Championships; he also played lacrosse for three years, earning the captain title his senior year. After high school, he spent two seasons playing linebacker at the University of Buffalo.

Coach Manderano and his wife, Leah, have two children, Kaitlyn, 10, and William, 6.


Etowah HS Announces Top Candidate for Boys’ Basketball Head Coach

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Jason Dasigner

As part of the June 15 School Board Meeting, Etowah High School will request approval of Jason Dasigner to lead its Boys’ Basketball Program as Head Coach.

Coach Dasinger, the 2017 Class 6A Region 7 Coach of the Year, has spent the last decade as a basketball coach and AP Government teacher. This past year, his first as head coach for Alpharetta High School’s boys’ team, he led them to tie the school record for wins (25-4) and win the prestigious Deep South Classic and Region Championships … a turnaround from the previous season’s 10-18 record.

During his previous tenure coaching at Pope High School, the boys’ team made the State Playoffs for five consecutive years. In addition to coaching basketball at Pope HS, Coach Dasinger also served as head softball coach and head golf coach.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Coach Dasinger to Eagle Mountain,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting that Coach Dasinger plans to lead basketball camps this summer to get to know the team and future players. “He brings with him experience on the court and in the classroom and a passion for coaching students to succeed in both arenas.”

A graduate of Lassiter High School and the University of Georgia, Coach Dasinger and his wife, Chelsea, live in Woodstock and have two daughters, Emma, 4, and Piper, 1.


Woodstock HS Names Women’s Basketball Head Coach

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Coach Jared Hughes

The Woodstock High School Women’s Basketball program has named Jared Hughes as its next head coach!

Coach Hughes, who was approved by the School Board this spring as a new health and PE teacher at Woodstock High, is head coach for Lady Wolves of Rome High School, where he has proven himself as one of the best young coaches in the state.

“We are excited for Coach Hughes to join the Wolverine Staff,” Woodstock HS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “I believe our student athletes will positively respond to his energy and enthusiasm. He has a lot to offer our program.”

In 2015, his first season as Rome High’s head coach, he led the Lady Wolves to the State playoffs, followed by a second season of 18 wins despite numerous players being out due to injury.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Coach Hughes began his teaching and coaching career at Rome High, and served as varsity assistant coach from 2011-2015. Coaching alongside Head Coach Kevin Strickland, Coach Hughes helped guide the Lady Wolves to the deepest playoff run in school history by reaching the Elite 8.

Coach Hughes said he was intrigued by the chance to coach in Class 7A, the highest classification in the Georgia High School Association, and to lead a program that is a consistent region contender and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2016.

“I am beyond excited to be joining the tradition here at Woodstock High School,” said Coach Hughes, who is married to wife, Lauren. “I have the opportunity to further an already outstanding program. I look forward to introducing my style here at Woodstock, and most importantly, forming positive relationships with our student athletes”


Woodstock HS Names New Head Softball Coach

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A new head softball coach is headed to Woodstock High School!

Alex Gray, recently approved by the Cherokee County School Board as a new physical education teacher at Woodstock HS, will take over as head softball coach for the 2017-18 school year. Coach Gray brings 11 years of experience to the 7A Lady Wolverine program, including several State playoff appearances.

Alex Gray

Alex Gray

“We are excited to welcome Coach Gray aboard,” Woodstock High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “His coaching experiences and competitive nature make him a great asset to our athletic program. I look forward to him challenging our athletes and working with our team toward the goal of hanging additional championship banners for the Wolverine Nation.”

Coach Gray graduated from Valdosta State University, where he played on the school’s baseball team. Upon completion of his baseball career, he entered into coaching, serving as an assistant with the Valdosta State University Women’s Fast-Pitch program in 2002. He left to pursue a career in the corporate sector, but quickly realized coaching was his true passion.

While working to acquire his teaching certification, Coach Gray served as a community coach in the Valdosta area. He landed his first head-coaching job at Richmond Hill High School in 2008, where his team finished with a record of 15-13 and qualified for State playoffs. From there, he transitioned to the well-respected program at Lowndes High School.

With an overall coaching record of 67-34, he took his team to the Elite 8, won back-to-back region Championships (2010, 2011), was a two-time Region Coach of the Year and signed nine players to college scholarships. In 2012, his peers selected him as the Head Coach of the South All-star Team in Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Summer Softball Showcase.

In 2012, Coach Gray accepted the position of Assistant Softball Coach for the University of Connecticut for two years, followed by a year on staff at Ball State University. Although he considered the opportunity to coach at the Division 1 level an honor and a great experience, Coach Gray decided to return home to Georgia to settle down and start a family. Last year, he served as the Head Softball Coach at Oglethorpe County High School, where he led the Lady Patriots to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the school’s history.


CCSD’s First-Ever Senior Series Basketball Classic Set for March 15, 2017

Want to cheer on CCSD’s senior girls and boys basketball players in the first-ever CCSD Senior Series Basketball Classic… and raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the same time?

Join us Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Etowah High School for games, recognitions and awesomeness. Pre-game ceremonies start at 6:45 p.m., with girls’ tip-off at 7 p.m. followed by the boys’ game. Admission is $5, with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude.

Big thanks to Senior Series sponsor Varsity Brands and Basketball Classic sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee!