Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

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The Woodstock High School Girls’ Basketball program is welcoming a new head coach who brings State tournament experience with her.

Regina Tate-Leslie

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night appointed Regina Tate-Leslie to teach chemistry and physics and coach next school year.

“We are excited that Coach Tate-Leslie has joined the Wolverine Nation,” Woodstock High School Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said.  “Her knowledge, experience and championship pedigree will no doubt help us build upon the winning tradition of our girls’ basketball program.”

Coach Tate-Leslie earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, where she played basketball and competed in track and field and was named four times to the All ACC Academic Honor Roll, and two master’s degrees (education and sport psychology and performance enhancement).

Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, she interned as an engineer and then began her career as a teacher and coach at Holy Innocents Episcopal School, where she taught both AP Calculus and AP Chemistry.  Her coaching experience began with the junior varsity basketball team, and she then served as the assistant varsity basketball coach.

She moved on to coach Pace Academy’s teams to more than 20 wins per season, including Final Four appearances, Elite Eight appearances, Sweet 16 appearances, and the championship game of the Georgia State Tournament in 2011, where her team finished as the state runner-up.

In the last four years, she has coached and taught at both Shiloh High School and Mount Pisgah Christian School.  At Shiloh, she returned the Generals to State tournament caliber play.

Coach Tate-Leslie said she’s passionate about coaching, teaching, equity and equality, and, as one of her heroes used to say: “Make hard work your passion.”


Etowah HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Head Coach!

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Etowah High School is welcoming a new girls basketball head coach for next season, and he’s a familiar face on Eagle Mountain!

Rob Graner

Longtime Etowah HS teacher and Coach Rob Graner was approved by the Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night to jump into the head coach role.

Coach Graner teaches PE and has coached several sports at Etowah HS, including the boys basketball team from 1991-1998 as the varsity assistant head coach and then serving as head coach through 2003.  Under his leadership, the Eagles achieved their first playoff appearances in school history in the 2000 and 2001 seasons, including their first playoff victory.  These accomplishments earned Coach Graner the distinguished Cherokee County Coach of the Year award for 2000 and 2001.

From 2003-2015, Coach Graner served as varsity assistant head coach for the Lady Eagles basketball team… helping lead the team to its AAAA State Championship in 2005.  Along with the honor of winning the State title, Coach Graner was named the AAAA State and Region Assistant Coach of the Year 2005 as well as the Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.

“Coach Graner knows our school, our basketball program and our community, and he cares about them all deeply,” Principal Robert Horn said.  “He’s an outstanding teacher, coach and leader, and we’re excited about how he will build upon the program’s strong foundation to reach higher successes in the future.”


Senior Classic Basketball Games Marked by Fun & Friendship

A brief video about the event can be viewed on the CCSD YouTube Channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS_Ym4ps2Vo

photo of check presentation

CCSD principals and staff presented a check for more than $56,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Basketball season officially came to a close for CCSD’s high school seniors Thursday night, as they played their final high school games together at Cherokee High School in the Varsity Brands Senior Classic.  Senior players made the most of the evening, cutting up and having fun, taking a few playful shots at each other as well as the rim.

The CCSD Varsity Brands Senior Classic, sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee, gave senior boys and girls from all six CCSD high schools the opportunity to play a seniors-only game full of fun and camaraderie. The all-county boys and girls basketball teams were recognized at halftime, as well as the male and female player of the year, and the coach of the year.  Senior cheerleaders chanted and cheered both games, and seniors who had committed to enlist in the military were honored between games.  In addition, members of the Cherokee County Special Olympics team played a short game to show off their school pride and sportsmanship.

The event also marked the culmination of fundraising at all CCSD schools throughout the year for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The School District presented a check for more than $56,000 to the St. Jude team in a half-court program between games.  The River Ridge Innovation Zone once again led the fundraising effort for the district.

In another presentation to honor senior competitors, David Booth with Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton presented three $500 scholarships to basketball players Alyssa Cagle, Sequoyah HS; Nick Nagy, Etowah HS; and Elizabeth Hugenberg, Etowah HS.

Other sponsors for the event included:

Silver Sponsors:  Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County, Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame, Longhorn’s Steakhouse of Towne Lake, Cherokee Youth Basketball, Cherokee Gridiron Club, Adams Sports Instruction.  The event is coordinated by the CCSD Division of School Operations.


White Team, coached by Casey Gramling, Roger Kvam and Allen Carden

Cam Johnson CHS

KJ Jenkins CVHS

Ty Allen CVHS

Julian Baldwin EHS

Dylan Bohling EHS

Desmond Gamble EHS

Nick Nagy EHS

Versel Randall RRHS

Will Allen WHS

Noah Frith WHS

Mike Spain WHS

Dominic Hewitt WHS


Red Team, coached by Ben Farist, Jason Dasinger and Kingston Clarke

Demond Ellison CHS

Barrett Patterson  CVHS

James Wall CVHS

Adrian Cohen EHS

Carter Ingersoll EHS

Za’ki Lowe EHS

Grayson True EHS

Jameel Ndiaye RRHS

Wesley Rogers SHS

Dylin Hardeman WHS

Sid Mesumbe WHS



White Team, coached by Matt Cates, Derrick Dewitt, Roger Nolan

Laiken Wade CHS

Sydney Rumble CVHS

Eryn Brown CVHS

Kennedy Cater CVHS

Lexi Palmer RRHS

Cailin Pruitt RRHS

Colby Carden SHS

Peyton Satterfield SHS

Ivana Georgia SHS


Red Team, coached by Jason Taylor and Jared Hughes

Elizabeth Hugenberg EHS

Faith Arthur RRHS

Mary Allen Mansell RRHS

Emily Ruth RRHS

AnnaLynne Bennett SHS

Alyssa Cagle SHS

Gabi Latimer SHS

Bree Burnett WHS


Military Honorees:

Cherokee HS

Bryeanna Hillman, Marines

Chaolin Hancock, Marines

Austin Homan, Marines

Nicole Tullis, Army

Cana Brunson, Air Force

Vincent Gonzalez, GA Army National Guard

Taylor Whatley, GA Army National Guard


Creekview HS

Ashton White, Army

Cole Reece, US Army Reserves

Nick Lacoco, US Army Reserves

Jonathan Ward, US Army Reserves

Bryson Bobo, GA Army National Guard

Douglas King, GA Army National Guard

Thomas Muskgrave, Marines


Etowah HS

David Osbourne, National Guard

Lars Simensen, Army


River Ridge HS

 Alan John Martin, Marines

Corey Dunn, Army

Matthew Johnson, Army

Jonathan Myers, Army

Mathieu Sepulvada, Army

Alexander Camp, Army

Tristan Mitchell, Army

Courtney Thompson, Army


Sequoyah HS

Celest-Jordan Thunderrock, GA National Guard

Emma Keller, Marines

Olivia Rexford, Naval Academy

Josiah Meece , GA National Guard


Woodstock HS

Kiersten Carver, Naval Reserves

Tiara Cooper-Burnham, Army Reserves


Special Olympics Competitors:

Billy Childress

Chris   Crist

Grant  Emory

Caleb  Guy

Justin Haughton

Johnathon Ingram

Craig   Jones

Robert Makievski

Nate Miller

Evan Morriss

James Pineda

Dusty Porter

Brent  Raessler

Randy Reid

Kevin  Sheilds

photo- special olympics playersMatt   Stamm

Justin  Swantek

photo- special olympics playersTimmy Thompson

Hunter Tice

Brody Wright

Kristen King

Erica Revalski

Cherokee Youth Basketball championship teams were invited to be recognized as well.

  • Arnold Mill Elementary 1st Grade Boys
  • Hickory Flat Elementary 1st Grade Girls
  • Avery Elementary             2nd Grade Boys
  • RM Moore Elementary 2nd Grade Girls
  • Hickory Flat Elementary 3rd Grade Boys
  • Avery Elementary             3rd Grade Girls
  • Bascomb Elementary 4th Grade Boys
  • Ball Ground Elementary 4th Grade Girls
  • Boston Elementary             5th Grade Boys
  • Sixes Elementary             5th Grade Girls



photo- all county boys basketball teamBoys Coach of the Year       Casey Gramling, CVHS

Boys Player of the Year       Jaxon Etter, EHS

1st Team All County                       

KJ Jenkins CVHS

Jaxon Etter EHS

Dylin Hardeman WHS

Adrian Cohen EHS

Jacksen Greco SHS

2nd Team All County          

Taihland Owens CHS

Noah Frith WHS

Zack Vickers CHS

Donovan Shipp SHS

Paxton Nayman CVHS

Julian Baldwin EHS

Will Apple RRHS

Honorable Mention

Nick Nagy EHS

Carter Ingersoll EHS

Myles McGee SHS

Chris Carroll WHS

Will Allen WHS



photo- all county girls basketball teamGirls Coach of the Year       Matt Cates CHS

Girls Player of the Year       Lacie McCoy CHS

1st Team All County

Lacie McCoy CHS

Savannah Samuel RRHS

Kennedy Cater CVHS

Sydney Rosant SHS

Sydne Watts CHS

Faith Arthur RRHS

2nd Team All County          

Alyssa Cagle SHS

Olivia Herrera CHS

Sophia Singer WHS

Ally Zazzara EHS

Bree Burnett WHS

Laiken Wade CHS

Honorable Mention            

Chatham Brown CHS

Hannah Fitzgerald CVHS

Olivia Heck EHS

Tori Ridgeway EHS

Cherrelle Birden EHS

Lexi Palmer RRHS

Mary Allen Mansell  RRHS

Leigh Codiniera RRHS

Peyton Satterfield SHS

Colby Carden SHS

AnnaLynne Bennett SHS

Emily Seres SHS

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”