BLITZ Newsletter - May 2018

What's Inside?

Baseball/Soccer Playoff Recaps
T&F State Previews
Player of the Week Awards
Coach & Player Interviews
College Spotlights
Dawson Alum Feature Stories
Player of the Year Nominees

White County's girls soccer team advanced to the State Quarterfinals thanks to some dramatic overtime and PK victories. The Lady Warriors finished with 10 wins and a #6 state ranking.


UNION COUNTY - Zach Odom (Union alum) named head baseball coach as Robby Roxburry is on the way out
BANKS COUNTY - Jay Reid named new head football coach after sudden departure of Chad Cheatham who accepted the job in December and left for Fannin just two months later
HABERSHAM CENTRAL - Jeremy York is out as boys' basketball coach after just one season



Stephens Co - L 0-2 @ Blessed Trinity in RND 1
Rabun Co - L 0-2 @ Callaway in SWEET 16
Commerce - L 1-2 @ ECI in SWEET 16



Habersham - L 0-4 @ Northview in RND 1
Lumpkin - L 0-3 @ Calhoun in SWEET 16
Dawson - L 0-3 @ Franklin in RND 1
Banks - L 1-3 vs Screven in ELITE 8
Rabun - L 0-5 @ Rockmart in RND 1
Commerce - L 2-3 vs Drew Charter in RND 1

White - L 0-3 @ North Oconee in RND 1
Lumpkin - L 1-4 @ Jackson in RND 1
Banks - L 0-5 @ Benedictine in ELITE 8
Commerce - L 1-3 vs Baconton in ELITE 8


White Co - L in PK @ Spalding in QUARTERFINALS
Dawson Co - L 0-8 @ Westminster in SWEET 16
Lumpkin Co - L in PK @ Bremen in SWEET 16
Rabun Co - L 1-4 @ Lamar  in SWEET 16
Towns Co - L 0-5 @ Walker in SWEET 16

Habersham - L 0-3 @ Chattahoochee in RND 1
Dawson Co - L 1-2 @ N Murray in SWEET 16
Lumpkin Co - L 1-6 @ Morgan in RND 1
Rabun Co - L 2-3 @ Pepperell in RND 1
Dawson County alum (class of 2013) Harley Vaughan had an outstanding career at West Georgia, setting the school record for games played and starts, and becoming a two-time All-American center. Now he might be on the way to the NFL with his hometown Atlanta Falcons. See what Vaughan says about his invite to camp and his career at West Georgia. FULL STORY
HUGE COMMITMENT by Dawson County junior (rising senior) Kaylee Sticker, who verbally committed to Clemson University. The 1,000-point scorer is focused on getting better for the Lady Tigers in 2018-19 and getting stronger for Clemson. What sold Kaylee on the Orange & Purple?

BLITZ Baseball Player
of the Year Nominees

  • RJ Banton – Union
  • Andrew Griffin – Towns
  • Ean Harkins – Union
  • Chase Horton – Rabun%
  • Hunter Ingle – Habersham
  • Payton Irvin – Habersham
  • Jarred Jones – Habersham%
  • Grayson Lane – Rabun
  • Charlie Ledford – Commerce%
  • Austin Page – Stephens
  • Connor Pierce – Lumpkin
  • Hudson Sapp – Dawson%
  • Palmer Sapp – Dawson
  • Dawson Sorrells – Stephens%
  • Dalton Stephens – Lumpkin
  • Davis Swenson – Stephens%
  • CJ Thomas – Banks%
  • Gage Webb – Tallulah Falls
% indicates Finalist

BLITZ Girls Soccer Player
of the Year Nominees

  • Kinlee Abercrombie – Lumpkin
  • Layne Baenninger – Union
  • Lauren Barnes – Rabun
  • Brooke Barrett – Towns%
  • Erin Carter – Stephens%
  • Charlotte Cunningham – Lumpkin
  • Kat Cunningham – Lumpkin
  • Lexi Dean – Habersham
  • Morgan Fagan – Lumpkin%
  • Holly Foster – Lumpkin
  • Hope Foster – Lumpkin
  • Lucy Hughes – Banks
  • Brenna Innis – Union
  • Hope Kenney – Lumpkin
  • Mackenzie Kimbral – Dawson
  • Fallan Lacey – Dawson
  • Abby Ledford – Banks
  • Molly Muncheon – Dawson%
  • Rachel Rajczak – Dawson
  • Bella Ramey – White%
  • Derrica Rohmeyer – White
  • Madison Standridge – Banks
  • Motsey Wilbanks – Habersham
  • Madison Yost – Union%
% indicates Finalist

BLITZ Boys Soccer Player
of the Year Nominees

  • Brett Bardenwerper – White
  • Nathan Blythe – Dawson
  • Braden Davison – Dawson
  • Tito Diaz – Rabun%
  • Jose Enriquez – Banks% 
  • Grant Farrell – Habersham
  • Pedro Gonzales – Banks
  • Chris Keys – Lumpkin%
  • Dennis Pyetsukh – Dawson%
  • Oscar Reyes – Banks
  • Andrew Whitlock – Stephens
  • David Windmiller – White%
% indicates Finalist

BLITZ Tennis Player
of the Year Nominees

  • Ashlynn Anglin & Sammy Hafermalz – Dawson
  • Lilla Banki – Tallulah Falls
  • Abbey Haymond – Dawson
  • Izzy Kinard – Lumpkin%
  • Madison Rogers – Stephens%
  • Chloe Smith – Banks%
  • Kilee Thomas & Kyla Quiles – Habersham
% indicates Finalist

  • Clay Dockery – White%
  • Gabe Martin – Banks%
  • Dale Simpson & Drew Dorsey – White
  • Ben Smith – Stephens%
  • Gunn Thiennukul – Tallulah Falls
% indicates Finalist
#CollegeSpotlight is on Katelynn Simpson, former Dawson County softball and basketball standout. In a SURPRISING announcement, Simpson announced she was turning in her bat and glove for a lacrosse stick at Brenau University. FULL STORY HERE | COLLEGE SPOTLIGHTS

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Track & Field State Meets are May 10-12 for all classifications.
INTERVIEW: Stephens County JR pitchers Dawson Sorrells & Davis Swenson


Erin Carter (STEPHENS)
Bella Ramey (WHITE)
Dawson Sorrells & Davis Swenson (STEPHENS)



Jim McKinney (BANKS)
Sita Preston (STEPHENS)
Megan Runkle (WHITE)


WHO'S HOT?!? Connor Pierce, a Lumpkin County junior sprinter. Just like his brother before him (Austin), Connor is the Region Champ in the 100 and 200. He won the BLITZ Player of the Week and is ready to represent Lumpkin in the State Meet May 10-12. [Photo by North Georgia Sportslink]


Chloe Smith - Banks County
Jarred Jones - Habersham Central
Connor Pierce - Lumpkin County
Rachel Gearing & Jay Lepkoske - White County
Jacob Welch - Commerce

NEWS - Top content of April/May 2018

MAY 9 – 2018 Track & Field State Championships Preview
MAY 9 – Commerce junior Welch blasts two homers, earns Player of the Week
MAY 8 – Commerce Tigers close season in heart-breaking game three extra-inning loss
MAY 7 – Dawson’s Kaylee Sticker announces commitment to Clemson
MAY 4 – Raiders’ Akridge named Region 8-6A Coach of the Year; Jones, Ingle, Irvin all honored on all-region team
MAY 3 – Stephens County hosting tennis tournament in late June
MAY 3 – Five boys named Soccer Player of the Year Finalists
MAY 3 – BLITZ names six finalists for Girls Soccer Player of the Year
MAY 3 – Complete Area Golf Results
MAY 3 – Playoffs on the Diamond: Sweet 16 Previews
MAY 2 – BREAKING: Legal injunction on GHSA halts baseball 1A state playoffs
MAY 2 – 2018 BLITZ Baseball Player of the Year Finalists
MAY 2 – Tallulah Falls girls golf wins area title
MAY 2 – BLITZ Girls Soccer Player of the Year Nominees
MAY 1 – Lady Warriors’ dream season continues with quarterfinals berth
MAY 1 – Former Dawson standout Harley Vaughan making dreams a reality with Falcons invite
MAY 1 – BLITZ Boys Soccer Player of the Year Nominees
MAY 1 – Baseball coaches name All-Region 8-A team
MAY 1 – Playoffs on the Pitch: Sweet 16 Previews
APRIL 30 – BLITZ Girls Tennis Player of the Year Finalists
APRIL 30 – BLITZ Boys Tennis Player of the Year Finalists
APRIL 28 – Commerce Tigers move on to Sweet 16 on the back of explosive offense
APRIL 27 – Dawson boys and girls move on after first round wins
APRIL 27 – Rabun sweeps past Rockmart in opening round of state playoffs, advances to Sweet 16
APRIL 27 – Lady Warriors get late, dramatic goal in overtime to advance to Sweet 16
APRIL 27 – Lumpkin shuts out Morgan County to advance to Sweet 16
APRIL 27 – BLITZ Baseball Player of the Year Nominees
APRIL 26 – Union County girls claim third straight title, Dawson girls also notch state bid
APRIL 26 – Lady Indians cruise into Sweet 16 with 5-0 road win
APRIL 26 – BLITZ Boys Tennis Player of the Year Nominees
APRIL 26 – BLITZ Girls Tennis Player of the Year Nominees
APRIL 26 – Playoffs on the diamond: Round 1 Previews
APRIL 26 – Banks County tennis sweeps into state quarterfinals
APRIL 25 – Pierce sprints his way to Player of the Week
APRIL 25 – Playoffs on the pitch: Round 1 Previews
APRIL 21 – Banks boys region champs; girls third while Rabun girls runner-up, boys third (8-AA Recap)
APRIL 20 – Dawson boys & girls take second in Region 7-AAA; Lumpkin, Union do well (Region Recap)
APRIL 19 – Jarred Jones powers his way to Player of the Week
APRIL 19 – Commerce boys Area 4 Champions, girls take fourth
APRIL 19 – Stephens County punches playoff ticket
APRIL 19 – Jones’ two homers power Raiders past Dacula, sets up winner-take-all
APRIL 18 – Gearing, Lepkoske Players of the Week following region championships
APRIL 18 – Leopards, Lady Leopards advance to Sweet 16
APRIL 17 – Indians on cusp of state playoffs with Monday’s blowout win over St. Pius
APRIL 17 – Raiders drop heartbreaker in extras, must win out
APRIL 17 – White County boys, girls finish runner-up in 7-AAAA
APRIL 16 – Pitch Update: Where each team stands entering final week
APRIL 16 – Diamond Update: Where each team stands entering final week
APRIL 15 – Former Dawson standout softballer Simpson switching gears to another sport
APRIL 14 – Raiders take rubber match from Lanier, sets up dramatic finale of winner-take-all
APRIL 14 – Dawson County keeps playoff hopes alive with blowout win over East Hall
APRIL 14 – Leopards’ playoff hopes dashed in decisive games with Oglethorpe
APRIL 13 – Rabun splits with Social Circle, clears up playoff seeding (somewhat) 
APRIL 13 – Do-or-die time for local baseball
APRIL 13 – Tennis state tourney matches set
APRIL 13 – Tallulah Falls track & field excels in Rust Buster Invite
APRIL 12 – Banks freshman Chloe Smith leads Lady Leopards to region title, earns POW award
APRIL 12 – Banks, Lumpkin teams advance to state. Habersham girls, White Co boys also
APRIL 12 – Banks hoops trio put pen to paper
APRIL 12 – College Spotlight: Webb, former Habersham softball standout, wins Peach Belt Player of the Week
APRIL 11 – TFS varsity girls’ golf team continues success
APRIL 11 – Baseball Power Rankings: April
APRIL 11 – Boys/Girls Soccer Power Rankings: April
APRIL 9 – College Spotlight: Laken Chambers seeing success on the diamond at UNG
APRIL 7 – Ben McGinnis runs his way to BLITZ Player of the Week, earns fan votes
APRIL 6 – Indians’ star pitchers aim for deep playoff run [VIDEO]


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