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BLITZ Newsletter - January 2018

What's Inside?

Basketball Highlights
Player of the Week Awards
Wrestling Dual State Tournament
Coach & Player Interviews
College Spotlights

Banks County boys & girls hoops, both state ranked, are out to run Region 8-AA, as are the Rabun Co girls. Will the Leopards bounce back from rare back-to-back losses, and who wins the crowded girls region with powerhouses Rabun, Putnam and Banks?
Habersham Central Raiders vs #4 Gainesville Red Elephants
WATCH: #4 Red Elephants use plethora of scores in region win over Habersham Central
THE SEASON - RABUN COUNTY WILDCATS 2017
WATCH: THE SEASON - Rabun Co Wildcats 2017
Re-live the historic 2017 Rabun County football season with our feature highlight video to the sound of Imagine Dragon's "Thunder." Be prepared to be amazed!

INSIDE THE RECORD BOOKS & MILESTONES
Calli Watson (Dawson Co SR G) broke some records with 9 3-pointers in a Lady Tigers win over North Hall to ring in the New Year. That mark is a school record, and she finished the game with 33 pts, a career-best.

So far in 2017-18, a number of local players have eclipsed 1,000 career points, including a pair of Dawson County Tigers:
Cullen Reed and Jeremiah Crumley. Union Lady Panthers' Bailey Daniel has also hit the mark. Who's next?!?

White County head coach
Sam Borg entered the season needing 20 wins for 100 on his career. He's halfway there at 10 on the season entering JAN 9 play. Rabun Co Lady Cats' legendary coach DeeDee Dillard eclipsed 250 career wins, now standing at 257 after a 12-2 start. Banks County's Mike Cleveland also continues to rack up the wins, now with 115 with the Leopards. Dawson Lady Tigers' coach Steve Sweat's win total continues to reach epic proportions, as he's now at 525 as of JAN 9.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Here are some local Hoops highlights we're proud to bring you!

DEC 5 – #6 West Hall Lady Spartans 52, #7 Banks Lady Leopards 46
DEC 5 – #2 Banks Leopards 87, West Hall Spartans 73
DEC 28 – NW Whifield Bruins 82, Habersham Raiders 62
DEC 28 – #6 Banks Lady Leopards 60, Habersham Lady Raiders 41
DEC 28 – #2 Banks Leopards 77, Hebron Christian Lions 66
JAN 6 – Gainesville Lady Red Elephants 46, Habersham Lady Raiders 43
JAN 6 – #4 Gainesville Red Elephants 90, Habersham Raiders 41

CHECK OUT MORE HIGHLIGHTS

Rabun Co Wildcats - Bailey Fisher
WATCH: Rabun GOAT Bailey Fisher dissects 2017 Dream Season
BOYS POWER RANKINGS
1. BANKS (13-3; 2-1)
2. DAWSON (12-4; 4-0)
3. UNION (13-2; 3-1)
4. STEPHENS (12-5; 0-2)
5. WHITE (10-6; 1-0)
6. TOWNS (9-5; 4-1)
7. HABERSHAM (4-11; 0-2)
8. TALLULAH FALLS (7-8; 2-3)
9. COMMERCE (2-11; 0-4)
10. LUMPKIN (2-12; 1-4)
11. RABUN (1-12; 0-1)
GIRLS POWER RANKINGS
1. RABUN (12-2; 1-1)
1. BANKS (13-3; 3-0)
3. UNION (11-4; 3-1)
4. DAWSON (9-7; 1-3)
5. WHITE (9-7; 1-0)
6. STEPHENS (8-8; 1-1)
7. LUMPKIN (6-8; 1-4)
8. COMMERCE (6-9; 2-2)
9. TOWNS (4-10; 2-2)
10. TALLULAH FALLS (5-10; 1-3)
11. HABERSHAM (1-12; 0-1)

WRESTLING DUALS
STATE TOURNEY TEAMS

  • COMMERCE - 1A
    • JAN 12 vs STRONG ROCK
  • HABERSHAM CENTRAL - 6A
    • JAN 12 vs CREEKVIEW
#CollegeSpotlight shines on former Habersham basketball 2,000-point scorer Lainey Gosnell (c/o 2017). Gosnell was a two-time BLITZ Player of the Year, and also a Volleyball standout and Player of the Year. She's enjoying great and early success as a true freshman at App State, starting three games and averaging nearly 8 points and over 4 rebounds per contest!
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHTS

PLAYER INTERVIEWS

Coey Watson (Dawson SR QB #14)

Bailey Fisher (Rabun SR QB #14)
Austin Jones (Rabun JR WR/S #7)

 

COACH INTERVIEWS

Sid Maxwell (Dawson Co Football)
Lee Shaw (Rabun Co Football)

 

CHECK OUT MORE INTERVIEWS

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK, DEC 2017/JAN 2018

Dylan Orr - BANKS
Calli Watson - DAWSON

NEWS - Top content of December/January

2018

JAN 6 – Gainesville boys, girls sweep past Habersham in region matchup
JAN 5 – Shaw, Fisher & Jones recap Wildcats’ ‘Dream Season’

2017

DEC 31 – BLITZ Play of the Year: Austin Jones’ TD in Semis sends Cats to title game
DEC 29 – Banks County hoops sweeps Christmas Tournament titles
DEC 29 – BLITZ Football Play of the Year Voting: Finals
DEC 27 – BLITZ Football Play of the Year Voting: Semifinals
DEC 24 – BLITZ Football Play of the Year Voting: Quarterfinals
DEC 23 – BLITZ Football Play of the Year Voting: Round 2
DEC 22 – BLITZ Football Play of the Year Voting: Round 1
DEC 22 – AJC names locals to All-State teams
DEC 21 – Union swim team advances to state
DEC 21 – QBs & their Legacy: Who left their mark? What will we miss? Who’s Next?
DEC 21 – HOOPS Power Rankings: Christmas Break
DEC 20 – BLITZ Cup Standings: END OF FALL
DEC 20 – Banks County names Chad Cheatham new football coach
DEC 19 – Fall Sports Teams of the Year Named
DEC 18 – Football Player of the Year: Bailey Fisher
DEC 15 – Rabun’s dream season ends in loss to Hapeville in state championship
DEC 15 – State Championship Preview: Rabun shakes off Benz shrug, hosts title game
DEC 14 – Trio of Commerce wrestlers sign collegiately
DEC 14 – All-Region football teams named: FULL LIST HERE
DEC 11 – Dawson’s Beusse, Banks’ Foster named Boys CC Coach of Year by GATFXCCA
DEC 7 – BREAKING NEWS: Rabun’s state title game PPD, won’t be played at Benz
DEC 7 – State Championship Preview: Rabun takes on Hapeville at the Benz
DEC 6 – Sid Maxwell, Coey Watson discuss 2017 Tigers season and future
DEC 5 – Banks hoops splits with West Hall. Boys cruise, girls fall in top-10 matchup [VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS]
DEC 5 – Former Raider Mason Kinsey enjoyed historic 2017 season for Berry
DEC 1 – Going to the Benz! Wildcats’ perfect season continues with semis win
DEC 1 – Semifinals Preview: Rabun seeks to punch ticket to the Benz

 

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