Twelve recent Cherokee County graduates were honored as outstanding athletes by the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame.
Each spring, the hall recognizes the most outstanding male and female senior athletes from each one of Cherokee County’s six high schools. Students are nominated by administrators based on athletic contributions made during their high school careers.
Ciara Miles and Taylor Harris represented River Ridge.
Miles, who ran cross country and track, and will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Kennesaw State. Harris played baseball and was a two-year starter for the Knights.
“Ciara’s just a really good kid,” athletic director David Dyer said. “She was also our Shottenkirk Super Scholarship winner, and she was our National Women and Girls in Sports Day athlete of the year from River Ridge.
“(Baseball) won the region this year, and I feel Taylor was huge in that aspect with team leadership and the way he carried himself throughout the year, in the dugout and in the classroom.”
Woodstock was represented by cross country and track athlete Glenda Setlock and wrestler Michael Roe.
“They are outstanding Wolverines,” Woodstock principal Mark Smith said. “They represented Woodstock High School with the utmost class and dignity in everything that they did and on the mat and on the track. They are outstanding in the classroom. They are hard workers. They are diligent. They are truly head and shoulders above the rest.”
Representing Cherokee were Kate Johnson and Dom DeLillo.
Johnson played basketball and volleyball for the Lady Warriors and will continue her basketball career at Furman. DeLillo, part of Cherokee’s cross country and track teams, and will continue to run collegiately at Berry.
Creekview’s honorees were Makena Gates and Grant Anderson.
Gates ran cross country and track for the Lady Grizzlies and is the most decorated female cross country runner in Cherokee County history. She will continue her athletic and academic career at Harvard. Anderson played football and baseball.
Kinsey Norton and Brock Rechsteiner earned the nomination from Etowah. Norton, who played basketball and softball, will continue her softball career at Georgia Tech. Rechsteiner, who played basketball and football, will continue his football career at Jacksonville State.
Paige Powers and Carson Thorne earned recognition from Sequoyah. Powers played volleyball for the Lady Chiefs, and will continue her athletic and academic career at Georgia Southern. Thorne wrestled and was a state qualifier at 138 pounds.