Ten Cherokee County student-athletes were named 2021 Positive Athlete Georgia regional award winners.
Each one of the county’s six high schools were represented, as six girls and four boys were selected for the honors.
Cherokee, Etowah, Sequoyah and Woodstock each had two athletes selected for the award, while Creekview and River Ridge had one apiece.
Athletes were nominated by coaches, principals and athletic directors. To be a Positive Athlete, an athlete must demonstrate excellence in their sports, while being a leader, encouraging others and recognizing the team is more important than the individual.
Cherokee is represented by girls tennis player Laney Cline and gymnast Lexie-Anne Rodkey. Rodkey is a recent graduate, while Cline is a rising junior who was the recent recipient of the LGE Community Credit Union Extra Credit Award.
Cherokee athletic director Jeremy Adams said the girls embodied what it means to be a team player.
“Both Cline and Rodkey are tremendous kids,” Adams said. “They come in and do the right things the right way. That is all you can ask of them.”
Representing Creekview is senior girls golfer Samantha Buchberger, who played a huge role in the Lady Grizzlies’ Class AAAAAA state championship as a four-year captain. Her scoring average was 80.5, with her low round being a 77.
During the championship tournament, Buchberger shot a 38 on the back nine to help secure the title for Creekview.
Creekview coach Casey Gramling said Buchberger left an everlasting impact on the program.
“In four years, I never saw her bring anything to a practice, match or tournament but a smile and encouragement for her teammates,” Gramling said. “She will be greatly missed. However, she has left an imprint on the program for future Grizzlies to follow.”
Maggie Bradley and Molly Forman were the two award-winners from Etowah.
Bradley is a rising senior and varsity starter for the girls soccer team. She is a vital part of the Lady Eagles’ defensive structure, while also participating in Etowah’s student government.
Froman is a gymnast who placed first in the bar at the state championships with a score of 9.900, while finishing fourth with a score of 38.449 in the all-around event.
Camden Cochran represented River Ridge after lettering for the Knights as a wrestler and as an offensive lineman for the Knights’ football team.
Sequoyah had two award-winners in Grant Davis and Jonah Haney.
Davis, an Auburn signee, finished second at the Class AAAAAA state championships in the 500-yard freestyle, placing fifth in the 200 freestyle.
Haney was a defensive leader for his Chiefs’ football team. He played inside linebacker and had two sacks, one interception and forced one fumble his senior year.
Woodstock was represented by Ryan Comeau, who played on the Wolverines’ football team as a linebacker and as an attacker/midfielder on the lacrosse field. He has committed to play at LaGrange to continue his lacrosse career.
Also representing the school is Reece Morrish, a rising senior who plays attacker and midfield for the girls lacrosse team. She has more than 10 years of experience in lacrosse, and her goal is to continue to play at the collegiate level.