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Seth Jack, left, and Griffin Latimer are among many Creekview players who have taken steps to improve during summer basketball camps.

Creekview’s boys basketball team got significantly younger after losing mainstays Trent Jackson and Drew Vajda to graduation following the 2021-22 season.

As the Grizzlies’ look to find new leaders, they attended a team camp at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, where they went 4-1 against their competition. An overtime win over Riverwood put an exclamation point on the event.

Creekview’s roster is filled with young talent, and players like Luke and Seth Jack have showcased their improvement.

“I think we have really grown as a team,” coach Casey Gramling said. “We played two really good games (Tuesday), and we beat Riverwood in overtime, which beat us a couple of times last year. Luke Jack hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to tie it up.”

Creekview dropped its first game at the camp, but it regrouped for four wins, headlined by the play of its up-and-coming sophomores. The trio of Luke Jack, Luke Godwin and Griffin Latimer took on much increased offensive roles from the 2021-22 season.

Rising senior Seth Jack was also a big-time presence, tallying 21 points and five rebounds in a 49-47 win over White County on Saturday. Latimer scored six points and hit the game-winning buzzer-beater.

“The Jack boys stepped up, and Will Kline got a lot better,” Gramling said. “Luke Godwin is another up-and-coming sophomore who is going to play a big role for us. He was probably the most impressive kid we had in camp. It was just a good week for us.”

Even in the Grizzlies’ lone loss to Mountain View, they saw a few encouraging performances. Seth Jack scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, followed by Godwin’s eight points and six rebounds.

Creekview split its two games Friday, the first day of the camp. It won the second outing against Aquinas, led by Luke Jack’s 13 points and five rebounds Jack also controlled the boards late the next day against White County with 10 rebounds.

Different players stepped up in each game for Creekview. Gramling said it took a minute for his players to get their feet under them, but they had some impressive moments over the last week.

“I think we will be a lot more balanced this year,” Gramling said. “We have five or six kids who can score in double figures. We are taking steps in the right direction, so, hopefully, we can keep the ball rolling.”

Creekview struggled in Region 7AAAAAA play last season, but it played teams like Sequoyah and North Forsyth tough. The Grizzlies took the Class AAAAAA semifinalist Chiefs to the brink Dec. 10.

They also had a big performance against Cambridge on Feb. 12, with a 59-53 win over a team that had beaten them twice during the regular season. Latimer had a big game with 25 points and a perfect 7-for-7 showing from the free-throw line.

Gramling has seen noticeable improvement from his team over the course of just a few weeks, and he expects that to carry into the 2022-23 season. Looking at the roster’s youth, he said this group should be two years away from competing for a region title, though he believes they can make a run next season with the rapid progression of late.

“I expect them to make strides with their confidence,” Gramling said. “We have had a couple of nine- and 10-win seasons in a row, and we want to get back to where we think this program should be. This year will be a big stepping stone for us.”


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