Freshman Phenom is Taking Over, Basketball Starts Hot, Universities Add Wolverines

 

Staff Writers: Ramon Elortondo and Corey Darko

Lead Story: The lady’s basketball team has gotten off to a hot start behind the exhilarating play of freshman varsity point guard Bridget Utberg. As of press time, she has led the team in scoring and assists every game of the year. Bridget is an ambidextrous player that prefers to finish with her left, and her play has drawn attention from everyone in the crowd. The lady’s basketball games are luring more and more fans into the stands in large part due to the star point guard. Her favorite move is the behind-the-back dribble where she wraps the ball around her and passes the defender. The ball looks like it is on a string when she is dribbling it is really a sight to see. She also has a nasty behind-the-back pass that she does that can fool the defender as well as getting an easy bucket for her teammate. Behind the freshman star’s amazing play, the Lady Wolverines have gotten off to a great start behind first year head coach Regina Tate-Leslie. Talking to players on the team, they said that she is an amazing coach. They went on to say that a lot of their success has come from Coach TL. Coach TL has a different style of coaching than many of the players have ever experienced. She is much more engaged with the team and is always doing all she can to get the best out of the players. Coach TL is a perfectionist, she is intense, but that comes with being an amazing coach. Everything she is doing has gotten the right results. When the year is over, Coach TL might win Region Coach of the Year. The team has gotten off to a 4-1 start and will look to continue adding to the win column as the season goes on.

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The Basketball team participating in the Turkey Day 5k.

Credit: Woodstock High School athletics twitter.

In Case You Missed It: Our very own head softball coach, Alex Gray, was named Cherokee County Softball Coach of the Year. Gray finished the season with a 16-8 record and had three players go on to commit to a university and continue playing at a higher level. He also had three players named to the All-County team.

Two of them were seniors as well as one junior. Seniors were Laura Bishop, a pitcher committed to the University of Georgia, Sophia Tuñon, a pitcher committed to Georgia State University, and the junior outfielder Nikki Rogers.

Tuñon had this to say about Coach Gray, “He is almost like a dad to me. On one side he is super hard on me and the rest of the team because he wants to win and get the most out of us, but on the other side he is super loving and supportive. I know he is always going to be there if I need him.”

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Sofia Tunon was one of the many athletes on National Signing Day as she officially signed with Goergia State

Credit: Woodstock High School Athletics Twitter.

Off the Field: Before the season started, the lady’s basketball team was taken on a retreat to a lake house on Lake Lanier. The house was a three-story beauty that featured almost anything you could think of.

Isa Boatwright, a junior on the team, was asked about the experience, “We had just about anything! There was a ping pong table, pool table, arcade games like pinball, and a lot more. The house was amazing it was so much fun. Each meal there was someone assigned from the team to cook for everyone else. We had so much fun with that because some of them were delicious but others we so bad it was funny. Coach TL is so awesome for putting all that together for us.”

By the Numbers: The lady’s basketball team has allowed 35 or less points in two of the five games so far, showing off how consistent and well versatile their defense is. The men’s basketball team has scored over 60 points in two of their four games

Wolverine of the Month:  All the athletes such as Brennan Milone, Laura Bishop and Josiah Siegal and all the other early wolverines that signed up to their college for early signing period deserve wolverine of the month. Baseball player Brennan Milone officially signed with South Carolina, Laura Bishop officially signed with Georgia and is graduating high school early to start her softball career there, and baseball player Josiah Siegal officially signed with Georgia Tech on a baseball scholarship.  Milone has competed in events such as the Underclassmen All-American game and 2018 National Showcase. Siegal is also ranked top 500 in the nation at 460 and was also an honorable mention for the 2018 preseason Underclass Al- American. Bishop had a dominant career as a pitcher in her own right as she was able to win GACA All-State Softball All-American during her freshmen season. Congratulations to Milone, Seigal and Bishop for signing with their respective schools as they should go on to have tremendous college careers.

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Brennan enjoying his South Carolina visit

Credit: Brennan Milone’s Twitter

 

Quotable: Laura Bishop, after officially signing with Georgia, stated, “I signed my dreams into reality a couple of days ago and I couldn’t be more grateful and thankful for all the people that have helped me get to where I am today. I have been blessed with the best family any person could ask for and some of the best coaches out there. The people that know my recruiting journey know it’s been kinda crazy, but everything happens for a reason. We may not always understand what God is up to, but he always has a plan. Go Dawgs!!”

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Laura Bishop pitching during her freshman year of High School

Credit: Marietta Daily Journal Online

Looking Ahead: The Woodstock men’s basketball team has games coming up against Cherokee, Sequoyah and Roswell coming up as they look to build on their 3-1 start. It will not be easy though as two of their next three games are on the road as their one lost is on the road.  The lady’s basketball team has also gotten off to an impressive 4-1 start as they look to build on that with games coming up against Roswell, Cherokee and Sequoyah as two of those three games are also on the road.

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Josiah pitching for Woodstock against Etowah on March 27, 2018

Credit: Tribune Ledger News.

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