Christian Heritage School Lions

June 23, 2013

Success for many this year

(Continued)

Girls golf

Marlee Bingham, Northwest: The leading shotmaker for the Lady Bruins this year, she was the key to Northwest making the state tournament on its home course at Nob North. An all-area selection for the second year in a row, the junior led the team with a 90 in the Region 7-4A tournament and shot a 92 at state. During a stretch at the middle of the season, she shot consistently in the mid-80s.

Megan Collins, Southeast Whitfield: One of the best all-around athletes at Southeast in recent years — perhaps for all time — Collins was The Daily Citizen’s All-Area Girls Spring Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and the All-Area Volleyball Player of the year as a junior. She was selected for both of those teams the past three years, and she is also a two-time honoree for All-Area Girls Basketball. She shot an 81 to finish tied for third in the Class 4A state tournament and was the medalist of the Region 7-4A tournament with an 82.

Mable McKone, Dalton: McKone was the most consistent scorer for a Lady Catamounts lineup that had a lot of parity. McKone, fellow sophomore Ashleigh Peters, junior Olga Fouche and freshman Carson Roberts all led the team in scoring at one tournament or another through the year, but McKone was the steadiest. She made the all-tournament team at the Lady Bruin Invitational, the Lady Catamount Invitational and the Region 7-4A tournament. Her 91 at state helped the Lady Cats to a third-place finish.

Honorable mention: Dalton — Ashleigh Peters, Carson Roberts; Murray County — Amber Lewis; North Murray — Tillie Hughes; Northwest — Alicia Cole.

Girls soccer

Andrea Garcia, Northwest: A Lady Bruins forward, the sophomore scored five goals from the first round of the region tournament to the end of the season. She recorded three in the first-round win versus Cedartown and two more in the victory against Cass for third place. She finished with three hat tricks for the season and competed with Gomez for leading scorer honors on the team.

Juliana Gomez, Northwest: The junior forward recorded five postseason goals — including four in a first-round win versus Cedar-town in the Region 7-4A playoffs — and she led the squad to its first state tournament appearance. Northwest finished 11-4 and lost in the opening round of the Class 4A bracket. Gomez finished with double digits in goals for the season and scored four goals in a game twice.

Nayeli Jacobo, Murray County: A senior midfielder for the Lady Indians, Jacobo averaged two assists per game on her way to 35 assists for the season. She scored 17 goals, second-most on the team, and earned the team’s MVP honor following Murray County’s 9-9 season — 9-7 in Region 7-2A — in which the Lady Indians narrowly missed the Class 2A state tournament.

Cheyenne Sancho, Murray County: A senior forward, Sancho led the Lady Indians in scoring with 21 of their 59 goals, and that was without playing the final three games of the season due to a knee injury. Additionally, coach Mandy Ledford said Sancho served as an informal assistant during some of the junior varsity games this season, showing her ability to lead.

Honorable mention: Dalton — Ale Salaises; Morris Innovative — Itzel Moreno.

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