From Staff Reports
The All-Region 7-4A Basketball Teams include five players from high schools in Whitfield County.
Among boys honorees, Dalton junior forward Emier Bowman made the first team, while teammate Braxton Thomas, a junior guard, and Northwest Whitfield senior guard Caleb Storey were second-team selections.
Dalton finished third in the region tournament last week at Cass High School, while Northwest advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.
Among girls honorees, Northwest senior point guard Halle Ford made the first team, while teammate Macy Weeks, a senior forward, made the second team. Ford and Weeks helped lead the Lady Bruins to a runner-up finish at the region tournament for the second straight season.
Local boys receiving honorable mention were Northwest’s Tanner Bailey and Southeast Whitfield’s Rhett Harper and Ty Pendley. Local girls receiving honorable mention were Dalton’s Hannah Cox and Southeast’s Wendy Perez and Cricket Wyatt.
Each coach in the 11-school region cast 10 votes, and the five players with the most votes made up the first team, while the next five made the second team. All other players who received votes garnered honorable mention.
River Ridge, which won the boys and girls tournament titles, swept the Region 7-4A Player of the Year awards, which were given to the player with the most all-region votes. Nick Masterson was the top boy and Lucy Stone the top girl.
Also making the boys first team were Gilmer’s Joe Bob Charles, LaFayette’s Lance Estus and River Ridge’s Steven Spears. Filling out the boys second team were Gilmer’s Wheeler Lancey, LaFayette’s Tyler Shropshire and Pickens’ Tanner Brumby.
Six girls made the first team and four made the second team because five players tied for the fifth-most votes. Also making the girls first team were Gilmer’s Bailey Charles, Heritage-Catoosa’s Jada Hubbard, Pickens’ Sarah Smith and River Ridge’s Jessica Mlaska. Filling out the girls second team were Heritage’s Alex Belk, Pickens’ Haley Kalson and Ridgeland’s Tiffany Wimpy.
• The Morris Innovative boys team didn’t win a game this season while playing a varsity schedule for the first time, but that didn’t stop Justin Scott from earning the respect of Region 7-2A coaches.
Scott, along with Murray County senior Cesar Romero, was named to the All-Region 7-2A lineup. A sophomore, Scott is the Dalton Public Schools institution’s first basketball player to earn all-region recognition.
The league’s coaches selected 10 boys and 10 girls for all-region honors, with others earning honorable mention.
On the girls team, Murray County’s McKenzie Carroll was a member, while Caitlin Sims earned honorable mention. Carroll and Sims are both seniors.
Model’s Davy Fisher was named the Region 7-2A Boys Player of the Year, while JessAnn Nix of Armuchee was the Region 7-2A Girls Player of the Year.
Also making the boys all-region lineup were Armuchee’s Jacob Booke, Calhoun’s Kaelen Riley, Chattooga’s Isaac Foster, Coosa’s Isaac Bradley, Dade County’s Clynt Bell, Model’s V.J. Saxton and Pepperell’s Dylan Brooks.
Also making the girls all-region lineup were Armuchee’s Rebecca Hammond, Calhoun’s Sydnie Parker and Tess Wright, Coosa’s Heather Faust, Dade County’s Sarah Reid, Model’s Rachel McFry and Pepperell’s Erin Wilder and Madison Wilder.