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TFS celebrates winter student-athletes



Student-athletes from Tallulah Falls School celebrated the culmination of the winter sports season at a banquet held at The Dillard House on March 11. 

Varsity coaches from basketball, swimming and cheerleading presented individual awards in various categories during the awards portion of the evening. 

Athletic Director Scott Neal, the emcee for the evening, spoke to attendees about the athletic philosophies at TFS. 

“We are proud of our basketball, swim, and cheer athletes and coaches, the GREAT character displayed, the state qualifying of each of the teams and the standards of excellence they are creating and continuing,” Neal said. “Celebrating together the accomplishments earned (seventh-place boys state swimming, Sweet 16 girls basketball and state qualifying boys basketball), relationships strengthened and memories forged makes for a joyful evening.”

In addition to individual awards, student-athletes were recognized for participation, lettering and post-season competition. 

Awards were presented as follows:

JV Basketball 
Shown, from left, are sophomore Tyler Popham of Demorest, Teammate Award and freshman Anfernee Hanna of the Bahamas, Most Valuable Player. 

Varsity Boys Basketball 
Shown, from left, are seniors Hayden Johnson of Demorest, Most Improved Award; Matthew Weidner of Demorest, Most Valuable Player; Reeves Cody of Cornelia, Teammate Award. 

Weidner was also recognized for being named to the All-Region 8-A Second Team with Johnson lauded for All-Region 8-A Honorable Mention Team honors.

Dean of Enrollment Management Kelly Woodall presented Weidner with a Georgia House of Representatives resolution for his record-breaking basketball career at TFS. Weidner completed his senior basketball season with 1,390 total points. 

Varsity Girls Basketball 

Shown, from left, are freshman Denika Lightbourne of the Bahamas, Greatest Gains Award; senior Lillie Free of Demorest, Senior Captain Award, senior Sophie Alexander of Sautee-Nacoochee, Senior Captain Award; Katy Corbett of Lakemont, Lady Indian Leadership Award; freshman Veronaye Charlton of the Bahamas, Grit Award. 

Free and Charlton were also recognized for being named to the All-Region 8-A Honorable Mention Team. 

Varsity Swimming
Shown, from left, are freshman Sammy Hartman of Clermont, Most Valuable; freshman Kate Trotter of Demorest, Most Improved Award; senior Reid Kafsky, Coach’s Award; senior John Nichols, Most Valuable; senior manager Stephen Bowman of Cornelia, Coach’s Award; freshman Nelson Wilkinson of Cleveland, Most Improved Award. 

 JV Cheerleading

Shown, from left, are freshman Madisyn Ramey of Lakemont, Most Spirited Award and freshman Isabella Jones of Cleveland, Coach’s Award.
Not pictured: freshman Mackenzie Johnson of Lula, Most Improved Award. 

Varsity Cheerleading
Shown, from left, are junior Allie Kate Campbell of Cleveland, Toughest Cheerleader Award; senior Alycia Morales of Ridgewood, NY, Coach’s Award; junior Morgan Webb of Demorest, Most Improved Award. 
Not pictured: senior Lily Cranford of Mt. Airy, Most Spirited Award. 



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