Head Coach Garret Hurlbert Assistant coaches Ben Hofmann, Nicole Ross and Joe Robinson
The graduating class of 2022 was one of the most decorated classes to come through Etowah and, fortunately, they left the program in a better state than they found it, and in very capable hands.
The boys team will be led by a quartet of seniors: Dru Moore, Andrew Balogh, Seth Eye and Tomas Maluf. While injuries derailed last season’s attempt at school history, this season is definitely not short of potential or expectations.
Moore and Balogh come into this season with the No. 1 (15:27) and No. 8 (16:06) fastest returning times in 6A from last year, with Eye and Maluf each dropping a minute off their 5K times during track season. A trio of hungry sophomores — DJ Oakes, Daniel Pierce and Adam Berwald — round out our expected top seven, and hope to be the difference-makers this year to push for our first ever podium finish at state.
The girls team is experiencing a youth shift this year, where we expect a number of freshmen and sophomores to push for varsity spots. The team is led by seniors Katie Aycock and Olivia Lambert. While the girls aren’t front-loaded like the boys, this is one of the deeper teams we’ve had in quite some time, with 10 girls under 23 minutes, seven under 22 minutes, and all battling for varsity spots. In addition to our seniors, we have juniors Abbie Kallbreier, Reese Nickels and Maddy Bouchard; sophomore Alena Ezell; and freshmen Sara Allen, Alex Allen and Abigail Lawley, all looking to make some noise.
The coaching staff is very excited about this season. The mix of veterans and youth brings a great dynamic to the program, and we can’t wait to see their competitiveness on display.
Head Coach Matt Kemper
The 2022 Etowah Eagles hope to take a big step forward this season. Team 46 has worked extremely hard this off-season, in the weight room and in many other areas, which they hope will reap dividends on the field this fall. From January to May, 17 of this year’s young men spent one morning per week, an hour before school, learning and developing leadership skills. Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Steve Sapere designed a curriculum to develop these attributes. The results have been phenomenal in bringing the team together, as brothers.
The Eagles return three starters on offense, led by all-region offensive lineman Tate Nelms. The defense returns four starters, led by all-region linebackers Luis Martinez and Joshua Harding, and cornerbacks Frank Mosley and Jamire Maxime. On special teams, the Eagles again will feature all-region and nationally ranked kicker Carson Allen. The team undoubtedly will need to stay healthy and hope the ball bounces their way many times in a very competitive new region.
Head Coach Bryan Jones
After graduating just three seniors last season, this season’s squad will be led by eight seniors. We will be looking to improve on last year’s final record of 21-18.
Seniors Allie Sierra and Emily Light will be back to lead the team on the defensive side of the ball. Both of these players played a key role last season.
On the offensive side, first-team all-state player Sydney Bray will be leading the charge. This past season, Bray led the team in kills and was named the region co-player of the year. She also received some solid offensive firepower from her teammates Elani Ratchkovska, Maddie Mueller and Ellie Novack, all of whom are back this season.
Our setter position does not look to change from 2021. We will be looking for Madison Kutsche and Bray to take the lead, along with one of our other seniors, Hannelore Harman. These three players will be running offense.
The Eagles have a few new additions to the team: Freshman Elizabeth Chirello and juniors Reagan Kadlub and Kierra Hawkes will be looking to contribute in their first year on the team.
Head Coach Victoria Carter
The Eagles are excited for the 2022 season — with a move to 6A and facing a new range of region opponents, including other 6A teams in the county who have solid programs and a history of success. The team had a great summer, with lots of growth, and is excited to be able to put it all together this season.
The Eagles will be led on the mound by senior pitchers Jordan Morris and Sydney Baker, who return after a successful 2021 season. Returning behind the plate will be junior Cara Holland, who is poised to have a breakout season for Etowah with her leadership and composure. They will be supported by senior Ansley Speegle, who will be making a move to the outfield, and senior Hannah Cintron, who will be used as a utility player and will provide an offensive spark for the team.
Bringing some young energy to the team this year are sophomores Katelynn VanGalder at shortstop, Isabella Eskew at third base and Ella Jorgensen in the outfield. Varsity players also will bring competition and energy to the dugout and the team.
The team’s focus throughout the offseason has been fundamentals and gaining a better softball IQ. With the already established team chemistry and competitiveness of the program, the coaching staff is looking forward to a great year and making a ninth consecutive playoff run for the Eagles.
Head Coach Courtney Hatchett
We are looking forward to an exciting upcoming season. Last season was a great learning experience. With a lot of new faces, we were able to gain valuable experience that will show this season.
Seniors Hala Salame and Maci Pelfrey will play a huge role in our offense, and as team leaders on the field. We will be looking to our running back, Gabbi Crane, to bring her speed to both sides this year. Defensively, we have spots to fill and are looking forward to new talent coming out. There will be some key returners, such as Kamryn Peeples and Lauren Crane, who will lead the way in the backfield.
Tryouts will be Sept. 26-27. We are excited to see what we accomplish this season with so much talent. Our goal is to make it to the state tournament and continue getting better every game.
Head Coach Mckenzie Miklitsch
The Etowah competition cheer team is ready to begin the 2022 season after completing its first season as a team in 2021. With returning athletes from last season, and new team members added, the talent that this team possesses is undeniable. Season goals are to bring spirit to Etowah High, win our region competition and make it to state!
Two senior captains, Devyn Damiano and Ashleigh Holton, will lead the team this year; they are a perfect fit for the job. These ladies exemplify leadership and represent Etowah in such a positive light.
New talent on the team includes: senior Wynter Glenn; sophomores Hannah Dix, Ardyn Johnson and Claire Theriault; and freshmen Addison Bishop, Grey Davis and Sophie Metcalf. These ladies bring refreshing energy and positivity to the team.
We have a large group of juniors on the squad: Morgan Bradley, Haley Gill, Aaliya Tatum, Mattie and Grace Truan, Sophia Roberts and Summer Smith. Every one of them is a force to be reckoned with, so keep an eye out for them on the mat!
Sophomores Kayla Barnes, Avery Martin, Sidney Smith and Milana Woodruff have returned for their second season of Etowah competition cheer, and their growth from the previous season to this season is off-the-charts impressive.
With one season under our belt, our second season will be even better. The routine that these girls have learned is complex and difficult, and they have put many hours into perfecting it. They cannot wait to hit the mat and give it everything they’ve got.
We would love for the community to support our 2022 team by attending our competitions this season — the first one will be at Lassiter High School on Sept. 10. We also will be competing at Cherokee High School on Oct. 8 and Woodstock High School on Oct. 29. #TalonsUp!
Head Coach Wakely Louis
Our expectations for the 2022 season are high for our Woodstock High cross-country team. The girls and boys teams did a great job last year. The girls placed fourth and the boys placed third at region.
Lily Bailey placed sixth place overall and Sam Burmeister placed 14th for the girls. Dillon Watson placed second, Will Sumner placed ninth and Joseph Mines placed 12th for the boys. Both our girls and boys teams made it to state for the first time in four years. The leadership of our senior and junior cross-country runners played an integral part in that success.
We graduated five seniors on the boys team and two from the girls team. Both teams are young, but we still can be very competitive this season. Also, moving from 7A to 6A brings new challenges for our teams, but we welcome those challenges.
During June and July, the cross-country team worked out three to five days a week. The summer workouts helped with our first competitive meet on Aug. 13: the Hoya 2 Mile.
That first meet each year lets our coaching staff know where our strengths and weaknesses are. We will have a new strengthening and conditioning coach on staff at Woodstock, with three major goals — improving athletic performance, reducing athletic injuries and teaching lifelong fitness and movement skills. Staying healthy is our No. 1 priority for success. Hopefully, we can be competitive at region and eventually make it to the 6A state championship at Carrollton.
Head Coach Troy Hoff
The Woodstock Wolverines had a productive off-season, working toward the start of the 2022 season. Changes in classification moved Woodstock to Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class 6A in the competitive Region 6. The Wolverines opened the season Aug. 19 on the road at Osborne High School, and will play a challenging schedule.
The 2022 team is still young and inexperienced, with many players competing for playing time. Seniors Tyler Douthit (first-team all-region) and Chase Blalock (second-team all-region) return to anchor the offensive line. Senior Adonis Garcia (second-team all-region) again will see time on both sides of the ball, at wide receiver and defensive back. Senior Carson Gray (second-team all-region) returns at linebacker and also will see time at running back. Senior specialist Kristian Colina (honorable mention all-region) returns to handle kicking and punting duties.
The growth and development of the team will depend on the level of improvement each week throughout the season. The goal is to become a competitive program where the teams continually have a chance to win games in the fourth quarter and compete in the GHSA state playoffs.
Head Coach Kelly Audia
The Woodstock Volleyball program has made significant strides of improvement in both skill level and dedication. Players and coaches on all program levels have been working hard to continue to gain momentum for the future.
The 2022 varsity team returns several experienced lettermen, including seniors Alexa Travis, Emily Cunningham, Gracie Cassidy and Payton Kuhn; juniors Annalee Cloys, Lola Burdick and Jessica Rauen; and sophomores Hannah Depp, Kiyla Mighty and Lauren Nobis. Newcomer juniors Kailey Autry and Olivia O’Connor look to bring stability to the team, as well.
The season outlook is extremely positive, and the team looks once again to add growth as well as a significant number of wins in 2022.
Head Coach Alex Gray
After a strong 2021 season that saw Woodstock softball compete in the Sweet 16, and graduating five impact senior players, the coaching staff will be looking for new leaders to emerge for the 2022 season.
There will be plenty of new faces in the mix, with the addition of a strong freshman class. Overall, led by seniors Kacie Wiggins, Savannah Read and Abbey Stickle, we have an amazing group of young women, who are focused on playing the game the right way, and will bring the necessary dedication and work ethic to each practice.
With the athletic talents and versatility this group brings to the table, our coaching staff will be afforded several offensive and defensive strategies to implement against our competition. The 2022 season will see us competing in a new region at the 6A level, with River Ridge, Sequoyah, Creekview, Allatoona, Rome and Etowah. There is no shortage of talent in this region, and we look forward to the challenge. We are Woodstock!
Head Coach Sadie Binkley
The 2021 Wolverine flag football team had a very successful season, making it to the first round of state. We had four graduating seniors, who were big contributors to our success on both sides of the ball, and will be greatly missed. Returning key players include senior quarterback Bella D’Apice, senior wide receiver Sophie Gaudette, junior corner Elysium Virnich, junior linebacker/rusher Ali Feuerstein, as well as four other varsity starters.
We have a lot of upcoming talent from our junior varsity and middle school programs competing for positions early in the season, and they will help give us a more competitive edge. Our girls worked extremely hard in the off-season to learn new skills and continue to develop.
We are excited to welcome Fellowship Christian in Area 4 for 6A/7A, along with returning Cherokee County schools and Blessed Trinity. The area will be very competitive this year, and we are excited to see what this season holds. Our season starts at Dunwoody High School, 6 p.m. Oct. 6.
Head Coach Helen Lane
The Woodstock competition cheer team is very excited about the 2022 season. Our team is guided by amazing seniors: Kenzie Killian, Jilly Logan, Lily Grace McWhorter, Emma Price, Cailin Smith and Faith Walker. These ladies embraced the challenges in our new division and are guiding our team with encouragement, while establishing the importance of teamwork.
Our team demonstrates what it means to support and believe in one another. Having the opportunity to coach these ladies is a dream for our coaching staff, and we cannot wait to see the impressive routines they perform this season.
The team will compete in six invitationals, with our home competition on Oct. 29 at Woodstock High School. Region/sectionals and state will follow. This team’s dedication shows through our athletes gaining new skills to ensure that we maximize our score sheet and put our team in the best possible position to be successful in 6A. We hope that you will come support our amazing athletes; this team is truly one of a kind.
We are Woodstock!