LFMS Football Award
Special to the Banner
The Mr. Lake Forest Middle School Football Award is given yearly to the Lake Forest Middle School eighth-grade athlete who displays great leadership, scholastic commitment, a great on-field work ethic, and overall great football skill. The award winner for the 2012 season is captain Austin Mathews.
Mathews is a three-year player at Lake Forest and has displayed all of these qualities throughout his time at LFMS. Mathews takes his studies just as seriously, if not more so, as he does both football and wrestling. He is an honors student as well as a fantastic athlete. Austin is also very devoted to his faith, and is not ashamed to share his love for Christ with anyone willing to listen.
Along with being honored with this award Mathews also takes home the Defensive Player of the Year Award as well as having his jersey number retired with six other eighth-grade football players. Austin’s parents, Missy and Brent Mathews, are very proud of him along with all of his coaches.
Head Coach Chris McConnell says of Mathews, “He was the heart and soul of our team during a rough three years. When the team was struggling we always knew we could look to Austin for inspiration, both players and coaches. He leaves some big shoes to fill as he moves on to the high school level. I want to congratulate Austin on this great honor.”
Bruins split with McCallie
The McCallie Blue Tornado blew into town Monday to face the Lake Forest Bruins in a basketball doubleheader. The Tornado captured the seventh-grade game 36-16, with the Bruins taking the eighth-grade game 38-27.
McCallie jumped out to a 24-6 halftime lead over the cold-shooting Bruins and coasted to the win in the seventh-grade contest. The Bruins made only two baskets in the first half, shooting 13 percent from the floor. Devin Moore led the Bruin attack with six points and seven rebounds, while Lemaric Tucker and Brock Gibson added four points each. Tucker also pulled down six caroms. “When you miss as many shots and turn the ball over as much as we did, this is what happens,” said coach Cyle Herron.
The eighth-grade Bruins shook off a sluggish first half by outscoring the Tornado 14-6 in the third period to take control of their game. John Brown paced the balanced Bruin attack with 10 points with Trevor Cartwright and Braxton Wiggins each adding eight points. Jake Tolleson and Ty Beavers rounded out the Bruin scoring with six points apiece. Beavers and Wiggins cleaned the glass by pulling down eight and six rebounds, while Colton Cross added three steals and four assists. “We did a good job handling their press, and getting good position on the boards against their big men inside,” said coach Andrew Nipper.
The Bruins travel up Highway 11 today to face the Cougars from Athens Middle School.
Colts win over Meigs
The sixth-grade Ocoee Middle School Colts continued their winning ways Monday evening with a victory over Meigs County.
The game was close until the fourth quarter when the Colts put up 18 points to pull away for a 59-27 win.
Patton Ford led the Colts with 13 points, while Isaiah Johnson and Luke Preston helped out with nine points apiece.
Tyler Ferguson netted eight points and “did a good job rebounding,” according to coach Ed Coates. “He was shadowed closely by Jordan Munck with six points and some sweet assists.”
Coming off the bench, the trio of Tre Guilmenot, Hayden Ownbey and Brendon O’Boyle “exhibited their improvement with four points each and many hustling rebounds and steals,” the coach praised.
The Colts will go down to Georgia on Thursday to face Westside Middle.
CMS off to fast start
The Cleveland Middle School swim season is off to a fast start. The Raiders are 2–0 in their first two home dual meets of the season. Cleveland swimmers began their season posting a lopsided win over Signal Mountain, 204-100, and followed that up with a tight 98-90 win over Dalton (Ga.).
Dalton arrived at Cleveland with 70-plus middle school swimmers ready to do battle. Tanya Sharma’s come-from-behind win the individual medley had the Raider Pool full of raucous cheers and set the tone for the meet. The home team was led by double winners Sharma (200 IM, 100 Free) and Regan Fuller (100 Breast, 50 Free).
Other individual winners included Kat McKay (200 Free), Adam Foster (50 Free), and Zoe Meyer (100 Fly). Second place individual contributors were Logan Stutzman (200 Free, 500 Free), Harper Fuller (100 Free, 100 Breast), Adam Foster (100 Free), Mary Claire Schaffer (50 Free), Kat McKay (500 Free), Sarah Plank (100 Back), Avery Wilson (100 Back) and Jasper Culpepper (100 Breast). The Lady Raiders provided the margin of victory for the hard-fought win, sweeping the relay events.
The Raiders resume their season Nov. 27 hosting Ringgold/Heritage.