Another thrilling lacrosse season is in the books. It's time to put a nice bow on it with the naming of the 2013 All Area Lacrosse Team.
The Fayette County Lacrosse Club, a premier source of local teams, has selected the 2013 All Area Boys Lacrosse Team. The team is comprised of boys from the Fayette and Coweta County high school squads. Additionally there is an All County Lacrosse Team made up of just the girls from McIntosh, Starr's Mill, and Whitewater.
Among the area teams, just McIntosh and East Coweta made the playoffs on the boys side. The girls side was another story. While Newnan also qualified for the playoffs, Starr's Mill and McIntosh really made a splash. The Lady Panthers strung together the best season in their program's history ending in a Final Four berth. Meanwhile, the Lady Chiefs reached the state championship game for the second consecutive season.
With team play improving across the board, there are still individual honors to be handed out. Player of the Year honors on the boys side go to Kevin Yoggy of Starr's Mill. Yoggy, a senior attackman, the Panthers' leading scorer with 92 points, (45 goals, 47 assists) and also earned All-State and All-American honors.
The great play of McIntosh and Starr's Mill on the girls side made it tough to name just one top player. As such, Katie Buck of Starr's Mill and Jessica Weatherford of Mcintosh are Co-Players of the Year. Both juniors, Buck and Weatherford are already among the state's finest players.
Buck, a midfielder/defender, tallied 10 goals, seven assists, 26 groundballs, and 22 draw controls. Her coach Joseph Perrotta said of Katie, "She has more heart than any player I've ever coached."
Weatherford racked up 30 goals, 57 draw controls, 21 takeaways, and 18 groundballs as the Chiefs made it back to the state title game.
Both the boys and girls Coach of the Year honors are shared. On the boys side, McIntosh coaches Tim Desko and Tom Hill share the honors much like they share the reigns of the Chief team. On the girls side, Starr's Mill's Joseph Perrotta and McIntosh's Gwen Thibadeau share Coach of the Year. Perrotta's squad set new marks for excellence for the program as they advance all the way to the Final Four. Thibadeau returned the Chiefs to the championship game in her first year at the helm.
The boys first team is a force to be reckoned with. Kevin Yoggy and Grant Aasen represent Starr's Mill on the first team. McIntosh puts four on the first team with Karson Bobbitt, Hank Morgan, Zach Stephenson, and Cameron Scott earning top honors. East Coweta has a pair in Bryce Durden and Connor McMeen. Northgate's Jake Smerka and Newnan's Mike McMahon round out the first team.
The second team is led by Marco Amalfitano of Starr's Mill along with his teammates Kerry Ostrowski and Austin Berkey. Whitewater's Colten Ryan and Jack Garrison represent the Wildcats. Woodward's Oliver Marshall and Will Crane earn a nod as well. Northgate's Mitchell Hutton, Newnan's Jordan Surrett, and McIntosh's Collin Abell round out the second team.
Whitewater's Garrett Kilgore, McIntosh's Jack Cantlon, and Northgate's Cole Johnson all earn honorable mention.
The first team for the girls side is led by Buck and Weatherford. Shelby Durden, Amanda Lindsey, and Hannah Mason of McIntosh are joined by Jess Goergen and Jenine Brideau of Whitewater and Meghan Mills of Starr's Mill. Fabulous freshmen Alyssa Sack of Starr's Mill and Abby Ott of McIntosh have already established themselves among the state's finest. Hannah Todd of McIntosh is one of the best in goal, racking up 94 saves.
Durden tallied 65 goals for the Chiefs with 22 groundballs, 8 takeaways, and 4 draw controls. Mason picked up 25 goals, 6 draw controls, and 13 groundballs. Lindsey had 16 goals, 21 draw controls, 25 takeaways, and 20 groundballs. Mills scored 67 goals on 73% shooting to go with 19 groundballs. Sack tallied 21 goals and 26 assists to go with 38 groundballs and 48 draw controls. Ott scored 42 goals and added 19 ground controls, 16 takeaways and 18 groundballs.
There are still plenty of excellent players deserving of recognition. The honorable mentions from McIntosh are
Imani Hedgeman and Madeline Prescott. Earning honors from Starr's Mill are Brandi Sherman, Katie Wilson, Jessica Ward, and Abby Feltner. Whitewater's honorable mentions are Breanna Sommers, Marisa Register, Rachel Garrison, Rachel Hammond, Madeleine Cook, and Theresa Lasal.