Elite Athletes of the Week
Elite Stone Supply, in conjunction with WBHF and Bartow Sports Zone, is proud to present the ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK. Each week, all five local schools will name an Elite Athlete of the Week and present the information on their honoree through Bartow Sports Zone and on 100.3FM and AM1450, WBHF in Cartersville.
Recipients for the week ending August 27, 2016:
Aliza Baker -- Excel Christian Academy Carli Clymer -- Woodland High School
Sarah Fox -- Cass High School Jameson "Bird" Leker -- Adairsville High School
Avery Showell -- Cartersville High School
Aliza Baker is the Excel Christian Academy Elite Athlete of the Week.
She is the daughter of Marty and DeAndra Baker and is a senior at Excel. She has attended ECA for the past 12 years. An outstanding student that challenges herself by taking advanced and AP classes, Baker has been an honor roll student for each of her semesters at Excel.
Baker is a four-year starter for the Excel softball team and is one of the most versatile players on the team. She has played first base, second base and pitched during her career. She has been an important part of the softball teams that have twice qualified to play in the state tournament. She serves as one of the captains on this year’s team.
Excel softball coach, Michael Adcock, praises her work effort to improve and become a better softball player.
Baker is a silent leader at Excel, leading by example and rising to the occasion whenever it is necessary. Her ability to get big hits in key situations during the last three seasons exemplifies this knack.
She is a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Honor Society, and serves as a class officer on the student council.
Baker also gives back to the community by helping her grandmother in the soup kitchen at Adairsville Baptist Church. Her future plans include attending either Samford University or the University of Georgia to become a psychologist.
Carli Clymer is the Elite Athlete of the Week for Woodland High School.
Clymer is a freshman runner for the Lady Cats cross country team and plans to also participate in basketball and track.
Clymer made her mark as a leader with the Woodland cross country team in her first varisty meet. As the top runner for the Wildcats, she won the Ridge Ferry Invitational in Rome in a school record time of 19 minutes and 38 seconds.
She is the daughter of Laura and Jeff Clymer.
Sarah Fox is the Cass High School Elite Athlete of the Week.
Fox is a junior and third year letterman on the Lady Colonels’ fast pitch softball team.
Whether behind the plate catching or making great plays at shortstop, Fox is a strong player and influential part of the Cass softball team.
She currently leads the team with a .523 batting average. She has an on base percentage of .543 and leads the team with 23 hits this season.
She is the daughter of John and Heather Fox.
The Adairsville Tigers’ Elite Athlete of the Week is cross country captain, Jameson “Bird” Leker.
Leker is a junior this season and is also an important competitor with the Adairsville Junior ROTC Raider program.
The son of Wendy Robinson, Leker has consistently been one of the top runners on the Tigers’ cross country team. Voted captain by his teammates, Leker has to manage his time and training wisely to compete with both the cross country program and the JROTC program.
A member of the cross country team for the past three years, Leker has shown improvement each season.
His positive attitude and strong leadership skills make him an integral part of the Adairsville Tigers’ family.
Avery Showell is the Elite Athlete of the Week for Cartersville High School.
A senior linebacker and wide receiver for the top-ranked Hurricanes, Showell also plans to compete in basketball and track.
Showell had six tackles, four sacks, forced a fumble, made one tackle for a safety, and caught two passes for 58 yards and one touchdown in the ‘Canes opening night victory over Allatoona.
He is the son of Vaughn Showell.
Editors Note: Photos and bios are supplied to Bartow Sports Zone and WBHF by the respective schools and their athletic departments.