Elite Athletes of the Month for October 2017
Elite Stone Supply, in conjunction with WBHF and Bartow Sports Zone, presents the ELITE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH.
Each month, local high schools are provided opportunity to name an Elite Athlete of the Month and present the information on their honoree through Bartow Sports Zone and on 100.3FM and AM1450, WBHF in Cartersville.
Recipients for October 2017:
Abby Forristall - Cartersville HS Cameron Gonyea - Cass HS
Brendan Luginbuhl - Adairsville HS Demarcus Williams - Woodland HS
The Cartersville High School Elite Athlete of the Month for October is Abby Forristall.
A senior member of the Lady Canes’ cross country and track teams, Forristall finished sixth overall (21:49, 5K) at the Region 5-AAAA Cross Country Championships October 26 to help lead her team to a one-point win over Chapel Hill.
“Without Abby’s impressive effort in the race, but perhaps more importantly her leadership in guiding many younger girls on the team, Cartersville would not have been able to defend its Region title from a year ago. Coaching someone like Abby is a blessing. She is special.” said Canes’ coach David Matherne.
Daughter of Shawn and Stacey Forristall, Abby is an honor roll student who has been the Lady Canes’ Most Valuable Runner and has earned two-sport multi-year letters.
Forristall owns one of the fastest 5K times in Cartersville school history and ranks 20th all-time heading into the Class AAAA State Championship Meet.
Cameron Gonyea is the October Elite Athlete of the Week representing Cass High School.
A two-way player for the Colonels’ football team at free safety and wide receiver, Gonyea has been a defensive leader and leads the team with four touchdown receptions.
The son of John and Arlena Longley, Cameron has multiple offers from various colleges and plans to continue his football career at the next level.
He also competes in track and field at Cass.
The Adairsville High School Elite Athlete of the Month for October is Brendan “Lug” Luginbuhl.
A sophomore wrestler and member of the Adairsville JROTC Raiders team, he is the son of Jason Luginbuhl and Sabrina & Ray Tucker.
Luginbuhl is a 4.0 GPA student taking Honor’s classes and is a dedicated leader for wrestling coach Ryan Torrence.
“Lug is always at workouts. Every time the weight room is open before or after school, he is there. He has also taken it upon himself to be a role model and leader to our freshman athletes. He leads by example. His work ethic in the off season has paid off in dividends, ensuring that he will be hold a critical role in the varsity line up this season,” said Torrence.
Luginbuhl plans to attend West Point or University of North Georgia before pursuing a career in the Army.
Demarcus Williams is the Woodland High School October Elite Athlete of the Month.
A hard-running, sophomore running back and linebacker for the Wildcats’ football team, Williams also wrestles and competes in track and field.
Williams accumulated 213 yards rushing, three touchdowns, and had a 12-yard touchdown catch in the month of October.
“Demarcus is part of a tough, hard nosed backfield that has been able to grind out tough yards,” said Wildcats’ head football coach Tony Plott. ”This approach has allowed us to shorten games and be in position to have success this year. Demarcus has become one of our leaders on offense. He has a great desire to be successful and isn't afraid of putting in the extra work to accomplish his goals.”
Williams, son of Nycole Hillebrandt and Jenny Heath, plans to attend college and continue his football playing career at the next level.
Editors Note: Photos and bios are supplied to Bartow Sports Zone and WBHF by the respective schools and their athletic departments. Elite Stone Supply, LLC is the monthly sponsor. Athletes receive a plaque along with recognition during a radio feature on WBHF.