Elite Athletes of the Month for April 2018
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 April 2018:
Blake Bottegal -- Woodland HS Buck Brumlow -- Cartersville HS
Brianna Bullock -- Cass HS
Kyle Martin -- Adairsville HS
NOTE: The Elite Athletes of the Month will return next August for the 2018-19 school year.
The Woodland High School Elite Athlete of the Month for April is Blake Bottegal.
The Wildcats’ senior tennis player was recently honored as a selection to the All-Region 7-AAAAA team. He was undefeated in all region and state-level matches this season as the Woodland boys reached the GHSA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history.
The son of Anthony and Tammy Bottegal, Blake is signing a tennis scholarship with Shorter University next week.
“Blake made it his goal to be an elite tennis player through a complete dedication to fitness, technique, and strategy,” said his tennis head coach Kevin Tant. “He has reached a level of maturity and skill that his teammates and I recognize as the reasons for his success. He will continue to strive for excellence in college and his talents will continue to grow at the next level.”
Bottegal was the 2018 Wildcats’ team captain. “Blake has the respect of our team’s parents and players for his demeanor,” Tant concluded.
Buck Brumlow is the April Elite Athlete of the Month representing Cartersville High School.
The freshman golfer won low medalist honors last week with an even-par 72 at the GHSA Class 4A-Area IV Championship to lead the Hurricanes to a region title and a second place area finish at Nob North Golf Club in Dalton. The team also qualified for the 36-hole, two-day Class 4A State Championship Tournament at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega May 21-22.
The son of Andy and Leslie Brumlow, Buck was low medalist this season at the Nob North Invitational with a 1-under par 71. He carded a 2-under par 70 at the Christian Heritage Invitational and had nine-hole match scores of 3-under par 33 and 2-under par 34 during the regular season.
“Buck is a hard working student-athlete with all A’s in his classes who is devoted to the game of golf,” added Canes’ head golf coach Reggie Perkins.
The Cass High School April Elite Athlete of the Month is Brianna Bullock.
The Lady Colonels’ soccer senior has been the starting goalkeeper since her sophomore season.
The daughter of Evelyn Bullock, Brianna recorded seven shutouts in net this season and helped lead her team into the state playoffs with wins in a pair of penalty shootout games.
“There were many games where she made all the difference,” noted Cass A.D. Nicky Moore. “Not only is she a great leader and motivator for her team, she is an excellent student with a great heart. She is a positive person who always looks for the best in people. She is truly an elite athlete that Cass High School will miss.”
Academically, Bullock has a 3.9 GPA and is a potential honor graduate. She has maintained above a 90% average through all of high school and has taken at least eight honors and AP classes.
Bullock plans to attend Truett-McConnell College in the fall on a soccer scholarship.
Kyle Martin is the Adairsville High School Elite Athlete of the Month.
A rising senior linebacker for the Tigers’ football team, he is the son of Shane and Tracy Martin.
“Kyle has shown an unbelievable work ethic as evident by his GPA and great strides in the weight room,” noted Adairsville head football coach Eric Bishop. “His unselfish personality makes him a great teammate. He leads by example in the classroom, weight room, and on the field.”
Last summer, Adairsville High School students had the privilege of working with former Navy Seals in leadership training and mental toughness. Coach Bishop has witnessed a transformation in Bishop as a result. “Since working with the former Navy Seals, Kyle has flourished as a leader,” said Bishop.
Martin has a 3.95 GPA taking Honors and AP classes. He plans to attend college after high school and has an aptitude for the sciences. Although he has not decided on a major, he is considering the medical or pharmaceutical field.
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.