Elite Athletes of the Month for August 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 August 2018:
Colbi Ballard, Cartersville HS Justice Carter, Woodland HS
Paige Cone, Adairsville HS
Madison Philpott, Cass HS
The Elite Athlete of the Month for August representing Cartersville High School is senior fast pitch softball hurler, Colbi Ballard.
The daughter of Dennis and April Ballard, Colbi also plays in the outfield for the Lady Canes.
Through the first dozen games this season, Ballard has a 4-4 recrod in six starts and nine pitching appearances. She has worked 44 and 2/3 innings in the circle with a 3.76 ERA. At the plate, she has a .382 batting average with four extra base hits including one home run and 12 RBI.
“Colbi continues to grow as a leader on and off the field,” said Lady Canes’ head coach Shannon Suarez. “She is leading the team offensively and in the pitching circle. She is a great competitor and teammate. She unselfishly puts the team’s needs first and for that, she is most deserving of this recognition.”
Ballard is an Honor Roll student taking A.P. and Honors courses. She is also a Beta Club member.
She plans to attend college and continue her softball playing career.
Justice Carter is the Woodland High School Elite Athlete of the Month for August.
The son of Nundall Carter, Justice also plays basketball and runs track for the Wildcats.
In Woodland’s opening night win at Southeast Whitfield, the senior paced the Wildcats’ offense with 221 yards rushing on 22 carries. He also scored a pair of touchdowns.
Always a leader on and off the field, Carter carries a 3.9 GPA in the classroom and wants to pursue a degree in Business Management while playing college football.
Paige Cone is the Elite Athlete for the month of August representing Adairsville High School.
A junior on the Tigers’ competition cheer squad and basketball cheer squad, Cone also competes with the Adairsville track and field team in the Spring.
The daughter of Chad and Honie Cone, Paige is a backspot with the competition team and one of the team’s captains.
Cone is recognized for her consistent hard work and leadership with her teammates. She is also a tremendous help to the coaching staff and is respected by everyone.
“Paige is one that you can always rely on to get the job done, no matter what it is,” said Adairsville cheer coach Kaylie Noe. “Since she joined us last year from Cass, she decided she was going to work hard to earn her spot on the team and she did just that. She stepped up her tumbling, stunting, and jump skills tremendously. She is a great cheerleader and we are blessed to have her.”
Cone is active in her church at Freedom Worship Center and is a Dual Enrollment student at Georgia Highlands College. She is also taking Honors/A.P. classes at the high school with a 3.9 GPA. She earned the Scholar Athlete award for competition cheer and basketball cheer.
Cone has a desire to stay local with her college selection. Ideally she will attend Kennesaw State University to pursue a career in Law or Math.
The August Elite Athlete of the Month for Cass High School is Madison Philpott.
Currently a junior, Philpott has participated with the Lady Colonels volleyball program for four years and with the varsity for the past three seasons. She was a starter for the JV team in her eighth grade year. Elected team captain this season, Philpott is the daughter of Roy and Jennifer Philpott.
She attends the BCCCA where she is a member of Skills USA. Additionally, she serves as a Cass High School Ambassador representing Cass High during events at the school. “Madison is a true representative of the values we want to emulate here at Cass High,” said Cass head coach Alan Potter. “She is a very kind person who goes out of her way to help others. On the court she is a consistent player. Her position as setter requires her to be a take charge person who is involved in almost every play on the court. Madison manages to be this strong player while being a friend to everyone on the team, a help to other players, and the type of player a coach can always count on. Madison has a don’t quit attitude and plays hard both in practice and during matches.”
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.