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April 2023 Elite Athletes of the Month

December 2020 Elite Athletes of the Month
April 2023 Elite Athletes of the Month

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 the opportunity to name an Elite Athlete of the Month from their varsity programs and present the information on their honoree through Bartow Sports Zone and on 100.3FM and AM1450, WBHF in Cartersville.


The April 2023 Elite Athlete of the Month representing Cartersville High School is Anna Grace Boone. A senior member of the Lady Canes’ track and field team, Boone is Region 7-5A champion and Bartow County champion in the 800 meter and 1600 meter run. She is also a key member of the 4x400 meter relay team that also won the Region 7-5A and Bartow County titles.

Boone has won eight of ten races this season in the 800 meter and 1600 meter runs. She also placed fifth in the 1600 meter run at Friday Night Lights in Rome — a premier track and field meet for high school athletes.

“Anna Grace possesses all the qualities coaches look for in their athletes. She remains coachable, hardworkings, competitive, disciplined, and unselfishly puts her team above herself,” noted Cartersville coach Shannon Suarez. “She will face any challenge head on with gusto and strength. She strives for excellence on the track and in the classroom.” “She’s a ferocious competitor,” added distance coach Kevin Paulk. “There’s no feat too great for Anna Grace.”

Boone’s academic achievements include a 4.6 overall GPA. She is an AP Scholar, Senior Superlative, a completer of the Cartersville High School Healthcare Pathway, an intern at Piedmont Cartersville Hospital, and a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta.

The daughter of Ted and Karen Boone, Anna Grace plans to attend the University of Georgia as a pre-med student majoring in biology. She plans to pursue a career as a neurologist.

The Cass High School Elite Athlete of the Month for April 2023 is Kaitlyn Godwin.

A junior two-sport athlete, Godwin is a member of the Lady Colonels’ basketball team and a track standout.

Godwin won the Region 7-5A championship in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meter sprints for the third year in a row. She also anchored the Lady Colonels’ region champion 4x100 meter relay team.

Last season, she finished just outside the Georgia Class 5A finals in the 200 meters, placing ninth in the state. This season Godwin has already qualified for the state sectional meet at Jefferson High School and seeks to qualify for the state finals. The daughter of James and Megan Godwin, Kaitlyn was also a big contributor for the Lady Colonels’ basketball team and will be expected to take on a leadership role next season. Godwin also excels in the classroom with a 3.95 GPA. She is currently ranked in the top 20 percent of her junior class.

The Woodland High School Elite Athlete of the Month for April 2023 is Peter Heins.

The Line One singles player for the Wildcats’ tennis team, Heins is a fierce competitor and a positive leader for his team.

“Peter has been a strong leader for us,” said Woodland tennis coach Levi Hibbard. “He won a long, two-hour match at Jefferson in the first round of the state playoffs. That victory was ultimately the deciding match that advanced our team to the Sweet Sixteen round. No matter the score, Peter battles and has persevered on the court playing our opponents’ best player.

Heins is a junior and the son of Philip and Allyson Heins.

He excels in the classroom taking college level courses.

Coach Hibbard added, “Peter’s commitment to success in both academics and athletics is what makes him the perfect example of a student-athlete.”

Aliya McBryde represents Adairsville High School as an April 2023 Elite Athlete of the Month.

A junior and member of the Lady Tigers’ basketball and track and field teams, McBryde is the daughter of Nicole Collins.

“Aliya is the only person I’ve coached in the hurdles who 3-stepped on her first day,” commented Adairsville track and field coach Terry Gough. “She has a great work ethic, has excellent athleticism, takes pride in how she performs, and has an outstanding personality.”

McBryde competes in the 100 meter high hurdles, the 300 meter low hurdles, and is a high jumper.

She had qualified for the state sectionals three times in the 100 meter hurdles, won the region title three times, and twice qualified for the state final meet. McBryde broke the 100 meter high hurdle record this season with a time of 15.68. The record had previously stood at the school since 2009.

With a 4.0 GPA taking Honors and Advanced Placement courses, McBryde is a member of the AHS Magnet Program and BETA club. She plans to attend college to study Zoology.


Editors Note: Photos and bios are supplied to Bartow Sports Zone and WBHF by the respective schools and their athletic departments. Elite Stone Supply Co., LLC is the monthly sponsor. Athletes receive a plaque along with recognition during a radio feature on WBHF.


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