January 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 January 2023 Elite Athlete of the Month representing Adairsville High School is Colt McCord.
A sophomore, three-sport athlete, McCord is the son of Kurt and Brittney McCord.
McCord, who also plays football and is on the Tigers’ track & field team, is a 175-pound wrestler for Adairsville.
“Kolt is the prime example of what an Adairsville wrestler is supposed to be,” said Tigers’ head wrestling coach Spencer Jones. “He is the hardest worker we have in the practice room and challenges his teammates to match his work ethic. He never complains and always does what he is asked to do.”
McCord has a 4.0 GPA in Honors and Advanced Placement classes. He is also a Magnet Program student.
He is leaning towards pursuing a career in Engineering.
Tyler McKnight represents Cass High School as a January 2023 Elite Athlete of the Month.
A senior this year on the Colonels wrestling team, McKnight is attempting to place in the GHSA State Tournament for a fourth consecutive year. He was an individual state runner-up in 2022 and 2021 and was fifth in 2020.
McKnight is 26-1 during the 2022-23 season and has over 100 wins in his high school career. His only loss came to a multiple-time Florida state champion. His season record includes a 3-0 run in the recent GHSA State Duals Championship.
McKnight has committed to continue his academic and wrestling career at NCAA D-I Davidson College in North Carolina.
“Tyler has been a quiet leader during his four years at Cass High School,” stated Colonels’ head wrestling coach D.L. Koontz. “He is self-motivated, respectful, and a wonderful individual to be around. He will be genuinely missed by our program.”
McKnight, who has also been a member of the Cass track & field team all four years, is ranked tenth in his graduating class with a 3.9667 GPA. He is the son of Colby and Sharon McKnight.
The Woodland High School Elite Athlete of the Month for January 2023 is Andrew Thayer.
Thayer is a senior member of the Wildcats’ swim team. He is also on Woodland’s cross country and track & field teams.
“Andrew arrives at every practice ready for any routine I throw at him,” said Woodland swim coach Rebecca Beard-Arndt. “He is a leader in the water and on the track. He is a strong student and maintains a part-time job.”
Thayer and his 200-yard freestyle relay teammates have qualified for the GHSA State Meet January 31-February 4.
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Thayer is on the Woodland Athletics Leadership Team, Cat Paws, Explore the World Food Club, Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and is the school’s Journalism Editor.
The son of Dennis and Karen Thayer, he plans to attend the Naval Academy.
Sam Wiedetz is the January 2023 Elite Athlete of the Month for Cartersville High School.
A senior guard on the Canes’ basketball team, he is the son of Clark and Alison Wiedetz.
“Sam is a class act both on and off the floor,” said Cartersville boys’ head coach Mike Tobin. “He worked his way into valuable minutes on the varsity team after not playing last season. He is an outstanding role model who represents our school and basketball program very well. He works hard in the classroom and on the basketball coach. He has a very bright future.”
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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