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Cherokee county students win history competition

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A Cherokee County School District team took home the top prize in a statewide history competition.

The Freedom Middle School eighth-grade history bowl team recently earned first place at the annual Jimmy Carter Academic History Bowl Competition in Plains, the school district announced. The team won all rounds in the competition against teams from across Georgia. Teams are tested in their knowledge of U.S. presidential history, U.S. history, world history, geography and economics. As part of the event, the Freedom Middle team also toured President Jimmy Carter’s boyhood home and Andersonville Civil War Prison. The Cherokee County school board and superintendent will recognize the team at an upcoming school board meeting.

Former Cherokee High School standout, and current Kennesaw State third baseman, Taylor Cates, was named ASUN Player of the Week on March 13, making it three career weekly honors.

With her third award, Cates tied Courtney Sutter for the most in Kennesaw State history. This weekly award is her first since February of 2022.

The Canton native went 9-for-20 at the plate last week with three runs, 11 RBIs and 18 total bases. She posted back-to-back games with multiple hits, three RBIs and two doubles in each game against UCF and Toledo. She continues to build on a decorated career after starting all 51 games for Kennesaw State during the 2022 season, and setting the Owls’ Division-I single-season records in home runs with 19 and total bases with 133. She was an ASUN All-Conference first team and an All-Academic honoree last season.

Free food and other essentials will be distributed to anyone who needs them March 22 in Canton, from the Atlanta Braves Home Plate Project with support of local nonprofits.

Fresh produce, frozen meats, non-perishables, Chick-fil-A sandwiches and hygiene kits will be distributed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 22 in the parking lot of Action Church, 271 Marietta Road in Canton.

The project is supported by the Atlanta Braves Foundation, Chick-fil-A, MUST Ministries, CHOICES and SERV International.

According to MUST Ministries, the nonprofit expects to serve about 300 families. Organizers ask that people register before attending the distribution event.

To register, visit TFA Forms dot com.  

A new shoe store is opening in Canton Marketplace later this month, and grand opening giveaways include four tickets to an Atlanta Braves game.

Shoe Station, a business that offers footwear and accessories from various name brands, is hosting a grand opening weekend event March 24 through March 26.

Shoppers in attendance will have the chance to win a $300 Shoe Station gift card, as well as a mystery reward card up to $100 for the first 100 customers in store over the weekend. Shoppers can also win a cash prize of $500 or $1,000.

For sports fans at the store during the grand opening weekend, there will be a chance to win four tickets to the April 22 Atlanta Braves game against the Houston Astros. The prize will also include food and drinks. There will also be a chance to meet former University of Georgia and current Tennessee Titans linebacker Monty Rice from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 25. Later that day from 2 to 3:30 p.m., shoppers will also have the chance to meet former Atlanta Braves outfielder and Atlanta Falcons defensive back Brian Jordan.

Grand opening festivities will be from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 24, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 25 and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 26.

The annual First Friday concert series is returning to downtown Canton in May, followed by several more performances throughout the summer and fall, the city announced Wednesday.

Kicking off the concert series May 5 is The Return, a Beatles tribute band, followed by a performance from The Troubadour Project on June 2. Other performances will include visits by The Rupert’s Orchestra on 7, Elton Live — the Elton John Experience on Aug. 4, Purple Madness on Sept. 1 and On the Border — the Ultimate Eagles Tribute on Oct. 6.

Each concert is 6-9 p.m. at Cannon Park, 130 East Main St. in downtown Canton. Canton is also hosting the 2023 Georgia Downtown Association Conference in the downtown area Aug. 22, and citizens are invited to attend “Terrific Tuesday.” Bumpin’ The Mango will perform 6-9 p.m. that evening.

Sponsorships are available now. For more information, visit Canton GA dot gov.

The Etowah boys lacrosse team picked up its seventh win in a 13-3 victory over Peachtree Ridge on Tuesday.

At 7-2 through the first five weeks of the 2023 season, the Eagles have already matched last year’s win total and are looking for more.

Etowah is riding a five-game winning streak that began March 3 with a 14-1 blowout of Campbell. After finishing 7-11 last year, the Eagles look to build on their start as the schedule gets tougher.

Etowah outscored its opponents 95-44 over the first nine games this season and 62-10 over the last five outings. It allowed just one goal each to Campbell, East Paulding and North Atlanta.

The least amount of goals the Eagles gave up in a game in 2022 was four.

On the offensive side, Etowah scored in double digits in six of nine games and is averaging 10.6 goals per game. It averaged 9.4 goals per game in 2022.

Attackers Ryder Neuhoff and Jack Kosten have led the Eagles’ offense this year, with Carter Presnell patrolling the midfield. Josh Faile is a big reason why Etowah is allowing just 4.9 goals per game alongside goalkeeper Gavin Jaegers. Coach Mike Cintineo said Faile shuts down the top opposing player each game. As successful as Etowah has been over the first five weeks, its schedule becomes much more difficult with more area games and four non-area games upcoming against opponents with records above .500. The Eagles have already beaten one area opponent in River Ridge but still have Dalton, Sequoyah, Woodstock  and Creekview on its slate.

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