With officials shutting down schools across Georgia because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the high school spring sports season is in peril.
Here are 12 elite Georgia athletes across seven sports whose high school seasons and careers might end too soon.
*Sarah Wilson, Denmark (gymnastics): As a junior, Wilson became her new school’s first state champion when she achieved the highest all-around score in the state meet, posting a 38.8 to win the individual competition in Class A/AAAAA. Wilson won the uneven parallel bars (10.0), vault (9.8) and floor exercise (9.7) and finished fourth in the balance beam (9.3). The gymnastics state meet, slated for April 25, is the first spring championship and most in danger. If Wilson doesn’t suit up agains for Denmark, her next school team will be Yale University. [See highlights of Wilson.]
*Jordan Walker, Decatur (baseball): Projected as a third baseman, the 6-foot-5 Walker has been rated the nation’s No. 1 college prospect by Perfect Game USA. He was set for a big senior season after batting .519 with 17 home runs and 60 RBI with 24 stolen bases as a junior. MLB.com ranks him the No. 20 prospect, No. 8 among high school players, for the 2020 MLB Draft. If Walker doesn’t take the field for Decatur again, or sign a pro contract, his next school team will be Duke University. [See Walker’s prospect video.] [See two Walker home runs at a sophomore.]
*Astrid Wheeler, Westminster (girls soccer): Wheeler, a midfielder, is the only five-star senior recruit playing for her Georgia high school team, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. Westminster was 6-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAA when the season was suspended. It was looking like a sixth straight state title for the Atlanta private school. If Wheeler never appears again on the pitch for Westminster, her next school team will be Stanford University.
*Josiah Blanton, Roswell (boys soccer): Blanton, a defender, is one of the four Georgia high school soccer players given four-star recruiting rankings by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Blanton is the only one playing for his high school team. (Two have turned pro.) He’s listed as a midfielder on his high school team. If Blanton doesn’t play again for the Hornets, his next school team will be James Madison University.
*Anne Marie Hiser, North Paulding (girls tennis): Hiser entered her senior season with a 30-1 career record and two Paulding County player-of-the-year awards. She’s been rated a top-50 prospect in her class the past four seasons by TennisRecruiting.net. If Hiser doesn’t play again for North Paulding, her next school team will be the University of Alabama.
*Joshua Raab, Etowah (boys tennis): Raab is the No. 1 high school prospect in Georgia, according to TennisRecruiting.net. He’s No. 25 nationally. As a junior last season, he was 12-0 at No. 1 singles, the closest set 6-2. He’s lost only one match in his high school career. If Raab doesn’t play another match for Etowah, his next school team will be the University of Tennessee.
*Katelyn Morgan, Walton (girls lacrosse): Morgan scored 98 goals and dealt out 51 assists as a junior leading a young Walton team to the state quarterfinals. She was the Cobb County player of the year. She’s a two-time US Lacrosse All-American and two-time DiVarsity 6A/7A player of the year. She’s the No. 47 senior prospect nationally, according to InsideLacrosse.com. If Morgan doesn’t play again for Walton, her next school team will be James Madison University.
*Eric Malever, Woodward Academy (boys lacrosse): Eric Malever entered his senior season with 450 points in his career, which ranks third all-time in Georgia, according to Laxrecords.com. His scoring average of 8.04 per game is the highest in state history. He was the second in state history to have 200 career goals and 200 career points. If Malever doesn’t play again for Woodward Academy, his next school team will be the University of Maryland.
*Jasmine Jones, Greater Atlanta Christian (girls track and field): Jones swept the 200 meters, the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump at the 2019 Class AAA meet as a junior. She also ran on winning 4x400-meter and 4x100 relay teams. She has 11 state titles in her career. Jones was named the Gatorade Georgia girls track and field athlete of the year. MileSplit ranks her the No. 5 track-and-field recruit nationally. If Jones never runs again as a Spartan of GAC, she’ll next compete for a school team as a Trojan of Southern Cal.
*Myles Collins, Archer (boys track and field): Collins won the Class AAAAAAA cross country met last fall with a course record of 15:46.77 – 20 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. During this brief track season, he’s run the state’s best times in the 800 (1:56.30), 1,600 (4:08.78) and 3,200 meters (8:57.65). His time in the 1,600 meters ranks No. 2 nationally. This would be Collins’ last chance to win a state title in track and field. If Collins doesn’t run again for Archer, his next school team will be Georgia Tech.
*Kady Foshaug, Roswell (girls golf): Foshaug is a two-time former Georgia PGA Junior player of the year and was the runner-up at the Georgia PGA Junior Championship in 2019, shooting a three-round 227. She’s been on Roswell’s golf team since she was a freshman. This would’ve been her last shot at a high school state champion. If Foshaug doesn’t get that opportunity, her next school team will be Austin Peay University.
*Luke Phillips, Starr's Mill (boys golf): Phillips is ranked No. 1 among Georgia seniors and No. 79 nationally. He’s been part of state championship teams at Starr’s Mill as a sophomore and a junior. He was the Class AAAAA low medalist as a sophomore. If Phillips doesn’t tee off again for Starr’s Mill, his next school team will be Kennesaw State.
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