When photographer Meredith Chastain had husband Captain Josh Chastain return from several years in the United States Army, including two tours of Iraq, he immediately agreed to offer his military genius to Magic Moment Photography as needed in his spare time if the photography involved Gwinnett County Football. Otherwise he is busy with Civilian Life. We were dazzled by his formation of the Archer A involving Coach Andy Dyer and his Senior Tigers.
Captain Chastain did find time to attend the much anticipated “Corky Kell Classic” tournament which showcases leading area high school football teams that was recently held. Brookwood’s 2010 Broncos dominated Walton with a final score of 27-10. Shown breaking away is Bronco #23.
Okay, so we have overdone the jumping poses lately. But Grayson Varsity Softball Coach Jennifer Edwards looked amazed as her three Seniors --expressed their enthusiasm for a great sport often played in off the chart heat in Georgia summer. Jumping left to right are: Rachel McElroy 2, Courtney Lee 11 and Savanna Berkhiser 8. Coach Edwards, a 1999 Brookwood graduate is assisted in her Coaching by Coach Edwards, her brother who teaches at South Gwinnett High School.
Over at North Gwinnett High School, the Volleyball Seniors: Annie Wheeler, Michelle DeMaris, Virginia Hannah, Ashleigh Clark and Brianna Wormsbymanage to look cool in a sport that in Georgia is generally played in un-air-conditioned gyms.
Also showing an unusual amount of cool are brothers Geramy and Stephan Ponteau, age 4, pivotal players in the Snellville First Baptist Soccer League . The brothers are big fans of soccer, building with blocks and especially Alvin and the Chipmunks. Geramy goes by his Chipmunk alias “Simon” and Stephan answers to “Theodore.”
The fact that Gwinnett County has enough great athletes to merit our new Sports Hall of Fame can probably be traced to young families like that of the James who spend a lot of time on local athletics. Like most families with 4 children, Mom claims there are “no fights and no arguments”. Trevor aka T.J., age 13 plays football as does 10 year old brother Tyler. Tiffany age 8 is a Grayson Athletic Association cheerleader while (almost) 3 year old Tahlia shares the family “Social Butterfly” title with her older sister.
I was delighted to meet new Central Gwinnett High School Head Varsity Football Coach Todd Wofford as well as his wife and daughters. He comes with assistant coaching experience from Presbyterian College (his alma mater) and more recent experience at Peachtree Ridge and Gainesville High Schools. What struck me besides his impressive credentials, is that Mascot-wise he has gone the distance from Red Elephants (Gaineville) to Black Knights (CGHS) . The 2010 edition of the Black Knights are just one more reason to welcome fall!