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Maddie Anglin and Jaden Gibson named as 2021 DCN Athletes of the Year
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Senior Maddie Anglin and sophomore Jaden Gibson were named the 2021 Dawson County News Athletes of the Year at the inaugural Athlete of the Year Banquet held on Wednesday, May 12. 

Anglin led the Dawson County girls basketball team, earning a spot on the All-Region team and scoring the 1,000th point of her high school career. She averaged 17.6 points per game for the Tigers and was a member of the North Georgia All-Star Game Classic.

“Winning Athlete of the Year was a great honor and one of my biggest accomplishments in my basketball career,” Anglin said. “It made me feel loved by the community around me. I think it was what I needed to officially put my basketball career to rest.”

Anglin has been playing basketball from a very young age and credits her father for giving her an irreplaceable love of the game and pushing her to be her best. Despite having offers from multiple schools to continue her basketball career, Anglin has decided to end her basketball career and attend the University of Georgia to major in Biology on a Pre-Med track. 

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Madison Anglin - DCN 2021 Athlete of the Year

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“With her significant contributions to Dawson County basketball, Maddie Anglin has made herself a household name in sporting homes throughout our community,” Tigers volleyball coach and former assistant basketball coach Tanya Porter said at the banquet. 

Anglin hopes to leave a legacy of hard work with underclassmen on the basketball team. She said that she sees all the potential that the team she leaves behind has and hopes that they buy-in to the program that head coach Eric Herrick has set it place. 

“Sports have shown me that hard work does pay off in the long run,” Anglin said. “I found a new mindset through sports which made me more dedicated to the things I do every day and also made me cherish the moments I have before they’re gone. My whole life was centered around playing sports and I made friendships with teammates and coaches that will last a lifetime.”

Gibson was nominated to the All-Region team for both basketball and football in 2020. The Tigers football coaches named him the Player of the Year as he threw, caught and ran for a touchdown. On the basketball court, Gibson had a team-high of 18 assists in a game and was nominated for the North Georgia Underclassmen All-Star game. 

Jaden Gibson - Athlete of the Year

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“With her significant contributions to Dawson County basketball, Maddie Anglin has made herself a household name in sporting homes throughout our community,” Tigers volleyball coach and former assistant basketball coach Tanya Porter said at the banquet. 

Anglin hopes to leave a legacy of hard work with underclassmen on the basketball team. She said that she sees all the potential that the team she leaves behind has and hopes that they buy-in to the program that head coach Eric Herrick has set it place. 

“Sports have shown me that hard work does pay off in the long run,” Anglin said. “I found a new mindset through sports which made me more dedicated to the things I do every day and also made me cherish the moments I have before they’re gone. My whole life was centered around playing sports and I made friendships with teammates and coaches that will last a lifetime.”

Gibson was nominated to the All-Region team for both basketball and football in 2020. The Tigers football coaches named him the Player of the Year as he threw, caught and ran for a touchdown. On the basketball court, Gibson had a team-high of 18 assists in a game and was nominated for the North Georgia Underclassmen All-Star game. 


“Winning Athlete of the Year meant a lot to me especially because of the great community at Dawson and everyone that had my back through the years that I’ve played at Dawson,” Gibson said. “It really meant a lot.”

Gibson said that it was not his statistics or accolades that he wants to be remembered for at Dawson County, saying that he hopes people remember him as a good person, driven to succeed at every level. 

“He is a fierce competitor,” Tigers assistant basketball coach Will Anglin said at the banquet. “He’s super unselfish and it was a joy to coach him.” 

Though he is only finishing his sophomore year, Gibson’s time at DCHS will come to a close as he transfers to Rabun County High School next season. Gibson said his favorite memory of his time as a Tiger was watching his best friend, defensive lineman Cade Adams, score a touchdown on a fumble recovery during the first-round playoff game at Adairsville last season. 

“Sports overall has meant so much to me by meeting so many great people along the journey and creating many more friendships on the road ahead,” Gibson said. 

Junior Caroline Cranford, senior Bella Henson and sophomores Emily Kurtz and Kirklyn Porter were recognized at the Awards Banquet as female finalists. Seniors Joakeim Celestin, Luke Hamby, Brendan Swafford and Kinkade Weaver were all recognized as male finalists alongside Gibson.


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