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These 7 Dawson County athletes signed to colleges across the country
Seven Dawson County High School seniors signed their letter of intent to continue their athletic career collegiately on Friday, May 7. From top left to bottom right, Jake Craft, Kinkade Weaver, Tyler Lane, Dakohta Sonnichsen, Molly Muenchen, Kenzie Smith, Caleb Bonesteel. Photo by Jacob Smith.

On Friday, May 7, seven Dawson County High School athletes, representing four sports at the school, signed to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level.

Four football players participated in Friday’s signing. Four-year varsity starter Caleb Bonesteel will take his leg power to Wingate University in North Carolina to continue his kicking career. Bonesteel was first-team All-Region in football and in soccer this past season. 

“In my thirty years of coaching, Caleb is easily in the top 3 of kickers I’ve ever worked with,” Tigers head coach Sid Maxwell said. “The sky is the limit.” 

Dakohta Sonnichsen signed with Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Sonnichsen finished first-team All-Region this season as a wide receiver and was an All-Region Honorable Mention as the Tigers’ punter this past season. Sonnichsen never played defense for the Tigers as well, never coming off the field. 

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In his junior season, Sonnichsen led the Tigers in receptions (44), receiving yards (891) and receiving touchdowns (8). He was second in receiving yards in both his sophomore and senior season. 

Kinkade Weaver signed to continue punishing offenses at Reinhardt University. Weaver sat out for his entire junior year with injury, but made up for it in 2020 by leading the Tigers’ defense in tackles and earning All-Region second-team honors. Weaver was also All-Region Honorable Mention in baseball this year. 

Defensive coordinator Bradley Fowler spoke on behalf of the Tigers’ coaching staff and shared a story that Weaver had not wanted to be a leader, but inevitably fell into the role at the first-round playoff win against Adairsville this season. 

After spending just one season as a Tiger, Tyler Lane will leave the program headed to Shorter University. Lane spent the first three years of his high school career at West Forsyth High School and took over as a dominant red-zone receiver for the Tigers. 

Lane earned All-Region second team and was All-Region Honorable Mention on the basketball team this year. 

Jake Craft also only spent one season on the Tigers’ basketball team but made his impact felt immediately. Craft was the Tigers’ leading scorer and scored the 1,000th point of his high school career this past season. Craft was All-Region first team and All-Tournament first team. Craft signed to continue his basketball career at Berry College. 

“I’m thankful for how quickly everybody at Dawson County made this feel like a family to me,” Craft said. “It was a great atmosphere to finish my high school career in.” 

Molly Muenchen will leave the Tigers’ soccer program with more accolades than any other player, even after being sidelined throughout 2021 with a leg injury. In just two and a half seasons, Muenchen is the all-time goal-scoring leader, has the most goals scored in a season and most goals scored in a game. 

Muenchen is headed to Valdosta State University to continue her soccer career. Lady Tigers head coach Chess Hamby described Muenchen as a “generational talent” and said she could never be replaced. 

While Muenchen makes the move across the state, Kenzie Smith will move just down the street to Truett McConnell University to continue her golf career. 

TMU head coach Steve Patton attended Smith’s signing and said that both the men’s and women’s golf teams will attend the National Tournament this year and they believe Smith will be the perfect addition to an already successful team.