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Tiger standouts on all-region squad
Members from boys and girls teams named to 7-AAA group
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Dawson County's Lady Tigers named eight players to the 7-AAA All-Region soccer team, the most selected on any team in the region.

Lady Tigers defender Sara Bywaletz, center midfielder Mckay Shively and forward Taylor Bennett were chosen for the first team.

The second team honors for Dawson were were goalie Anela Melton, defender Devon Coates, center midfielder Tina Libao, forward Mackenzie Callas and forward Emily Queen.

Bennett was also voted player of the year in the region, despite a shortened end to her season because of a knee injury.

The top 10 ranked Lady Tigers had a great season and finished with a 14-4 overall team record and a second place finish in the region standings.

Dawson County battled injuries all season, but was able to fight the adversity.

Graduating are seniors: Anela Melton, Meghan Picklesimer, Taylor Bennett, Sara Bywaletz, Ivonne Maldonado, Summer Armstrong, McKay Shively and Emily Stapler.

Coach Jed Lacey's boys soccer team also placed five players on the Region 7-AAA All-Region team.

Named to the first team were defender Josh Sage, midfielder David Velasquez, center midfielder Sal Mendoza, and forward Brandon Lund. On the second team is goalie Ty Anglin.

Dawson County boys played in the toughest region in Class AAA with three teams finishing in the top ten. Regular season conference champion, West Hall, won the state title and received a deserved #1-ranking. The Spartans completed the season with a 13-1-2 overall record defeating Calhoun in the state championship game. East Hall took a #6-ranking with a 14-6-1 overall record.

The Tigers are #7-ranked with a 12-4-2 record.

Lacey's Lady Tigers were defeated in the Elite Eight state playoff game by The Westminster School. Westminster went on to win the state title and a No. 1 ranking. Dawson County was 14-4-0 overall and received a No. 6 ranking.

Co-player of the year awards went to Eduardo Magana from West Hall and Leo Toledo from East Hall.

Don Brock from Lumpkin County was voted coach of the year for girls while Tim Gale from West Hall was named coach of the year for boys.

 

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