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MEET THE 2016-2017 EAGLES
Welcome to the newest segment of our website where we will introduce the next generation of Etowah Basketball
Lewis Simonson - interview 6/18/16 from a hotel room in FL
Simonson is a senior guard for the boys basketball team and is back after taking a year off to focus on school. We are happy to have him playing ball again. He has been playing at a high level and brought some much needed leadership to the program. Now surrounded by a team that is focused and working hard since June, Simonson is flourishing on and off the court. His performance this summer at Florida and Georgia State team camps earned him an invite to Emory Universities Elite Players invite only camp.
He has played a big role in the development of Jr Eagles, working Etowah's team camp, coaching the Blue Jays this summer. He noted that the kids camp was a lot of fun and he really enjoyed it. "The games were insane!" He was most proud that his team played as a team and made it to the quarterfinals.
Favorite Movie - Internship
Sports Movie - Coach Carter
Favorite Players - Isaiah Thomas and Reggie Miller
Favorite Team - Atlanta Hawks (his favorite was when the Hawks played the Cleveland Cavaliers during their 19 game win streak in 2015. "Phillips Arena was electric"
If he could meet one person in history: Albert Einstein
Simonson says his biggest influence has been his Dad. "He stays on me about going to the gym, and asking me about my games. He will shoot with me and is always there for me."
Lewis' brother, Thomas, is a sophomore at Etowah. Both Lewis and Thomas grew up in Woodstock, having gone to Boston Elementary and Booth Middle. They played basketball throughout and used to play soccer.
Lewis' favorite game was his sophomore season when he scored 25 points on rival Woodstock.
A new coach, new system, and new everything he says brought him back to the hardwood. He say's he likes the presence of this team and he's happy to be back and part of the it again.
"The goal this year is a Region Championship. When we start winning the community is going to really rally behind us and show up for games." - Lewis Simonson 6/18/16
Charlie Parker - JV Boys Head Coach and Etowah Graduate
When Allen Whitehart was named Head Boys Basketball coach in April of 2016, Charlie Parker was one of the first coaches he hired. Coach Parker, previously head coach at Duluth High School on the girls side, was ready to come home.
Parker, an Etowah graduate, is an Eagle once again, this time as Head Coach of the JV Boys and assistant on Varsity. He's been instrumental in uniting the Etowah alumni and organizing our December 16th ALUMNI night vs Sequoyah where the throwback game will be played in the old gym.
Parker recalls the best game he ever saw, in 2005, when Etowah was a 5OT winner vs Eastside in the 1st round of State.
Favorite Coach - Coach Morrisey - pitching at Etowah when Parker played.
Favorite Player - Yonel Brown - Berkmar/KSU
Best Player he ever coached - Chris Singleton - FSU/NBA, Wizards
Favorite Sports Movie - Hoosiers
Personal: Married to Lauren and live in Woodstock. They have 2 boys, Benson and Jackson.
Coach Parker was an assistant at Etowah before coaching at Berkmar for 5 years as an asst. That led him to being the head girls coach at Duluth for 2 seasons. We welcome him back and he's excited about putting Etowah Basketball on the map.
"I want to see a winner at Etowah. This community wants it bad. And when we do, it's going to be amazing." - Coach Charlie Parker
Hayden Neal- Varsity Girls Player
Senior Hayden Neal is a Power Forward/Post for the girls’ basketball program. Hayden has played Varsity ball since she was a sophomore. She started playing basketball in 4th grade and the fever for basketball was developed. She never tires of basketball. Hayden would love to pursue basketball in college. Hayden’s goal for this basketball season is to win Regions!
Girls Head Coach Trip Holton had this to say about Hayden: “Hayden is hard working, smart, and a good teammate. As a senior, she is going to be a leader as well as major contributor to the Lady Eagles this season.”
Hayden has a twin sister, Marlee. Marlee is on the Varsity Cheer football/basketball squad. Hayden also has a younger sister Raynah who is a 4th grader following in her footsteps and plays 5th grade Jr. Eagles Basketball.
Sports Movie: Love & Basketball
Favorite players: Maya Moore and Brianna Stewart
Basketball team: UConn Girls
Person in History she would most like to meet: Jesus
Kam Hickey - interview from FL hotel room 6/18/16
Kam is an Eagles power forward who leads by example thru determination and toughness. Kam, born in GA and grew up in Acworth, moved in 7th grade to Woodstock and attended Booth Middle School. New to the area, Kam was cut as an 8th grader but didn't let that stop him from working on his game and improving. He made the team as a 9th grader and started for the Eagles all summer, contributing on both ends of the floor. He earned camp invites from Longwood U. and Belmont this summer after the Eagles traveled to U. of Florida and Georgia State for team camps.
Movie - Menace to Society
Sports Movie - Gridiron Gang
Basketball Movie - Glory Road
Favorite Player - Dwayne Wade
Favorite Team - Charlotte Hornets
Person in history he'd most like to meet? Frederick Douglas, a former slave who became a writer and abolitionist. "I learned a lot about him in US History."
His favorite teacher is Ms. Henderson, Chemistry. "She pushes me to study and do my work, even though I don't love chemistry."
His favorite game was vs Roswell at home. He says he wasn't scoring much but he didn't get down on himself. "I got a ton of rebounds and played great D. When I do that it's going to be hard for us to lose."
His biggest influence is his mom, Karen, "She pushes me to be a better person and player."
He has 3 siblings in the area as well. His older brothers QJ and Brod and sister Danielle.
Kam really enjoyed working the kids camp this summer as his team, the Leopards, won the championship! "It was cool to be the coach and feel what it is like to be helpless. I saw some really talented kids willing to work, learn, and get better. It was fun to see the kids look up to me and my other teammates."
Kam wants to be the guy that does everything for the team and tougher on defense. "I want to earn the reputation around the state that when you play Etowah that you are going to have to bring it versus us because we are going to compete."
This summer he saw a change in the team attitude and commitment. "I liked how we handled adversity better than the past and fought back a lot this summer."
His goals are to make all region team, possibly all state and win the region. Adding, "go 3-0 vs Woodstock too." He says team goals include making the Elite 8 this year and bring playoff games to Etowah's home court.
"The community will really embrace our success and pack the gym." - Kam Hickey 6/18/16
ETOWAH EAGLES BASKETBALL IS COMING
"It's not where you begin that matters, it's where you end up that makes all the difference."
The Etowah Eagles have opened the 2016-17 season this week with much excitement and enthusiasm. The new coaching staff, led by Allen Whitehart, has been met with tremendous support from the Woodstock community, parents, administration, and boosters. The coaching staff as a whole is energized by all the support and the players have responded to all of this weeks challenges and after just one week have made tremendous strides in such a short time.
2016-2017 Etowah basketball players conditioning on the track
Fundamentals at Breakfast Club
Adrian Cohen Working with a Jr Eagle
Coach Parker and Coach Whitehart
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