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October 2016 Basketball Blast












Are you ready for some Basketball!!


Its almost time for another exciting season of Etowah Basketball.  Back by popular demand is our wonderful newsletter, the Basketball Blast.  Please do not unsubscribe or you will miss out on important news and emails throughout the season.






Picture Day


Basketball Picture Day
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 -- Etowah New Gym
All pictures will be taken after practice



Picture Schedule:
6:00..................Photographer Arrives and Sets Up
                            Coaches Families Arrive
6:30..................Boys and Girls Coaches and Families (6)
6:45..................Varsity, JV and Freshman Boys Individual and Team (36)
7:15..................Varsity Boys' Poster (15)
7:30..................Varsity and JV Girls Individual and Team (23)
8:00..................Varsity Girls Poster (12) 





Meet The Team


Jackie Edwards and Alisha Paul have done a wonderful job planning for this year's Meet the Team. We will have the event in the Etowah East Cafeteria on Thursday,  November 3rd at 7:30pm. We know our teams are not finalized but ask returning player parents to please sign up for items to feed our players, coaches, and families.


Meet The Team Sign Up








Remind 101


Are you getting text via Remind 101?  If not follow these instructions:

  • girls basketball please text the message @etowahti to the number 81010.
  • boys basketball please text the message @bballeh to the number 81010.

Standard Text Message rates apply; text sent based upon varsity and sub-varsity teams





Meet The Eagles





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 5 OT winner vs Eastside in the 1st round of State. 

Coach - Coach Morrisey - pitching at Etowah when Parker played
Player - Yonel Brown - Berkmar/KSU
Best Player he ever coached - Chris Singleton - FSU/NBA, Wizards
Sports Movie - Hoosiers

Personal: Married to Lauren and lives 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 assistant coach. 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."


Movie: Grease

Sports Movie: Love & Basketball

Players: Maya Moore and Brianna Stewart

Basketball team: UConn Girls

Person in History she would most like to meet: Jesus


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.






Kam Hickey-- Varsity Boys Player


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

Player - Dwayne Wade

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





Lewis Simonson-- Varsity Boys Player

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. 

Movie - Internship
Sports Movie - Coach Carter
Players - Isaiah Thomas and Reggie Miller
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






Thanks to Savvi Formalwear for sponsoring tuxedos for the Boys Varsity photo shoot






Key Upcoming Dates


Mark your calendar for some key upcoming dates:

  • Basketball Tryouts start Monday October 31st 
  • Picture Day Wednesday November 2nd
  • Meet the Team Thursday November 3rd
  • Varsity Scrimmage Games against Kell Tuesday Nov 8th








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Etowah Tip Off Club



February Basketball Blast

All Eagles, All the Time!!
Awards Ceremony March 14th
The Etowah Basketball Awards Ceremony will be Monday, March 14th beginning at5:30pm at Etowah High School.  An invitation by the Awards Committee will be sent by the end of this week.  There is no cost for players or their families.
Varsity Girls go to State for Second Year in a Row
The Lady Eagles made the trip to State for the second year in a row and battled hard against a very tough Archer team. Way to go Lady Eagles!!!
All Region 2nd Team Selections
Congratulations to seniors Mackenzi Leigh and Ryan Grigsby.  Both were selected to theAll Region 2nd Team.  
Letter Jacket Fitting

On Thursday morning, March 4 at 7:30, a representative from Neff will be available in the C lobby for letter jacket fittings.  Jackets ordered at that time or soon after will be delivered around April 18.  Forms are available in the Athletic office and the attendance office.

Tip Off Club Meeting Monday, March 7th at 7pm
Please mark your calendar to attend the final Tip Off Club meeting of this season.  Elections will be held for Tip Off Club officers. The meeting will be held in the new gym.
Etowah Football Spring Pine Straw Sales
The Etowah Football program's annual pine straw and mulch sale is underway! Delivery is scheduled for the weekend of April 15-17. Orders will be due by March 25.  Free delivery with 10 bale/bag or combo minimum.  Any orders with less than the minimum can be picked up at school during these dates.  Delivery is within Etowah district ONLY. Any sales that occur outside of the district will be the players/players family's responsibility to deliver.  Pine straw will sell for $5/bale and premium mulch with 1 year guarantee (black or brown) will sell for $5/bag.
Etowah Tip Off Club

January Basketball Blast

All Eagles, All the Time!!
Varsity Girls Place Second in
Westminster Holiday Classic
Boys Finish Third
We are so proud of our varsity program.  The Lady Eagles placed second in the Championship game against Marietta High School. The  Varsity boys had a solid team win over a good Marietta boys team.
Congratulations Mackenzi Leigh and Ryan Grigsby
Both seniors were selected to the All Tournament Team in the Westminster Holiday Classic.
Etowah hosts another successful Christmas Tournament
We cannot thank the volunteers enough for their hard work during another successful Christmas Tournament at Etowah. There were 25 games starting the day after Christmas with several schedule adjustments.  Everyone was very understanding and adjusted their plans to make sure that all our shifts were covered in the true spirit of the Etowah basketball nation.
Regional Tournament at Etowah in February 
Etowah High School is pleased to serve as host for the Region 5-AAAAAA Basketball Tournament February 8th -13th.  There will be 18 teams.  We need volunteers to assist with concessions, host/hostesses for teams, the hospitality suite, player board, etc.  A sign up genius will be going out next week. We also are asking for donations from area businesses for water, drinks and sponsoring of meals for the hospitality suite.  A letter will be posted to our website that parents and players can take to businesses to ask for donations.
We really need the participation of all parents as this is a very high profile event for the basketball program at Etowah High school.
CCJBC Western Regional Tournament at Etowah
Etowah High School will also host the CCJBC Western Regional Tournament for the
Jr Eagles program the weekends of January 30th-31st and February 6th-7th. This will be a big fundraiser for the Etowah program with over 75 games played these two weekends.  While the Jr Eagle parents will primarily volunteer, we will need assistance from our Freshman, JV and Varsity parents as well (especially parents experienced in working the table).
Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for some key upcoming dates:
  • Senior Night January 22nd
  • Jr Eagles Western Regional beginning January 30th
  • Tip Off Club Meeting February 1st
  • Region 5-AAAAAA Basketball Tournament February 8th -13th



December Basketball Blast

All Eagles, All the Time!!
2015 William Fox Christmas Tournament
We are hosting basketball games for the 2015 William Fox Christmas Tournament December 26th thru December 29th at the gyms of Etowah High School. The Jr Eagles teams will be participating. This is a major fundraiser for the Jr Eagles and Etowah Basketball programs.  We desperately need your help filling positions for gate (over 18 please) and concessions.  Use the link below to sign up:

Ugly Christmas Sweater
Great Fun

The student section including our cheerleaders and the band made our first Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest a great success.  We thank our sponsor, NY Style Deli and Pizza by Mansi, for donating our prizes for the contest.
Concession Stand
Please remember to let us know if you cannot make your shift for the concession stand and who you have found to cover your shift.  Please check the Etowah website at the link below to see when you are scheduled to volunteer.   Jackie Edwards also sends an email to remind volunteers of their shift a couple of days prior.
Varsity Girl and Boys Poster
Families receive one free varsity poster and can pick up their poster in the concession stand.  Additional posters will now be offered at cost which is $4 per poster. 
Posters can be purchased in the concession stand and make wonderful Christmas presents for family and friends.
 Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear orders will hopefully be shipped by the vendor this week.  A notice will be sent once the Spirit Wear arrives with instructions on how to pick up your order.

Shop with an Eagle a Success

For the third year, the Etowah Basketball program donated time and beverages for one of Etowah's largest charity events, Shop with an Eagle.
Many of our girl players were mentors for the kids participating. Coach  Victoria Brown oversaw the gift wrapping. The boy players helped serve drinks, wrapped gifts and assisted with clean-up duties.
Westminster Christmas Tournament
The Varsity Boys and Girls will play in the Westminster Christmas Tournament beginning Monday, December 28th. The boys play at 1:30pm and the girls at 3pm.  Additional dates/times will be provided once available. 
Basketball Practice during Break
There will be practice this week as well as over the break.  Coaches will communicate practice schedules to the players.
Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for some key upcoming dates:
  • Games against Creekview Monday, December 14th
  • Games against Woodstock Friday, December 18th
  • Games against Sequoyah Saturday, December 19th
  • William Fox Christmas Tournament, December 26th to December 29th
  • Varsity games at the Westminster Christmas Tournament beginning Monday, December 28th



The Basketball Blast November 6th

All Eagles, All the Time!!


Midnight Madness was a Blast!!
Thanks to all who came out last Friday for the first ever Midnight Madness at Etowah High School.  It was a great way to kick off our season!!



Meet The Team Dinner a Great Celebration
Thanks to all the families, cheerleaders, and players that came to the Meet the Team Dinner Monday.  Check out some of the pictures on our website



2015-2016 Concession Schedule
All player families are required to work in the concession stand.  The schedule is published on the website.  Click on Concession Schedule under the Tip Off Club menu.
 Reminder: Each family is responsible for finding someone to cover their shift if they are unavailable.  Emergencies do occur so we ask you please email  with the name of the family you were able to have cover your assignment.
 Spirit Wear
Come to the games in your Etowah best.  BSN Sports offers a top rate selection of Spirit Wear for you and your entire family.  Order quickly, the deadline is November 10th!!
Go to and enter code eagles9YZ. 
 Players Fee
 Families that have not paid their fees have been sent invoices to their email accounts on file.  If you are unable to pay, please send an email to etowaheaglesbasketball@gmail .com and the Board can work with you to establish payment arrangements.
 Membership Cards
Families who purchased membership cards can pick them up at the scrimmage game on November 11th or the first Varsity games on November 14th. 


The school will have a list at the admissions area by last name and quantity of any family who purchased membership cards.  This year the price of the membership cards was equal to the cost charged back to the program by the school. The program makes no money but offers this as a convenience to the families of basketball players. This year there will not be a free candy coupon on the back.  


Reminder: The Membership cards are for the regular season home games only and cannot be used for admission during any tournaments (Christmas, Regionals) held at Etowah High School.


Key Upcoming Dates

Mark your calendar for some key upcoming dates:
  • Varsity scrimmage games against Pickens County Nov 11th
  • Varsity Basketball games against Marist Saturday, November 14th
  • Teams Picture Day Sunday, November 15th