published Friday, February 8th, 2013

Summer Lanter is Gatorade state player of year

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Soddy-Daisy senior Summer Lanter was selected as the Gatorade Tennessee girls' soccer player of the year capping an excellent four-year career with the Lady Trojans.

The Lee University signee finished her career with 100 goals and 43 assists, including a senior season with 32 goals and 17 assists. The Lady Trojans advanced to their third consecutive Class AAA state tournament, with Lanter leading the way with 13 goals and six in the postseason.

"Summer is lightning fast and finishes at speed with either foot," FC Alliance club coach Josh Gray said in the announcement release. "If anyone loses the ball, she runs it down immediately. The problem she poses ... is she gets the ball and her teammates sometimes stop and watch."

Lanter has a 4.0 grade point average and is a National Honor Society member.

Alosi to Trevecca

Silverdale Baptist senior forward Abbie Alosi signed scholarship papers to continue her soccer career at Trevecca Nazarene University, a NCAA Division II school in Nashville.

Alosi, whose sister Ryan will be a junior at TNU next season, had 44 goals and 14 assists in her final two seasons for the Lady Seahawks, both of which ended in the District 5-A/AA semifinals. A four-year starter, she all-districct her final two seasons.

"I'm ver happy for Abbie. She's a tremendous soccer player and a wonderful young lady," Silverdale coach Chris Neighbors said. "I know that she will be an excellent player and leader for Coach [Brett] Armstrong at Trevecca. She has all the intangibles that you want in a player."

She will be the fifth area player on the Lady Trojans, who finished 16-5-3 in the Great Midwest Atlantic Conference, joining her sister and Erica Carroll from Silverdale, Brooke Gann from East Ridge and Anna Hoffman from Chattanooga Christian.

"We are really excited to have Abbie join the Trevecca family," Armstrong said. "She is a dynamic player who we expect will make an immediate impact on the soccer field, but more than that, she's a special person, an outstanding student and a great fit for a university like Trevecca. ... With her speed, skill and work rate, Abbie will add immediate offensive punch to our lineup."

Georgia mat sectionals

The field for next week's GHSA traditional state wrestling tournament will be pared in half this weekend as the four area classifications hold sectional tournaments.

Individuals from teams from the north part of the state are paired against those from southern teams in the east and west sectional tournaments. Teams from the Atlanta area and north normally are the more dominant, though in at least one case a team from the southern side could pose problems.

In the Class AAAA West sectional at Pickens County, second-ranked Carrollton brings a tough contingent to compete against 7-AAAA teams. The goal is to win at least one individual match, which will qualify a wrestler for the state field. The top eight finishers in each weight class from Pickens County will advance.

"Our area always does well in the sectionals," coach Sam Snider of top-ranked Gilmer County said. "But Carrollton will be tough and the guys that advanced from our area we know are good."

Only the top four finishers will advance from the Class AAA tournament at Ringgold, the AA event at Lamar County and the A sectional at Darlington, but those wrestlers, due to a smaller field, still have to win just one match to advance. The tournaments also will determine seeding for next week's three-day event in Macon.

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