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THE BUZZ: Cheerleaders at state, athletes sign scholarships and more
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Our weekly print and video series - presented by Lanier Technicial College – where local high school students share “The Buzz” about what’s going on at their school – and compete for the most “buzzworthy” moment of the week.

Tell us who should win by sharing your thoughts with us on Twitter (@forsythnews). See the results in Friday’s paper and on

Erica Fried, Forsyth Central

The competition cheer team competed at state this past weekend and placed 10th out of 38 teams! The cheer Dawgs hit the entire routine except for a few stunt bobbles. They got five points in deducted for senior John Kennedy stepping over the white line during running tumbling but that was minor and resulted in only a few points lost. However, they also had the most energy they've had all season and almost maxed out points in technique! Way to go Dawgs!

Kevin Lee, Lambert

After a tough first round loss in the blistering cold and an early exit from the playoffs for the football team, Lambert fans felt an emptiness start to grow. However, we soon realized that the basketball season is just around the corner. A few weeks ago, a high school basketball analyst put Lambert in his top 10 for Class AAAAAA basketball, and only returning two starters from last year, this is very exciting. Lambert's first game is this Friday at South and word of the game is already buzzing around the school. I can promise all fans that are in attendance, there will be a few "just like football" chants.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

Last week at North Forsyth, five athletes signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their career in their sport. Caroline Bowns will play basketball at Campbell University. Volleyball player Okwunne Ogbogu will be at University of South Carolina-Aiken. Nicole Sullivan will swim at Birmingham Southern. Brant Stark and Dakota Chalmers will play baseball at Lee University and the University of Georgia, respectively. Congratulations, and Go Raiders (Camels, Pacers, Panthers, Flames and Dawgs, too)!

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

Congratulations to our varsity cheerleaders! After placing fifth out of 15 places at regionals, they placed third out of eight places in Class A private schools at state this past Friday. Not only did the team give it their all, but one girl on the team basically competed blind. Lauren Henniger had an eye infection and was unable to wear glasses or contacts to compete. However, this did not hold her back one bit! In all of Pinecrest history, our cheerleading team has never done this well! A special "thank you" goes out to the head coaches, Mrs. Strom and Mrs. Schaller! Way to go Paladins!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

This past week at South we had the opportunity to witness seven of our current student athletes sign their National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers on the college level. These seven athletes have worked to accomplish this goal on the field, court and in the swimming pool. Only about one in every 300 high school student athletes get the opportunity to play at the colligate level. As a student at South, I give these boys and girls major props for making this commitment. Do not let these athletes fool you. They had to work just as hard in the classroom to achieve this goal that most kids can only dream about. Personally, I cannot wait to see each of these young men and women play in college and even get to watch a majority of them on television. The South Forsyth family commends and acknowledges your achievements and as always, Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

Saturday, the West cross country team traveled to Carrollton to compete in the state championship where the boys team ended up placing eighth overall despite a rough start. Four of the top runners tripped at the very start of the race, and even though "it's a general rule" that the race is stopped if runners trip due to contact within the first 100 meters of the race, the race was not stopped, senior Tristan Harding said. However, this setback was turned into a comeback and made their ending rank that much more impressive.