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THE BUZZ: Fall sports in full swing for local schools
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"Buzzmakers" from six local high schools share what's happening around their campus in this new print and video series. Pictured, back row from left: South Forsyth's Erin Loggins, North Forsyth's Alli Prater, West Forsyth's Dori Butler and Lambert's Kevin Lee. Pictured, front row from left: Pinecrest Academy's Caitlin Randazza, Forsyth Central's Erica Fried and Pinecrest Academy's Dani Quintana. - photo by Micah Green

Our new 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

After a 36-14 win against Woodland-Cartersville on Friday, the Forsyth Central varsity football team is the only 2-0 team in the county. Some of the senior starters discuss the game in my video [at]. After the game Friday night, Principle Mitch Young decided to be the first in the county to offer a bus for transportation to away games for the student section. The first bus leaves Friday at 5:30. Hope to see you all there!

Kevin Lee, Lambert

Senior defensive back Jeremy Johnson had a huge game last Friday night in the Longhorns’ 41-7 annihilation at Johns Creek. The Auburn commit in baseball started out the game just like he did the last with a kickoff returned for a touchdown to jump to a 7-0 lead. If that wasn't enough, the next time Johns Creek kicked off he took that one back for a touchdown as well, making it his third in just two games. Johns Creek decided to no longer kick it to him following this one. Johns Creek also had a touchdown taken away at the hands of Johnson in the end zone for Johnson's first interception of the year. Johnson is a phenomenal two star athlete, with nine football and seven baseball scholarship offers, some being Ivy League schools, as well as a state and national championship in baseball under his belt. I bet Jeremy will be back as Lambert's buzz soon as the year progresses.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

Through the announcement videos that we Raiders see daily and over the intercom at lunch, our assistant principal, Mr. Randy Herrin, told students that if they donated $1, they would be eligible for a chance to give a teacher a “pie in the eye.” Then, on Friday at our annual pep rally, hundreds of students gathered as students threw pies in the faces of a few of our faculty members. All donations were given to a foundation to help fight blindness, an issue near and dear to Mr. Herrin's heart, as his nephew has a degenerative eye disease. Go Raiders!

Caitlin Randazza, Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

It was an exciting week at Pinecrest Academy as all grades prepared for this year’s Powerpuff game on Friday night! The first game was seniors vs. freshmen with the senior girls pulling out a win. The second game was sophomores vs. juniors, ending with a victory from the junior girls. The final game was seniors vs. juniors where the senior girls claimed their superiority for the night! High school boys from each grade choreographed their own cheerleading routines and performed them throughout the night. The cheerleading routines were definitely a crowd favorite!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

Cassie Koes is the only cheerleader in all of Forsyth County left in the running for the GCCA Cheerleader of the Year award. With Koes being in the top 16, she has already earned a spot on the 2014-2015 GCCA All-State cheerleading team. Koes has been a varsity cheerleader for South for four years, and has been involved with All-Star cheerleading for 11 years. Not only is Cassie an outstanding athlete she is also an outstanding student and is very involved in National Honor Society, FCA, Flood, Beta Club and many more. This past week I got the chance to ask the rest of the South varsity cheerleading team to describe Cassie in one word. I was not surprised when they could not come up with just one word. The team described Cassie as "optimistic, giggly, and positive.” The announcement of the Cheerleader of the Year will be on Nov. 15, 2014. Head coach Shayla Brawner also had some very nice things to say about Koes: “Cassie Koes is a natural born leader and strives for excellence in all she does! She is not only an amazing athlete but excels in the classroom and puts God, family and friends first in her life. She is most deserving of being named Cheerleader of the Year as she embodies all that this award stands for – cheerleading talent, academic aptitude and community involvement. She is a huge asset to our program and it is a blessing to call myself her coach.” Good luck Cassie and always Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

Even before area play, West Forsyth varsity volleyball is making a name for itself. Already 18-0, the girls have every right to feel confident in their skills before they hit the floor for real in their first area match. Setting an impressive precedent, the girls have been a source of great pride for West, and they are gearing up to continue to do so into their season.