2019 Boys Athletes of the Year
Dane Kinamon • McIntosh
Grit and guts define Dane Kinamon. Entering the season as the county’s top returning quarterback, plans changed when he hurt his elbow. The injury wouldn’t derail him, as he moved over to running back and piled up 895 yards rushing with 9 touchdowns, along with 125 yards receiving and another score. The injury also kept the two-sport start away from the diamond, where he had been a major weapon for the Chief baseball team in previous seasons, or he would’ve reached even higher heights. Kinamon will get a chance to return to the gridiron healthy and with a full head of steam after signing to play for Air Force.
Gabe Bartolomei • Sandy Creek
Gabe Bartolomei knows how to make a splash. The Sandy Creek swimmer showed he’s one of the best in Georgia, winning a state championship in the 100-yard butterfly, along with a runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke. He was also part of the 200-yard medley and 200-yard fly relay teams that qualified for state. Next up for Gabe is Air Force, where he will swim for the Falcons.
Harrison Fultz • Starr’s Mill
Harrison Fultz is on the move. The distance running star for Starr’s Mill capped off a fantastic campaign with a host of accolades. In the fall, he placed 8th at the region cross country championship meet, then upped the bar with a 5th place finish at state, helping lead the Panthers to a state championship. In the spring, he ramped it up, winning a region title in the 800 meter, placing third in the 1,600 meter, and running on the region champion 4×400 meter relay team. After a solid showing at sectionals, he won a state championship in the 800 meter run, along with a fourth place finish in the 1,600 meter. His performance caught the eye of the Atlanta Track Club, who named him to their All-Metro Track and Field Team. Fultz will be running for the Yellow Jackets next after signing with Georgia Tech.
Chase Townsend • Whitewater
You don’t want to be in the batter’s box with Chase Townsend staring you down. The righty hurler made plenty of hitters look silly this year for the Wildcats, posting a 6-0 record and a 1.50 ERA with 33 strikeouts, earning All-County Pitcher of the Year honors in the process. As the ace of the Cats, he helped push his team into the second round of the state playoffs. Townsend has signed to pitch at Georgia Highlands College next year.
Connor Dillon & John Phillips III • Our Lady of Mercy
Versatility is the name of the game for Our Lady of Mercy’s co-honorees. Connor Dillon made his mark in cross country, basketball, and baseball. The junior earned an All-County honorable mention nod for baseball. Phillips is just scratching the surface, as the freshman was a key contributor in football, basketball, and track and field.
Braxton Brown • Landmark Christian
Braxton Brown soared high during his senior campaign with the Landmark Christian School War Eagles. Braxton made the most of his final year in high school as he competed in football, wrestling, and track and field. After a year off from football his junior season, Brown wasted no time getting back up to speed as he became a starting linebacker for the War Eagles and was named 2nd team All-Region defense. Hopping right onto the mat after football, Braxton helped lead the Landmark wrestling program to the Team Dual state championship tournament, as well as qualifying individually for the Traditional state wrestling championships. It may not be a stretch that Braxton saved the best for last. During the spring season he was an All-State discus and shot put thrower scoring valuable points for the War Eagles at the state meet. Those individual achievements helped the boys track and field program, and legendary coach Bill Thorn, capture the latest GHSA state championship for Landmark Christian School. In the fall, Braxton will be attending Morehouse College.