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ATHENS ORACLE

The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Taylor Malloy
Taylor Malloy
Co- Editor in Chief

Taylor Malloy is a senior at Athens Drive High School. This year she is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Athens Oracle. She enjoys playing volleyball and exercising in her free time. Taylor is excited for...

Danazia McLean, also known as Nae, is a senior at Athens Drive High School and a member of the Idea Hunters of Athens Oracle. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, hanging out with her friend...

Hannah Suehle
Hannah Suehle
Co-Editor in Chief

Hannah Suehle is a senior at Athens Drive and co-editor-in-chief. This is their fifth semester writing for the Athens Oracle. Outside of school, they like to play games, read, crochet, and do Scottish...

Rookie of the Year runner up, LaMelo Ball scores career high against Utah Jazz and gets his first start

LaMelo Ball made his first start in the NBA Jan. 29, 2021 against the Miami Heat. They came out with a 129-121 win in overtime. Ball replaced Terry Rozier in the starting line up due to Rozier’s sprained ankle. Ball finished the game with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 31 minutes of playing time.

“He’s obviously had an impact on our team. He’s played against starters and he’s played against bench guys. This isn’t anything new to him, something he hasn’t seen,” said James Borrego, Charlotte Hornets head coach via News and Observer when asked about Ball’s next step. “I expect him to play the same way: Same spirit, same energy.”

In the next game, Ball dropped his career high with 34 points against the Utah Jazz.  Although the Jazz pulled a win 138-121 against Charlotte, Ball shot 14 of 27 from the field with a total of 4 three pointers, one block and zero turn overs. Ball has the most points scored by a rookie on the Hornets since 1993. According to ESPN, Borrego said he was most pleased with the fact that Ball had zero turnovers. Ball averages 2.5 turnovers per game, leaving him sitting out on the bench during a lot of games.

Ball also became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double in a win against the Atlanta Hawks. Not only are his stats impressive, but the Charlotte Hornets are also winning games and can potentially make the playoffs.

In order to make the playoffs a team has to be ranked top eighth in their conference. As of Feb. 9, 2021 the Hornets are ranked sixth in the playoff seed for the Eastern Conference.

“With LaMmelo joining the Charlotte Hornets it makes me excited for the future of this franchise,” said Josh Burkhardt, senior. 

Ball has a bright future ahead of him and could take his team to the next level—the playoffs. With this young star and a bright spotlight on him, the team needs to focus on rebuilding their team around him.

“He brings a lot of quality to the team and he makes the Hornets a fun team to watch. He has vision, creativity and he’s crafty,” said Burkhardt.

 

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