A smile is such a simple gesture, yet it holds so much power. It is innately human - a universal way to convey happiness, greet one another and signal that we're nice people. Smiles communicate how we're feeling and are great for breaking the ice or awkward moments. A good-natured smile moves mountains, but if you're like the average person, it may not be perfect. And that's okay. But is it healthy?
Studies from the CDC show that 1 in 4 U.S. adults from 20 to 64 have cavities. Perhaps even more surprising is that approximately 34 million school hours are lost every year due to emergency dental care. For children, missing time could mean the difference between moving forward and being held back.
If you're one of the many people who feel ashamed about their teeth, need preventative oral care, or suffer serious issues like tooth decay, it's time to protect your teeth and gums. Luckily, Merchants Walk Dental is here to serve you with the highest quality dental work in East Cobb, from preventative care to cosmetic dentistry.
At Merchants Walk Dental, your healthy teeth and gums are our passion. Our dentists and hygienists are committed to providing you with the best dental care possible in a comfortable, stress-free setting. Since opening in 2017, we have become the premier dentist in Milton, GA, offering many dental services such as:
As experts, we know how important oral hygiene is for your health. We feel that it's important to go the extra mile to speak with our patients about the best practices involved with brushing, flossing, and healthy gums. We know what an impact a beautiful smile can make, which is why we are so dedicated to providing our patients with cleaner, straighter teeth than ever before.
Having served Georgia and East Cobb for years, we understand that no two patients will ever have the same needs. That's why we provide personalized services like cleanings and root canals tailored to each patient's unique needs. We also know that money doesn't grow on trees, so we accept most major dental insurance plans to ensure you can keep your teeth clean and healthy all year long.
If you're searching for an expert team of friendly dentists and hygienists, look no further than Merchants Walk Dental. We pride ourselves on the best dental care coupled with warm, engaging customer service. You can rest easy knowing you're in capable, welcoming hands whether it's your first or fortieth visit to our office.
Here at Merchants Walk Dental, we understand that getting your teeth cleaned isn't something everyone looks forward to. However, getting regular teeth cleanings performed by a trustworthy dentist is the best way to maintain a healthy smile and avoid serious oral hygiene issues. And while it's easy to avoid the dentist, doing so for too long can be bad for your overall health.
Studies have linked poor oral hygiene to serious problems like cancer, cardiovascular disease, bone loss, and strokes. If you're flossing and brushing at home twice a day, that's great. Doing so is the best way to get a leg up on critical oral hygiene problems. However, getting your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist helps ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, healthy, and protected.
It's a question we get all the time - what is periodontal treatment? This treatment focuses on your gums and preventing the common diseases that attack them. When left unchecked, plaque accumulates and hardens, forming hard-to-remove tartar. This tartar irritates your gums and will eventually lead to a litany of problems like tooth decay, tooth loss, and more.
During your teeth cleaning session at Merchants Walk Dental, we'll examine your gums closely to ensure they're healthy and functional.
Each of our teeth cleaning appointments has comprehensive check-ups, including:
The only surefire way to prevent tartar buildup and, by proxy, gum disease is by brushing and flossing diligently at home. If you have been slacking on regular brushing and have not visited a dentist recently, your gums could be suffering. If you have any of the following signs of gum disease, contact Merchants Walk Dental to schedule a dental exam in Milton, GA:
If you have had a cavity filled before, you're not alone. Tooth decay affects more than 90% of adults over the age of 40 - a stunning statistic that, in many cases, is entirely preventable. At Merchants Walk Dental, we use composite resin fillings to keep our patient's teeth healthy and functional. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are more discreet, match the color of your teeth, and are free of mercury.
While fillings can have a few uses, our doctors typically use fillings to âfillâ a part of your tooth that is decaying. This hole of decay is called a cavity. Sometimes, fillings are also used to fix broken, cracked, or worn-down teeth from grinding and nail-biting. Fillings are a great way to restore decaying teeth to their normal shape and function while preventing sensitivity and inhibiting further decay.
During your dental exam at our office in East Cobb, your dental hygienist will check for signs of cavities and tooth decay to ensure your oral hygiene remains in peak condition.
Abscesses- Without professional dental treatment, infected teeth lead to dental abscesses, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Nerve Pain- When your tooth is cracked and left without treatment, it can make its way to your nerve, resulting in extreme pain and damage.
Substantial Decay- If you leave an infection to fester without having a root canal, the infection can spread to other teeth in your mouth. If you don't address the initial signs of decay, you'll have to undergo treatment for multiple teeth.
Tooth Loss- Extensive decay and trauma often cause damage to your tooth's pulp. Our root canal treatments in Milton remove this infected pulp. However, if you choose to ignore the problem, the infected pulp will rot your entire tooth, causing you to lose it forever.
One mention of the word root canal can send shivers up the spine for many people. Root canals get a bad rap, but the treatment has come a long way over the last decade.
When tooth decay and infection are left to fester, it can wreak havoc on your oral hygiene. Often, root canals in cityname, GA, are the best choice for patients with extensively diseased teeth. The goal of a root canal is to save and repair teeth by removing the infection from the pulp and nerve of the tooth.
Signs of tooth decay that may require a root canal include:
When a substantial cavity threatens a person's tooth and fillings aren't working, many dentists will use crowns to fix the problem. A crown is an aesthetic cap or a tooth-shaped covering placed over another tooth or implant for stability. Typically, crowns improve appearance and strength of a patient's teeth.
Crowns are also used to restore the size and shape of damaged or chipped teeth. When used for this purpose, dental crowns are usually bonded to the tooth using dental-grade cement.
During your dental exam and cleaning, your hygienist will keep a sharp eye out for signs of tooth decay, which may require a crown. Benefits of dental crows from Merchants Walk Dental include:
Restorative dental treatments can be complicated, but dental crowns are straightforward and minimally invasive. During the process, your tooth's enamel is cleaned, and your damaged tissue is removed. Once that process is complete, we'll cast a custom crown for your tooth. While the crown is created, Dr. John Bishara or Dr. Milli Patel will provide you with a temporary crown for normal functionality.
Damaged enamel or structural damage can cause pain and sensitivity. Having a dental crown installed will help alleviate a good amount of your pain.
Our dental crowns are made with high-quality, long-lasting materials. With proper care and regular check-ups, they can withstand years of chewing, biting, and grinding.
When you lose one or more teeth, whether due to decay or another factor, it's important to fill the space where the tooth is missing. That's where dental bridges come in. Bridges are essentially fake permanent teeth used to fill holes caused by missing teeth. The false tooth is fused between two dental crowns giving it the bridge concept. Dental bridges are then typically anchored to healthy teeth using resin and cement.
The health of your teeth, their position, and the state of the surrounding bone will help our team determine if bridges are right for you. If not, dentures in Milton, GA, might be a better option. Dentures come in two forms: partial and complete. Dentures are best for patients who have missing teeth but aren't able to use bridges. Complete dentures all your missing teeth, while partial dentures replace one or two teeth.
Getting cosmetic dentures can be a life-changing experience. It often requires physical and emotional preparation. At Merchants Walk Dental, our team will take as much time needed to consult with and prepare you for your denture procedure.
Whether you need dental bridges or cosmetic dentures, we're here to help make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Dental implants are needed when you have missing teeth, but you cannot or will not get crowns, bridges, or dentures. Failing to replace a lost tooth will cause a bevy of problems as time goes on. For many patients, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. With dental implants, you can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. A dental implant serves as a permanent artificial root anchored into the jawbone.
When our team puts a dental implant in place, your jawbone grafts itself to the titanium post making it as strong as your original root and tooth. The result is a natural, beautiful, fully-functional set of teeth that lasts for years.
Establishing healthy dental habits early in life is key for long-term oral health and confidence. The best way to learn those habits is at home and in a dentist's office.
At Merchants Walk Dental, our goal is to foster long-lasting relationship with the families in our community who trust us to care for their children's dental health.
When you choose Merchants Walk Dental as your child's dentist, you can rest easy knowing we treat your loved one just like ours. Our professional hygienists and experienced doctors are trained and certified to give your kids a comfortable dental experience. We like to mix fun with education, putting your child at ease while helping them understand the importance of proper dental care.
Common habits like teeth grinding and thumb sucking can have profound effects later in life. Our doctors are keenly aware of these habits, and work hard to help you and your child develop creative solutions to halt that behavior.
Our pediatric dental services improve the health of your child's teeth and gums with:
Having served the East Cobb and Milton for years, we know your dental needs are unique and different from your neighbor. That's why we offer a variety of dental services to address each patient's special circumstances, from standard cleanings to complex root canals. By using the latest innovations and techniques in dentistry, we can better serve each client on an individualized level, leading to better comprehensive dental care.
We're taking new patients and accept most major forms of dental insurance to keep your teeth healthy and clean without breaking the bank. Contact our office today to schedule your dental exam and learn more about our history!770-691-5051
Scroll down to get Friday’s girls high school basketball coverageKirsten Lewis-Williams, Lake Norman: career-high 35 points in a 69-53 win over West Cabarrus. No. 1 Lake Norman is 20-0.Hailey McFadden, East Lincoln: 12 points, seven rebounds, four steals, block in a 81-12 win over West Iredell.Jalayah Rays, Central Cabarrus: 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals in a 54-18 win over South Rowan.Kate Sears, Watauga: 38 points in a 73-30 win over South Caldwell. She made 4-of-7 3-p...
Scroll down to get Friday’s girls high school basketball coverage
Kirsten Lewis-Williams, Lake Norman: career-high 35 points in a 69-53 win over West Cabarrus. No. 1 Lake Norman is 20-0.
Hailey McFadden, East Lincoln: 12 points, seven rebounds, four steals, block in a 81-12 win over West Iredell.
Jalayah Rays, Central Cabarrus: 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals in a 54-18 win over South Rowan.
Kate Sears, Watauga: 38 points in a 73-30 win over South Caldwell. She made 4-of-7 3-point attempts.
Jerin Truesdale, Myers Park: game-high 19 points in a 55-28 win over Ardrey Kell.
NO. 1 LAKE NORMAN 69, WEST CABARRUS 53
Lake Norman 23 14 19 13 -- 69
West Cabarrus 16 12 10 15 -- 53
LAKE NORMAN 69 -- Kirsten Lewis -Williams 35, Kelsey Rhyne 10, Buoniconti 2, North 1, Shehan 9, Shehan 8, Sirianni 4
WEST CABARRUS 53 -- Shariah White 15, Rayana Minard 11, Clowney 8, Burgress 1, Bond 7, Finley 4, Robinson 4,Mathis 3
NO. 2 NORTH MECKLENBURG 54, NO. 7 MALLARD CREEK 49
N.Meck 16 8 15 15 -- 54
Mallard Creek: 13 11 8 17 -- 49
NORTH MECKLENBURG 54 -- Kairah Dixon-Booker 13, Nevaeh Farmer 13, Boston Bates 12, Page 5, Pimentel 4, Redfern 3, Pellun 2 Reid 2
MALLARD CREEK 49 -- Elle Stone 14, Layah Toscano 12, Tapley 8, Titus 7, Young 4
Notable: Mallard Creek’s Elle Stone had 14 pts, 6 blocks, 5 rebounds, 2 assists & 1 steal. Laylah Toscano had 12 pts, 6 rebounds & 4 steals.
Records: Mallard Creek 16-4, overall League 7-2
Record: North Meck 19-1, 7-1 Queen City
NO. 4 EAST LINCOLN 81, WEST IREDELL 12
East Lincoln 37 28 7 9 -- 81
West Iredell 4 6 2 0 -- 12
EAST LINCOLN 81 -- Emma Monatanari 12, Kiara Anderson 12, Hailey McFadden 12, Madison Self 11, Taniyah Thomas 11, M. Bissinger 9, A. Hege 8, K. Rhinehart 6,
WEST IREDELL 12 -- B. Gibson 8, A. Smith 4
Noteables: Hailey McFadden 12 pts, 7 rebs, 4 steals, 1 block. Emma Montanari 12 pts, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebs. Kiara Anderson 12 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. Madison Self 11 pts, 5 rebs, 2 steals, 1 assist. Taniyah Thomas 11 pts, 5 rebs, 6 steals, 3 assists. Kinsley Rhinehart 6 pts, 10 rebs, 1 steal, 1 assist
ELHS: (20-2, 10-0) Next game vs Foard 1/31/23
WIHS: (2-18, 0-10) Next Game @ Statesville 1/31/23
NO. 6 CANNON SCHOOL 78, COVENANT DAY 15
Cannon School 41 10 14 13- 78
Covenant Day 5 0 6 4- 15
CANNON SCHOOL 78 -- Samyha Suffren 18, Lili Booker 19, Maya McCorkle 8, Jamyrah Cherry 4, Trinity Mathis 4, Khloe Thompson 9, Ashley Fowler 10, Kierra Morrow 4, Charlotte Holliway 2
COVENANT DAY 15 -- Hailey 3, Dix 9, Houseton 9
Records: Cannon School 18-5 (6-0); Covenant Day 8-15 (2-4)
NO. 9 CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 62, ROCKY RIVER 14
Catholic 15 19 16 12 -- 62
Rocky River 0 7 7 0 -- 14
CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 62 -- Aniyah Scales 13, Fleshood 9, Gough 9, Thomas 8, O’Brien 7, McKain 6, Fava 4, Lutgring 2, Guella 2, McArdle 2
ROCKY RIVER 14 -- Jarrett 6, Frierson 5, Michael 2, Owens 31
Records: Catholic 15-5, 6-1; Rocky River 3-14, 0-8
NO. 11 MYERS PARK 55, ARDREY KELL 28
Ardrey Kell 11 8 5 4 -- 28
Myers Park 12 13 12 18 -- 55
ARDREY KELL 28 -- Autum Washington 10, Lauren B. 7, Burns 3, Skylar 3, Evans 4, Karly G. 1
MYERS PARK 55 -- Jerin Truesdale 18, Kamora Cannie 12, Reese Wilson 10 LeXander 6, Davis 4, McDaniel 2, Lassiter 2, Lee 1
Myers Park 16-4 (8-1)
NO. 16 EAST BURKE 59, NEWTON-CONOVER 57
Newton-Conover 19 15 9 14 -- 57
East Burke 10 18 15 16 -- 59
NEWTON-CONOVER 57 -- Cassidy Geddes 32, Alaysia Hewitt 9, Lizzie Sain 9, Grayson Rowe 6, Hadleigh Swagger 1, Sara Sain
EAST BURKE 59 -- A. Grigg 22, B. Stillwell 19, K Turner 8, k. Brinkly 5, T. Bostain 5, J. McDowell, K. Lawing
Records: Newton-Conover 16 - 4 / 8 - 2; East Burke 16-1 / 10 - 0
ASHE COUNTY 43, NO. 12 ALEXANDER CENTRAL 39
Alexander Central 9 7 8 15 -- 39
Ashe Co. 14 4 12 13 -- 43
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 39 -- Herman 7, Wike 7, Adams 4, Hayes 3, Roseman 2, McDaniel 2, Karlee Starnes 14
ASHE COUNTY 43 -- Paige Overcash 12, Jones 6, Phipps 9, Sheets 5, Lexie Dawson 10, Hudler 1
CENTRAL CABARRUS 54, SOUTH ROWAN 18
Central - 19 14 14 7 - - 54
South - 14 5 5 18 - - 42
CENTRAL CABARRUS 54 -- Jalayah Ray 17, Kyra Lewis 16, Burton 6, Blanchard 5, Stanley 4, Smith 3, Cruz 2, Fink 1
SOUTH ROWAN 42 -- Madilyn Cherry 18, Hannah Atwell 13, Dextraze 6, Alston 3, Menius 2
Notable: Central Cabarrus girls got a road victory in the SPC versus South Rowan. Central was led by Jalayah Rays 17 points 8 rebounds and 7 steals. Central also got a double double effort from Kyra Lewis with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Central moves to 13-7 overall and 7-3 in conference play
CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY 61, CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN 33
Charlote Country Day School 15 24 8 14 -- 61
Charlotte Christian School 8 8 8 7 -- 33
CCDS: Same Vanderhave 18, Margaret Blythe 11, Bigham 9, Britton 8, Wilkins 7, Brown 2, Taborn 2
CCS: K. Lee 12, McAuley 9, Beekman 7, Koy 3, Fair 2
COX MILL 44, AL BROWN 23
Cox Mill 7 9 15 13 -- 44
AL Brown 2 6 7 8 -- 23
COX MILL 44 -- Williams 3, Bellamy 2, Decker 7, Farrell 9, Perry 23
AL BROWN 23 -- Sadie 8, Yanni 7, Makya 4, Xiomara 3, Rmani 1
FREEDOM 46, HIBRITEN 41
Hibriten. 13 14 8 6 - 41
Freedom 14 7 6 19 - 46
Hibriten 41 - Katie Story 18, Walker 9, Brown 8, Poarch 6, Alley, Sydney.
Freedom 46 - Peyton 21, Sydnie Demiter 10, Gladden 3, McGee 4, Whisnant 4, Whitaker 4, Cooke, Hagmann.
HICKORY RIDGE 70, SOUTH IREDELL 29
South Iredell. 8. 4. 10. 7 - 29
Hickory Ridge. 10. 23 20. 17 - 70
SOUTH IREDELL 29 - Johnson 8, Turner 7, Sarver 3, Hutchens 3, Duchinski, Humphrey 2, Scott 2, Brooks 2.
HICKORY RIDGE 70 -- McClary 16, Lewis 14, C. Woodward 12, M. Gidney 11, S. Gidney 10, Leathers 6, Shampine 1
Records: South Iredell 4-14 Hickory Ridge 15-3
LINCOLN CHARTER 51, CHRIST THE KING 44
Lincoln Charter 12 15 07 17 -- 51
Christ The King 11 17 04 12 -- 44
Lincoln Charter 51 -- Maddie Lusk 17, Symphani Stevens 14, Samantha Ayres 9, Grace Rinaldo 7, Kenzie Ross 3, Clarie David 1
Christ The King 44 - E. Gorman 19, A. Gorman 14, C. Broda 6, K. McMahon 3, G. Tuschong 2
Lincoln Charter Game Notes: Maddie Lusk led LCHS with 14 points. PG Symphani Stevens added 14 points. Samantha Ayres led all bench scorers with 9 points and a critical well-timed 3 pointer in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter. LCHS went 8-8 from the free throw line in the last 90 seconds to seal the victory.
LCHS next game is Friday Feb. 3rd Home conference game against Community School of Davidson.
Records, Lincoln Charter 16-4 (6-0 conf.)
LINCOLNTON 52, BANDYS 29
Lincolnton 5 18 13 16 -- 52
Bandys 4 5 10 10 -- 29
LINCOLNTON 52 -- Sand-Odom 19, Holland 8, Williams 6, Eley 6, Armstrong 4, Carpenter 4, Rhyne 2, Bynum 2, and Smith 1
BANDYS 29 -- Anderson 11, Cross 7, Canal 5, Drum 2, Fisher 2, and Harrill 2
PIEDMONT CHARTER 66, SUGAR CREEK 28
PIEDMONT CHARTER 66 -- Grace East: 31, Kennedy Williams: 17, Hailey Moore: 8, Allasha Houser: 4, Aubree Cammer: 3, Micah Brown: 3
PORTER RIDGE 45, CUTHBERTSON 42
Cuthbertson 8 22 3 9 -- 42
Porter Ridge 9 9 17 10 -- 45
CUTHBERTSON 42 -- Sacoto 17, Iovino 12, Voss 9, Juhl 2, Willie 1, Howell 1
PORTER RIDGE 45 -- Stalton 17, Malcolm 12, Oliver 8, Blackwell 5, Scaldara 3
PROVIDENCE DAY 42, CHARLOTTE LATIN 21
PROVIDENCE DAY 42 -- Jordyn Latter 13 McClure 9 Clark 8 Swinson 8 Ramsden 2 Levine 2
CHARLOTTE LATIN 21 -- Tune 9 Poole 2 Roberts 2 Hume 3 Fisher 2 Vandiver 3
PDS Record 17-5 overall, CISAA 5-1
WATAUGA 73, SOUTH CALDWELL 30
Watauga 14 18 29 22 -- 73
South Caldwell 8 2 14 6 -- 30
WATAUGA 73 -- Kate Sears 38, Charlotte Torgerson 12, Caroline Farthing 9, Brooke Scheffler 7, Kaitlyn Darner 4, Julie Matheson 3
SOUTH CALDWELL 30 -- Lillie Bumgarner 16, Addison Edwards 7, Kaylee Anderson 5, Chloe Phillips 2
Notable: Watauga went 15-29 from the three point line including 7-12 from Sears, 4-7 from Torgerson, and 3-5 from Farthing. Scheffler hit the other 3.
Team records: Watauga 15-5, 5-1; South Caldwell 9-11, 0-5
Charlotte Catholic vs. Camden (SC), at Keenan (SC) High, in Big Hoops Shootout
Elevation Prep at Oak Hill Academy (VA)-Red, (boys, 5)
High Point Andrews at South Mecklenburg (boys, 5)
Providence Day at Winston-Salem Christian (girls, 2)
Reagan at Watauga (girls, noon; boys, 1:15)
South Charlotte Thunder at Surry Homeschool (girls, 4; boys, 5:30)
Longhorn Classic (boys)
(at Milton, GA)
North Gwinnett (GA) vs. Drew Charter (GA), noon
Goose Creek (SC) vs. King’s Ridge (GA), 1:30
Sandy Ridge (GA) vs. Gray Collegiate (SC), 3
Grayson (GA) vs. Osborne (GA), 4:30
North Mecklenburg vs. Milton (GA), 6
Calvary Christian (FL) vs. McEachern (GA), 7:30
No games scheduled
This story was originally published January 27, 2023, 10:25 PM.
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech student-athletes McKenzie Campbell (swimming and diving), Connor Howe (golf), Emma Kauf (softball) and Dylan Leonard (football) have been named 2023 Atlantic Coast Conference Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipients, the ACC office announced on Friday.The ACC’s postgraduate scholarship award recipients are selected for having performed with distinction both in the classroom and in th...
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech student-athletes McKenzie Campbell (swimming and diving), Connor Howe (golf), Emma Kauf (softball) and Dylan Leonard (football) have been named 2023 Atlantic Coast Conference Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipients, the ACC office announced on Friday.
The ACC’s postgraduate scholarship award recipients are selected for having performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. Campbell, Kauf and Leonard will all receive $6,000 Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford Scholarships towards their postgraduate education following the conclusion of their respective collegiate playing careers. Howe is one of 11 honorary recipients who plan to pursue professional careers in their chosen sports rather than enter postgraduate studies.
Campbell carries a 4.0 grade point average as an industrial and systems engineering major and is a five-time NCAA Championships qualifier. Georgia Tech’s record-holder in the women’s 200-yard butterfly, Campbell represented the Yellow Jackets at the 2021 NCAA Championships in the 50-yard freestyle and 200 fly, and at the 2022 NCAA Championships in the 200 fly, 200 individual medley and 400 IM. In addition to holding the school record in the women’s 200 fly, the Greensboro, N.C. native owns the second-best time in Tech history in the women’s 200 IM. In recognition of her success in the pool and the classroom, she has previously been named a College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America scholar all-American and a member of the all-ACC academic team.
Howe was an all-ACC performer on the course in 2022 and is a two-time member of the conference’s academic honor roll as a business administration (finance) major. The Ogden, Utah native has been a key figure in Georgia Tech advancing to the NCAA Championship in three of his four years on The Flats (the 2020 event was not held due to Covid-19), and in the Jackets winning the ACC Championship in 2019 and finishing as the runner-up in 2022. He has played 128 rounds of golf in 42 events as a Yellow Jacket, finishing in the top 10 six times and compiling a 72.05 stroke average. His top finish has been a tie for third place at the 2022 Maui Jim Intercollegiate, and he earned a seventh-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Columbus Regional and a ninth-place showing at the 2021 ACC Championship. On the amateur circuit, Howe won the 2021 Patriot All-American Invitational and the 2020 Southeastern Amateur. He is currently ranked No. 31 nationally in the PGA Tour University Velocity Global Ranking and No. 57 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
One of college softball’s top catchers, Kauf is a two-time first-team all-ACC honoree and a two-time member of the all-ACC softball academic team. On the field, the Lincoln, Neb. native ranked second nationally in 2022 with an ACC-leading 25 doubles and also led the conference with 71 hits. In addition to being a two-time first-team all-ACC selection, she was also named second-team all-Southeast Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2022 and to the ACC’s all-freshman team in 2021. She entered the 2023 season ranked as the No. 8 catcher and the No. 85 player in the nation by D1Softball and the No. 10 catcher and the No. 81 player in the nation by Extra Inning Softball. In addition to her back-to-back all-ACC academic team honors in 2021 and 2022, the biology major was one of 13 finalists for the 2023 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, which honors student-athletes for academic prowess and service to their school and community.
Leonard, who arrived at Georgia Tech as a walk-on in 2019, earned a scholarship following his first season with the Yellow Jackets and is a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at tight end. The Milton, Ga. native has made 20 starts in 38 games as a Yellow Jacket and hauled in 27 receptions for 231 yards. Academically, he was named to the all-ACC football academic team in 2022, is a three-time member of the conference’s academic honor roll and was a semifinalist for the 2022 Campbell Trophy, which recognizes college football’s top scholar-athlete. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing) from Georgia Tech in December 2022 and is now pursuing a master’s degree in analytics from Tech while also preparing for his final football season with the Yellow Jackets this fall.
“Congratulations to McKenzie, Connor, Emma and Dylan for earning this incredible honor,” Georgia Tech director of athletics J Batt said. “Their athletic and academic achievements make them the models of what Georgia Tech and ACC student-athletes represent. We are very proud of each of them and excited to see what their futures hold.”
The ACC has selected postgraduate scholarship recipients annually since 1971. Over that time, the conference has provided nearly $4.7 million in postgraduate scholarship support to more than 1,000 ACC student-athletes.
This year’s class will be highlighted in a one-hour show on the ACC Network that will air in May.
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A recent ESPN round table on the 2023 season brought up an interesting topic. The stable of writers batted around the idea of which teams, players and transfers had the most to prove entering the 2023 season.The article was filled with names you’d expect. Jimbo Fisher, LSU, Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton and new Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman were all among the n...
A recent ESPN round table on the 2023 season brought up an interesting topic. The stable of writers batted around the idea of which teams, players and transfers had the most to prove entering the 2023 season.
The article was filled with names you’d expect. Jimbo Fisher, LSU, Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton and new Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman were all among the names debated and questioned regarding what they need to get done during the upcoming season.
Absent from the article however was nearly any mention of the Georgia Bulldogs.
A year or two ago it would’ve been commonplace to find Georgia on this list, along with a number of possible players. Winning back-to-back national championships in the manner that Georgia did answers a lot of those questions and concerns. The Bulldogs have earned their place atop the sport.
That the national media though does not believe Georgia has anything to prove in 2023 does not line up with reality however. There are plenty of hungry players out to show that they can live up to the Georgia standard.
Quarterbacks Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton will all look to show that the wait was worth as they try and replace Stetson Bennett. Amarius Mims can show on an everydown basis that he is as good as he was hyped to be as a 5-star prospect.
Related: Georgia quarterbacks preview crucial 2023 position battle: ‘It will be a lot of fun’
On the defensive side of the ball, the unit as a whole has to replace some big names in Jalen Carter, Chris Smith and Kelee Ringo. They’ll be looking to show that they’re every bit as talented as those that came before them.
Mike Bobo has surely seen or read what has been written about him as he replaces offensive coordinator Todd Monken. He’ll have to answer questions and show why Kirby Smart put so much faith in him to be Georgia’s new play-caller.
Minutes after the 65-7 win over TCU in this year’s national championship game, Smart seemed well aware of what lie ahead of the Bulldogs for the 2023 season. This team didn’t have as many scores to settle as past iterations and knew that overcoming entitlement would be a challenge for this group of players.
The 2022 team was fueled by public doubt. This next version of the Bulldogs won’t face that same level of adversity, with the ESPN article being the latest example of that.
Instead of relying on external motivation as it so often did last season, Georgia is going to have to look inward if it is going to accomplish its lofty goals in 2023.
“The disease that creeps into your program is called entitlement. I’ve seen it firsthand,” Smart said. “If you can stomp it out with leadership, then you can stay hungry. And we have a saying around our place: We eat off the floor. And if you’re willing to eat off the floor, you can be special.”
CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women's tennis team is back in action at home for a 1 p.m. first serve against Wofford on Saturday from the Templeton Tennis Courts.MATCHDAY CENTRAL MATCHUP: Wofford (5-4) vs Presbyterian (2-9) TIME: Saturday, February 25, 1 p.m. LOCATION: Templeton Tennis Courts (Clinton, S.C.) LIVE STATS: St...
CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women's tennis team is back in action at home for a 1 p.m. first serve against Wofford on Saturday from the Templeton Tennis Courts.
MATCHDAY CENTRAL MATCHUP: Wofford (5-4) vs Presbyterian (2-9) TIME: Saturday, February 25, 1 p.m. LOCATION: Templeton Tennis Courts (Clinton, S.C.) LIVE STATS: Stat Broadcast
COACH ROBERTS ON WOFFORD MATCH "The team is really looking forward to being back at home again on Saturday against Wofford. It is always a tough battle with Wofford ."
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS - Wofford enters Saturday's match with a 5-4 record as the Terriers enter play in Clinton winners of their last five matches. The Terriers have defeated Converse, Emmanuel, Gardner-Webb, Mars Hill and North Greenville during their win streak. - Brianna Wilbur leads Wofford in singles with a 6-3 record playing primarily at the No.2 spot. Emely Kahrs sits at 5-4 on the year including a perfect 5-0 mark at the No. spot in the Wofford lineup. - In doubles, Wilbur along with Catherine Blouin lead the way for Wofford with a 5-1 record as Georgia Fischer and Lily Woods have excelled in doubles this spring with a 6-3 mark. - Wofford has an 11-2 edge in the all-time series against the Blue Hose dating back to the schools first meeting in 2009. Wofford picked up a 6-1 win over PC last spring and has earned the victories in the last seven meetings.
LAST TIME OUT - The Presbyterian College women's tennis team fell in non-conference action on Monday to Coastal Carolina as the visiting Chanticleers defeated the Blue Hose 7-0 at the Templeton Tennis Courts.
NEWCOMERS - Presbyterian returns four players from last season's team while adding a trio of new faces to the squad for the 2022-23 season. - Fourth-year head coach Joel Roberts welcomes back junior Lucianna Piedra (Mexico City, Mexico), sophomore Madison Dennett (Palm City, Fla.), Valentina De Sousa (Caracas, Venezuela), and Claudia Sanchez (Betera, Valencia, Spain). - Roberts also welcomes Varvara Nikolaeva (Suffolk, Va.) along with McKenzie Davis (Florence, S.C.) and Claire Giddings (Milton, Ga.) as the three freshmen to the roster for the 22-23 season.
SPRING SLATE - Head Coach Joel Roberts 2023 spring slate features 20 matches, including 14 in the non-conference, beginning with the weekend's matches at Lander and Clemson. - 12 of the 14 non-conference matches occur against teams who tallied 10+ wins during the 2022 season, highlighted by three with 19 wins last year. The three teams to total 19 victories were the College of Charleston, Charlotte, and Long Island. - In conference play, PC hosts Campbell, UNC Asheville, and Radford, with trips to Gardner-Webb, Longwood, and Charleston Southern on tap this spring.
The Southern Baptist Convention, the world's largest Baptist denomination, has disfellowshipped an unaffiliated Georgia-based church for having a female pastor.Gwennette Watson, the pastor of New Faith Mission Ministry in Griffin, Georgia, shared that her church was one of several congregations across the U.S. recently ousted by the SBC executive committee for having female pastors."When I got the news, I was in shock," ...
The Southern Baptist Convention, the world's largest Baptist denomination, has disfellowshipped an unaffiliated Georgia-based church for having a female pastor.
Gwennette Watson, the pastor of New Faith Mission Ministry in Griffin, Georgia, shared that her church was one of several congregations across the U.S. recently ousted by the SBC executive committee for having female pastors.
"When I got the news, I was in shock," Watson told WSBTV.
"We are not affiliated with any organization. Been self-sufficient since 1999," she said.
While it is unclear why the church was named, Watson says that it bears no impact on the congregation since it was never affiliated with the SBC. At the same time, she feels for other churches that were impacted.
"As a woman, it's very insulting, we can lead in other areas, but we can't lead the church?" Watson questioned.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, the SBC disfellowshipped the California-based Saddleback Church, launched in 1980 by pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren, for ordaining women as pastors. It also cut ties with Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, St. Timothy's Christian Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland and Fern Creek Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, for the same reason, The Christian Post reports.
"As stated in the Baptist Faith and Message Article VI, the SBC holds to the belief that the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture," SBC's Executive Committee Chairman Jared Wellman said in a statement. "These churches have been valued, cooperating churches for many years, and this decision was not made lightly. However, we remain committed to upholding the theological convictions of the SBC and maintaining unity among its cooperating churches."
Warren, who retired last year, appointed his successor Pastor Andy Wood and his wife, Stacie Wood, who was named as a teaching pastor.
"The Credentials Committee cited Stacie's role as teaching pastor of the church as the reason for the removal of cooperating status due to the church's lack of a faith and practice that closely aligns with the Baptist Faith and Message, which states in Article VI that 'while both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture,'" Wellman's statement reads.
The churches, including Saddleback and New Faith Mission, can appeal their expulsion at the SBC's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 13-14.
Southern Baptist Convention Disfellowships Saddleback Church over Female Pastor
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