December 1, 2020

Heard County well represented by Positive Athletes of Georgia

Pictured above at Friday’s ceremony are (L-R) HHS Trainer Megan Anthony, Courtney Baron, Caden Raines, Coach Trent Bianco, and Athletic Director Shane Lasseter

(Franklin, GA) — Positive Athlete Georgia announced its West Georgia regional winners for different sports this week and two Heard County athletes were honored.

In addition, Heard County High School was honored as “Most Positive School” in the West Georgia area.

Courtney Baron was recognized by the group for her role as sports medicine team member as well as team manager for multiple sports. She was nominated for the award by CTAE teacher and sports medicine leader Megan Anthony.

Caden Raines was recognized for his baseball comeback following a serious illness last fall. Caden was nominated by his head baseball coach Trent Bianco.

Positive Athlete America is a movement by high-character professional athletes tied to professional and collegiate sports teams to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition and to learn how to give back to their community.

Current and former professional athletes are members of this organization and any high school athlete can be invited to join based on being nominated by a coach, school administrator, parent or fan for the annual Positive High School Athlete Awards.

This is the first time that Heard High has been recognized for the regional honor and Courtney and Caden are the fourth and fifth individuals to be regionally nominated by the group. State winners will be announced this week.

Baseball player Tristan Brown was the first Brave to be nominated regionally in 2016 and also went on to be named as one of the 30 prestigious state award winners.

In 2017, softball player Ally Harris and Athletic Director Shane Lasseter were each recognized as regional award winners.

Lasseter, a state winner in 2017,  says this year’s award for the school is the result of the efforts of everyone involved with the Heard High Athletic program and beyond.

“One of the best compliments that you can be given in today’s world that is filled with so many negative things is being labeled as positive. For our school and athletic program to be viewed and named as being the most positive by other people is very humbling,” says the Brave athletic director.

“Heard County High School is a special place and it is a special place because of the people. We are lucky enough that we are surrounded with great people that love kids and they don’t mind a little extra work that seems to make a huge difference — hopefully that will always be the case. Being named the Most Positive School is a great thing because it represents everyone involved — parents, kids, coaches, teachers, admin, staff, and everyone in between.”

The school recognized Raines and Baron along with the school during Friday’s State Playoff at Alford Field.

Stay tuned to  this week for individual feature stories about both Courtney Baron and Caden Raines.

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