Multiple Teams · BLITZ Inducts 52 Into Hall Of Fame With 4 From Lumpkin County

The BLITZ Hall of Fame shows off now 238 individual members after 52 were voted in for the Class of 2020. The leading vote-getter among all players was Dawson’s Hudson Sapp (baseball), who logged 10,047 total votes. Total votes for the BLITZ Hall of Fame in 2020 was 123,974. By school, it was Banks County (8) who had the most inductees, followed by Union (7), Dawson (6), Rabun (6), Commerce (5), Habersham (4), Lumpkin (4), Jefferson (4), White (3), Stephens (2), Tallulah Falls (2), and Towns (1). Choose the button below to view the inductees by sport.

It wasn’t the picture-perfect career for Brighton Harder, as she was supposed to be one of the big-time leaders for Lumpkin County in 2019. Due to a broken bone, she missed all but the last five games of the regular season. But when she came back, she hit .857 to help get the Lady Indians into the playoffs. She also had a solid junior season with a .463 AVG, .532 OBP, and 33 SB. Her career numbers include an average above .450, OBP over .530, and over 50 stolen bases. Harder is heading to Emmanuel to continue her career there. (7,368 VOTES)

Lumpkin County’s Nolan Wheeler leaves as arguably the best to ever grapple for the Indians. He had a 142-28 win-loss mark, and was a 3-time state champion. He earned BLITZ Wrestler of the Year honors after a senior year in which he went 61-4 at the 160-lb class. He was a 3-time area champion as well, and signed to continue wrestling at Newberry College. (1,297 VOTES)

 Sam Irwin got overlooked slightly due to the dominance of teammate Nolan Wheeler, but the numbers don’t lie. Irwin was every bit as dominant. He even had more wins (156) in a whole year less. He won state in both his junior and senior seasons, and twice was a 3-time area champion. As a senior, he was 76-2 after going 53-2 as a junior. (1,207 VOTES)
Hope Kenney is one of the best to ever play in Northeast Georgia. Period! If not for COVID wrecking her senior year…can you imagine her final stat line? Instead, she settles for 96 career goals and 23 career assists (215 points)…still insane. The Lumpkin County forward demolished the school single-season goals record, scoring 33 as a junior. She had 26 as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore, 33 as a junior, and 20 as a senior despite losing half the season. Kenney goes on to play at Truett McConnell University. Kenney is a two-time BLITZ Player of the Year and a multi All-State player, as well as two-time Region Player of the Year. (4,688 VOTES)
Congratulations to these Lumpkin County Athletes! Go Indians!!! Indian Pride!  The entire list may be seen here