The Johns Creek Athletic Department has partnered with Longhorns of Johns Creek to create a new Athlete of the month award. Head coaches of sports in season submit nominations to the athletic department and the community votes for the athlete of the month. Each month we will honor one male and one female student athlete with a certificate, an Under Armour sackpack, and a gift from Longhorns Steak House. Make sure to cast your vote for a Male and Female Athlete of the Month! Voting will end on Sunday, February 19th at 9pm.
Below are the November/December 2016 Nominations for Athlete of the Month:
Female Athlete of the Month Nominations
Tori Templet – Diver – Junior Tori Templet is a member of the Swim/Dive Team for which she participates as a diver. Tori has a long history of athletic competition as both a diver and competitive cheerleader. At age 4 she began completing for St. Ives Country Club’s summer dive league. At 10 years of age, she began to dive in the Junior Olympics program at GA Tech and was nationally ranked. After 7th grade, Tori decided to put diving on hold to pursue competition cheerleading but she continued to dive in the summer league. After her JCHS Varsity Cheerleading team won State in 2015, she decided to return to diving in the hopes of a varsity letter and a state championship for JCHS in Swim & Dive! As much as Tori loves the performance part of diving, she also loves the team aspect. She has the utmost respect for every member’s athleticism and dedication to practice.
At the Johns Creek versus Lambert dual meet on 12/1, Tori not only won the diving competition but also qualified for the GHSA State Meet in February. She continued to dive well at the Madeline Judd Brown Meet of Champions at Emory University on 12/17, where she placed ninth facing many of the best divers in the southeast. At the Fulton County Championship on 1/12, Tori won the girls 1-meter diving defeating her friend and Cambridge diver Maddie Chaloux, by only 2 points. Her goal was to defeat Maddie and she did it!
Tori helps her community by using both her athletic and vocal ability, coupled with her love for children. She has coached JCYFA cheerleading for youth football for six straight years. She also is an active member of JCHS Beta Club. She leads worship (singing on stage) at Up Street every week for Northpoint Church. She is an active member in both the Northpoint Inside Out high school group and Perimeter Church Watershed high school ministry.
Sydney Tanguilig – Basketball – Sydney has enjoyed a stellar start to her senior season. She is averaging 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals a game while leading her team to a school record 12 wins. She has been named to the All-Tournament Team in the Raider Classic over thanksgiving and was named Tournament MVP for the Commerce Christmas Classic. She has had season highs of 23 points twice this season and has made a school record seven 3’s in a game twice.
Male Athlete of the Month Nominations
Neil Ilerney – Basketball – Neil led the Gladiators in scoring (15pts per game), assist (4.6 per game), steals (2.1 per game) and he is third in rebounding (4.6 per game) during November and December. Neil has worked very hard at improving his game this year. He has become a better defender and distributor of the ball. Neil always has a great attitude and is one of the hardest workers on the team.
Matt Murszak – Wrestling – Matt is a captain of the wrestling team. He leads warm ups and lets the entire team know about activities and announcements. He leads by example and pushes his teammates to reach the highest level of performance. He is undefeated in the month of Jananuary and has an overall record this year of 24-2. Matt’s great work ethic and dedication to the sport has really payed off and we look forward to him going to the state tournament.
Michael Taylor – Swimmer – Senior Michael Taylor is a member of the Swim/Dive Team for which he participates as a swimmer. Without a doubt, Michael is one of the greatest athletes to walk through the doors of Johns Creek High School. During the month of December, Michael participated in the Madeline Judd Brown Meet of Champions at Emory University on 12/17. He set two new meet records in the 200 Free and 100 Backstroke. These wins along with his relay performances helped to solidify the championship win over some tough competitors including Brookwood and Lambert High Schools. At the Fulton County Championships on 1/12, Michael set a record in the 200 Free while taking first place. He also had first place wins in the 200 Medley Relay and 100 Back for which he holds the meet record. Michael participated in the 3rd place winning 400 Free Relay. His individual and relay team points significantly contributed to Johns Creek High School winning the 2017 Fulton County Championship. Michael holds Johns Creek High School records for every individual event that he swims. He also holds the GHSA record for 100 Back.
Take a glance at Michael’s remarkable swimming accomplishments during his high school years:
- 2016-17 USA Swimming National Team Member
- 2015-16 USA Swimming National Jr. Team Member
- 2014-15 USA Swimming National Jr. Team Member
- Two Time Finalist US Olympic Trials 2016 (100 Back, 200 Back).
- 3 Time Gold Medalist 2016 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships
- FINA1 World Record Holder 200 Backstroke
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