Former Evans High School cheerleader Holly Gindlesperger is a member of the football cheerleading squad at Georgia Tech, which should come as no surprise to those who have followed her career.
As a senior at Evans last year, Gindlesperger was captain of the football and competition squads, and was a finalist for the Georgia Cheerleader of the Year. She also was a member of the All-Star Panthers, a competition squad from Roswell that captured two national titles.
Individually, Gindlesperger was a two-time national champion at a prestigious cheer event at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Gindlesperger spent the summer as a staffer for the National Cheerleading Association, the nation's largest cheerleading organization. She served as a camp instructor for the NCA in Georgia and North Carolina.
That was time well spent, and obviously kept her skills sharp, as Gindlesperger survived some highly competitive tryouts to make the squad at Georgia Tech.
O'Byrne starts in West Virginia
At times last year, Charles O'Byrne had to be frustrated. His Lakeside High School football team struggled through a dismal season, and that couldn't have been easy for the senior offensive lineman.
But O'Byrne kept working hard throughout his final prep campaign with the Panthers, and that diligence paid off for the 6-foot-2, 300-pound player, as he earned a scholarship at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
The coaching staff at Charleston thought they were getting a steal in O'Byrne, and that is certainly the case.
Through three games, O'Byrne is the only freshman to have started in every game for Charleston.
Before his college career is through, O'Byrne will make some of the bigger programs regret not signing him for their teams.
Marshall tips off in Knoxville
Greenbrier High School's Eric Marshall will be wearing his familiar No. 20 when he begins his college career this season as a freshman on the Wofford College basketball team.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard should see plenty of playing time when the Terriers open their season Nov. 21 in Knoxville against the University of Tennessee.
Wofford will face Clemson on Nov. 29 at Littlejohn Coliseum, and this season the Terriers also tangle with big-time programs Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Dayton.
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