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Mill Creek's Peek lays foundation for program

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Mill Creek's Will Peek is among the leaders on the Hawks boys lacrosse team who will be competing in the state playoffs. Peek will be attending Young Harris College in the fall.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Mill Creek's Will Peek is among the leaders on the Hawks boys lacrosse team who will be competing in the state playoffs. Peek will be attending Young Harris College in the fall.

THE PEEK FILE

Who: Will Peek

School: Mill Creek

Class: Senior

Sport: Lacrosse

Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons

Dream job: Lawyer and part time coach

Favorite TV show: "Duck Dynasty"

Noteworthy:

-- Has nine goals, eight assists and 20 ground balls this season

-- Scored 23 goals, had eight assists and 43 ground balls last season

-- Maintains 3.0 GPA-- Signed with Young Harris

-- Team captain

As a freshman, Will Peek was named Most Valuable Leader of the Mill Creek lacrosse team.

It was a big honor for Peek, considering he was one of the youngest guys on the team and he didn't even go to Mill Creek.

Peek attended Hebron Christian Academy in nearby Dacula. The lacrosse team was in its infancy and played that first year as a club team, allowing Peek to join.

"I guess I was pretty influential," Peek said. "I was trying to motivate everybody and just be the best team we could be. From the beginning we all knew we could play together."

With just a little experience in the fastest-growing sport in Georgia, Peek shined. But it was more with his leadership skills than his stick work.

"It's his work ethic. It was over the top of everybody," Mill Creek coach Bo Adams said. "He's going hard the whole time. That's valuable for somebody like him."

Four years later, Peek has been the guiding force to Mill Creek's run to the Area 4 championship this season.

"Will is a great ambassador for the program for lacrosse. His mentality, he's so coachable," Adams said.

Peek has nine goals, eight assists and 20 ground balls this year. He admits they are not great stats, but Adams will tell you his leadership ability is immeasurable on the field.

"He's kind of like the quarterback on the offensive side. He directs a lot," Adams said. "He's a smart lacrosse player. He sees stuff, picks it out and that makes him very valuable to have."

Take Mill Creek's win over Peachtree Ridge earlier this season. The Hawks were down four goals at halftime. Adams never talked to the team during intermission. He had Peek do that.

"They just told me and Nick (Kozlowski) to talk to the team and lead and encourage them," Peek said.

The Hawks scored seven unanswered goals to get their first-ever win over Peachtree Ridge.

"He's the hustle on the field," Adams said. "In some of the big games we've had, he's been there to give direction."

Peek's lacrosse influence hasn't just been on Mill Creek, but also his family. His younger sister Maddie plays on the girls varsity team and younger brothers Worth and Wyatt also play lacrosse. Worth scored the first goal in Mill Creek youth lacrosse history in the first-ever game.

Peek also coaches his brothers U13 youth team.

"I just love being around the game and helping kids get better," Peek said.

It's no surprise Peek was voted team captain by his peers this season. With the honor he came up with a way to start a tradition with the program. Mill Creek has a sledgehammer that the players touch before each game with the words discipline and excellence engraved on it.

"It's kind of a motivator," Adams said. "It was his idea to have something that we as a team could use that kind of represents us. It was his idea to motivate the team and strive for excellence."