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HAMMOCK: Greater Atlanta Christian coach Shelton finishes second novel

Sports Editor Will Hammock 

Sports Editor Will Hammock 

Since she arrived at Greater Atlanta Christian in 1982, Kristy Shelton has remained plenty busy.

She’s been a teacher and a mission trip leader. She’s been a coach, currently the head volleyball coach and for many years the head softball coach. She’s been a GAC fan, especially for the Spartan baseball team, coached by her husband Cliff since ’82. Along the way, she and Cliff raised two children.

A busy schedule like that always makes the available free time special. What she’s done with hers lately is complete her second novel.

Shelton’s first book was “Blinders,” a historical fiction book set in the early 1900s that traces the relationship of a former slave couple, their love for a boy who wanders onto their farm and God’s impact on their life. The story, she said, came to her in a dream and she wanted to pursue the ending.

The longtime Duluth resident got that novel done with heavy writing in her free time — sometimes on lunch breaks and between classes at GAC.

The book received a positive response and friends encouraged her to write a second novel, one that finally came to fruition when “Blind Hope,” a sequel to “Blinders,” was published. It follows the Wyatts as they raise two sons on their horse and cattle farm outside of Louisville, Ky., and face challenges like flooding, a world at war and the Ku Klux Klan.

Shelton’s latest achievement is available on Amazon, and locals can visit with the author this Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during a book signing at the Spartan Store on the GAC campus.

If you visit, give her a pat on the back for a job well done, particularly squeezing in exceptional work around her busy life.

Witherspoon shines in Philippines

Air 21 Express, a professional basketball team in the Philippines, is on a pretty good run of luck with Gwinnett talent.

Two years ago, Peachtree Ridge grad Zach Graham scored 51 points, the highest total in the league since 2008.

Last weekend, Berkmar’s Wesley Witherspoon debuted with Air 21 with a 44-point game vs. Meralco. He followed it up with 25 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Barangay Ginebra.

The 6-foot-9 wing, still just 24, spent the latter part of 2013 with Nantes, a pro team in France, after playing previously for three NBA D-League teams and the San Antonio Spurs.

Hopefully, Witherspoon can get to the NBA level before his playing career finishes up. He certainly has that kind of potential.

Will Hammock can be reached via email at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/willhammock.