May 9, 2012
We don't have too many high school venues in Gwinnett where you can watch two things at once, but Brookwood was one of them Tuesday night.
I got to watch the host Broncos dominate in a boys soccer match at Brookwood Community Stadium, then check out some of the football team's spring practice from atop the stadium bleachers during halftime of soccer. I didn't see a ton of football practice, but I did get to see the Broncos' latest addition at wide receiver.
Georgia commitment Kyrin "Ky" Priester, who moved to the district in the offseason to live with his mother, certainly looks the part of a standout wide receiver. He's 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and athletic, bringing a weapon to the Bronco offense like A.J. Sims was two seasons ago. I'm guessing quarterback Zach Moon is pretty thankful for his arrival.
I talked with some Brookwood coaches afterward and got nothing but positive words about Priester. One coach told me that the transfer is so well-liked already that he wouldn't be surprised if the players voted him as a team captain. That would be quite the honor for someone who's been at the school for such a short time, but it speaks pretty highly about the type of kid he is.
A handful of college coaches were out at the practice, too, most notably guys from Wisconsin and Kentucky. There was one familiar face among those coaches, South Alabama assistant Robert Matthews, who just a few years ago was trying to beat Brookwood. Now he's trying to land some of the Bronco players.
Matthews will be making regular recruiting visits to Gwinnett given his ties here. A Duluth grad, he also coached locally at North Gwinnett and Shiloh before moving to the college ranks.
Speaking of Shiloh, the Generals held a nice dedication ceremony for their new fieldhouse last Sunday.
They officially named the building the "Tom Marley Field House" to honor longtime Shiloh volunteer Tom Marley, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet in high school athletics. Tom's always helped us with anything we've needed when we're at Shiloh, but that hospitality is a small part of what he's done for the school.
While his children were involved in wrestling and soccer, Tom has put his time into a bunch of endeavors at Shiloh. He truly cares about that school, which is why he's been volunteering there for the first 27 years of its existence.
Plenty has changed at Shiloh over the years, but Tom Marley has been the constant. I'm proud of know him and thrilled that the Generals rewarded him for his countless hours of service.