This past weekend was probably one of the more memorable ones for Cammie Alfonso during her young life.
The Apalachee High School senior was named as a class superlative as “Best All Around” for the Class of 2014. Friday night, Alfonso was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the football game with Loganville.
Saturday morning, however, Alfonso was back on the court leading the Lady Wildcats to a region volleyball championship. Alfonso was named Region Player of the Year for the 2013 season and she will help lead her team into the state tournament later this week.
Her father — and coach — Joey Alfonso was certainly proud of Cammie’s accomplishments.
“She’s been on cloud nine,” Joey said. “It was quite a weekend for her.”
Cammie has battled back pain this volleyball season, but one wouldn’t know it judging by her performance. She had 28 kills during Saturday’s three matches as AHS capped a perfect regular season and tournament against region foes.
“She had her back X-rayed recently, but they were negative,” Joey said. “She was scheduled for an MRI last Thursday, but she decided to wait. She didn’t want anything to keep her from competing for her team.”
Cammie represents an all-around student leader at AHS. She excels in all that she participates in, be it in athletics, the classroom or extra-curricular activities.
“We are proud of her,” her father said. “She makes us proud in all ways.”
In reality, the Lady Wildcats will be an underdog in the opening of state, despite entering as a No. 1 seed. AHS is facing Miller Grove, who despite being a No. 4 seed is actually ranked higher in the most recent state volleyball poll.
It will take a strong effort by AHS, but with players such as Cammie Alfonso leading the way, nothing is impossible.
The Alfonsos — father and daughter —have helped build the Lady Wildcat program into a state power.
Last year the team was an also an underdog in the first round of state, but managed to emerge victorious.
It’s something that very well may happen again this season. It would be wise, in fact, not to bet against Cammie Alfonso and her teammates as they begin state play later this week.
Chris Bridges is sports editor of the Barrow Journal. Send comments about this column to email@example.com.