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Liberty County's Koree Guthrie- Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Every high school team's goal is to make it to the state finals in their respective sport, but few make it that far. Liberty County two sport stand-out Koree Guthrie has done it not once, but twice, and she's hoping her senior year is just as memorable.

"In volleyball we weren't expected to go, it just happened."

That just happening led to a state-runner up finish in Class 1A last season, and just a few months later, Koree helped lead the Lady Dawgs softball team to a 1A State Championship.

"She got a little bit of a taste of it in volleyball, you know, we had it taken from us in the Championship game," said head coach Jennifer Sewell. "Then she worked even harder in softball, and we finished it in softball. I think it's kind of pushed her a little bit more to step up, and be that vocal leader that we need."

"We want to go back, so we decided we will try hard again," said Koree.

Koree leads by example- as a team captain she's a leader on the floor, but don't let her fool you, she's also quite the class clown.

"She always drinks MiO before a game, so she has tons of energy," laughed teammate Chelsea Gowan. "So she's always bouncing off the walls and stuff."

"If I don't pay attention, they're constantly playing pranks on me all the time," said Coach Sewell. "They trashed my hotel room last year at state. Saran wrapped my hotel room at the volleyball final. The big prankster on our team."

One thing Koree doesn't joke about? Her studies, as she balances a 3.5 GPA as a dual enrolled student.

"She studies on the bus. She'll study after a game, before a game," said Chelsea. "She's always helped me with my academics."

"There's a couple of JV players that look up to her that she's taken underneath her wing," said Coach Sewell. "She's one of those kids where she's going to sit there and study, and take her academics serious."

Serious as making it back to the State Finals for one last chance at adding another medal to her collection.

"We're hoping," she said. "We have to potential too, if we'll just keep at it."

That journey for Koree and the Lady Bulldogs starts on Tuesday when the 1A District 4 tournament gets underway at Franklin County. Liberty will play the winner of Port St. Joe - West Gadsden for their first game.