Tifton Gazette


January 9, 2014

Fitzgerald,Cook, Berrien well represented on Region 1-AA team

TIFTON — Three area schools had several of their players named to the 1-AA all-region squads that were recently announced. The Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes had 10 players, the Cook Hornets had seven and the Berrien Rebels had three.

Fitzgerald had three 1st team offensive players, quarterback Romarius Gaulden, offensive guard Kenyada Little and kicker Manuel Chavez. Carl Salter was picked as a defensive end, Brandon Durham as an inside linebacker, Gerald Morgan and Antonio Wilcox as safeties, Tre Graham and Joe Reliford as corners and Yoshi Arcadia as a punter.

Cook's offensive 1st team selections were Maysoe Wiley at wide receiver and Jontavia Lucy as an offensive guard. The Hornets also had James Traylor named to the defensive line, Demartell Turner as a nose guard, corner Khilyd Turner and an inside linebacker and an outside linebacker (Spencer Joiner and Stacey Sailor).

Berrien had Taylor Griner named as a fullback and Daniel McMillan picked as the team's center. Their defensive selection was Tyrick Mollay as an inside linebacker.

Overall Player of the Year honors went to Malkom Parrish of Brooks County, which also had Maurice Freeman honored as Coach of the Year. Offensive and defensive players of the year were Mario Cherry of Thomasville and Akil Teal of Early County, respectively. Special Teams Player of the Year went to Pelham's Christian Drake.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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