TIFTON — A banquet was held Tuesday to recognize and honor the 2005-06 Tift County High basketball and wrestling teams. The awards presentation was done at the Tift County High Performing Arts Center.

Tift County Blue Devil head wrestling coach Shawn Watson recognized several members of his 2006 squad.

Chance Owens and Ben Salter were recognized for being four-year lettermen. They also joined Marvin Chaney and Jamie Dillard as the permanent team captains.

John Tibbetts received the Academic Award, while Jacob Drawdy was recognized with the Blue Devil Award.

The Most Improved Award went to Michael Denny. Zach Dunn received the Coach’s Award.

Salter and Owens also each received the Most Valuable Wrestler Award.

Owens, Salter and Dunn were honored for being Area champions, while Salter and Dunn were recognized for placing at the state tournament.

Tift County Lady Devils head basketball coach Michelle Caldwell, with help from assistants Ivey Vickers and Kristi Robinson, presented awards to members of their 2005-06 squad.

The Lady Devils junior varsity team was recognized first. Kelly Redlinger won the Academic Award, while Kendall Couch received the Best Defensive Player honors.

Nia Slappey was the Best Offensive Player, while Jessi Byrnes was recognized with the Future Lady Devil Award.

Every member of the varsity team received a letter certificate, a region championship patch, a region championship basketball and a region championship T-shirt.

The varsity awards were then presented.

With a 98.95 cumulative GPA, Ashtyn Gibbs received the Academic Award. Gibbs is ranked third in the senior class.

The Coach’s Award went to Kadie Moretz, while Gibbs received the Lady Devil Award.

Stephanie Brownlee was named Most Improved, while the Best Defensive Player Award went to Justina Brownlee.

The team’s Co-Most Valuable Players were Jessica Jenkins and Lindsay Welker.

Jenkins and Welker also received plaques for being named first-team All-Region 1-AAAAA, as well as All-Tiftarea. Jenkins also received a plaque for being named the 1-AAAAA Player of the Year.

Justina Brownlee also received plaques for being named second team All-Tiftarea and second team All-Region 1-AAAAA.

Finally, Blue Devil head basketball coach Johnny Spurlin, with help from assistants Anthony Bateman, Kevin Tolbert and Michael Phillips, presented awards to the Devils’ varsity and junior varsity players.

The jayvee Most Valuable Player went to Jonas Brown. A.J. Brown was the Best Offensive Player and Charlie Edwards was the Best Defensive Player. Justin Wilson received the Academic Award, while Taqoviar Morgan received the Most Improved Player trophy.

Justin Brownlee was named the varsity Most Valuable Player. Brownlee was also recognized for being the 1-AAAAA Player of the Year, the All-Tiftarea Player of the Year, for making All-State and for participating in the GACA North-South All-Star Game.

The Best Offensive Player Award went to Keith Cagle, while Randy Parker was named the Best Defensive Player. Parker also received the Academic Award.

Tay Mallory and Maurice Morrow each received Most Improved Player recognition.

Larry Dean and Jay Gaskins received the Devil Awards.

“The Devil Awards are presented to the players who display leadership and who contribute in very important, but often overlooked areas such as rebounding, defense and screening. They also sacrifice personally for the benefit of the team,” Spurlin said.

The Play Making Award went to Chris Range and the Rebounding Award went to Terrell Johnson.

Cagle received an award for being recognized as first-team All-Region and second-team All-Tiftarea. Morrow also received recognition for being named honorable-mention All-Tiftarea.

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