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Sunday, July 15, 2012


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Before starting at Georgia Tech, Kammeon Holsey (24) averaged 27 points per game as a senior and led Hancock Central to the GHSA Class A championship.


three, Weldon was the only to make two all-state teams.

Torrey Howard, Northside, football

Kammeon Holsey, Hancock Central, basketball Bio: Holsey served as Hancock Central’s team captain for three years and led the Bulldogs to their first state basketball championship in 2008. He averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds and was named the AP Class A player of the year. Holsey has started 43 games — including all 31 in 2011-12 — in two seasons at Georgia Tech. He averaged 9.4 points per game as a sophomore. Why we picked him: Holsey essentially threw the Bulldogs on his back en route to the 2008 state championship. He did something neither Horace nor Harvey Grant could accomplish — bringing a state title to Sparta. Others to consider Kaye Foskey, Northside, basketball: Foskey made an incredible 202 of her 259 field goal attempts (78 percent) in 1967 to lead Northside to the state championship. She averaged 25.7 points per game. Ralph Torrance, Lanier, football: Torrance earned allstate honors after helping lead the Poets to the 1950 state championship game, where they lost to Decatur. Jeffrey Whitaker, Warner Robins, football: Whitaker played in the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior a few months after he helped snap Warner Robins’ four-game losing streak to Northside. He played as a true freshman for Auburn in the BCS national championship game win over Oregon in 2011. Whitaker is

Bio: Like our pick at No. 58, Howard helped Northside’s emergence during Conrad Nix’s second stint leading the Eagles. The Eagles went 25-2 during Howard’s final two seasons in 1998 and 1999. Howard then went to Valdosta State, where he was named to three consecutive Gulf South All-Conference teams from 2002-04. Howard earned All-America honors as a senior in 2004 after helping lead the Blazers to the Division II national championship. Why we picked him: Howard may not have the same name recognition as some of his other Northside contemporaries like Chansi Stuckey, Dantonio Burnette, Jason Respert, Kenny Parker or Anthony Sessions. But his collegiate career measures up to any of them.

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Wilkinson County’s Travis Jones had 142 tackles as a senior in 1989. He went on to play for Georgia before entering the Canadian Football League during its U.S. expansion era. projected to start for Auburn as a junior defensive tackle in 2012.

Josh Weldon, Crisp County, football Bio: Weldon led a Crisp County team that went 21-5 from 199596. The Cougars lost in the

1995 state semifinals to Cedar Shoals in overtime at the Georgia Dome, but Weldon earned allstate honors. He received the same recognition after his senior season in 1996. Weldon went on to earn three letters at Auburn. Why we picked him: Weldon was one of the key players of two of the best teams in Crisp County history. That was apparent with Meiko Collier and Whit Smith joining Weldon at Auburn. Of the

Kenny Parker, Northside, football Bio: Parker earned all-state and USA Today All-America honors as a senior in 1999. Parker played in 29 games — starting nine — in his college career at Florida. Parker coached at Florida and Murray State before landing his current job as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State. Why we picked him: Parker’s final two seasons at Northside

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became the two best in school history to that point. The Eagles went 12-1 and lost to McEachern in the quarterfinals in 1998, and they went 13-1 and lost to Lowndes in the semifinals in 1999. Others to consider Tony Berryhill, R.E. Lee, football: Berryhill started two years at Clemson, including on the Tigers’ national championship team in 1981. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1982 and later became a charter member of the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame. Jerome Bibbins, Northside, football: Bibbins made all-state teams in 2006 and 2007 as he anchored an offensive line that won consecutive state titles. Bibbins signed with Georgia Southern.

Willie McGaughey, Lanier, football Bio: McGaughey earned allstate and All-Southern honors as a senior in 1956. He was also selected as Lanier’s MVP as a senior. McGaughey lettered three seasons at Georgia Tech, earning the honor of team captain as a senior in 1961. He started at center his final two years at Tech. Why we picked him: Lanier had an impressive string of All-Southern selections, and McGaughey continued that string. McGaughey’s leadership helped the Poets to a 9-1-1 senior season in 1956 and a spot in the state semifinals. Others to consider Glen Peacock, Dooly County, football: Peacock followed up a stellar high school career by heading to South Carolina in 1982.