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Knox named region defensive POTY
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    Senior John Knox was named region 3-AAAA defensive player of the year on Tuesday, along with five other Blue Devils off a 9-2 team.
    Bobby Cody (offensive line), Sherrod Natson (tight end), Molloy VanGorder (defensive back), Justin Houston (defensive line) and DeAngelo Tyson (defensive line) joined Knox on the team from Statesboro.
    Glynn Academy’s Antonio Frederick was named player of the year and Anthony Wright of Effingham County was named offensive player of the year.
    Ware County placed the most players on the team with seven and Ware coach Dan Ragle was named 3-AAAA coach of the year.

Six Gators
named All-State

    Four Bulloch Academy softball players, a cross country runner and a soccer player were named All-State in their respective sports for the 2006 Georgia Independent School Association fall-sports season.
    Student-athletes Kacie Lanier, Kaylee Lanier, Addie Reddick, Rachel Gilbert, William Spigener and John Manack received the league’s highest honors at the school’s Fall Sports Awards Ceremony on Nov. 28. Gator football player James Conner was named All-State Monday.
    Reddick, Gilbert and the Laniers, no relation, were named All-State in softball, Spigener was honored in soccer and Manack won his with a Top 10 finish in the Class AA state cross country meet.
    The softball foursome helped lead the Lady Gator squad to a history-making 24-6 season and a second-place finish in the Class AA tournament. Kacie Lanier, a senior, was the team’s second baseman while Kaylee Lanier, a sophomore, played shortstop. Addie Reddick, also a sophomore, played first base while Rachel Gilbert, an eighth grader, was the team’s center fielder.
    Spigener, a senior, was a defender on the Gator boys’ soccer team. Both Spigener and the softball players were voted All-State by a consensus of the Class AA coaches in their respective sports.  
    Manack, a freshman, won his All-State honor in late October by finishing ninth out of 110 runners in the Class AA state cross country meet in Macon. He ran a personal best 18:31 on the 3.1-mile course at the Georgia Children’s Home.