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Buford honors Jackets' elite

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By Robert Howey

BUFORD – Buford High School’s athletic best took top billing as the Jackets held their annual athletic awards night in the BHS gym on Thursday night.A host of athletes were honored, with senior baseball star Christian Dickson among the elite.Dickson, the Jackets MVP, was named the Conference VIII-AA Player of the Year. Dickson was also chosen for the North-South All-Star game and named all-region.Jackets’ tri-sports performer JoJo Morris kept busy with a host of honors.Morris, an all-region performer in basketball, football and soccer, earned the soccer MVP and boys basketball Jacket Pride Award.Joseph Wright, a two-sport star, earned all-region laurels in baseball and football. He received the BHS baseball Offensive Award and earned the Jacket Pride Award for football.Lady Jackets’ ace Chandler Baxley was honored as she was named the volleyball MVP and received the Jacket Pride Award for softball. She received all-region honors in both sports and was an all-state selection for volleyball.Qua Reid reaped his share of awards, including MVP and all-region honors for basketball and the Jacket Pride Award for soccer.Ace golfers Trevor Banks and Taylor Banks earned their share of honors.Trevor Banks, the AA state medalist, garnered golf MVP honors. Taylor Banks was presented Jacket Pride. Each also earned all-region and all-state honors in golf. Trevor Banks was also an all-region pick for wrestling.Prior to the awards, BHS Booster Club president Monty Craig noted the club had raised $38,000 over the last year.“We’re grateful for the Buford community and area businesses who support us and our athletes,” Craig said. “We appreciate their spirit and support.”Longtime Jackets’ backer Maurice Carter was presented a BHS letter jacket with his name on the back.“Maurice has been loyal through the years and we appreciate what he does,” BHS football coach Mike Wells said.VolleyballMVP – Chandler BaxleyJacket Pride – Lauren PearsonMost Improved Player – Taylor GloverAll-State – Chandler Baxley, Taylor ThreattAll-Region – Chandler Baxley, Taylor Threatt, Nikole Edwards, Marley GhentJayvee MVP – Lauren BradburnJayvee Jacket Pride – Casey OutenCheerleadingMVP – Cierra StinsonJacket Pride – Michelle StinsonMost Improved – Sara MoseleyLisa Williams Jayvee MVP – Madison WrightBrandy Baker Most Improved – Courtney RobertsFootballMVP – Andrew JenningsJacket Pride – Joseph WrightBest Offensive Lineman – Ryan LloydBest Defensive Lineman – Cory WalkerBest Offensive Back – Brent McAteerBest Defensive Back – Will FordMost Improved Player – Gavin FlynnAll-Region – Joseph Wright, Tyquan Brown, Cory Walker, Andrew Jennings, Will Ford, JoJo Morris, Brent McAteer, Ryan Lloyd, Matt ShannonJayvee MVP – Montra WrightJayvee Jacket Pride – Britt WellsWrestlingMVP – Rashad CunninghamJacket Pride – Lamont McPhearsonMost Improved Player – Daniel DeeseRookie of the Year – Lain AdamsAll-Region – Josh Ferguson, Lamont McPhearson, Trevor BanksAll-State – Rashad CunninghamGirls BasketballMVP – Brittany McCarterBest Defensive Award – Janay BlackmonMost Improved Player – Whitney FunderburkJacket Pride – Lauren PearsonJayvee MVP – Catie RowellJayvee Jacket Pride – Jasmine LouallenBoys BasketballMVP – Qua ReidJacket Pride – JoJo MorrisMost Valuable Defensive Player – Jabari WilliamsMost Improved Player – Michael ChildersAll-Region – JoJo Morris, Jabari Williams, Qua ReidJayvee MVP – Chris SutterJayvee Jacket Pride – Jacob JamiesonSoftballMVP – Jena HallmanJacket Pride – Chandler BaxleyBest Offensive Player – Leslie PressleyBest Defensive Player – Lindsey PressleyAll-Region – Chandler Baxley, Leslie Pressley, Lindsey Pressley, Jena HallmanJayvee MVP – Cayla LloydJayvee Jacket Pride – Hannah KnightBaseballMVP – Christian DicksonRegion VIII-AA Player of the Year – Christian DicksonDefensive Award – Christian DicksonOffensive Award – Joseph WrightJacket Pride – Donald KirkleyNorth-South All-Star – Christian DicksonAll-Region – Joseph Wright, Christian Dickson, Donald Kirkley, Gavin FlynnJayvee MVP – Ricky LewisJacket Pride – Logan SegeeTrackBoys MVP – Eric McPhearsonGirls MVP – Simone BarrinoBoys Jacket Pride – Michael ProsserGirls Jacket Pride – Asia StephensGirls Most Improved – Tiera StewartBoys Most Improved – Anthony StephensBest Field Performer – Cody JohnsonBest Track Performers – Lamont McPhearson, Latoya McPhearsonAll-Region – Eric McPhearson, Lamont McPhearson, Whitney Funderburk, Simone Barrino, Latoya McPhearson, Tiera StewartSoccerMVP – JoJo MorrisJacket Pride – Qua ReidBest Defensive Award – Shane BlackmonBest Offensive Award – Michael ChildersAll-State – JoJo MorrisAll-Region – Michael Childers, John-Michael Hayes, JoJo Morris, Andrew RinerJayvee MVP – Justin SimsJayvee Jacket Pride – Kendal ShurleyGolfMVP – Trevor BanksJacket Pride – Taylor BanksClass AA Medalist – Trevor BanksAll-State – Trevor Banks, Taylor BanksAll-Region – Trevor Banks, Taylor Banks