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2004 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Stephen Bass
Albany High School
A senior at Albany High School, Stephen Bass has earned the Albany Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year for 2004 through hard work in his athletic endeavors during his academic career. As a freshman, Bass received letters for wrestling and soccer. In wrestling, he placed as an alternate at region-level competition then continued to state. Bass earned letters in cross country, wrestling and soccer as a sophomore. He also placed third in region competition for wrestling and continued to state. During his junior year, Bass participated in cross country, wrestling and soccer, earning yet another letter in each sport. As part of a team, he placed first in region competition in cross country and again in region for wrestling, continuing on to the state level. As a senior, Bass has participated in wrestling, in which he earned a letter and a second place in region competition, and soccer, in which he earned another letter. In addition to his athletic pursuits, Bass is also a member of the Spanish Club serving as president during his junior year, and is currently attending·classes at Darton College.


Ivey Danielle Davis
Byne Memorial Baptist School
 An extremely active young woman, Ivey Danielle Davis participates in varsity basketball, softball and cheerleading. During her sophomore and junior years, Davis received the "Most Athletic" award; "Best Defensive Player" in basketball for her freshman, sophomore and junior years; the "Golden Glove Award" in softball during her sophomore year; and "Most Valuable Player" in junior varsity softball during her sophomore year. Additionally, Davis' academic achievements are just as notable, including highest or out-standing achievement awards in English, history, Earth science, algebra, geometry and  advanced management.  Attaining and maintaining a high grade point average, she has also earned the President's Education Award and Rotary Youth Leadership Award, as well as participating in the Miss Byne Pageant and the Teen Choir. She also performs as a church soloist.  Davis plans to attend a major university and major in marketing.
 
 
Kyle Belcher
Deerfield-Windsor
School
Has played defender (freshman year), sweeper (sophomore year) and forward (junior and senior years) in soccer during his high school athletic career. He was named GISA 3AAA All Region Player in his first three years, as well as GISA AAA All-State Player in his sophomore and junior years. He also earned the team's captain position in his senior year. In 2002, Belcher's junior year, he and his teammates earned the GISA AAA State Championship, and Belcher earned the GISA AAA State Point Leader for Kicker with 70 points. He Made '46 out of 51 attempted PATS, as well as completing 76 percent of goals in the end zone and a punting average  36.09. As a senior, Belcher broke his own record and that of the school's with a 57 yard field goal. Out of an attempted 36 PATS, he made 33, as well as landing 69 percent of field goals in or through the end zone. His punting average was 40.2 yards, and his overall points scored for the year was 69, including one touchdown. Additionally, Belcher was named to the Wendy's High School Heisman nominee list and is a Georgia state finalist.

 
Remmecya LaVant
Dougherty High
School
Track, tennis, softball and basketball athlete Remmecya LaVant has earned numerous awards for her efforts. Not only has she placed at regional competitions for her skill in track, she has participated at the state level. Her region accolades include crosscountry runner up and state participant in her freshman and sophomore years, and multiple track relay competitions throughout her high school career. LaVant has received the Jr. Girls Varsity Basketball Coaches Award, Girls Varsity Basketball Best Defensive Player, Most Valuable Runner in Track, Best Defensive Player and the Three-sport Award. Her sport-related academic awards include those for cross-country and tennis. In academics, LaVant has earned the National Honor Society, is a National Merit Scholar, recipient of the DCHS Academic Excellence Award, and Who's Who Among America's High School Students for four years. LaVant is also very active with the Junior ROTC program in which she has earned several athletic awards and is currently a battalion commander.

 
Antoinette Ellis
Monroe High
School
 Cheerleader and track runner, Antoinette Ellis has earned her state championship in track in the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 school years. She has also been named All-State and All-Region member for 2001-2003. This year she has been a leader on her track team. Ellis has been a cheerleader since 2001, earning an All-American nomination all four years, and winning it in 2004. In her senior year, she is also the captain of the cheerleading squad. A member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Ellis has also earned membership on the National Honor Roll. Her extracurricular activities include active volunteerism with Girls, Inc., and she participated as a 2004 debutante. Ellis plans on attending Fort Valley University then the University of Georgia for a degree in law.

 
Bradley Rucker
Sherwood Christian
Academy
 Considered respectful, determined and one of the school's best team players, Bradley Rucker has excelled at football both offensively as a running back and defensively as a defensive back, basketball as a guard, baseball in center field and track competition. A four-year letter winner in football, basketball and baseball, Rucker has been a starter on the varsity team almost every year in all three sports. Rucker was recently honored as Most Valuable Defensive Player for basketball in the 2004 Region 3- AAA Champion Basketball Team and received Honorable Mention All-Region for his efforts in basketball his sophomore year, as well as All-Region his junior year. He was also voted Most Valuable Defensive Player his senior year. This past season, Rucker was responsible for setting the rushing record in football in the school's history with 212 yards and four touchdowns in a single game. Through the first six games of the same season, before being sidelined for a broken collar bone, Rucker was the lead rusher in the GISA. He had a total of nine touchdowns and 583 rushing yards in his senior year. Currently, Rucker is being recruited by several area colleges and universities for his athletic skills in baseball.

 
Demone Daniels
Westover High
School
 As a football player, wrestler and track team. member, Demone Daniels has an outstanding high school career in athletics. In his freshman year, Daniels was a starting linebacker for his football team, lettered in wrestling in the 215-pound weight class with a record of 16-13, and lettered in track. He as a defensive end and tight end playing football in his sophomore year, as well as earning a second letter in wrestling with a 28-14 record, taking fifth place at state competition. Daniels also earned a second letter for track. In his junior year, Daniels was voted Best Defensive Lineman, All-Region, All-Metro and All-SOWEGA in his position as defensive end on the football team; lettered for the third straight year in wrestling with a record of 32-10, placing sixth at state competition and was voted Best Wrestler by his team. During this same year, he lettered in track again. As a senior, Daniels has participated on his football team as a linebacker, leading his team in tackles. He earned the position of co-captain and was voted All-Region and All-Metro, and earned a football scholarship to Albany State University.
   
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