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2005 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Leon Buchanan
Albany High School
Leon Buchanan's sports career began in the 9th grade at (school). After trying out for and making the Junior Varsity basketball team, Buchanan went on to the l0th grade as a starter, consistently maintaining his A-B average to keep his starting spot on the team. In the 11th grade, Buchanan continued playing basketball during the regular season, the off-season and continued practicing to better his skills at basketball summer camp. He tried out for the football team for the first time in his 12th-grade year, making the team. He continued to play basketball and was named one of The Albany Herald's Super Six. Buchanan earned the Basketball Sportmanship award in the l0th grade followed by the Most Valuable Player in basketball award in the 11th grade. He was also nominated for a Golden Herald Award and as Athlete of the Year. Further, he earned the Football Coach's award, the Youth Basketball of America Award and a state championship.


Joshua Hunter
Dougherty Comp.
High School
Joshua Hunter is a Dougherty High School student who has ear:n.ed the Best re-Bounder and Coaches Award in 2003-and Best Defensive Player in the 2001-02 school year. Also in 2001, he was a member of the Region 1-AAA basketball championship in the GHSA Sweet Sixteen. In 2002, he participated in the GHSA State Playoffs in basketball then went on in the following year to become Region 1-AAAA basketball champions and participate in the GHSA State Basketball playoff Sweet Sixteen. In 2004 he was a runner up for the Region 1-AAA runner up in Varsity Basketball, as well as a member of the GHSA State Basketball playoff Final Four. Hunter has signed a full scholarship with Okaloosa-Walton Community College. 
 
 
Stephanie Mattox
Sherwood
Christian Academy
As a student at Sherwood Christian Acadetiiy, Stephanie Mattox has earned both a:wards in sports and academically during her high school career. Mattox excelled in track earning All Region Cross Country from 9th through 12th grades. Also during the 9th grade, she earned the Christian Leadership Award for girls track. In l0th and 11th grades, Mattox received All Region Honorable Mention for basketball and participated in All Region soccer. The 11th grade also found her becoming a Scholar Athlete for basketball, earning Best Defensive Player in basketball and participating in Scholar Athletic Cross Country. Her 12th grade year has seen Mattox participating in GA/SC GISA All-Star basketball game and earning the Most Valuable Defensive Player in basketball. She again earned Scholar Athlete and was a participant in All Region volleyball. Mattox consistently maintained her position on the "A" Honor Roll, and earned several academic awards, including the Distinguished Christian High School Student Award and being a Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee. She has also participated in the Kiwanis School Art Exhibition, Darton College Youth Leadership Conference and is currently a Region's Bank Junior Board of Directors member.

 
Terrance Ransom
Monroe High
Terrance Ransom is the son of Cedric and Jackie Ransom. Athletics have always been a part of his life. It's not difficult for him to remember when he was not involved in sports. As a student at Monroe, he participated in basketball, football and track where he has served as captain of each sport since his junior year. He received most of his athletic  recognition awards in football. His junior year, he was selected as Region
Player of the Year, Dynamic Dozen, All-State Team and John Reynolds Award. Terrance was a member of the North vs. South GHSA All-star team in 2004. Ransom will be attending Albany State University on a football scholarship to earn a degree in Criminal Justice.

 
Aairon Savage
Westover High
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Aairon Savage has been a starter at Westover High School on both sides of the ball for four years. Finishing his high school career with a total of 10 interceptions and 149 tackles, Savage topped off his career accumulating a number of awards. A two time All-Area selection, Savage was also on the Pre-season All-Academic Team. After a strong senior season he was selected to play in the North vs. South All-Star Game in Columbus and chosen as a member of the Macon Touchdown Club's Super 7 players in Georgia. Savage also earned the defensive player of the year award and was selected as The Albany Orthopedic Association player of the week. He was very instrumental in helping Westover High to the state playoffs his junior and senior years, as well as winning the first state playoff game in the history of Westover High School in 2004. One of the top defensive backs in Georgia, Savage also used his defensive skills to aid the Westover High School Basketball Team that made it to the final four in two of the last four years. Savage also long-jumped and ran on the relay teams for the Westover High School track team.

 
Joe Williams
Byne Christian
School
Joe Williams began his sports career at Byne Christian School in his 8th grade year. He played starting pitcher and shortstop in Junior Varsity and Varsity baseball and point-guard in Junior Varsity basketball. Williams earned the Most Improved Player award in basketball and the Mr.Offense award in baseball that year. In his 9th grade year, Williams continued to play Junior Varsity and Varsity baseball, as well as Junior Varsiiy and Varsity basketball. In his l0th grade year and continuing through his senior year, Williams was the starting pitcher and shortstop in baseball and starting guard and point-guard in basketball. Willialns has earned aeveral awards, including Most Valuable Player of the Year, Mr. Defense, the Leadership award and Athlete of the Year. Williams has a deep appreciation for all sports and will often encourage and coach other players on his team. He is a true team player. Williams has a softer side that often has him rooting for the underdog. Williams has tremendous discipline in sports. He likes to know the rules and follow them, as well. Williams remembers his peers, as well as the older players that he looked up to and tries to set a good example for younger players to follow. Williams plans to attend a major university where he will major in business.

 
Michelle Young
Deerfield-Windsor
Academy
A student at Deerfield-Windsor Academy, Michelle Young has been a four-year All-Region performer as a catcher in softball and a point guard in basketball. She has been a two-year All-Region performer in tennis. Young earned All-State positions in softball and tennis for one year and in basketball for two years. She has been a part of three region championships in basketball and two region championships in tennis. She has also been a state runner-up in basketball and tennis and a state champion
in basketball and tennis. 
   
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