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CCSU recognizes student-athletes

From staff reports

The 2002-03 Clayton College & State University Athletics season has come to a close, and the department recently recognized its teams and student-athletes for putting the finishing touches on one of the most successful seasons ever in Laker athletics.

Even though the program didn't experience the same exhilaration of capturing a conference championship in 2002-03, like the two crowns the previous year, Clayton State's athletic squads still won, and at a staggering pace.

Clayton State's athletic teams finished the year with a combined 288-136-6 record against opponents, a 68 percent winning percentage, the highest in the history of Athletics program. All eight of the program's sports were ranked in the top 10 in their respective NCAA Division II regions, and four teams were ranked nationally.

In addition, CCSU had 13 athletes named to the Peach Belt All-Conference squads, four named to All-Region teams and one named All-America.

All these accomplishments and more were recognized recently at the 2002-03 Clayton State Awards Night held at the Athletics & Fitness Center on the Clayton State campus.

"We had a very good year," said athletics director Mason Barfield. "We didn't have the good fortune of winning a conference championship, but we still had a fine year, winning almost 70 percent of our athletic contests. Our success without a conference championship is an indication of just how strong the competition is in the Peach Belt Conference."

Former CCSU basketball player, current Adamson Middle school coached honored at Clayton State: Former Clayton College & State University basketball player Charlie Frazier will always be remembered by Laker fans for his ?lightning-quick' first step and for leading the men's basketball team to its first-ever Peach Belt Conference championship in 2001-02.

Frazier has now been honored in a different way. The Clayton State basketball program has named its most-coveted annual award in honor of Frazier.

The ?Charlie Frazier Award will be presented each year to the top student-athlete in the basketball program based on athletic achievement, academics, leadership and sportsmanship.

"Charlie is one of those guys that is destined for success," Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons said. "Not only was he a good basketball player and an excellent student, more importantly he was and still is a good person. He was everything a coach could ever ask for in a player."

The Brunswick native was a four-year starter from 1998-2002. He is now teaching sixth grade social studies and is the head boys basketball coach at Adamson Middle School. During the 2001-02 school year, the first-year teacher won the school's ?Teacher of the Month' in November.

"Basketball had an extremely positive impact on me," he said. "It pushed me to be my best and taught me the importance of hard work and dedication."

Before enrolling at Clayton State, Frazier served in the Army from 1993-97 and entered Clayton State on the G.I. Bill.

"Charlie was the epitome of what a student athlete should be," Gibbons said. "He was a model student-athlete and someone that we would like all our players to emulate."