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Local players named to the GACA all-state team

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Ten players from the Southern Crescent were named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's All-State team. Jonesboro senior Rasham Suarez was named the Class AAAA South Player of the Year, which was selected among players from Regions 1-4.

Last month, the Georgia Southern signee was chosen the Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year by the league's 11 coaches. It was the second straight year that the 6-foot-1 guard was named the top player in the region.

Joining Suarez on the Class AAAA all-state team was teammate James White, a 6-foot-8 Arkansas-Little Rock signee. Juniors Marcus Hunt of North Clayton and Charles Mann of Union Grove also were named to the first team.

White and Suarez led the Cardinals to the region tournament championship and the state semifinals.

In Class AAA, Aaron Horton of Eagle's Landing, Dontavious Bega of Henry County and Dante Campbell of Stockbridge were named to the first team. Horton was the starting guard on the Golden Eagles' first-ever final four appearance.

Bega was named the Region 4-AAA Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

On the girls' side, Ashlee Cole of Forest Park and North Clayton's Miranda Cantrell were named to the first team in Class AAAA. Cole, a junior, led the Lady Panthers to the final four for the second consecutive season where they lost in the championship game to Fayette County.

Cantrell, a Jacksonville State signee, was named the Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year after averaging double figures in points and rebounds.

Mia Adams of Eagle's Landing was the lone Class AAA all-state selection from the area.

This Sunday, Hunt, Mann and Cole will play in the second annual GACA North-South Junior Showcase in Savannah.