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Predicting the next retired jerseys in the Southern Crescent

Photos by Jerry Jackson and Jeff Hurndon Photography: Mundy's Mill basketball standout Brianna McQueen and Henry County wrestling star Dalvin Tomlinson have the resumes to get their jerseys retired at their respective schools.

Photos by Jerry Jackson and Jeff Hurndon Photography: Mundy's Mill basketball standout Brianna McQueen and Henry County wrestling star Dalvin Tomlinson have the resumes to get their jerseys retired at their respective schools.

It’s the ultimate honor a high school athlete can receive — their jersey framed and hanging high in the gymnasium for as long as the school still stands.

When North Clayton recently retired the jersey of former Eagles football standout Kyle Love, we wondered: Who among the current crop of Southern Crescent standouts might one day have their jersey retired?

The following is a list of eight players from Clayton and Henry counties we think could be coming back to their respective high schools to see their jerseys immortalized.

Ashlee Cole

School: Forest Park

Sport: Girls basketball

Credentials: Cole was a two-time Clayton County Girls Player of the Year selection by the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald, and a three-time all-state selection. She led Forest Park in scoring the past three seasons, which included trips to the Class AAAA semifinals (2010), finals (2011) and quarterfinals (2012). Cole signed with High Point University, and leaves Forest Park having eclipsed the 1,000-point mark.

Keyante Green

School: Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

Sport: Football

Credentials: Not many freshmen burst onto the scene with a 1,000-yard rushing season, while also holding down a starting spot at linebacker. The junior just missed making it three straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing. The UCLA verbal commit was the Henry County Player of the Year selection as a sophomore, and has led the Chargers to the Class A quarterfinals (2011) and semifinals (2012).

Jermaine Hough

School: Lovejoy

Sport: Football

Credentials: The 5-foot-9, 170-pound defensive back was the Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year and the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald’s Clayton County Player of the Year last season. A Jacksonville State signee, Hough led the Wildcats to the Class AAAA title game, the school’s first state title appearance in school history. Hough was also the starting point guard on Lovejoy’s back-to-back quarterfinal teams.

Brianna McQueen

School: Mundy’s Mill

Sport: Girls basketball

Credentials: Mundy’s Mill had never won a state tournament game. McQueen took care of that as a junior. But the 5-foot-5 guard did much more than that during her three years on varsity. She became the school’s all-time leading scorer, the Region 4-AAAA girls player of the year last season after averaging 26.3 points per game and signed with East Tennessee State.

Precious Person

School: Drew

Sport: Girls basketball

Credentials: The bar is set high after Person’s three years at Drew. The 6-foot-1 guard/forward put the Lady Titans on the map, winning a Region 4-AAA title (2011), making the state tournament two straight seasons and spending much of last season ranked in the top 10. Person, who signed with Rutgers, was named Region 4-AAA Player of the Year, and leaves as the program’s all-time leading scorer.

Chase Scott

School: Luella

Sport: Baseball

Credentials: Look through the Luella baseball record books, and you’ll find Scott all over. A four-year starter for the Lions, he holds the record for every offensive category, except triples. The senior third baseman had a 25-game hitting streak as a sophomore and has been a part of back-to-back Class AAAAA quarterfinal teams. The Tulane signee was the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald Player of the Year last season.

Mariah Stackhouse

School: North Clayton

Sport: Golf

Credentials: The list of Stackhouse’s amateur golf accomplishments is extensive. The coverage of her emergence has been widespread. She qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open last year, and has been featured in numerous publications, from Golf Digest to The New York Times. But her high school accomplishments alone are stellar. The Stanford signee won the Class AAAA individual title in 2009 and 2010, and will return this season to try for her third.

Dalvin Tomlinson

School: Henry County

Sport: Wrestling

Credentials: Tomlinson might have enough on his high school football resume to warrant consideration, but there’s no denying his legacy in high school wrestling. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive lineman who signed with Alabama was also a three-time state champion at heavyweight, a first in state wrestling history. He won two titles in Class AA, a third in Class AAA and finished his career with just one loss, which happened to be in his first match ever.