Photo by Derrick Mahone
J.R. Holder, who helped lead Mount Zion to a first place finish in its subregion, was named the Regin 4-AAAAA Player of the Year by the region coaches.
Players from the Southern Crescent dominated the All-Region 4-AAAAA team, which was released earlier this week.
All-Region 4-AAAAA team
First team: Moneshia Dyer, Mundy’s Mill; Kaelyn Dugger, Whitewater; Treva Hickey, Union Grove; Breasia McElrath, Forest Park; Kayla Potts, Forest Park; Gabby Seilor, McIntosh; Lakia Sims, Drew; Cassidy Williams, McIntosh; Katie Wilson, Starr’s Mill; Tiffany Wilson, Forest Park.
Second team: Kelsie Arnold, Mundy’s Mill; Ebonee Echols, Northgate; Danielle Garcia, Starr’s Mill; Jada Hargrove, Drew; Bradleigh Hooper, Ola; Rena Jenkins, Whitewater; Tyanna Juhan, Mount Zion; Amanda Lindsey, McIntosh; Tynesha Parks, Mount Zion; Selena Robinson, Drew; Danielle Ross, Whitewater; Kanisha Thorpe, Forest Park; Anna Watkins, Creekside.
First team: J.R. Holder, Mount Zion; Phil Cofer, Whitewater; Jordan Lyons, McIntosh; Sean Williams, Union Grove; Brandon Clyde, Drew; David Watson, Starr’s Mill; Brandon Williams, Forest Park; Chris Sanders-McCollum, Creekside; Luke Motzel, Northgate; Cody Simmons, Mount Zion.
Second team: Andrew Caldwell, Ola; Will Washington, McIntosh; David White, Drew; Will Anda, Starr’s Mill; Darius Sharpe, Whitewater; Kendarius James, Forest Park; Adrian Tolbert, Northgate; Ed Jones, Creekside; Darius Sizemore, Mundy’s Mill; Jay Shorts, Union Grove; Christian White, Mount Zion.
Honorable mention: Franklin Keesee, Mundy’s Mill; Coleman, Seabolt, Ola; Jeremiah Vrundy, Starr’s Mill; Tevin Henry, Creekside; Junaid Olusesi, Whitewater; Devontae Cacok, Drew; Caleb Ham, Union Grove; Peyton Cain, Northgate; Peter Talisse, McIntosh; Deonte Griffin, Mundy’s Mill.
Six girls players from the area were named to the 10-player first team all-region squad that was selected by the region coaches. Forest Park, which clinched the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A title, had the most with three players on the first team.
Juniors Kayla Potts and Tiffany Wilson of Forest Park was joined by sophomore Breasia McElrath. Potts recently rejoined the team after missing an entire season with a ACL injury.
Wilson also missed last season with a knee injury.
Gabby Seilor of McIntosh was named the girls region player of the year.
Rounding out the first team from the area was Moneshia Dyer of Mundy’s Mill, Treva Hickey of Union Grove, and Lakia Sims of Drew.
On the boys’ side, J.R. Holder of Mount Zion was named the region’s top player. The senior who signed with Jacksonville University has been instrumental in leading the Bulldogs to the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A title. Last season, Mount Zion only won four games, but enters the region tournament as the favorite.
Joining Holder on the first team is teammate Cody Simmons, who averages a double-double.
Rounding out the first team from the area is Sean Williams of Union Grove, Brandon Clyde of Drew, and Brandon Williams of Forest Park.
The region tournament starts on Saturday at Ola. The top four teams from the tournament will advance to the state playoffs. The championship and consolation games will be on Feb. 15 starting at 4 p.m.