Bleckley County senior DaMario Beck and Wilkinson County head coach Aaron Geter earned distinctions from the Georgia Sportswriters Association Tuesday.
Beck was voted the GHSA Class AA Player of the Year after leading Bleckley County to its first championship game appearance in school history. The senior averaged 22.5 points and 11.1 rebounds and earned Region 4-AA Player of the Year honors from the region’s coaches.
After leading Wilkinson County to its sixth state championship, Geter was selected the Class A Coach of the Year.
Former Mary Persons standout Brannen Greene – The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year in 2012 – was named Mr. Basketball as the state’s top boys player. Greene, who has signed with Kansas, transferred to Tift County for his senior year.
Beck and Geter were the GSWA’s individual honorees from the area, but plenty of other Middle Georgia players earned all-state honors.
Jones County senior Jarquez Smith, who has signed with Florida State, was a second team selection in Class AAAAA.
Bleckley County senior Rydealous Taylor joined his teammate Beck on the Class AA first team, while Dublin’s Jacori Payne and Taylor County’s Gerdarius Troutman landed on the second team. Macon County’s Juwan Willock was an honorable mention.
Wilcox County senior Johnathan Howard and Wilkinson County sophomore Torrico Simmons made the first team in Class A along with Aquinas’ Ahmed Hill. Hill, a Fort Valley native and former Peach County standout, was the Class A Player of the Year. Dooly County’s A.J. Smith was a second-team selection, while FPD’s T.J. Sams was an honorable mention.
Three players from Region 2-AAAA – Rutland’s Jaylon Tyson, Westside’s Ronnie Mays and Perry’s K.J. Smith – earned honorable mention honors.
Central senior Quintavias Virgil was an honorable mention in Class AAA.
Mary Persons sophomore KeKe Calloway made the Class AAAA first team after leading the Bulldogs to their first Final Four since 1966. Her region mates VaQueshia Hall (Howard) and Jayla Waller (Baldwin) were honorable mentions.
Washington County’s Shon Kitchens was a first-team choice in Class AAA after taking over a leadership role following the season-ending injury to the Golden Hawks’ two-time All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year Allisha Gray.
Peach County freshman Nausia Woolfork and Southwest senior Shakenya Peters were second-team selections in Class AAA, while Dodge County sophomore Rachel Selph was an honorable mention.
Quiondra Darrisaw (Dublin), Shylrick Locke (Jeff Davis) and Tia Troup (Bleckley County) were honorable mentions in Class AA.
Norcross senior Diamond DeShields was named Miss Basketball as the state’s top girls player.