Nausia Woolfolk of Peach County and Matt Troutman of Taylor County took top honors on the Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State basketball team released this week.
Woolfolk was named the girls Class AAA player of the year while Troutman was the girls coach of the year in Class A.
Woolfolk, a junior who is getting offers from top-25 programs, averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Trojans, who reached the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Troutman’s Vikings completed a dream season by beating Turner County 67-54 in the title game to finish 31-0. Taylor County became the first girls program in state history to win 11 titles.
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Woolfolk was joined on the Class AAA first team by two other Middle Georgians, Rachel Selph of Dodge County and Breanna Walker of Toombs County.
Woolfolk is a repeat first-teamer for the girls, along with Mary Persons’ KeKe Calloway in Class AAAA.
Ty’lik Evans of Rutland returns to the first team on the boys side for the second straight year, the lone repeat first-teamer on the boys side.
Warner Robins’ Marquez Callaway is a Class AAAAA second-teamer this season after making the first team as a sophomore.
William Jarrell of Crawford County in Class AA and Quintez Cephus of Stratford in Class A were first-team boys selections, while Taylor County’s Rasheeka Simmons and Quaneshia Tookes of Dooly County were Class A girls first-team selections.
Wheeler’s Jaylen Brown was the state’s Mr. Basketball while Te’a Cooper of McEachern took Miss Basketball honors.
Rutland had three boys players make the team, with two from Warner Rohins and Crawford County. Dooly County had two girls selected.
Troutman keeps alive a streak of three straight years with a Middle Georgian getting coach of the year honors, while Woolfolk broke a one-year streak of Middle Georgia not having a player of the year. DeMario Beck of Bleckley County was the Class AA boys’ top player in 2013. Washington County’s Allisha Gray (2012) was the last Middle Georgian to be a girls state player of the year.
Middle Georgia All-State selections
Marquez Callaway, Warner Robins; Nate Curtis, Warner Robins.
Ty’lik Evans, Rutland
Jeremy Braswell, Rutland
Dallas Smith, Rutland
William Jarrell, Crawford County
Marcal Knolton, Crawford County
Jordan Black, Vidalia
Quintez Cephus, Stratford
LaParis Hall, Dooly County
KeKe Calloway, Mary Persons
Erica Howard, Howard
Kya Cochran and Tiana Hughes, Veterans
Nausia Woolfolk, Peach County; Rachel Selph, Dodge County; Breanna Walker, Toombs County
Nia Johnson, Washington County
Ebony Hargrove, Putnam County; Chyna Hodge, Vidalia
Rasheeka Simmons, Taylor County; Quaneshia Tookes, Dooly County
Kendra Green, Tattnall Square; Le’Terria Mathis, Dooly County; Taylor Reese, Stratford
Coach of the year
Matt Troutman, Taylor County