Before the 2010 high school football season started, Lakeside expected to have two standout athletes in the offensive formation at all times. Both were more than capable of handling quarterbacking duties.
However, when junior Mark Weidenaar went down with a season-ending knee injury in an exhibition game, all of the dynamic duo's potential came down on the shoulders of Ben Wilson.
The senior not only controlled the game at quarterback, but he excelled there. He passed for more than 1,300 yards and ran for more than 400 while accounting for 14 touchdowns.
His strong senior season earned him a special postseason honor. Wilson has been named Region 2-AAAA North Player of the Year.
A slew of Columbia County players joined him on the All-Region squad.
Lakeside players making the team included senior offensive lineman John Hardy; senior wide receiver Tony Sigee; junior running back Johnathan Long; junior defensive linemen Sean Gaddy and Jacob Wright; linebackers Danny Leonardi, a junior, and Jon Zumbro, a senior; and junior defensive back Luke Reeve.
Panthers named honorable mention were David Reeder, Kendal Parker, Jamal Hadley, Sam Graham and Jeveon Brigham.
For Evans, senior quarterback Glenn Cassedy was named the region's offensive player of the year.
Also gracing the All-Region team for the Knights were junior offensive lineman Chandler Jones; senior wide receiver Trevor Foreman; senior linebacker Thad Greenaway; junior defensive back Myles McDavid; and junior punter Patrick Ward.
Honorable mentions for Evans included Kyle Henderson, Jamie Galvin, Jamerson Turner, Clifford Saggus and Jabari Nelson.
Greenbrier junior running back Jahvon Hardrick had a breakout season.
He led a Wolfpack All-Region contingent that also included senior offensive lineman Matt McAlvin; senior wide receiver Ricky Wiebe; junior defensive lineman Fisher Wright; senior linebacker Danny Horuzsko; and junior defensive back Thomas Brown.
Wolfpack honorable mentions were Graham Lowery, A.J. Kelly, Trey Lawhorn and Jordan Hunt.
In Region 3-AAA North, Grovetown showed flashes of being a breakout program.
Senior Xavier Crain made first team all-region under a specialty category of athlete, apt because he excelled at both quarterback and defensive back. Fellow senior Tae Miller also made the first team at defensive back.
On the second team were running backs D.J. Tyson and Jamal Cummings; offensive linemen Akila Parks and Stephen Holden; and kicker Corey Stone.
Receiving honorable mention were Travon Biggers, Hunter McBride, Damon Stinger, Juwan Biggers and Bryce Clear.
Harlem had five players earn honorable mention. They were Taylor Camp, Taylor Mills, Hunter Hamilton, Zach Piorkowski and Mikey McIntire, who stepped into a feature running back role this season as a freshman and played well.
Warriors' strong finish gets rewards
Grovetown's run to a region championship and state playoff appearance in volleyball has resulted in a pair of postseason honors.
Warriors sophomore setter Katie Hagins has been named Region 3-AAA Player of the Year, while coach Amy Slagle was named the region's coach of the year.
Grovetown sophomore libero Kristi Sammons and Harlem senior outside hitter Breanna Orton were named to the first team.
Sophomore ran with region's best
Grovetown High is still building up its cross country program, as the Warriors didn't have enough runners this season to field a team for state championship consideration.
But one Warriors runner has been honored for her work this season.
Abigail Soderling had set the school's record for girls 5K before breaking her own mark earlier this season. Only a sophomore, Soderling has been named to the All-Region 3-AAA North first team.
On the boys' side, Grovetown's Richard Bragg was named honorable mention.
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