2018-02-08 / Front Page

Student athletes recognized for dedication on and off field


Former Red Devil football stars Dr. Randall Edmunds (left) and Jarius Wynn (right) were honored at the fall Athletic Awards Banquet at Lincoln County High School. They were praised by head football coach Kevin Banks (center), who gave a brief history of each player and thanked them for their service to the athletic department, as both also retired their old Red Devil jerseys to the school. Former Red Devil football stars Dr. Randall Edmunds (left) and Jarius Wynn (right) were honored at the fall Athletic Awards Banquet at Lincoln County High School. They were praised by head football coach Kevin Banks (center), who gave a brief history of each player and thanked them for their service to the athletic department, as both also retired their old Red Devil jerseys to the school. Lincoln County High School athletes were recently honored at an “Athletic Awards Night” for the fall semester of Red Devil sports, as family and friends joined them for the celebration at the end of Janu­ary. These students were honored for their talents, as well as for their sportsmanship and integrity both on and off the playing fields.

A variety of awards, emphasizing a diversity of athletic achievements, was presented to LCHS student ath­letes, including those on the junior varsity and varsity teams.


Varsity football “Players of the Week” included (front, l-r) Javon Wynn, Kevon Franklin, Monquavious Leverett, Manny Delancy, (back, l-r) Dawayne Wright, Levion Lockhart. Tyson Zellars, Kolbi Ferguson, Riccardo Hawes, (not pictured) Nykese Norman, and Ronnie Gowen. Varsity football “Players of the Week” included (front, l-r) Javon Wynn, Kevon Franklin, Monquavious Leverett, Manny Delancy, (back, l-r) Dawayne Wright, Levion Lockhart. Tyson Zellars, Kolbi Ferguson, Riccardo Hawes, (not pictured) Nykese Norman, and Ronnie Gowen. Cross country team members honored were Ethan Clegg, who was named “Most Improved Play­er;” Noah Rueda, “Most Valuable Player;” and Ross LeRoy, who received the “Coach’s Award.”

Softball players honored were Taylor Guin, named “Best Offen­sive Player” and was named to the Softball All-Region Second Team; Jordyn Deason, “Best Defensive Player” and was named to the Softball All-Region Second Team; Rachel Jordan, “Most Improved Player;” Anna Layton, “Most Valu­able Player;” and Jenny Beggs, who received the “Coach’s Award.”


Lady Devil softball players (l-r) Taylor Guin, Jenny Beggs, Anna Layton, RAchel Jordan, and Jordyn Deason received recognition for awards night. Lady Devil softball players (l-r) Taylor Guin, Jenny Beggs, Anna Layton, RAchel Jordan, and Jordyn Deason received recognition for awards night. Junior varsity cheerleaders hon­ored were Miciah Norman, who received “Most Spirited;” Saman­tha Richmond, “Most Improved;” and Nakisha Hill, “Most Valuable Player.”

Varsity cheerleaders honored were Madi Welch, who received “Most Improved;” Jesse Partridge, “Most Spirited;” Savannah Cliatt, who received the “Leadership Award” and “Most Valuable Player;” Brandtley Vickery, “Leadership” and “Best Flyer;” Avery Wheeler, “Best Base;” Alexia Norman, “Best Backspot;” Crissy Wilkerson, “Best Tumbler;” and Katie Vickery, “Most Valuable Player.”

Junior varsity football players honored were Keenan Lampkin, who received “Most Valuable Of­fensive Player;” Colton Willis, “Most Valuable Defensive Player;” Tyrece Cullars, “Most Improved Player;” and Darrien Elder, “Most Valuable Player.”


Cross County Red Devils (l-r) Ross LeRoy, Noah Rueda, and Ethan Clegg all received honors at Athletic Awards Night. Cross County Red Devils (l-r) Ross LeRoy, Noah Rueda, and Ethan Clegg all received honors at Athletic Awards Night. Varsity football team members honored were Jayden Robinson, who made the All-Region Football Team; Ja’mal Norman, All-Region Football Team; Travon Leverett, All-Region Football Team; Marquis Blackmon, All-Region Football Team; Javon Reid, All-Region “Offensive Player of the Year;” and Midarious Roberts, All-Region “Defensive Player of the Year.”

Red Devil football “Players of the Week” included Tyson Zellars in the game against McCormick; Manny Delancy, Grovetown; Kev­on Franklin, Stratford; Nykese Nor­man, Hancock Central; Monquavi­ous Leverett, Hancock Central; Dawayne Wright, Warren County; Riccardo Hawes, Greene County; Ronnie Gowen, Greene County; Levion Lockhart, Taylor County; Kolbi Ferguson, Taylor County; and Javon Wynn, First Presbyterian Day.


Members of the varsity cheerleading squad honored at the fall Athletic Awards Night were (front, l-r) Jesse Partridge, Brandtley Vickery, Avery Wheeler, Madi Welch, (back, l-r) Crissy Wilkerson, Savannah Cliatt, Alexia Norman, and Katie Vickery. 
 Members of the varsity cheerleading squad honored at the fall Athletic Awards Night were (front, l-r) Jesse Partridge, Brandtley Vickery, Avery Wheeler, Madi Welch, (back, l-r) Crissy Wilkerson, Savannah Cliatt, Alexia Norman, and Katie Vickery. Other awards given to the varsity football players included athletes Ja’mal Norman, recognized as team captain and “Most Valuable Of­fensive Player;” Jayden Robinson, “Most Valuable Defensive Player;” Travon Leverett, “Most Valuable Defensive Lineman;” Midarious Roberts, “Most Valuable Defensive Back” and “Most Valuable Re­ceiver;” Betravious Davis, “Most Valuable Linebacker;” Marquis Blackmon, “Most Valuable Of­fensive Lineman;” Gerard Hearst, “Most Valuable Offensive Back;” William LeRoy, “Most Valuable Special Teams;” Antonio Wil­liams, team captain; Austin Jones, who received the “Thomas Bunch Character Award;” Jedidiah Smith, who received the “McWhorter Sportsmanship Award;” William LeRoy, who received the “Golden Helmet Award;” and Javon Reid, “Most Valuable Player.”

At the conclusion of the program, Head Football Coach Kevin Banks recognized Dr. Randall Edmunds and Jarius Wynn for their accom­plishments in the NFL and their contributions to Lincoln County and LCHS, as both former Red Devils retired their high school football numbers.

The framed jerseys will be hung at the entrance to the school gym­nasium next to the retired jerseys of Barney Bussey and Garrison Hearst.

“Lincoln County is very fortunate to have had several football players go on to play ball at the collegiate and professional levels. Several years ago, the athletic department decided to honor Barney Bussey and Garrison Hearst by retiring their jerseys. This year I wanted to begin honoring others who have accomplished so much on the grid­iron, as well as contributing to our community,” Banks said. “The first former Lincolnton/Lincoln County player to be honored tonight is Dr. Randall Edmunds.”

Edmunds played for the Lin­colnton Red Devils during the 1960-1963 seasons. He received a scholarship to Georgia Tech where he played as a linebacker from 1964-1967. In 1968 he was drafted into the NFL, where he played for the Miami Dolphins for three season from 1968-1970. He went on to play for the New England Patriots in 1971 and the Baltimore Colts in 1972.

After leaving the NFL, Edmunds returned to Lincoln County where he taught high school math for two-and-a-half years before being appointed to the position of super­intendent of schools. He served the community as superintendent from 1981 until he retired in 2011.

“It is my pleasure to honor Dr. Edmunds with the retiring of #70, which he wore while playing as a Red Devil,” Banks said, segueing, “the next former Red Devil to be honored tonight is Jarius Wynn.”

Wynn played varsity football during the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons. He received a full schol­ Beggs arship to Georgia Military College where he played for two seasons before transferring to the University of Georgia.

After playing defensive tackle for the Bulldogs, Wynn was drafted in the sixth round by the Green Bay Packers. He played for the Packers for three seasons, during which time the Packers won the Super Bowl.

He went on to play for the Tennes­see Titans in 2012, the San Diego Chargers, and the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, and finished his last two years of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills.

Wynn currently lives in Athens where he sells real estate and trains high school students to become bet­ter athletes.

“He also gives back to Lincoln County every chance he can by supporting the athletic program here at school, as well as supporting the recreation department by sponsor­ing the Jarius Wynn ‘Wynners Only’ football camp for Lincoln County kids. I am proud to honor Jarius with the retiring of his jersey #58,” Banks applauded.

Remarks were also given by Ed­munds and Wynn, as they thanked the school for all its services, and talked about what it has meant to them to play football in Lincoln County, in college, and at the NFL level. They likewise thanked the community for its continuous sup­port over the years, expressing their deep gratitude to everyone.

John Welch, president of the Booster Club, gave the evening’s welcome, and the banquet was catered by the LCHS FCCLA club under the direction of Mary Beth Pilkington.

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