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The Prep Players Spotlight is a weekly feature of the Times Free Press that highlights five area high school athletes whose performances since the previous Thursday stood out.

 

Devotis McCurdy, Hixson

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Hixson senior Devotis McCurdy was one of the most dominant wrestlers this past weekend at the TSSAA state duals in Franklin, Tennessee. / Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon

The senior heavyweight and gridiron standout was an absolute force on the wrestling mat this past weekend in Franklin, helping the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the TSSAA Class A-AA state duals. McCurdy wasted little time in winning his four heavyweight matches by pin in a total of one minute, 49 seconds. In the final two matches he tied a state record by pinning an opponent in six seconds, followed by an 11-second pin.

 

Will Jackson, McCallie

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McCallie senior swimmer and Tennessee signee Will Jackson helped his team to a second straight state championship this past weekend in Knoxville. / McCallie athletics photo

Jackson helped the Blue Tornado aquatics program capture its 21st state championship by swimming to All-America standards. The Tennessee signee blazed through the water winning all four of his races this weekend at the state championship meet. Jackson defended his 500-yard freestyle title (4:24.29) and also won the 200 free (1:35.76) and helped capture first-place for his 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

 

Kara Williams, Cleveland

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Cleveland junior Kara Williams nailed 6 3-pointers in Tuesday's impressive win over Oak Ridge at Raider Arena. / Staff file photo by Robin Rudd

Williams has become a lethal sharpshooter for the Lady Raiders in her junior season. A 24-win Oak Ridge team had no answer for her as she drained four 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes to lead a signature home victory on Tuesday. Williams scored 21 points in the first three quarters to help build a significant lead. She has been drawing college interest and is a key contributor on an 18-win team.

 

Connor Duffy, Baylor

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Baylor senior wrestler Connor Duffy helped his team win its second straight TSSAA Division II state duals in Franklin this past weekend. / Staff file photo by Robin Rudd

A nationally ranked wrestling program steamrolled its way to a second straight Division II state duals title last weekend. Baylor outscored its competition 184-35 and once again received stellar leadership from its 182-pound senior. Duffy won all three of his matches by first round pin (1:07, 0:34, 1:00). He has been a leader to look up to for freshman standout Omaury Alvarez, who won two matches at state with third-round pins.

 

Jacob King, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

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Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe senior Jacob King has been a crucial part to a 23-win region championship basketball team this season. / Staff file photo by Erin Smith

Despite dealing with several injury scares throughout the season, the Warriors have made for an unforgettable season. Honoring the late and long-time LFO coach Jerry Jones, King helped a program which had not had a winning season since 2013-14 win the Region 6-AAA title. King scored 18 points to lead LFO (23-4) past North Murray and into the state tournament.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.

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