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Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School wrestler and football star Derrick Laney was named the Scrappy Moore Male Athlete of the Year at Thursday’s annual Best of Preps awards banquet. More than 1,100 people were in attendance at the Chattanooga Convention Center to honor the area’s top high school athletes. LaQuisha Jackson of Howard School of Academics and Technology was named Female Athlete of the Year, and Soddy-Daisy’s Clifford Kirk was Coach of the Year.
Tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams were the featured speakers, advising all the young athletes to set goals for not only their athletic careers but beyond. “It’s important for young people to have a goal, give themselves something to strive for,” Venus Williams said. “Even beyond their high school or college careers, it’s always good to have something you’re working for and to try to better yourself,” she said.
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