Region VI-AAA named the All-Region teams for fall sports and five Panthers were included in the honors. Chris Burnett, Natorious Darby, and Darien Fulton were selected from the football program while Taylor Atkinson was chosen from volleyball and Damien Lee for cross country.
Junior Damien Lee continued to set school records in the fledgling Panther cross country program with a career best 19:03 showing at the lowerstate championship.
“Damian came into the season knowing that he was capable of being the number one guy on our team,” said Panthers Head Coach Josh Jennings. “He put in some serious mileage over the summer so that he could achieve his goal of setting a new school record. He managed to do that in just the second meet of the season, and he never looked back. I am very excited to watch him continue his development as a runner his senior year.”
Chris Burnett finished a stellar career as the Panthers’ quarterback by throwing for 1648 yards and 14 TDs. For his career, Burnett completed 472 throws in 874 attempts for 6588 yards and 69 touchdowns. This is his second straight All-Region football honor.
“Chris owns every passing record in Lake City football history and has been the spark in our offense for the last three years,” said Panthers football boss Terrell Fleming. “He leaves big shoes to fill in our program.”
From his linebacker position, Darien Fulton compiled 114 tackles including 10 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
“Darien played with reckless abandon every game and was always looking to make the big hit,” stated Lake City defensive coordinator Jamison Estep. “We will miss his effort and passion on the defense.”
Natorious Darby was a two-way player for the Panthers as he anchored the Panthers’ offensive line and also manned an interior defensive line position. On defense, Darby racked up 22 tackles while constantly eating up multiple blockers.
“Natorious was only interested in doing what was best for the team and his efforts playing both ways showed that,” said Fleming. “No matter what was needed, he was always willing to do it to the best of his ability.”
Junior Taylor Atkinson led the Lake City netters with 42 aces, 68 assists, and 24 digs.
“As a 5 year veteran of the volleyball team, Taylor is a true leader on the team. She’s one of the first players to arrive and leave practice,” noted volleyball Head Coach Miranda Atkinson. “She helps coach other players on and off the court. She also believes in building relationships with younger players, and desires to leave the volleyball program in a better place than when she arrived.”