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FCA Gwinnett honors high school athletes

Photo: Andrew McMurtrie. Fisher Deberry, center, laughs with David McTier, left, and his father Scott McTier, right, during a reception prior to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gwinnett County Awards Banquet at North Metro First Baptist Church on Thursday in Lawrenceville.

Photo: Andrew McMurtrie. Fisher Deberry, center, laughs with David McTier, left, and his father Scott McTier, right, during a reception prior to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gwinnett County Awards Banquet at North Metro First Baptist Church on Thursday in Lawrenceville.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gwinnett held its annual fundraising banquet Thursday night to honor some of the county's best in high school athletics.

Parkview's Leah Chandley was selected as FCA's female athlete of the year and Norcross' Logan Rhea was named the county's male athlete of the year. Dacula's Rachel Phillips also received one of the major awards as Gwinnett's cheerleader of the year.

Melissa Green of Buford was honored as the organization's coach of the year. Green coaches with the Wolves' basketball and track programs.

Legendary Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry was the featured speaker at Thursday's banquet, which was hosted by North Metro Baptist Church. The 72-year-old, a longtime supporter of FCA, retired in 2006 after leading 17 of his 23 Air Force teams to winning records.

FCA Gwinnett provides Christian outreach to many of Gwinnett's high school programs under area director Bill Dando. For more information, visit www.fcagwinnett.org or contact Dando at bdando@fca.org.