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Atlantic's Ronni Williams selected as McDonald's All-American

During an announcement show Thursday afternoon on ESPNU, Port Orange Atlantic senior forward Ronni Williams was selected to participate in the 12th annual McDonald's All-American girls basketball game.

"It's a blessing and I thank God for it. Hard work and dedication paid off," said Williams. "My high school career went by fast but I have truly grown as a player since my freshman year."

Williams is one of 24 participants chosen from 300 nominees across the country. Florida had 17 nominees including five local players: Williams,  Bailey Florin (Boone), Sydnei McCaskill (Dr. Phillips), Shannon Cranshaw (Daytona Beach Father Lopez) and Trimaine McCullough (Edgewater).

This marks the third straight season a local girls player has played in the game. Lake Mary's Morgan Jones was a 2011 selection and Edgewater's Alexis Prince won MVP honors in last year's contest.

Said coach George Butts, "Ronni is a great player. This has brought national attention to our school and it's just been wonderful.

The game will be played on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago. Williams has also been selected to participate in the WBCA All-America Game on April 6 in New Orleans.


Charles King is high school sports writer for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via email at You can follow his high school football thoughts on Twitter at

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