USA South Athletes of the Week - March 5, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - March 5, 2018

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Garrett Dorton, Ferrum - The sophomore first baseman from Fincastle, Virginia went a combined 12-for-21 (.571) with a .630 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage to go along with six runs scored, 12 RBI, three doubles, five walks and one stolen base as the Panthers notched a 3-2 record last week. In a 15-11 loss to Emory & Henry, Dorton was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, four RBI and two doubles. In a 17-3 win over Washington & Lee, Dorton was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and three walks. Finally, in taking two out of three games from USA South foe Averett, Dorton was a combined 6-for-13 with two runs scored, six RBI, one double, two walks and one stolen base. Also Nominated: Andrew Burden, Piedmont; Joseph Calvert, Huntingdon; Johnny Carpenter, Maryville; Joel Johnson, Covenant; Alex Kachler, Methodist; Scotty McGuire, Greensboro; Kyle Vidano, Averett.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Drew Calohan, Ferrum - The sophomore from Rustburg, Virginia earned a victory over USA South foe Averett in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Panthers. In seven shutout innings, he allowed three hits with two walks and ten strikeouts to give Ferrum the, 11-2, win. Also Nominated: Joseph Hoelle, Greensboro; Carden Mellown, Huntingdon; Matt Tuggle, Averett; Ricky Ward, Maryville.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Bradley Harris, Huntingdon - The freshman infielder from Hueytown, Alabama went a combined 8-for-15 (.533) with a .563 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage to go along with three runs scored, one run batted in and one double as the Hawks posted a 2-2 record last week. In a 13-7 loss to Adrian, Harris was 1-for-3 with one run scored. In taking two out of three games from USA South rival LaGrange, Harris was a combined 7-for-12 with two runs scored and one run batted in. Also Nominated: Tyler Bianco, Averett; Tyler Sheley, Piedmont.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Adam Carver, Covenant - The freshman from Lawrenceville, Georgia was 0-1 with one save last week in two appearances for the Scots. In 5.1 innings pitched, Carver did not allow an earned run (0.00 ERA) on five hits with zero walks and three strikeouts. Carver was a tough-luck loser in a 9-7 loss to Berry as he allowed five unearned runs on three hits over two innings. In an 11-3 victory over USA South foe Berry, Carver earned a save by tossing 3.1 shutout innings. Also Nominated: Austin Ford, Averett; Jacob Gossett, Maryville.

 

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Andrea Grant, Averett - The junior third baseman/designated player from Thomasville, North Carolina went a combined 7-for-12 (.583) with a .583 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage to go along with one run scored, six RBI and two doubles as the Cougars notched a 1-3 record last week versus USA South members. In a doubleheader split with Salem, Grant was a combined 4-for-7 with one run scored, four RBI and one double. In two losses to Pfeiffer, Grant was a combined 3-for-5 with two RBI and one double. Also Nominated: Julia Allsbrook, Meredith; Jessica Bagwell, Piedmont; McKenzie Brunel, LaGrange; Alyssa Singleterry, Huntingdon; Essence Strambler, Maryville; Jennifer Vitarelli, Salem; Jasmine Worthy, Greensboro.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Courtney Rudd, Ferrum - The senior from Burlington, North Carolina earned a 3-0 record and a 0.70 ERA last week in three starts, all complete games, in the circle last week for the Panthers. In 20.0 innings pitched, Rudd allowed two runs on ten hits with zero walks and 26 strikeouts. Her victories came over Michigan-Dearborn, Brenau as well as USA South foe Mary Baldwin which happened to be a five-inning no-hitter. Also Nominated: Taylor Bailey, Averett; Nicole Blackburn, Maryville; Melissa Eckman, Piedmont; Taylor Jackson, Meredith; Kayla Ogle, Salem.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Alexa Nemeth, William Peace - The sophomore outfielder, in her first year of collegiate softball, from Mooresville, North Carolina went a combined 7-for-11 (.636) with a .692 on-base percentage and an .818 slugging percentage to go along with four runs scored, five RBI, two doubles, two walks and one stolen base as the Pacers posted a 2-2 record last week versus USA South opposition. In a doubleheader sweep of Methodist, Nemeth was a combined 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles, five RBI, one walk and one stolen base. In two losses versus N.C. Wesleyan, Nemeth was a combined 4-for-6 with one run scored and one walk. Also Nominated: Miranda Barker, Salem; Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan; Taylor Campbell, Maryville; Ashley Carbajal, Averett; Madeleine Kalafut, Piedmont; Madison Perryman, Huntingdon; Jasmine Worthy, Greensboro.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Princeton, North Carolina earned a 2-1 record with one save and a 1.11 ERA last week in four appearances in the circle for the Battling Bishops. In 19.0 innings pitched, Braswell allowed five runs, three of which were earned, on 16 hits with six walks and 22 strikeouts. Braswell collected complete-game wins over Mary Washington and William Peace including an additional save over the Pacers. Also Nominated: Dani Kahn, Averett; Lauren Melton, Huntingdon; Kayla Ogle, Salem; Jordyn Propst, Methodist; Katlyn Smith, Maryville; Madison Whiteside, Piedmont.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Jeremy Kohn, Piedmont - The Burford, Georgia sophomore midfielder scored 11 goals with one assist in a 3-0 week for the Lions. He also added a total of seven ground balls last week. In a 23-1 win over Lyndon State, Kohn scored four goals and added two ground balls. In a 12-5 victory over Hanover, Kohn notched five goals, one assist and three ground balls. Finally, in an 8-5 victory over Wabash, Kohn totaled two goals and two ground balls. Also Nominated: Ryan Cole, Greensboro; Keshawn Downing, Averett; Adrian Harper, Huntingdon.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Hitt, Huntingdon - The Finksburg, Maryland junior midfielder was 14-of-19 in faceoffs, grabbed 11 ground balls and scored a goal as the Hawks defeated USA South foe Ferrum, 9-7, in the team's only action last week. Also Nominated: Zach Czulada, Piedmont; Aiden Karmazinkski, Greensboro; Jacob Shriver, Averett.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Aiden Karmazinski, Greensboro - The Ellicott City, Maryland freshman defender collected 13 ground balls and caused eight turnovers in a 4-0 week for the Pride. Karmazinkski notched at least two ground balls in wins over Hanover, USA South foe William Peace, Alma and Hampton. His high totals of the week came in a 10-7 victory over Hampton as Karmazinkski totaled five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Bryce Coates, Huntingdon; Keshawn Downing, Averett; Chase Goff, Piedmont.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Madison Ronelli, Methodist - The Orlando, Florida senior midfielder scored five goals with four assists, eight ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers as the Monarchs defeated USA South foe Ferrum, 19-4, in the team's only action last week. Also Nominated: Holly Hite, Meredith; Caitlin O'Brien, Piedmont; Elizabeth Peasley, Averett; Kara Whitson, Greensboro.

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Stefania Robba, Greensboro - The Delran, New Jersey senior defender collected nine ground balls, seven caused turnovers and one goal in a 3-1 week for the Pride. In a 12-9 victory over USA South foe Averett, Robba grabbed one ground ball and one caused turnover. In a 15-14, overtime, win over Southern Virginia, Robba totaled four ground balls and three caused turnovers. In a 17-3 victory over USA South rival Huntingdon, Robba contributed two ground balls, one caused turnover and one goal. Finally, in a 14-9 loss to New England College, Robba collected two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Mattie Keaton, Piedmont; Cameron Ruffin, Meredith; Breanne Sawall, Averett.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Elizabeth Peasley, Averett - The Wilmington, North Carolina freshman attacker scored ten goals with two assists, seven draw controls, five ground balls and two caused turnovers as the Cougars posted a 1-1 record last week. In a 12-9 loss to USA South rival Greensboro, Peasley posted five goals, one ground ball and one draw control. In a 14-5 victory over Randolph, Peasley totaled five goals, two assists, six draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Madison Blashaw, Greensboro; Sydney Bonner, Methodist; Lilia Cruz, Meredith; Macey Higgins, Piedmont.

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Nathan Metzger, Piedmont - The senior from Auckland, New Zealand earned a 4-0 record at both the number-one singles and doubles positions last week for the Lions over opponents from USA South members Brevard, Maryville, LaGrange and Berea. In doubles, Metzger teamed with Jackson Hill for the wins. Also Nominated: Will Thompson, LaGrange; Dylan Betancourt, William Peace.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Alan Valdez, LaGrange - The freshman from LaGrange, Georgia earned a 3-0 record at the number-three singles position and a 1-2 mark at number-one doubles last week for the Panthers. The singles victories came over opponents from USA South members, Huntingdon, Piedmont and Brevard. In doubles, Valdez teamed with Mitchell Corley to defeat Huntingdon. Also Nominated: Daniel Christian, Greensboro; Samuel Niebanck, Piedmont; Daniel Carter, William Peace.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Josie Waddell, Huntingdon - The junior from Tuscumbia, Alabama earned a 2-1 record at both the number-one singles and doubles positions last week for the Hawks. The singles victories came over opponents from Agnes Scott and Louisiana College. In doubles, Waddell teamed with Zoya Robinson for the wins. Also Nominated: Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett; Megan Waldheim , Piedmont; Makenna Mason, Salem.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Megan Waldheim, Piedmont - The freshman from Berkeley Lake, Georgia earned a 2-0 record at the number-three singles position and a 3-0 mark at the top doubles spot last week for the Lions versus opponents from USA South members Agnes Scott, Maryville and LaGrange. The singles victories came over Agnes Scott and LaGrange while, in doubles, Waldheim teamed with both Morgan Buchholz and Maggie Moody for the wins. Also Nominated: Eleanor Crane, Averett; Anna Rae Porcelli, Greensboro; Abigail Williams, Salem.


PLEASE NOTE: At least half of the teams in a sport must have competed within the previous week for honors to be awarded.