USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 1, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 1, 2018

FOOTBALL

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Vontre Howard, Methodist - The junior running back from Charleston, South Carolina ran for a single-game program record 244 yards with two touchdowns in a 48-34 victory over USA South rival Huntingdon. Howard carried the ball 19 times for an average of 12.8 yards per rush. His two touchdowns traveled 22 yards and 95 yards. Also Nominated: Jeff Black, N.C. Wesleyan; Cam Perkins, LaGrange; Jacob Wright, Averett.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Nelson Smith, Maryville - The freshman quarterback from Goodlettsville, Tennessee passed and ran for a touchdown in a 29-3 victory over USA South foe Brevard. Through the air, Smith was 12-of-17 for 159 yards while he ran the ball eight times for 12 yards. Also Nominated: Jarrod Mosby, Averett.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Joseph Ledbetter, Averett
 - The Sanford, North Carolina freshman defensive lineman totaled seven tackles, including 3.5 for a loss of 22 yards, two sacks and a forced fumble in a 54-0 win over USA South rival Greensboro. Ledbetter tallied three solo tackles and four assisted take downs while his forced fumble was recovered by the Cougars and led to a touchdown three plays later. Also Nominated: Garratt Brannock, Greensboro; Samuel Butikofer, Brevard; JaCorey Jackson, Maryville; JT Lichtenberg, N.C. Wesleyan; Justin Santiago, Methodist.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Joseph Ledbetter, Averett - The Sanford, North Carolina freshman defensive lineman totaled seven tackles, including 3.5 for a loss of 22 yards, two sacks and a forced fumble in a 54-0 win over USA South rival Greensboro. Ledbetter tallied three solo tackles and four assisted take downs while his forced fumble was recovered by the Cougars and led to a touchdown three plays later. Also Nominated: Justin Santiago, Methodist; Dillian Daniels, Maryville; Kaleb Woods, Brevard.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Cole Westberry, Averett - The junior place kicker/punter from Youngsville, North Carolina connected on both of his field goal attempts and all six of his point-after-touchdowns in a 54-0 win over USA South rival Greensboro. Westberry's field goals were from 44 and 49-yards out while also punting twice for an average of 41.0 yards. Also Nominated: Hunter Baldwin, Methodist; Ralph Romas III, Brevard.

 

MEN'S SOCCER

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Cameron Earls, Piedmont - The sophomore midfielder from Tifton, Georgia scored five goals in a 2-0-1 week for the Lions versus USA South competition. In a 2-0 win over Maryville, Earls scored an insurance goal in the 61st minute. In a 4-0 victory over Berea, Earls notched a hat-trick of three goals including the first score of the match which became the eventual game-winner. Finally, in a 1-1 tie with William Peace, Earls scored Piedmont's only goal of the match in the 74th minute. Also Nominated: Nick Bryant, Methodist; Aly Cadet, N.C. Wesleyan; Milan Card, Maryville; Matheus Mazukawa, Brevard; Ryan Mule, Greensboro; Nademe Tokhli, Averett.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Blayton Duncan, Piedmont - The freshman goalkeeper from Moultrie, Georgia posted a shutout and allowed one goal as he recorded a 1-0-1 record versus USA South competition last week. In 200 minutes in goal, Duncan made a total of nine saves. In a 4-0 win over Brevard, Duncan stopped all four shots he faced. In a 1-1 tie with William Peace, Duncan collected five saves. Also Nominated: Scott Brecke, Methodist; Paul Lemay, Covenant; Jacob Smith, William Peace.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Ivan Ponce, William Peace - The freshman forward from Clinton, North Carolina scored twice with two assists in a 2-0-1 week for the Pacers versus USA South competition. In a 3-1 win over Averett, Ponce scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 28th minute before assisting on an insurance score. In a 2-1 win over Brevard, Ponce scored the game-tying goal in the 28th minute then assisted on the game-winning tally in the 65th minute. Finally, in a 1-1 tie with Piedmont, Ponce was held scoreless but managed six shots. Also Nominated: Bralen Clouse, Maryville; William Curry, Greensboro; Hugo Kamppainen, Huntingdon; Harris Peek, LaGrange. 

 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Bailey Sipos, Maryville - The Knoxville, Tennessee sophomore forward tallied four goals and two assists in a 3-0 week for the Scots versus USA South competition. In a 4-1 win over Berea, Sipos was held scoreless with seven shots. In a 4-0 victory over Huntingdon, Sipos notched a hat-trick of three goals including the first of the match which was the eventual game-winner. Finally, in a 4-1 win over Agnes Scott, Sipos scored the game-tying goal in the 12th minute before assisting on two goals including the game-winner. Also Nominated: Addy Cronan, Covenant; Madilyn Hord, Berea; Madison Karch, Greensboro; Meredith Manson, Pfeiffer; Emily Meador, Averett; Maggie Rankin, N.C. Wesleyan; Megan Shina, Brevard; Alexa Smith, Methodist; Sarah Weber, Piedmont; Maddie Crumpton, Salem.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Hannah Weatherall, Brevard - The Bourg, Louisiana sophomore goalkeeper posted a shutout in her only contest last week, a 1-0 victory over USA South foe Agnes Scott. Weatherall stopped all four shots she faced to record her second shutout in as many weeks. Also Nominated: Abbey Coleman, Maryville; Kaley Hyatt, Pfeiffer; Miranda McNalley, Piedmont.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Sydney Dailey, LaGrange - The Carrollton, Georgia freshman midfielder scored both of the team's goals in a 4-2 loss to USA South foe Berea in the team's only contest of last week. Dailey scored the match's first goal in the 8th minute and put the Panthers back into the lead in the 31st minute. Also Nominated: Lillian Fox, Meredith; Sydney Moss, Greensboro; Abbie Petrosky, Brevard; Zoe Van Hook, Maryville; Bailee Vanover, Berea.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball Player of the Week
Jazzlyn Kenner, LaGrange - The junior middle blocker from Marietta, Georgia averaged 4.71 kills, with a .464 hitting percentage, and 1.71 blocks per set as the Panthers posted a 2-0 record versus USA South competition. In a 3-1 win over Brevard, Kenner posted 20 kills, nine blocks and two digs. In a 3-0 victory over Maryville, Kenner notched 13 kills, three blocks, three digs and two service aces. Also Nominated: Brooke Aaron, Averett; Callie Cline, N.C. Wesleyan; Caroline Corey, Meredith; Sarah Egbers, Greensboro; Dejane Hester-Taylor, Maryville; Brienna Laskowski, William Peace; Alina Roberts, Piedmont; Jasmine Tapscott, Methodist; Amy Tyma, Huntingdon.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Lainey Choiniere, Piedmont - The junior defensive specialist from Warner Robins, Georgia averaged 6.67 digs per set as the Lions posted a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over Agnes Scott, Choiniere posted 16 digs with three assists and one service ace. In a 3-0 victory over Berea, Choiniere tallied 24 digs, four assists and two service aces. Also Nominated: Megan Andrews, Methodist; Tori Belcher, Greensboro; Emily Braxton, William Peace; MacKenzie Marcrum, Maryville; Emily Skoglund, Meredith; Emily Stanley, Averett.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Alonna Clouse, Pfeiffer - The freshman outside hitter from Harrisburg, North Carolina averaged 3.30 kills and 3.90 digs per set as the Falcons posted an 0-3 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 3-1 loss to Methodist, Clouse posted a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs to go along with one assist and one service ace. In a 3-0 loss to Averett, Clouse contributed nine kills and 12 digs. Finally, in a 3-0 loss to William Peace, Clouse notched a double-double of 12 kills and 13 digs with two assists and two service aces. Also Nominated: Sydney Barnwell, N.C. Wesleyan; Avery Bowman, Meredith; Emily Braxton, William Peace; Erica East, Methodist; Halee Hatcher, Huntingdon; Zamyiah Mangum, Averett; Tatiana Paula, Piedmont.

 

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Logan McKenzie, Berea - The junior from Athens, Tennessee ran in the "Elite Race" portion of the Greater Louisville NCAA Preview Classic and 16th out of 252 runners. McKenzie completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 24:17 which is his second-fastest effort of his career. Also Nominated: Zach Montgomery, Averett; Gavin Morgan, Brevard; Sam Hurst, Methodist; Caleb Aikens, Covenant; Christian Tippette, N.C. Wesleyan; Bryce Griggs, Piedmont; Devon Williams, Pfeiffer.

Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Tyler Little, Berea - The freshman from Huntsville, Tennessee placed 48th out of 412 runners at the Greater Louisville NCAA Preview Classic. Little completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:54 helping the Mountaineers to a 12th place team finish. Also Nominated: Zach Montgomery, Averett; Gavin Morgan, Brevard; Jonathan Wertz, Methodist; Nate Collins, Covenant; Connor Moranos, Piedmont; Tucker Soltesz, William Peace.

 

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Lilly Smith, Covenant - The senior from Weaverville, North Carolina placed first out of 69 runners at the Maryville College Invitational. Smith completed the 6,000-meter course in a time of 23:09, the third-fastest 6K time in program history, helping the Scots to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: Hailey Chandler, Averett; Macy Brinson, Meredith; Makayla Lawler, Methodist; Val Angel , Piedmont; Abby Schlenker, Berea.

Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Mary Beth Mellhuish, Berea - The freshman from Berea, Kentucky placed 187th out of 287 runners at the Greater Louisville NCAA Preview Classic. Mellhuish completed the 5,000-meter course in a time of 20:42, helping the Mountaineers to a 25th place team finish. Also Nominated: Mitxi Ortiz, Meredith; Brittni Pettway, Methodist; S.K. Lipperd, Covenant; Val Angel, Piedmont; Anna Roman, William Peace.

 

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