USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 29, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 29, 2018

FOOTBALL

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Adrian Minondo, N.C. Wesleyan - The senior running back from Okeechobee, Florida rushed for a career-high 246 yards in a 37-10 victory over USA South foe Methodist. He averaged 8.5 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns. Also Nominated: Elijah Chenier, Maryville; Bubba Craven, Brevard; Vontre Howard, Methodist.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Dalton Cole, Brevard - The freshman quarterback from Hendersonville, North Carolina accumulated 255 yards of total offense with four touchdowns in a 38-34 win over USA South rival LaGrange. Through the air, Cole was 19-of-35 for 187 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, Cole carried the ball five times for 68 yards. Also Nominated: Kobe Praylow, Methodist; Trevor Thomas, Maryville.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Quentin Jackson, Brevard
 - The Columbia, Maryland sophomore defensive back tallied five total tackles and grabbed two interceptions in a 38-34 win over USA South foe LaGrange. Jackson notched three solo tackles and two assisted take downs. His two interceptions came deep in Brevard territory stopping potental scores while his first led to a Tornado touchdown. Also Nominated: Trey Hayes, Huntingdon; Bo Herring, Maryville; Octavius Ross, Averett; EJ White, Methodist; Isaiah Williams, N.C. Wesleyan.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Ahmaud Taylor, Huntingdon - The Brewton, Alabama freshman defensive back tied for the team-high in tackles with five while adding an interception as well as a fumble return for a touchdown in a 45-0 victory over USA South foe Greensboro. Taylor notched three solo tackles and two assisted take downs in the win. His fumble return for a touchdown came in the first quarter to extend the Hawk lead to 35 points. Also Nominated: Julian Cupo, Methodist; Joseph Ledbetter, Averett; Bo Herring, Maryville.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Cole Westberry, Averett - The junior punter from Youngsville, North Carolina averaged 43.0 yards per punt in a 14-0 loss to USA South rival Maryville. Westberry punted six times with a long effort of 49 yards and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yardline four times. Also Nominated: Tanner Kotowoske, Maryville; Kobe Praylow, Methodist; Ralph Roman III, Brevard.

 

MEN'S SOCCER

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Randy Reichenberger, Maryville - The senior forward from Hendersonville, Tennessee scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime to give the Scots a 1-0 win over USA South foe William Peace in the team's only match last week. The goal clinched the USA South West Division Championship for the Scots. Also Nominated: Caleb Bratager, Pfeiffer; Jordy Briceno, Greensboro; Ethan Pettit, Covenant; Jake Searcy, Averett; Alex Tenjhay, Brevard.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Ryan Jorgensen, Maryville - The senior goalkeeper from Maryville, Tennessee posted a shutout in a 1-0, double-overtime, win over USA South foe William Peace in the team's only match last week. In 105 minutes in goal, Jorgensen stopped all three shots he faced to help the Scots clinch the USA South West Division Championship. Also Nominated: Joe Brooks, N.C. Wesleyan; Sean Dunbar, Averett; Patrick Hall, Brevard; Parker Spesock, Greensboro.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Kellen Fees, Averett - The freshman defender from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 16th minute of a 3-0 victory over USA South foe Piedmont in the team's only contest last week. Fees also helped the Cougar defense post a shutout while the goal was the first of his career. Also Nominated: Fernando Castro, Pfeiffer; Bralen Clouse, Maryville; Dominique Giovannini, N.C. Wesleyan; Parker Spesock, Greensboro.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball Player of the Week
Brienna Laskowski, William Peace - The sophomore right side hitter from Albemarle, North Carolina averaged 4.22 kills and 3.56 digs per set as the Pacers posted a 3-0 record versus USA South competition to earn a share of the USA South East Division Championship. In a 3-0 win over Meredith, Laskowski posted a double-double of ten kills and 18 digs with three service aces. In a 3-0 victory over Greensboro, Laskowski tallied 12 kills, eight digs, three service aces and one block. Finally, in a 3-0 win over Methodist, Laskowski contributed 16 kills, six digs, one service ace and one block. Also Nominated: Erica Balkcum, Piedmont; Meredith Bonee, Maryville; Sarah Egbers, Greensboro; Jazzlyn Kenner, LaGrange; McKenzie Miller, Averett; Carolina Robles, Berea; Brittany Ter Meer, Methodist; Amy Tyma, Huntingdon; Lauren Weaver, N.C. Wesleyan; Tiara White, Agnes Scott.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Lauren Phillips, Meredith - The sophomore defensive specialist from Greenville, North Carolina averaged 6.33 digs per set as the Avenging Angels posted a 1-1 record last week versus USA South competition to earn a share of the USA South East Division Championship. In a 3-0 win over Salem, Phillips tallied 15 digs, five assists and two service aces. In a 3-0 loss to William Peace, Phillips posted 23 digs and five assists. Also Nominated: Megan Andrews, Methodist; Meredith Bonee, Maryville; Emily Braxton, William Peace; Lainey Choiniere, Piedmont; Nichole LeFevre, Huntingdon; Mariana Rodriguez, Brevard; Emily Stanley, Averett; Hannah Stewart, Covenant.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Meredith Bonee, Maryville - The freshman setter/right side hitter from Knoxville, Tennessee tallied two triple-doubles and averaged 4.07 assists, 2.86 kills and 2.64 digs per set as the Scots posted a 2-1 record last week. In a 3-1 loss to Oglethorpe, Bonee posted a triple-double with 15 kills, 15 assists and 12 digs to go along with two service aces and one block. In a 3-2 victory over USA South foe Huntingdon, Bonee tallied her second straight triple-double with 19 kills, 21 assists and ten digs to go along with two service aces and one block. Finally, in a 3-2 loss to USA South rival Piedmont, Bonee notched a double-double of 21 assists and 15 digs with six kills and two blocks. Also Nominated: Avery Bowman, Meredith; Emily Braxton, William Peace; Erica East, Methodist; Hannah Gordon, Brevard; Zamyiah Mangum, Averett; Ashley Murphy, Huntingdon; Carolina Robles, Berea; Lauren Weaver, N.C. Wesleyan.

 

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