USA South Athletes of the Week - Feb. 18, 2019

USA South Athletes of the Week - Feb. 18, 2019


Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Dante Burden, Methodist - The sophomore guard from St. Pauls, North Carolina averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in a 2-0 week versus USA South competition for the Monarchs. In an 85-76 win over Averett, Burden totaled 24 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal. In an 83-73 win over East Division champion, N.C. Wesleyan, Burden contributed 17 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Also Nominated: Montre' Cash, Averett; Isaac Caudill, Berea; Will Crumly, Covenant; Camden Ferguson, William Peace; Dante Hoppa, Maryville; Isaiah King, Huntingdon; Taylor Mills, Piedmont; Eric Peaks Jr., Greensboro; Kyle Riddley, Pfeiffer; Robert Wilson, N.C. Wesleyan.

Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week
John Ingram, William Peace - The Charlotte, North Carolina freshman forward averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steal per game as the Pacers posted a 1-1 record last week versus USA South competition. In an 85-81 loss to N.C. Wesleyan, Ingram tallied 14 points, four rebounds and one assist. In a 104-90 victory over Greensboro, Ingram notched a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds to go along with two steals, one assist and one block. Also Nominated: B.J. Barker, Huntingdon; Isaac Caudill, Berea; Nick Clifton, Maryville; Greyson Collins, Greensboro; KeShawn Lewis, Averett; Justin Quick, Piedmont.



Baseball Player of the Week
Andrew Burden, Piedmont - The senior infielder from Sharpsburg, Georgia went a combined 8-for-13 (.615) with a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.385 slugging percentage to go along with seven runs scored, seven RBI, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, six walks and four stolen bases as the Lions posted a 4-0 week. In a 10-4 win over Oglethorpe, Burden was 3-for-5 with one run scored, five RBI, one triple, one home run and one stolen base. In an 8-1 victory over Whitworth, Burden was 1-for-2 with one run scored and two walks. In an 8-7 win over George Fox, Burden was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, one double, two walks and two stolen bases. Finally, in an 8-5 victory over Pacific Lutheran, Burden was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, one double, one home run, two walks and one stolen base. Also Nominated: Heath Haskins, Huntingdon; Alex Kachler, Methodist; John Mitchell, Covenant; Peyton Sawyer, Maryville; JJ Wilkes, Brevard; Blake Winebarger, Pfeiffer.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Brooks Freeman, Huntingdon - The junior from Helena, Alabama earned a victory over second-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Hawks. He tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Also Nominated: Tyler Brown, Methodist; Andrew Cline, Covenant; Mckinley Stanbery, William Peace; Matt Vonderschmidt, Piedmont.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Liam Carbone, LaGrange - The freshman infielder from Midland, Georgia went a combined 7-for-10 (.700) with a .727 on-base percentage and a .700 slugging percentage to go along with three runs scored, two RBI, one walk and one stolen base as the Panthers swept a three-game series from Virginia Wesleyan last week. In the final game of the series, Carbone was a perfect 4-for-4 with one run scored, two RBI, one walk and one stolen base. Also Nominated: Brett Burchett, Brevard; Tommy Easley, Covenant; Andrew Knight, Huntingdon; Nelson Smith, Maryville; Blake Winebarger, Pfeiffer.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Michael Menheart, LaGrange - The freshman from Richmond Hill, Georgia picked up his first collegiate win in relief by throwing 4.2 innings scoreless innings of an 8-5 victory over Virginia Wesleyan in his only appearance on the mound for the Panthers last week. Menheart allowed just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts to collect his first career victory. Also Nominated: Carter Ballstadt, Piedmont; Jacob Bass, Brevard; Tucker Duke, Huntingdon; Slayton Fletcher, Pfeiffer.



Softball Player of the Week
Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer - The senior shortstop from Hiddenite, North Carolina went a combined 3-for-5 (.600) with a .714 on-base percentage and a 1.800 slugging percentage to go along with five runs scored, three RBI, one double, one triple, one home run, two walks and three stolen bases in a doubleheader sweep of Piedmont International to being the season for the Falcons. In game-two, Sherrill was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI, one double, one home run, one walk and one stolen base. Also Nominated: Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett; Taylor Campbell, Maryville; Cassie Collins, Greensboro; Valarie Ellis, Wesleyan; Mariann Kennison, Piedmont; Erika Mast, Covenant; McKenzie Ridgway, Huntingdon.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Madison Hunt, Huntingdon - The Crossville, Alabama junior earned three victories in four appearances to open the season for the Hawks. Hunt has tossed a total of 16.1 innings, allowing two runs on ten hits without a walk and eight strikeouts. Hunt has collected two complete-game victories, one of which was a shutout. Her third victory was in relief as she collected the final four outs without allowing a run on two hits. Also Nominated: Taylor Bailey, Averett; Morgan Corland, Maryville; Jillian Crosby, Wesleyan; Kiana Millsaps, Pfeiffer; Maddy Wetherholt, Greensboro; Madison Whiteside, Piedmont

Softball Rookie of the Week
Valarie Ellis, Wesleyan - The freshman catcher from Augusta, Georgia went a combined 3-for-6 (.500) with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage to go along with one run scored, three RBI and three doubles as the Wolves earned a doubleheader sweep of Sewanee to open the season. In her first collegiate game, Ellis was 2-for-3 with one run scored, one run batted in with two doubles. Also Nominated: Maranda Benton, Pfeiffer; Sarah Fox, Agnes Scott; Bethany Junker, Methodist; Lydia Lewis, Huntingdon; Zamyiah Mangum, Averett; Caroline Stanley, Greensboro; Rebekah Stegmayer, Piedmont.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Hannah Thompson, Averett - The freshman from Pelham, North Carolina earned her first collegiate victory in her only appearance to begin the season, a 3-2 victory over Centre. She tossed the first 4.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Also Nominated: Jillian Crosby, Wesleyan; Kayla Spinks, Agnes Scott.



Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Jared Nelson, Pfeiffer - The Vestal, New York junior attack has accumulated 19 points on 11 goals and eight assists to go along with four ground balls and one caused turnover to begin the season for the 1-1 Falcons. In a 14-9 win over Emmanuel, Nelson was involved in all but one Pfeiffer score as he notched eight goals and five assists to go along with three ground balls and one caused turnover. In a 24-10 loss to Southern Virginia, Nelson scored three times with three assists and one ground ball. Also Nominated: Parker Corbett, Averett; Hewitt Farr, Brevard; Brady Jenks, Piedmont; AJ Mejia, Methodist; Mac Puller, Huntingdon; Walker Rice, William Peace.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Hitt, Huntingdon - The Finksburg, Maryland senior midfielder was 46-of-69 (.667) in faceoffs, grabbed 31 ground balls and scored three goals as the Hawks have opened the season with a 1-1 record. In a 20-11 loss to Southwestern (TX), Hitt was 14-of-34 in faceoffs and collected ten ground balls. In a 26-6 victory over Dallas, Hitt set single-game program records by winning 29 faceoffs, out of 35, and grabbing 21 ground balls. He also added three goals in the win. Also Nominated: Zach Czulada, Piedmont; Sam Garrett, Averett; Nick Lemieux, Methodist; Peyton Mooney, Brevard; Nick Shelton, William Peace.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Jared Brock, Piedmont - The Prosper, Texas freshman midfielder scored four goals, collected six ground balls and caused two turnovers as the Lions have opened the season with a 1-1 record. In an 18-5 victory over Oglethorpe, Brock scored four goals with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. In a 9-4 loss to Guilford, Brock was held scoreless with two ground balls. Also Nominated: Sam Garrett, Averett; Brayden Puckett, Huntingdon; Steve Trejo, Brevard; Hunter Vaughan, Methodist; Brewer Warlick, William Peace.



Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Tom Mittring, BrevardThe senior from Bavaria, Germany earned a singles victory at the number-one position over Southern Wesleyan in his only action so far this spring. Mittering collected a straight-set win (6-4, 6-4) over the Division II opponent. Also Nominated: Ben Luke, Covenant; Trent Harner, Methodist; Trevor Berry, Huntingdon.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Jhonny Acosta, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Ita, Paraguay has earned a 3-0 singles record and a 1-1 doubles mark to begin the spring season for the Battling Bishops. The victories in singles came at the number-three and number-five spots over opponents from Shaw, Barton and Mary Washington. In doubles, he teamed with Adi Iyer to gain a win over Shaw at the number-three posititon. Also Nominated: Tyler Frazee, Brevard; Ben Luke, Covenant.



Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Josie Waddell, HuntingdonThe senior from Tuscumbia, Alabama has earned a 2-0 singles record, without dropping a game, and a 1-1 doubles mark to begin the spring season for the Hawks. The victories in singles came at the number-one and number-three spots over opponents from Louisiana College and Millsaps. In doubles, she teamed with Zoya Robinson at the number-one position to defeat Louisiana College. Also Nominated: Eleanor Flannery, Brevard; Fariza Abdulloeva, N.C. Wesleyan; Abby Caddick, Methodist; Anna Rae Porcelli, Greensboro.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Fariza Abdulloeva, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Samarkland, Uzbekistan earned victories at both the number-one singles and doubles positions last week in the team's only match. The victories came over opponents from Division II Shaw as she teamed with Talitha Rowan for the doubles win. Also Nominated: Eleanor Flannery, Brevard; Abby Caddick, Methodist; Alex Burnham, Huntingdon.



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