USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 20, 2014

USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 20, 2014

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Max Reber, Methodist - The senior quarterback from St. Augustine, Florida accounted for 317 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in a 73-28 win over USA South foe LaGrange last week. The 73 points scored by the Monarchs set a new USA South single-game record. Reber was 15-of-25 passing with 239 yards and six touchdowns which ties his own school single-game record, as well as the USA South single-game high for touchdown passes thrown. Additionally, he also rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown in the victory. Also Nominated: Eddie Brock, Maryville; Luke Bailey, Huntingdon; Tim Reynolds, Ferrum; Terrance Owens II, Averett; Daquan Davis, Christopher Newport.

Football Defensive Player of the Week
Zach Brownell, Huntingdon - The Prattville, Alabama senior linebacker tallied 16 total tackles in a 35-16 victory over Ferrum last week. Of the 16 take downs, Brownell had 15 tackles by himself to go along with one assisted tackle. Also Nominated: Zach Capehart, Maryville; Kendall Green, Averett; Cameron Barlow, Christopher Newport.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Jordan Rieling, Methodist - The Kingsland, Georgia junior place kicker made a USA South single-game record ten extra points in a 73-28 win over USA South foe LaGrange last week. The 73 points scored by the Monarchs set a new USA South single-game record. Also Nominated: Mason Studer, Christopher Newport; Andrew Coleman, Averett.

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Craig Gage, Greensboro - The junior midfielder from Knightdale, North Carolina tallied two goals and one assist for five points in a 2-0 week versus USA South competition for The Pride. In a 3-2 win over William Peace, Gage scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 31st minute. In a 3-0 victory over Ferrum, Gage assisted on the second goal of the match before notching a score of his own in the 49th minute. Also Nominated: Samba Cande, N.C. Wesleyan; Chase Kane, Piedmont; Snoopy Davidson, Covenant; Chris Ryan, Methodist; Nathan Brown, Averett; Payne Fisher, Maryville.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Thomas Palmer, Maryville - The sophomore defensive midfielder from Kingsport, Tennessee helped the Scots to a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition as the defense allowed two goals while he tallied one goal and one assist. In a 3-2 win over Piedmont, Palmer scored a goal in the 20th minute. In a 5-0 victory over LaGrange, Palmer assisted on the second score of the game in the 28th minute. Also Nominated: Kenneth Hearn, Piedmont; Logan Rohde, Greensboro; Alex Rabone, Methodist; Martin Erenstedt, Averett.

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Allison Gibson, Greensboro - The Gibsonville, North Carolina senior forward tallied three goals and one assist for seven points in a 2-0 week for The Pride versus USA South competition. In a 2-0 victory over William Peace, Gibson scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 29th minute. In a 3-2 win over Ferrum, Gibson was in on all three of her team's scores as she netting goals in the 11th and 44th minutes then assisted on the eventual game-winning goal in the 54th minute. Also Nominated: Rebecca Staylor, N.C. Wesleyan; Megan Hatfield, Piedmont; Bethany Logan, Covenant; Taylor Cavazos, Methodist; Annalies Jobsis, Averett; Sierra Siegel, Maryville.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Michaela Gardner, Piedmont - The Stockbridge, Georgia junior goalkeeper helped the Lions to a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition by making nine total saves in 170 minutes in net with one shutout. In a 1-0 win over Maryville, Gardner stopped all seven shots she faced en route to the shutout. In a 3-0 victory over Huntingdon, Gardner made two saves in 80 minutes of action. Also Nominated: Jaisa Loch, Meredith; Alannah Haggerty, Greensboro; Taylor Ross, Methodist; Kim Josephson, Averett; Eleni Mavres, Maryville.

Volleyball Player of the Week
Nicole Barringer, Averett - The senior setter from Landis, North Carolina averaged 12.1 assists, 2.6 digs and 1.0 kills per set as the Cougars posted a 3-0 record versus USA South Competition last week. In a 3-1 win over Meredith, Barringer notched a double-double with 55 assists and 14 digs to go along with three kills and two blocks. In a 3-0 victory over Huntingdon, Barringer totaled 34 assists, eight digs, three kills and three service aces. Finally, in a 3-1 win over LaGrange, Barringer contributed 45 assists, seven digs, five kills and one service ace. Also Nominated: Karlie Long, Meredith; Kelsey Handel, Maryville; Jennifer Opper, Piedmont.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Mallory Bonee, Maryville - The senior defensive specialist from Powell, Tennessee averaged 4.4 digs and 1.4 assists per set as the Scots posted a 3-0 record versus USA South competition last week. In a 3-1 win over Covenant, Bonee totaled 14 digs, six assists and one service ace. In a 3-0 victory over N.C. Wesleyan, Bonee posted 15 digs and two assists. Finally, in a 3-0 win over William Peace, Bonee contributed 15 digs, six assists and one service ace. Also Nominated: Sarah Hendrix, Ferrum; Christiana Summa, Averett.

Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Eliot Kaufmann, Covenant - The freshman from New York, New York placed 22nd out of 185 runners at the Berry College Invitational last week. Kaufmann completed the 8K course in a new personal-best time of 27:11, helping the Scots to an 11th place team finish. Also Nominated: Sean Hagstrom, Maryville; Aaron Westhusing, Averett.

Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Emily Guillaume, Maryville - The junior from Maryville, Tennessee placed 23rd out of 191 runners at the Berry College Invitational last week. Guillaume completed the 6K course in a time of 23:51, helping the Scots to an 11th place team finish. Also Nominated: Beth Burgess, Covenant; Allie Gallagher, Meredith; Mary-Kate Cobb, Averett.

 

Rookies of the Week

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Jordan Porter, Methodist - The freshman running back from Mount Dora, Florida scored one touchdown and averaged 23.8 yards per carry in a 73-28 win over USA South foe LaGrange last week. The 73 points scored by the Monarchs set a new USA South single-game record. Porter ran the ball four times for 95 yards including a 60-yard touchdown. Also Nominated: Gregory Clifton, Greensboro; Myles Bennett, Averett.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Willie Marshall, Greensboro - The freshman defensive back from Apollo Beach, Florida made four total tackles and grabbed an interception in a 39-14 loss to USA South foe Maryville. Marshall tallied two solo tackles with two assisted take downs, including one pass breakup. Also Nominated: Jordan Bobo, Averett.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Chase Kane, Piedmont - The freshman forward from Watkinsville, Georgia helped the Lions to a 1-1 record last week versus USA South competition by scoring two goals. In a 3-2 loss to Maryville, Kane was held scoreless. In a 2-0 victory over Huntingdon, Kane scored both of the team's goals, including the eventual game-winner in the sixth minute. Also Nominated: AJ Lee, Methodist; Tobias Andreasson, Averett; Cody Vankerschaever, Maryville.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Shayna Healy, Piedmont - The Sharpsburg, Georgia freshman forward helped the Lions to a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition by scoring one game-winning goal. In a 1-0 win over Maryville, Healy scored with less than five minutes to play giving Piedmont its first victory over Maryville since the 2001 season. In a 3-0 victory over Huntingdon, Healy was held scoreless but did manage two shots. Also Nominated: Jaisa Loch, Meredith; Elizabeth Rougcher, Methodist; Amanda Gustavsson, Averett; Kara Tubb, Maryville.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Hannah Shields, Averett - The freshman outside hitter from Keeling, Virginia averaged 5.7 kills, a .362 hitting percentage, 2.2 digs and 0.9 service aces per set as the Cougars posted a 3-0 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 3-1 win over Meredith, Shields notched 24 kills, nine digs, two service aces, one assist and one block. In a 3-0 victory over Huntingdon, Shields totaled 15 kills, seven digs and four service aces. Finally, in a 3-1 win over LaGrange, Shields contributed 24 kills, eight digs, four service aces, two assists and two blocks. Also Nominated: Hannah Blaylock, Meredith; Rachel Kozemko, Maryville; Cassidy Hayes, Methodist; Ginny Moore, Covenant; Kait Steele, Piedmont; Jessie O'Conner, Ferrum.

Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Eliot Kaufmann, Covenant - The freshman from New York, New York placed 22nd out of 185 runners at the Berry College Invitational last week. Kaufmann completed the 8K course in a new personal-best time of 27:11, helping the Scots to an 11th place team finish. Also Nominated: Riku Posti, Averett.

Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Abby Irwin, Covenant - The freshman from Issaquah, Washington placed 58th out of 191 runners at the Berry College Invitational last week. Irwin completed the 6K course in a time of 25:24, helping the Scots to a tenth place team finish. Also Nominated: Mary Kate Morgan, Meredith; Ashley Brunner, Piedmont.

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

Be sure to follow the USA South (#usasouth) on the following social media platforms: Twitter   Instagram   YouTube