USA South Athletes of the Week - Feb. 19, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - Feb. 19, 2018

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Brandon McLean, Huntingdon - The senior center from Ellenwood, Georgia averaged a double-double of 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game as the Hawks posted a 3-0 record versus USA South competition last week. He also added 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest as McLean posted a double-double in each game. In an 84-80 win over LaGrange, McLean totaled 18 points, ten rebounds and three steals. In a 94-93, overtime, victory at Maryville, McLean totaled 23 points, ten rebounds, two steals and one block. Finally, in a 71-54 win over Berea, McLean contributed 23 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals. Also Nominated: James Contreras Jr., Averett; Dante Hoppa, Maryville; Cornelius Johnson, Greensboro; Travis Thompson, LaGrange; Justin Vallejo, Piedmont; Jackson Whitley, Methodist.

Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week
Will Crumly, Covenant - The freshman forward from Marietta, Georgia averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game as the Scots posted a 1-1 record last week versus USA South members. In an 84-58 win over Brevard, Crumly posted 18 points, six rebounds, one assist and one block. In a 76-69 loss to Piedmont, Crumly totaled 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Also Nominated: Harrison Cochran, Averett; JR Sanders, Maryville.

 

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Andrew Burden, Piedmont - The junior infielder from Sharpsburg, Georgia went a combined 9-for-15 (.600) with a .667 on-base percentage and an .867 slugging percentage to go along with three runs scored, three RBI, two triples, two walks and two stolen bases as the Lions notched a 2-2 record last week. In a 5-4 loss to Millsaps, Burden was 2-for-4 with one run batted in and one stolen base. In taking two out of three games from Birmingham Southern, Burden was a combined 7-for-11 with three runs scored, two RBI, two triples, two walks and one stolen base. Also Nominated: Blake Carroll, Greensboro; Taylor Fought, Huntingdon; Hayden Hollingsworth, Maryville; Max Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan; Alex Kachler, Methodist; Kyle Vidano, Averett.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
J.D. Makauskas, N.C. Wesleyan - The junior from Jacksonville, Florida earned a victory over Emory in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Battling Bishops. In seven shutout innings, he allowed four hits with one walk and six strikeouts to give NCWC the, 5-3, win. Also Nominated: Tyler Brown, Methodist; Sam Carpenter, Piedmont; Will Hicks, Greensboro; Carden Mellown, Huntingdon; Zach Messinger, Maryville; Matt Tuggle, Averett.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Blake Carroll, Greensboro - The freshman outfielder from Land O'Lakes, Florida went a combined 3-for-6 (.500) with a .600 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage to go along with three runs scored, two RBI, three walks and one stolen base as the Pride split two games versus Washington & Lee last week. Also Nominated: Jacob Austin, Methodist; Bradley Harris, Huntingdon; Rhett Mixon, LaGrange; Tyler Sheley, Piedmont; Nick Taylor, Averett.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Tristen Luck, Methodist - The freshman from Fayetteville, North Carolina picked up two wins in relief last week for the Monarchs. In six innings pitched, Luck allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Luck collected the wins over Lynchburg and Christopher Newport. Also Nominated: Alex Andrew, Piedmont; Ethan Hess, Huntingdon; Ryan Traylor, Averett; Matthew Yates, Greensboro.

 

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Sydney Hodorff, LaGrange - The junior catcher from Taylorsville, Georgia went a combined 6-for-11 (.545) with a .615 on-base percentage and a .636 slugging percentage to go along with one run scored, four RBI, one double and two walks as the Panthers notched a 2-2 record last week. In a doubleheader split with Belhaven, Hodorff was a combined 2-for-6 with two RBI and one walk. In a doubleheader split with Judson, Hodorff was a combined 4-for-5 with one run scored, two RBI, one double and one walk. Also Nominated: Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett; Shade Epes, Covenant; Melissa Garcia, Greensboro; Heather McLean, William Peace; Alyssa Singleterry, Huntingdon; Cheyenne Strickland, Ferrum; Rachel Taylor, Maryville; Caitlin Weaver, Agnes Scott.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Maddy Wetherholt, Greensboro - The junior from Hope Mills, North Carolina earned a 3-0 record with a 0.67 ERA last week in three starts in the circle last week for the Pride. In 21.0 innings pitched, Wetherholt allowed two earned runs on 18 hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. In a 2-1, eight-inning, win over Roanoke, Wetherholt went the distance and allowed one run on five hits with two strikeouts. In a 2-0 victory over Centre, Wetherholt tossed the complete-game shutout with six strikeouts. Finally, in a 4-2 victory over Piedmont, Wetherholt allowed two runs, one of which was unearned, in six innings. Also Nominated: Taylor Bailey, Averett; Sarah Huskey, Covenant; Casey Joliff, Maryville; Logan Lowery, N.C. Wesleyan; Courtney Rudd, Ferrum; Caitlin Weaver, Agnes Scott.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Caitlin Weaver, Agnes Scott - The first-year outfielder from Jacksonville, Florida went a combined 8-for-12 (.667) with a .692 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage to go along with three runs scored, one run batted in, two doubles, one triple and one walk as the Scotties posted a 2-2 record last week. In two losses to Wesleyan, Weaver was a combined 3-for-5 with one run scored and one double. In a doubleheader sweep of Sewanee, Weaver was a combined 5-for-8 with two runs scored, one run batted in, one double, one triple and one walk. The wins snapped a 36-game losing streak for the Scotties. Also Nominated: Taylor Campbell, Maryville; Ashley Carbajal, Averett; Katie Dewey, Huntingdon; Faith Manning, Covenant; Oliva Oates, William Peace.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Princeton, North Carolina picked up the win over John Wesley, 7-2, by throwing six innings in her only appearance in the circle for the Battling Bishops last week. Braswell allowed two unearned runs on five hits with zero walks and six strikeouts. Also Nominated: Cheyanne Cox, Greensboro; Dani Kahn, Averett; Caitlin Weaver, Agnes Scott; Josey Wessel, LaGrange.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Kendrick Ballard, Huntingdon - The Raleigh, North Carolina senior midfielder scored five goals in a 2-0 week for the Hawks. He also added four ground balls in the two wins. In an 8-3 win over Centre, Ballard twice and added two ground balls. In a 6-5, overtime, victory over Hendrix, Ballard scored three times including the game-winner just over one minute into the extra period. Also Nominated: Brady Jenks, Piedmont; Keshawn Downing, Averett.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Matt Murphy, Huntingdon - The McDonough, Georgia junior goalie collected two wins and 21 saves in a 2-0 week for the Hawks. In an 8-3 win over Centre, Murphy stopped 11 shots. In a 6-5, overtime, victory over Hendrix, Murphy collected ten saves. Also Nominated: Lamont Nesbitt, Piedmont; Jacob Shriver, Averett.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Bryce Coates, Huntingdon - The San Diego, California freshman attacker scored three goals and added an assist in a 2-0 week for the Hawks. He also contributed three ground balls and two caused turnovers. In an 8-3 win over Centre, Coates scored once with one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. In a 6-5, overtime, victory over Hendrix, Coates scored the game's opening goal and added another one later. Also Nominated: Cade Crews, Methodist; Keshawn Downing, Averett; Chase Goff, Piedmont.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Carlee Joseph, Meredith - The Hollywood, Maryland senior attacker scored eight goals with three assists in a 2-0 week for the Avenging Angels versus USA South competition. In a 19-0 win over Huntingdon, Joseph tallied four goals and three assists. In a 26-3 victory over LaGrange, Joseph notched four goals, one assist, one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Kaitlyn Harley, Ferrum; Cassidy Heflin, Piedmont; Monti Hendrix, Methodist; Madeline LaCavera, LaGrange; Elizabeth Peasley, Averett; Natalie Richey, Greensboro.

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Cameron Ruffin, Meredith - The Raleigh, North Carolina senior defender led an Avenging Angel defense which allowed just three goals in a 2-0 week versus USA South competition. In a 19-0 win over Huntingdon, Ruffin collected two caused turnovers and one ground ball as no shots on goal were allowed. In a 26-3 victory over LaGrange, Ruffin grabbed two ground balls. Also Nominated: Sarah Ewin, Methodist; Matt Keaton, Piedmont; Breanne Sawall, Averett.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Elizabeth Peasley, Averett - The Wilmington, North Carolina freshman attacker scored eight goals with one assist in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. She also added seven draw controls, six ground balls and three caused turnovers during the two games. In a 16-6 loss to Guilford, Peasley scored twice with two draw controls. In a 17-2 victory over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Peasley notched six goals with one assist, six ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Hanna Anderson, Meredith; Alexandra Cucinotta, N.C. Wesleyan; Emma Fransen, Piedmont; Brie Shepler, LaGrange.

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Matthew Harvie, Covenant - The senior from Grayson, Georgia earned a 3-0 record at number-one singles and a 2-1 mark at the top doubles position last week for the Scots. The singles victories came over opponents from Birmingham Southern, Belhaven and Hanover. In doubles, Harvie teamed with Chris Cox for wins over Belhaven and Hanover. Also Nominated: None.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Dylan Betancourt, William Peace - The freshman from Garner, North Carolina earned a victory at the number-one position over an opponent from Lynchburg in his only singles action so far this spring for the Pacers. Also Nominated: Taylor Galloway, Covenant.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Aly Hall, Covenant - The senior from Orlando, Florida earned a 2-1 record at number-one singles and a 2-1 mark at the second doubles position last week for the Scots. The singles victories came over opponents from Belhaven and Hanover. In doubles, Hall teamed with Jennie Spielman for wins over Belhaven and Hanover. Also Nominated: Ashton Walker, Methodist; Josie Waddell, Huntingdon.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Laura Brown, Methodist - The freshman from Magnolia, Delaware earned a 3-1 record at number-four singles and a 2-0 mark at the third doubles position last week for the Monarchs. The singles victories came over opponents from Lynchburg, Franklin & Marshall and Salisbury. In doubles, Brown teamed with Ashton Walker for wins over Lynchburg and Salisbury. Also Nominated: Macklyn Hubbard, Huntingdon.


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