Senior softball player Ansley Dean and Senior cross country runner Dalton Shaw have been named Zaxby’s Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for their performances the week of August 22nd.
Dean, in her second year as a mainstay in the pitching circle for the Lady Dogs, led the Morgan County varsity softball team to three wins for the week of August 22-August 27, which included a shutout of region rival and previously unbeaten East Jackson. Following a loss to Franklin County, Dean gave up only ten hits in 16 1/3 innings of work. Dean also contributed heavily at the plate by going six for nine with three doubles. Head softball coach Jason McBay was especially pleased with how his senior pitcher responded after a tough outing earlier in the week versus Franklin County.
Senior cross country athlete Dalton Shaw was selected as the athletic program’s first male recipient of the award after an impressive start to his final season at the LCA Invitational meet on Saturday, August 20th. Shaw placed fourth overall out of a field of 103 male runners with a time of 18:37. Head Coach Erin Spinks states that Dalton trains outside of practice time as well as scheduled practices and pushes other team members to improve their individual performances
Middle School Girls –
Anna Cox, 8th Grade, Volleyball
In the only match of the week for the MCMS volleyball team, eighth grader Anna Cox led her team on the court with outstanding play from her setter position. Coach Angela Stapleton particularly noted Anna’s outstanding serves during the Prince Avenue match, which resulted in five aces. Anna also had two kills on the afternoon and exhibited great on-court leadership.
Middle School Boys – Kobridgette Lumpkin, 8th Grade, Football
Although the MCMS football team is still in the early stages of its season, fans are becoming accustomed to seeing number 15 Kobridgette Lumpkin shred opponent defenses. The eighth grader led the Bulldogs to a 52-24 victory over Greene County on Wednesday, August 31. Kobridgette scored three touchdowns on the afternoon and gained well over 100 yards.
High School Girls –
Sarah Couch, SR, Softball
One of senior centerfielder Sarah Couch’s most important offensives tasks is to be a catalyst for the Lady Dogs softball team. In the team’s region wins over Monroe Area and Jackson County last week, Sarah did just that. Sarah reached first base five of seven times that she went to the plate in the two games including three singles and two walks. Couch was just getting started when she reached base, as she went on to steal five bases in five attempts and eventually scored four runs.
High School Boys –
Quin Williams, JR, Football
To say that Quin Williams had a monster of a game in the Bulldogs 23-13 win over North Oconee on September 2nd would be an understatement. The junior defensive end/linebacker had seven tackles on the evening including two in which he brought down Titan ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage. Williams’ assault on the North Oconee offense did not stop there, as he added two pass break ups and five quarterback pressures. When Quin was not in the opponent’s backfield, he was found on the offensive side of the ball for the Bulldogs. Williams added to an already eventful night by scoring on a 36 yard run. Perhaps most important of all was Quin’s unselfish blocking throughout the night as noted by head coach Bill Malone.