Covenant Athletes Named To USA South Week 7 Decade Athletes of the Week
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
In the absence of competition in the fall semester and its postponement to the spring semester, the USA South Athletic Conference will continue selecting athletes of the week. The selections, however, will not be based on current competition but instead the nominees will be those who earned an athlete of the week honor in a particular category within the current week over the past decade. Only athletes from current USA South institutions shall be eligible for selection. On to the Week 7 Decade Athletes of the Week...
Football Offensive Player of the Week
Dustin Midgett, N.C.
Wesleyan (October 13, 2014) - The junior quarterback from Currituck, North Carolina accounted for 242 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in a 48-21 win over USA South foe LaGrange. Through the air, Midget completed 12 passes for 193 yards with a school-record six touchdowns. The six scores also ties the USA South record for touchdown passes in a single-game. On the ground, Midgett carried the ball seven times for 49 yards with one touchdown. Also Nominated: Otis Porter, Huntingdon (10/14/19); Sean Bowman, Averett (10/15/18); Sean Bowman, Averett (10/17/16); Evan Pittenger, Maryville (10/19/15); Ryan Throndset, Greensboro (10/14/13).
Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Brandon Bullins, Methodist (October 14, 2019) - The freshman quarterback from Kernersville, North Carolina tossed a game-winning 48-yd touchdown pass with 27 seconds remaining in the game as the Monarchs topped USA South foe Brevard, 24-23. Bullins was 31-of-48 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns. His 339 yards through the air are the most by a Monarch since 2016 and his 31 completions are the most since the single-game program record (35) was set in 2014. Bullins also carried the ball seven times for nine yards. Also Nominated: Nelson Smith, Maryville (10/15/18); Gianni Montgomery, Maryville (10/17/16); Mario Williams, Maryville (10/19/15); Gregory Clifton, Greensboro (10/13/14); Marquies Hall, Methodist (10/14/13); Evan Pittenger, Maryville (10/15/12); Melvin Burston, Maryville (10/17/11); Dustin Williams, Maryville (10/18/10).
Football Defensive Player of the Week
Micah McMaster, Greensboro (October 19, 2015) - The High Point, North Carolina senior defensive back returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 48-46 victory over USA South rival Averett. McMaster first returned a second quarter interception 31 yards for a score then took a fourth quarter interception 58 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. McMaster also totaled nine tackles and recovered a fumble. Also Nominated: Eddie Graham, N.C. Wesleyan (10/14/19); DeAnte' Griffith, Huntingdon (10/15/18); Trey Hayes, Huntingdon (10/16/17); Trey Hayes, Huntingdon (10/17/16); Zach Capehart, Maryville (10/13/14); Daniel Robinson, Maryville (10/14/13); Allen Stallings, Greensboro (10/17/11).
Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Brandon Boyd, Methodist (October 13, 2014) - The freshman defensive back from Greenville, South Carolina made five total tackles and grabbed two interceptions in a 63-35 victory over USA South foe Greensboro. Boyd tallied three solo tackles with two assisted take downs. His interceptions came inside the Methodist five-yard line to thwart potential touchdowns. Also Nominated: Jake Allen, Methodist (10/14/19); Cedric Brown, Maryville (10/17/16); Pierre Chadwick, Maryville (10/19/15); Brian Stone, Methodist (10/15/18); Christian Best, Averett (10/15/12); Keltcey Richardson, Methodist (10/17/11).
Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Malachi Harvey, Huntingdon (October 14, 2019) - The freshman wide receiver from Dothan, Alabama tied a school record with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 45-35 win over USA South foe Maryville. Harvey's touchdown came in the early minutes of the second quarter and gave the Hawks a lead they would not relinquish. He had three kickoff returns for a total of 121 yards in the game. Also Nominated: Michael Bailey, Maryville (10/15/18); Travis Jones, Averett (10/17/16); Travis Jones, Averett (10/19/15); Stevorius Kimball, Maryville (10/13/14); R.J. Sandmeyer, Maryville (10/18/10).
Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Snoopy Davidson, Covenant (October 14, 2013) - The junior forward from Rome, Georgia helped the Scots to a 2-0-1 record with five goals and three assists for 13 points. In a 2-0 win at Emory & Henry, Davidson scored both of the team's goals, including the game's eventual game-winner in the 22nd minute. In a 2-2 tie versus USA South foe Methodist, Davidson netted the game-tying goal in the 60th minute to eventually force overtime. Finally, in a 5-1 victory over USA South rival N.C. Wesleyan, Davidson was involved in all five of the team's goals as he scored two goals of his own and assisted on the other three tallies. Also Nominated: Erik Blick, Averett (10/14/19); Jordy Briceno, Greensboro (10/15/18); Ryan Halliday, N.C. Wesleyan (10/16/17); A.J. Wadda, N.C. Wesleyan (10/17/16); Eirik Nordseth, Methodist (10/19/15); Ian Meredith, Covenant (10/13/14); Eirik Nordseth, Methodist (10/15/12); Mark Wielitzka, N.C. Wesleyan (10/18/10).
Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Manbi Nyepon, Greensboro (October 15, 2012) - The junior goalkeeper from Liberia, West Africa collected two wins in a 2-0-1 week for The Pride. In 267 minutes of action, Nyepon did not allow a goal and made 19 saves. In a 2-0 win over St. Mary's, Nyepon stopped all four shots he faced en route to the shutout. In a 4-0 victory over USA South foe Ferrum, Nyepon played the first 67 minutes and collected three saves. Finally, in a 0-0, double-overtime, tie versus USA South foe Maryville, Nyepon stopped 12 shots. Also Nominated: Colton Dutchess, Averett (10/14/19); Clay Sheaffer, Berea (10/15/18); Jordan Williams, N.C. Wesleyan (10/16/17); Nathan Metzger, Piedmont (10/17/16); Joe Storer, N.C. Wesleyan (10/19/15); Alex Rabone, Methodist (10/13/14); Stephen Sherfy, Piedmont (10/14/13); Nate Barker, Averett (10/18/10).
Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Kobi Boompong, N.C. Wesleyan (October 17, 2016) - The freshman midfielder from Bakoteh, The Gambia notched three goals and two assists in a 3-0 week for the Bishops versus USA South competition. In a 5-1 win over William Peace, Boompong scored twice, including the eventual game-winner, and added an assist. In a 4-1 win over Huntingdon, Boompong was held scoreless with two shots. Finally, in a 7-1 victory over LaGrange, Boompong assisted on the game's opening score before notching the eventual game winning goal in the 14th minute. Also Nominated: Carr Panetta, Mary Baldwin (10/14/19); Cadribo Godfrey, N.C. Wesleyan (10/15/18); Kebba Jeng, Huntingdon (10/16/17); Carlos Barragan, Greensboro (10/19/15); Stefan Cyvin, Methodist (10/13/14); Shawn Watt, Greensboro (10/14/13); Mike Ilodigwe, Methodist (10/15/12); Logan Paussa, Greensboro (10/17/11); Mark-Antony Liljeklev, Averett (10/18/10).
Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Cassidy Reich, Piedmont (October 16, 2017) - The Largo, Florida junior forward tallied five goals and four assists in a 3-0-1 week for the Lions. In a 4-0 victory over USA South foe LaGrange, Reich assisted on the team's second goal of the match. In a 6-0 win over Toccoa Falls, Reich assisted on two goals including the eventual game-winner. In a 2-2, double-overtime, tie with USA South rival Maryville, Reich scored both of the Lions' goals including the game-tying tally in the 82nd minute. Finally, in a 8-0 win over USA South foe Berea, Reich notched a hat-trick with three goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist as well. Also Nominated: Shannon Reagan, Maryville (10/14/19); Addy Cronan, Covenant (10/15/18); Savannah Castles, Piedmont (10/17/16); Allison Gibson, Greensboro (10/13/14); Sandra Johansson, Averett (10/14/13); Pernilla Milton, Averett (10/17/11).
Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Kaitlyn Winking, Covenant (October 17, 2016) - The Waynesville, Missouri senior defender anchored a Scot defense which posted three shutouts in a 3-0 week versus USA South competition. In wins over Maryville, Wesleyan and Agnes Scott, the Covenant defense allowed a total of two shots on goal. The Scot defense currently boasts a shutout streak of 564 minutes. Additionally, in a 3-0 win over Wesleyan, Winking scored a goal in the 44th minute off of a shot from 25 yards out. Also Nominated: Rebeccah Rojas, Brevard (10/14/19); Rebeccah Rojas, Brevard (10/15/18); Ashley Major, N.C. Wesleyan (10/16/17); Jaisa Loch, Meredith (10/19/15); Jaisa Loch, Meredith (10/13/14); Mandy Marshall, Maryville (10/14/13); Sarah Hopkins, Greensboro (10/17/11).
Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Kailey Burrell, Covenant (October 15, 2018) - The Trenton, Georgia freshman forward scored four goals, including two game-winning tallies, with one assist in a 3-0 week for the Scots versus USA South competition. In a 5-0 win over Berea, Burrell scored the match's first two goals and then assisted on the third. In a 2-1, overtime, win over Huntingdon, Burrell was held scoreless with two shots. Finally, in a 10-0 victory over LaGrange, Burrell opened the scoring in the 12th minute before adding an insurance score in the 52nd minute. Also Nominated: Lucy Sandhoff, Covenant (10/14/19); Jenna Clothier, Maryville (10/16/17); Cassidy Reich, Piedmont (10/19/15); Amanda Gustavsson, Averett (10/13/14); Nicole Entinger, Piedmont (10/14/13); Sarah Olsowski, N.C. Wesleyan (10/15/12); Sarah Lang, Greensboro (10/18/10).
Volleyball Player of the Week
Schuyler Moore, Covenant (October 16, 2017) - The senior setter from Fort Myers, Florida averaged 10.45 assists, 3.55 digs and 2.18 kills, with a hitting percentage of .412, per set as the Scots posted a 3-0 record versus USA South competition. In a 3-1 win over Maryville, Moore tallied a double-double of 43 assists and 17 digs with nine kills. In a 3-1 victory over Piedmont, Moore posted a double-double of 35 assists and 16 digs with eight kills, three blocks and one service ace. Finally, in a 3-0 win over LaGrange, Moore totaled 37 assists, seven kills, six digs, three blocks and two service aces. Also Nominated: Meredith Bonee, Maryville (10/14/19); Caroline Corey, Meredith (10/15/18); Ginny Moore, Covenant (10/17/16); Hannah Shields, Averett (10/19/15); Nicole Barringer, Averett (10/13/14); Nicole Barringer, Averett (10/14/13); Mackenzie Tingle, N.C. Wesleyan (10/17/11); Mackenzie Tingle, N.C. Wesleyan (10/18/10).
Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Kelly George, N.C. Wesleyan (October 18, 2010) - The senior libero from Derwood, Maryland averaged 7.6 digs and 1.0 assists per set as the Bishops posted a 3-0 record against USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over Meredith, George tallied 20 digs, three assists and three service aces. In a 3-0 win over Shenandoah, George contributed 20 digs, five assists and one service ace. Finally, in a 3-1 victory over Peace, George totaled 36 digs and two assists. Also Nominated: Mariana Rodriguez, Brevard (10/14/19); Emily Braxton, William Peace (10/15/18); Kaitlyn Flickinger, Maryville (10/16/17); Haley Hixon, Piedmont (10/17/16); Christina Huber, N.C. Wesleyan (10/19/15); Carson Williams, William Peace (10/13/14); Emery McGee, Meredith (10/14/13); Paige Aaron, Averett (10/17/11).
Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Keenan Marks, Averett (October 19, 2015) - The freshman setter from Jacksonville, North Carolina averaged 13.30 assists, 2.10 digs and 0.90 service aces per set as the Cougars posted a 3-0 record versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over Methodist, Marks tallied 41 assists, five digs, four service aces and one block. In a 3-0 victory over Ferrum, Marks totaled 41 assists, six digs, two blocks and one service ace. Finally, in a 3-1 win over Piedmont, Marks tallied a double-double of 51 assists and ten digs to go along with four service aces. Also Nominated: Reagan Wyatt, Pfeiffer (10/14/19); Alonna Clouse, Pfeiffer (10/15/18); Amy Tyma, Huntingdon (10/16/17); Caroline Corey, Meredith (10/17/16); Ginny Moore, Covenant (10/13/14); Karlie Long, Meredith (10/14/13); Sophia del Campo, Maryville (10/15/12); Nicole Barringer, Averett (10/17/11); Dana Sandknop, Greensboro (10/18/10).
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Logan McKenzie, Berea (October 16, 2017) - The sophomore from Athens, Tennessee placed first out of 329 runners at the Wilmington College Jenna Strong Classic. McKenzie completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:10 helping the Mountaineers to a third place team finish. Also Nominated: Logan McKenzie, Berea (10/15/18); Daniel Beckett, Maryville (10/17/16); Sean Hagstrom, Maryville (10/19/15).
Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Sair Salgado, Berea (October 15, 2018) - The freshman from Louisville, Kentucky placed 22nd out of 213 runners at the Berry College Invitational. Salgado completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:28 helping the Mountaineers to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: Kerry Jones, Berea (10/16/17); Daniel Beckett, Maryville (10/17/16); Micah Sneller, Covenant (10/19/15); Lynn Welch, Averett (10/17/11).
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Sophia Stone, Mary Baldwin (October 15, 2012) - The junior from Pacific Palisades, California placed first out of 394 runners at the Gettysburg College Invitational. Stone completed the 6,000-meter course in a meet-record time of 21:48, helping the Fighting Squirrels to a 24th place team finish. Also Nominated: Jamie Welch, Berea (10/14/19); Lindsey Pritchard, Methodist (10/15/18); Frida Lundquist, Averett (10/16/17); Reese Bowles, Piedmont (10/17/16); Sarah Bearden, LaGrange (10/19/15); Sophia Stone, Mary Baldwin (10/17/11); Kristyn Zeiler, Methodist (10/18/10).
Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Lilly Simms, Maryville (October 14, 2019) - The sophomore, competing in collegiate cross country for the first time, from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, placed 144th out of 541 runners at the Queens College Challenge. She completed the 5,000-meter course in a new school record time of 19:24 helping the Scots to a 47th place team finish. Also Nominated: Maggie Henry, Covenant (10/15/18); Abigail Schlenker, Berea (10/16/17); Casey Todd, Piedmont (10/17/16); Macy Brinson, Meredith (10/19/15); Caitlin Dorantich, Meredith (10/17/11).
Men's Golfer of the Week
Will Thrash, Huntingdon (October 19, 2016) - The senior from Prattville, Alabama finished first at the O'Briant-Jensen Memorial in Greensboro, North Carolina by shooting a tournament-record eight-under par 134. The 36-hole total was one shot from tying the program's NCAA-era record. In the two-day event, Thrash opened with a five-under par 66 and finished with a three-under par 68. His performance helped the Hawks capture their third tournament of the fall. Also Nominated: Drew Mathers, Huntingdon (10/16/19); Dan Shepherd, Methodist (10/17/18); Stephen Shephard, Huntingdon (10/18/17); Chad Ring, Huntingdon (10/14/15); Mason Stutler, Methodist (10/15/14); Cory Howard, LaGrange (10/16/13); Cory Howard, LaGrange (10/17/12); Mike Wesko, Methodist (10/13/10).
Men's Golf Rookie of the Week
Elias Haavisto, Averett (October 16, 2019) - The freshman from Kotka, Finland placed first out of 93 golfers at the Virginia State Golf Association Intercollegiate by shooting an eight-under par 136. In the two-round event, Haavisto opened with a five-under par 67 and finished with a three-under par 69 to help the Cougars third place tie team finish. Also Nominated: Will DeMersseman, Covenant (10/17/18); Sam Rogers, LaGrange (10/18/17); Grant Powell, Greensboro (10/19/16); Samuli Ahvenoja, Averett (10/14/15); Logan Lanier, LaGrange (10/16/13); James Liang, LaGrange (10/17/12).