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In what should be a noticeable trend, we’re rolling out a new feature that we expect will take some time to grow, but will help us promote the accomplishments of our student-athletes on and off the field.
It is the “Eastern Kansas Sports Student-Athlete of the Week”.
- Only school athletic directors and coaches are eligible to nominate
- Only active, seasonal sports are eligible
- The nominee’s performance is considered by the Eastern Kansas Sports staff along with classroom performance as well as other school activities and community standing and involvement.
- Nominations are open on Wednesday morning and closed Sunday at noon
- 1 boy and 1 girl from each league will be named
- If there are no nominations for one or both genders or from a league then no “Student-Athlete of the Week” will be awarded for that week
I would like to mention that due to not getting the nominations form that not all leagues responded in time and it is my error, not the AD’s or coaches, for some leagues not having nominations this week. I apologize to all the fans of leagues who didn’t have someone nominated and hope that we will have this wrinkled out next week.
With that being said, here are the first-ever Eastern Kansas Sports Student-Athlete’s of the Week.
WELLSVILLE SENIOR LUKE RICHARDS-FOOTBALL
Senior Luke Richards is this week’s Eastern Kansas Sports Student Athlete of the Week after being nominated by Mike Berg. Coach Berg noted “Luke was everywhere on the defensive side of the ball Friday night. He had 3 interceptions and had his first start at quarterback. 6 of 9 passes for 131 yards and one TD. Luke managed the game very well.”
No nominations submitted
CHANUTE SENIOR JAY BROWN-SOCCER
Nominated by soccer head coach Adam Wilcox, Brown had a hat trick in last Tuesday’s Blue Comet victory plus an assist. “When the game was in hand he asked to come off to get some bench players minutes.” Coach Wilcox also noted Brown’s commitment to the classroom as well. “He has a 4.0 and often helps others study for classes and the ACT. Aside from being excellent at athletics and in-class academics Jay is also prepping for his Sr year of debate hoping to return to Nationals.”
INDEPENDENCE JUNIORS TIA GREGORY / KAYDN KING – GIRLS TENNIS
Nominated by Coach Sam Carnes, these two student-athletes had an impressive start to the season with milestones quickly approaching. “They have started the season 8-0 (winning #1 doubles in the Indy Invitational and going undefeated at Parsons) and Kaydn is at 99 Wins, which she will, more than likely hit the 100 wins on the 12th of September.”
THREE RIVERS LEAGUE
No nominations submitted this week
CHETOPA JUNIOR BRALI CONARD – VOLLEYBALL
The lone Three Rivers League Student-Athlete of the Week goes to junior Brali Conard. Coach Jill Blackledge noted her not only personality on and off the court but her performance last week as well. “Brali is a great person on and off the court. She currently leads our league in kills with 31. She is a standout out passer and server. She has a 3.93 GPA. Overall great athlete, student, and person.”
CANEY VALLEY SENIOR CALEB SANDERS
EUREKA SENIOR HAILEY BROYLES – VOLLEYBALL
Nominated by volleyball coach Pam Pitko, Hailey Broyles had quite the week for the Lady Tornadoes. “Service- 90.2%, 9 aces, 32 points, Ball Handling – 34 assists, 3.8 ast/S, Digs – 17 Hailey has beautiful hands and has an incredible ability to place her serve where she wants. She led us in service % and assists. Stats are from 4 matches this week. Please consider her for student/athlete of the week.”
Thank you to all the coaches who submitted. Again, I apologize on my part for not getting the link sent out sooner but look forward to Week 2 nominations from all 7 leagues.