Vote for High School Athlete of the Week The Observer’s boys l 09.09.22

Here are the nominees for The Charlotte Observer High School Athlete of the Week.

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This week’s nominees

Tanner Baxter, Mountain Island Charter Football: The Raptors junior forward had a hat trick, with three goals, to lead Mountain Island Charter to a 4-1 victory at Forest Hills on August 29.

Baxter also had three assists in a 5-3 win over Thomas Jefferson Academy on Aug. 31.

Baxter has three goals and four assists for Mountain Island Charter (2-3, through Sunday).

Mason Cross, Parkwood Cross Country: The Parkwood junior clocked a personal best 20:33.40 to finish seventh in the 5k at the Rocky River Conference preseason meet at his home course Aug. 30.

Cross’s time was 1:04 faster than what he ran three days earlier in Carolina’s kickoff at Metrolina Christian.

Brock Gramann, Providence Soccer: The Panthers’ eldest had a goal and an assist in Providence’s two 2-1 wins over Ardrey Kell (August 31) and Lake Norman (August 29).

Gramann has four goals and six assists for Providence who are a perfect 7-0 this season, outscoring their opponents 20-2 in the same period.

Stephen Fernetti, North Lincoln Cross Country: ran a time of 19:44 to win the Hart Square Course at Fred T. Foard High on August 31.

Fernetti led the North Lincoln men’s cross country team to a 36-point win in the same meet.

Fernetti also finished fourth at the Providence Invitational in 15:49.70 at McAlpine Creek Park on Aug. 27.

Joshawa Huneycutt, South Stanly Cross Country: The South Stanly junior won individually in the Yadkin Valley 1A conference season opener at Piney Point Cross Country Course with an Aug. 30 at 5:31 p.m.

Huneycutt also clocked a personal best 17:13.97 to finish second at the Fleet Feet Invitational at Salisbury Community Park on September 3.

South Stanly also finished third as a team in the Fleet Feet event.

Russell Jacobson, Woodlawn School Football: The Trailblazers freshman scored three goals to lead Woodlawn School to a 4-1 win over Sugar Creek Charter in their season opener Aug. 30.

He also scored the only goal in a 10-1 loss at SouthLake Christian on September 1.

Elijah Orren, Jay M. Robinson Soccer: The Bulldogs senior midfielder/forward had back-to-back hat-tricks to help Jay M. Robinson stay unbeaten at 6-0 with wins over Bradford Prep and Corvian Charter.

Orren scored three goals in a 5-1 win over Corvian Charter on August 29.

He scored three more goals in a 5-2 win over Bradford Prep on September 1.

Caden Townshend, Weddington Cross Country: The Warriors’ eldest ran in 16:22.10 to win the race in the Warriors’ home opener on September 1.

Townshend helped lead the Weddington boys’ cross country team to a 12-point victory over rival Marvin Ridge in the same meet.

Drew Waller, West Cabarrus Football: The Wolverines junior striker has scored nine goals in three wins.

Waller scored twice in a 3-0 win over Central Cabarrus on August 29.

The next day he scored three goals in a 5-2 win over Corvian Charter.

Waller finished the week with four goals in a 6-0 victory over Northwest Cabarrus on September 1.

Waller, who broke the school record for goals in a season in just six games, has 21 scores for West Cabarrus (7-1 through Sunday).

Marco Wright, Gaston Day Football: The Spartans’ eldest had five points with three goals and two assists in a 9-0 victory at Metrolina Christian on August 30.

Wright also scored twice in a 4-1 win over Carolina Day on Sept. 1.

Wright has 16 goals and seven assists for Gaston Day (5-2) this season.

** Information released today includes statistics through September 3

If you want to nominate an athlete? : Athletes of the Week highlights outstanding high school players. The goal is to recognize all athletes in all sports, both the most accomplished players and the underappreciated or underrated players. If you would like to suggest someone to be included in the Athletes of the Week column, email Jay Edwards at [email protected] Please include the athletes name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.

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This story was originally published September 4, 2022 4:44 p.m.

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