Vote for the Charlotte-area High School Athlete of the Week

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

Readers can vote as often as they like until Friday, around noon, when the poll closes.

Boys Football

Hayden Barzoff, Porter Ridge: The Pirates senior midfielder had two goals and three assists as Porter Ridge beat Piedmont and Sun Valley.

Barzoff had two assists in a 4-1 win over Sun Valley on October 11.

Two days later, he scored all three goals with two goals and one assist in a 3-1 win at Piedmont.

Barzoff has six goals and five assists for Porter Ridge (12-2-2, until Sunday).

José Dominguez, Central Academy: The Cougars junior midfielder scored four goals and had two assists to lead Central Academy to victories over Parkwood and West Stanly.

Dominguez scored two goals and an assist in a 9-0 win at Parkwood on October 12.

He added two more points and an assist to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 victory over West Stanly, earning a playoff berth in the process.

Dominguez has 14 goals and eight assists for Central Academy (10-4-3, until Sunday).

Zach Gotro, Metrolina Christian Soccer: The Warriors senior midfielder had a hat trick (three goals) to lead Metrolina Christian to a 3-0 victory over Hickory Grove in the first round of the Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC) tournament on October 11.

Metrolina Christian lost 6-0 to Concord in the MAC semi-finals on October 12.

Gotro has seven goals and six assists for Metrolina Christian (6-9-2, until Sunday).

Kheynne Ona, Football from southern Mecklenburg: The Sabers’ senior midfielder scored a game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Myers Park on October 12.

Southern Mecklenburg also beat Harding 6-1 on October 14.

Ona has five goals and three assists for South Mecklenburg (11-3-2) this season.

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Amaya Hall, Sun Valley Volleyball: The Sun Valley junior passer had 93 assists, 12 digs, 10 kills and four aces as the Spartans beat Cuthbertson, Porter Ridge and West Cabarrus.

Hall had 38 assists and four assists in a 3-1 win over Cuthbertson on October 12.

The next day, she tallied 22 assists and seven digs in a 3-0 win over West Cabarrus.

Hall finished the week with 33 assists and three assists in a 3-0 victory over Porter Ridge. She also eclipsed the 1,000 career assists mark in Porter Ridge’s victory and now has 1,011 career assists.

Hall has 617 assists, 137 digs, 52 aces and 42 kills for Sun Valley (14-8, until Sunday).

Maria Nix, Cannon School Volleyball: The Cougars first-year forward had 44 kills, 27 digs and six aces as Cannon School beat Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day to remain a perfect 11-0 until Sunday.

Nix had 24 kills, 15 digs and an ace in the 3-2 win over Charlotte Country Day on October 12.

She also had 20 kills, 12 digs and five aces to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 victory at Providence Day on Oct. 14.

Nix has 148 kills, 50 digs and 23 aces for Cannon School through Sunday.

Ella Whittington, Hough Volleyball: The Huskies second-year outside hitter had 18 kills, seven digs and an ace as Hough won 3-0 at Hopewell to remain a perfect 12-0 in the Queen City Athletic Conference game.

Whittington has 181 kills, 99 digs, 40 aces and nine blocks for Hough (19-3 until Sunday).

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Cross-country skiing / Golf

Nicole Alfers, Christ-Roi cross-country ski: The Crusaders ‘freshman set a personal best 20: 46.61 to win the Girls’ Invitational race at the United Way Invitational at Southside Park in Newton on October 13.

Alfers beat the field by almost 12 seconds in their victory.

Landon Roemer, Providence Day cross-country skiing: The Chargers junior ran a time of 16: 51.04 to win the boys’ championship race at the United Way Invitational at Southside Park in Newton on October 13.

Roemer won the race 10 seconds ahead of the peloton.

Roemer’s efforts helped the Providence Day boys’ cross country team finish second to Newton.

Elizabeth Pritchard, Providence Day Golf: The Providence Day freshman shot an 81 to win the CISAA Conference Championships by eight strokes at Cedarwood Country Club on October 12.

The Chargers’ women’s golf finished second in the CISAA at the same event.

Pritchard also shot a season record 38 on the first nine holes at Cedarwood Country Club in a two-stroke loss to Charlotte Country Day.

Pritchard has won medal honors in all nine games she has played this season, averaging 39.89 par nine holes.

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Tennis Girls

Emma Carver, North Lincoln: The Knights freshman outlasted Fred T. Foard’s Alexis Wolgemuth 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to win the Western Foothills’ Athletic Conference singles title at the Pumpkin Center on October 12.

Carver is 16-3 in singles this season.

Maggie Gehrig, Catholic Charlotte: The eldest Cougars went undefeated at 30-0 this season winning the Southwest 4A (SW4A) singles title (6-4, 6-4) against Maddie Fowler of Independence in East Mecklenburg on October 14.

Gehrig, a entry from Villanova University, has won League of the Year honors for her efforts, as she is 16-0 in singles and 14-0 in doubles this season.

Sophia Harris, Charlotte Christian: The Knights’ freshman won three singles and two doubles as Charlotte Christian defeated Charlotte Country Day (5-4 win, Oct.15) and Covenant Day (8-1 win, Oct.14), while losing to Providence Day (6-3 loss, October 12).

Harris, who has lost just two sets in total this season (singles), is 11-0 in singles and 7-4 in doubles for Charlotte Christian (9-4).

Harris is also the state’s No. 9 junior player, according to

Madison Hill, Jay M. Robinson Tennis: The Bulldogs’ No. 1 senior player also went undefeated (14-0 in singles) as he won the Yadkin Valley 1A / 2A singles title on October 14.

She also beat Lucy Brovard of Mount Pleasant on October 11.

Hill, the reigning state 3A singles finalist, has not lost a game in a game this season.

Sydney Uhlir, Mecklenburg-East: The Eagles freshman beat Independence’s Kendall Barnes 8-3 to advance to the semi-finals of the Southwestern 4A Conference Tournament on October 12.

She lost to Charlotte Catholic’s Maggie Gehrig in the semifinals and Cougars’ Ava Tan (in the third-place game) to finish fourth in the SW4A tournament.

Uhlir qualifies for the 4A West regional tournament at Ardrey Kell this week.

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** Information released today includes statistics up to October 16.

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

Langston Wertz Jr. is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Observer since 1988. He’s covered everything from Final Fours and the NFL to video games and Britney Spears. Wertz – a West Charlotte High and UNC graduate – is the rare person who can answer “Charlotte” when you ask “What city are you from.”
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