Vote: Rock Hill Area High School Athlete of the Week (10/04/21)
It’s time to vote for the next athlete of the Herald Fall Sports Week.
For those who don’t know how it works: The Herald selected a group of finalists for this award after reviewing nominations from area coaches. Readers now vote (as often as they like) to determine who will receive the weekly honors. The survey is open this week until Thursday at 1 p.m.
The results of the week’s vote will be announced online Friday morning, and the winner will be featured in the Friday newspaper.
Check out the nominees for this week’s award below. And vote now.
Meet the finalists
Taylor Atkinson, Ford Nation Volleyball. The senior outside hitter had a big week for the Falcons last week, posting 23 kills, 16 digs, five blocks and an ace in a 3-0 win over Clover on September 28. And she also had 16 kills, 15 digs, two blocks and an ace in a 3-0 Fort Mill sweep two days later – revenge a loss to the rival earlier in the season. Atkinson has 249 kills, 200 digs, 32 aces and 28 blocks for a Ford Nation team that has a real chance of winning the region 3-5A crown.
Riley Burton, Legion College Volleyball. The Lancer dominated three games last week: Burton had nine kills, three blocks and three digs in a 3-1 win over Arborbrook Christian on September 28. She also had 10 kills and three aces in a 3-0 win at York Prep on September 30. The next day, Burton had two kills and two aces in a 3-0 loss to Gaston Day. Burton has 104 kills, 33 aces, 33 digs and 26 blocks for Legion Collegiate this season.
Olivia Corbi, swimming at Fort Mill. The sophomore won the 200 and 500 freestyle events at the Region 3-5A Championships at the Fort Mill Aquatic Center on October 2. Corbi also helped the Fort Mill women’s swim team win their 13th consecutive regional title on the same day.
Caroline Hammond, Andrew Jackson volleyball. The elder volunteer had 13 kills and 17 digs to help Andrew Jackson sweep Cheraw (September 30) and York Prep (September 28) down the road this week. Hammond has 69 kills, 96 digs and 27 aces for Andrew Jackson this season.
Mason Haynes, Ford Nation Cross Country. The freshman clocked a personal best 16: 27.90 for an individual fifth at the Wendys’ Invitational at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte on October 2. Haynes helped the Ford Nation boys to finish fourth at the same event.
Carsten Hoerschgens-Ham, swimming north-west. The junior won the 200 and 500 freestyle events as Northwestern defeated both Riverwalk Academy and Rock Hill at Rock Hill Aquatic Center on September 28. Hoerschgens-Ham also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle, third in the 500 freestyle (with state qualifying time) and third in the 400m freestyle relay at the Region 3-5A Championships at Rock Hill Aquatic Center on October 2. The Northwestern Men’s Swim Team finished third in the region behind Spring Valley and Blythewood.
Mallory McCart, tennis player from Catawba Ridge. Junior Copperhead won her two doubles matches with teammate Lucy Drew to help Catawba Ridge beat Indian Land and York this week: McCart and Drew beat York in second in the doubles (6-2, 6-2) to help Catawba Ridge to a victory on September 27. The next day, the pair beat their opponents from Indian Land (6-2, 6-3) and helped Catawba Ridge win the region 3-4A title in the process.
Avery Moriarty, cross-country skiing at Fort Mill. The eighth year clocked a personal best 19: 27.20 to finish 21st overall at the Wendys Invitational at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte on October 2. Moriarty helped the Fort Mill women’s cross country team to a ninth place finish in the 33-team field.
Rock Hill volleyball player Megan O’Rourke. The Bearcats senior passer had a big week when her team needed her: O’Rourke had 33 assists, 15 digs and eight assists in a 3-1 victory over rival Northwestern on September 28. Two days later, O’Rourke recorded 27 assists, seven assists and three digs in a 3-0 victory over regional foe Spring Valley on September 30.
Emmanuel Paddyfote, cross country from York. The senior cross country runner ran a time of 16: 52.70 to finish 15th best team at the Wendys Invitational at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte on October 2. The York men’s team finished seventh in the field of 30 teams.
Sam Rich, Catawba Ridge cross-country ski. The Catawba Ridge senior ran an incredible 14: 59.80 to win the Boys’ Race of Champions at the Great American Cross Country Festival at the WakeMed complex in Cary on October 2. Rich, an engagement from Notre Dame University, broke the 15-minute barrier for the second time in two weeks. (He ran a time of 14: 38.71 to win the Southern Showcase in Alabama on September 18.)
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How to name
The Athlete of the Week awards recognize high school players with outstanding performance. The goal is to recognize all athletes – both accomplished players and underrated / underrated players. If you would like to suggest that someone be included in the ballot in the coming weeks, 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. The Herald reserves the right to remove a name from the survey at its discretion.