Each week, the Tallahassee Democrat is awarding recognition for outstanding in-season performances. Meet this week’s standouts for the week of Sept. 13-19, 2015. Send in future nominations to email@example.com.
Shane Sanders, Jr., Chiles
The running back had a career night with 20 carries for 221 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-21 win over Taylor County. Just for good measure, Sanders also made an interception. He now has 474 ground yards this season, which is second in the area.
Sammy Carter, Jr., West Gadsden
The junior Mr. Everything caught eight passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns (31, 30 and 11 yards) in a 30-6 win over Jay. Carter also carried six times for 46 yards, made three pass breakups at cornerback, and caught a pass for a two-point conversion.
Aly Freeland, Fr., Chiles
The freshman posted 50 kills and 43 digs over five games as the Timberwolves went 5-0 to win the Battle of the Borders Tournament last weekend. Freeland’s best outing was a 17-kill, 14-dig effort in a 2-1 victory over Maclay in the semifinals.
Tis better to receive
•Carter’s output wasn’t the only outstanding receiving effort. Wakulla senior Keith Gavin caught eight passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and he also returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in a 40-14 win over Ocala Trinity Catholic. And Chiles senior John Mitchell grabbed eight balls for 123 yards and a touchdown in his team’s win.
Offense, defense, special teams
•NFC senior Korey Charles returned to the backfield and posted 148 all-purpose yards (97 rushing) and two touchdowns as the Eagles beat Hamilton County, 27-0. At Madison County, Florida High junior linebacker Cam Brown made 15 tackles, while NFC’s Matthew Dickey took a punt back 78 yards for a touchdown.
•Maclay freshman Miller Shelfer shot a new career low of 37 for a nine-hole match at Golden Eagle Country Club. The performance, which included a hole-out bunker shot on No. 9, helped the Marauders win a four-team match against Chiles, Lincoln and Taylor County.
Battle of the Borders
•Aided by Freeland, Chiles claimed tournament victory, but senior setter Alyssa Rudd also stood out with 128 assists, while Lauren Rizza accumulated 29 kills and 45 digs.
•Meanwhile, Florida High went 3-2 at the tournament and Seminoles junior Nylah Demps compiled 34 kills, 17 digs and 12 blocks.
•Leon’s volleyball team went 3-2 in Tampa at Berkeley Prep’s tournament. The Lions picked up 115 assists, 30 digs and five aces from senior setter Jaynie Mitchell.
Freshman Makayla Washington totaled 57 kills and 11 blocks, while seniors Daijah Washington (31 kills, 25 digs, nine aces) and Elyse Thompson (61 digs) were big contributors.
Swim, swam, swum
•Chiles’ girls swimming team leads the area in three relay events. Timberwolves junior Morgan Ayers has the fastest times in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, while sophomore teammate Stephanie Holmes is tops in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Lincoln’s Tiffanee Moore (50 free), Leon senior Claire Kercheval-Roig (100 backstroke), and Leon sophomore Olivia Kercheval-Roig (100 butterfly) also have top short-course times.
•For boys times, Chiles’ Ryland Sun leads the area in the 100 fly and 100 back, while Lincoln senior Duncan Sutton (50 free) and Maclay sophomore Rafi Chambasian (100 breast) own top times in the two of nine events that the Timberwolves do not lead.