YOUR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Logan Lydic was the individual standout performer among a Manta Ray front seven which had 12 tackles for a loss, and three sacks against Estero.
Congratulations to them, as 616 of you voted for them as athlete(s) of the week at suncoastsportsnow.com.
The results with 1,647 votes cast through 3 p.m. Tuesday:
Manta Ray front seven, Lemon Bay: 37.4%
Pirate offensive line, Port Charlotte: 34.17%
Maleek Williams, Charlotte: 11.11%
Dillon Garrett, North Port: 7.29%
Shelby Beisner, Charlotte 5.16%
Octavious Cummings, North Port: 4.86%
BRYAN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
This week I have to give it to Charlotte volleyball player Shelby Beisner.
The outside hitter was a big reason why the Tarpons remained undefeated last week, helping her team to three wins over Port Charlotte, LaBelle and Lemon Bay, respectively.
Just a sophomore, Beisner had a team-high 16 digs in Tuesday’s match against the Cowboys. She also had 10 kills in that one.
That was just one of two matches during the week where Beisner had double-digit kills. She also had had a team-high 13 against Lemon Bay.
Beisner totaled 28 kills for the week, and likely just as many digs (we don’t have complete stats for that), which is well-worthy of being named athlete of the week.
JORDAN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
My pick for athlete of the week is Port Charlotte’s offensive line. The Pirates’ unit led the way for a team-combined 414 rushing yards, with four different rushers running for at least 80 yards in a 33-7 win over Barron Collier Friday night.
It was a statement win for the Pirates, who lost to the Cougars 10-7 last season. The credits always goes to the guys carrying the ball, as it should, but Port Charlotte’s offensive line deserves some too.
You know, the names you never hear over the stadium’s sound system.
D’Andre Lewis. Jaden Hunter. Trace Allshouse. Michael Isaac. Stephen Nagy.
These five guys were extremely instrumental in Port Charlotte’s success Friday night. Just ask coach Jordan Ingman, who was proud of the unit’s conditioning after the game.
Port Charlotte’s rushing attack has been one of the best in the state through the first two weeks of the season, and it continues to pummel defenses, it’s an attack that should carry the Pirates on a playoff run.
Thank to those big guys up front.