YOUR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to the North Port boys and girls cross country teams, with Louie Dietrich and Kaley Boethig as the individual standouts. They received 547 votes as Athlete(s) of the Week for Sept. 2-17. Both the boys and girls took first place at last week’s Venice Invite.
The results with 1,791 votes cast through 3 p.m. Tuesday:
North Port Boys and Girls (Cross Country): 30.54%
Zoe Burkhart (Port Charlotte Volleyball): 26.47%
D’Vonte Price (Charlotte Football): 16.81%
Brayden Curry (Lemon Bay Football): 6.98%
Sydney Hoggarth (North Port Volleyball): 6.42%
Shelby Beisner (Charlotte Volleyball): 5.19%
Kacee Nelson (Lemon Bay Volleyball): 4.75%
Makenzie Miller (Port Charlotte Swimming): 2.85%
JORDAN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
My pick for athlete of the week goes to Shelby Beisner.
When your team wins a tournament championship and you’re also named tournament MVP, it’s hard to find a reason to pick someone else.
Beisner had 25 kills, 25 digs and three aces in Saturday’s Gene Gorman Invite to lead the Tarpons to the title while also taking home MVP honors. The Tarpons’ championship also awarded the school $1,000 for Charlotte’s athletic scholarships from Gene Gorman.
She’s only a sophomore but Beisner has been arguably the area’s best player through the first month of the season and she’s a big reason why the Tarpons are still undefeated in 2016.
BRYAN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
I think you guys got it right this week.
In cross country, it’s one thing for just a boys team to win a meet, or just the girls team to win a meet.
It shows dominance in a program when both the boys and girls take home a first-place trophy at one meet, and that’s exactly what North Port did on Saturday in Venice.
The boys team won just its second meet in program history, as they have lofty goals this year, as do the girls.
Louie Dietrich (5th) led the boys, as five Bobcats finished in the top 13 The girls also had five top-13 finishers, with Kaley Boethig (4th) leading the way.