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Vote for the News & Observer high school athlete of the week (10.22.21)

·5 min read

Meet the nominees for the News & Observer high school athlete of the week.

Readers can vote as often as they want until Friday, around noon, when the poll will close.

Maria Atwood, Holly Springs Golf: The Golden Hawks’ senior shot a 10-under par, 62, to win the South Wake 4A Conference title at Devils Ridge Golf Club Oct. 12.

The 62, which included eight birdies and an eagle, was the third lowest score ever in the NCHSAA record book.

Atwood, a James Madison University commit, has earned medalist honors in all of her matches this season.

Max Bartelt, Apex Football: The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior quarterback had 430 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in a 49-47 loss at Middle Creek Oct. 15.

Bartelt completed 19-of-27 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 79 yards on 17 carries in the narrow loss.

Bartelt is 97-of-171 for 1,593 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 567 yards and two more scores on 73 rushes for Apex (4-4) this season.

Rose Eklund, Smithfield Selma Volleyball: The Spartans’ senior outside hitter had seven kills, seven aces, 12 digs, seven assists and three blocks in a 3-0 loss at C.B. Aycock Oct. 12.

She followed that up with 14 kills, 12 digs, six blocks, three aces and one assist in a 3-0 win over East Wake Oct. 14.

Eklund has 88 kills, 246 digs, 50 blocks, 43 aces and 13 assists for a Smithfield Selma team that is 3-18 this season after going winless the previous three years.

Harrison Enyeart, Millbrook Cross Country: The Wildcats’ senior ran a 16:28.54 to win a six-team meet with Apex Friendship, Athens Drive, Broughton, Cary and Holly Springs at WakeMed Complex Oct. 12.

Enyeart, who won the race by 13 seconds, also helped his Millbrook boys’ cross country team to a runner-up finish at the same meet.

Caleb Erwin, North Raleigh Christian Football: The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety had five tackles, one pass break up and an interception return for 57 yards to help North Raleigh Christian to a 14-8 win over Trinity Christian Oct. 15.

Erwin also had two catches for 28 yards, including an 18-yard grab that set up the go-ahead score in the same game.

Erwin has 30 tackles, five pass break ups and two interceptions, while making 15 catches for 231 yards and two touchdowns for North Raleigh Christian (5-2) this season.

Pascale Gomez, Jordan Field Hockey: The Falcons’ junior goalkeeper made 80 saves on 102 shots as Jordan lost to Carrboro (twice, Oct. 11 and 12) and East Chapel Hill (Oct. 13) this week.

Gomez has 145 saves on 208 shots for Jordan (2-9, through Sunday).

Julianne Izod, Apex Friendship Tennis: The Patriots’ sophomore won the South Wake 4A Conference singles’ title at Cary Tennis Park, Oct. 14.

Izod is 11-2 in singles’ play and 11-0 in doubles’ play with teammate Emma Cyrus for Apex Friendship (13-1).

Jashawn Middleton, Cleveland Football: The 6-foot, 170-pound junior wide receiver had 263 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead Cleveland to a 55-0 win at Southeast Raleigh, Oct. 15.

Middleton had five catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns, and also scored on an 88-yard kickoff return in the victory.

Middleton has 25 catches for 470 yards and six touchdowns for a Cleveland team that is undefeated at 7-0 this season.

Chide Ogan, Cary Christian Football: The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior running back rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries to help the Knights to a 56-0 victory over St. David’s Oct. 15.

Ogan also had three tackles from his linebacker position as Cary Christian beat St. David’s for the first time since 2013.

Ogan has 501 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 36 carries, while making 43 tackles on defense for Cary Christian (5-2) this season.

Ogan also excels in the classroom, where he boasts a 4.53 grade-point average.

Morgan Pennington, Trinity Academy Cross Country: The Tigers’ freshman ran a 20:36 to win the Tri-TAC Conference title at The O’Neal School Oct. 14.

Pennington’s win helped her Trinity Academy girls’ cross country team to a conference title at the same meet.

Pennington ran a personal-best 19:15.80 finish eighth at the Great American Cross Country in Cary Oct. 2

Saia Rampersaud, Durham Academy Golf: The Cavaliers’ freshman shot a three-under-par 69 to help her team to a one-shot victory over North Raleigh Christian at Croasdaile Country Club Oct. 12.

Rampersaud had four birdies and 13 pars in her round.

The Durham Academy girls’ golf team set a school-record for 18-hole team score (two-under par) as the Cavaliers’ Jenna Kim (71) and Ona Lukes (74) also played well against North Raleigh Chrsitian.

Ian Rouse, Jordan Cross Country: The Falcons’ junior ran a 16:54.27 to win a three-team meet with East Chapel Hill and Riverside on his home course Oct. 13.

Rouse, who won the race by 57 seconds, also led his Jordan team to a second-place finish.

** Information published today includes statistics through Oct. 16.

Want to nominate an athlete?: Athletes of the week highlights high school players with outstanding performances. The goal is to recognize all athletes in all sports, both the most accomplished and the underrated or underappreciated players. If you want to suggest someone to be included in the Athletes of the week column, send email to Jay Edwards at Please include the athletes’ name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.

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