Vote for Charlotte Observer girls high school athlete of the week (9.22.23)

Here are the nominees for The Charlotte Observer high school athlete of the week.

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This week’s nominees

McKenzie Ashcraft, Bradford Prep Cross Country: The Bears’ freshman ran a personal-best 20:37.90 to finish fifth overall at the Pfeiffer University Invitational Sept. 16.

Ashcraft’s efforts also helped the Bradford Prep girls’ cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the same meet.

Mary Bonner Dalton, Myers Park Cross Country: The Mustangs’ senior ran a personal-best 16:58.21 to win the College 5K at the Queen City Invitational at McAlpine Creek Park Sept. 15.

Dalton’s time was the second fastest 5K time ever run by a high school girl from North Carolina.

Dalton is a University of Notre Dame commit.

Caitlyn Frisch, Lake Norman Charter Golf: The Knights’ freshman shot an even par 36 to earn medalist honors in a South Piedmont conference (SPC) match at McCanless Golf Club in Salisbury Sept. 11.

Frisch’s play led the Lake Norman Charter girls’ golf team to a 15-shot victory in the same SPC match.

Jordyn Gray, Cox Mill Volleyball: The Chargers’ sophomore outside hitter had 27 kills, 14 digs and one ace as Cox Mill handed Lake Norman its first loss of the season, 3-2 Sept. 12.

Cox Mill (9-2) also lost 3-2 to Ardrey Kell Sept. 13, and swept Hickory Ridge 3-0 Sept. 14.

Sienna Jauch, Carmel Christian Golf: The Cougars’ junior shot a personal-best 77 on 18 holes (38-39) with two birdies in her round to finish ninth out of 53 golfers at the inaugural Carmel Country Club High School Girls’ Golf Invitational Sept. 11.

Jauch’s play helped the Carmel Christian girls’ golf team to a seventh-place finish (255) in the 12-team field at the same event.

Lindsey Kerrins, Charlotte Country Day Volleyball: The Buccaneers’ junior outside hitter had seven kills, 10 digs, three aces and three blocks to lead Charlotte Country Day to a 3-0 win at Carmel Christian Sept. 14.

Kerrins has 71 kills, 11 digs, 22 aces and eight blocks for Charlotte Country Day (8-6) this season.

Annie Miller, Metrolina Christian Cross Country: The Warriors’ junior ran an 18:03 to finish third at the Warrior Cross Country Invitational at Stables Park in Pawleys’ Island, SC.

Miller’s time set a Metrolina Christian junior class school record and was just off her personal-best 5K of 18:00.96 that she ran last season (2022).

Cydney Moore, North Mecklenburg Volleyball: The Vikings’ sophomore setter had 37 assists, 12 digs, seven kills and one ace in a 3-1 win over Julius Chambers Sept. 12.

Moore also had 25 assists, 17 digs, five kills, three aces and three blocks in a 3-1 victory at rival Hopewell Sept. 14.

North Mecklenburg is 8-4 this season.

Karla Nunez, Piedmont Volleyball: The Panthers’ senior had 36 kills, 34 digs, 11 aces, five assists and four blocks as Piedmont beat Central Cabarrus (3-0, Sept. 11), Mount Pleasant (3-1, Sept. 13) and Parkwood (3-0, Sept. 14).

Piedmont (9-2) has won nine straight matches this season.

Elizabeth Rudisill, Myers Park Golf: The Mustangs’ junior shot a 5-under par 67, to win the inaugural Carmel Country Club High School Girls’ Golf Invitational Sept. 11.

Rudisill had seven birdies in her round at Carmel Country Club.

Rudisill, the two-time defending 4A state champion, also played in the Junior Ryder Cup in Spain last weekend.

Isabelle Sandoval, Lake Norman Volleyball: The Wildcats’ junior had 20 kills, five assists and five blocks as Lake Norman beat South Iredell 3-1 Sept. 14, and suffered their first loss of the season in 3-2 defeat to Cox Mill Sept. 12.

Lake Norman is 14-1 overall this season.

Ellie Wilkins, Charlotte Country Day Field Hockey: The Buccaneers’ senior scored two goals in a 4-0 win over Myers Park Sept. 12.

Charlotte Country Day (6-3) also lost 2-1 at Providence Day Sept. 14.

Wilkins is a Tufts University commit.

** Information published today includes statistics through September 16.

If you 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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