Daily Courier Athletes of the Week
Male Athlete of the Week
Alain Colnot, Thomas Jefferson soccer
Alain Colnot, Thomas Jefferson senior forward and reigning Rutherford County Player of the Year, has picked up where he left off in 2012.
Colnot is a leading scorer for the Gryphons, but probably his most crucial score of the season came Monday night against Highland Tech.
Tied 1-1 with Highland Tech with less than 10 minutes left in the match, Colnot took a short pass from teammate Mathias Talbert and tapped the ball into an empty net for the winning goal to preserve the Gryphons' undefeated season.
The Gryphons lost their next match at Community School of Davidson but still hold an impressive 9-1-1 overall record.
TJCA returns to action at home Monday night against Cherryville.
Female Athlete of the Week
Holly Baynard, R-S Central volleyball
R-S Central volleyball (8-4 SMAC) kept its playoffs alive this week and senior setter holly Baynard was a big part of it. After suffering three consecutive conference losses, the Lady Hilltoppers rebounded in a big way with a three-game undoing of county rival Chase.
The Hilltoppers rotated their entire bench in the 45-minute win and Baynard set up numerous kills for teammates such as Tia Bristol, Te'Ja Twitty, Candice Simmons, Jesse McMahan and Caely Cuthbertson .
The Hilltoppers will look to keep their playoff hopes alive and well Monday night at conference-leading Kings Mountain.