Benton’s Brody Hutchison secured enough votes this week to win the Times online poll for Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.
A standout cross country athlete for the Tigers, Hutchison is the second Benton cross country winner of the 2022-23 school year, joining Claire Allen.
Hutchison and his supporters racked up 19,582 votes, a solid 53.2% of the 36,838 votes cast in the weekly online recognition. Those numbers allowed Hutchison to top a field of 11 additional candidates, including second-place Ivy Blackburn, a Parkway cheerleader, who made a strong run for the recognition with 8,585 votes (23.3%).
Hutchison will receive a duffel bag, a boxed lunch combo and some additional swag courtesy of Raising Cane’s.
“Brody is an outstanding young man who works hard and is a team player,” Benton coach Bryson Matthews said. “He loves to compete and better himself every day. This season, we have seen personal records at our races and Brody is reaching toward the goals that he set for himself at the beginning of the summer.”
Others on the fourth ballot for the 2022-23 school year were Riley Walden, Airline swim; Christopher Barnard, Captain Shreve swim; Jada Breazeale, Arcadia cheer; Shelbi Gousha, Bossier cheer; Zamiyah Adams-Johnson, BTW cheer; John Bartle, Byrd cross country; Taylor Ramsey, Cedar Creek cross country; Kiya Casey, Calvary volleyball; Kinzlee Usie, Evangel volleyball and Sara White, Haughton volleyball.
They were chosen because of their performance the previous week or because their names were submitted by their coach. The Times poll is posted each Monday at shreveporttimes.com with a new slate of student-athletes in high school sports other than football.
The Times online only poll runs through Thursday evening. The poll includes northwest Louisiana athletes competing in volleyball, cross country, swimming, cheerleading, basketball, soccer, wrestling, powerlifting, indoor and outdoor track, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, bowling, gymnastics and fishing while those sports are in season.
Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.
Week 1: Cheyenne Olson, Parkway cross countryWeek 2: Claire Allen, Benton cross countryWeek 3: Jade Smith, Ruston volleyballWeek 4: Brody Hutchison, Benton cross country
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