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

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

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

Boys’ Soccer

Hayden Barzoff, Porter Ridge: The Pirates’ senior midfielder had two goals and three assists as Porter Ridge beat Piedmont and Sun Valley.

Barzoff had two assists in a 4-1 win over Sun Valley Oct. 11.

Two days later, he accounted for all three scores with two goals and one assist in 3-1 win at Piedmont.

Barzoff has six goals and five assists for Porter Ridge (12-2-2, through Sunday).

Jose Dominguez, Central Academy: The Cougars’ junior midfielder had four goals and two assists to lead Central Academy to wins over Parkwood and West Stanly.

Dominguez had two goals and one assist in a 9-0 victory at Parkwood Oct. 12.

He added two more scores and one assist to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 win over West Stanly, clinching a playoff berth in the process.

Dominguez has 14 goals and eight assists for Central Academy (10-4-3, through Sunday).

Zach Gotro, Metrolina Christian Soccer: The Warriors’ senior midfielder had a hat trick (three goals) to lead Metrolina Christian to a 3-0 win over Hickory Grove in the first round of the Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC) tournament Oct. 11.

Metrolina Christian lost 6-0 to Concord in the MAC semifinals Oct. 12.

Gotro has seven goals and six assists for Metrolina Christian (6-9-2, through Sunday).

Kheynne Ona, South Mecklenburg Soccer: The Sabres’ senior midfielder had a “walk-off,” game-winning goal in 2-1 win at Myers Park, Oct. 12.

South Mecklenburg also beat Harding 6-1, Oct. 14.

Ona has five goals and three assists for South Mecklenburg (11-3-2) this season.

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Amaya Hall, Sun Valley Volleyball: The Sun Valley junior setter had 93 assists, 12 digs, 10 kills and four aces as the Spartans beat Cuthbertson, Porter Ridge and West Cabarrus.

Hall had 38 assists and four kills in a 3-1 win over Cuthbertson Oct. 12.

The next day, she had 22 assists and seven digs in 3-0 win over West Cabarrus.

Hall finished off the week with 33 assists and three kills in a 3-0 win over Porter Ridge. She also eclipsed the 1,000-career assist mark in the Porter Ridge victory, and now has 1,011 assists in her career.

Hall has 617 assists, 137 digs, 52 aces and 42 kills for Sun Valley (14-8, through Sunday).

Maria Nix, Cannon School Volleyball: The Cougars’ freshman outside hitter had 44 kills, 27 digs and six aces as Cannon School beat Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day to remain a perfect 11-0 through Sunday.

Nix had 24 kill, 15 digs and an ace in 3-2 win over Charlotte Country Day Oct. 12.

She also had 20 kills, 12 digs and five aces to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 victory at Providence Day Oct. 14.

Nix has 148 kills, 50 digs and 23 aces for Cannon School through Sunday.

Ella Whittington, Hough Volleyball: The Huskies’ sophomore outside hitter had 18 kills, seven digs and an ace as Hough won 3-0 at Hopewell to remain a perfect 12-0 in Queen City Athletic Conference play.

Whittington has 181 kills, 99 digs, 40 aces and nine blocks for Hough (19-3 through Sunday).

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Nicole Alfers, Christ The King cross-country: The Crusaders’ freshman ran a personal-best 20:46.61 to win the Girls’ Invitational race at the United Way Invitational at Southside Park in Newton Oct. 13.

Alfers beat the field by nearly 12 seconds in her victory.

Landon Roemer, Providence Day cross-country: The Chargers’ junior ran a 16:51.04 to win the boys’ Championship race at the United Way Invitational at Southside Park in Newton Oct. 13.

Roemer won the race by 10 seconds over the field.

Roemer’s efforts helped the Providence Day boys’ cross country team to a runner-up finish in Newton.

Elizabeth Pritchard, Providence Day golf: The Providence Day freshman shot an 81 to win the CISAA Conference Championships by eight shots at Cedarwood Country Club Oct. 12.

The Chargers’ girls’ golf finished as CISAA runner-up at the same event.

Pritchard also shot a season-low, 38, on the front nine holes at Cedarwood Country Club, in two-shot loss to Charlotte Country Day.

Pritchard has earned medalist honors in all nine matches she has played in this season, averaging a 39.89 per nine holes.

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Girls Tennis

Emma Carver, North Lincoln: The Knights’ freshman outlasted Fred T. Foard’s Alexis Wolgemuth 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to win the Western Foothills’ Athletic Conference singles’ title at the Pumpkin Center, Oct. 12.

Carver is 16-3 in singles’ play this season.

Maggie Gehrig, Charlotte Catholic: The Cougars’ senior stayed unbeaten at 30-0 this season by winning the Southwestern 4A (SW4A) singles’ title (6-4, 6-4) over Independence’s Maddie Fowler at East Mecklenburg Oct. 14.

Gehrig, a Villanova University commit, earned league player of the year honors for her efforts as she is 16-0 in singles and 14-0 in doubles’ play this season.

Sophia Harris, Charlotte Christian: The Knights’ freshman won three singles and two doubles’ matches as Charlotte Christian beat Charlotte Country Day (5-4 win, Oct. 15) and Covenant Day (8-1 win, Oct. 14), while losing to Providence Day (6-3 loss, Oct. 12).

Harris, who has lost only two sets overall this season (singles) is 11-0 in singles’ play and 7-4 in doubles’ play for Charlotte Christian (9-4).

Harris is also the No. 9 junior player in the state, according to

Madison Hill, Jay M. Robinson Tennis: The Bulldogs’ senior No. 1 singles’ player also stayed unbeaten (14-0 in singles’ play) by winning the Yadkin Valley 1A/2A singles title Oct. 14.

She also beat Mount Pleasant’s Lucy Brovard Oct. 11.

Hill, the reigning 3A state singles’ runner-up, has not lost a game within a match this season.

Sydney Uhlir, East Mecklenburg: The Eagles’ freshman defeated Independence’s Kendall Barnes 8-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Southwestern 4A conference tournament Oct. 12.

She lost to Charlotte Catholic’s Maggie Gehrig in the semifinals and the Cougars’ Ava Tan (in the third-place game) to finish fourth at the SW4A tournament.

Uhlir advances to the 4A West Regional tournament at Ardrey Kell this week.

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** 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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