Brentwood High School senior Sophie Roston and Summit junior Jackson Masters were tabbed the latest Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week for the week ending Dec. 13.
Roston collected a double-double in a narrow Lady Bruins basketball win over Christ Presbyterian Academy, while Masters continued his unbeaten streak to open this season’s wrestling campaign.
The two were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire & Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald.
Roston collected 10 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals during Brentwood’s 58-52 win over CPA last week – the Lady Bruins fourth victory in a row.
Brentwood coach Myles Thrash said Roston has always been known as a strong defender for his team, but she has become a bigger factor on the offensive side of the ball as well.
“She’s been a force in the paint for us,” he said. “She makes us a better team defensively no doubt, but her offensive game has stepped up as well.
“She’s worked extremely hard in the offseason on becoming the player she wants to be for us to get to the next level.”
Roston, who is the school’s all-time leader in blocks according to Thrash, is averaging 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks through six games. The Lady Bruins are scheduled to face Page on Friday in a District 11-AAA contest.
Masters is off to a 12-0 start to his junior season with six pins and two wins by technical fall. He captured the 120-pound title last week at a tournament at Independence High School.
Summit coach Pete Miller said besides the unbeaten mark, “the most impressive feat of his season so far is that he has 47 takedowns in just 12 matches.”
Masters won three of his four matches at the Indy tournament by pin and secured the 120-pound title with a second-round technical fall over the Eagles Philip Shand, 19-3. Summit racked up 248 points to earn the tournament team title as well.
Miller credits Masters’ hard work in the offseason in preparation for this season to his early success. He was a Region 6-AAA runner-up at 113 last year and went 3-2 at the state tournament as a sophomore.
“He’s one of the hardest workers in the room and really has a fire in him this year,” Miller said, adding how Masters has accepted a leadership role for the Spartans. “I’m really excited to see what he can do this season.”
Masters and the Summit wrestling team will take to the mats at the Beech Invitational on Saturday in Hendersonville.
Other nominees for Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week included hoopers Amelia Osgood of Brentwood and Cameron Bell of Independence.