Brentwood's Devine, Fairview's Nardozzi earn Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week

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Brentwood senior Kate Devine and Fairview junior Logan Nardozzi were named the Gateway Tire Female and Male Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 21-27.  

Devine guided the unbeaten Lady Bruins back in the Class AAA state soccer tournament with three consecutive shutouts in goal, while Nardozzi exploded for a more than 300 yards rushing in the Yellow Jackets 35-16 Week 10 win over Dickson County.  

The two athletes were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire and Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald. 

The Hillsboro, Ravenwood and Gallatin girls soccer teams were held without goals against the tough Brentwood defense last week. Devine earned the shutouts and has forfeited just three goals all season.  

“Kate is a fantastic wall in goal for us,” Brentwood girls soccer coach Kersta Mello said. “Her ability to stay in game no matter how much she is tested, whether she is getting shot after shot after shot or just needed to make a few solid plays is something special. 

“That ability to stay mentally checked into a game is something I haven’t seen in a goalie in sometime.” 

Brentwood, which is unbeaten at 14-0, topped Hillsboro 10-0 Tuesday in the Region 6-AAA semifinals, defeated rival Ravenwood 1-0 Thursday in the region title match and then advanced to the state tournament for a third season in a row with a 5-0 win against Gallatin on Saturday. 

“Kate just hasn’t allowed very many goals this season,” Mello said. “She is extremely versatile and her soccer IG is very high.” 

The Lady Bruins begin state play next week. 

Nardozzi, a 5-foot-11, 165-pounder, had 32 carries for a career-high 302 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 as the Class 3A Yellow Jackets defeated the Class 6A Cougars. 

“His performance last week was exactly what you would see every week if we give him the ball 30 times,” Fairview football coach Chris Hughes said. “He is a special player.” 

Nardozzi has gained 1,514 yards in nine games this season with just two contests where he didn’t produce at least 100 yards. He averages 9.5 yards per carry and has scored 17 total touchdowns. 

“Logan is the heart of our offense,” Hughes said. “His explosive runs are a weekly staple and something we have become accustomed to.” 

The Yellow Jackets, who are 7-2, won the Region 6-3A title and close the regular season at home against Stewart County on Friday. 

Other nominees for Athletes of the Week included cross country runners Leigh Walters of Page and Evan Guzman of Franklin. 

Walters, a junior, won the Region 6 Large Schools girls championship on Saturday with a time of 18 minutes, 44.24 seconds. Guzman, a senior, clocked a 16:17.79 to finish third in the boys race.  

Both are among the qualifiers for the TSSAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday. 

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