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Nolensville’s Padelski, Summit’s Wade garner Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week awards

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FRANKLIN – Nolensville High School freshman soccer player Madeline Padelski and Summit senior football player Destin Wade were selected as the Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sept. 12.

Padelski guided the Lady Knights to a 5-0 District 12-AAA win over Columbia Central and a 1-1 tie against Franklin last week, while Wade collected 342 yards from scrimmage and scored five total touchdowns as the Spartans rolled to a 55-20 win over Blackman in Week 4.

The pair were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Garth Bouldin of Gateway Tire & Service Center of Franklin. Each week, one male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured in the Williamson Herald through the school year.  

In addition, both athletes will be recognized Monday night at 6 p.m. at Tamale Joe’s in Franklin as part of a live broadcast on WAKM highlighting the Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week.

Padelski scored two goals and assisted on two others against Columbia Central in the district opener for Nolensville. Earlier in the week against Franklin – the runners-up in 2020 in Class AAA – the freshman scored the lone goal in a 1-1 draw.

“Every successful team needs a goal scorer and they are so hard to find,” Nolensville soccer coach Eric Shelton said. “Luckily, we have Maddie.

“Maddie continued to add to her stellar freshman campaign … she has scored in every game thus far.”

Shelton said the young scorer “gives us a chance to win every game.” He said Padelski has embraced the team’s “refuse to lose” mentality.

Padelski has 11 goals and four assists for the Lady Knights, who sit at 5-0-2 overall heading into Thursday’s district matchup at home against Summit.

Similarly, Wade continued to shine in Week 4 on the football field for the Spartans. The returning Mr. Football finalist rushed for 260 yards on 11 carries with four touchdowns on the ground. He also threw for 114 yards, including a 77-yard dart to longtime friend and teammate Brady Pierce to punctuate a 35-point second quarter for Summit.

Wade scored on runs of 43, 73, 68 and 30 yards.

“What can you say, he’s just special,” Spartans football coach Brian Coleman said. “Anytime he touches the ball, he can go 80, 90 yards. That’s a fun thing to have.”

Wade has rushed for 667 yards with 11 touchdowns on the ground, gaining 19.1 yards per carry for the unbeaten Spartans. He’s also thrown for two touchdowns but so far has just needed to use his feet to guide his team.

“When you have an athlete like Destin, you just let him go, because whatever he chooses to do, it’s usually going to be successful,” Coleman said.

The Spartans host their second game in a five-game home stand Friday against Region 7-6A foe Centennial.

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