Nolensville's Young, Page's Walker tabbed Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week

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Nolensville sophomore Avery Young and Page senior Cade Walker were named this week’s Gateway Tire Female and Male Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 7-13.

Young helped lead the Lady Knights volleyball team to a District 9-AA championship, while Walker scored three touchdowns in a 28-14 win against Centennial in Week 7.

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.

Young, a 5-foot-9 sophomore outside hitter, notched 20 kills and 16 digs in a 25-21, 25-14 23-25, 25-17 in the district title match last Tuesday. On Monday, in a sweep of Spring Hill, she collected eight kills and seven digs in the district semifinals.

“It’s always a unique situation, you know, when you play for your dad,” Nolensville coach and Avery’s father Brett Young said with a smile. “I think as a coach, you can sometimes be harder on your kids and I probably am harder on her than anyone else, but she does a good job of ignoring me when it’s time to ignore me and listening to me when it’s time to listen.

“I’m very proud of her. She’s had a great year and is the exact type of kid you want on your team.”

The Lady Knights went on to capture the Region 5-AA championship this week and will host Camden in a sectional contest Thursday.

Walker, a 6-foot-1 senior quarterback, racked up a season-high 102 yards rushing with two touchdowns and also threw for 103 yards and another score to lead the Class 5A Patriots past the Class 6A Cougars last Friday.

“Cade broke the containment and man, he was unbelievable on his feet,” Patriot football coach Charles Rathbone said of his QB’s Week 7 performance. “We brought in another blocker and tried to pound the ball after too much of a finesse start, I think.

“The line kind of got their feet under them and overall, I think we did a good job of running the ball.”

Walker had 13 carries for his 102 yards and also completed 10-of-13 passes with a 15-yard touchdown strike to Blanne Burrow to open the fourth quarter. The Patriots, who improved to 6-1 overall, travel to Columbia Central in Week 8 in a Region 5-5A contest.

Other Athletes of the Week nominees included Madison Bidwell of Ravenwood and senior Nick Hurd of Page.

The Lady Raptor senior Bidwell paced her team with 34 kills and 23 digs in two District 12-AAA tournament matches last week in leading the Lady Raptors to a runner-up finish.

Hurd closed with seven tackles for the Page defense against Centennial and also forced and recovered a fumble and came away with an interception.

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