Ravenwood's Bidwell, Brentwood's Granzow earn Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week honors

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Ravenwood senior Madison Bidwell and Brentwood junior Cade Granzow were tabbed this week’s Gateway Tire Female and Male Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 14-20.

Bidwell helped lead the Lady Raptors volleyball team back to the Class AAA state tournament, while Granzow accounted for four touchdowns in a dominating 33-7 win against Franklin to capture the Region 6-6A crown in Week 9.

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.

Bidwell’s biggest match of the season came in a Class AAA sectional contest at Station Camp on Thursday when the 6-foot outside hitter collected 30 kills, 14 digs and two blocks in a five-set thriller to earn a state berth. Ravenwood fell 25-18, 26-24 in the first two sets, but rallied for the win and ticket to the state tournament by narrowly winning the next three sets 25-23, 25-23, 18-16.

Lady Raptors volleyball coach Abbey West said her senior hitter struggled in the first two sets, but made some adjustments and tallied 26 of her 30 kills in the final three sets.

“She’s a constant for us and has been someone we can all depend on,” West said of Bidwell. “I’m not sure Madison fully grasps the impact she’s made on this group.

“Madison carries a lot on her shoulders and does it all with a smile … she leads by example and never asks anything from her teammates she isn’t willing to do herself.”

Earlier last week, she guided Ravenwood into the Region 6-AAA championship by taking down region tournament host Dickson County 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 25-9 before a three-set loss to rival Brentwood. Bidwell produced 22 kills and 11 digs in the two matches.

Granzow, Brentwood’s 6-foot-3 junior quarterback, scored on a pair of short runs in the first half of the Bruins 33-7 win at Franklin on Friday.

Near the end of the third quarter, he fired a 57-yard strike to Aaron Walton and early in the fourth added a 64-yard touchdown pass to Karson Dreier. Granzow finished 19-of-24 fo 246 yards and the pair of TDs through the air and gained 41 yards on 10 carries with two more scores on the ground.

“He continues to be able to read coverage and deliver the ball in our (run-pass-option) game and is a physical runner with deceptive speed,” Brentwood football coach Ron Crawford said of Granzow. Crawford added that Granzow is well-liked on and off the field because the junior is “genuinely a good person” as well as the star QB.

“He is uber-competitive and plays with great heart and spirit,” Crawford said.

Granzow has thrown for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns this season with just three interceptions. He’s also rushed for more than 300 yards and 10 TDs for fifth-ranked Brentwood (7-1), which will host Knoxville Catholic (5-3) in Week 10.

Other nominees for Athletes of the Week included Brentwood senior goal keeper Kate Devine, who posted a 1-0 shutout of Franklin in the District 12-AAA soccer semifinals and led the Lady Bruins to the district championship with a 2-1 win over Ravenwood last Thursday.  

Franklin senior Jackson Wilcox was also a contender after tying for fourth in his first state golf tournament to lead the Rebels to their first team championship at WillowBrook Golf Course last Wednesday.

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