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Summit’s Colson, Centennial’s Styblo earn Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week honors

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Summit High School basketball senior Ellie Colson and Centennial sophomore wrestler Patrick Styblo were selected as the latest Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week for the week ending Jan. 10.

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.

Colson helped lead the Lady Spartans to a 3-0 week on the hardwood with wins over Franklin, Ravenwood and Independence in District 11-AAA play.

She scored nine points and had seven rebounds in a 58-41 win over Franklin last Tuesday. On Wednesday, Colson scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a narrow 42-38 victory over the Lady Raptors.

“She’s one of the most coachable kids I’ve had in 31 years,” Summit girls basketball coach John Wild said of Colson.

The senior capped her busy week with 10 points and eight rebounds in a 63-23 win over Independence.

“She’s an excellent communicator on and off the floor and has developed into a great leader and teammate,” Wild added.

Styblo is a wrestling newcomer after being asked to join the Cougars program on the mats just last year, but the sophomore impressed over the weekend for the Cougars by capturing the 195-pound title at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Fairview.

Centennial wrestling coach Philip Pelky said he’s proud of Styblo for trying to get better every day.

“He asks questions when he doesn’t understand a move or technique, so he better understands why we want it done that way,” Pelkey said. “I believe he is gaining confidence and believes he can wrestle with some really good guys now.”

Styblo proved that Saturday in the eight-team tournament that included top teams like Cleveland, Wilson Central and Blackman as well as Williamson County rivals Independence, Summit and others.

He claimed the title with a second-round pin of Summit’s Maddox Reed in the final. He also pinned Blackman’s Miles Workman in the semifinals and posted a 47-second pin over Preston Sanders of Independence in the first round.

“He’s been a big surprise for us and has really been stepping up,” Pelkey said.

Other nominees for Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week included Amelia Osgood of Brentwood, who hit a game-winner against rival Ravenwood, as well as Ryan Smith of Summit and Kendrick Curtis of Fairview, two other county winners at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.

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