Here are the candidates for SBLive’sNorth Carolina High School Athlete of the Weekfor Jan. 23-28 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Monday, Feb. 6. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivenc.
THIS WEEK’S NORTH CAROLINA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
Editor’s note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.
Briggs literally made history by pouring in 50 points as the Bruins stomped Goldsboro 65-18. It was the 20th 50-point game in NCHSAA by a girls basketball player. Briggs was especially torrid in the first half when she tallied 41 points, including an incredible 12-of-13 from 3-point range. She ended up making 13 3-pointers and was 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
Drake Powell, Northwood, Boys Basketball
The 6-foot-6 junior surpassed 1,000 points for his career in a 70-17 rout of Cedar Ridge. Powell, who has committed to North Carolina, scored 24 points in the game. He is averaging 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Reid Albright, Chatham Central, Boys Basketball
Considering that Albright is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard, the numbers he put up in a 96-93 loss to Eastern Randolph are eye-popping: 33 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 assists. That is some kind of triple-double and it came against one of the top 1-A teams in North Carolina.
Navaeh Colon, South View, Girls Basketball
The 5-foot-4 senior produced 31 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals in a 73-48 win over Douglas Byrd. Colon is averaging 19.4 points for the Tigers.
Allie Kinlaw, Page, Indoor Track
A sophomore, Kinlaw swept to victory in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters in the Guilford County Championships at the JDL Fast Track. Kinlaw won both races by several seconds.
Austin Laws, Fred T. Foard, Wrestling
Laws won the 113-pound championship, pinning all three opponents, in the Western Foothills 3-A Conference tournament. Foard also won the team title.
Paul McNeil, Jr., Richmond, Boys Basketball
The 6-foot-6 junior guard dominated play in Richmond’s 82-55 rout of Pinecrest. McNeil, who was the Gatorade state player of the year, produced 31 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals and just one turnover. North Carolina State, Alabama, Miami, Indiana, Tennessee and Illinois are among the schools who have made scholarship offers to McNeil.
Declan Brown, A.C. Reynolds, Boys Basketball
A sophomore guard, Brown had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the Rockets’ crucial 92-70 win over Enka. Brown leads the Rockets with averages of 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Nate Shaffer, Salisbury, Boys Swimming
Shaffer won the 50 free and anchored the Hornets’ winning 200 free relay in the Central Carolina Conference championship meet.
Khalil Genwright, Laney, Boys Basketball
A 6-foot-5 senior guard/forward, Genwright put together a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Pirates’ 75-63 win over West Brunswick. Genwright is averaging 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.
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