Vote in the Charlotte Observer high school athlete of the week polls (12.10.21)

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Here are the nominees for the Charlotte Observer high school athlete of the week.

Readers can vote as often as they want until Friday, around noon, when the poll will close.

Boys’ Basketball

Shaleak Knotts, Monroe Basketball: The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 23.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as Monroe (1-1) split games with Lancaster and Union Academy.

Knotts had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Redhawks to a 64-26 win over Union Academy Nov. 30.

The next night, Knotts had 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 55-52 loss to Lancaster.

Knotts is a University of Maryland football commit.

Chase Lowe, Weddington Basketball: The 6-foot-5 senior guard averaged 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals per game as Weddington won three road games in five days over three teams ranked in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 poll -- Ardrey Kell, Cox Mill and Myers Park.

Lowe started the week with 27 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 72-65 victory at Ardrey Kell Nov. 30.

He followed that up with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and six steals in a 68-48 win over Cox Mill in the Battle at the Mill Showcase (at Cox Mill) Dec. 3.

The next night, Lowe had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal in a 75-51 win over Myers Park in the Battle at the Mill Showcase.

Trey Ramsey, South Caldwell: scored a career-high 42 points in a win over rival West Caldwell, leading his team to a 3-0 start.

K.C. Shaw, Mooresville Basketball: The 6-foot-4 senior guard averaged 20.5 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals as Mooresville beat Hough and West Rowan.

Shaw had 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 63-50 win over Hough Nov. 30.

He followed that up with 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 68-45 win at West Rowan Dec. 2.

Jake Shearin, Central Academy Basketball: The 6-foot-5 junior had a career-high 40 points to go with 12 rebounds to lead Central Academy to their first win of the season: a 91-46 victory over Apprentice Academy Dec. 1.

Cade Tyson, Carmel Christian Basketball: The 6-foot-7 senior forward had a career-high 48 points to go with 12 rebounds in an 80-75 win at Rabun Gap Nacoochee Dec. 4.

Tyson, a Belmont University (TN) signee, is averaging 28 points per game for a Carmel Christian team that started the season 8-0.

Quay Watson, Hopewell Basketball: The 5-foot-10 sophomore guard had a career-high 31 points in a 74-73 win over Mountain Island Charter Dec. 3.

Watson also had 27 points, five rebounds and six assists in a 70-69 loss at East Mecklenburg Nov. 30.

Watson is averaging 28.3 points per game for Hopewell (2-2, through Sunday).

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Girls’ Basketball

Tatum Bowen, 1 of 1 Academy: in a win over Covenant Day, the junior guard made 7-of-8 3-point shots and finished with 29 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Chandler Brooks, Providence Day Basketball: The 5-foot-11 junior averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game as Providence Day beat Byrnes, Durham Academy and Lincoln Charter this week.

Brooks had five points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 44-37 win over Lincoln Charter, Nov. 30.

She also had 22 points, seven rebounds and a steal in the opening round of the Battle at the Rock Showcase in Rock Hill to help the Chargers to a 58-34 victory over Byrnes, Dec. 3.

Brooks also had 21 points to lead Providence Day (5-1) to a 53-36 win over Durham Academy in championship game. Brooks also earned the most valuable player (MVP) of the Battle at the Rock Showcase for the second straight season.

Kaylee Carson, Independence Basketball: The 5-foot-7 sophomore had 19 point, four rebounds, five assists and five steals in only 14 minutes of play to help Independence to a 76-8 at West Mecklenburg, Nov. 29.

Carson also poured in 27 points, grabbed five rebounds, had five assists and three steals in a74-41 victory over West Charlotte, Dec. 3.

Carson already has college basketball scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Campbell, Elon North Carolina A&T and UNC Greensboro, according to Independence basketball coach, Lauren Galvani.

Independence is 3-0 this season.

Marissa Sorvillo, Lake Norman Charter Basketball: The 5-foot-7 senior posted her first career double, double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists to lead Lake Norman Charter to a 44-42 victory over Community School of Davidson, Nov. 30.

Sorvillo also had a career-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in a 62-29 win over Pine Lake Prep, Dec. 2.

Sorvillo is averaging 18 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game for Lake Norman Charter (3-0) this season.

Katie Story, Hibriten Basketball: The Panthers’ junior averaged 23.5 points per game as Hibriten earned road wins at Fred T. Foard and at Wilkes Central this week.

Story had 23 points and six steals in a 50-40 victory at Wilkes Central, Dec. 2.

The next night, Story had 24 points and four assists in a 64-61 win at Fred T. Foard.

Story is averaging 26 points per game for Hibriten (3-1) this season.

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Athlete of the week

Juelenea Khang, Freedom Wrestling: The Patriots’ wrestler went a perfect 6-0 this week with five pins in her 106-pound weight class, beating her opponents from Alexander Central, Mallard Creek, North Henderson, North Iredell and West Iredell, with a forfeit victory over Providence Day.

Khang is 11-2 overall this season with all 11 wins coming by pinfall.

James Pearce, Chambers football: A senior defensive end, Pearce forced a Hough fumble on a sack and scored a touchdown in the game’s final minute. For the game, he had two sacks, a fumble recovery, a touchdown, three passes batted down, and two tackles for loss. Chambers beat Hough 35-21, rallying from 14 points down (OLD HIGHLIGHTS)

Jaden Pierce, Shelby football: Defensive lineman had a 10 yard fumble return for a score in a 45-13 win over East Surry and sparked a Shelby defense that has shut down two powerhouse offenses, East Surry and Reidsville, in back to back weeks.Shelby had three first half turnovers and the defense outscored East Surry 6-0 in the first half.

Ben Trautman, Lake Norman Charter Swimming: The Knights’ senior swam two personal best times to win the 50 freestyle (24.68) and the 100 backstroke (1:09.83) to help Lake Norman Charter to a victory over East Rowan at the East Rowan YMCA, Dec. 2.

The Lake Norman Charter boys’ swim team is 2-0 this season.

Avery Vassil, Marvin Ridge Swimming: The Mavericks’ freshman won the 200 individual medley (2:10.95) while finishing in second-place in 100 breaststroke (1:09.48) to lead the Marvin Ridge girls’ swim team to victory in a tri-meet with Cuthbertson and Sun Valley in Rock Hill, Nov. 30.

Vassil already has three regional qualifying times this season, according to Marvin Ridge swimming coach, Melissa King-Pierce.

Beady Waddell, V, West Mecklenburg Wrestling: The Hawks’ sophomore went 6-1 on the mat this week.

Waddell, V, was a perfect 2-0 at 195 pounds at Rocky River, Dec. 2.

He also went 4-1 in a tournament at Ashbrook with victories over Ashbrook, Berry, Bessemer City, Hunter Huss, while losing to his opponent from Cherryville.

Brunner Williams, Providence Day Indoor Track: The Chargers’ junior set personal best times in winning the 55-meter dash (6.61) and 300-meter dash (35.79) at the Charlotte Country Day Polar Bear meet, Dec. 2.

Williams also helped the Providence Day 4 X 400-meter relay team to victory at the same meet with teammates, Nathen Abraham, William Diman and Zach Makemson.

** Information published today includes statistics through Dec. 4.

Want to nominate an athlete?: Athletes of the week highlights high school players with outstanding performances. The goal is to recognize all athletes in all sports, both the most accomplished and the underrated or underappreciated players. If you want to suggest someone to be included in the Athletes of the week column, send email to Jay Edwards at Please include the athletes’ name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.

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