Vote for The Charlotte Observer boys high school athlete of the week (12.09.22)

Here are the nominees for The Charlotte Observer’s boys high school athlete of the week. Readers may vote as often as they want. Polls close Friday.

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This week’s nominees

Will Bradbury, Watauga Indoor Track: The Pioneers’ sophomore ran a personal-best 4:42 to win the 1,600-meter run at the Titan Clash at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem Dec. 1.

Bradbury also had a personal-best 10:21 to win the 3200-meter race by more than a minute in the same meet.

Bradbury led the 3,200-meter relay team to victory at the Titan Clash (tying his personal-best in his opening leg) to help lead the Watauga boys’ indoor track team to a first-place finish at the meet.

Tyler Budge, Weddington football: The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior quarterback went 20-of-33 for 302 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-27 loss to Grimsley in the 4A state semifinals, Dec. 2.

Weddington finished the season 13-2.

Joseph Clark, Myers Park Swimming: The Mustangs’ senior won the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle, while also leading the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay to victories as Myers Park beat both Olympic and Palisades Nov. 30.

Clark is a University of Delaware swimming commit.

Palmer Crichton, East Lincoln Basketball: The 6-foot-3 senior forward scored a career-high 23 points to go with six rebounds and two assists in a 58-48 win over rival Lincolnton Dec. 3.

Crichton also had six points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 56-50 win at Stuart Cramer Nov. 30.

Crichton is averaging 14 points per game for East Lincoln (3-0 through Sunday).

Ben Cutter, East Lincoln Football: The 6-foot-1, 223-pound senior West Virginia commit made an interception near the goal-line in the final seconds of 14-7 win over South Point (Dec. 2) to send East Lincoln to its first state championship game in eight years.

East Lincoln is a perfect 15-0 this season heading to Saturday’s N.C. 3A final.

Nigel Dula, Draughn Football: The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior running back had 14 carries for 137 yards rushing, while catching three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in a 35-6 1A state semifinal loss to Mount Airy Dec. 2.

Teyachta “Tee” Harris, East Rowan Basketball: The 6-foot-7 senior scored 34 points and had 14 rebounds to lead East Rowan to a 71-66 win over North Rowan Nov. 30.

Harris also had 30 points and 13 rebounds in an 84-72 loss to Trinity Dec. 2.

Harris is averaging 24.7 points and 12 rebounds per game for East Rowan (1-2 through Sunday).

Daevin Hobbs, Jay M. Robinson Basketball: The 6-foot-6 senior forward scored a season-high 27 points to go with 12 rebounds and three blocks in a 73-67 win at Mallard Creek Dec. 2.

Hobbs, a Tennessee football commit, also had nine points in a 67-43 win over Northwest Cabarrus Nov. 29.

Jay M. Robinson is 3-2 overall through Sunday.

John Lash, Charlotte Christian Basketball: The 6-foot-6 sophomore had 32 points, while also tying a school-record with 23 rebounds (tying former N.C. State/NBA player, Todd Fuller) in a 64-61 loss at Winston-Salem Christian Nov. 28.

Lash also had 29 points and 22 rebounds to go with four assists in a 64-47 win at Victory Christian Dec. 2.

Lash is averaging 26 points and 15 rebounds per game for Charlotte Christian (2-4 through Sunday).

Jonah Lawrence, East Mecklenburg Basketball: The 6-foot-3 sophomore scored 27 points, had six rebounds and six assists in a 74-71 win at South Mecklenburg Nov. 29.

Lawrence also scored 22 points, including four three-pointers, to go with six rebounds and one assist in a 60-48 victory at Cuthbertson Dec. 2.

Lawrence is averaging 23.2 points, seven rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for East Mecklenburg (4-1 through Sunday).

Jayden Little, Anson County Basketball: The 6-foot-2 sophomore exploded for 47 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals to lead Anson County to 92-85 overtime victory over South Stanly Dec. 1.

Anson County (1-2) also lost at Union Academy (82-80, Nov. 29) and at Chesterfiel (73-44, Dec. 2).

Evan Montanari, Gaston Day Basketball: The 6-foot-3 senior guard scored 30 points, including eight three-pointers, surpassing 1,000th-career points in a 67-58 win over Augusta Christian Dec. 3.

Montanari averaged 26.6 points over three games for Gaston Day (5-2) this week, also including losses to Concord Academy (63-52, Nov. 29) and at Gaston Christian (63-53, Dec. 2)

Griffin Reimer, Weddington Football: The 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior tight end had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the 28-27, 4A state semifinal loss to Grimsley Dec. 2.

Zachary Spicer, Charlotte Latin Swimming: The Hawks’ junior won the 200 freestyle (1:54.58) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.64) in a tri-meet with Charlotte Christian (host) and Providence Day Dec. 1.

The Charlotte Latin boys’ swim team also finished first-place in the same meet.

Daniel Tierney, Concord Wrestling: The Spiders’ senior went 3-0 at 160 pounds in a quad meet with Forestview, Jay M. Robinson and South Stanly Nov. 30.

Tierney also won the 160-pound title at the Mount Pleasant Invitational Dec. 3.

Tierney is a perfect 12-0 overall this season through Sunday.

Gianni Vines, West Cabarrus Basketball: The 6-foot-3 junior scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds in a 64-57 win at Palisades Nov. 29.

Vines also scored a career-high 32 points plus seven rebounds and eight assists in a 59-50 win over Concord in the Cabarrus County Tip-Off at Cox Mill Dec. 2.

West Cabarrus is 2-2 through Sunday.

** Information published today includes statistics through Dec. 3.

If you 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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