HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
TenBroeck's clutch week leads Bulldogs to first district title
Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.
After entering April with a sub-.500 record and a lineup full of quiet bats, the Suwannee softball team is starting to make some noise.
Last week, senior shortstop Jessie TenBroeck led the Bulldogs to their first district championship in school history with a combined 7-for-7 performance at the plate in wins against Tallahassee Rickards and Wakulla.
Along with five runs and three RBIs in the District 2-5A tournament, TenBroeck was also effective manufacturing offense on the basepaths with eight steals.
“If you can get that leadoff batter on, you can put some pressure on them, because everyone knows she's going to steal,” SHS Tommy Chambers said. “In our last seven games she's hit a home run and she's had a triple and a couple of doubles. And I said, ‘All you're doing is taking away your stolen base record.'”
A Stetson University signee, TenBroeck leads the area with 45 swipes this season, including five steals in last Thursday's 9-2 win against Wakulla.
Behind a 4-for-4 effort from TenBroeck in the district championship, Suwannee compiled double-digit hits for the fifth time in seven games. In two regular season losses to the War Eagles, TenBroeck and the Bulldogs had just four total hits.
Winners of seven straight, Suwannee has also benefited from TenBroeck's example off the playing field. Though TenBroeck has gone 21-for-27 during the winning streak, Chambers said his team leader's most important role is setting the tone at practice.
“It has a lot to do with the leadership that TenBroeck provides, because she's just a coach's dream,” SHS coach Tommy Chambers said. “She practices as hard as anyone I've ever seen to make the game seem a lot easier to play.”
JORDAN ROBERTS, SUWANNEE: Roberts, a ninth grader, went a combined 5-for-7 at the plate last week in district tournament wins against Rickards and Wakulla. She also scored a pair of runs and had five RBIs for the district-champion Bulldogs.
KYLE KIRBY, NEWBERRY: In wins against Lafayette and Eastside last week, the senior infielder paced the Panthers at the plate on a combined 4-for-6 hitting, including a pair of doubles. Kirby also scored three runs and had three RBIs.
MADISON O'LEARY, OAK HALL: The junior midfielder helped the Eagles win their second straight district title last Thursday with six goals and two assists in a 17-5 win over Buchholz. In Tuesday's district semifinal win over Eastside, O'Leary scored a hat trick.
Track and field
D'KADRIAN ALLEN, HAWTHORNE: Coming off a pair of district championship performances, the junior sprinter placed third in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the Class 1A, Region 2 meet last Thursday.
SCOTT DOBBINS, NEWBERRY: A senior pitcher, Dobbins led the Panthers to a 6-0 win at Lafayette after tossing six scoreless innings with six strikeouts to earn his sixth win of the season.
MOLLY MULDOON, OAK HALL: A senior attacker, Muldoon broke the 100-goal barrier for her career last week with five goals and five assists during the Eagles' District 5 title run.
Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Sunday between 4-7 p.m.