HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Seabrook's all-around game a big spark for Newberry


Newberry's Monte Seabrook is congratulated by teammate Josh Butler (14) after scoring a touchdown in the Panthers' 31-29 win over Williston on Friday.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.

Of the six top plays that Kepa Sarduy has saved on video for the Newberry Panthers football team this season, senior standout Monte Seabrook is on four of them.

To say that Seabrook is an important part of the Panthers would be an understatement.

His play has been critical to the success of Newberry, which on Friday won its first District 7-1A game of the season, holding off Williston 31-29.

And Seabrook was a big reason why.

The senior athlete, in his second game as running back, ran for a career-high 207 yards on 17 attempts with two touchdowns. At his safety position on defense, he also had 2.5 tackles and one interception.

“He came out from the beginning at full speed, every time he got the ball he wanted to score,” Karduy said.

“That defense that Williston has is pretty stout. He is an athlete, we will put him wherever we need him.”

Seabrook currently has one scholarship offer from Utah, but Sarduy expects that to grow.

The Panther has also received some interest from Wisconsin, East Carolina, Utah State and a little from Florida.

“He is a key piece to the team, almost as important to the defense, where he has five interceptions,” said Sarduy, whose Panthers, 4-2 overall and 1-1 in District 7, are idle this Friday. “I'm hoping that with that offer other schools will look at him more seriously.”

Seabrook ended a Williston rally when he snatched an onside kick attempt, allowing Newberry to run out the clock.

Coming up in less than two weeks is another big District 7 game at Union County.

Last year, Newberry lost the regular season matchup with the Tigers, but beat them in the regional finals.

Sarduy knows if Newberry, which also hosts Dixie County on Oct. 25, has a chance in the district Seabrook will lead the way.

“Wherever Monte goes, whether he likes it or not, the team goes,” Sarduy said.

“He has that spark of producing big plays that just excites the whole team.”

Football

James Bowers, Dixie County: The junior had 72 yards rushing on five carries with two touchdowns, and defensively at noseguard had six tackles, three assists and a sack in the Bears' 30-12 win over No. 1 Union County.

Volleyball

Sammy Mueller, P.K. Yonge: In two wins over cross-county rival Santa Fe and Ocala Trinity Catholic, the sophomore setter had 41 assists, 18 service points, six aces, eight digs, three blocks and two kills for the 20-1 Blue Wave.

Golf

Chandler Blanchet, Buchholz: The senior shot at 73 in the Crutchfield/Hawkins Invitational in Sebring, finishing ninth, and shot a 1-under 35 at Ironwood against Oak Hall. In 27 holes of golf last week, Blanchet was even-par.

Cross country

Sarah Edens, Buchholz: The junior ran her personal best at the Santa Fe College course, 20:13, to capture first place at the Buchholz Bobcat Classic on Saturday.

Swimming

Ailin McCullough, P.K. Yonge: The senior took first in the 100 butterfly in 55:48 at the Rob Ramirez City Swim Meet.

Honorable mention

Football

Carlos Vega, Columbia: The senior defensive tackle had six tackles, two assists, one sack and four tackles for loss in the Tigers' 44-20 district win over Orange Park in Lake City.

Andrew Baker, Fort White: The senior quarterback completed 9-of-11 passes for 176 yards and five touchdowns in the Indians' 52-14 district win at Fernandina Beach. He also had one interception on defense.

Dee Coleman, Suwannee: The sophomore ran for 126 yards on 28 carries in the Bulldogs' 16-7 win over Eastside.

Jai Kinsey, Suwannee: The junior scored a touchdown and ran for 110 yards on 16 carries in win over the Rams.

Antwain Patterson, P.K. Yonge: In a loss to Daytona Beach Father Lopez, the junior RB/DB rushed for 86 yards and two TDs and had five tackles on defense and broke up a potential scoring pass in end zone.

Volleyball

Kaelyn Nash, Gainesville: In two matches, the freshman middle blocker/outside hitter had 31 kills and five blocks.

Jennifer Rosado, Gainesville: The junior middle blocker had 24 kills and seven blocks in two matches for the Hurricanes.

Sidney Sarantos, Oak Hall: In three matches, the junior defensive specialist had 32 digs for the Eagles.

Allie Card, The Rock: In the week in which the Lions went 2-1, the junior outside hitter had 35 kills, 30 service points, 9 aces, 26 digs and 3 blocks.

Whitney Drost, Santa Fe: Had 40 kills, 17 digs, 2 blocks, 4 aces, and 16 service points in two games.

Golf

Will Bozeman, Suwannee: The freshman finished the regular season with a 40 average and was medalist in 13 of 14 matches. His low score of the season has been 36.

Swimming

Abby Austin, P.K. Yonge: The junior won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.69 at the Rob Ramirez City Swim Meet.

Cross country

Brittney Olinger, Oak Hall: The senior ran a season-best 18:36 to finish 16th out of 139 runners in the race of champions at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, N.C.

Joseph Janson, P.K. Yonge: The senior won the Buchholz Bobcat Classic on Saturday in 16:25, making it the second straight season a Blue Wave has won the boys race.

Austin Perry, Oak Hall: The junior placed 22nd (16:51) in the red race division at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, N.C.

Karsten Pease, Buchholz: The junior placed fourth overall at the Bobcat Classic, running his personal best on the Santa Fe College course at 17:16.

Carter Page, Gainesville: The sophomore finished fourth in girls with a time of 20:49 at the Bobcat Classic.

Andrew Ward, Gainesville: The senior took 10th place with a time of 17:53 at the Bobcat Classic.

Ashley Jones, Columbia: The junior ran a 21:57 to place 10th at the Buchholz Bobcat Classic.

Nico Pelegrina, P.K. Yonge: The sophomore took 12th at the Bobcat Classic, running 12:59.

Lucinda Peng, Eastside: The senior placed 13th at the Bobcat, running 22:04.

Hunter Hintenlang, Eastside: The sophomore ran 18:14 to finish 18th at the Bobcat Classic.

Cody Bass, Columbia: The junior ran 19:30 and finished 50th at Saturday's Bobcat Classic.

Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Monday between 12-4 p.m. at (352) 374-5050 or email nominations to larry.savage@gvillesun.com

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