ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Bears' Mitchem does it all in big win over Newberry


Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:45 p.m.

Shaquille Mitchem can do a little bit of everything for the Dixie County Bears. And last Thursday in Newberry, he showed it.

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Dixie County's Shaquille Mitchem caught two touchdown passes, tossed two touchdown passes and returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for another score in Dixie County's convincing 52-11 win over the Panthers in a key District 7-1A football game.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer

The senior caught two touchdown passes, tossed two touchdown passes and returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for another score in Dixie County's convincing 52-11 win over the Panthers in a key District 7-1A football game.

The win moved the No. 2 Bears (7-0) closer to their first district title since 2009.

“He is really one of our better athletics,” said Brent Wilkerson, who is in his 15th year as Dixie County coach. “He can do some things when the ball is in his hands. He is hard to cover one on one.”

Ahead just 8-0 after the first quarter, the Bears outscored Newberry 36-3 in the second, with Mitchem accounting for four of those five scores by Dixie County. He caught TD passes of 28 and 36 yards from Aaron Thomas. Then, with less than two minutes to play before half and playing at QB, Mitchem connected with Brandon Land for a 39-yard scoring strike. After a Panther turnover, he struck again, hitting Thomas in the end zone on a pass that slipped through Kyle Lamar's fingers.

Mitchem picked up where he left off to open the second half, going the distance on the opening kickoff to make it 52-3.

“That's pretty good when you can account for five of them,” Wilkerson said. “He played cornerback for us as well. He is kind of elusive back there (as quarterback), and he has a good arm. He can run around and make plays. He gives us a change of pace, and can run the option.”

Football

Tony James, Gainesville: The senior ran 220 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown in GHS's district-clinching win over Citrus.

Volleyball

Jaq Mueller, P.K. Yonge: The seventh-grade libero had 23 service points, three aces and eight digs in victories over Bradford and Santa Fe as the Blue Wave won the District 5-4A title.

Swimming

Sam Mahon, P.K. Yonge: The senior won both the 100 and 200 free as the Blue Wave boys won the District 3-1A meet.

Cross country

Brittney Olinger, Oak Hall: The senior ran a course record 18:54 at St. Francis to finish first at the District 5-1A meet, leading the Eagle girls to the team title and advancement to regionals.

Honorable Mention

Football

Keith Neal, Williston: The senior fullback/linebacker ran for 301 yards on 24 carries with two TDs, including a 50-yarder, and had six tackles and two assists on defense in the Red Devils win over Lecanto.

Devon Webb, Williston: The senior running back had 75 yards on 14 carries, had two catches for 22 yards and threw a halfback pass for a 75-yard TD in a win over Lecanto.

Denzel Washington, Suwannee: The junior ran 97 yards on 15 carries and caught a 40-yard TD pass in the Bulldogs' win at Fort White.

Geordyn Green, Union County: The senior had 59 yards rushing on just five carries with a TD and also had four receptions for 56 yards and a score in Union County's 28-7 win at Chiefland.

Austin Dukes, Union County: The senior linebacker and offensive lineman played every down on Friday at Chiefland, with 12 solo tackles, three for loss, and two pancakes on offense.

Lee Washington, Santa Fe: The senior linebacker had 11 tackles, two for loss, and one interception against North Marion.

Hawthorne team: Coach Ellis Walker nominated his whole team for its win over Bronson.

Brock Brower, Bronson: The senior running back had 31 carries for 247 yards and two touchdowns against Hawthorne. He had four tackles on defense.

Brad Cates, Bronson: The senior had 152 yards on 23 carries and three TDs, also had two receptions for 23 yards on Friday.

Jacquez Powell, Trenton: The senior linebacker had 17 tackles and two interceptions in a victory at Marianna.

Hamp Cheevers, Trenton: The sophomore had a huge third quarter for the Tigers, with two pass receptions for TDs (25 and 35 yards), ran back the opening kickoff of second half 87 yards for a score and also had an interception in a win at Marianna.

Brycen Lee, Lafayette: The junior quarterback completed 14 of 19 passes for 263 yards and 3 TDs in a victory over P.K. Yonge.

Chase Trunnell, Oak Hall: The freshman quarterback/outside linebacker ran for 122 yards on 21 carries and three TDs, completed 7 of 14 passes for 109 yards and one TD and had nine tackles in the Eagles' first win of the season.

Swimming

Annette Herring, P.K. Yonge: The eighth-grader won the 200 free and 100 fly, plus was on the winning 200 medley and 400 free relay in helping the Blue Wave win the District 3-1A meet.

Ailin McCullough, P.K. Yonge: The senior won both the 100 fly and 100 back for the Blue Wave in their first place finish at the District 3-1A meet.

Cross country

Joe Janzen, P.K. Yonge: The senior took first place at District 5-1A meet, running 16:34 in leading the Blue Wave boys to the team title and advancement to regionals.

Nicolas Pelegrina, P.K. Yonge: The sophomore ran a personal record 19:31 to finish third at the 5-1A meet.

Blake Lowery, Gainesville: The sophomore ran a 16:41 to place second at District 5-3A meet as the Hurricane boys finished runner-up and advances to regionals.

Austin Perry, Oak Hall: The junior finished second with a time of 17:09 as the Eagles took second in boys at District 5-1A meet, also advancing to regionals.

Karsten Pease, Buchholz: The junior finished third in running a season-best 16:49 at Santa Fe College at the District 1-4A meet, where the Bobcat boys team finished third and advance to regionals.

Rico Mirti, Eastside: The sophomore captured the boys title at districts with a time of 17:20 and led the Rams to their third straight league title and advancement to regionals.

Sarah Edens, Buchholz: The junior ran 19:37 to place fourth and leading the Bobcat girls team to a second-place finish at the District 1-4A meet to advance to regionals.

Hannah Hutchison, Eastside: The senior placed second individually at districts with a time of 20:48 as the Rams won their third straight district title and advance to regionals.

Carter Page, Gainesville: The sophomore took 10th place (20:23) in leading the girls team to a third place finish at District 5-3A to advance to regionals.

Laksmi Arroyo, P.K. Yonge: The eighth-grader finished 10th overall with a season-best 22:05 at the District 5-1A meet, where the Blue Wave girls placed second as a team and qualified for regionals.

Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Monday to (352) 374-5050 between 12-4 p.m.

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