RISE National Athletes of the Week
Jordan Wiener, a baseball player from Robert F. Kennedy High (Flushing, N.Y.), turned in an amazing performance in the aftermath of his father's death and has been named this week's ESPN RISE National Boys Athlete of the Week.
Chatfield (Littleton, Colo.) senior goalie Alyssa Gillmore has been chosen as this week's girls honoree.
A senior at RFK, Wiener turned in a courageous and amazing effort, pitching a no-hitter in a New York Public School Athletic Association B opening-round playoff game just one day after his father's funeral.
Mitchell Wiener, who was an assistant principal at a New York intermediate school, died on May 17 and was New York's first swine flu fatality.
Jordan took the mound with a heavy heart and blanked Prospect Heights (Brooklyn), 10-0, striking out 14 in the outing.
The ESPN RISE National Girls Athlete of the Week closed her high school career in grand fashion. Gillmore had six straight shutouts on the way to leading Chatfield to its third straight state soccer title. She was also named 5A state finals MVP and has signed with Arizona State.
Gillmore posted 15 shutouts this season for the 19-0-1 team.
The complete list of this week's ESPN RISE Regional Athletes of the Week for spring sports follows below:
East Region Athletes of the WeekBoys: Jordan Wiener (Robert F. Kennedy, Flushing, N.Y.) Baseball
Also named the ESPN RISE National Boys Athlete of the Week.
Girls: Andi Williamson (Chapmanville, W. Va.) Softball
She showed why she's all-state and is going to Tennessee as she dominated in the circle to lead the Tigers to a 6-0 victory over Herbert Hoover in the Class AA Region 4 championship. With all-state catcher Poppy Ramey behind the plate, the two played catch for almost the whole game as she struck out 20 batters. She did not allow a hit and had only two balls put in play. An error in the second inning, on the first ball put in play, broke up her perfect game and she was one strikeout away from recording every out via the strikeout as the final out of the game came on a ground ball to the shortstop. On the year, Williamson has now struck out 315 batters in 132 innings, which is an average of 2.39 strikeouts per inning pitched. Chapmanville (27-3) moved on to the first round of the state tournament, which began on Wednesday morning.
Southeast Region Athletes of the WeekBoys: Ricardo Garbanzo (Northwestern, Rock Hill, S.C.) Soccer
Garbanzo scored the first two goals as Northwestern defeated Irmo (Columbia, S.C.), 3-1, for the Class 4A state title and the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. The matchup of the top two teams in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 drew a crowd of more than 8,500 fans. The talented sophomore is considered a Division I college prospect for the Class of 2011. Click here to read more about Northwestern's win.
Girls: Sharika Nelvis (Northside, Memphis, Tenn.) Track & Field
Nelvis had a stunning quadruple in the Class AAA Tennessee state meet, sweeping the short sprints and hurdles. Her efforts were topped off with a U.S. No. 4-ranked 41.99 in the 300 hurdles. She also won the 100 hurdles (14.03), the 100-meter dash (11.89), and the 200-meter dash (24.19).
Midwest Region Athletes of the WeekBoys: Dan Block (Lake Park, Roselle, Ill.) Track & Field
Block continues to set new standards of excellence in Illinois throwing, this time hitting an all-time state record 208-11 for the discus in the Lake Park Sectional, the third best throw in the country this year. He also put the shot 65-07.50, as he'll attempt to win both at state this weekend. He previously threw 66-03 in the shot, a state leader and No. 7 in the country.
Girls: Laura Roesler (Fargo South, Fargo, N.D.) Track & Field
For an amazing fourth consecutive year, Roesler won the 100, 200, 400 and 800 at the Class A North Dakota state meet, clocking times of 12.45, 25.16, 55.10, and 2:13.92. The 55.10 and a 24.66 prelim in the 200 were state records. Roesler is best known nationally for her 800, an event where she made the Olympic Trials semifinal last year, won the Nike Indoor Nationals, and was the top national returnee this spring from 2008. But in North Dakota she's known for doing everything. She won her first state title as a seventh-grader and as an eighth-grader in 2006 started her string of state meet quadruples. She's still just a junior.
Southwest Region Athletes of the WeekGirls: Cassandra Barefield (Cy-Fair, Cypress, Texas) Softball
With the Bobcats trailing undefeated and national No. 1 Klein Oak in a best of three playoff series, as it was her big bat that led the way to two straight wins to earn a trip to the next round of the postseason. In the series, Barefield had several key hits, including a home run in game two as Cy-Fair defeated the Panthers by the scores of 6-3 and 5-1 in the final two games. After her game two home run, it helped set the stage for many more runs as Klein Oak walked her several times instead of taking its chances by pitching to the young catcher. On the year, the sophomore was batting .344 with four homers, 16 doubles and 46 RBI.
Boys: Dylan Mendoza (Lake Travis, Austin, Texas) Baseball
The senior hurler has been nearly unhittable all season long as his ERA stands at just 0.28 this season for the Cavaliers. With no room for error in a one-game series for the area championship, he allowed just one hit and struck out 14 in a complete game win over New Braunfels Canyon. Mendoza followed that up with a scoreless two innings of work against Hutto before Lake Travis won 1-0 in extra innings. Mendoza opened the playoffs with a 13-strikeout no-hitter against Lanier. Lake Travis will face off against Calallen in the Region IV semifinals in a best two-of-three series starting this Friday, looking to avenge last year's loss in the same round. Mendoza signed late last year to go to Texas A&M once he graduates from Lake Travis.
West Region Athletes of the WeekGirls: Alyssa Gilmore (Chatfield, Littleton, Colo.) Soccer
Also named as the ESPN RISE National Girls Athlete of the Week.
Boys: Kyle Bluhm (Marysville-Pilchuck, Marysville, Wash.) Soccer
With the sophomore Bluhm in net, the Tomahawks got their first ever state-tournament win in a penalty-kick shootout over Gig Harbor and then won the next game also in shootout-fashion. Despite sitting out for almost 30 minutes in the first half against Gig Harbor after getting kicked in the face, Bluhm came back to play the second half and in the shootout allowed just one goal in four shots. Bluhm faced another shootout in the quarterfinals against Issaquah and made the only save of the shootout for his team to escape with the win and continue its march to a state title.
Mark Tennis, Doug Huff, Christopher Lawlor, Sheldon Shealer, Garland Cooper, Ronnie Flores and Steve Underwood contributed to this story.
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