Breakout athletes of the fall

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By Sam Draut

Some student-athletes were surprises, others were a little more expected. Here are some breakout performers from this fall season of sports.

South Oldham

Tyrelle Love (football) - the sophomore more than filled the void left by a defensive line depleted by graduation. Love had 68 tackles, second most on the team, as he disrupted backfields throughout the season. Love had a quick first step and good agility, moving well around offensive lineman.

Ethan Bednarczyk (football) - with the loss of leading receiver  Keanan John from a year ago, Bednarczyk assumed the role of top target for quarterback Drew Zaubi. The sophomore had 17 receptions for 429 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Dragons. Bednarczyk was named to the Kentucky Prep Gridiron 2017 Sophomore All-State team.

Bella Williams (volleyball) - as an outside hitter, the freshman was a big part of South Oldham’s offensive attack. She brought good energy to a team that won 13 of its first 17 matches.

Jerrica Hanson (cross country) - following the graduation of Hallie Searcy and Haley Webb, Hanson became the Dragons top runner this fall. She placed 15th at the Region 4 Class 3-A meet in October and finished sixth at the Dragon Invitational in September.

North Oldham

Drake Pyle (soccer) - the freshman had a big presence on the field for the Mustangs. He scored eight goals and had 12 assists for a team that reached the regional final for the second straight season. The midfielder did some of his best work taking the ball down the sideline to set up crosses for scoring chances.

Brendan McAfee (football) - the junior seemed to be everywhere on the field for the Mustangs. He caught passes and took handoffs on offense while playing defensive back on the other side of the ball. He also had a hand in North Oldham’s special teams, returning kicks.

Emma Holleman (soccer) - the freshman tied for a team-high with five goals. She scored the first goal in North Oldham’s 3-1 over South Oldham in the District 29 semi-finals. Holleman also scored against South Oldham in the regular season meeting.

Meredith Kovarovic (volleyball) - the freshman outside hitter became an important piece in the Mustangs’ rotation this year. She had 124 kills and 48 blocks to go along with 45 receptions and 22 digs for a North Oldham team that reached the state tournament for the fourth straight year.

Oldham County

Jalen Moore (football) - the junior didn’t have a reception in his sophomore year, but began to be name to follow in the summer during 7-on-7. Moore finished the year with 22 receptions for 471 yards, a team high, and five touchdowns. Moore was the Colonels deep-play threat, averaging 21.4 yards per reception.

Steven Votaw (cross country) - the sophomore established himself as the Colonels’ number two runner this fall. He finished 37th at the KHSAA state championship meet and placed 10th at the Region 4 Class 3-A run. Votaw was second at the Dragon Invitational hosted by South Oldham in late September.

Costanza Arpinelli (cross country) - the junior transfer student from Italy had quite the fall for the Colonels. Arpinelli won the Region 4 Class 3-A race and placed fourth at the KHSAA state championship meet in November. She debuted in the Trinity Valkyrie Invitational in mid-September, placing second in the 325-runner event.

Sequoia Hunt (volleyball) - the freshman middle blocker was an imposing presence around the net for Oldham County volleyball as it reached the regional final for the fifth straight year. With great length and athleticism, Hunt had the ability to impact matches defensively with blocks around the net as well as offensive attacks.