Player of the Week nominees

Published 6:43 pm Saturday, March 14, 2015

Following are this week’s nominees for the Duke Automotive-Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week:

  • Toby Buchanan, senior for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy baseball: He was productive offensively in both of the Saints’ games during their opening week of the season. In Thursday’s 16-9 win against visiting Hampton Roads Academy, he went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. In Tuesday’s 7-6 home loss to elite foe The Covenant School, he registered a two-RBI triple.
  • Kara Lyles, senior for Nansemond River High School track and field: She produced 33 of her team’s 122 points en route to the Lady Warriors winning their first indoor track and field state championship in school history. In terms of events, she won state titles in the long jump, leaping 19 feet and 11.25 inches, the 500-meter dash, finishing with a 1:15.46 time and the 4×400-meter relay, contributing to a 4:00.61 time.
  • Keith Stagg, junior for King’s Fork High School basketball: Despite his team’s state title game loss, he was still a leader for the Bulldogs in the state tournament. In Thursday’s 69-58 semifinal win against E.C. Glass High School, he overcame foul trouble, scoring 15 of his 17 points in the second half. In Saturday’s title game loss to I.C. Norcom High School, he led his team with 15 points, eight boards and four assists.
  • Ben Boomer, sophomore for Suffolk Christian Academy baseball: He gave the Knights a big hand in getting a good start to their 2015 season with a strong outing on the mound that fueled Tuesday’s 12-1 victory over visiting Williamsburg Christian Academy. He threw six strikeouts and gave up only one hit in four innings to go 1-0 as a pitcher.

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Next Sunday, we’ll feature the readers’ choice in a story on the sports page.

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