Weekly winners announced by TSWA


FOOTBALL: Austin Peay’s Oatsvall, Tusculum’s Brown earn TSWA weekly awards
– Austin Peay’s Jeremiah Oatsvall and Tusculum College’s L’Keith Brown were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from November 6-12.

Oatsvall accounted for 307 yards of total offense in the Governor’s 31-24 victory at Eastern Kentucky, erasing a 17-point halftime deficit en route to the win. The Brentwood, Tenn., native completed 11-of-15 passes for 203 yards with scoring throws of 59 and 17 yards, both in the second half. The freshman quarterback also rushed 18 times for 64 yards, including an eight-yard TD run with 53 seconds remaining in the contest for the winning points.

Oatsvall is completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,070 yards with seven touchdowns while rushing for 404 yards and five TDs.


Brown recorded 10 tackles and an interception in Tusculum’s 25-17 victory over 12th-ranked Wingate University to end the season. The Athens, Ga., native helped the Pioneers defense hold Wingate running back Lawrence Pittman, the South Atlantic Conference’s leading rusher, to just 24 yards in the contest, over 100 yards below his season average entering the contest.

The senior linebacker’s interception ended a Wingate drive at the TC13 late in the first quarter. Brown finished with five solo stops and 0.5 tackles for loss in his final collegiate game, ending his career with 336 tackles, third-most in program history.

August 31 – Sam Castronova, Bethel University (Offense); Alex Campagne, Cumberland University (Defense)
September 6 – Dezmon Huntley, Cumberland University (Offense); Chris Collins, Tennessee State (Defense)
September 12 – Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (Offense); Jordan Early, Maryville College (Defense)
September 19 – Riley Ferguson, Memphis (Offense); Matt Simon, Tusculum College (Defense)
September 26 – Brad Anderson, Middle Tennessee (Offense); James Gilleylen, UT Martin (Defense)
October 3 – Elijah Chenier, Maryville College (Offense); Jaison Williams, Austin Peay (Defense)
October 10 – Riley Ferguson, Memphis (Offense); Vincent Sellers, Tennessee State (Defense)
October 17 – Alex Ogle, Tusculum College (Offense); L’Keith Brown, Tusculum College (Defense)
October 24 – Kentel Williams, Austin Peay (Offense); John Cleveland, Sewanee (Defense)
November 7 – Derrick Evans, Carson-Newman (Offense); Temoris Coats, Carson-Newman (Defense)


VOLLEYBALL: Belmont’s Person named TSWA Player of the Week
– Belmont University’s Arianna Person was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Volleyball Player of the Week, becoming the program’s all-time leader in kills while registering a pair of double-doubles in two victories for the Bruins.

The Lenexa, Kan., native posted 24 kills and 10 digs with five blocks in a 3-1 win over Jacksonville State. The senior collected 20 kills, 11 digs and two solo blocks in the regular season finale against Tennessee Tech. She has a team-leading 398 kills, 3.83 per set, along with 261 digs, 2.51 per set, this season for Belmont.

August 31 – Ashley Slay, Austin Peay
September 6 – Rylee Milhorn, East Tennessee State
September 12 – Rylee Milhorn, East Tennessee State
September 19 – Cassie Born, Tusculum College
September 26 – Megan Fair, UT Martin
October 3 – Cathy Scaniffe, King University
October 10 – Arianna Person, Belmont
October 17 – Nia Haller, Maryville College
October 24 – Bre Carlton, Union University
November 7 – Carlyle Nusbaum


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Trevecca’s Whitfield named TSWA award winner
– Trevecca University’s Devin Whitfield earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades on Tuesday, posting 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two contests to begin the season for the Trojans in the G-MAC/GLVC Challenge in St. Louis, Mo.

The Lipscomb, Ala., native connected on just 3-of-13 shots but made 13-for-14 at the foul line in the regular season opener against Truman State, finishing with 21 points along with five rebounds and two steals. The sophomore guard collected 22 points with three 3-pointers at Maryville University, adding eight rebounds and three assists for the Trojans.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Carson-Newman’s Wester garners TSWA weekly honor
– Carson-Newman’s Mika Wester averaged 25.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a pair of victories for the Eagles to open the season, earning Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.

The Newport, Tenn., native made 9-of-15 shots for 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds while handing out four assists in a road win at USC Aiken. The junior followed that with 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting with three 3-pointers in a 90-87 road victory at Lander University. She added four boards and five assists as well.