November 2015 Athlete of the Month
Michaela Gibson, Volleyball
Michaela Gibson gave Louisa volleyball a reliable presence up front, notching 174 kills on the year while also coming up with 12 blocks and 23 aces. That’s an impressive effort especially since teams loaded up against Gibson. She earned second team All-Jefferson District honors for that campaign.
October 2015 Athlete of the Month
Devante Shelton, Football
Devante Shelton is a junior inside linebacker for Louisa County, but he’s in his first year playing football. That didn’t seem to matter much this fall as Shelton made 71 total tackles, 47 of them solo including five for a loss. He also forced four fumbles and recovered two loose balls as he played a big part in a strong finish to the regular season by the Lions, who won three straight games to close out the regular season and earn a playoff spot. Not bad for a first year.
September 2015 Athlete of the Month
Job Whalen, Football
While September didn’t go according to plan for Louisa County, Job Whalen provided a pretty huge bright spot in the Lions’ frustrating 1-3 start to the season by piling up 618 yards and five touchdowns in that stretch. The sophomore emerged as a bell cow running back for Louisa after a strong freshman season, toting the ball more than 40 times in two different games (Courtland and King George). With Whalen already on track, if the Lions can get a few other parts working, Louisa should finish 2015 strong.
August 2015 Athlete of the Month
Ryan Fleshman, Golf
Louisa’s Ryan Fleshman carded an 85 at the Jefferson District mini-match to pace the Lions to a fourth-place finish.
July 2015 Athlete of the Month
Logan Browder, Swimming
Louisa County swimming’s Logan Browder put together a strong performance at the Jefferson Swim League championships while swimming for the Louisa Gators summer team. Browder swam a leg of the tenth place Louisa 200-medley relay team in the highly competitive summer meet, took 25th in the 50-breaststroke and then helped boost the Louisa 200-free relay squad to a ninth place finish.
June 2015 Athlete of the Month
Paul Schick, Boys track and field
Paul Schick finished fourth in pole vault at the Group 4A state championships for Louisa County’s boys track and field team, clearing a height of 13-00 feet, a foot behind state champion Jonathan Graham of King George. That 13-0 clearance was a full foot improvement over his fourth place finish in the Region 4A North championships.
May 2015 Athlete of the Month
John Reynolds, Baseball
If you want to know why Louisa County became a factor in the Jefferson District title race late in the season, look no further than sophomore hurler John Reynolds. Reynolds posted a 1.00 ERA and a 6-0 record on the mound for the Lions, emerging as one of several new faces that made a big impact as a pitcher this season in the Jefferson District.
April 2015 Athlete of the Month
Aaliyah Clark, Track and field
Louisa County’s girls track and field program has produced some big time jumpers over the years including state record holder Javanique Burruss recently. In Aaliyah Clark, they have another one. Clark made a big mark at the Gus Lacy Track Classic, winning the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 11 inches. She also ran a leg of the 4×100 relay squad for the Lions that took third place the Classic’s usually stacked field that draws from all over the state. In track and field though, it’s all about the postseason, and we’ll soon likely get to see Clark try and make an even bigger mark during that time of year.
March 2015 Athlete of the Month
Randy Rustick, Wrestling
Randy Rustick and the rest of the Louisa County wrestlers face a difficult task in trying to just advance to the state tournament. Region 4A North is a challenging region, and with Rustick just a sophomore at 138 pounds, he faced a particularly steep uphill climb. He proved up to the challenge, taking third place at 138 in the region after winning the Conference 23 title. In the shortened format of the state tournament, he fell in the opening round of the state tournament. But with two more years to go, Rustick is just getting started.
February 2015 Athlete of the Month
Danny Parshall, Boys Diving
Louisa County’s swim program isn’t yet a state powerhouse, but the Lions’ fledgling program took a big leap forward this year when Danny Parshall won the Group 4A dive championship, edging out teammate Cameron Stanley with a score of 328.80. Parshall’s score in the final led to a big leap from where he was seeded going in, at fourth place. Parshall and Stanley’s effort lifted Louisa to a 15th place finish in the state.
January 2015 Athlete of the Month
Brandy Brown, Indoor Track and Field
She’s just a sophomore, but Brandy Brown has already emerged as a big-time part of the local track scene. Brown put together a strong performance at this year’s Fred Hardy Invitational at Fork Union. Brown won the long jump with a leap of 17-02.25. Brown also ran the anchor on the Lions’ fourth-place 4×200 relay team to help the Lions score more points in the highly-competitive meet that features some of the state’s best track and field programs. She followed that up by winning the Jefferson District titles in both the triple and long jumps while also running a leg of the title-winning 4×800 team for the Lions.
December 2014 Athlete of the Month
Jeffrey Sisk, Wrestling
Jeffrey Sisk has been an impact wrestler from the moment he stepped on a mat for the Lions, and he’s picked up right where he left off last year as the state’s third place finisher at 113-pounds. Now wrestling at 120, Sisk reached the 100th win of his career according to the Central Virginian and is well on his way to another tremendous campaign this year. Sisk went 53-3 last season in his run to the medal stand at the state meet.
November 2014 Athlete of the Month
Trey Cherry, Football
Louisa County’s football team had a need this fall early in the year, and Trey Cherry answered the bell. Cherry took over as the Lions’ quarterback and put together a huge season, leading the Lions into the playoffs and to a 7-3 record. He earned All-Conference 23 offensive player of the year honors while rushing for 1,478 yards and 22 touchdowns and throwing for 249 yards and three TDs. Cherry was a spark for the Lions and helped ignite a tremendous season for Louisa. Congratulations on a great season and career!