Male Athlete of the Week
Antonio Jones, Ayden-Grifton track and field
Ayden-Grifton Antonio Jones won the discus at 134 feet, 11 inches and the shot put at 41-2 on March 8 in a 4-team home meet. Jones won last year’s state 2A discus title.
Shout put or discus. Which one is your favorite?
“The discus because that’s the event I do the best in.”
What got you into the discus and shot put?
“When I was a freshman, I wanted to be a thrower. I just kept throwing.”
Happy with the way you have started the season?
“It’s better than last year. So I’m pretty happy with it.”
“Blue. That’s always been the color I like.”
“In football, Ray Lewis. He was a leader and always hit hard.”
Where do you go from here?
“Just trying to reach as far as I can and not slack off.”
Female Athlete of the Week
Kristen Hardee, Ayden-Grifton softball
Ayden-Grifton sophomore Kristen Hardee went 6-for-9 with 5 runs, 8 RBIs, a double, triple and home run in helping the Chargers defeat North Pitt 23-1 on March 7 and defeat Farmville Central 11-9 on March 8.
What’s stood out so far this season?
“We are able to work together as a team and we cheer each other on. Even when we are down against a good team, we know we can still beat them. We never give up.”
You play centerfield and catch. What’s your favorite position?
“Centerfield. I just like going after the ball.”
How many years have you played softball?
“Since I was 8. So 7 years. I really like getting out on the bases.”
“Purple. Pretty much every team I’ve been on has been purple. The travel team I’m on now is purple.”
From Taco Bell?
“No. The ones my mom make. I’ve never been to Taco Bell.”
“I like sporting competitions. I like hunting and archery and I like to play gold and run.”
Favorite all-time athlete?
“My grandpa. He still gets out there and plays golf. He’s really competitive against me. I learned most of my softball stuff from him because he used to play slow pitch and he was really good at it.”