Village News names Athletes of the Week

Congratulations are in order for Harrison Fink, who has been selected as the Village News male athlete of the week. Lately, the senior has been the leader of the cross country team, finishing in 2nd place in his last two events, the Goochland Invitational, helping to lead Thomas Dale into their district meets. Most recently, Thomas Dale was able to edge out Fluvanna 40-38 in a meet that included four other teams.

“Harrison has really moved into a leadership role this year with the team,” said Geoffrey Lesueur, head coach of the Knight’s Boys Cross Country team. “He’s taken on all responsibilities that I have given him and leads the team in practice.”

Fink carries a 3.8 GPA in the classroom.Weather, mostly Hurricane Irene, has wreaked havoc on much of Thomas Dale’s cross country schedule, but Fink’s performance helped guide the team wins in their scrimmage vs. Clover Hill earlier this season as well.

Fink is considering Virginia Tech, but has not made a final decision or ruled out attending a school and continuing his running career or perhaps running for the Hokies. Congratulations to Harrison Fink on his leadership in the cross country program.

Congratulations are also in order for another Thomas Dale athlete, sophomore Brooke Banty, a member of the Lady Knight’s competition cheerleading team.

“Brooke has stepped up on the team,” said coach Heidi Taylor. “She is a leader among her peers; she has a great attitude and will try anything we ask of her, even if it’s out of her comfort zone.”

Banty is touted for her leadership by example and her hard work ethic, always willing to go the extra mile for the team. She also is a force in the classroom, and is well liked by both her teachers and her peers.”

“She sets a lot of goals for herself,” said Taylor. “She works towards those goals and does so diligently, she gives 110  percent every day.”

The sophomore is very versatile when it comes to cheering as well, and has manned several positions on the team this year. Banty is also a great citizen in school, and has never earned a demerit on the school’s discipline system. Congratulations to Brooke Banty on a job well done.

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