Burger Up Athlete of the Week Jan. 19

Burger Up Athlete of the Week Jan. 19

Each week, four to six athletes will be honored by Burger Up and Franklin Home Page as Athletes of the Week. A male and female athlete will be chosen from each school. Alternating schools are featured each week including Battle Ground Academy, Centennial, Franklin, Independence and Page High Schools. Click Read More to see who was chosen for this week’s Athletes of the Week.

Each week, four to six athletes will be honored by Moody’s Tire and Franklin Home Page as Athletes of the Week. A male and female athlete will be chosen from each school. Alternating schools are featured each week including Battle Ground Academy, Centennial, Franklin, Independence, and Page High Schools.

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Centennial High School

Jalen McClain

Sophomore / Basketball

Sophomore guard Jalen McClain is a very talented, versatile player on the CHS basketball team.

“Jalen has been a very consistent contributor so far this season, playing multiple positions and adapting his role based on the game,” CHS basketball coach Terry Johnson said. “He has made great progress as a sophomore, and has contributed greatly to our last few wins.”

McClain started playing basketball when he was just five-years old. He said his mom put him in a local league, and he loved it right away.

He doesn’t play any other sports at Centennial, but when he isn’t playing basketball you can usually find him watching just about any sport. McClain also loves to read.

His inspiration to practicing hard inbetween games is a strive to improve.

McClain has many role models in his life that are key to his progression both on and off the court.

“I try to learn from many adults in my life, such as my step-dad and pastor, because they have a positive impact on people they meet,” he said.

Just a sophomore, McClain doesn’t have many college plans yet. He said he just wants to go to a four-year university and someday be a statistician.

His mother is Leslie McClain and he has an older and younger step-sibling.

Marisa Gunthert

Senior / Bowling

Marisa Gunthert is a very talented senior leader on the CHS bowling team.

“Marisa Gunthert has been bowling with the CHS team for four years,” CHS bowling coach Paula Watson-Clevenger said. “This year she is Captain of the girls’ team. Her average is 174 and she is currently one of the top four bowlers in our district.”

Gunthert has been bowling since she gave it a try with her sister a few years ago. She said she really enjoyed it, and was determined right away to stick with it and get better.

Her inspirations to practice and compete at a high level come from that need to get better.

“I want to always be better than the last time I bowled. Also, I love bowling,” Gunthert said.

The role models that have impacted Gunthert the most are her parents.

“My parents are my role models,” she said. “It might sound cliche, but it’s very true. They have always taught me to never give up on what you love even if you hit an obstacle or have a bad day. They have been a huge blessing in my life and I am so grateful for them.”

She plans to attend UT-Knoxville in the fall, where she will be in the nursing program and work towards becoming a nurse anesthetist in an operating room.

Her parents are Marcella and Richard Gunthert.







Franklin High School

Garrison Mathews

Senior / Basketball

Senior Garrison Mathews is an all-time great basketball player at FHS.

He recently was recognized before a game against Independence High School for breaking into the prestigious 1,000-point club at Franklin.

One of his many highlights this season was scoring 37 points against Summit High School, and he also had 28 in a recent game against rival Brentwood High School.

Mathews started playing when he was very young. He said his parents put him on a rec center team, and it’s been part of his life since.

He couldn’t place a single role model, but said the troops that serve our country get the most respect from him.

When he isn’t playing basketball, Mathews likes to hang out with his friends, hunt and fish.

His future plans are to attend Lipscomb University and play basketball.

Mathews’ parents are Jane and Rob Mathews.

Franklin High School

Maddy Sherwood

Junior / Bowling

Maddy Sherwood is a very talented bowler at FHS.

This season the junior averaged led FHS to a district and region tournament victory. She held a 174 average in the individual state qualifying tournament, as well.

Sherwood has been bowling since her freshman year at Franklin. She said all of her siblings bowled, so she was bound to pick it up.

When she isn’t at the bowling alley practicing, Sherwood stays very involved with her church. She also plays softball for the Lady Rebels.

Her role models are her three older siblings.

Sherwood is hoping to attend Brigham Young University after graduating from FHS. She said her parents and all of her siblings are alumni or currently attending college there, so it is a family school.

Her parents are LaReesa and Chris Sherwood.





Battle Ground Academy

Trevor Auerbach

Senior Trevor Auerbach is a leader for the BGA basketball team.

“Trevor has done an excellent job working through the transition from football to basketball after our run to the state championship game,” BGA head coach David Peden said. “It’s clear that he is doing everything that he can do for his teammates each opportunity he has on the court. He has made a conscious effort to improve his game and our team in a short time.”

The forward commands the post for the Wildcats. He has been playing since he was very young, and got interested in the game because his older brother played.

Auerbach said his favorite highlight at BGA was last year’s state title.

“That was fun,” he said.

His inspirations to keeping himself in the gym even after having so much success already is a drive to stay on top.

“It’s winning back-to-back state championships,” he said.

Auerbach’s role model is former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

“His leadership and ability to show up every day and do the right thing is why he’s my role model,” Auerbach said.

His college plans are to attend either Auburn University or the University of Southern California. He wants to major in business or finance.

Battle Ground Academy

Sarah Puryear

Junior / Basketball

Junior Sarah Puryear is a force on the BGA girls’ basketball team.

“She is extremely fast in the open court and has worked hard to become a good defender to compliment her many offensive skills,” BGA head coach Grover Levy said. “She is a very conscientious and diligent student and well respected by her peers for her sweet spirit and kind disposition. On the court, though, she is a fierce competitor who represents BGA with dignity and class.”

She scored 28 points in a game against Hendersonville Christian Academy earlier this season, which she said is the highlight of her year so far.

Puryear has been playing since she was very young. She said her dad got her started in the game, and he is also her biggest role model.

“He played, and he teaches me a lot about that and life,” she said.

Her inspirations to get into the gym and train hard at practice are a need to keep getting better.

When she isn’t playing basketball, Puryear likes to hang out with her friends and take vacations with her family.

She has an older and younger brother.

About The Author

Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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