As the winter and fall sports season comes to a close, the spotlight is shifting towards star student-athletes. After a weekend of cross country meets, soccer players, football players and long distance runners are taking center stage. Among these athletes, three top ten finishers from the cross country state series meet stand out – Preston Wright, Tay’juan Leslie-Farmer and Selvin Banegas Rodas.
In football, Preston Wright and Tay’juan Leslie-Farmer had exceptional performances in their recent regional semifinal games. Meanwhile, in soccer, Selvin Banegas Rodas led Belleview to an undefeated record. These athletes have shown their skills and talents on the field and deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication.
The audience is invited to vote once per hour for their favorite athlete through a poll on social media. The voting closes on Thursday at 2 p.m., with the results posted Friday morning. It’s a great opportunity for friends and family to join in and show their support for these talented student-athletes.
Moving forward, Marion County playoff football teams are highlighted as crucial game changers in the football category. Preston Wright led the way with 4 passing TDs, while Selvin Banegas Rodas shone brightly in soccer with 4 goals and 1 assist in 3 games. Other notable athletes from different sports include Hunter Duncan in soccer, Cedric McFadden in cross country, and Gianna Meccia in soccer.
These star student-athletes are making an impact on their respective sports and should be a joy to watch in future competitions. Their hard work and dedication have paid off and they deserve all the recognition they receive.