Examiner High School Athletes of the Week for Oct. 29

EXAMINER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MALE: JORDAN CHRISMAN, BLUE SPRINGS

Sport: Football
Accomplishments: The senior defensive end set the tone for the Wildcats in a key district battle against a tough Liberty offense that features Division I recruit Marcus Lucas. Chrisman harassed the Blue Jays with five of the Wildcats’ seven sacks in a 51-21 rout.
Comments: “That’s the game we’ve been waiting for Jordan to have. He has the ability to just blow up an opposing team’s offensive line, and he did that Friday night against Liberty. It’s just one of the best defensive performances we’ve had this season – or, for that matter, since I’ve coached here.” – Kelly Donohoe, Wildcats head coach.

FEMALE: SAMANTHA NIGHTINGALE, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH

Sport: Cross country
Accomplishments: Despite not having full lung capacity because of a long battle with bronchitis, the Jaguars sophomore runner showed she is still a contender for the state title with her performance at the Class 4 District 7 meet. Nightingale finished third in 18 minutes, 58 seconds, trailing only Lee’s Summit West stars Chelsey Phoebus and Liga Blyholder.
Comments: “You know you’re going to get 100 percent from Sam whether she’s totally healthy or not quite 100 percent. She’s been battling bronchitis, and we held her out of the conference meet and she really came back strong to take third place at district. And when you can run with those great runners from Lee’s Summit West, which she has done all season, you’re accomplishing something special.” – Ryan Unruh, Jaguars head coach