Tri-W Area Athletes of the Week

Carter Kendall

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Addison Laney Parkwood girls basketball player scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting in the Rebels’ 62-33 win over Buford, S.C. on Dec. 4. Laney hit 3-of-7 3-point attempts and she also grabbed three rebounds.

Molly Setliff Parkwood girls’ basketball player scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting in the Rebels’ 62-33 win against Buford, S.C. on Dec. 4.

Lillian Anderson Cuthbertson High sophomore girls basketball player scored 19 points in the Cavaliers’ recent 49-24 victory over Indian Land. Anderson was 6-of-14 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line was also grabbing five rebounds. She is averaging 15.2 points a game this season.


Sam Howell Sun Valley quarterback rushed for three touchdowns and he passed for another in the Spartans 28-25 loss to Asheville A.C. Reynolds in the semifinals of the Class 3AA Playoffs. Sun Valley ends the season with an 11-4 record.

Carter Kendall Cuthbertson High senior defensive lineman recently received an offer to play football at Presbyterian College. Kendall recorded 90 tackles and 14 quarterback sacks last season for the Cavaliers.

Anthony Marple Sun Valley receiver had nine catches for 88 yards and one touchdown in the Spartans’ 28-25 loss to Asheville A.C. Reynolds in the semifinals of the Class 3AA playoffs.


Olivia Galuppo Cuthbertson High track athlete set a school record in the high jump with a jump of 5-4 at a meet Nov. 30.

Myles Wallace, Bradon Black, Aidan McNally, and Ryan Kobziak Cuthbertson High 4×200 relay team set a new school record in the event at a track meet on Nov. 30. They finished in a time of 1:33.36.

Kaitlyn St. Hilaire Cuthbertson High track athlete ran the state’s second fastest time this season in the 1600-meter run in a time of 5:15.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at