NWA DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Karnes shines in baseball; Musegwa sets record in track and field

Grant Karnes throws to the plate during Greenwood's doubleheader against Van Buren. Karnes won the first game on the mound then scored the winning run in the second game when Greenwood completed the sweep over the Pointers. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Caleb Grieger)
Grant Karnes throws to the plate during Greenwood's doubleheader against Van Buren. Karnes won the first game on the mound then scored the winning run in the second game when Greenwood completed the sweep over the Pointers. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Caleb Grieger)


Greenwood swept a 5A-West Conference doubleheader from Van Buren last week, and Grant Karnes played a major role in both wins.

Karnes scored the winning run in the second game after pitching Greenwood to victory in the opener against Van Buren. For his effort, Karnes is the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette boys Player of the Week.

Karnes struck out 10, walked 1 and allowed 2 hits when Greenwood won the first game 3-2 over the Pointers. Karnes, a standout receiver in football for the Bulldogs, also drove in a run in the first inning with a single.

Van Buren appeared headed for a split of the doubleheader before Greenwood overcame a six-run deficit to win 9-8. Karnes contributed a single in the fifth inning with the Bulldogs scored six runs to tie the game 8-8. He then led off the seventh inning with a single, stolen second and scored Jaxon Cole's single to complete the comeback victory.

"Grant is an unbelievable athlete and competitor," Greenwood Coach Brandon Brewer said. "You know he's going to give you everything he has when he is on the mound and when things are clicking for him, he is really fun to watch.

"He also provides us with a great at-bat every time up and he finds ways to get on base. He is so fast and explosive. His steal got him into scoring position for us to win that last game."

Jane Musengwa of Bentonville is the NWADG girls Player of the Week.

Musengwa was a major contributor when the Bentonville girls dominated the field at the Whitey Smith Relay Carnival at Rogers Heritage last Thursday. She set a meet record in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 8 inches to break the previous meet mark of 41-5 set by Jasmine Franklin of Fayetteville is 2018.

Musengwa's throw also matched the Class 6A state record of 43-8 set by Roshendeda Ross of Texarkana in 1991.

"In these past two years she has put a lot of work into getting stronger and working on the spin," Bentonville Coach Randall Ramaker said. "She still has work to do, but that hard work she has put in has paid off considerably. She's a fine young lady who always comes to practice with a smile on her face. Looking forward to further throws from her this season."

  photo  Jane Musengwa throws the discus during the Whitey Smith Relay Carnival at Rogers Heritage. Musenga helped Bentonville take the discus and shot put events and set a meet record in the shot put. (Special to the NWA Democrat-Gazette/Brent Soule)
 
 


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