ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (SEPT. 25-OCT. 2): Kennedy Cratty

Photo by Carl Leichtenberger

It’s been a difficult year for Youngsville volleyball – mainly because the 4-6 Eagles play in a tough District 10 Region 2. This week, though, the Eagles showed a little grittiness, finishing fourth at the 10-team Sheffield Tournament on Saturday. That came a week after they outlasted Eisenhower in five games at Eisenhower High School. A constant has been the play of junior Kennedy Cratty, who had 28 digs, 12 kills and two blocks in the five-game win. She had 45 digs, 22 kills and three blocks as Youngsville went 6-3 in pool play on Saturday, then defeated Sheffield in the quarterfinals of the Sheffield Tournament. Cratty, front and center, is the Times Observer Female Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Little Caesars.