The National Football League is as unpredictable as all get-out, and the New England Patriots aren’t immune to that.

According to collinsdictionary.com, as all get-out means to a considerable degree. It’s not a partial phrase I use all that often. But when former Fremont boys basketball coach Ted Bookwalter said “as all get-out” when we were talking, I held onto it. I wanted to use it and use it correctly.

As all get-out is a lot like groovy to me. I say groovy because I dig it. To dig, you need a shovel. And a shovel takes many forms. The shovel can be your heart. The shovel can be your eyes. The shovel could be an extended hand to help or to show respect and/or appreciation.

And you gotta take your shovels out for my area players of the week over the two weeks before last week.

Space has been limited in the print product, so this column will appear online for the time being. I hope to recognize last week’s honorees soon.

From two weeks ago, I’ll go strictly to cross country with West Noble’s Dakota Thompson as my prep boys athlete of the week and East Noble’s Kayla McCulloch.

Thompson was second in the Tippecanoe Valley Invitational on Sept. 9 with a 5-kilometer time of 16 minutes, 13.2 seconds and led the Charger boys to the meet championship.

McCulloch was fourth in a big meet in Indianapolis in 18:35.25 and led the Knight girls to a fifth-place finish in the Ben Davis Invitational on Sept. 9.

From competitions between Aug. 28 and Sept. 2, the high school boys were easy and at a high level with East Noble senior quarterback Andrew McCormick and Westview senior cross country standout Matthew Yoder.

McCormick became the Knights’ all-time leading passer in their 35-6 home win over Huntington North to open Northeast 8 Conference play on Sept. 1.

McCormick passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns while running for 103 yards and a TD against the Vikings. He has thrown for 5,100 yards at East Noble. Outstanding.

Yoder was second in the varsity meet in the Terre Haute Savings Bank State Preview on Sept. 2 running with the elite boys in the state in Indiana high school cross country. He finished 5 kilometers in 15 minutes, 27.5 seconds and led the Warriors to a third-place finish.

Only Carmel and Fishers were better than Westview in a field of Goliaths. However, regardless of what school enrollments say, the Warriors are no David this season with the team it has.

For the girls, I’ll split the weekly honor between East Noble volleyball teammates Morgan Dwyer and Grace Erwin. They led the Knights to a 2-0 week with wins over Prairie Heights and Northridge. I could not distinguish one from another.

The senior Dwyer had 21 kills, 19 digs and a solo block. She was 28-of-29 serving and cleanly received 20 of 22 serves.

The junior Erwin had 27 digs, 16 kills and one ace. She was 19-21 serving and cleanly received 18 of 25 serves from the Raiders and Panthers.

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