Two junior two-sport athletes from Bristolâ€™s two public high schools share â€śAthlete of the Weekâ€ť honors for area scholastic sports: Bristol Central volleyball player Peyton Greger and football defensive back/running back Dylan Garcia of Bristol Eastern, who also play softball and wrestle, respectively.
Greger, the son of Dory and Sandi Greger, is the Ramsâ€™ top player and displayed her prowess as an outside hitter against visiting Plainville on Wednesday, when she made a game-changing point to return the ball with her team down 20-17.
She and her teammates used the momentum to trigger a 8-1 run on the way to bringing the Rams an eventual 25-7, 25-11, 25-21 victory to improve her teamâ€™s mark on the season to 2-0 at the time.
Also performing well for the winners was Ashleigh Clark, with six aces and 18 assists. Â
Gregerâ€™s coach, Holly Willette, complimented Greger in a story about her last week in the Bristol Press.
â€śPeyton is going to be an outstanding leader for us,â€ť Willette said. â€śSheâ€™s one of the captains this year as a junior because of her fierce competitiveness. I love what she brings to the court and the team. She just has so much fire and finds that focus to make those types of plays. She knows how to get the team ready to go and where they need to be in those moments of chaos.â€ť
Central has a pair of wins in two tries coming into this week, after finishing at 8-8-1 last year.
â€śWe want to make it to the states and CCCs and build a family atmosphere,â€ť Greger said.
An all-conference pick last season in both sports, Greger says she likes them equally.
With regards to volleyball, part of her fondness of the game is the fact thereâ€™s always a lot going on.
â€śItâ€™s a very fast-paced sport and very competitive,â€ť Greger said. â€śItâ€™s also not a one-person sport, itâ€™s a team.â€ť
Greger also received â€śAOWâ€ť honors in softball three months ago. She stepped into the role as the teamâ€™s starting hurler in the middle of the season after playing elsewhere on the field for two and a half years.
â€śI just like competing,â€ť Greger said. â€śI enjoyed the challenge of pitching after coming back after so long. I plan to pitch the rest of my high school career.â€ť
Garcia, the son of Wendy Jordan and Fernando Garcia, had his first varsity start in Easternâ€™s opening game, a 23-7 loss to host E.O. Smith a weekend ago.
However, despite the loss, Garcia more than contributed his share of solid play for the Lancers. He recorded 11.5 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble while running the ball three times and gaining 11 yards.
His coach, Anthony Julius, was pleased with his play.
â€śDylan is an extremely explosive athlete who hustles every single play that he is on the field,â€ť Anthony said. â€śHe possesses speed and strength and uses both of those attributes on both sides of the ball. He has the ability to rush the passer and play the run very well on defense.â€ť
Garcia added that he was pleased with his opening-season effort.
â€śI felt happy,â€ť Garcia said. â€śI thought I was finally going to showcase my practice [results]. I felt my first game was proof that everything Iâ€™m working for paid off.â€ť
With a record of 0-2 coming into this week after winning just twice last year, Garcia is hoping the Lancers can turn things around somewhat this season. Itâ€™s a process of rebuilding.
â€śI want our team to have a winning record this year,â€ť Garcia said. â€śLast year we did a little better than the previous year, so we are getting progressively better. At first I was disappointed [with our first two losses of the season]. You have to take the losses with the wins. You have to keep your head up.â€ť
He talked about what is it that makes football his favorite sport.
â€śI definitely like the contact, itâ€™s a stress reliever,â€ť Garcia said. â€śThereâ€™s something about the team, they help me get to where I want to go with the ball in my hands. I like the fact that weâ€™re on the bottom, because when we turn it around everyone will be shocked. I like that others think we are the underdogs.â€ť
Besides football, Garcia wrestles for the Rams. He says heâ€™s looking at the 190 pound class to compete in this winter.
As far as plans after high school, itâ€™s to get to the next level. His chances to get there look good, because his head is in the right place.
â€śI would like to play in college, and all I worry about is my football and grades,â€ť he said.
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