Europe Athletes of the Week: Oct. 18, 2012
Last week - Vidovic, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore tailback, enjoyed the greatest rushing game in DODDS-Europe history by gaining 607 yards in 42 carries in Friday night’s 70-66 victory over the visiting Ansbach Cougars.
Vidovic, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, capped his night by running 83 yards for the deciding touchdownwith 4 minutes, 19 seconds to play. It was his seventh of the game.
If sanctioned, Vidovic’s total would be the fifth-highest in U.S. high school history, according to the National Federation of High Schools record book. John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J., holds the national record of 754 yards, set in 1950.
According to Hohenfels coach Ed Lynch, most of Vidovic’s yards came on wide plays, where his “strong, quick-change of direction, hard-hitting” running reeled in the yardage.
He gained much of his ground on yards after contact.
“A fantastic effort,” emailed Ansbach coach Marcus George.
Last week - Whitford, a junior, gave a demonstration of just how of speed kills Saturday when she served an astonishing 14 aces in just three sets during Heidelberg’s 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 victory over visiting Schweinfurt.
“She uses a normal serve but is working on a jump serve,” Heidelberg coach Ross Brand emailed on Tuesday. “She had 14 aces both because of her ability to find the holes and the speed and spin of her serve.”
To put Whitford’s service game against the Division II Razorbacks into perspective, she alone accounted for nearly 19 percent of her team’s scoring from the service line, even without the added leverage a jump serve provides. Still, Brand said, Whitford brings the heat every time she tees the ball up.
“Sometimes it is just intimidating,” Brand concluded. “A tough defensive team can dig her serve, but it still comes pretty fast.”
Whitford’s output against Schweinfurt nearly doubled her total of aces for the season. An 85 percent server, she has 29 aces so far.