This week's Middle Township Middle School Athletes of the Week come from cross county, girls soccer, boys soccer and field hockey.

From boys cross country is Brian Juzaitis Jr. Brian came to our first practice in running shape and it has shown to date this season. Brian has placed first overall in our first two meets and in the top three in our first three meets, leading the boys to a 3-0 start this season. After completing his race, Brian can be seen cheering on his teammates. Along with his running prowess, Brian is a quiet leader on the team as shown by his volunteering to lead the team in post run stretches.

Our second athlete is girls cross country member Emily Letts. For the second year in a row, Emily has come to the team in prime running shape. In our first three meets, Emily has placed first, second and third overall. As another quiet leader on the team, Emily consistently runs in the fastest group of our team runs and gives her best on every training run, including running extra distances at the end of our team runs.

From girls soccer is Maddyn McAnaney. Maddyn is a third-year player, who is an outstanding leader both on and off the field. Her tenacity combined with her positive attitude both motivate and encourage the entire team. Also, the success of the team is based a lot on her ability to control the center of the field. Maddyn's teachers speak very highly of her and have said that she always strives to do her best.

From boys soccer is Steven Berrodin. Steven has had a great start to the season, controlling the midfield for the Panthers. He scored two long range goals and added an assist in a 5-1 win vs Alder. As a team captain, Steven has shown great leadership and continues to work hard to improve as a player.

From field hockey is 7th-grade goalie Hannah Hagan. Hannah works hard everyday at practice to improve her skills. Hannah is the leader of our defense and is a role model to her teammates. She helps other girls gear up to try goal and never complains. Hannah has only allowed two goals despite having 37 defensive penalty corners.

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