Athlete of the Week: Brynn Rifino, Smyrna High School

Brynn Rifino (44) in action against Dover earlier this season (submitted photo/Buddy Cahall).

Smyrna High field hockey’s Brynn Rifino was voted by readers as the Week 5 Delaware State News Athlete of the Week for her performance on the field.

Rifino, in her first season as the varsity goalkeeper for Smyrna field hockey, had a 23-save performance against powerhouse Delmar High on Oct. 1. She faced a barrage of 32 shots against the Wildcats in the loss.

She capped the week with eight saves in a 2-0 shutout over Milford on Oct. 3.

She’s recorded three shutouts in goal this year, including a 0-0 tie with Dover on Sept. 26. She reeled in 15 saves for the Eagles (6-3-1) against the Senators.

Smyrna’s senior linebacker Darryl “Debo” Williams came in a close second, with Caesar Rodney High boys’ soccer star Lyod Coutilien and Dover High’s star running back Vonnie Peace also receiving votes. It was Peace’s second consecutive nomination.

Athlete of the Week nominations

The Delaware State News is featuring a high school Athlete of the Week each week during the 2019-2020 school year.

The Athlete of the Week is nominated and chosen by our readers. The nominating period starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and ends at noon on Monday. A voting period follows from 5 p.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

This process is performed exclusively online. When nominating an athlete, please include name, school and sport as well as a photo and brief description of why he or she deserves that week’s honor.

All nominations must be high school varsity athletes and come from high schools within Kent or Sussex counties. The winner appears in print and online each Friday.

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