ODA in Top-10 East County Athletes to Watch in 2021
Ryan Kohn - Observer
ODA student-athletes Grady Paxton '22 and Abbey Burwood '24 hold two of the coveted spots on the list.
These athletes should command much attention in the new year.
Uncertainty surrounds East County high school athletics as we enter 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic still a part of our lives.
However, the level of athletic talent in the area is a sure thing. Here are East County's top-10 high school athletes to watch in 2021.
6. Grady Paxton, The Out-of-Door Academy football
Paxton was a major contributor during ODA's run to the Sunshine State Athletic Conference Class A state championship game. Paxton ran for 525 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and six touchdowns as a junior in 2020, giving the Thunder a consistent ground game.
10. Abbey Burwood, The Out-of-Door Academy girls soccer
The Thunder girls soccer team is off to a 2-5 start, but freshman Abbey Burwood is doing her part to change their fortunes. Burwood, who played on the team last season as an eighth grader, has four goals and three assists on the season.