Berto Dryden

Berto Dryden

This week's male Covenant Athlete of the Week, for the period ending Dec. 9, 2017, is basketball senior Berto Dryden.

Dryden, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game on the week. In a 92-86 loss to Sewanee, Dryden dropped a career-high 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting with five 3-pointers, to go along with three rebounds, one assist, and one steal. The following night, the senior had 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, and three steals in an 80-73 loss at Emory.

Previous Male Athletes of the Week (2017-18)

Week 1 (Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2017)

Caleb Aikens - Cross Country

Aikens, a freshman from Crossville, Tenn., made his collegiate racing debut on Friday and placed seventh overall at the Georgia DIII Invitational at Berry College. The freshman posted an 8k time of 27:38.10 to pace the Scots to a third place finish overall. 

Week 2 (Sept. 4-9, 2017)

Jonathan Crossman - Soccer

Crossman, a senior from Lookout Mountain, Ga., helped the Scots to a 2-1 record during the week with a pair of shutouts. The senior made a total of 12 saves in 270 minutes at the net on the week. He had three saves in a 1-0 win over Sewanee on Wednesday, and then had two saves in a 1-0 victory at Belhaven on Friday. In Saturday's 1-0 loss to Millsaps, Crossman had seven saves.

Week 3 (Sept. 11-16, 2017)

Caleb Aikens - Cross Country

Aikens, a freshman from Crossville, Tenn., again paced the Scots as he finished 23rd and led the team to a fourth place finish at the Falcon Classic on Saturday. The freshman posted an 8k time of 28:01.28, which was good for 23rd out of 145 non-Division I runners. Aikens' individual finish helped Covenant to fourth out of 15 teams, and the top Division III finisher in the meet.

Week 4 (Sept. 18-23, 2017)

Carl Simakoff - Soccer

Simakoff, a junior from St. Louis, Mo., scored once on the week but it was a big one as his goal helped Covenant to a 2-2 tie at Averett on Saturday. The junior scored in the 88th minute of play, assisted by Josh Brower, to draw the Scots even at 2-2 after they trailed by two goals earlier in the match. The goal was the 10th of Simakoff's collegiate career, and the first in 2017.

Week 5 (Sept. 25-30, 2017)

Caleb Aikens - Cross Country

Aikens, a freshman from Crossville, Tenn., continued his torrid start to the season with a second place finish at the Maryville Invitational that led the Scots to a team title. The freshman placed second, out of 61 collegiate runners, with an 8k time of 28:15.9. Aikens has paced Covenant in all three meets this season.

Week 6 (Oct. 2-7, 2017)

Josh Brower - Soccer

Brower, a sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., assisted the Scots to a 2-0 week with four assists. The sophomore had two assists in Covenant's 3-0 victory at LaGrange last Wednesday, before tallying two more assists in the Scots' 3-1 win over Pensacola Christian on Saturday. Brower leads the team with six assists on the year.

Week 7 (Oct. 9-14, 2017)

Caleb Aikens - Cross County

Aikens, a freshman from Crossville, Tenn., continues to put together a tremendous rookie campaign as he finished 19th and led Covenant to a third place finish at the Berry Invitational. The freshman set a personal best in the 8k race at 27:19.3 and was 19th among all runners in the event. It was the second straight week that Aikens had produced a new personal record.

Week 8 (Oct. 16-21, 2017)

Josh Brower - Soccer

Brower, a sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., scored twice in Covenant's 2-1, double-overtime victory at William Peace on Saturday. The sophomore tied the score with a goal in the second half and then gave the Scots the victory with his second goal of the match in the 104th minute. Brower has tallied four goals on the year and leads the team with seven assists.

Week 9 (Oct. 23-28, 2017)

Carl Simakoff - Soccer

Simakoff, a junior from St. Louis, Mo., scored three goals and had an assist to help Covenant to two victories last week. In a 9-0 rout of Berea, Simakoff scored two goals in the first half and also added an assist in the win. The junior then scored the eventual game-winner in the Scots' 3-0 USA South Tournament quarterfinal victory at Piedmont on Saturday.

Week 10 (Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 2017)

Nathan Hawkins - Golf

Hawkins, a sophomore from Lexington, N.C., finished fifth overall at the Eagle Invitational last week. The sophomore led the Scots to a second place finish in the event after carding a two-day score of 157 (79-78). Hawkins' second round score of 78 was tied for second-lowest among all golfers in the tournament.

Week 11 (Nov. 6-11, 2017)

Caleb Aikens - Cross Country

Aikens, a freshman from Crossville, Tenn., capped an outstanding freshman year with a 45th place finish at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional meet on Saturday. The freshman set a personal record, and the second-fastest 8k time in program history, at 25:56.6. His finish led Covenant to 12th place, setting a program record for highest finish at an NCAA regional.

Week 12 (Nov. 13-18, 2017)

Berto Dryden - Basketball

Dryden, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., scored 21 points in Covenant's overtime loss at Oglethorpe last Wednesday. The senior shot 9-of-14 from the field, with two 3-pointers, to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the narrow defeat.

Week 13 (Nov. 20-25, 2017)

Patjo Twagirayezu - Basketball

Twagirayezu, a senior from Kigali, Rwanda, scored a career-high 32 points in the Scots' 86-82 victory over Birmingham Southern last week. The senior went 13-of-26 from the field with four 3-pointers, while also collecting five rebounds, one assist and one steal in the victory. It marked the second time in two years that Twagirayezu set a career-high in points against Birmingham Southern.

Week 14 (Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2017)

Patjo Twagirayezu - Basketball

Twagirayezu, a senior from Kigali, Rwanda, led Covenant to a 2-0 week by averaging 26.0 points, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from 3-point land, with 7.5 rebounds. The senior scored 22 points, on 6-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers, to go with nine rebounds in an 89-85 win over LaGrange. He then scored 30 points, on 8-of-13 shooting with five 3-pointers, with six rebounds and two assists and two steals in a 93-64 win over Berea.