In a poll that ended August 27, Cincinnati.com readers selected the first 2021-2022 school year winners for the Cincinnati Enquirer Athlete of the Week, presented by Mercy Health, from high school sports promotion through August 22 .
The winners receive a certificate from the school’s sports department. The first round will appear at the end of September.
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Ohio soccer team: Taylor – Taylor scored 31 unanswered points on coach David Dransman’s debut with the Jackets to beat Greenon 38-17.
Northern Kentucky Football Team: Highlands – Highlands caused four ball losses and made crucial defensive stops to beat reigning 5A state champions Bowling Green 21:18 on Saturday.
Boys Fall Team: Highlands Soccer – Highlands defeated St. Henry 2-1 before tying Louisville Collegiate 2-2 in the Northern Kentucky Soccer Showcase.
Girls Fall Team: Oak Hills Soccer – Oak Hills opened the year with a 4-0 win over Ross, helped by a shutout of 10 saves by goalkeeper Carly Shiplett.
Boys’ cross-country runners: Parker Losure, Bishop Brossart – He finished runner-up at the Trimble County meeting on August 21st to lead the Mustangs to the team title.
Women cross-country runners: Madison Conatser, Loveland – She ran the 5 km in 19: 27.8 and was the top runner (11th) for the first-placed Loveland Girls Cross Country Team at the OHSAA Early Season High School Invitational.
Ohio football player, big school: Michael Cornett, Little Miami – The senior outside linebacker, who returned from an ACL injury after missing his entire junior season, had nine tackles and a sack and helped Little Miami keep Goshen down to three points on Aug. 20.
Ohio Footballer, Little School: Jake Mott, Clermont Northeastern – The junior running back had 100 yards, including a long of 23, with a touchdown on nine attempts. He also played some quarterback, 3-for-6 pass for 84 yards and an interception.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana soccer player: Sam Robinson, Highlands – The senior had two interceptions, including a pick-six to give Highlands a 21-3 lead and a late pick to win the game when Highlands beat 5A state champions Bowling Green on the road.
Boys Golfers: Jack Ward, Harrison Runner-up leads the Southwest Ohio League for the 9-0 Wildcats with an average of 37.30 over 108 holes.
Girls golfer: Debra Brogan, Oak Hills – She was the medalist on the Circling Hills Golf Course in a 178-220 win over Ross on August 16.
Ohio Boys soccer players: Luke Banschbach, Oak Hills – The junior, who is co-leader in the Greater Miami Conference rankings for goals scored, scored one goal and assisted in two more in a 3-3 draw with Ross on August 19.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana soccer player: Dana Lewis, South Dearborn – The junior scored his third hatrack in as many games to lead the Knights to a 5-4 win against Conference enemy Rushville on August 21 in extra time.
Ohio girls soccer players: Presley Pennekamp, Oak Hills – The freshman striker scored one goal and assisted two more in the 4-0 win over Ross on August 19.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana soccer player: Emma Landrum, Walton-Verona – The runner-up had three goals in a 5-0 win over Collins on August 21, which lifted the Bearcats record to 5-0, and is level with the team lead by seven goals.
Girls tennis player, singles: Caroline Boyle, Badin – The newcomer won his first individual victory against his McNicholas opponent on August 19th and helped Badin to a 5-0 team victory.
Girls tennis player, doubles team: Adalyn Middick and Danica Kollmorgen, Goshen – The girls stand 2-0 in the season’s first double game to help Goshen start the season 5-0 as a team and lead the SBAAC-American Conference.
Ohio volleyball players: Madison Hornsby, Goshen – The senior leads the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference with 23 kills and helped the Warriors defeat Seven Hills and Reading last week.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana volleyball player: Devin Readnour, Boone County – She had 20 assists and 21 digs in a three-set win over Newport Central Catholic on August 16.
Water polo for boys: Levi Shooner, St. Xavier – The senior captain led St. Xavier to a 4-1 record at the start of the season. In the five games played, he was one of the most disruptive players in the pool as he scored 16 goals, 13 steals and 14 draws while adding four assists. As a center, he forced the opposing teams to double and triple it, but that didn’t slow him down. He succeeded in this even against excellent competition, as the Bombers played against two different defending champions (Michigan and Illinois).
Beach ball for girls: Rachell Hemmila, Mavericks – The freshman goalkeeper led the Mavericks with shutouts against Mason and Walnut Hills. She had two games of 14 blocks. Against last year’s national champion Upper Arlington, she led the defense with 14 blocks and only allowed her two goals. She scored one and supported two others. She played a vital role in not only securing five wins at the invitation of Upper Arlington, but also played on the field, where she scored five goals. For the week she had 43 blocks, an 83% blocking percentage, only allowed nine goals, and had six goals, four steals and three assists.