In a poll that ended March 12th, Cincinnati.com readers selected the winners for the Cincinnati Enquirer Athlete of the Week, presented by Mercy Health, for the March 1-7 voting period.
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This week’s winners are:
Ohio Winter Team, Boys: McNichola’s Basketball – McNicholas defeated Trotwood Madison 64-41 March 6 and won a district championship.
Ohio Winter Team, Girls: Turpin Gymnastics – Turpin finished 8th in the state tournament with 139,925 total points.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana girls’ team: Ludlow Basketball – The Panthers won the NKAC Division III tournament championship by defeating Bellevue and have won five straight wins.
Ohio Boys basketball player, major school: Joe Kirby, St. Xavier – The Senior Guard had 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, to get the bombers past Wayne (81-65) for a district championship on March 6th.
Ohio Boys basketball players, small school: Trey Gardner, McNicholas The junior striker had 10 points and seven rebounds in McNicholas’ 64-41 win over Trotwood-Madison in the March 6th district championship game.
Ohio girl basketball player: Mahya Lindesmith, Badin – She had a team-high 17 points, including four 3-pointers, in Badin’s season-end 45-41 loss to Dayton Carroll in the Division II Regional Championship.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana boys basketball players: Quantez Calloway, Holmes – With eight points in the 72-53 loss to Covington Catholic, he surpassed 1,000 points for his basketball career.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana girl basketball player: Elexis Litton, Newport The sophomore point guard had 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals that helped their team beat Valley Traditional March 61-26.
Ohio Boys Bowler: Owen Sena, St. Xavier – Sena’s 694 placed him 4th in the State, making him the highest local placer in the State tournaments.
Ohio Girl Bowler: Hannah Kuderer, Mercy McAuley – Kuderer had 494 pins, placing her just under the 50 best bowlers in the state.
NKY Boys Bowler: Dylan Inyart, Ryle – He shot 266 and 221 games in Ryle’s last regular season game.
NKY Girl Bowler: Kaylee Hitt, Campbell County – She led Northern Kentucky with a regular season average of 204.
Gymnast: Maycee Herzog, Turpin – She ranked highest among local gymnasts in the all-around when she finished 17th at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state gymnastics meeting with a score of 35,975. She was 27th in the jump, tied for 19th in the bar and tied for 20th in the floor exercise.
NKY boys swimmers / divers: Liam Connelly, Covington Latin – The junior took first place out of 100 back and 100 in the flight at the Scott High School tri-meet with Holmes, St. Henry and Simon Kenton on March 6th.
NKY / IND Girl Swimmer / Diver: Paige Hedger, Campbell County – The senior swam at the Russell County Laker Swim Invitational, where she took first place in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. It also helped the layer relay to fourth place and the 400 free relay to third place. She secured 40 points for women, making her number 1 for girls. The women finished third overall out of 13 teams.
Ohio Wrestling: Brandon Mitchell, Oak Hills – The junior won a Division I district championship on March 6 by a 13-6 decision in the 113-pound weight class.
NKY Boys Wrestling: Jack Hamburg, Conner – He won the championship at the age of 182 and was named the most outstanding wrestler to lead the Cougars to first place in a tournament in Louisville Waggener.
NKY Girls Wrestling: Gabriella Ocasio and Zoey Smith, Simon Kenton – The Pioneers ‘teammates finished second in the Kentucky Girls’ Wrestling Championship.