In a poll that ended May 7th, readers of Cincinnati.com selected the winners for the Mercy Health-presented Cincinnati Enquirer Athlete of the Week for the voting period April 26th through May 2nd.
The winners receive a certificate from the school’s sports department. They are sent one month at a time.
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This week’s winners are:
Ohio Boys Team: Kings Baseball – Kings started 13-0 and 14-1 wins over Winton Woods before knocking out West Clermont 2-0 on Friday and beating Fairfield 12-2 on Saturday.
Ohio Girls Team: Mercy McAuley Softball – The team took the lead in the GGCL after beating Ursuline Academy 5-4, Mount Notre Dame 7-2 and Seton 15-5, as well as an unconfirmed win against West Clermont, 17-10.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana boys’ team: Highlands Tennis – The Bluebirds defeated the perennial local power Covington Catholic 3-2.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana girls’ team: Highlands Softball – The Bluebirds had a five-game winning streak against Anderson County on May 1st but are 16-4 overall.
Ohio Baseball, Big School: Austin Dennis, Oak Hills The senior went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run from the 6-2 win over Lakota East on May 1st.
Ohio Baseball, Small School: Louis Hess, Reading – Louie was 5 for 9 (.556) with an HR and 3 RBI in the last three games. He had an OBP of .600 during this stretch. Louie also scored his second save of the year on the hill. He currently has an 11 game hitting streak that dates back to April 7th.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana Baseball: Ashton Isler, Covington Catholic – The senior set up a perfect five innings game against Holy Cross on April 27 with a 10-0 win to keep the Colonels 16-0 undefeated.
Boys Lacrosse: Ryan Hamberg, Lakota East The sophomore goalkeeper had 14 saves (17 tries for a 0.823 save percentage), 4 ground balls, and 1 assist in Lakota East’s 8-3 win over Elder.
Girls Lacrosse: Kaitlyn Lattire, Lakota East – She had five goals, three assists and two ground balls in Lakota East’s 13-2 win over Oak Hills.
Ohio Softball, Big School: Sophia Gittings, Mercy McAuley The second year was 4-for-5 with two doubles, one triple and five RBIs in Mercy McAuley’s 15-5 win over Seton. During the week she was 9-for-16 with 4 doubles, 2 threes and 8 RBI.
Ohio softball, small school: Mikayla Rash, Batavia – The junior pitcher broke the school record for strikeouts in a season with No. 143 in a game against Georgetown on Monday April 26th. She had three doubles and three RBI that day. She also currently leads the team in batting with a .478 batting average, 13 doubles and 25 RBI.
Softball from Northern Kentucky: Hope Hamilton, Campbell County – The seventh grader college third base player took all tournament honors at the Bulldog Bash and then scored her first win at Conner, where she also went 4 for 5 and topped the week with a Grand Slam in a district victory at Scott.
Tennis, singles: Peter Laskey, Highlands – He beat his Mason County and Elizabethtown opponents in the first singles on May 1st, beat his Conner opponent on April 26th, and his Covington Catholic opponent on April 27th.
Tennis, doubles: Luke Widener-John Drayer, Möller – The Juniors beat their McNicholas opponents in the first double to give the Crusaders a 5-0 team win.
Northern Kentucky Boys Track: Ryan Branch, Bishop Brossart – The junior won the 1,600 meter race at the Campbell County Championships on April 26 with a time of 4: 46.80.
North Kentucky Girls Track: Emmy Brewer, Highlands – The junior won the 200m and triple jump at the Dixie Derby Dash Track Meet on Saturday May 1st, despite her first participation in the event.
Track Ohio Boys: Timiko Jackson, La Salle – At the Ross High School Invitational Friday, the runner-up took first place in the following three events: the 200-meter run with a time of 23.05, was a member of the 4X100-meter relay with a time of 43.82 and was the anchor of the 4X200 meter relay, 1: 33.57.
Ohio Girls Track: Natalie Kiefer, Harrison – The newcomer broke Karen Grimm’s 35-year record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5: 24.99 at the Ross Invite on April 30th.
Boys’ volleyball: Drew Maune, Elder – He led the Panthers on kills all season and helped Elder beat St. Xavier in 1st place on April 30th with 2 aces, one assist, 22 kills, 2 blocks, and 19 digs.