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Week 31 Ohio High
School Athletes of the
Gabe Cupps, Centerville Boys
had 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in a
43-42 D-I state final win over Westerville Central. Had 11 points in a
63-49 semifinal win over
Steven Key, Mentor Boys
Senior netted a game-high 25 points in a
63-49 D-I state semifinal loss to
Here is the school year’s latest round of nominees…
Week 32-33 Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Nominees
* Jebadiah McGue, Ridgemont (Mount Victory) Baseball
Sophomore became the 10th player in state history to register at least 11 RBI in a game when he went 4-for-5 with a HR, three runs and 11 RBI in a 27-26 win over Vanlue.
* Briahna Bush, Cincinnati Christian (Fairfield) Softball
Senior captain and pitcher was dominant on the mound and at the plate in the Cougars first three games (all wins). Had 45 strikeouts and allowed one earned run in 17 innings, while going 10-for-10 with five homeruns, 22 RBI, a triple and nine runs.
* Ryan Favaro, Western Reserve Academy (Hudson) Boys Lacrosse
Junior attacker leads the state in goals (27) and points (35). Has scored at least three goals in every game (six) and had a season-high seven (and three assists) in a win over Worthington Kilbourne.
* Peyton Young, Western Brown (Mt. Orab) Softball
Senior second basemen went 4-for-4 with three HRs, a double and nine RBI in a win over Fairmont. That came a day after she went 3-for-3 with three HRs and seven RBI in a win over Goshen.
* Joseph Dzierwa, Otsego (Tontogany) Baseball
Junior pitcher struck out 17 and allowed two hits in a 7-1 complete game win over Evergreen. Followed that by striking out 10 and allowing two hits in an 11-0 complete game shutout win over Delta.
* Caroline Gage, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (Cuyahoga Falls) Girls Lacrosse
Sophomore scored 12 goals in a 20-5 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Added eight goals and three assists in wins over Beaumont and Beachwood.
* Allie Dunlap, Heath Girls
Sophomore had a hat trick (three goals) in a
3-0 season-opening win over West Muskingum.
* Austin Sees, Brookfield Boys
Senior goalie made 15 saves in a 2-1 win over
LaBrae and 14 saves in a 3-2 win over St. John (Ashtabula). Two of the
three goals he allowed were penalty kicks.
* Katie Hooley, Jonathan Alder (Plain City) Girls
Junior captain had four goals and two assists
in a 10-0 win over Highland and three goals and three assists in a 13-1
win over Franklin
Heights.* Kylee Kosek, Springfield (New Middletown) Girls
Senior had three goals and two assists in an
11-0 win over Girard and four goals and an assist in a 14-0 win over
* Shaden Malone, Clay (Portsmouth) Boys
Senior goalkeeper and striker played large
part in a 2-0-1 week. Had 16 saves in a 1-0 win over Glenwood and 12
saves in a 1-1 tie with South Webster. Also netted three goals and an
assist in a 5-3 win over
Belpre.* Jordan Briggs, Grand Valley (Orwell) Boys
Sophomore had back-to-back hat tricks (six
goals total) in wins over Geneva and Pymatuning Valley. Added an assist
against PV for 13 points on the week.
Had 57, 48 and 27 assists,
respectively, in wins over Normandy, Brush and Laurel. Added 20 in a
loss to Riverside.*
Emily Baker, Troy Christian
Junior captain had over 20 kills (102
total) in four straight matches as the Eagles beat Newton, Legacy
Christian, Brookville and Ansonia.
* Xavier Puryear, Heath Football
running back scored six touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards on 16 carries
in a 56-20 win over Lakewood.
Eric Babinchak, Howland (Warren)
Senior running back rushed for 290 yards and
four touchdowns on 39 carries in a 27-0 win over Buchtel.
Hannah Golden, Centerville
Junior setter had 45 and 41 assists in
wins over Northmont and Fairmont and 42 assists in a loss to
Springboro.* Bryce Schondelmyer and Brennen Troutwine, Arcanum Football
posted huge numbers in a 57-39 win over Dixie. Schondelmyer, a sophomore
quarterback, completed 21-of-31 passes for 425 yards and seven
touchdowns and also carried the ball 15 times for 75 yards and a
touchdown. Troutwine, a junior split end, had 10 receptions for 276
yards and four touchdowns.
Cidny Long, Madison Plains (London)
Senior middle hitter had 55 kills and 11
blocks in 3-0 wins over Springfield Catholic Central, Greeneview and
Greenon.* Lauren Tuttle, Northeastern (Springfield)
Senior outside hitter had a career-high 38
kills in a 3-2 win over Fairbanks. Also had 29 kills in a 3-1 win over
West Liberty-Salem and 23 kills in a 3-0 win over Mechanicsburg.
* Nathan Hawks, Greenon (Springfield)
Senior kicker connected on three second half
field goals (47, 43 and 32 yards) as the Knights beat Taft 30-28.
Doug Rakes, Fairview (Sherwood)
Senior quarterback threw for 304 yards and
two touchdowns and ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-36 win
over Northwood. Has thrown for 37 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more
Tyler Welsh, Genoa Area Boys
Senior goalie recorded back-to-back games with
10 saves in wins over Delta (5-2) and Pettisville (3-2).
* Janessa Koffer, Franklin Monroe (Pitsburg)
Senior had back-to-back games of 35 digs
in wins over Lehman Catholic (3-2) and Ansonia (3-0).
Kylie Clifton, Milford Girls
Senior goalie had 16 saves in a 2-1 D-I
sectional final win over Seton and 10 saves in a 3-2 sectional semifinal
win over St. Ursula.* Taylor West, Tuscarawas Valley (Zoarville)
Junior middle hitter had 15 blocks (13
solo) and 12 kills in a D-IV district semifinal win over Hiland. Had 11
kills and five blocks in a district final win over Union Local.
Braden Anderson, Worthington Christian
Senior ran for 229 yards and five touchdowns
on 15 carries and had 12 tackles in a 52-14 win over Bishop
Rosecrans.* Caleigh Richards,
Maplewood (Cortland) Girls Cross
Freshman won her seventh race of the season
and its was the big one. Ran 18:22.3 to finish first at the D-III state
Junior setter had 37 assists,
20 digs, six kills and four blocks in a 3-1 win over New Bremen in the
OHSAA D-IV state final. Had 32 assists, 13 digs, three kills and three
blocks in a 3-0 semifinal win over Dalton.
* Coley Sidloski, Strongsville Girls
Junior forward had a goal and two assists in
the Mustangs 3-1 win over Olentangy in the OHSAA Division I state
* Megan Wielonski, Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Senior setter had 36 assists and 10 digs
in a 3-1 OHSAA D-I state final win over previously unbeaten Padua
Franciscan. Also had 29 assists and seven digs in a 3-0 semifinal win
over St. Joseph Academy.
Myles Blasingame and Zack McKibben, Coldwater
Senior tandem came up huge in the Cavaliers
38-35 win over New Middletown Springfield in the OHSAA Division VI state
championship. A quarterback, Blasingame completed 11-of-20 passes for
185 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball 17 times for 99
yards and two touchdowns. McKibben, a receiver/returner, had 351
all-purpose yards, including a key 72-yard punt return in the closing
seconds that set-up the Cavs game-winning field goal. Also caught four
passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 12 times for
* Mitchell Hays, New Bremen
Senior quarterback/defensive back completed
5-of-6 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and a
touchdown on 18 carries in the Cardinals 31-0 win over Warren JFK in the
OHSAA D-VII state final.
Madison Roshelle, Princeton (Cincinnati) Girls
Senior forward had 29 points, 11 rebounds,
five steals and an assist in a 76-48 win over St. Ursula Academy. Also
had 16 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 71-46 win
over Oak Hills.
* Ethan Bell, River Valley (Caledonia) Boys
Senior point guard had 27 points, 11
assists, five rebounds and four steals in a 70-54 win over Clear Fork.
Had 25 points in an 84-47 loss to Worthington
Christian.* John Riley, Miami Valley Christian Academy (Cincinnati)
Senior forward had 17 rebounds, 11
points, three assists and three steals in a 56-54 win over
Peyton Magee, Fairfield (Leesburg) Girls
Sophomore point guard had 11 points, 11
assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 75-65 win over East Clinton.
Added 10 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 73-50
win over Fayetteville-Perry. *
Izzy Lamparty, South Range (Canfield) Girls
Senior forward had 27 points, 16 rebounds,
two steals, a block and an assist in a 69-54 win over
Mackenzie and Mikayla Blair, Greenon (Springfield), Girls
Duo was named to the All-Tournament Team at
the Cincinnati Girls Holiday Classic by finishing first and third
overall, respectively, with 412 and 404
Nijikowski, Mason Boys
Named to the All-Tournament Team at the
Cincinnati Boys’ Holiday Classic after roiling a 300 game and finishing
second overall with a 517
series.* Sam Fast,
Senior notched five pins (0:39, 0:43, 0:28,
1:44 and 0:21) en route to winning the 285-pound title at the Clear
Conner Douglass, Elida Wrestling
was named Most Valuable Wrestler at the Allen County Tournament after
claiming the 138-pound title. It was his third Allen County championship
* Kathleen Ahner, Legacy Christian Academy (Xenia) Girls
Senior guard hit eight 3-pointers and
tallied 31 points in a 64-36 win over Dayton Christian. Also had six 3s
(23 points) in 63-61 season-opening win over Yellow
Marshall Bier, River (Hannibal)
Sophomore won the 285-pound title at the
Fort Frye Invitational by pinning every opponent (0:54, 1:22, 0:39, 1:03
and 0:34).* Aubrey Haas, Eastwood (Pemberville) Girls
Junior hit 13-of-13 free throws en route
to a 26-point, nine-steal and four-rebound performance in a 64-20 win
over Bowling Green. Also had 26 points, five assists and four steals in a
64-37 win over Fostoria and 22 points and eight rebounds in a 61-25 win
Rearick, Lebanon Girls
Rolled a 436 series to win Fairfield’s Back
to School Bash.
Matt Ellis, Waynesville
Junior won the Bellbrook Invitational title
at 126 pounds with five pins under a minute (0:25, 0:12, 0:55, 0:27 and
* Jordan Tackett, Wilmington Boys
Rolled a 300 game and 677 series to win the
Miamisburg Viking Classic.
Juan Sergio, Andrews Osborne Academy (Willoughby) Boys
Senior had four double-doubles last week.
Notched 27 points and 17 rebounds in a 76-62 win over Open Door
Christian and 16 points and 17 rebounds in a 54-45 win over Trinity.
Also had 10 points and 14 rebounds in a 56-38 loss to Kenston and 10
points and 11 rebounds in a 75-51 loss to Grand River Academy. Had 15
blocks in the four games as well.
Rose, Xenia Girls
Rolled a 446 series to win the Centerville
Sweet 16 Shootout.
Graham, River Valley (Caledonia)
Senior won the Western Brown Hammer and
Anvil Invitational title at 220 pounds with four pins (5:31, 3:25, 1:04
Chapman Faulkner, East Dayton Christian (Dayton) Boys
Senior dropped 30 points or more in each
game during the Eagles current four-game win streak, including 40 in a
victory over Temple Christian. Also had 53 rebounds, 16 assists and 15
steals in the four wins. Averaging 30.7 points per
game.* Michael Judge, Oak Harbor
Junior won the 113-pound title at Clyde’s
Dale Carroll Invitational by winning all four of his matches via pin
(0:20, 1:00, 1:08 and 0:15).
Hanson, Fairborn Girls
Rolled a 656 series to win the Boro Roll
Junior had 30 points and 19
rebounds in a win over South Gallia and 25 points and 19 rebounds in a
win over Racine
Skaggs, St. Clairsville
Senior won the 220-pound title at New
Lexington’s Jimmy Wood Invitational. Pinned all five opponents (0:16,
0:28, 0:52, 1:02 and 5:16).
Bailee Smith, Maysville (Zanesville) Girls
Senior reached 30 points or more for the
fourth and fifth time this season with 37 points in a win over River
View and 32 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a win over
Crooksville. Also had 21 points in a loss to New Lexington. Averaging
26.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.6
Hauck, Triad (North Lewisburg)
Senior won the 152-pound title at the Ada
Invitational with three tech falls (18-3, 16-0 and 20-4) and two pins
Jenna Smith, Garfield (Garrettsville) Girls
Junior had her seventh, eighth and ninth
doble-doubles of the season in wins over Lake Center Christian (30
points/13 rebounds and 26 points/14 rebounds) and a loss to McDonald (24
points/12 rebounds). Also had 26 points and nine rebounds in a win over
Max Rolnick, Andrews Osborne Academy (Willoughby) Boys
Junior guard hit six 3-pointers in a win
over Christian Community (26 points), and five 3s each in wins over West
Geauga (27 points) and HEARTS for Jesus Christ (19 points). Also had
four 3s and 22 points in a loss to
Stegemoller, Fairmont Boys
Junior rolled a 704 series to win the
Centerville Elks Invitational. High-game was a
Olivia Shore, Miami East (Casstown) Girls
Senior captured her second straight state
title (11 pounds) at the second Ohio HS Wrestling Coaches Association
Girls State Tournament. She pinned all four opponents at
Nathan Kelly, East Liverpool Boys Bowling
Sophomore rolled a 760 series to win the D-II East
Karl Helmuth, Hoover (North Canton) Boys
Senior won three events (200-medley relay,
400 free relay and 100 breaststroke) and was second in another the 100
free) at the Division I district meet hosted by
Cailyn Bright, Carrollton Girls
Senior rolled a 695 series to win the OHSAA
Division II state
Tyler Gehret, Versailles Boys
Senior rolled a 684 series to win the OHSAA
Division II state championship.
Raegan Ernst, Dublin Jerome
Junior captured her third straight
all-around title at the district meet hosted by Worthington Kilbourne.
She also won the uneven bars and floor exercise and was runner-up on
Paige Yu, Medina Highland
Sophomore won the OHSAA all-around state
title. Also won the uneven bars and balance beam. Was runner-up on
* Jenna Stretch, Kenston Girls
Junior won the OHSAA Division I
bowling state title with a 740 series. She finished 118 pins ahead of
Joseph Kirby, St. Xavier (Cincinnati) Boys
exploded for a career-high 29 points in an 81-65 D-I district final win
over Wayne. Was 7-of-8 from 3-point range and 8-of-8 at the free throw
Tasos Cook, Westerville Central Boys
guard hit a game-winning half-court shot at the buzzer as the Warhawks
beat Gahanna Lincoln 45-44 for the program’s first D-I regional title.
Cook, the OPSWA D-II Central District Player of the Year, finished with
* Riley Box and Nick Mack, St. Francis de Sales (Toledo) Ice
tandem helped the Knights win the OHSAA state title. Box had a hat
trick in a semifinal win over Walsh Jesuit, while Mack dished out four
assists. In a 2-1 win over St. Edward in the state final. Box assisted
on both goals, while Mack assisted on the
* Taylor Strock, Napoleon Girls
and Cedarville University recruit helped lead the Wildcats to the
program’s first D-II state title. Had 13 points and five assists in a
46-43 state semifinal win over Carroll and 23 points and seven rebounds
in a 76-44 state final win overt Vinton County. Hit 17-of-20 free throws
combined in the
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