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Each week during the season (regular and post), there will be a fan-generated contest to tab weekly winners. Each winner will receive awards (bracelets and certificates). Football, girls and boys soccer and volleyball athletes will be eligible for the award. How does it work?
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Week 17 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Presley Griffitts, Tecumseh (New Carlisle) Girls Basketball
Junior guard and Bowling Green commit had two triple-doubles and surpassed 1,000 career points last week in wins over Graham and Bellefontaine. Had 36 points, 15 steals and 11 assists against Graham and 31 points (went over 1,000), 10 rebounds and 10 steals against Bellefontaine.
* Emily Poling, Defiance Girls Basketball
Senior point guard had a triple-double (10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists) in a 57-34 win over Ayersville. Added 36 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, six steals and just two fouls in wins over Archbold and Lima Shawnee. * Hunter Stidham, Valley View (Germantown) Girls Basketball
Senior scored 14 points to surpass 1,000 for her career as the Spartans stayed unbeaten with a 54-27 win over Brookville.
Week 18/19 Ohio HS Athlete of the Week Nominations* Jack Hendricks, Fairmont (Kettering) Boys Basketball
Senior guard set school records for points (52) and 3-pointers (14) in a game in a 117-64 win over Indianapolis Washington. * Hadley LeVan, Triad (North Lewisburg) Boys Basketball
Senior and previous AOW winner is up for the award again after scoring a school record 51 points in a 77-69 loss to West Jefferson. The previous record (48 points) was set by Terry Donohoe in 1978. Levan scored 30 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals closed the game on a 36-22 run. He also had 28 points in a win over Springfield Northeastern. Ohio High School Boys Basketball Statewide Stat Leaders * Braden Tucker, Streetsboro Boys Basketball
Senior guard scored a school-record 45 points in an 83-70 loss to Kenston. Added 11 rebounds to complete a double-double. Hit five 3s.
* Majestic Sales, Tuslaw (Massillon) Girls Basketball
Junior had 104 points, 51 rebounds, 1 steals, nine blocks and three double-doubles in wins over Smithville, Orrville, Akron Manchester and Mansfield St. Peters.
Ohio High School Girls Basketball Statewide Stat Leaders
* Leah Freeman, Briggs (Columbus) Girls Basketball
Junior post had 36 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and six steals in a 67-45 win over Marion-Franklin. Had 27 points, 21 rebounds and five steals in a 61-57 loss to Walnut Ridge.
* Kelsi Hulit, Malvern Girls Basketball
Senior captain had 102 points (including two 31-point games), 37 rebounds, nine steals, seven assists and five blocks as the Hornets went 3-1 with wins over East Canton, Minerva and Strasburg-Franklin. Also lost to Dalton.
Ohio High School Football Statewide Stat Leaders
* Morgan Rigsby, Portsmouth West (West Portsmouth) Girls Basketball
Sophomore forward had 23 rebounds, nine points, seven assists and four steals in a 64-55 win over Waverly. Also had a pair of double-doubles in losses to Lucasville Valley (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Bethel-Tate (11 points, 10 rebounds). * Ethan Conley, Franklin Monroe (Pitsburg) Boys Basketball
Junior earned tournament MVP honors, scored a game-high 20 points and surpassed 1,000-career points as the host Jets won their first Holiday Tournament title in five years with a 42-40 win over Brookville.
Week 1 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Owen Wetherill & Nick Adams, Hardin Northern (Dola) Football (Votes)
Duo dominated in a 57-35 win over Arcadia. Wetherill, a freshman quarterback and linebacker, completed 18-of-31 passes for 329 yards and six touchdowns and had 12 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and two sacks. Adams, a junior running back, carried the ball 12 times for 100 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 146 yards and three more touchdowns. * Jacob Denlinger, Twin Valley South (West Alexandria) Boys Soccer (Votes)
Senior goalkeeper made 17 saves in a 4-0 shutout win over Middletown Madison. Also had 16 saves in a 3-1 loss to Miami Valley. * Rachel Williamson, Antwerp Volleyball (Votes)
Senior middle hitter had 45 kills and four blocks in a 3-2 win over Miller City.
Week 2 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Eli Gibson, Preble Shawnee (Camden) Football (Votes)
Senior running back averaged 9.5 yards per carry and churned out 334 yards (and two touchdowns) on 35 carries in a 30-7 win over Twin Valley South. That followed up a 234-yard, three touchdown performance in a 32-14 Week 1 win over National Trail where he averaged 13 yards on 18 carries.* Caden Hostetler, Indian Valley (Gnadenhutten) Football (Votes)
Junior running back ran for 247 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries (13.7 yard average) in a 38-32 win over Akron Manchester. * Fide Valverde-Rivera, Streetsboro Girls Soccer (Votes)
Junior forward had five goals in a 14-0 win over Akron Springfield and three in an 8-1 win over Firestone.
Week 3 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Nick Sparr and Austin Davis, Triway (Wooster) Football (Votes)
Senior pass-catch combo shined in a 41-14 win over Waynedale. Sparr completed 17-of-20 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns, while Davis had seven catches for 202 yards and three touchdowns. * Morgan Bowers, Bexley (Columbus) Girls Soccer (Votes)
Junior had three goals and three assists in a 7-0 win over London.
Week 4 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Tino Kusic and Jeremiah Booker, Bridgeport Football
Pass-catch dup dominated in a 52-0 win over Paden City (WV). Kusic completed 14-of-20 passes for 440 yards and seven touchdowns, while, Booker had seven catches for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns.* Ali Thompson, Bloom-Carroll (Carroll) Volleyball
Junior libero had 54 digs in a 3-2 win over Teays Valley and 38 digs in a 3-1 win over Liberty Union.* Halie Sciury, Sandy Valley (Magnolia) Girls Soccer
Senior had six goals in an 8-0 win over Akron North, three goals in a 6-3 loss to Harrison Central and two goals in a 2-2 tie with Kingsway Christian.
Week 5 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Ethan Wright, Manchester (Akron) Football (Votes)
Sophomore running back went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season with 276 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries in a 55-8 win over Triway. * Hannah Headlee, Jonathan Alder (Plain City) Girls Soccer (Votes)
Senior scored 20 points last week (nine goals, two assists) as her team went 3-0 and outscored its opponents 25-1. * Ryan Delelles, Steubenville Boys Soccer (Votes)
Senior scored five goals in a 5-3 win over Columbiana Crestview. * Kyle Flannery, East (Sciotoville) Football (Votes)
Junior scored five touchdowns via rushing (three), receiving and punt return in a 49-7 win over Manchester.
Week 6 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Paige Jones, New Bremen Volleyball (Votes)
Senior outside hitter and Michigan recruit had 44 kills as the Cardinals beat Coldwater 3-2 in a match-up of Ohio's No. 1 Division III and IV teams.
* Megan Brzozowski, Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills) Volleyball (Votes)
Junior setter had 67 assists in a 3-2 win over Stow Munroe-Falls.
* Phoebe Jackson, Woodmore (Elmore) Girls Soccer (Votes)
Sophomore goalkeeper made 14 saves in a 2-0 shutout win over Genoa. Also had 14 saves in a 2-2 tie with Lake.
Week 7 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Camryn Jarrett, United (Hanoverton) Volleyball (Votes)
Senior had 37 kills, four blocks and 19 digs in a 3-2 win over Columbiana. Also added 26 kills, seven blocks and 11 digs in a 3-2 win over Canton South and 24 kills and 17 digs in a 3-0 win over East Plaestine.* Julia Frank, Berkshire (Burton) Girls Soccer (Votes)
Junior had five goals and three assists in an 8-0 win over Crestwood. Also had four goals and an assist in a 6-1 win over Beachwood and a goal and three assists in a 12-0 win over Conneaut. * Katie May, Independence Volleyball (Votes)
Junior had 59 assists in a 3-1 win over Huron, 36 assists in a 3-0 win over Geneva and 29 assists in a 3-0 win over Orange.* Kayla Hardy, Galion Volleyball (Votes)
Freshman had 40 assists in a 3-0 win over North Union and a career-high 59 assists in a 3-2 loss to Ontario.
Week 8 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Mark Waid, Girard Football
Junior completed 12-of-23 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns in a 66-6 win over Newton Falls. Has thrown for 2,210 yards, 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions for the undefeated Indians. Has also rushed for 831 yards and 14 touchdowns.* Andreus Harhalos, Holy Name (Parma Heights) Football
Senior caught 16 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-34 loss to Garfield Heights. * Victoria Graves, Lutheran West (Rocky River) Volleyball
Had a state-best 48 digs last week in a 3-2 win over Columbia. * Cat Lillibridge & Asya Martin, Berkshire (Burton) Girls Soccer
Lillibridge, a senior goalkeeper, leads Ohio with a 0.322 goals against average (per MaxPreps stats). She has 16 shutouts over the last two seasons, including six this year. She also has a goal and assist on the season. Martin is three-year senior captain sweeper who has been key in the six shutouts this season. She has two goals and three assists this year.
Week 9 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Jaron Sharp, Kenton Football
Junior quarterback completed 27-of-41 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns and ran 17 times for 115 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-50 loss to Elida. Has thrown for 3,105 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,032 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. * Kara Schafer, Monroeville Volleyball
Senior had 55 assists and 22 digs in a 3-1 win over Calvert. Also had 29 assists and 14 digs in a 3-0 win over Wynford. * Allie Hale, Lancaster Volleyball
Senior captain had 53 assists in a 3-1 win over Hilliard Davidson and 48 assists in a 3-2 win over New Albany.
Week 10 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Keedrick Cunningham, Fairland (Proctorville) Football
Senior running back carried the ball 16 times for 402 yards and four touchdowns and caught three passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 46-28 win over rival Chesapeake. * Kellee Applegate, Lordstown (Warren) Volleyball
Junior had 34 kills, 20 digs and five blocks in a 3-2 loss to St. John in the D-IV district finals. Had 30 kills, 29 digs and five blocks in a 3-2 win over Mathews in the district semifinals. * Jaden Walz, Brooklyn Volleyball
Sophomore had 33 kills, 20 digs and 16 assists in a 3-2 win over Columbiana in the D-III district semifinals.
Week 11 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Blaire Barr, Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster) Volleyball
Junior middle hitter had 24 kills in a 3-1 D-IV regional final win over Portsmouth Notre Dame. Had 23 kills in a 3-1 regional semifinal win over Monroe Central. * Ila Angermeier, Lake Catholic (Mentor) Volleyball
Senior outside hitter had 34 digs and 18 kills in a 3-1 D-II regional final win over Beaumont and 27 digs and 19 kills in a 3-1 regional semifinal win over Marlington. * Logan Shea, Mentor Football
Senior receiver caught six passes for 103 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-17 playoff win over Stow-Munroe Falls.
Week 12 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Ellen Peters, Versailles Volleyball
Senior setter had 54 assists in a 3-2 D-III state final win over fellow-MAC power Coldwater. Had 39 assists in a 3-1 state semifinal win over Tuscarawas Valley. * Bryce Barasch, Johnstown-Monroe Football
Junior running back carried the ball 31 times for 255 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-6 D-IV regional semifinal win over Portsmouth West.
Week 13 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Keegan Wilburn, Nelsonville-York Football
Sophomore running back carried the ball 13 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and caught nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in a 28-7 D-VI regional final win over Dawson-Bryant. * Dylan Drummond, Cuyahoga Heights (Cleveland) Football
Senior receiver caught 11 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-41 D-VII regional final win over Dalton.
Week 14 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Luke Richardson, Clinton-Massie (Clarksville) Football
Senior receiver and defensive back accounted for three touchdowns, including the game-winning 46-yard interception return, in a 28-21 D-IV state semifinal win over New Concord John Glenn. Also had 56 yards receiving, caught two touchdown passes and had 83 yards in kick returns. * Kortney Kyles, Washington (Massillon) Girls Basketball
Senior center 20 points and 19 rebounds in a 69-61 win over Cornerstone Christian.
Week 15 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Javon Davis, Steubenville Football
Senior quarterback accounted for 324 yards of total offense and six touchdowns as Big Red won its fourth state title and first since 2006 with a 50-36 win over Clinton-Massie in D-IV. Steubenville was state runner-up the last two years. Davis completed nine-of-13 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns.* Hadley LeVan, Triad (North Lewisburg) Boys Basketball
Senior scored 31 points in the finals of the Benjamin Logan Tip-Off Classic to surpass 1,000 for his career and lead the Cardinals to a title with a 57-50 win over North Union. Scored 24 points in a 68-35 opening round win over Riverside.
* Jensyn Shepherd, Symmes Valley (Willow Wood) Girls Basketball
Senior had 33 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in a 56-51 win over South Gallia. Also had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks in a 63-48 win over Eastern and 11 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-42 loss to Glenwood.
Week 16 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week
* Hayley Suchland, Northeastern (Springfield) Girls Basketball
Senior scored 12 points in a first quarter loss to Mechanicsburg (and 31 overall) to become the school's all-time leading scorer. Had 49 points in a 63-55 win over Yellow Springs earlier this season. * Camille Cummins, Cardinal (Middlefield) Girls Basketball
Junior had 20 rebounds, 16 points, three steals and three blocks in 55-48 win over Grand Valley. Added 12 points and 15 rebounds in a 48-45 win over Hawken. * Micaylah Nash, New Albany Girls Basketball
Senior grabbed 26 rebounds and added 12 points, three assists and two steals in a 41-38 win over Columbus DeSales. Had 20 rebounds, seven points and two steals in 55-52 win over Teays Valley.