Top 25 high school football rankings
A look at this week's Xcellent 25 high school football rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
Who had Ohio's best individual performances? You vote, you decide
MaxPreps is proud to again sponsor the Ohio Athlete of the Week awards during the 2018-19 school year.
Each week during the season (regular and post), there will be a fan-generated contest to tab weekly winners. Each winner receives an award patch for their varsity jacket and a digital badge (below) on their MaxPreps player page.
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Nominees are selected from statistics submitted on MaxPreps. Coaches who do not have current access may request their free account here. Weekly finalists are released on MaxPreps every Tuesday and voting is conducted in a special poll. Voting ceases at noon on Mondays. The winners (2 per week) are announced the next day along with the next week's nominees.
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Last week over 36,000 votes were cast! Here are the latest winners and the next round of nominees...
Week 7 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week* Sydney Starr and Gemma Downs, Harrison Central (Cadiz) Girls Soccer
captains had huge games in a 6-4 win over Steubenville Catholic
Central. Starr had five goals, while Downs had five assists and a goal.
Both added a goal and assist in a 3-1 win over Coshocton.
Week 8 Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Nominees
* Caden Hostetler, Indian Valley (Gnadenhutten) Football
Senior running back carried the ball 24 times for 366 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-20 win over Garaway. Is averaging 11.7 yards per carry this season (1,368 yards on 117 carries). Has scored 126 points (20 touchdowns, three 2-point conversions).
* Keanna Avery, Claymont (Uhrichsville) Volleyball
Senior captain and outside hitter registered 80 kills and 30 blocks in wins over Hiland (33/11), Buckeye Trail (17/9) and Tuscarawas Central Catholic (30/10).
2018 Ohio High School Football Statewide Stat Leaders
* Jason Griffin, Batavia Football
Senior running back carried the ball 25 times for 311 yards and five touchdowns and caught two passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 64-49 win over Wilmington.
* Dillon Steward, Washington (Washington Courthouse) Football
Senior receiver scored 36 points in a 62-20 win over Greenfield McClain. Carried the ball four times for 80 yards and four touchdowns and caught one pass for a 49-yard yard touchdown. Also kicked two PATs and scored two 2-point conversions (run and reception).
2018 Ohio High School Volleyball Statewide Stat Leaders
* Natalie Rethman, Marion Local (Maria Stein) Volleyball
Senior setter had 58 assists in a 3-2 in over Coldwater and 50 in a 3-2 in over New Knoxville.
* Brody Wilt, Gallia Academy (Gallipolis) Boys Soccer
Freshman forward scored five goals in a 7-4 win over Ohio Valley Christian. Has 22 goals and three assists on the season.
2018 Ohio High School Boys Soccer Statewide Stat Leaders* Dakota Dodds, Clay (Portsmouth) Boys Soccer
Junior caption and goalkeeper made 18 saves in a 7-3 win over Peebles. Also made 18 saves in a 2-1 loss to Lucasville Valley and 10 saves in a 2-1 loss to South Point. * Hannah Pierce, Rossford Girls Soccer
Junior captain had three goals and three assists in a 9-2 win over Port Clinton. Also added two goals in a 3-2 win over Bowling green giving her 27 for the season.
Who had Ohio's top individual performance in Week 8?
Week 1 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week
* Zoiee Smith, Waverly Girls Soccer* Gio Thomas, Washington (Washington Courthouse) Football
Sophomore had hat-tricks (three goals) in wins over Washington Courthouse, Piketon and Logan Elm.
Sophomore quarterback completed 20-of-34 passes for 403 yards and six touchdowns in a 58-42 win over Blanchester.
Week 2 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week* Joel Lambiotte, Fairland (Proctorville) Football
A week after throwing four six touchdowns in a win over Tolsia (WV), the senior quarterback threw for four more, including the game-winner to Gavin Hunt with 38 seconds left, in a 35-31 win over Athens.
* Davion Daniels, Hubbard Football
Senior quarterback carried the ball 23 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns and completed 9-of-10 passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-32 win over Girard.
Week 3 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week* Cameron Blair & Dante Tucci, Sandy Valley (Magnolia) Football
Tandem came up huge in a 50-29 win over Tuscarawas Valley. Blair, a sophomore quarterback, completed 23-of-34 passes for 362 yards and six touchdowns. Through three games he's tossed 12 TDs and zero interceptions. Tucci, a senior receiver, caught nine passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns.
Week 4 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week* Emma Ludwig, East Liverpool Volleyball
Junior middle hitter and captain had 16 blocks and 12 kills in a 3-1 win over previously unbeaten and state-ranked Columbiana Crestview.
* Chase Franken, Columbiana Football
Junior receiver caught five passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Leetonia. Has 21 receptions for 589 yards and six touchdowns through four games.
Week 5 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week* Alyssa Otto, St. Clairsville Girls Soccer
Senior scored six goals (for the third time this season) in a 7-0 win over East Liverpool to give her 135 for her career, which ranks sixth all-time in OHSAA history. * Rob Graves, Cuyahoga Falls Football
Junior running back carried the ball 32 times for 257 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-31 win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
Week 6 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week* Jacob Shackelford, Keystone (La Grange) Football
quarterback ran for 293 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries and
completed 10-of-24 passes for 177 yards in a 46-42 win over Black River.
* Baron May, New Philadelphia Football
quarterback earns second straight nomination after accounting for seven
touchdowns in a 62-33 win over Cambridge. Completed 16-of-27 passes for
267 yards and six touchdowns and carried the ball eight times for 65
yards and a touchdown.
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