MaxPreps Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Award: Vote Now

Eric Frantz | MaxPreps.com Tuesday, February 16, 2021 1:30pm

Who turned in Ohio's top prep performances? You vote, you decide.

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 2020-21 school year.

Each week during the season (regular and post), there will be a fan-generated contest to tab weekly winners. Each winner receives a letter and award patch for their varsity jacket. 

How does it work?

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 (2-3 per week) are announced the next day along with the next week's nominees.

Participants may vote as many times as they want. It's a competition. So far this school year, over 9.7-million votes have been cast, including 155,000 last week.

Week 25 Ohio High School Athletes of the Week

* Bailee Smith, Maysville (Zanesville) Girls Basketball
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 assists.

* Coleman Hauck, Triad (North Lewisburg) Wrestling
Senior won the 152-pound title at the Ada Invitational with three tech falls (18-3, 16-0 and 20-4) and two pins (2:21 and 0:33).

Here is the school year's latest round of nominees...


Week 26 Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Nominees

* Shaun Pletcher, New Lexington Wrestling
Senior became just the sixth four-time champion in the 50-year history of the Muskingum Valley League meet with his title in the 132-pound bracket.


* Kaylynn Blackwell, Western Reserve Academy (Hudson) Girls Basketball
Freshman had 37 points and 29 rebounds (including 15 offensive) in a win over Akron North. Also had 20 points and 19 boards in a win over Crestwood and 18 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Lake Center Christian. Averaging 19 points and 16.3 rebounds.
* Tori Smith, Cloverleaf (Lodi) Girls Basketball
Junior forward had 16 steals, 15 points and nine rebounds in a win over Akron Springfield. Also had 26 points, 15 rebounds and seven steals in a win over Coventry and 22 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to Woodridge. Averaging 14.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game.




* Cameron Hollobaugh, John F. Kennedy Catholic (Warren) Boys Basketball
Senior forward had 31 points in a win over Warren Harding, 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a win over Niles McKinley and 25 points, eight rebounds and five steals in a win over Bristol. Averaging 25.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

2020 Ohio High School Volleyball Statewide Stat Leaders

* Bri Claxon, South Webster Girls Basketball
Junior dropped 43 points in a win over Eastern. Has surpassed 30 points six times this year and is averaging 25.3 points per game. Has scored 451 points this season.

2020 Ohio High School Boys Soccer Statewide Stat Leaders

* Tyler Stegemoller, Fairmont Boys Bowling
Junior rolled a 704 series to win the Centerville Elks Invitational. High-game was a 278.

* Luke Chicone, Mentor Boys Basketball
Senior guard had games of 40, 30, 26 and 18 points in victories over Strongsville, Euclid, Riverside and Harvey, respectively. Added 29 assists, 19 rebounds and 19 steals in the wins. Averaging 23.5 points, 7.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game.

* Max Rolnick, Andrews Osborne Academy (Willoughby) Boys Basketball

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 Euclid.


Previous Winners

Week 1

* Nevaeh Lewis, Madison Comprehensive (Mansfield) Girls Soccer
Freshman had a hat trick (three goals) in a 5-0 season-opening win over Clear Fork.

* Allie Dunlap, Heath Girls Soccer
Sophomore had a hat trick (three goals) in a 3-0 season-opening win over West Muskingum.

Week 2

* Austin Sees, Brookfield Boys Soccer
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 Soccer
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 Soccer
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 Newton Falls.

Week 3

* Shaden Malone, Clay (Portsmouth) Boys Soccer
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 Soccer
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.

Week 4

* Anna Shoemake, Beavercreek Volleyball
Senior had 26 and 21 kills in 3-1 wins over Fairmont and Springboro, respectively.

* Bri DiChristopher, Catholic Central (Steubenville) Girls Soccer
Senior goalkeeper made 18 saves in a 1-1 tie with Linsly (W.V.) and 13 saves in a 2-1 win over Edison.

Week 5

* Morgan Moeller, Roger Bacon (Cincinnati) Girls Soccer
Sophomore had 11 saves in a 5-0 win over Norwood and 13 saves in a 5-3 win over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

* Alexander Hild, Newton Local (Pleasant Hill) Soccer
Senior captain drained six goals in a 10-0 win over Fairlawn.

Week 6

* Cael Brown, Trinity (Garfield Heights) Football
Senior running back carried the ball 41 times for 262 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Crestwood.

* Riley Monroe, Nordonia (Macedonia) Volleyball
Senior setter had 62 assists in a 3-1 win over Wadsworth and 56 assists in a 3-2 win over Hudson.

 Week 7

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 Volleyball
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
Senior running back scored six touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards on 16 carries in a 56-20 win over Lakewood.

Week 8

* Eric Babinchak, Howland (Warren) Football
Senior running back rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries in a 27-0 win over Buchtel.

* Josiah Entner, Legacy Christian Academy (Xenia) Boys Soccer
Senior had three goals and five assists in a 14-2 win over Carlisle. Has 18 goals and 16 assists this season.



* Hannah Golden, Centerville Volleyball
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
Tande 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.

Week 9

* Cidny Long, Madison Plains (London) Volleyball
Senior middle hitter had 55 kills and 11 blocks in 3-0 wins over Springfield Catholic Central, Greeneview and Greenon.

* Lauren Tuttle, Northeastern (Springfield) Volleyball
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) Football
Senior kicker connected on three second half field goals (47, 43 and 32 yards) as the Knights beat Taft 30-28.

Week 10

* Doug Rakes, Fairview (Sherwood) Football
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 this season.

* Beau Brungard, Springfield (New Middletown) Football
Junior quarterback ran for four touchdowns and 117 yards and threw for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 44-8 win over Aquinas.

* Tyler Welsh, Genoa Area Boys Soccer
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) Volleyball
Senior had back-to-back games of 35 digs in wins over Lehman Catholic (3-2) and Ansonia (3-0).

Week 11

* Kylie Clifton, Milford Girls Soccer
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) Volleyball
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.

Week 12

* Braden Anderson, Worthington Christian Football
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 Country
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 meet.

Week 13

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 Soccer
Junior forward had a goal and two assists in the Mustangs 3-1 win over Olentangy in the OHSAA Division I state final.

* Megan Wielonski, Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati) Volleyball
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.

Week 14

* Myles Blasingame and Zack McKibben, Coldwater Football
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 82 yards.

* Mitchell Hays, New Bremen Football
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.

Week 15

* Madison Roshelle, Princeton (Cincinnati) Girls Basketball
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 Basketball
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) Boys Basketball
Senior forward had 17 rebounds, 11 points, three assists and three steals in a 56-54 win over Felicity-Franklin.

Week 16

* Peyton Magee, Fairfield (Leesburg) Girls Basketball
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 Basketball
Senior forward had 27 points, 16 rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist in a 69-54 win over Salem.

Week 17

* Mackenzie and Mikayla Blair, Greenon (Springfield), Girls Bowling
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 series.

* Ogden Nijikowski, Mason Boys Bowling
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, West Jefferson Wrestling
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 Fork Invitational.

Week 18

* Conner Douglass, Elida Wrestling
Senior was named Most Valuable Wrestler at the Allen County Tournament after claiming the 138-pound title. It was his third Allen County championship (2020-2018).

* Kathleen Ahner, Legacy Christian Academy (Xenia) Girls Basketball
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 Springs.

Week 19-20



* Marshall Bier, River (Hannibal) Wrestling
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 Basketball
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 over Otsego.

* Hannah Rearick, Lebanon Girls Bowling
Rolled a 436 series to win Fairfield's Back to School Bash.

Week 21

* Matt Ellis, Waynesville Wrestling
Junior won the Bellbrook Invitational title at 126 pounds with five pins under a minute (0:25, 0:12, 0:55, 0:27 and 0:48).

* Jordan Tackett, Wilmington Boys Bowling
Rolled a 300 game and 677 series to win the Miamisburg Viking Classic.

Week 22

* Juan Sergio, Andrews Osborne Academy (Willoughby) Boys Basketball
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.

* Kelsey Rose, Xenia Girls Bowling
Rolled a 446 series to win the Centerville Sweet 16 Shootout.



* Cooper Graham, River Valley (Caledonia) Wrestling
Senior won the Western Brown Hammer and Anvil Invitational title at 220 pounds with four pins (5:31, 3:25, 1:04 and 0:30).

Week 23

* Chapman Faulkner, East Dayton Christian (Dayton) Boys basketball
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 Wrestling
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).

* Natalie Hanson, Fairborn Girls Bowling
Rolled a 656 series to win the Boro Roll Off.

Week 24

* Halee Williams, Belpre Girls Basketball
Junior had 30 points and 19 rebounds in a win over South Gallia and 25 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Racine Southern.

* Reese Skaggs, St. Clairsville Wrestling
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).

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