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MaxPreps is proud to again sponsor the Ohio Athlete of the Week awards during the 2019-20 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 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.
Last week over 340,000 votes were cast, including over 100,000 for each of the winners. So far this school year, the Ohio AOW campaign has generated over 4,215,000 votes.
Here are the latest winners and next round of nominees...
Week 21 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Emma Hess, Legacy Christian Academy (Xenia) Girls Basketball
had 32 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 75-30
win over Middletown Christian. Followed that by surpassing 1,000 points
in a win over Greeneview.
* Ari Avant, Hayes (Delaware) Girls Wrestling and Indoor Track & Field
won the Ridgedale Girls Wrestling Invitational title at 131 pounds with
five pins (2:50, 0:34, 2:40, 0:22 and 0:41). Next day went out and
finished first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Ohio Wesleyan Kick-off
Week 22 Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Nominees* Luke Powell, Barnesville Boys Basketball
Senior scored 35 points (hit 10 3s) in a 92-76 loss to Union Local to become the 20th player in Ohio Valley Athletic Conference history and second from Barnesville (his father Matt Powell was the first) to surpass 2,000 career points. Matt and Luke Powell are the first father-son duo in state history to surpass 2,000 points each. * Michael Donahue, Beavercreek Boys Bowling
Set a school record for two-game series with a 568 (games of 300 and 268) in a win at Lebanon.
* Bekah Muselin, Elgin (Marion) Girls Basketball
Senior broke her own single-game scoring record with a 40-point performance in a 66-39 win over Bucyrus. She originally set the mark on Dec. 28 with 37 points in a 58-42 win over Johnstown Northridge. * Skyler Schmidt, Clermont Northeastern (Batavia) Boys Basketball
Junior notched posted back-to-back 38-point games in a loss to New Richmond (66-61) and a win over Georgetown (67-40). Averaging 25.6 points and 16.1 rebounds per game. Has 13 straight double-doubles (points and rebounds).
Week 1 Ohio HS Athletes of the WeekMacy Malin, St. Clairsville Girls Soccer
Junior had four goals and an assist in a win over East Liverpool and four goals in a win over Cambridge. Also had three goals and an assist in a win over Indian Creek.
Week 2 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Kerigan Pollard, McClain (Greenfield) Girls Soccer
Junior had six goals and an assist in a win over Washington Court House and three goals and an assist in a tie with Jackson. Has 43 points (19 goals and five assists) in five games.
* Caleb Gerken, Perrysburg Football
Senior scored five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) in a win over Toledo Woodward.
Week 3 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Zach Woodall, National Trail (New Paris) Football
Senior caught 12 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown in a win over bethel. Also had seven tackles, a tackle-for-loss and forced fumble. * Kylee Kosek, Springfield (New Middletown) Girls Soccer
Junior had six goals and an assist in a win over Waterloo and five goals in a win over Bristol. Has scored four goals or more in five of six games this season (24 goals total) and has 54 total points.
Week 4 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* D.J. Moore, Worthington Christian Football
Sophomore receiver caught 10 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown in a 33-26 win over Danville. Through three games has 21 receptions for 463 yards and four touchdowns. * Julia Bogden, Jackson-Milton (North Jackson) Volleyball
Senior had three straight games of 40-or-more digs in a win over Lowellville and losses to Newton Falls and Waterloo.
* Gabe Jones, West Jefferson Football
Senior running back ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns, including a school record 99-yard score, on 16 carries in a win over Greeneview. Ran for a school-record 312 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries in the Roughriders Week 2 win over Ready. Averaging 13 yards per carry (661 yards on 51 carries) through three weeks and owns 11 touchdowns.
Week 5 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Shane Thornton, Indian Valley (Gnadenhutten) Football
Junior running back produced 229 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries and added a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 42-21 win over Sandy Valley.
* Austin Willforth, Champion (Warren) Football
Junior running back carried the ball 28 times for 293 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-24 win over Windham. Also had six tackles (one tackle-for-loss) and added a two-point conversion run.
Week 6 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Maya Maurer, Fort Loramie Volleyball
Junior setter had 124 assists in wins over Houston, Jackson Center and Fort Recovery. Has 510 assists this season. * Logyn Ratliff, New Lexington Football
Junior quarterback threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Coshocton.
Week 7 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Kenneth Martin, Malvern (Ohio) Football
Senior receiver caught 13 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-36 loss to East Canton. The 275 yards in a game ranks 25th all-time in Ohio history. Also had a two-point conversion, forced fumble and three tackles.
Week 8 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Emory Spitler, Lebanon (Ohio) Volleyball
Junior setter had 56 assists in a 3-2 win over Loveland. Also had 38 and 24 assists in wins over Fairfield and Northmont and 40 in a loss to Springboro.
* Blake Reynolds, Columbus Grove (Ohio) Football
Junior quarterback completed 8-of-13 passes for 212 yards and five touchdowns and carried the ball seven times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 65-14 win over Ada. * Alexis Sarvo, Swanton (Ohio) Volleyball
Senior middle hitter had 26 kills (and eight blocks) in a win over Northwood and 25 kills (and 13 digs) in a win over Wauseon. Has 353 kills, 161 digs and 49 blocks this season.
Week 9 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Kerrigan Ward, Vinton County (McArthur) Volleyball
Sophomore had 60 digs in a 3-2 OHSAA D-II postseason win over Unioto that clinched the program's first sectional title in 35 years.
* Jillian Roberts, Carroll (Dayton) Girls Soccer
Senior forward had two goals and four assists in a 7-2 win over Bellbrook and three goals in a 9-0 win over West Carrollton.
Week 10 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week * Cade Rice, Greenon (Springfield) Football
Junior quarterback accounted for seven touchdowns in a 52-14 win over Southeastern. He threw for 324 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and one touchdown. Has thrown for 2,168 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushed for 717 yards and nine scores this season.
* Ashley Scott and Miah Monnin, Russia Volleyball
Scott, a junior outside and middle hitter, set school records for kills in a game (34) and season (350) in a D-IV District Final win over Franklin-Monroe. Not to be outdone, Monnin, a freshman setter, had a school single-game record 62 assists (and 19 digs) in the match. She has a school single-season record 854 assists (and 169 digs) this season.
Week 11 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Claire Pape, New Bremen Volleyball
Junior had 42 assists, 11 digs and seven blocks as the Cardinals won their third straight D-IV regional title with a 3-1 win over Tiffin Calvert. Clavert beat New Bremen in last year's state final. Had 28 assists, three digs and three blocks in a 3-0 regional semi win over St. Henry.
* Peyton Lane, National Trail (New Paris) Football
Senior running back capped career with 214 yards and six touchdowns on 12 carries in a 56-6 win over Bradford. Finished the season with 22 touchdowns, which he scored four different ways (rushing, receiving, interception return and kick return).
Week 12 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Bella D'Amico, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus) Girls Volleyball
Senior and Georgia Tech recruit had 43 assists and 18 digs as the Stallions upset the country's No. 1 ranked team Parma Padua Franciscan 3-1 in the D-I state final. She had 28 assists and nine digs in a 3-0 state semifinal win over Solon.
Week 13 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Tyler Buescher, West Jefferson (Ohio) Football
Sophomore quarterback completed 8-of-10 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-28 win over Springfield Shawnee in the D-V regional semifinals. Has thrown for 2,569 yards, 32 touchdowns and just one interception.
Week 14 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Beau Brungard, Springfield (New Middletown) Football
Sophomore quarterback completed 13-of-19 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 14 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 D-VI regional final win over Mogadore.
* Jake Hurst, Mechanicsburg Football
Sophomore had a monster game in a 42-26 D-VI regional final win over Covington. Offensively he carried the ball 14 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. On defense he had 12 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
Week 15 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Delia Watson, Liberty (Youngstown) Girls Basketball
Senior guard had 11 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals in a 70-47 win over Bristol. Also had 18 points, five assists and three steals in a 76-43 win over Boardman.
* Gunner Golden, Clyde Football
Senior back carried the ball 27 times for 143 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-14 Division IV state semifinal win over defending state champion Wyoming.
Week 16 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Grace Mills, Garfield (Garrettsville) Girls Basketball
Junior posted back-to-back 30 points games (and added 17 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists) in wins over Cardinal and Lake Center Christian.
Week 17 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Brayden Sipple, Blanchester (Blanchester) Boys Basketball
Junior off to a torrid start. Had 47 points, 21 rebounds and five steals in a 95-36 win over Williamsburg and 37 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and four steals in am 85-56 win over Lockalnd. Most recent outing was a 40-point, nine rebound, five-steral performance in an 85-65 win over Georgetown. Averaging 41.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, 4.7 steals, 3.3 assists and 2.3 blocks per game.
* Max Millin, Perry (Massillon) Wrestling
Senior became a three-time Walsh Jesuit Ironman placer with a runner-up finish at 285.
Week 18 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Mahogany Cottingham, Parma Girls Basketball
Freshman point guard had 33 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a 76-46 win over Valley Forge. Also had 32 points and 13 steals in a 70-58 loss to Buckeye.
* Amber Waters, Riverside (De Graff) Girls Basketball
Freshman forward had 22 points and 16 rebounds in a 55-52 win over Perry and 11 points and 16 rebounds in a 52-49 win over Triad. Also had 12 rebounds and eight points in a 39-27 loss to Cedarville. * Payton Sherry, East Palestine Girls Basketball
Junior guard had 15 assists, 12 rebounds and six points in a 71-39 win over Wellsville. Currently averaging 9.3 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 5.5 points.
Week 19 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Drake Golden, Crestview (Columbiana) Boys Basketball
Junior had 26 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in a 62-56 loss tot Heartland Christian. Added 21 points in a 48-46 win over Western Reserve. * Alexis Furyes, Highland (Medina) Girls Basketball
Junior had back-to-back double digit blocks. Registered 11 blocks, 10 rebounds, seven points, three steals and two assists in a 52-35 win over Hudson and 10 blocks, seven points and seven rebounds in a 57-44 win over Buckeye.
Week 20 Ohio HS Athletes of the Week* Joey Kline, Newton Falls Boys Basketball
just missed out on a triple-double with 24 points, 13 assists and nine
rebounds in a 78-52 win over Windham. Also had 22 points, nine assists
and seven rebounds in a 67-60 win over Sebring McKinley and 26 points,
seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in a 70-48 win over
* Zoey Fedele, Madison Girls Swimming
captured her fourth straight Western Reserve Conference title in the
100 fly and added a title in the 100 breast to make her the second-most
decorated girls swimmer in WRC history (six individual titles over her
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