Cincinnati Enquirer names highschool athletes of the week, April 16

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In a poll that ended April 16, readers of Cincinnati.com selected winners for the Cincinnati Enquirer Athlete of the Week, presented by Mercy Health for the April 5-11 voting period.

The winners will receive a certificate sent through the school’s sports department. They are broadcast for a month at a time.

More: Learn how to nominate Greater Cincinnati High School Athlete of the Week

You don’t have to be a subscriber to vote. This period lasts Monday evening until 5 p.m. every Friday during the season. Please send all nominations for the previous week’s performances to [email protected] by Sunday evening.

Mercy Health is the presentation sponsor of the Cincinnati High School Sports Awards. (Photo: Provided)

This week’s winners are:

Ohio Boys’ Team: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Baseball – The Eagles responded to their first loss of the year with a 6-0 win over Cincinnati Country Day in revenge and New Richmond 17-3 on April 9.

Ohio Girls Team: Mason Lacrosse – The team took a 3-0 lead last week and scored a total of 61 goals on offense, with 13 different players contributing at least one goal. At the other end of the field, the defense allowed only 33 shots on goal, with the goalkeeper making 22 saves or a savings rate of 66.6%.

Boys’ team from North Kentucky / Indiana: Covington Catholic Baseball – The Colonels went 4-0 last week and are 7-0 overall, hitting 11 or more runs in each game.

Girls Team from Northern Kentucky / Indiana: Dixie Heights Track – The girls finished first in the Kenton County championship last week, earning 235 points with 14 medals in first place.

Ohio Baseball, Big School: Jonathan Baker, Milford – He had six hits a week, including two doubles and one triplet, three runs scored and 4 RBI in the game. On the hill, he threw 7 innings in two appearances, recorded nine strikeouts, and allowed only two runs.

Ohio Baseball, Small School: Ty Yelton, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy – The junior went 2-4 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI in the 17-3 win over New Richmond on April 9th.

Baseball in Northern Kentucky / Indiana: Josh Napier, Campbell County – The senior hit home runs in wins against Boone County and Holy Cross, and in the Holy Cross game he scored four runs and drove in four.

Ohio Softball, Big School: Sam Pennington, Mason – The second player racked up four hits, beating a pair in Mason’s 13-1 win over Lakota East.

Ohio Softball, Small School: Savannah Smith, Reading – The second left-hander had sustained a back injury to start as a pitcher for Reading. It was limited to only 80 pitches per game. Last week she had 5 home runs (one was a Grand Slam), 5 singles and 19 RBI for a batting average of 0.625 in five games. It was purposely run twice for a total of 4 walks and had no strikers. On the hill, she has a 3-1 record in 22 innings with 10 hits, 13 runs allowed, 5 runs earned, 9 walks and 53 strikeouts. In the game against Wyoming on April 7, she had three home runs, one of which was the Grand Slam and scored in 9 RBI.

Softball from North Kentucky / Indiana: Jessie Kincer, East Central – She went 3 against 3 with 2 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 stolen base and an RBI in a 6-4 win Connersville April 6th.

Boys Lacrosse: Riley Platter, Kings – The newcomer had four goals and two assists in Kings 13-7 win over Summit.

Girls Lacrosse: Sara Grove, Mason The senior leads the Greater Miami Conference on Total Savings (39) and Interceptions (4), and leads the state of Ohio in Division I with an average of 0.672%. They kept Sycamore to 1 goal in the second half for a 19-4 win and kept Mt Notre Dame goalless in the first half for a 22-1 win. She has led Mason to a perfect 5-0 record and a No. 2 in the state.

NKY boys swimmers / divers: Aiden Stigall, St. Henry – He was the Super Region Champion in diving and will be promoted to the state tournament.

NKY girl swimmer / diver: Lainy Kruger, Notre Dame Academy – She was appointed the athlete of the meet at the Region 7 swimming and diving meeting and also formed the all-region team.

Tennis, singles: Avi Mahajan, Seven Hills – He won his first individual game against Anderson and led Seven Hills as a team against Anderson on April 10th. He also won his game against Loveland in a 4-1 team win on April 7th.

Tennis, doubles: Kevin Dong-Arjun Rajagopala, sycamore – The doubles are 4-0 after defeating Toledo St. Johns 4-1 on April 10th.

Northern Kentucky Boys Track: Elliott Warner, Campbell County – The junior won three events including the 100 and 200 in a meeting against Brossart and Highlands on April 9th.

Northern Kentucky girls track: Lacey Klare, Scott – The freshman won the 200-meter run at the Kenton County Championships with a time of 29.17.

Ohio Boys Track: Riley Payne, Edgewood – The junior hurdler led the Edgewood Cougars to the team title at the Oakwood Invitational on April 6th. He won the 110 High Hurdles and 300 Intermediate Hurdles and was a member of the runner-up 1,600 meter relay team.

Ohio Girls Track: Chloe Meyer, Edgewood – The junior sprinter broke two school records and reached two records with 100 m (12.80) + 200 m (26.53). set a new meet record in the 200-meter run (26.53) at the Oakwood Invitational.

Water polo: Will Morstadt, St. Xavier – The captain led the team to a win against Mason on April 6 with 4 goals, 80 percent shot, 5 assists and 6 steals.

Boys’ volleyball: Brendon Buis, Fairfield – Buis had 56 assists in three games, including 28 in Loveland on April 7, where he also had 13 digs.