In a poll that ended February 19, readers of Cincinnati.com selected winners for the Cincinnati Enquirer Athlete of the Week, presented by Mercy Health for the February 8-14 voting period.
The winners will receive a certificate sent through the school’s sports department.
You don’t have to be a subscriber to vote. This period lasts until 5 p.m. every Monday evening during the season. Please send all nominations for the previous week’s performances to [email protected] by Sunday evening.
This week’s winners are:
Ohio winter team, guys:: Reading bowling – Reading had a team rating of 3780 and won the Colerain Bowl section on February 11 with 209 pins.
Ohio Winter Team, Girls: Harrison Girls Wrestling The Wildcats hosted the Southwest Girls District Tournament, took the team title and qualified eight wrestlers for the Girls State Championship next weekend. The highlight of those eight was a championship run by Chloe Dearwester at £ 106 and two runners-up in Jessica Edwards (235) and Gabby Chandler (189).
Northern Kentucky / Indiana boys’ team: Simon Kenton boys swim – The pioneers are now a perfect 6-0 in post-weekend meetings.
Northern Kentucky / Indiana Girls ‘Team: Conner Girls’ Basketball – The Cougars took a 2-0 lead, including a win over Walton-Verona.
Archer for boys: Elijah Riddle, Community Christian – The junior won the diocesan tournament with 295.
Archer for girls: Paige Robbins, Simon Kenton – The senior finished second in the diocesan tournament and first among women with 294.
Ohio boys basketball player, major school: Kobe Rodgers, St. Xavier – The senior had 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in St. Xavier’s 51:46 win over Moeller on February 12th. It was the program’s first win over Moeller in 15 years.
Ohio boys basketball players, small school: Jack Borgerding, Mariemont – The older striker had 21 points and five rebounds in Mariemont’s 65:59 overtime win over Reading on February 13.
Ohio girl basketball player, big school:: Danni Krauser, Seton – The senior striker scored a double-doubles with 18 points and 15 rebounds in Seton’s 54:39 playoff win over Wilmington on February 10. It was Seton’s first postseason win since 2011.
Ohio girl basketball player, small school:: Grace Burrows, Georgetown – She had 15 points, including four 3-point points, in Georgetown’s 62-53 win over Felicity-Franklin on February 9.
Basketball player for boys from Northern Kentucky / Indiana:: Joel Iles, Newport Central Catholic – The Junior Guard had 29 points in an important 79-76 win over Holy Cross on February 11th.
Basketball player for girls from Northern Kentucky / Indiana: Ellie Smith, Conner – The senior averaged 18.5 points per game, including 56 percent, while the Cougars scored two wins in as many games.
Boys bowlers: Caden Graham, Mason The sophomore had a 401 series on February 10 in a win over Lakota West and assured Mason that he is tied for the GMC championship. On Saturday at the GMC tournament, he played a 658 series, including a 277 game, to form the all-tournament team and help Mason come in second.
Girl bowler:: Elizabeth Granlund, McNicholas – Granlund secured her place in districts with a 489, making it the highest individual to qualify in the Cherry Grove sections.
Gymnast:: Mattie Bailey, Anderson – The senior went four for four; She hit all of her routines and led the Anderson High School Gymnastics team to a very close second place finish at the Cincinnati City Championships. (AHS: 141.90; Lakota West 142.25). Mattie has been honored across town for vault, beam, floor and all around. She was seventh in the all-round; fourth in the vault; sixth on beam; and eighth on the floor. Mattie has ranked in the top 10 at city championships in all four seasons of her high school gymnastics career.
Ice Hockey: Jack Peirol, Northern Kentucky Norsemen – The second center scored two hits and two more to help the Northmen beat the Indian Hill Rangers 9-3 on Sunday.
Boy swimmers / divers: Troy Grubb, Scott – He won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle on Feb.13 and anchored both freestyle relay wins for Scott, bringing him nine wins in three meetings.
Girls swimmers / divers: Kyra Hall, East Central – At the IHSAA state meeting, the senior took 13th place in the 100-yard backstroke, the only local who qualified for the final.
Ohio Boys Wrestling: Ramakrishna “Wildcat” Gandhi, Madeira – The junior continued his unbeaten streak with wins against Taylor and New Richmond. He is now 18-0 with 12 pins. He won every game by a pin or a technical fall. Wildcat is the No. 5 wrestler in Ohio.
Girls Wrestling: Rachel Elizondo, Fairfield – She won first place in the 111-pound weight class at the Southwest Ohio Girls District Tournament on February 14 to advance to the state tournament.
NKY / IND Wrestling: Cooper Elliston, Conner – He scored the victory in a meeting against Simon Kenton