Thunderhawk standouts Dustin Horter (Boys Cross Country) and Rachel Lewis (Softball) were named the best in their sports at Monday nights Greater Cincinnati Sports Awards at the Arnoff Center.
The event was sponsored by Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Special speaker at the event was Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.
The best night in high school sports honored the top student-athletes in 28 varsity sports. There were also special awards given out for the top overall male and female athletes of the year, as well as the Courage Award and Nike I Am Sport Award.
“You tonight are special, ” said Lewis. “You’re the cream of the crop. The thing that will always separate you that no one can take away is how hard you work and what you do with your mind. Those are tangible things that nobody can take away from you. The best players that I’ve coached are the smartest guys. What makes up a great professional athlete: it’s talent and ability, but it’s drive and it’s smarts and it’s work ethic.”
The night gave these young men and women an opportunity to stand on a stage and project their thoughts and feelings into a microphone. It was a rare opportunity and the student-athletes appreciated the moment.
CONGRATULATIONS DUSTIN AND RACHEL…WE ARE THUNDERHAWK PROUD!
Below is a complete list of all the recipients:
Girls cross country – Maddie Walker, Amelia
Boys cross country – Dustin Horter, Lakota East
Girls golfer – Natalia Sompolvorachai, Lakota West
Boys golfer – Cooper Hausfeld, Wyoming
Girls tennis – Emily Thomas, Princeton
Girls soccer – Abigail Zoeller, Simon Kenton
Boys soccer – Cameron Belle, Summit Country Day
Water polo – Charles Leibson, St. Xavier
Field hockey – Jillian Shive, Ursuline Academy
Girls volleyball – Kaity Smith, Cooper
Football – Ra’Von Bonner, Sycamore
Girls bowler – Taylor Evans, Boone County
Boys bowling – Andy Campbell, Highlands
Ice hockey – Ron Larkin, Elder
Gymnastics – Casey Gittelman, Anderson
Wrestler – Zack Donathan, Mason
Girls basketball – Sammie Puisis, Mason
Boys basketball – Jake Ohmer, Scott
Boys swimming – Grant House, St. Xavier
Girls swimming – Allison Bloebaum, Mason
Baseball – Luke Waddell, Loveland
Softball – Rachel Lewis, Lakota East
Boys tennis – Kevin Yu, Cincinnati Country Day
Boys lacrosse – Brady Stoll, St. Xavier
Girls lacrosse – Katie McElveen, Loveland
Boys volleyball – Mark Klusman, Elder
Boys track – Albert Kalala, Withrow
Girls track – J’Alyiea Smith, Withrow
Male Athlete of the Year – Dante Hendrix, Cooper
Female Athlete of the Year – Hallie Heidemann, McAuley
Courage Award – Noah Kennedy, Colerain
Nike I am Sport winner – Priscilla Michaels, Dayton
Coach of Year – Steve Specht, St. Xavier