Category: Athlete of the Week

Boys Varsity Basketball · Grant Spicer and Nate Johnson Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Grant is a senior on the Lakota East Boys Basketball Team.

Grant’s contributions to the Thunderhawk Boys Basketball Team have been immeasurable this season.  He has stepped into his role on the team as the Hawks primary “big” man after the loss of two teammates to injury.

Grant is usually counted on to stop the oppenents best frontline player in most games.  Throughout his four-year playing career for the Hawks, Grant has improved every area of his game.  He is a quiet and selfless leader on the floor, but a tenacious defender/rebounder with an outstanding 3-point shot.  He leads the GMC in Field Goal Percentage this season at 64.1%.


Nate is a sophomore on the Lakota East Boys Basketball Team.  

Nate is a special player with unlimited potential.  This two-year varsity player is a big reason East will be playing for a District Title on Saturday.  He had one of his best games of the season vs. Princeton in the Sectional Championship, scoring 9 points, while more importantly providing ball handling and defensive contributions in a huge win.

Nate’s athletic style of play has created a highlight real in 2018-19.  His slashing dunk at Hamilton, in a tight game, ignited East to another win.  His contributions to helping other teammates find the basket has also been a huge plus this season.  Nate currently leads the GMC in assists averaging 3.3 per game.  His play during the remainder of the postseason will be extremely important to helping the Hawks advance.

Coed Varsity Wrestling · Aaron Sharp and Alex Epstein Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Aaron is a junior on the Lakota East Wrestling Team.

Aaron recently won the 285 weight class, GMC Championship last Saturday.  He has a current record of 20-6.  He also had a 1st place finish at the Beavercreek Invitational.  Aaron earned third placings at the Bucyrus, Fairfield and Milford Tourneys as well


Alex is a junior on the East Wrestling Team.  

Alex is having an outstanding season.  He recently won a GMC title in the 138lb weight class.  Alex currently sports a 30-4 overall record.  He finished first at the Bucyrus and Milford Tourneys, 2nd at Beavercreek and the Coaches Classic and was third at Milford Invite.

Girls Varsity Competitive Cheer, Girls Varsity Gymnastics · Malory Hook and Tiyanna Woodruff Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Malory is a junior on the Lakota East Basketball Cheer Team.

Malory is a pleasure to coach.  She is always on time, doing more than what is asked and giving 100% every practice and game!  Malory’s hard work and dedication shines through each and every time she is cheering! She is a true leader and a wonderful role model and motivator for our cheer program.


Tiyanna is a senior on the Lakota East Gymnastics Team.

Tiyanna is a captain of the varsity gymnastics team. She placed 2nd
All-around at the CCD Quad Meet, and has placed on every single event at
some point over the season. Most recently, she placed 8th on bars at the
Northmont Invitational. She is a strong all-arounder and has the potential
to be a state qualifier.

Boys Varsity Swimming, Girls Varsity Swimming · Jacob McDonald and Lindsey Jones Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Jacob is a junior on the Lakota East Boys Swimming Team.

Jacob continues to excel in the pool for the Thunderhawks. He is a returning state qualifer. He has a sincere desire to swim fast and lead his team by example. Jacob had oustanding swims at this past weekends Southwest Coaches Classic. Good luck Jacob as the season winds down.


Lindsey is a senior on the Lakota East Girls Swimming/Dive Team.


Lindsey is a hardworking athlete focused on improving her skill and technique every meet. She recently finished 6th overall in diving at the Southwest Coach Classic. Congratulations Lindsey and good luck the rest of the season

Boys Varsity Basketball · Alex Mangold and Will Johnston Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Alex is a junior on the Lakota East Boys Basketball Team.

Alex has been an intergral part of the Thunderhawk varsity basketball program the past two years.  He has made significant improvements each season to his game and helped the Hawks contend as one of the top teams in the conference.  Alex is a strong rebounder, great defender and excellent three-point shooter.  His contributions will be sorely missed the remainder of the season after suffering a leg injury against Oak Hills.  We all wish him well as he recovers and prepares for his senior season.


Will is a senior on the Lakota East Boys Basketball Team.

Will is a two-year varsity player for Lakota East.  His role this season as an excellent defender and outside shooting specialist has helped put his team in first place in the GMC.  Will came off the bench Tuesday night to replace injured teammate, Alex Mangold, and provided the spark the Hawks needed for a big win over 1st place Oak Hills.  In that game, Will poured in a career high 27 points that included six 3-point baskets, going 6-9 behind the arc.

Coed Varsity Quiz Academic, Girls Varsity Basketball · Bradley Samberg and Logan Fox Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Bradley is a senior on the Lakota East Academic Team.

Bradley’s initiative as the Varsity Captain has been incredible! This season he has helped the team become better organized for our first invitational.  Also, he has standardized a method for the team to master our historically weak categories.


Logan is a senior on the Lakota East Girls Basketball Team

Logan has continued to improve this season and capped it off with a Buzzer Beater at Fairborn on Thursday. She created a game winning shot for a teammate and then rebounded the miss and put it in as the buzzer sounded to get East the win!   Her commitment to improvement and desire to compete has helped the girls program continue to grow!

Boys Varsity Bowling, Girls Varsity Bowling · Alex Swinney and Anna Schambow Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Alex is a freshman on the Lakota East Boys Bowling Team.

Alex is averaging 202 through 6 games with high games of 242, 246 and 231. All 3 games of Alex’s high games have come in each 3 matches the Varsity bowling team has played.


Anna is a senior on the Lakota East Girls Bowling Team.

Anna is averaging 154 through 6 games covering 3 matches. Anna has had high games of 179 and 186. Anna has improved 50 pins over her 2 seasons on the bowling team.

Coed Varsity Chess · Brayden Reicheldefer and Magnus Miller Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Brayden is a senior on the Lakota East Chess Team.

While this is Brayden’s third year on the East Chess team, it is his first year representing East on Board 1.   Brayden has a great season compiling an 8-6-2 record and earning GMC First Team Honors.   In addition, Brayden stood out as a leader for the team which will be greatly missed next year.


Magnus is a sophomore on the Lakota East Chess Team.

It is difficult for a sophomore to play well at Board 2 in the GMC Chess League but that is exactly what Magnus did this year.  Magnus earned a 8-7-3 record this season and more importantly stepped us as a true leader for the incoming freshmen.

Boys Varsity Football, Girls Varsity Sideline Cheer · Kyra Johnson and Jackson Leahy Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Kyra is a senior on the Lakota East Cheerleading Team

This is Kyra’s second year on the varsity squad.  Kyra is called “the team mom” as she is always looking out for everyone’s well being, giving her “motherly advise” and truly just caring about each and every person.  Kyra’s hard work and dedication shines through each and every Friday night as she cheering! She has been a wonderful addition to our cheer program for the past 4 years!


Jackson is a senior on the Lakota East Football Team

Jackson has been an intergral part of the East Defense in 2018 at the safety position.  Against Hamilton, Jackson intercepted a Big Blue pass and returned it 32-yards for a Thunderhawk touchdown.  His work ethic and leadership has been a strong example to his teammates this season.

Boys Varsity Football, Girls Varsity Tennis · Grace Silverberg and Jack Dobrozsi Named Putters Athletes of the Week


Grace is a senior on the Lakota East Varsity Girls Tennis Team

Grace is having another outstanding season for the Thunderhawks.  She recently was GMC runnerup in 2nd singles and earned 2nd Team All-GMC Honors.  Along with her doubles partner, Megan Hoke, they recently qualified for the OHSAA District Championships by finishing 2nd at Sectionals.  Grace is a three-sport athlete at East where she also plays basketball and lacrosse.


Jack is a senior on the Lakota East Football Team

Jack had a tremendous individual game last Friday in the Hawks big win over district rival Lakota West.  Jack rushed for 240 yards on 13 carries and score 3 TD’s in the contest.  One of his touchdowns was a 58-yard run from scrimmage.  Jack is currently third in the GMC in overall yardage gained.  He was also named the Beacon Orthopadics Star of the Game by Channel 5 for his efforts.