No genders. No separation. Just simple competition. And the best at their crafts. The voting for the first annual JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio HS Winter Sports Athlete of the Year award is over and it was a runaway. Not many people can cover Luke Kennard on a basketball court and not many can match the following he generates. Kennard’s no stranger to huge numbers and he generated some more in the Player of the Year voting…Of the 15,000-plus votes generated, over 9,000 were for the Duke-bound phenom.
Bucknuts/JJHuddle Ohio HS Winter Athlete of the Year
Luke Kennard, jr., Franklin, #boysbasketball (votes)
Celebrated prospect was named the National Guard JJHuddle Ohio High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year (generated over 50,000 votes) on March 23 and committed to Duke (over Ohio State and Kentucky) the next day. That came on the heels of being named Ohio’s AP Mr. Basketball winner. A two-time SWBL Southwestern Division Player of the Year, Kennard broke Franklin’s single-game scoring record three times this season, the last of which was his highest (a 59-point effort against Monroe). Kennard averaged 41.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and four assists. He scored over 50 three times and under 30 twice. Kennard enters his senior season with 1,910 points. He is Franklin’s career leader in rebounding and 3-pointers.
Taylor Bodey, sr., Urbana, #bowling (Votes)
Became the first bowler in state finals history (boy or girl) to roll a 300 game when she accomplished that feat at the D-II state tournament. Bodey’s three-game total (191-167-300) gave her a total of 658 and an eight-pin win over Kenton Ridge sophomore Alyx Kearney. Bodey trailed Kearney by 66 pins entering the third and final game. Only four other girls in Ohio HS history have rolled 300 games in competition (regular or postseason).
2014 Third Place
Grant House, fr., St. Xavier, #swimming (Votes)
Named co-winner of the Outstanding Swimmer Award at the D-I state swim meet after leading the Bombers to their sixth straight championship and 35th overall. House won the 100 and 200 freestyle events and also anchored the winning 400-free relay. House won the 200 by nearly three seconds and the 100 by nearly a second.
2014 Additional Nominees
Micah Jordan, sr., Graham, #wrestling (votes)
The son of head coach Jeff Jordan, Micah added to the family legacy by winning his fourth state title. He joins his brother (Bo), father and uncle (Jim Jordan) in being a four-time state champ. Sprinkle in cousins Issac and Ben and the Jordan’s own 22 state wrestling titles – the most of any family in the country. Micah Jordan, who is headed to Ohio State, ends his career with a record of 187-9. He was 99-1 the last two years. Finished this season 48-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally at 145 pounds. Jordan was named the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Most Valuable Wrestler at the D-II state meet after becoming the 26th wrestler in state history to win four titles. Also named the 2014 JJHuddle Ohio HS Wrestler of the Year.
Brock Turner, sr., Oakwood, #swimming (votes)
Senior and Stanford recruit was named Outstanding Swimmer at the D-II state meet after winning his third straight 500 freestyle state title in state finals record time. He also won his second straight 200 free state title and anchored both of the Lumberjacks’ winning 200- and 400-free relays. Oakwood defended its team title.
Laina Snyder, sr., West Holmes, #girlsbasketball (votes)
One of the state’s top post players ever, Snyder owns the West Holmes career rebounding record (over 1,100) and owns single-game rebounding records at two of Ohio’s most prestigious events – the Classic in the Country (24) and the OHSAA D-II state tournament (19). Snyder surpassed 1,000 career points as a junior. Headed to Ashland and named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR, Snyder helped the Knights win their fourth girls basketball state title and first since 1986. Named first team OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio.
Alecia Farina, so., Brecksville-Broadview Heights, #gymnastics (votes)
Put together one of the most impressive performances in state history en route to winning her second straight all-around individual state championship. Farina scored 38.325 points, which is the third highest total in state history. She won individual state titles on the bars and vault and was runner-up on floor and on beam.
Jenna Burdette, sr., Reedsville Eastern, #girlsbasketball (votes)
University of Dayton recruit became the school’s all-time leading scorer (male or female) when she broke the 40-year old record set by Dennis Eichenger with 23 points in a 70-38 win over Olentangy Liberty at the Pickerington Prep Shoot Out. Burdette, a four-time first team AP D-IV All-Ohioan, tied a D-IV state semifinal record with 38 points in a win over Fort Loramie. She scored 37 in the regional finals and 24 in the state final (which Eastern won). Named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR and honorable mention OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio.
Alisabeth Marsteller, sr., Cincinnati Ursuline, #swimming (Votes)
Senior set two state records and was eight-hundredths shy of a third at the D-I state meet. A Princeton recruit, Marsteller swam 1:46.78 in the 200 freestyle to break Whitney Myers’ mark of 1:47.19 set in 2002. Marsteller also finished .08 seconds off the state record in the 100 free with a winning time of 49.75. Marsteller’s third state title and second record came in the 400 free relay where the Lions finished in 3;21.89, breaking their own record of 3:23.19 set last year.
Kelsey Mitchell, sr., Princeton, #girlsbasketball (Votes)
Four-time first team All-Greater Miami Conference selection and three-time GMC Player of the Year, Mitchell led the Vikings to the D-I state title by scoring 30 points in the state championship (a 61-55 win over North Canton Hoover). Headed to Ohio State, Mitchell was the GMC leader in points (24.9), assists (4.2) and steals (4.1). She scored a career-high 50 in a regional final win over defending state champion Fairmont. A McDonald’s All-American and named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR, Mitchell was the Ohio AP’s Ms. Basketball winner. Also named first team OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio.
Jacob Danishek, sr., Dayton Christian, #wrestling (Votes)
Indiana recruit capped a 43-0 season at 152 pounds by winning his fourth state championship. Finished career 186-5 and ranked No 2 nationally. Danishek was named the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Most Valuable Wrestler at the D-III state meet after becoming the 27th wrestler in state history to win four titles.