No genders. No separation. Just simple competition. And the best at their crafts. Support your school. Support your sport. Support your region. Support your program. Support your alma mater. Support your favorite. Support your opinion. Vote now for the second annual Bucknuts/JJHuddle Ohio HS Winter Sports Athlete of the Year. And vote as many times as you like. It’s a competition. The winner will receive an award and voting will conclude at noon on April 29.
The burning question is: Can Franklin’s Luke Kennard repeat? Here are the nominees…
*Luke Kennard, Franklin Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
Senior and Duke recruit capped his high school career with a 41-point, nine-rebound performance in a 77-76 OT loss to Dunbar in the D-I regional finals. Also had 31 points and nine rebounds in a 87-54 regional semi win over Bellefontaine. Besides that? Was also named a two-time Ohio AP Mr. Basketball winner. Finishes his career as the No. 2 all-time leading scorer in OHSAA history (2,977 points). Averaged 38.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.2 steals this season. Named MVP of famous Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach and is a MCDonald’s All-American (will play in Chicago April 1).
*Beau Justice, Peebles Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
Senior averaged 33.6 points per game this season en route to becoming the school’s and the Southern Hills Athletic Conference’s all-time leading scorer (2,373). That tally also ranks him 16th in Ohio HS history. West Liberty (WV) commit scored a school-record 51 points earlier this season in a win over Leesburg Fairfield. Also set a school record for points in a season with 839. In an 83-53 D-IV district semifinal win over Waterford, Justice was 15-for-15 from the field, 7-for-7 from the FT line and 3-for-3 from 3-point range. He finished with 40 points. Followed that by making 27 FTs and scoring 39 points in a district final win over Eastern. Is also his school’s all-time leader in FTs made (473) and steals (284) and had 468 career rebounds and 309 career assists. A two-time SHAC Player of the Year (as a senior and junior), Justice averaged 30 ppg as a junior and 24 ppg as a sophomore.
*Alecia Farina, Brecksville-Broadview Heights Gymnastics (Vote Now)
Junior scored 38.775 all-around points and tied the balance beam state record en route to finishing first at the state championships with the highest all-around state tournament tally since 1990. Earlier in the season, Farina recorded the first perfect 10 in OHSAA history on the vault. She then scored two more perfect 10s before the season was over. Was also state champ on the beam, vault and floor and state runner-up on the bars.
*Kollin Moore, Norwayne Wrestling (Vote Now)
Senior and Ohio State recruit finished undefeated (51-0) and became his school’s first state champion with a win in the D-III 182 state title. Had three pins and a tech fall (in final) at state tourney. Finished ranked No. 6 nationally.
*Kevin Vough, Elyria Wrestling (Vote Now)
Sophomore had a dominating season. Finished 43-0 and won D-I state title at 285 with a :38 pin in the state final. Finished ranked No. 5 Nationally. Why is that important? Other than obvious reasons, of the nation’s Top 20 wrestlers, all are seniors or juniors except for Vough. Also won the school’s first Ironman title.
*Cam Kelly, Bellbrook Wrestling (Vote Now)
Senior and Ohio University recruit finished undefeated (40-0), became a four-time finalist and became his school’s first two-time champion when he captured the D-II 132 title. Finished ranked No. 8 nationally.
*Carlton Bragg, Villa Angela-St. Joseph Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
Senior and Kansas recruit led the Vikings to the D-III state title a year after scoring his 1,000th point in a state final loss. Also named a McDonald’s All-American and will play in Chicago on April 1. One of the best players ever from one of Ohio’s best programs ever.
*Kaayla McIntyre, Toledo Notre Dame Basketball (Vote Now)
Had two double-doubles in the state tournament with 23 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two assists in a 61-48 state semi win over Solon and 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a 44-38 state final loss to Lakota West. Huge reason the Eagles won four straight TRAC and regional titles and advanced to four straight state tournaments. Averaged 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds this season. Finished career with 1,397 points and 1,073 rebounds.
*Claire Schuermann, Alter Swimming & Diving (Vote Now)
Junior defended her D-II state diving title. Also claimed back-to-back Southwest Ohio Coaches Classic titles and set a new female record with a score of 497.20.
*Danika Hickey, Bryan Bowling (Vote Now)
Freshman won the D-II state bowling title in record fashion win she bowled the state tourney’s top three-game series score ever (678). Hickey had games of 179, 235 and 264. That was also a school record. First team All-NWOAL.