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 third annual Bucknuts/JJHuddle Ohio HS Spring 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 June 29.
*Joey Thomas, Massillon Jackson Tennis (VOTE)
Four-time state qualifier won his second straight D-I singles state title.
*Andrew Jordan, Watkins Memorial Track & Field (VOTE)
Set a state record in the 3,200 with a time of 8:46.72 at the Eastern Relays. That’s the second fastest time in the country this spring. Set a D-I state meet record and Owens Stadium record in the 3,200 with a time of 8:54.36 at the state meet.
*Shay Smiddy, Defiance Baseball (VOTE)
Named D-II State Player of the Year by the Ohio HS Baseball Coaches Association. Also the WBL POY and a two-time All-Ohioan. Went 2-0 at the state tournament as the Bulldogs repeated as state champions. Threw a complete game five-hitter and K’d eight in a 6-1 state semifinal win over Steubenville. Also went 1-for-1 at the plate with three walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Followed that by coming on in relief in the state final and picking up the win in a 3-2 eight-inning win over Hamilton Badin. Scored two of the Bulldogs three runs, including the game-winner.
*Kendall Meeks, Albany Alexander Softball (VOTE)
Senior hit 14 HRs this season (seventh most in state history) to become the state’s all-time leader in that category with 48 for her career. Batted .566 and was named first team All-Ohio as a pitcher.
*Athena Welsh, St. Thomas Aquinas Track & Field (VOTE)
Senior became the second Stark County runner in history to sweep the 1,600 and 3,200 at the state meet when she won both in D-III. It was her third straight 1,600 title and first in the 3,200. Was also a member of STA’s 3,200 relay, which set a new D-III state and state meet record (9:00.84). STA won the team title for the second straight season.
*Lucas Kelley, Massillon Perry Track & Field (VOTE)
Senior and Oklahoma recruit won his second D-I state title in the pole vault in three years (was runner-up last year) by clearing 16-8 on his final attempt. The win snapped a five meet postseason losing streak to rival Matt Peare of North Canton Hoover (defending state champ finished fourth). Kelley owns school and Federal League meet records in the event as well (set this year). He was the Stark County record holder in the event until Peare broke that at the regional meet.
*Eric Mullet, Berlin Hiland Baseball (VOTE)
Malone recruit was named the D-IV State Player of the Year by the Ohio HS Baseball Coaches Association. Ends career having not allowed an earned run in a state record 110-plus straight innings. Winning P allowed three hits in a 3-0 D-III state semifinal win over Versailles. Followed that by entering the state final in the fifth inning and retiring all five batters he faced in a 7-1 win over Waynedale that secured the program’s first state championship.
*Danny Logan, Upper Arlington Lacrosse (VOTE)
Denver recruit and two-time Ohio Midfielder of the Year also named the D-I State Player of the Year by the Ohio HS Lacrosse Association.
The winner receives a framed commemorative award.