MaxPreps/JJHuddle Ohio HS Teams of the Week

You nominate, we decide…who had Ohio’s best team performance last past week?

MaxPreps and JJHuddle are proud to announce that they will again sponsor a team of the week during the 2017-18 school year.

How does it work?

Each week during the season (regular and post), there will be a fan-generated contest to nominate weekly winners. Each winning team (one boys and one girls) will receive awards (bracelets and certificates). Football, girls and boys soccer, boys and girls golf, field hockey, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and volleyball teams are eligible for the award in the fall.

To nominate a team, email information to Eric Frantz at Please include the team, gender and why they are worthy. Winners will be selected from the nominations and announced every Thursday.

Week 6 Ohio HS Teams of the Week

BOYS: River View (Warsaw) Soccer
Through 13 games, the Black Bears are undefeated, have 10 shutouts and are ranked No. 3 in D-II by MaxPreps and No. 8 by the OSSCA. River View has outscored its opponents 75-4, including a remarkable 36-0 advantage on the road. The Black Bears increased their shutout streak to seven with a 5-0 win over Coshocton, before beating Marietta 5-2.

GIRLS: New Bremen Volleyball
The Cardinals, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, are flirting with a Top 100 national ranking after a huge week. Started off by beating previously unbeaten and D-III No. 1 ranked Coldwater 3-2 in a match-up of Midwest Athletic Conference heavyweights. Followed that by winning the Van Wert Invitational with 2-0 wins over Kalida, New Knoxville and Versailles (D-III No. 10), respectively. Capped the week by beating Lehman Catholic 3-0. New Bremen, ranked No. 8 in Ohio regardless of division by MaxPreps, is currently ranked No. 106 nationally in the MP overall rankings.


Week 1 Ohio HS Teams of the Week

BOYS: Fairmont (Kettering) Football
The Firebirds scored a 13-12 win over neighborhood parochial rival Alter for their first win in the season-opening series since 2004. Fairmont scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 8-yard run by Herbert Burroughs with 25 seconds left in the third quarter. Alter just missed a potential game-winning 41-yard field with less than 1:30 remaining. The Firebirds had 55 offensive plays and ran the ball 54 times (for 193 yards). They were 4-of-5 on fourth down attempts. Fairmont had three backs with 50 yards rushing or more – Braden Miller (51 yards), Jesse Deglow (56 yards and a touchdown) and David Stamer (55 yards). Burroughs ended with 31 yards. 

GIRLS: Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) Golf
Within a week, the Golden Bears recorded the two best team scores in program history. Both resulted in first place finishes at OCC conference matches.  UA shot a program record 299 at Cooks Creek Golf Course and 303 at Westchester Golf Course. Freshman Julia Rabadam and sophomore Maddie Frank earned Medalist honors, respectively.


Week 2 Ohio HS Teams of the Week

BOYS: Shawnee (Lima) Football
The Indians improved to 2-0 and surpassed their win total from the last two years combined with a 56-7 win over Defiance. Shawnee beat Delphos Jefferson 28-6 in Week 1. The Indians finished 1-9 last year and were 0-10 in 2015. Against Defiance, quarterback Johnny Caprella completed 12-of-17 passes for 375 yards and six touchdowns. Both Christian Ford and Grant Wheeler have three touchdown receptions in two games. Defensive back Peyton Wilson had 17 tackles against Defiance and 13 against Jefferson.

GIRLS: Beavercreek Volleyball
The Beavers are off to their best start (9-0) in over a decade. Creek has won all of its non-tournament matches 3-0, including three straight on the road. Kelly Goenaga-Lask, Sarah Laughman and Lauren Goenaga-Laskk all rank among the top 15 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference in kills. Hanna Lefevers leads the GWOC in assists.


Week 3 Ohio HS Teams of the Week

BOYS: Thomas Worthington (Worthington) Football
A year after finishing 0-10, the Cardinals improved to 3-0 with a 47-13 win over Groveport-Madison. TW scored on five of its first six possessions and had 405 yards of total offense. Quarterback Charlie Rhoades completed 14-of-17 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns and ran the ball six times for 60 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Khalil Jones had six catches for 115 yards, scored three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 94 yards to set up another score. Cameron Ryan had five catches for 99 yards (and a touchdown) and Dijahn Davis ran 15 times for 104 yards (and a touchdown).

BOYS: Fairland (Proctorville) Football
The Dragons became the first Lawrence County team in 57 years to beat traditional superpower Ironton (27-21 final). The decisive score was a 28-yard touchdown pass from Joel Lambiotte to Reilly Sowards with 3.6 seconds left. It was also the first loss for Ironton in Ohio Valley Conference games. The Tigers were 13-0 since joining in 2015. The last Lawrence County school to beat Ironton in football was South Point in 1961.

GIRLS: Centerville Volleyball
The Elks improved to 12-0 with wins over then-unbeaten Beavercreek, Lakota East, Miamisburg and Northmont. Scottee Johnson leads the team in kills (89), blocks (49) and assists (182), while Mackenzie Conner leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference in digs (169).


Week 4 Ohio HS Teams of the Week

BOYS: Greenon (Springfield) Football
The Knights snapped a 32-game losing streak on a night they celebrated the lives of lost classmates in the home opener. Greenon beat Triad 42-35. Student-athletes David Waag and Connor Williams passed following a car crash in August. The Knights Week 1 game with Marion Pleasant was cancelled. Waag was a senior and three-year varsity soccer player and Williams was a sophomore running back and linebacker who attended Global Impact STEM Academy. According to an article in the Springfield News Sun: “Teammates from both squads participated in the tribute. The families were presented flowers, the coaches lit candles in remembrance and released balloons just past the west goal post. Each athlete presented a single flower to the respective families along with hugs.”

GIRLS: Liberty-Benton (Findlay) Volleyball
The Eagles are 12-0 with a big win over then-unbeaten Leipsic (at the time No. 4 in the OHSVCA D-IV state poll). L-B, which also won the Kalida Pioneer Tournament earlier this season, has won 33 of 38 sets this season. Hannah Warrington and Caitlin Elseser lead the team in kills with 111 and 109, respectively. Schy Shepherd has 81. Warrington also leads the team in digs with 158. Alissa Rhodes, Mackenzie Murphy and Chloe Miller have 138, 111 and 110 digs, respectively. Rhodes leads the team in assists with 337.  The Lady Eagles are currently No. 9 in the D-III OHSVCA state rankings. L-B is No. 7 in the MaxPreps state poll. 


Week 5 Ohio HS Teams of the Week

BOYS: New Bremen Football
The Cardinals snapped a 38-game conference-losing streak and won their first Midwest Athletic Conference game since 2012 with a 34-20 victory over Parkway. New Bremen was led by sophomore quarterback Nolan Bornhorst who threw for two first half touchdowns and ran for another. Senior running back Avery Powers had receiving and rushing touchdowns.

BOYS: Grove City Football
Led by running back Devin Dukes who ran for 216 yards and three touchdowns, the Greyhounds snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 55-23 win over Franklin Heights.

GIRLS: Highland (Sparta) Volleyball
The Fighting Scots improved to 16-0 with wins over Northmor, Danville and Centerburg. Overall, Highland has won 45 of 48 sets this season. Sophomore Raina Terry leads the team with 308 kills (also has 111 digs). Junior Bridget Oder leads the team in digs (339), while junior Kelsee Bargnesi leads the team in assists (215). Senior captain Bailey Santo has 182 digs, 70 kills and 37 aces.


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