Written by Melanie Laughman for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Please click here to read the original article online.
This week’s winners are:
Ohio team of the week: Badin baseball – The boys are on a 19-game win streak, after beating Oak Hills 11-0 in the opening round of the postseason.
Northern Kentucky team of the week: Holy Cross softball – The girls had three wins last week, bringing their record to 18-11 and putting them into the 35th District championship May 21.
Ohio baseball: Colton Sandhaus, Elder – He got the win when Elder beat Lebanon 16-11 in the Division I sectional tournament May 17. He currently leads the Greater Catholic League-South with 49 strikeouts and is second in wins with six.
Northern Kentucky baseball: Alex Shea, St. Henry – He pitched the Crusaders to a 10-0 win over Ludlow in the 34th District Tournament, striking out seven in five innings.
Ohio softball: Taylor Florea, Clinton-Massie – Clinton-Massie beat Eaton 4-0 last week to reach the regional tournament. Contributing was the team’s starting pitcher (17-3 record) with the team’s best batting average with .511.
Boys lacrosse: Carson Croy, Mason – The junior attackman had six goals in the 18-9 win over Kings in postseason play. He’s fifth in the Greater Miami Conference in assists and seventh in the league in goals.
Boys track: Casey Dirr, Elder – The senior was the district champion in the pole vault at the Ross Division I meet with a height of 14-06.00, helping Elder to third place as a team.
Girls track: Joely Virzi, Cincinnati Country Day – The junior won the 100 and 400-meter dashes, and took third in the 400-meter dash at the Division III district track meet, helping Cincinnati Country Day to a team title. She also anchored the 4×200 relay, which won a district championship.
Boys singles tennis: Toshi Watanabe, Covington Latin – He’s the top seed in the Ninth Region singles tournament and was set to play his brother Kazuki for the championship May 20.
Boys doubles tennis duo: Nick Wittrock, Noah Bertsch, Campbell County – They won the 10th Region doubles championship and led the Camels to the team title.
Girls tennis: Cassie Saner, Simon Kenton – She tied the program’s all-time record for wins during the Eighth Region Tournament.
Boys volleyball: Grant Stradley, Mason – The junior was recently nominated for Most Outstanding Breakthrough Athlete of the Spring for the Comets at the MHS Espys, for being in the top six in the Greater Miami Conference in kills, serving aces and passing.