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Athletes Of The Week for April 8-13

SEI Local Sports would like to thank our area coaches and athletic directors who took the time to honor one or more of their varsity, junior varsity and freshman athletes as an Athlete of the Week (AOW). This edition is for the period April 8-13, 2019. Every athlete submitted is worthy of this honor and we are proud to showcase all of them!

In addition, a committee has selected a group of varsity level AOWs as Elite Athletes of the Week.  This special list includes one to three varsity athletes per gender, per conference (EIAC and ORVC/Independent).  The number of Elites selected is based on the number and quality of varsity level submissions for each gender of each conference.

While some athletes participate in sports not recognized as conference sports by the EIAC and ORVC, those athletes are still eligible for Elite AOW consideration under the EIAC or ORVC/Independent umbrellas.


Congratulations to this group of outstanding athletes selected by committee as our Elite Athletes of the Week for April 8-13, 2019.


Rintaro Ura of Connersville

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Baseball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Outfielder/Pitcher
  • Submitted by: Michael Thompson
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Rintaro was a vital part of CHS picking up 4 wins during the week. At the leadoff position, he was 10-17 (.588), collected 8 RBI & scored 7 runs. He also pitched 1 inning of relief and picked up a road conference win over Franklin County.


Maddie Davidson of East Central

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Tennis
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior 2nd Singles
  • Submitted by: Scott Kluener
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Maddie has started the season at an impressive 7-0 mark through the first 2 weeks and not dropping a set yet. She defeated 2 conference foes 6-1 6-1 and 6-0 6-0 from Batesville and South Dearborn.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Maddie has come out with a fire and extra stride in her step to finish her senior season on a high note. Her serve is stronger then ever and she has a punishing forehand.

Melina Wilkison of Greensburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Sophomore Center Fielder
  • Submitted by: Wade Hersley
  • Submitter’s position: Head Softball Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: In a 5 game span last week, Mel went 13 for 22 (.591 average) with 2 home runs, 3 doubles, 3 triples and 10 stolen bases. She hit for the cycle against Jennings County.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Mel is an excellent athlete and softball player. She works very hard for her results and is a very good teammate.
  • Other information: Mel plays for the Beverly Bandits Travel Softball Program.


Joel Norman of Milan

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Baseball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Pitcher/Outfield
  • Submitted by: Jeff Stutler
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Joel pitched a 1-hit shutout in Milan’s 6-0 win over Switzerland County. He went 6-1/3 inning before allowing the only hit of the game with 8 strikeouts and no walks.


Lauren Lundergan of Shawe

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Girls Track
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior
  • Submitted by: Amy C McAllister
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Lauren was the girls MVP of the Sam Sumner Invitational at Borden. She won the 3200 run and long jump, finished second in the 100 hurdles and was placed fourth in the 300 hurdles.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Lauren is an exceptional athlete. She always pushes herself to her fullest potential!

Alyssa Brinkman of Milan

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Girls Track
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior/Runner
  • Submitted by: Brandy Bastin
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Alyssa was the champion in the 1600m run and the 800m run at the Knightstown Panther Invitational. She also came in second in the 400m run by hundredths of a second.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Alyssa is an outstanding student-athlete. She puts in the work daily to improve herself and her teammates. She is a great role model for the underclassmen on the team.
  • Other information: Alyssa currently is the school record holder in the 800m Run. She beat her own record at Sectionals last year. Alyssa was a recipient of the 2019 IHSAA C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award.  Alyssa is also currently ranked first academically in her senior class.

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All Athletes Of The Week follow in alphabetical order by school.

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