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September 16-21 Athletes Of The Week


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 freshmen athletes as an Athlete of the Week (AOW). This edition is for the period September 16-21, 2019. Every athlete submitted is worthy and honored as an AOW.

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 their school’s EIAC or ORVC/Independent affiliation.

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Congratulations to this group of outstanding athletes selected by committee as our Elite Athletes of the Week for September 16-21, 2019.


Hunter Butz of Greensburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Cross Country
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior
  • Submitted by: Troy Davis
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Hunter won the Decatur County meet for the third straight season then ran a season best of 17:30 at the South Dearborn Invitational. He placed 14th to help the Pirates earn 3rd place out of 18 teams.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Hunter has developed into a very accomplished runner over the last four years. His growth comes from his desire to succeed and his consistent effort over his time in high school.

Seth Lampert of Lawrenceburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Football
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Wide Receiver and Defensive Back
  • Submitted by: Ryan Knigga
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Seth had 6 catches vs. Franklin County for 135 yards and 2 TDs.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Seth is a very good receiver who has developed his skills. Seth is silent leader on our team who has become a playmaker this season.


Gracie Graf of Franklin County

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Girls Golf
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior
  • Submitted by: Denny Dorrel
  • Submitter’s position: Athletic Director
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Gracie won low medalist at sectional in a two-hole playoff against teammate Maggie Brack.

Brenner Hanna of Greensburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Girls Cross Country
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior
  • Submitted by: Troy Davis
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Brenner won her third consecutive Decatur County title then won the South Dearborn Invitational by over a minute. She ran 18:55 in her 6th victory in 7th races.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Brenner has been blessed with a great deal of talent. She works hard every day to maximize her potential for success. She’s a pleasure to coach.

Cora Taylor of Lawrenceburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Volleyball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Sophomore Setter/Outside Hitter
  • Submitted by: Staci Knigga
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: We were excited to have Cora back in action last week. She helped the Tigers win the LHS Invitational Saturday. For the week, she recorded 42 kills with a hitting efficiency of .250. She also recorded 46 assists, 33 digs and 7 aces.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Cora is an athletic player who is very talented. She provides two roles with us in helping run the 6-2 offense as a setter but also be able to swing big to record kills for the team.


Dominic McFee of Oldenburg Academy

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Football
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Running Back and Strong Safety
  • Submitted by: Eric Feller
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Against Switzerland County, Dominic had 14 rushes for 143 yards and 2 TDs on offense plus 4 tackles including 1 big sack on defense.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Dominic is one of the hardest workers I’ve even been around and I’ve been around at a lot of places!  He played football for the first time his freshman year and is still relatively new to the game but continues to improve his football knowledge each and every week. Dominic’s love for the game and his leadership are invaluable to our program.
  • Other information: Dominic weighs 172 lbs. but deadlifts 495 lbs. and power cleans 230 lbs. He gets his athleticism from his mother.

Ben Kraus of Oldenburg Academy

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Soccer
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Striker
  • Submitted by: Kenny Getz
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Ben had 2 goals and 2 assists in the past two games. Ben accounted for 4 out of the 5 goals in our two wins.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Ben is instrumental in every part of our offense whether he is scoring, getting the assist or just occupying the opposition for his teammates. Ben gives 100% the entire game and never takes a play off.


Shai Schmeltz of Jac-Cen-Del

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Volleyball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Libero
  • Submitted by: Cat Schmeltz
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Shai’s stats last week: serving- 32/32 (100%) with 5 aces and a 2.13 serve rating, assists- 3 on 21 attempts, serve receive- 72/80 (90% passing), digs- 53 and hitting- 1 kill.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Shai recorded 20 digs against Oldenburg and 29 digs against Switzerland County last week. In addition, she had her best serving performance against Oldenburg where she was 23/23 with 5 aces. For the week, Shai received 80 serves with only 8 errors. She continues to be a statistical leader week in and week out for our team. She has greatly improved her back row play from just a year ago and her understanding of the game continues to grow on a nightly basis. Shai is a steady force at libero and has a strong desire to help her team improve each night.

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

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