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August Athletes Of The Month

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

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 Month (AOM). This edition is for August 2020. Every athlete submitted is worthy and honored as an AOM.

In addition, a committee has selected a group of varsity level AOMs as Elite Athletes of the Month based on the number and quality of varsity level submissions for each gender of both the EIAC and ORVC conferences.

While some athletes participate in sports not recognized as conference sports by the EIAC and ORVC, those athletes are still eligible for Elite AOM consideration under their school’s EIAC or ORVC/Independent affiliation.

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ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to this group of outstanding athletes selected by committee as our Elite Athletes of the Month for August 2020.

EIAC BOYS’ ELITE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Ashton Cotton of South Dearborn

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Soccer
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Striker
  • Submitted by: Jon Wismann
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Ashton had 7 goals and 2 assists in August.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Ashton is a smart player with a great attitude and is hungry to score goals!
  • Other information: Ashton is a smart kid and almost like an adult stuck in the body of an adolescent. Since he was a little guy, he has enjoyed spending time at a favorite chili diner bellied up to the bar, reading the newspaper, or shooting the breeze with a wiser, calmer generation. On the pitch, he uses his own calm demeanor and intelligence to sneak past the lines, make runs, and then send the ball screaming to the back of the net.

EIAC GIRLS’ ELITE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Emma Weiler of Batesville

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Girls Golf
  • Athlete’s year/position: Sophomore/#1 Position
  • Submitted by: Tom Meyer
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: In the month of August, Emma won the Richmond, Greensburg and Connersville Invitationals by 9 shots each and also won the Union County Invitational by 2 shots. She finished third in the 18-team Lapel Invitational which consists of regional hopeful teams. Emma successfully defended her EIAC Championship by 8 strokes.  In those six tournaments, Emma is averaging 73 strokes per 18 holes.
  • Emma is 5-1-1 in dual or three-way matches losing for only the first time in her career. In these seven matches, Emma is averaging 36.7 strokes per nine holes.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Emma has taken it upon herself to come up with games and practice tips to help her teammates improve. Emma leads by example and encourages her teammates.

Hope Fox of East Central

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Volleyball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Outside Hitter, Defensive Specialist and Setter
  • Submitted by: Cassie Laker
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Hope is at the top of almost every statistical category this season. She is second on the team in both serving percentage (90.4%) and aces (14). She is leading our offense with 69 kills at a 32% kill percentage (tops on the team). She’s also added 23 assists as she stepped into the setting role against Franklin County. In the back court, Hope is passing 2.0 on serve receive with 119 receptions. She’s also second on our team in digs with 87. Defensively at the net, she has 5 solo blocks and 8 assist blocks.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Hope is a natural athlete who works hard every day. She is one of the best players I’ve seen at this level when it comes to reading the play and what is happening on both sides of the court. She continues to be one of our go-to players and someone we look to make the big play in the big moment.

Bay Hinkle of Lawrenceburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Volleyball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senor Setter
  • Submitted by: Staci Knigga
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Bay is a strong leader and helped the Tigers win the Madison Invitational. In August, she recorded 187 assists along with 44 digs, 13 kills and 4 aces.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Bay has done a good job this year balancing the Tiger offense to all of our hitters. This makes it difficult on our opponents.
  • Other information: Bay also plays track and softball. She has been active in Champions Together, Spanish Club, Student Teaching, St. John’s Lutheran Youth Group, Autism Speaks Walk, CMHC Summer Program and Lake Ministries Camp Lakeside.  Bay plans to go to college to become a speech pathologist.

ORVC/INDEPENDENT BOYS’ ELITE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Peyton Wert of Milan

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Football
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Quarterback and Cornerback
  • Submitted by: Ryan Langferman
  • Submitter’s position: Head Football Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: In two games, Peyton has rushed for 318 yards and 2 touchdowns while passing for 306 yards with 5 TDs and only 1 interception. He’s responsible for an average of 312 yards of total offense per game.  On defense he has 6 tackles, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Peyton is a tremendous student-athlete and playmaker. He always wants the ball in his hands.
  • Other information: Peyton is also a force on the basketball floor as the starting point guard for the Indians.

Zach Gentile of South Ripley

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Soccer
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Striker
  • Submitted by: Nathan Hensley
  • Submitter’s position: Boys Soccer Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Zach had 14 goals and 3 assists across six games in August.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Zach had a great August averaging 3.5 goals per game.

ORVC/INDEPENDENT GIRLS’ ELITE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Aundrea Cullen of Jac-Cen-Del

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Volleyball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Libero
  • Submitted by: Cat Schmeltz
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: In August, Aundrea’s stats included: serving- 123/140, 20 aces, 91.4%; serve receive- 272/295, 92.2%, 1.86 rating; hitting- 9 kills; setting/assists- 134 attempts, 24 assists; and digs- 161.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Aundrea has done a phenomenal job as the anchor in the back row and on serve receive.  She is extremely dedicated to getting better every single time she steps in the gym.  Not only have her skills improved, but her knowledge of the game has also grown exponentially in the last year. Aundrea continues to be a major contributor in multiple areas. She has high expectations for herself and holds her teammates to the same level.

Rachel Meyer of South Ripley

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Volleyball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Middle Hitter
  • Submitted by: Lisa Gilpin
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: During August, Rachel had 92 serves with 12 aces and 51 points, 262 attacks with 89 kills
    12 assists, 8 block solos, 17 block assists and 68 digs.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Rachel is a great athlete on and off the court! I love her hard work and dedication!

All Athletes Of The Month honorees follow in alphabetical order by school.

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