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Athletes of the Week through April 3 (first of the season)

SEI Local Sports thanks 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 beginning of the 2021 spring season through April 3. 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 based on the number and quality of varsity level submissions for each gender of both the EIAC and ORVC conferences.  ORVC includes Oldenburg (a state independent).

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 this first edition of the spring season.

EIAC BOYS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Ben Bausback of Greensburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Golf
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior
  • Submitted by: Bryce Mize
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Ben used five birdies to post a three-over-par 75 in the Edinburgh Invitational at Timbergate Golf Course. That score was good enough for a ninth place finish overall in a field of 99 players.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Ben played excellently all day. He was a little nervous as he was unfamiliar with the course, but the nerves quickly went away. This should serve as a great starting point to his senior season.

EIAC GIRLS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Paige Oldham of Batesville

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Pitcher and 3rd Baseman
  • Submitted by: Randy Obermeyer
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: A big shout out to Paige on her incredible overall performance against Rising Sun in a pair of games.  In the first game, she pitched a complete game with an ERA of 1.00 and an opposing batting average of .087, striking out 8 batters. At the plate for the pair of games, she had 4 hits (a single, a double and 2 home runs) with 7 RBI and, defensviely, finished with 9 assists.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Paige works extremely hard on all aspects of the game, not only during the season, but in the off season as well. She is a great leader and seems to enjoy sharing her knowledge with others on the team.
  • Other information: Paige will be playing softball for St. Francis University next spring.

ORVC/INDEPENDENT BOYS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Jordan DeAtley of Southwestern

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Baseball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Sophomore Shortstop and Pitcher
  • Submitted by: Dan Thurston
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Jordan was 3-for-8 (.429), 1 run with 3 RBI including the walk-off game winner in our opening game. He also pitched an inning in relief, did not not allow a base runner, struck out 2 and got the win in relief.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Jordan carries a 3.933 GPA (4.253 weighted) and is a leader not only on the baseball team but in the school. He has a great attitude and off-the-charts work ethic.

ORVC/INDEPENDENT GIRLS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Lily Sparks of Switzerland County

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Pitcher
  • Submitted by: Bryan Sparks
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Lily pitched 7 ininngs and struck out 7 with 2 earned runs allowed,  At the plate, she was 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI.

All Athlete of the Week submissions follow in alphabetical order by school.

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