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Athletes of the Week April 12-17

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 April 12-17, 2021. 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 April 12-17, 2021.

EIAC BOYS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Gabe Gunter of Batesville

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Track
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior High Jumper, Pole Vaulter and Sprinter
  • Submitted by: Lisa Gausman
  • Submitter’s position: Head Track Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Gabe jumped a new PR in the high jump clearing 6’5″.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Gabe works so hard and has one of the best forms I have ever seen in high jump. He is also the anchor of the 4 x 100 relay and is one of the top runners for the 4 x 400 relay.”

EIAC GIRLS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Janae Comer and Hailey Duerstock of Greensburg

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Girls Tennis
  • Athlete’s year/position: #2 Doubles Team (Hailey Soph./Janae Fr.)
  • Submitted by: Katrina Peters
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: The #2 doubles team of Janae Comer and Hailey Duerstock remain undefeated on the season after defeating South Dearborn, Oldenburg, Madison and Shawe Memorial last week. The duo is 5-0 overall and have won every match in straight sets.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Janae and Hailey continue to improve on the court. These two have a great relationship and work very hard in practice, asking questions to receive clarity on specific shots, placements, etc. They are fun to watch and have a great attitude.
  • Other information: Both of these students excel on the court and in the classroom. Each currently has a 4.0 GPA.

Baylie Spurlock of Connersville

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Sophomore Shortstop
  • Submitted by: Steve Ruble
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: In 3 games vs. Rushville, Mount Vernon and Richmond, Baylie hit .750 with a .750 on base percentage, 3 singles, 6 doubles and 7 RBI plus scored 6 runs and had 2 steals.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Baylie is an all-out player who will do whatever is needed for her team.

Carson Bennett of East Central

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Outfielder
  • Submitted by: Steve Coffman
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: In a 15-3 win against Seymour, Carson was 6-6 at the plate with 8 RBI, 2 doubles and a home run.

ORVC/INDEPENDENT BOYS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Luke Comer of Jac-Cen-Del

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Track
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Thrower
  • Submitted by: Larry Hammond
  • Submitter’s position: Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Luke has worked hard on his mechanics for discus over the last couple of years. He broke the school record held by Tucker Brown at 140’11. Luke set the new record at 144’3.5.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Luke sets a good standard and helps some of the younger throwers. He also contributes more to the team by competing in the 200, high jump and 4×100 relay.

Brady Linkel of South Ripley

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Baseball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Pitcher
  • Submitted by: Steve Franklin
  • Submitter’s position: Varsity Baseball Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Brady pitched a complete game, 7-inning shutout against Switzerland County allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 18. In two games offensively, Brady was 3 for 4 with a home run, 4 RBI and a run scored.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Brady pitched a great game and was 1 strikeout away from tying the school record of 19. It was a great effort!

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: In 10 at bats last week, Lily had 5 hits, 4 runs, 5 RBI, 1 double and 1 stolen base.  She also pitched 19 innings with 40 strikeouts and three wins while allowing just 4 hits, 1 walk and no runs.  Lily had a no hitter and a perfect game as part of her three wins.

All Athletes of the Week submissions follow in alphabetical order by school.  Each school has its own page.

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