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Athletes of the Week April 19-24

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 19-24, 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 19-24, 2021.

EIAC BOYS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Leo Maxwell of East Central

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Track and Field
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Thrower
  • Submitted by: Tom H Harris
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Leo broke the school discus record with a heave of 183’6.5″. That ranks him #1 in the state.  He is also ranked #2 in the state in shot put with a toss of 59’2.5″.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Leo’s work ethic is unmatched. He is easy to coach and a great kid just to be around. He is willing to help others while still getting his work in.
  • Other information: Leo was or is a National Whip Cracking Champion.

Brady South of South Dearborn

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Boys Golf
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior
  • Submitted by: Gary Louden
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Brady had his first hole in one during a practice round then turned around and shot a one-under-par 33 in a match against Rising Sun and Jac-Cen-Del.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Brady has been on varsity since his freshman year. It is great to see him playing so well his senior year.

EIAC GIRLS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Ellie Lengerich of East Central

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Track and Field
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Runner and Jumper
  • Submitted by: Tom H Harris
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Ellie broke the school record in the 800m run with a time of 2:16.35.  She currently ranks 2nd in the state in the 800. Ellie is 5’4″ high jumper where she is ranked 6th in the state and is also ranked 16th in state in long jump.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Ellie is naturally gifted athlete. She wants to compete in college in the heptathlon. It does not seem to matter what event we put her in. She excels. Ellie has a fight in her that only elite athletes have. She refuses to lose.

Lexi Dittmer of South Dearborn

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Catcher
  • Submitted by: Anna Eggleston
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Lexi went 2-3 versus East Central, 2-2 versus Batesville and 2-3 against Rising Sun and hit a home run in each game.  She hit 3 home runs in four games last week and batted .600 for the week.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Lexi is just as great of a leader as she is a competitor. She works hard every day at practice and in games. Lexi is the first to show up and the last to leave, always making sure she’s putting extra work in to be the best player she can be. She works to build up her teammates and make the overall team better. Lexi is an honor student at SD. While being a student athlete, she maintains a 3.76 GPA. She works hard on the field and in the classroom.

Summer Ratcliffe of Batesville

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Girls Tennis
  • Athlete’s year/position: Sophomore #2 Singles
  • Submitted by: Emily Helvie
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Summer won all three conference matches last week. She also made it to the final round of the Shelbyville Invitational where her match was cut short due to rain.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Summer has worked very hard this season and has become a key member of our team. She went 3 sets against a very skilled Greensburg player. Summer had to start her third set knowing she was the deciding point for the team. She played hard, persevered, and braved the very chilly weather to pull out a win. Not only was it a great win for her, but her win along with our #3 singles and #1 doubles led us to a 3-2 victory over a tough Greensburg team.

ORVC/INDEPENDENT BOYS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Tyler Kuntz of Oldenburg Academy

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Track and Field
  • Athlete’s year/position: Senior Distance Runner
  • Submitted by: Shane Coppotelli
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Tyler won first place in the 1600m and 3200m run at the South Dearborn Invitational.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Tyler has been a fierce competitor during this track season leading him to obtaining a new PR in the 3200 by over 10 seconds and then participating in the 4x400m relay shortly after. His relentless preparation this season paying off as he continuously leads by example on and off the track.

ORVC/INDEPENDENT GIRLS ELITE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Nora Powell of Rising Sun

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Freshman 2nd Baseman
  • Submitted by: Kenneth DeDreu
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Last week, Nora was 10 for 13 with 3 doubles, 7 runs, 6 RBI, and a stolen base.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Nora is an exceptional player with a good bat, speed, tons of energy and a love for the game.

Mady Tompkins of South Ripley

  • Level/Sport: Varsity Softball
  • Athlete’s year/position: Junior Pitcher
  • Submitted by: Shane Tompkins
  • Submitter’s position: Head Coach
  • Athlete’s accomplishments: Mady hit 5 for 6 with a double, home run, 4 RBI and 3 runs. Her OPS was 2.375.  She also pitched 5 innings and struck out 7 while allowing 1 unearned run on 1 hit with no walks.
  • Submitter’s personal comments: Mady is batting .600 with a 1.702 OPS to date for season. Pitching, she has posted a 3-1 record with a 0.7 ERA.

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

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