The numbers don’t lie. Last fall, ThisWeek Community News asked for your help in determining our Super 12 boys' and girls' team captains. We opened voting to the fans and their choice counted as one vote among the ThisWeek staff.
The fans responded again this year. More than 13,000 voted for who they think should be this year's captain. The poll closed at the end of day Monday, Nov. 5, with the team to be released in the Nov. 8 editions of ThisWeek Community News and online at ThisWeekSPORTS.com.
The final results are on the right, below the photo.
Past captains include Dublin Jerome’s Lindsay Agnew (2011), Upper Arlington’s Michela Paradiso (2008, 2009 and 2010), Pickerington North’s Tahnai Annis (2006, 2007) and Molly Cornwell (2005), Dublin Coffman’s Kelly Quinn (2003, 2004), Bexley’s Megan Brake (2002), DeSales’ Ashley Schillig (2001), Tesia Kozlowski (1999, 2000) and Mindy Hammond (1997) and Thomas Worthington’s Ashley Swinehart (1998).
Here is a rundown of this year’s five finalists:
Donavan Capehart, Ready -- A senior midfielder who plans to play for Ohio State, Capehart has led Ready to its best season in program history. The Silver Knights received its first No. 1 seed, are sixth in the Division III state poll and are 13-2-2 heading into a district semifinal Oct. 23 against Worthington Christian.
Sam Edwards, Dublin Coffman -- This junior forward propelled the Shamrocks to the No. 1 seed for the Division I district tournament and to a No. 2 ranking in the state poll. Edwards has 15 goals and 12 assists in 14 games, as Coffman is 13-0-4 overall and plays Watkins Memorial in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
Ashlynn Jones, Pickerington North -- A senior forward who has verbally committed to Memphis, Jones has 22 goals, as the Panthers are 15-0-2 and play Westerville South on Oct. 23 in a district semifinal. North is ranked fifth in the Division I state poll.
Courtney Klosterman, DeSales -- After helping the Stallions win the Division II state title a year ago, this senior defender on her way to the University of Dayton helped DeSales earn the No. 2 seed for the district tournament. The Stallions are 10-7-2 and play Hartley in a district semifinal Oct. 24.
Kaitlin Miller, Dublin Jerome -- Without last year's district Player of the Year, Lindsay Agnew, for more than half of the season, this senior midfielder who has verbally committed to Kentucky has helped the Celtics remain one of the area's top Division I teams. Miller has 11 goals and 15 assists, as Jerome is 13-1-3 entering its district semifinal Oct. 23 against Grove City. Jerome is ranked eighth in the state.