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 with more than 190,000 votes for who they think should be this year's captain, which was up from more than 46,000 last year.
The final results are on the right, below the photo.
Here is a rundown of this year's five finalists:
Sam DeRoy, Olentangy Liberty -- The OCC-Central Player of the Year, this senior helped the Patriots earn a Division I state runner-up finish last year and has led them back to the regional tournament. Through 19 games, DeRoy has 14 goals and 11 assists. Liberty beat Pickerington North 4-1 in a district final Oct. 27 and is 18-1.
Ben Farynowski, Grandview -- This senior goalkeeper helped the Bobcats earn a Division III district runner-up finish and go 15-2-2. He posted 15 shutouts this season and was named the MSL-Cardinal Player of the Year. In 19 games, Farynowski gave up only seven goals. The Bobcats have 14 consecutive MSL-Ohio Division shutouts, outscoring opponents 66-0 in those games. The last time Grandview surrendered a league goal was during a 2-1 victory over Fisher Catholic on Sept. 23, 2010.
Jacob Hodge, Bexley -- Led by this MSL-Ohio Player of the Year, the Lions beat DeSales 2-1 on Oct. 27 in a Division II district final and are 12-3-4. Hodge, a senior, had 11 goals and three assists heading into the regional tournament.
Jacob Pulliam, Westerville North -- The senior midfielder, who was the OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and first-team all-district, has led the Warriors to the Division I regional tournament. Through 19 games, he had five goals and three assists. North beat Olentangy Orange 2-0 on Oct. 27 and is 12-5-2.
Andrew Schwall, Gahanna -- Led by this senior OCC-Ohio Player of the Year, the Lions beat Hilliard Darby 2-0 on Oct. 27 in a Division I district final and are 15-1-3 heading into the regional. Schwall of Gahanna had 30 goals and six assists entering his team's regional semifinal Oct. 31. He set a school record for goals in a game when he had seven during a 10-0 win over Columbus West on Oct. 20.