ThisWeek Community News is starting a program to recognize and celebrate the top high school athletes from our coverage area in every sport.

ThisWeek Community News is starting a program to recognize and celebrate the top high school athletes from our coverage area in every sport.

The ThisWeek sports department will name the finalists for all fall sports and then honor these 159 top athletes at the first ThisWeek Sports Awards banquet Nov. 28. In addition, ThisWeek will honor a Coach of the Year for each fall sport.

At the event, ThisWeek will announce the Super 25 football team plus 35 honorable-mention players and both the Super 12 boys and girls soccer teams plus 18 honorable mention players. Captains of those three teams will be announced at the banquet. The top five athletes in boys golf, girls golf, boys cross country, girls cross country, field hockey, girls tennis and girls volleyball as well as the top two in boys and girls water polo will be recognized, with the Athlete of the Year being named for each sport.

“Events like these are my favorite – student-athletes being honored for doing great things on the court and on the field,” said Bradley M. Harmon, president and publisher of Dispatch Media Group.

The finalists will be announced during a live program at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 on Spectrum channel 311/1311 and channel 510 for former Insight customers. The announcement also will be on ThisWeekSPORTS.com. Spectrum Sports and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are banquet sponsors.

“The entire focus of our team is on treating injuries in student-athletes and providing services to help them prevent injury,” said Lisa Kluchurosky, service-line administrator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. “That’s why it’s so gratifying to partner with ThisWeek to honor these outstanding central Ohio young people who represent the thousands of student athletes we care for who work so hard to excel in their respective sports.”

The banquet will be held at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus.

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