ThisWeek Community News will continue the program it started in the fall and will recognize and celebrate the top winter and spring athletes from our coverage area.

The ThisWeek sports department will name the finalists for all winter and spring sports and then honor these top athletes at the ThisWeek Sports Awards banquet May 24. In addition, ThisWeek will honor a Coach of the Year for each winter and spring sport.

The announcement of the finalists from winter sports will be noon Friday, April 13, via Facebook Live. Please go to www.facebook.com/ThisWeekSportsColumbus.

The announcement for spring athletes will be in early May.

At the banquet, ThisWeek will announce the Super 12 plus 18 honorable-mention players for boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling. Captains of those three teams will be announced at the banquet. The top five athletes in boys swimming and diving, girls swimming and diving, boys bowling, girls bowling, gymnastics, hockey, baseball, softball, boys track and field, girls track and field, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and boys volleyball will be recognized, with the Athlete of the Year being named for each sport.

The banquet, sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will be held at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus.

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