The top winter and spring athletes and coaches in the ThisWeek coverage area were announced during the ThisWeek Sports Awards banquet May 24 at Villa Milano.

The event, sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine, honored 160 athletes as well as coaches from 17 sports and attracted a crowd of nearly 500. Dave Butcher, former girls basketball coach at Pickerington North, was the keynote speaker and Doug Lessells was the emcee.

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Super 12 teams, including captains, were named in boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling, and Athletes of the Year were named for the other 14 sports. Coaches of the Year were named for all 17 sports. Visit tiny.cc/ThisWeekSports (case sensitive) to view photos from the event.

The Super 12 boys basketball and girls basketball teams have been honored since 1994.

Dane Goodwin, a senior guard from Upper Arlington, was named the Super 12 boys captain. He averaged 24.1 points and 9.6 rebounds in being named Ohio Mr. Basketball and the state Player of the Year by Gatorade. For his career, he averaged 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Jacy Sheldon, a junior guard from Dublin Coffman, was the Super 12 girls captain for the second consecutive year. Sheldon was runner-up for Ohio Ms. Basketball after averaging 26.3 points. She also was the district Player of the Year and shared that honor for the state in Division I. She already is the school’s all-time leader in scoring with 1,643 points.

The first Super 12 wrestling team was named in 1999. This year’s captain is Jaden Mattox of Central Crossing. A four-time state placer, Mattox went 45-1 this season and won sectional, district and state titles at 160 pounds. In the state final, he beat Cincinnati Elder’s Austin Murphy 6-4 to avenge his only loss of the season.

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The Athletes of the Year have been presented since the 2012-13 school year.

For the third consecutive season, the top girls bowler was Madison Stiffler of Whitehall. A senior, Stiffler won a sectional title before finishing fifth at district and fourth at state.

Devon Richardson, a junior from Westerville Central, was named the top boys bowler. Richardson finished 10th at district and 18th at state and helped the Warhawks to a seventh-place finish at state.

Bethany Hurt of Coffman was named the top gymnast for the second consecutive year. Hurt won OCC-Central Division titles on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around. She also won the district all-around title for the second consecutive season before finishing an area-best second place at state in the all-around.

The top hockey player was Sam Turner of Olentangy Liberty. A senior defenseman, Turner was the only area player named first-team all-state after a season in which he had 32 goals and 44 assists.

In girls swimming and diving, Dakota Elliot, a senior from UA, was named the top athlete. Elliot won the 200-yard individual medley and placed second in the 50 freestyle at the Division I state meet. She also was on the fifth-place 200 medley relay.

Jason Mathews, a senior from Westerville North, won the award in boys swimming and diving after winning the 100 breaststroke and finishing third in the 200 IM at the Division I state meet.

Robert Cash was named the top boys tennis player for the second year in a row. A senior, Cash advanced to the Division I state tournament for the third time. Entering state, his only losses were by default in the sectional tournament because of illness.

Aaric Gossett, a senior outside hitter from Olentangy, was named the top boys volleyball player. Gossett helped Olentangy to the best season in program history, including going 10-0 to win the OCC-Buckeye title.

In girls lacrosse, Lauren Farber from UA was named the top athlete. The senior had 53 goals and 133 draw controls during the regular season for the Golden Bears, who entered the postseason seeking a fourth consecutive Division I state title.

Jack DeSantis, a senior from DeSales, won the honor in boys lacrosse. One of the top-ranked defenders in the country, DeSantis helped the Stallions to the top seed in the Division II, Region 7 tournament.

For the fourth consecutive season, Abby Steiner, a Coffman senior, was named the top girls track and field athlete. Steiner holds state records in the 100 and 200 meters.

Daevon Anderson, a senior from Hilliard Bradley, won the honor in boys track and field. Anderson holds program records in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump.

Emily Gant of Central Crossing was named the top softball player for the second consecutive season. As a senior, Gant went 17-4 with a 0.52 ERA, striking out 316 and walking only 12 in 135 innings. She also hit .488 with 29 runs scored.

Mitch Milheim, a senior from Liberty, was named the top baseball player. Milheim was 8-0 with a 1.18 ERA and was hitting .308 in leading the Patriots to a Division I district title.

Coaches of the Year were Humphrey Simmons (Beechcroft, boys basketball), Johnathan Hedgepeth (Pickerington Central, girls basketball), Mark Marinelli (Liberty, wrestling), Kelly Ferguson (Gahanna, girls bowling), Julie Wells (Westerville Central, boys bowling), Misty Lloyd-Mathews (Olentangy, gymnastics), Pat Murphy (Dublin Jerome, hockey), Steven VonSchriltz (Coffman, girls swimming and diving), Patrick Johnston (Jerome, boys swimming and diving), Marc Thomas (New Albany, boys tennis), Karen Kochheiser (Olentangy, boys volleyball), Wendy Pinta (UA, girls lacrosse), Shane Comisford (Coffman, boys lacrosse), Roger Whittaker (Gahanna, girls track and field), Adam Walters (Olentangy Orange, boys track and field), Jennifer Segner-Maxwell and Chris Shirer (Marysville, softball) and Ty Brenning (Liberty, baseball).

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