ThisWeek's Athletes of the Year for the fall season produced numerous memorable moments in the biggest games and competitions.
The honorees were announced during the ThisWeek Sports Awards banquet Nov. 28 at Villa Milano.
Here they are, except for the honorees for boys soccer, girls soccer and football. The captains of the Super 12 teams in boys soccer (Grandview's Manny Day) and girls soccer (Pickerington North's Alicia Donley) represent the Athletes of the Year in those sports, while the captain of the Super 25 football team (Whitehall's Raymell Byrd) is the Athlete of the Year in that sport. The Super 12 boys and girls soccer teams were honored last week, and the Super 25 football team will be honored next week.Trevor Binau
The Bexley senior capped a stellar season by earning Division II state medalist honors for the second time.
A William & Mary commit, Binau shot a 146 over 36 holes in the state tournament at Ohio State's Scarlet Course to finish eight strokes ahead of co-runners-up Dylan Fitchet of Ashtabula Edgewood and Ali Khan of Columbus Academy.
Binau averaged 70.5 for the season and was named district Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. In addition, he was MSL-Ohio Division Player of the Year for the third season in a row, posting a 69 average in league play.
"Trevor is very intellectual and intelligent, and he has a great drive," coach Jimmy Ryan said. "He's a leader, not with just his play, but his actions. He does things the right way. There's no downside to him."
Binau also was state medalist as a sophomore when he shot a 144 on the Scarlet Course, and he helped the Lions win the state championship at NorthStar as a freshman. He did not qualify for state as a junior.
"Trevor is a three-time state champion and has had a brilliant career at Bexley, but this might have been his best season overall," Ryan said. "This fall, he was taking four (Advanced Placement) courses and was still able to study for those and make some time to practice enough in order to win a state championship.
Jackson Chandler, Dublin Jerome, Sr.
Caleb Davern, Central Crossing, Sr.
Tyler Jones, Worthington Christian, Sr.
Mason Wagner, Dublin Jerome, Sr.
Trey Rath, Olentangy Liberty (2017); Evan Yakubov, St. Charles (2016); Cameron Karmia, Bexley (2015); Eddie O'Brien, St. Charles (2014); Nick Sparling, Dublin Coffman (2012-13)Sarah Charley
This senior attacker for Thomas Worthington was named ThisWeek's Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season.
An Ohio State signee, Charley scored 42 goals and added 30 assists to lead the Cardinals, who lost to Hudson 2-1 (3-2 in penalty strokes) in a state semifinal at Upper Arlington to finish 18-2.
She also helped the Cardinals win the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division title, finishing 8-0.
Charley, who was named first-team all-state and all-league, finished her prep career with 109 goals and 80 assists.
A four-year starter, she never missed a game for Thomas, which went 77-5-1 during her career and won three consecutive state championships before falling two wins shy of a fourth this fall.
"She has a ton of speed and is a dangerous weapon," said coach Terri Simonetti Frost, whose team had a 43-game winning streak snapped this season. "She is aggressive and makes things happen as a playmaker all over the field. She constantly created corner opportunities for us.
"Sarah is just an excellent field hockey player who truly makes a difference."
Charley, who was named NFHCA high school Player of the Month in October, also has played in the USFHA National Futures Tournament and is a member of the USA Field Hockey U-19 Stars and Stripes All-Star Team.
Regan Cornelius, Columbus Academy, So.
Bella Pardi, Watterson, Sr.
Isabelle Perese, Thomas Worthington, Sr.
Kiersten Thomassey, Columbus Academy, Jr.
Charley (2017); Perese (2016); Hana Sinno, Thomas Worthington (2015); Grace Geiger, Columbus Academy (2014); Nina Devin, Thomas Worthington (2013); Courtney Deena, Columbus Academy (2012)Caroline Colombo
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This sophomore led Upper Arlington in goals (120) and was second on the team in steals (66) and third in assists (33), helping the Golden Bears finish as state runners-up for the second consecutive season.
Colombo was in her first year as a starter on a team that had only two full-time returnees from its 2017 squad in Grace McCarty, its lone senior, and junior goalkeeper Adrienne Wachtman.
UA went 23-12, winning 12 consecutive games before losing to the Cincinnati Mavericks 11-8 in the state final.
Colombo scored on 80 percent of her 150 shots and accounted for 27.8 percent of the Bears' 433 goals. UA averaged 12.4 goals per game.
"Caroline became a leader in the field of play this season," coach Dan Peterkoski said. "With a very inexperienced team, this was critical for us to have the success that we did. Caroline led the team in goals (and) her ability to lead the team in transition helped keep opposing teams back on their heels for fear of giving up easy transition goals."
Adrienne Wachtman, Upper Arlington, Jr.
Kendra Sheehan, Upper Arlington (2017); Julie Trace, Upper Arlington (2016); Chloe Magyari, Upper Arlington (2015); Gracie Long, Upper Arlington (2014); Betsy Trace, Upper Arlington (2012-13)Matt Duvall
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The Pickerington North junior won OCC-Ohio Division, district and regional titles before leading central Ohio at the Division I state meet with a seventh-place finish.
Duvall, who led the Panthers in every meet this season and usually was their No. 2 runner last season behind 2018 graduate Ashwin Briggs, won the league title at Lancaster in 15 minutes, 56.5 seconds, the district 3 meet in 15:34.7 and the regional in 15:54.6 before finishing state in 16:13.
Duvall was the area's top finisher at state by 3.2 seconds ahead of Hilliard Davidson's Connor Johanssen. He also was the only non-senior in the top eight.
"He had a fantastic junior year," coach Tim Starkey said. "Last year at the state meet was just about getting him experience and learning it and then this year he was so much more competitive and able to run with the top dogs. (The mindset was) he's going for it. He's going to go for a state championship.
"Matt has a huge competitive spirit, a big fire within himself and he's just a bulldog out there. He won't back down at all."
Competing in its second consecutive state meet as a team, North finished eighth (256 points) of 20 teams as Hudson won (107). The Panthers were ninth last year.
"I'm really proud of our team and we have a young team, too," Duvall said. "I am looking forward to what we can do."
Elliott Cook, Dublin Jerome, Jr.
Conner Johanssen, Hilliard Davidson, Sr.
Nate Johnson, Thomas Worthington, Jr.
Andrew Schroff, Olentangy Orange, Sr.
Matt Scrape, Pickerington Central (2017); Hunter Moore, Olentangy Orange (2016); Andrew Jordan, Watkins Memorial (2015); Dennis Maloney, New Albany (2014); Toby Hardwick, Newark (2013); Jacob Brumford, Westerville North (2012)Leila Raines
The Olentangy Berlin junior, who spent the regular season competing for the school's boys team, shot a 141 over 36 holes in the Division I girls state tournament at Ohio State's Gray Course to place second.
A Michigan State commit, Raines finished three strokes behind champion Marissa Wenzler of Centerville.
Raines, who averaged 71.25 in the postseason, shot 72 in a sectional at Mentel Memorial to earn medalist honors and carded a 72 to finish runner-up to New Albany's Madison Spiess (71) in the district tournament at Cooks Creek. At state, she shot 69 in the opening round and 72 in the second round.
"Leila knows what she needs to do no matter the circumstances," coach Bethany Dlesk said. "She has a level head out on the golf course. If she has a bad shot, she is able to shake it off and move on from it."
Raines finished seventh (72) in a rain-shortened, one-day state tournament as a freshman at Olentangy but did not play for the Braves as a sophomore, opting to compete in top-flight amateur events.
With the boys team this fall, Raines earned first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division honors and had a 75.1 average in 12 tournaments. She also had a 35.0 average in nine-hole events.
"Leila wants that competition because she wants to go up against the best," Berlin boys coach Andrew Fraley said. "That's why she wanted to play boys golf. Central Ohio golf is the best in the state. She has taken the bull by the horns."
Ashley Au, Olentangy Orange, Sr.
Emily Hummer, Upper Arlington, Jr.
Morgan Pankow, New Albany, Sr.
Madison Spiess, New Albany, So.
Spiess (2017); Au (2016); Liza Weisman, Bexley (2015); Lexie Long, Dublin Coffman (2014); Erin Harper, Watterson (2013); Lexie Toth, Dublin Jerome (2012)Sydni Ratliff
This sophomore for Columbus Academy already is considered one of the top players in the state, but she also may be making a name for herself nationally.
Ratliff reached the Division II state singles final for the second consecutive season, losing to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason after losing to Gillinov 6-2, 6-4 last year.
Ratliff also helped Academy advance to the Division II Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state team tournament for the second consecutive season. The Vikings defeated Dayton Oakwood 3-1 for third place.
Ratliff won her match against Oakwood and was leading Gillinov in a semifinal of the OTCA state tournament when the match was stopped because Hathaway Brown had already secured the win.
Ratliff finished 14-1.
"The difference between year one and her sophomore year is she played more relaxed and yet more focused," coach Tom Haddow said. "She showed a lot more maturity and her mental game was much improved. I'm looking forward to seeing her development next year."
Led by Ratliff, Academy finished 15-1 overall and earned a spot in the OTCA state tournament with a 5-0 win over Wellington in a district final. The win also gave the Vikings the MSL-Ohio title at 5-0, ahead of runner-up Wellington (4-1).
In June, Ratliff finished second in the United States Tennis Association Midwest Closed 18 singles tournament in Indianapolis, losing to Kiley Rabjohns of Lake Forest, Illinois, 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
Cassie Alcala, Pickerington North, Jr.
Maddie Atway, Olentangy Liberty, So.
Lalasa Nagireddy, Dublin Jerome, So.
Dani Schoenly, Olentangy Liberty, So.
Alcala (2017); Zoey Weil, Centennial (2016); Ellee Bullock, Dublin Jerome (2014-15); Lauren Ghidotti, Watterson (2013); Rachael Morales, Hartley (2012)Gracie Sprankle
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After a third consecutive all-Ohio finish at the 2017 Division I state meet, the Olentangy Liberty senior increased her mileage and intensified her workouts during the offseason in preparation for her final prep season.
The extra work paid dividends for Sprankle, as she was named ThisWeek's Athlete of the Year in girls cross country for the second consecutive season.
"(Her) maturity level is tremendous," coach Darrell Dewese said. "She approaches the races with a much better mindset. I'm really happy with the way she's matured and her mindset. She was running between 45-50 miles a week (during the offseason)."
Sprankle followed a fourth-place finish at state in 2017 by placing sixth in 18:17.8 at National Trail Raceway to lead all central Ohio runners.
During the regular season, she finished first in the McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial and won her second consecutive OCC-Buckeye Division title.
Sprankle then won the district 1 title in 18:03.8 and a second consecutive regional championship in 18:23.1.
The day after competing at state, she placed 12th in 18:02.1 at the Nike Midwest Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana.
"I trained with different people from around central Ohio (during the offseason), so that helped a lot," said Sprankle, an Indiana commit. "I like the competitiveness of (cross country) more than track because it's more team-oriented even though it seems like it would be more individual. I like the competitive part and the unity."
Heidi Heuerman, Upper Arlington, Sr.
Sophie Lewis, Hilliard Davidson, Sr.
Daniella Santos, Hilliard Darby, Jr.
Lindsay Stull, Hilliard Davidson, So.
Sprankle (2017); India Johnson, Hilliard Davidson (2015-16); Claire Wiles, Olentangy Liberty (2014); Julia Rizk, Columbus Academy (2013); Leah Wallace, Reynoldsburg (2012)Jon Sugar
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The senior center/wing player helped lead St. Charles to its first state championship since 2014.
Sugar finished with 101 goals, 63 assists, 67 steals and five blocks and was named state Player of the Year as well as to the state all-tournament team as the Cardinals defeated Cincinnati Sycamore 17-6 in the state final.
The top-ranked Cardinals went 3-0 in the two-day state tournament to finish 38-3, with none of their losses coming against an in-state opponent.
Sugar scored five goals against second-ranked Syca-more.
"Jon is such a quick athlete and he has been around the game and playing it for so long," Upper Arlington coach J.J. Spangler said. "He always sees the game a step ahead of everyone, so that makes it hard to keep up with him. You have to figure out how to deal with him defensively."
St. Charles has won five state titles, with the others coming in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The Cardinals were state runners-up each of the past two seasons.
As a junior, Sugar had 74 goals, 55 assists, 73 steals and five blocks and was named second-team all-state and made the state all-tournament team when the Cardinals lost to Thomas Worthington 15-13 in overtime in the state final.
Alec Caswell, Upper Arlington, Sr.
Jack King, Thomas Worthington (2017); Drew Wilson, Upper Arlington (2016); Alex Rabe, Upper Arlington (2015); Brady Roesch, Thomas Worthington (2014); Andrew Hoffman, St. Charles (2013); Thomas Trace, Upper Arlington (2012)Riley Wagoner
With this senior outside hitter as one of its key players the last four seasons, Dublin Coffman went a combined 98-14 and extended championship runs at the league and district levels to 12 apiece.
This season, the Shamrocks finished 23-4 overall and 10-0 in the OCC-Central Division as Wagoner was named Division I district Player of the Year for the second consecutive season as well as first-team all-state. In addition, she earned league Player of the Year honors.
A Hawaii signee, Wagoner also was named ThisWeek's Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row after helping Coffman reach a regional semifinal following three consecutive state semifinal appearances.
"Riley started playing at a very young age and I think developing the proper techniques and footwork early on has helped her to perfect some of the tougher skills now," coach Mary Anne Souder said. "She also loves the game. This is her passion. She wants to win, and that shows every day in practice and in games."
On the season, Wagoner amassed 378 kills, 329 digs and 365 serves received. She finished with more than 1,000 in each of those categories for her prep career.
The Shamrocks lost to only one Central District program during Wagoner's four seasons.
Claranne Fechter, Olentangy Liberty, Jr.
Olivia Margolies, Olentangy, Sr.
Chiamaka Nwokolo, Hartley, Sr.
Machaela Podraza, Big Walnut, Sr.
Wagoner (2017); Kendyl Paris, Hilliard Davidson (2016); Hunter Atherton, Dublin Coffman (2015); Emily Rahe, Hartley (2014); Kenya Cason, DeSales (2013); Megan Giardina, Pickerington North (2012)