New Albany’s Anna Ritter, Pickerington Central’s Demeatric Crenshaw and Dublin Coffman’s Steven VonSchriltz earned the top honors during the Central Ohio All Star Preps awards show June 18.
The event, sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine, Raising Cane’s and Branch Insurance, honored 247 athletes from 22 sports in the ThisWeek Community News coverage area. In addition, a Coach of the Year was named for each sport.
Ritter was named the Female Athlete of the Year as well as the girls golf Athlete of the Year. As a sophomore, Ritter was the medalist in the Division I state tournament, leading the Eagles to their second consecutive undefeated state championship. She averaged a team-best 72.78. She also was district medalists and the only golfer in the state not to shoot above par all postseason.
Crenshaw was named the Male Athlete of the Year in addition to being the Super 25 football Captain. As a senior, Crenshaw completed 124 of 167 passes for 1,693 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,267 yards and 17 scores on 252 carries in leading the Tigers to a 14-1 record and their second Division I state title in three seasons.
VonSchriltz was named the overall Coach of the Year as well as earning the honor in girls swimming and diving. The Shamrocks won their first state championship despite having only six competitors at the Division I state meet. They also won a sectional title and were district runners-up. VonSchriltz also won the girls swimming award in 2018.
Other athletes winning top honors were:
•Ellie Andrews, girls swimming and diving, Dublin Coffman*
•Jaggar Brooker, boys soccer, Olentangy Liberty
•Caroline Colombo, girls water polo, Upper Arlington*
•VonCameron Davis, boys basketball, Walnut Ridge
•Will Cohen, hockey, Upper Arlington
•Bella D’Amico, girls volleyball, DeSales
•Noah Duperre, boys swimming and diving, New Albany
•Matt Duvall, boys cross country, Pickerington North*
•Raegan Ernst, gymnastics, Dublin Jerome*
•Tyler Groomes, boys golf, Dublin Jerome
•Thomas Lennox, boys water polo, St. Charles
•Taryn Martin, girls wrestling, Olentangy Orange
•Sydni Ratliff, girls tennis, Columbus Academy*
•Simone Rivard-Roberts, girls soccer, Dublin Coffman
•Seth Shumate, boys wrestling, Dublin Coffman
•Lilu Smith, girls bowling, Gahanna
•Carter Street, boys bowling, Olentangy Liberty
•Lindsay Stull, girls cross country, Hilliard Davidson
•Kiersten Thomassey, field hockey, Columbus Academy
•Sakima Walker, girls basketball, Africentric Early College
Other Coaches of the Year were:
•J.J. Bain, boys soccer, Wellington
•Ryan Beck, boys cross country, Gahanna*
•Mark Chapman, girls basketball, Canal Winchester
•Mike de Bear, boys swimming and diving, Upper Arlington
•Geoff Gear, boys water polo, St. Charles*
•Taylor Harle, boys golf, Dublin Jerome
•Jen Hedrick, gymnastics, Olentangy Berlin
•Anne Horton, field hockey, Columbus Academy*
•Brett Howden, hockey, Upper Arlington
•Nate King, girls cross country, Hilliard Davidson*
•Josh Lamb and Kevin Rieman, boys wrestling, Delaware
•Kevin Martin, boys basketball, Westerville Central
•Olivia Miranda, girls water polo, Worthington Kilbourne
•Brian Nicola and Vanessa Oswalt, girls wrestling, Olentangy Orange
•Brenden Pence, girls volleyball, DeSales
•Yvonne Quiero, girls bowling, Gahanna
•Rich Ritter, girls golf, New Albany*
•Bryan Schoonover, football, Groveport
•Miranda Singer, boys bowling, DeSales
•Shaun Stamps, girls tennis, Upper Arlington
•Matt Thompson, girls soccer, Columbus Academy
(NOTE: *Indicates also won last season)
ThisWeek will publish bios on all Captains, Athletes of the Year, Coaches of the Year and sponsor award winners for three print editions, beginning June 25.
ThisWeek began naming Captains in football in 1993, basketball in 1994, soccer in 1997, wrestling in 1998 and all Athletes of the Year in other sports, except girls wrestling, starting with the 2012-13 school year. This was the first season for girls wrestling.
The winners of the sponsor awards were:
•Carter Brenner, Bexley, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Perseverance Award
•Annalise Grammel, Columbus Academy, Raising Cane’s Community Engagement Award
•Noelle Meeker, Olentangy Liberty, Branch Insurance Strength in Community Service Award
•Andrew Woollard, Hilliard Davidson, Raising Cane’s Community Engagement Award
The May 26 in-person banquet was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The show was broadcast on the event website (thisweeknews.com/allstarpreps) and remains available to watch.
Guest presenters included New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Grand Slam tennis champion Venus Williams.
Because of the cancellation of spring sports, those athletes were not honored as Athletes of the Year or by the announcement of the ThisWeek all-star teams. Instead, there was a recognition of seniors who missed their final season as part of a national tribute video that was shown during the broadcast.