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2015-2016 Lakota West
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PAST Athletes of The Week
5/16/16- 5/23/16
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Sam Howard
Junior, Lacrosse
Sam was the Firebird’s leading scorer in a win over Lakota East at Firebird Field on Wednesday.  Howard, an attacker, scored 3 goals and assisted on a fourth in West’s 11-8 come from behind victory over the Thunderhawks.
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Megan Brankamp
Junior, Softball
Megan led the Firebirds to a District tournament win over Lebanon at Centerville on Monday.  Brankamp was the game winning pitcher in the 3-2 victory over the Warriors.  Beyond her pitching she helped her cause at the plate by driving in a run as she went 2 for 3 with a double.  Brankamp now has a team high 10 wins for the season.
5/9/16- 5/15/16
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Troy Wagner
Senior, Baseball
Troy was the winning pitcher in the Firebird’s tournament opener against Middletown on Thursday.  He pitched a complete game to beat the Middies 5-1, striking out five.  Wagner ends the season as the team co-leader in both strikeouts (42) and won/lost record (4-1), and as the team leader with the least walks and hits allowed per inning pitched (WHIP) this season.
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Anna Szolwinski
Sophomore, Track
Anna was the Firebird’s leading scorer on the girls team to in this week’s GMC championship meet at Mason. She ran a leg on the winning 800 meter relay team, finished as the runner-up in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes and was a member of the fourth place 400 meter relay team.  Szolwinski was the only West track athlete to earn all conference honors in as many as four events.
5/2/16- 5/8/16
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Keegan Fish
Sophomore, Baseball
Keegan, hit safely in all four of the Firebird’s games this week.  On Wednesday he went 3/4 at the plate contributing an rbi and a run in the 5-4 win over Lakota East.  Fish hit doubles in the first three games of the week raising his total to a team leading seven.
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Brooke Wesley
Senior, Softball
Brooke added three more wins to her pitching record this week including a no-hitter against Princeton on Wednesday, her second no hitter of the season.  On Friday she raised her season record to a team leading 8-1 by posting a win over Colerain which included 9 strikeouts.
4/25/16- 5/2/16
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Jacob Kates
Junior, Baseball
Jacob pitched a complete game shut out win (3-0, 7 inn.) at Colerain on Friday raising his season pitching record to 3-1. Monday through Wednesday Kates contributed RBI’s in each of three other GMC wins over Princeton and Sycamore.
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Logan Porter
Senior, Track and Field
Logan raised her own Lakota West shot put record by nearly three feet as she won the Girls Rule Invitational meet at Turpin on Tuesday.  This was the fourth time she had broken this record and she has now added over four feet to it.  Porter was also one of just two Firebird girl individual event placers at the Wayne Invitational on Friday finishing 7th in a field of 63.
4/18/16- 4/24/16
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Kevin Riesenberg
Junior, Track
Kevin led the Firebird boys team to a second place finish at the fifteen school Springboro Invitational on Friday by contributing to the scoring in three events. Riesenberg was a member of the winning 3200 meter relay team, finished second in the individual 800 meter run, and also ran a leg on the second place 1600 meter relay team.
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Anna Szolwinski
Sophomore, Track
Anna was the only Firebird individual winner and the top female sprinter at the 15 school Springboro Invitational meet.  Szolwinski won the 100 meter dash and finished second by just 0.12 seconds in the 200 meter dash.
4/11/16- 4/17/16
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Logan Currington
Junior, Track
Logan was the highest scoring Firebird on the boys track and field team at Friday’s Centerville Elks Relays.  Competing agains athletes from 16 other schools Currington had the teams highest individual event finish, third in the high jump, and ran a leg on the Firebirds highest finishing relay team (4X400 meter).
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Nia Johnson
Junior, Track
Nia was the only Firebird, boy or girl, to bring home the gold from Friday’s Centerville Elks Relays meet.   Nia won the long jump event over approximately 30 other jumpers with a leap of 16′ 5″, the second longest jump in Lakota West history.
4/4/16- 4/10/16
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Justin Moyer
Senior, Baseball
Justin had an outstanding game at the plate in Tuesday’s 6-11 win at Middletown.   Moyer had four hits in five at bats against the Middies including two  for doubles. He drove in four Firebird runs and scored two runs himself.  He also had an RBI producing hit in Monday’s game at Fairfield.
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Kelsey Braswell
Junior, Softball
Kelsey had three hits in four at bats leading to both a run batted in and a run scored for in the Firebird’s  2-1 victory over Fairfield on Tuesday.  Braswell was credited with the lone Lakota West hit in Wednesday’s game against Lakota East.
3/28/16- 4/3/16
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Alssan Ramsby
Junior, Baseball
Alssan had three hits, scored three runs, and batted in another to lead the Firebirds to a 6-3 win in the season opener against Anderson on Monday.  Ramsby was the starting right fielder in all five games played this week and ended the week batting a team leading .600 (9/15) as the Firebirds got off to a 4-1 start to the season.
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Allison Cummins
Junior, Softball
Allison Cummins, playing in four games this week, had nine hits in ten official at bats for a remarkable .900 batting average. Cummins’ hit total included 5 doubles and a triple which led to her scoring 7 runs and driving in 6 more. Behind her play at both shortstop and catcher as well as at the plate, the Firebirds have started their season with a 3-1 record.
3/21/16- 3/27/16
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Brandon Gillis
Junior, Track and Field
Brandon earned a team high 18 points by winning the 300 meter hurdles and finishing second in the 110 meter hurdles competing against athletes from sixteen schools at  the Walnut Hills meet on Saturday.  Gillis’s scoring enabled the Firebirds to take first place by 3 points (89-86) in this year’s Tiger Invitational.
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Meredith Elstun
Junior, Track and Field
Meredith was the Firebird girl’s only first place winner at Saturday’s fifteen team Tiger Invitational Meet hosted by Walnut Hills.  Elstun’s win came in the 1600 meter run.  She added a second place finish in the 3200 meter run amassing enough points to lead the team in scoring, and allowing the Firebirds to edge out the Tigers for first place by a scant 2.7 points, 105.9 to 103.2.
2/15/16- 2/21/16
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Tim Tanner -Blair
Senior, Wrestling
Tim swept through the competition to win the 285 pound championship at the Centerville 2 sectional meet on Saturday.  He won all three of his matches with pins with a cumulative time of  just 5 minutes and 41 seconds. Tanner-Blair disposed of his final match opponent in only 38 seconds.  He also led the Firebirds in scoring as they won the meet championship over ten other schools.
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Nevie Rice
Senior, Swimming
Nevie qualified for the State meet in four events  Saturday at the Southwest Ohio district meet held at Miami University.  She moves on to the state meet in two individual events (100 yard and 200 yard free style) and as a member of two relay teams (200 yard and 400 yard free style).  Remarkably, Rice set or helped set Lakota school district all-time records in each of these four events.
2/8/16- 2/14/16
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Griffin Manning
Sophomore, Swimming
Griffin was the high scorer for the Lakota West boys swimming team at the Cincinnati Sectional tournament held at Keating Natatorium on Saturday.  Manning qualified for the District tournament in two individual and two relay events.  Hist best individual finish at Saturday’s sectional was a 6th in the 100 yard breast stroke.
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Jordan Lauderback
Freshman, Gymnastics
Jordan was Lakota West’s top finisher in three of the four individual events (vault, bars, & beam) and also had the highest all around score for the Firebirds at the Oak Hills Quad meet on Saturday.  Lauderback’s marks were the highest scores recorded this season by a Firebird gymnast for the vault, beam, and all around total.
2/1/16- 2/7/16
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Andrew Acuna
Senior, Wrestling
Andrew won the 145 pound Greater Miami Conference championship on Saturday and was the only Firebird to win a championship at this years meet.  Acuna swept to the championship by recording pins in his first two bouts and an 11-5 decisions in the finals.  These wins have raised his career win total to 107.
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Nevie Rice
Senior, Swimming
Nevie was the high point scorer on the Firebird girls swim team which finished in third place at the Greater Miami Conference championship meet this weekend. Rice scored a team leading 48 points and also earned All GMC recognition in all four of her events, the 100 and 200 yard individual free style, and the 200 and 400 yard free relays.
1/25/16- 1/31/16
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Jake Biehle
Senior, Basketball
Jake was the Firebirds leading scorer this week pouring in 37 points combined in two home wins over GMC opponents.  On Tuesday he tallied 11 points against Middletown, and on Friday he scored a team leading 26 points in the win over Princeton.  Twenty-six points is the highest single game total scored by any Firebird this season.  Biehle was also the teams co-rebounding leader in Friday’s game
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Nevie Rice
Senior, Swimming
Nevie won the 200 yard individual medley race at Friday’s Tri-Match at Mason.  In so doing she swam the fastest time in that event that had been recorded by any female Firebird during the current season.  Rice is currently  the only Lakota West swimmer to hold team top time marks in as many as four individual events.
1/18/16- 1/24/16
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Tim Tanner-Blair
Senior, Wrestling
Tim won the 285 pound championship at the James Horning Memorial Tournament at Mason on Saturday.  He was the only Firebird to capture an individual championship at this meet, a meet which included wrestlers from  ten division 1 schools. Tanner-Blair won all six of his matches, three by pins.
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Abby Prohaska
Sophomore, Basketball
Abby was a starter and major contributor to Lakota West  wins in games played on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  For the week she led the team in four statistical categories; rebounds, assists, steals (co-leader), and shot blocks.  Prohaska’s 14 rebounds in Wednesday’s Hamilton win was the highest single game total by a Firebird this season.
1/11/16- 1/17/16
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Taylor Mason
Senior, Swimming
Taylor set a new Lakota West school record for the eleven dive, one meter board event. His record mark came during the Southwest District Classic Swim and Diving meet held on Saturday and Sunday.  Mason topped the previous record which had stood for seven years.
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McKenzie Rice
Sophomore, Swimming
McKenzie had the best individual  finish on the Firebird team in this Saturday and Sunday’s Southwest Ohio High School Classic meet. She did this by finishing seventh in the 1650 yard free style event at this major meet attended by girls teams from 45 other schools.
1/4/16- 1/10/16
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Mitch Webber
Senior, Basketball
Mitch led the Firebirds  in scoring in wins over league rivals Lakota East and Sycamore this week.  He tallied team high’s of 13 points, and 2 shot blocks to spark an upset win (43-36) over the Thunderhawks at the Mainstreet Arena on Friday.  Webber had led the team in both scoring (13 pts.), and rebounding (8 rebds.) in a road win (55-50) at Sycamore earlier in the week.
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Danielle Wells
Senior, Basketball
Danielle made major contributions to two wins that cement the Firebirds firmly atop the league standings.  She led the team with an outstanding and team high ten rebounds in the win at Mason on Saturday.  Additionally she tallied team bests in both assists and steals while providing 8 points, the final margin of victory  over the Comets.  Wells had scored 17 points in just 14 minutes in the win over Princeton on Wednesday.
12/28/15- 1/3/16
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Tyreek Price
Senior, Basketball
Tyreek scored a team high eleven points and his ball hawking defensive effort contributed four of the Firebird’s eight steals in Fridays game against Kings.  He has now nabbed a team leading 9 steals this season.  Price also continued as this season’s team assist leader.
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Lexi Wasan
Senior, Basketball
Lexi scored in double figures in both Kemba Classic games this week.  She was the game scoring co-leader and Firebird scoring leader with twelve points  in the Wayne game on Tuesday.  Against the Warriors she made an excellent  6 of 12 field goals and has raised her season shooting percentage to 56.2 %, best on the Firebird squad and third highest in the Greater Miami Conference.
12/21/15- 12/27/15
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Kyvon Mattress
Senior, Basketball
Kyvon led Lakota West in both scoring and rebounding in a road win at St. Xavier on Wednesday.  Every one of Matress’s 12 points were needed in the one point (39-38) come from behind victory over the Bombers.
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Nia Staples
Senior, Basketball
Nia recorded a double-double (17 points-10 rebounds) in the Firebird’s win over Lakota East on Monday.  Staples scored 12 of West’s last 19 points in the come from behind win over the Hawks which enabled the Firebirds to retain sole possession of the GMC lead.
12/14/15- 12/20/15
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Andrew Acuna
Senior, Wrestling
Andrew was the runner-up at 152 pounds in this weekend’s Glen Sample Invitational Tournament.  He was the highest placing finisher on the Lakota West team. Acuna’s second place finish was in of a field of 30 of the area’s best wrestlers. He won his first four matches, the first and fourth by pins before losing a close decision (0-4) in the finals.
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Danielle Wells
Senior, Basketball
Danielle led the team to two decisive GMC wins this week, first at Oak Hills on Wednesday and then at Sycamore on Saturday.  She was the game high scorer with 17 against the Highlanders, and the game co-scoring leader with 14 against the Aviators.  She was also the leading rebounder at Oak Hills.  In addition she was the teams steals leader with 10 for the week.
12/7/15- 12/13/15
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Kyvon Mattress
Senior, Basketball
Kyvon led the Firebirds in cumulative scoring while playing in four basketball games this week.  He tallied a personal best and team high 24 points in the West win at Middleton on Tuesday.  Mattress again led the team with a 14 point total in the win over Colerain on Friday.
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Erica Morris
Junior, Swimming
Erica was the only Firebird girl to win an individual event this week and won a total of three.  Morris was the 100 yard butterfly winner at the Ursuline Quad meet on Wednesday. She then doubled with wins in both the 100 yard and 200 yard free style races at the Colerain Quad on Saturday.
11/30/15- 12/6/15
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Andrew Acuna
Senior, Wrestling
Andrew repeated as the Olentangy Invitational Individual champion on Saturday wrestling against competitors from eleven other schools.  He won at 152 pounds, up two weight classes from the 2014 title he earned al last years Olentangy Invite.  Acuna’s final victory was by a pin and proved critical to the Firebirds winning the team championship by a scant two points.
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Tai Cumberland
Freshman, Girls Bowling
Tai rolled the high series and high game at Thursday’s dual match against Deer Park on Gilmore Lanes.  Her single game score of 200 has been the highest recorded this season by any Firebird (boy or girl). Cumberland’s  200 pin game contributed to a two game series total of 350.  Both her game and series scores were the highest that had been achieved by a West female bowler since 2012.
11/23/15- 11/29/15
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westfirebirds.com
West, Firebirds
Boys basketball, swimming, and wrestling all begin this week.  Look for the first boys athlete of the week selection of the winter season  at weeks end.
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Nia Staples
Senior, Girls Basketball
Nia started the year in spectacular fashion leading the Firebirds to season opening wins over city and state ranked opponents, Mason and Mt. Notre Dame.  For the week Staples led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals.  She tallied a career high 26 points on Tuesday against the Comets. Then on Saturday she grabbed a career best 10 rebounds and added 20 points to complete her first career double-double.  For her efforts on Tuesday she received Tip off Classic Star of the Game honors.
10/26/15- 11/1/15
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Tony White III
Junior, Football
Tony, leading the team from his quarterback position, guided the Firebirds to a 35-0 win at Lakota East on Friday.  This was the largest margin of victory ever attained in the eighteen year East/West series.  White was also the leading passer in the game connecting on 3 of 3 attempts with no interceptions for a game high 53 yards, bringing his season total to an even 1000 yards, fourth highest in the GMC.
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Westfirebirds.com
West, Firebirds
This is the final installment of our Athletes of the Week feature for the fall season.  Congratulations to the twenty-one fall selectee’s  for their outstanding personal achievements and contributions to Lakota West team success.  Look for the return of Athlete of the Week selections beginning with the week ending November 29 as the winter season gets underway.
10/19/15- 10/25/15
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Jack Nguyen
Senior, Football/Soccer
Jack kicked a 48 yard field goal as time expired to bring the Firebirds from one point down to two ahead in Friday night’s win over Sycamore.  Nguyen also converted three extra point kicks bringing his consecutive made streak to 71 for  71 and a place on the  Ohio high school all time top ten.  Less than 18 hours after the football game ended Nguyen was back out on the Firebird Stadium turf as a midfielder leading the West soccer team to a 4-0 tournament win over Walnut Hills with a penalty kick goal and a goal assist.
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Kara Magoch
Sophomore, Volleyball
Kara was the team assist leader in two tournament games this week. She tallied 25 in the West three set win over Winton Woods on Monday and added 40 more in Wednesday’s four set game at Mercy.  These assists raised her season total  to 463, and the third highest assist per game ratio (7.59) in the Greater Miami Conference.
10/12/15- 10/18/15
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Danny Otakasongo
Senior, Football
Danny ran for a career best 242 yards on 32 carries in last Friday’s 31-20 win over Hamilton. It pushed Otakasongo over 1000 yards rushing for the season (10th best in Lakota West History).  It was the most rushing yards in a game since Jordan Thompson rushed for 302 yards in 2009.
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Meredith Elstun
Junior, Cross Country
Meredith led the Firebirds at the GMC Cross Country Meet finishing 6th overall with a season best time of 19:13. She led a team that beat all odds and finished 2nd overall for the 2nd time in two years.  It’s Elstun’s third time earning All-GMC honors.
10/5/15- 10/11/15
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Garrett Shelby
Sophomore, Cross Country
Garrett finished 4th place overall in the Rocket Invitational at Anna H.S. on Saturday.  He finished with a personal best 16:15.9 which is a blazing 34 seconds faster than his personal best and the best time by a boys Firebird runner since 2011.  Garrett’s 4th place finish assisted the boys X-C team to a third place finish.  Tied for their best meet finish this season.
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Megan Kaufman
Junior, Girls Volleyball
Megan was instrumental in West’s win vs. GMC foe Sycamore last week.  After last week, Kaufman is now one of only two Lakota West volleyball players to ever reach 1300 digs in her career.  She’s approaching the school record held by Mel Stewart (’13) of 1396 career digs. “Megan is our team leader in digs.  As the libero she sets the tone for our defense and serve receive.  Our defense and serve receive were outstanding last week.”
9/28/15- 10/4/15
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Marcus Aull
Junior, Football
Marcus, intercepted a Middie pass, running it back 56 yards for a touchdown, to put an exclamation point on the Firebirds 42-0 win over Middletown on Friday.  This was Aull’s fourth pick of the season vaulting him into first place on the GMC’s interception leader list.  His  returns now total an impressive 142 yards for the year.  This weeks interception also raised Aull’s position on the Lakota West career reception list to a tie for third and just two picks away from tying the school all-time record.
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Abby Boellner
Senior, Girls Golf
Abby, a fourth year varsity player,  carded her personal best  nine hole round (2 over par 38) as the Firebirds swept a tri-match with Princeton and Middletown at the Hamilton Elks G.C. on Thursday.  Boellner ends the regular season portion of her four year career having played in 68 varsity events.   In past seasons she has been an All-GMC honoree, and an individual district tournament qualifier.
She served as a team captain for this years squad which finished the season with a 10-5 record in head-to-head matches.
9/21/15- 9/27/15
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Danny Otakasongo
Senior, Football
Danny had a football hat trick, rushing for three touchdowns in the Firebird’s three touchdown win (42-20) at Oak Hills on Friday.  Otakasongo’s rushing total for the evening was 229 yards, a number that has been exceeded by just four other West players in the nearly 19 year history of Lakota West football.
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Natalia Sompolvorachai
Freshman, Girls Golf
Natalia  was the runner-up for medalist honors in this weeks Greater Miami Championship tournament which started on Tuesday and concluded on Friday at the Weatherwax golf course.  She shot the low score for Lakota West becoming the first freshman to ever lead the Firebirds in a GMC tournament.  Her two day score of 158 (77,81) also tied a 15 year old tournament record* for the best score ever turned in by a freshman. (* set by Carling Coffing, Middletown in 2000)
9/14/15- 9/20/15
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Alssan Ramsby
Junior, Football
Alsann was a prolific defensive contributor to West’s win over Princeton on Friday.Ramsby, a linebacker, made 15 tackles, 11 solo, 3.5 for loss including 2 quarterback sacks, and a pass interception, all game highs with many coming at critical junctures in the game. His 15 total tackles was 6 higher than any other player in the game.
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Meredith Elstun
Junior, Girls Cross Country
Meredith led the Firebird’s to a second place finish in the 16 school Alliance Invitational meet on Saturday. Individually she finished 3rd in a field of 147 runners and a scant 8 seconds behind the winner.  Her time of 19:35 was a team best for this year and Elstun’s all time personal best.
9/7/15- 9/13/15
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Andrew McEwen
Senior, Soccer
Andrew’s scoring positively affected the outcome of both of West’s games this week.  On Tuesday he scored two goals to lead the Firebirds to a 3-2 win over Turpin, ranked #3 in Cincinnati, and on Thursday he scored the lone Firebird goal to secure a 1-1 tie with Centerville.  McEwen has scored five goals this season with each and every one having been game changers i.e. each leading to a one goal win or a tie.
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Maya Krause
Junior, Volleyball
Maya’s play at the net was characterized by her coach as amazing and enabled the Firebirds to win the Kentucky Queens of the Court tournament championship hosted by North Harden high school on Friday and Saturday.  Krause led the team in kills as the Firebirds won all five tournament matches with two set sweeps.
8/31/15- 9/6/15
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Jack Nguyen
Senior, Soccer & Football
Jack played a key roll in three games and over two sports this week.  On Tuesday he was credited with the assist for West’s only goal in the Moeller soccer game, on Wednesday he scored on a penalty kick to provide the margin of victory in the Firebird’s 2-1 soccer win over St. Xavier, and on Saturday morning he kicked a football field goal to give West an early lead over Elder.  The field goal in the Elder game was 43 yards in length, Nguyen’s new personal best.
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Nicole Sturgeon
Junior, Tennis
Nicole played in West’s #1 singles spot in three matches this week as the Firebirds won all three.  Her lead off win over Loveland on Monday was critical to a 3-2 win over the Tigers.  Sturgeon’s 6-0, 6-1 victory over GMC rival Fairfield on Tuesday led West in a five match sweep.  Sturgeon has played in the #1 singles position in all twelve of the Firebird’s matches this year and the team has moved up into third place in the GMC standings following this weeks wins.
8/24/15- 8/30/15
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Zelwyn Robinson
Junior, Football
Zelwyn rushed for four touchdowns Friday leading the Firebirds to a 48-18 win over Canton Glen Oak.  He tallied a game high total of 128 all purpose yards and was presented with the Skyline Chili Showdown Outstanding Player Of The GAME award.  Robinson opened the evenings scoring with a first quarter touchdown run then helped widen West’s lead to 21-0 with a 43 yard run early in the second stanza.  For the evening he rushed the ball an outstanding average of 10 yards per carry (111 yards, 11 carries).
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Abby Prohaska
Sophomore, Soccer
Abby scored a team leading four goals this week while playing in three games.  The highlight of the week came on Thursday when her three goal ‘hat trick’  more than accounted for the margin of victory in a 5-3 win over one of the cities top ranked teams, Turpin.  In addition Prohaska scored the only Firebird  goal in Tuesday’s season opener against Loveland, another highly touted Cincinnati team.
8/17/15- 8/23/15
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Jen Ellison
Sophomore, Tennis
Jen and Florine teamed up at first doubles to win all three of their matches this week. They  posted victories over;  Winton Woods on Tuesday, Princeton on Thursday, and Walnut Hills on Friday.  They were the only two Firebirds to get through the week without a loss and have raised their overall season record to 5-1.
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Florine Sanchez
Freshman, Tennis
Jen and Florine teamed up at first doubles to win all three of their matches this week. They  posted victories over;  Winton Woods on Tuesday, Princeton on Thursday, and Walnut Hills on Friday.  They were the only two Firebirds to get through the week without a loss and have raised their overall season record to 5-1.
8/10/15- 8/16/15
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Logan Thomas
Senior, Golf
Logan led the Firebirds in scoring at the Sycamore Invitational on Saturday.  This is the second event this year at which Thomas has recorded the low score for the West team. He is currently tied for the best eighteen hole average on the team (82.8) through the first four events of the season.
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Emily Worpenberg
Sophomore, Golf
Emily earned all tournament team honors at the Fairfield Invitational on Monday by finishing 4th in a field of 103 individuals.  She birdied three holes on the back nine to card an 18 hole score of 77.  Her efforts helped lift the Firebirds to a season best tournament place of third among the 15 schools entered.
8/3/15- 8/9/15
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Chase Martini
Senior, Golf
Chase was the medalist in Fridays Tri-match hosted by Middletown.  He carded a 77 over the Weatherwax G.C. (woodside & meadows 9’s) giving the Firebirds early season wins over Hamilton and Middletown.
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Natalia Sompolvorachai
Freshman, Golf
Natalia, playing in her first high school varsity event, led the Firebirds in scoring at the Pickerington Panther Invitational tournament on Friday. She posted a team best 18 hole score of 83 over the Turnberry G.C.
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