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2014-2015 Lakota West
Bw’s Blazin’ Athletes of the Week
PAST Athletes of The Week
11/10/14 – 11/16/14
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Zelwyn Robinson
Sophmore, Football
Zelwyn was the Firebird’s leading rusher in West’s historic State Playoff round of 16 win over Lakota East at Mason on Saturday.  He gained 108 yards in 14 carries.  In so doing Robinson gained the distinction of being the first player in the eighteen year history of Lakota West football to have had 100 yard games both as a receiver and as a rusher.  He had had 133 yards as a receiver in the first game of the season and reached the century mark as a rusher for the first time in this weeks win over East.

 

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Girls Athlete Of The Week
Winter Sports
The girls are now preparing to launch the winter sports season and will be back in action soon. Girls Athlete Of The Week selections will resume with the week ending December 7 after winter sports get underway.
11/3/14 – 11/9/14
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Mykel Chambers
Senior, Football
Mykel used his speed to leave Elk tacklers in his wake as he gained 116 all-purpose yards and scored the go ahead  touchdown in West’s 21-15 win over Centerville at Centerville in the opening round of the state playoffs.  Chambers was credited with the longest punt return of the game (21 yards), the longest pass reception of the game, a 43 yarder resulting in the go ahead touchdown, and also the longest kickoff return of the game (54 yards).

 

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Girls Athlete Of The Week
Fall Sports
The girls fall sports season was concluded last week. Girls Athlete Of The Week selections will resume with the week ending December 7 after winter sports get underway.
10/27/14 – 11/2/14
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Devin Pearson
Senior, Football
Devin, a defensive lineman, was a key contributor in the Firebirds 24-7 win over Lakota East, a win which earned West a spot in the playoffs.  Pearson was credited with a fumble recovery, a sack, and six tackles.   He was cited by the coaching staff as having led the charge that enabled West’s defenders to tally a season high 13 tackles for loss.  As a result the East offense was held  to a meager 103 yards, 247 below the 350 yard per game average they had maintained through the first 9 games of the season.

 

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Girls Athlete Of The Week
Fall Season
The girls fall sports season was concluded last week. Girls Athlete Of The Week selections will resume with the week ending December 7 after winter sports get underway.
10/20/14 – 10/26/14
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Jack Nguyen
Senior, Soccer
Jack placed his name in the scoring column in two sports, soccer and football, this week.  Playing in the district soccer tournament on Monday Nguyen assisted on the second of West’s two goals against Lakota East which resulted in sending the game into overtime.  On Friday Nguyen donned the football pads and kicked a field goal to account for 3 of West’s 5 points at Fairfield.  The soccer assist was his 8th of the season tying for team leadership in that stat.  So far this football season he’s made three for three kicking football field goals and 21 of 21 kicking extra points.  Nguyen has achieved these stats even though he missed several weeks in mid season with a leg injury.

 

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Megan Kaufman
Sophomore, Volleyball
Megan, and the West girls volleyball team, concluded their season on Saturday having reached the District Tournament finals (state final 32).  Kaufman, a Libero, ends the season as the digs leader for not only the Firebirds, but the Greater Miami Conference. Now, having just completed her sophomore season, she becomes only the second player in Firebird history to tally over 1000 digs in a career.
10/13/14 – 10/19/14
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Jake Mutlu
Senior, Soccer
Jake, playing the goal keeper position, was credited with a shutout in West’s first round tournament win over Milford at Lakota West stadium on Thursday.  Mutlu directed the defense in the 3-0 win over the Eagles and was called on to make 3 saves.  This was his third shutout in the past four games and his fifth of the season.

 

Evie Stepaniak



Evie Stepaniak
Senior, Soccer
Evie, a midfielder, had the highest scoring individual game of the season (3 goals, 1 assist) in West’s first round tournament win over Mercy at Lakota West stadium on Tuesday.  Her four scoring plays more than accounted for the margin of victory over the Bobcats.  At seasons end Stepaniak was the Firebird’s team scoring leader with 28 points (12 goals, 4 assists) and team co-leader in goals scored.
10/6/14 – 10/12/14
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Christian Lytle
Senior, Soccer
Christian has been one of the Firebirds top defenders for the past three seasons, but was never more dominant that in the 3-0 shutout win over nationally ranked and hitherto unbeaten Mason on Tuesday.  Lytle’s success in repeatedly turning Mason attacks into Firebird counter attacks earned post game accolades from his coaches and teammates alike.

 

Kelly McManus




Kelly McManus
Senior, Cross Country
Kelly  ran a season best 19:33 and was the first Firebird across the finish line at the Greater Miami Conference Championship meet held a Voice of America Park on Saturday.  Her ninth place overall finish earned McManus all GMC First Team individual honors for a second consecutive year.
9/29/14 – 10/5/14
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Kole Gentry
Senior, Football
Kole scored five touchdowns in Friday’s 49-14 win over Middletown.  His 30 point total tied the Lakota West single game scoring record, a record that was  set in 2001 and which had never since been equalled .  All five scores came on rushes as Gentry racked up a personal best  215 yards on the ground. He also led the team in pass reception yardage with 49.

 

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Sharon Danquah
Senior, Tennis
Sharon won the runner-up medal at the Dayton Sectional championship tournament this week and will advance to next weeks’ Southwest Ohio District tournament.  Danquah won four of five matches to finish second in the field of 39 singles players who competed on Thursday and Friday.  This years qualification to the District tournament will be the second of her career.
9/22/14 – 9/28/14
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C. J. Stalker
Senior, Football
C. J. made a game leading 11 tackles Friday night against Colerain.  Eight of his tackles were solo efforts, and one was for West’s only sack of the night.  Stalker has now moved up to the 9th spot on the Lakota West career list of all-time leading tacklers  and is positioned to move several spots higher before the seasons end.

 

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Lexi Duello
Senior, Volleyball
Lexi, had a team and game high 17 kills in Lakota West’s senior night, four set, win over the Sycamore Aviators on Tuesday.  Duello, coming back from early season injuries posted the highest Firebird single night kill total of the season in Tuesday’s game.
9/15/14 – 9/21/14
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Kole Gentry
Senior, Football
Kole ran for three touchdowns in Lakota West’s 27-24 win at Middletown on Friday in the GMC season opener.  He rushed for two of these TDs in the fourth quarter to bring the Firebirds from 10 points down to a 3 point win.  Gentry was credited with 215 yards of total offense consisting of a game high 165 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving.

 

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Evie Stepaniak
Senior, Soccer
Evie scored a goal to provide the margin of victory in Lakota West’s 2-1 win over Fairfield at the Steve Cummins Soccer Park on Tuesday.  For Stepaniak, an attacking midfielder, this was her fifth goal of the season and marked the second time this season where she had contributed to a game winning score.
9/8/14 – 9/14/14
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Jake King
Junior, Soccer
Jake scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Middletown on Thursday.  He also assisted on the first goal of the Middletown game.  King contributed to a team leading four scoring plays during the week coupling two assists in the win over Colerain on Tuesday with his assist and goal at Middletown.  These two wins keep the Firebirds in the thick of the GMC championship race.

 

Meredith Elstun




Meredith Elstun
Sophomore, Cross Country
Meredith led the Firebirds to the championship of the Alliance Running Invitational hosted by Northmont H.S. on Saturday.  Elstun finished  7th in a field of 112 runners as West won the first place team trophy over 15 other schools. This was the second meet this season in which Elstun had the teams best time and she has finished in the top two in all four meets this fall.
9/1/14 – 9/7/14
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Walt Zellner
Freshman, Soccer
Walt scored three goals in the Firebirds’  5-1 win at Turpin on Saturday.  He scored the first two goals of the game as well as the last to complete the ‘Hat Trick’.  His ‘Hat Trick (three goal game)‘ was the first ever credited to a freshman Lakota West boys soccer player.  After five games Zellner leads the team in scoring with 7 points.

 

Ashley Adams



Ashley Adams
Junior, Soccer
Ashley scored a team leading two goals in the Firebirds 6-0 win in the GMC season opener at Princeton on Tuesday  and scored the teams only goal at Turpin on Thursday.  After five games she leads the team in scoring with 8 points.
8/26/14 – 9/1/14
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Blake Darland
Senior, Football
Blake threw a school record 5 TD’s and ran the ball for a 6th TD leading West to a 46-43 win over Loveland in the season opener at Miami University on Friday.  Darland became the first player in the 56 year history of Lakota District football to pass for over 300 yards in a single game.  His final total of 356 yards topped the previous record of 299 yards set by John Shivner, Lakota, in 1975.

 

Emily Worpenberg




Emily Worpenberg
Sophomore, Golf
Emily was the medalist in West’s one stroke dual match win over Hamilton on Tuesday.  She was runner-up for medalist honors in Thursdays quad match hosted by Sycamore trailing the medalist by just two strokes with a 4 over par 40 and leading the Firebirds to a second place finish.
8/18/14 – 8/25/14
Josh Oeters

Josh Oeters
Senior, Cross Country
Josh finished 4th out of 154 runners at the Finishtiming XC Classic on Saturday at Wilmington College.  He led the Firebirds to a 3rd place finish in this 22 school meet. Oerter ran the 5K distance in an outstanding early season time of 16:57 finishing less than six seconds out of the lead.
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Gloria Corona
Senior, Cross Country
Gloria finished 4th out of 85 runners at the Finishtiming XC Classic on Saturday at Wilmington College. She led the Firebirds to a 2nd place finish in this 13 school event as she covered the 5K distance in 19:32 to post the teams first sub 20 minute time of the season.
8/11/14 – 8/17/14
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Chase Martini
Junior, Golf
Chase led the Firebirds in scoring in three out of four events this week. His team leading two over par 74 at the Centerville Invitational on Thursday was also his all time personal best while competing for Lakota West.
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Abby Boellner
Junior, Golf
Abby was the medalist in the Colerain Dual meet on Wednesday.  She was also the leading scorer for West in two of three events this week, and had the teams low cumulative stroke total for the week.  Her score of 83 at the Fairfield Invitational on Monday was her personal best while competing as a Firebird.
8/4/14 – 8/10/14
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Chase Martini
Junior, Golf
Chase finished among the leaders at the 21 team Indian Hill Invitational played at the Hamilton Elks golf course on Friday.  He carded a three over par 75, just two strokes out of first place.  Martini played in three events this week and has a team leading eighteen hole average of 79.33.
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Emily Worpenberg
Sophomore, Golf
Emily led the Firebirds in scoring in all three of the invitational tournaments they competed in this week.  Now in her second varsity season Worpenberg’s  83 at the Middletown Invitational in West’s season opener was a new personal best for her while in a Lakota West uniform.