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The vote is open for the athlete of the week.
Dispatch.com readers can now vote for their favorite high school athletes of the week on their desktop, the Dispatch.com mobile website, or the Dispatch app once per hour by scrolling through the ballots listed below. below.
The deadline is 4 p.m. Friday.
High school sports: Here’s how to name Columbus-area Athletes of the Week in 2021-22
State champions: Which Columbus area athletes and teams won high school state titles in 2021-22?
Voting for Athlete of the Week takes place weekly at high school athletic competitions and recognizes athletes from all sports.
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Athletes have been nominated over the past few weeks for voting beginning Monday, May 23. You can nominate athletes for the upcoming week’s performances for voting which begins next Monday, May 30.
Last week’s winner: Grace Daily of Buckeye Valley Named Columbus Area High School Athlete of the Week
Please do not submit your votes by email; they won’t count. Nominations and votes are not the same thing.
The athletes are on the ballot this week based on information made available to The Dispatch and nominations made over the past week.
Once athletes win during the regular season, they are not eligible to be back on the ballot until the playoffs. If the athletes did not win in the regular season, they can be nominated more than once.
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Here are this week’s Athlete of the Week candidates:
Tyler Bussard, Worthington Kilbourne Lacrosse: Set a single-game school record by winning 20 faceoffs in a 13-12 four-overtime victory at Pickerington North in a Division I, Region 3 quarter-final. Bussard won 20 of 31 faceoffs .
Carsyn Cassady, Watkins Memorial Softball: Struck out 13 times and allowed four hits in a 9-1 win over Westerville Central in the District Championship.
Ella Esterby, Gahanna Softball: Allowed three hits and struck out the last 10 batters she faced in a 6-0 win over Olentangy Liberty in the District Championship.
Austin Flamm, Bexley Tennis: Fought 10 match points to bet Jacob Khvalsky of Columbus Academy 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (6-2) to secure a 3-2 win in the Central/Southeast District Championship. Flamm also joined teammate Stefan Schiff in winning the Division II district doubles title to qualify for the state tournament.
Makena Harrington, Olentangy Liberty stick: Broke the school’s single-season goalscoring record when they scored five goals in a 19-4 win over Delaware in the Division I, Region 1 quarter-finals. Harrington has 74 goals, beating the brand of 72 from Molly Bursinger established in 2019.
Nick Kudika, Watterson baseball: Tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Licking Valley in the second round of the District Tournament. He had a perfect game in 6 1/3 innings before Watterson made a mistake. He retired the last two batters to preserve the non-hitter.
Reese Poston, Lancaster Softball: Thrown a deuce with 10 strikeouts and no walks and hit a brace in a 5-1 win over Olentangy Orange in the District Championship.
Melina Spiropoulos, Whetstone Softball: Strikeout 11 and allowed two hits in a 21-0 five-inning win over Briggs in the City League Championship.