Posted May 29, 2012
In addition to the two Athletes of the Week, The Dispatch selects a top performer in each sport in season:
Newton, a junior pitcher and shortstop, helped lead the Bulldogs to their second straight Division III district championship. In a 12-2 victory over East Knox in the semifinal, he went 3 for 5 with four RBI and scored one run. Newton threw a complete-game six-hitter with six strikeouts in a 4-3 victory over Pleasant in the championship game. He was 2 for 3 with one RBI and scored a run. Newton was voted Mid-State League Buckeye Division Player of the Year.
COLUMBUS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, TRACK
Chatas, a senior, took four gold medals in helping CSG win the Division II, District 2 championship with 129 points. Chatas won the 800 meters (2:22.45) and 1,600 (5:12.46) and ran on the first-place 1,600 (4:10.6) and 3,200 (9:54.95) relays.
Jeffrey Melvin and Nate Wallace
UPPER ARLINGTON, BOYS TENNIS
Melvin, a sophomore, and Wallace, a junior, teamed to win the Division I Central District doubles championship at Hilliard Davidson. In the final, Melvin and Wallace defeated Oliver Sybert and Alex Kobelt of New Albany 6-2, 7-5 to continue a run in which they haven’t lost a set in four matches.
Gogan, a senior midfielder and first-team All-Central Region choice, had nine points to help the Lions advance to a Division II regional semifinal. Against Canton Central Catholic, he had three goals and three ground balls in a 17-5 opening-round victory. Gogan, who scored four consecutive points in the first half (three goals, one assist), totaled four goals, two assists and five ground balls in a 13-7 quarterfinal win over Wooster.
GRANVILLE, GIRLS LACROSSE
Weaver, a junior attack wing, had four goals and two ground balls in a 13-12 overtime victory over Gahanna in a Club Division regional semifinal. Weaver forced overtime on a goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation and tied the score at 12 with 30 seconds left in overtime before the Blue Aces won as time expired.
HILLIARD BRADLEY, BOYS
Donnelly, a senior captain and middle hitter, helped the Jaguars to their first state tournament with a 17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-10 victory over second-seeded Gahanna in a Division I regional championship match. Donnelly had 17 kills and seven blocks.