All-Gazette Fall Athlete of the Year

CHILLICOTHE – While football seems to be king in the fall, that doesn’t mean it’s the only sport that has produced outstanding athletes.

Local athletes have had great success this season in a wide range of sports such as volleyball, cross country, golf, tennis and soccer.

Here we will pay tribute to these talented athletes and the legacy they helped create in their respective schools.

Volleyball: Marissa Mullins, Westfall, Sr.

As incredible as it has been for so many players, it’s hard to find one who has resumed a game as often as Marissa Mullins has. As she helped her Mustangs advance to the regional finals, Mullins was a dominant presence, winning 479 eliminations and 100 recoveries, the most among SVC players.

After earning another honor for his performance this season, Mullins was quick to pay tribute to his loved ones for their unwavering support.

“I am very grateful for what I have accomplished this year,” said Mullins. “It would not have been possible without my teammates, coaches, family and friends. I am very grateful to have had them by my side.”

Unioto Sherman's men's soccer team defeated Athens 2-1 in a Division II regional final at Zane Trace High School on November 6, 2021.

Boys Football: Lucas Hanes, Unioto, So.

After a historic men’s football season for the Sherman Tanks that ended with a Final Four appearance, it would be hard not to recognize Lucas Hanes’ play. Hanes has been one of the Shermans’ biggest driving forces of the season, especially with him leading the SVC with 37 goals and 18 assists.

Hanes admitted he had his worries about starting the year, but as the season wore on he realized that Unioto was going to be a tough team to beat.

“I couldn’t have accomplished anything this season without the love and support of my team, family and friends,” said Hanes. “I’m not going to lie at the start of the season, I didn’t have a lot of hope for our team and how this season was going to go. But, once we all got a little chemistry, we became a completely different team, we became family to each other. Our defense was unstoppable, our midfielder was impeccable and we all took care of business. It’s really amazing when you have a team that works too hard than this and pushes you towards your goals. Our seniors have been phenomenal role models for all of us and helping them have an unforgettable season was part of the fun. “

Unioto Sherman's women's football team defeated the Westfall Mustangs 7-0 on Monday, September 20, 2021 in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Women’s football: Karlee Renner, Unioto, Sr.

Sometimes when players change positions it can take a long time to adjust. In Karlee Renner’s case, she has proven to be a natural offensive player. In fact, she was so successful that she was named to the All-SVC squad and was the Division II Second All-District Second Team selection.

When Renner found out that she had been named the best female football player, she said it was all down to the belief of her coaches and teammates.

“I really owe it to my coaches, Jeremy [Clark], Lauren [McKell], and my teammates, ”Renner said. “Coach Clark put me on offense which was a first for me and the position worked really well because of my speed. My team also gave me great passes which helped me to score. I felt our season had started a bit slow, but we kept working and it showed in every game and our defensive line was amazing. Unfortunately the tournaments didn’t go the way we all wanted but we worked hard, got better and had a lot of fun doing it. “

Unioto's Corey Schobelock, right, and Gabe Lynch took first and second respectively with times of 16: 01.58 and 16: 01.73 during the 2021 Southeast District Cross Country on October 23, 2021.

Cross Country Skiing Boys: Corey Schobelock, Unioto, Sr.

On his way to the Sherman Tanks’ second straight season where they finished third in state competition, Corey Schobelock had the best season of his high school career. In addition to helping his team win several regular season competitions, Schobelock finished fifth or higher in SVC, district, regional and state competitions.

Asked about his senior season, Schobelock said his favorite moment came during the biggest event of the season.

“I think the season has gone really well,” said Schobelock. “From start to finish everything went really well. I broke my old personal best and finally finished the races in 15 minutes, even reaching 3:46 pm in the state competition and finishing in fifth place. . “

Zane Trace's Marie Souther (247) took home honors from Ohio after placing 12th with a time of 18: 53.8 at the 2021 OHSAA DIII Girls High School Cross Country Championships in Fortress Obetz on November 6, 2021 .

Cross Country Girls: Marie Souther, Zane Trace, So.

Despite being an underclassman, Marie Souther has enjoyed a meteoric rise since joining the Zane Trace Pioneers. In her second season on the cross country team, she scored several high profile victories and even came in 12th place in the Division III state competition.

While Souther is well known for letting her performance speak for herself, she opened up to thank her supporters.

“I am really thankful that this season has been so great,” said Souther. “I am grateful to all who were there for me, supported me, and to all who I did not know, but who put down roots.”

Tennis: Abbey Sims-Clark, Chillicothe, Sr.

Although the Lady Cavaliers have a very young squad this season, Abbey Sims-Clark has done a great job helping to lead them. As the only oldest on the team, she was a role model for her young teammates and a consistent performer on the pitch. In addition to her consistency, she has been formidable against other CAF opponents, remaining undefeated in all four seasons and named the League’s Player of the Year for the third year in a row.

When told about her appointment, Sims-Clark opened up about her leadership role and praised those who helped her make her the player she has become.

“I think I’ve worked really hard this season not only to push myself but also to push my teammates to be the best we can be,” said Sims-Clark. “I would really like to thank my coach Aaron Koch for being there for me since I started playing tennis at the age of 7. He has taught me everything I know about the sport and I couldn’t. no more grateful to learn from him. “

The Unioto golf team celebrates after winning the Unioto military invitation on August 7.

Golf: Charlie Lewis, Unioto, So.

While it was clear that Unioto had one of the best golf teams in South Ohio, one of the players who stood out the most was promising sophomore Charlie Lewis. He was named SVC Player of the Year after averaging 39.57 points per game and was selected for the Second Team in the All-District Division II.

Regarding her impressive season, Lewis said her team had a lot of expectations within themselves, which made the year all the more rewarding when they achieved them.

“Before the start of the season, our goals were to win the SVC, to have multiple players in the league and to declare themselves,” said Lewis. “Although we couldn’t say it, we won the SVC, we made it to the districts and four of our golfers made it to the league. I am very grateful to my coaches and teammates who helped me. pushed this season. I’m I’m very happy with the way I finished the season. I had three scores in the 70s in the SVC, Sections and Districts final game. I’m also looking to myself. improve even more for next year. ”

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