In a vote that ended Feb. 19, Cincinnati.com readers selected winners for the Cincinnati Enquirer Athlete of the Week, presented by Mercy Health, for the Feb. 8-14 voting period.
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This week's winners are:
Ohio winter team, boys: Reading bowling – Reading had a team score of 3780, winning the Colerain Bowl sectional on Feb. 11 by 209 pins.
Ohio winter team, girls: Harrison girls wrestling – The Wildcats hosted the Southwest Girls District Tournament, capturing the team title and qualifying eight wrestlers to the girls state championship next weekend. Highlighting those eight was a championship by Chloe Dearwester at 106 pounds and two runners-up in Jessica Edwards (235) and Gabby Chandler (189).
Northern Kentucky/Indiana boys team: Simon Kenton boys swimming – The Pioneers are now a perfect 6-0 in meets after the weekend.
Northern Kentucky/Indiana girls team: Conner girls basketball – The Cougars went 2-0 including a win over Walton-Verona.
Boys archer: Elijah Riddle, Community Christian – The junior won the Diocesan tournament with a 295.
Girls archer: Paige Robbins, Simon Kenton - The senior finished second in the Diocesan tournament, and first among females, with a 294.
Ohio boys basketball player, big school: Kobe Rodgers, St. Xavier – The senior had 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in St. Xavier’s 51-46 win over Moeller Feb. 12. It was the program’s first victory over Moeller in 15 years.
Ohio boys basketball player, small school: Jack Borgerding, Mariemont – The senior forward had 21 points and five rebounds in Mariemont’s 65-59 overtime win over Reading Feb. 13.
Ohio girls basketball player, big school: Danni Krauser, Seton – The senior forward posted an 18-point, 15-rebound double-double in Seton’s 54-39 playoff win over Wilmington Feb. 10. It was Seton’s first postseason victory since 2011.
Ohio girls basketball player, small school: Grace Burrows, Georgetown – She had 15 points, including four 3-pointers, in Georgetown’s 62-53 win over Felicity-Franklin Feb. 9.
Northern Kentucky/Indiana boys basketball player: Joel Iles, Newport Central Catholic – The junior guard had 29 points in a key 79-76 win over Holy Cross Feb. 11.
Northern Kentucky/Indiana girls basketball player: Ellie Smith, Conner – The senior averaged 18.5 points a game including shooting 56 percent while leading the Cougars to two wins in as many games.
Boys bowler: Caden Graham, Mason – The sophomore had a 401 series Feb. 10 in a victory over Lakota West, assuring Mason tied for GMC championship. On Saturday at the GMC tournament, he bowled a 658 series including a 277 game to make the all-tournament team and helping Mason to a second-place finish.
Girls bowler: Elizabeth Granlund, McNicholas – Granlund secured her spot at districts with a 489, making her the highest individual t qualify at the Cherry Grove sectionals.
Gymnast: Mattie Bailey, Anderson – The senior went four for four; hitting all of her routines and helped lead the Anderson High School Gymnastics team to a very close second place in the Cincinnati City Championships. (AHS: 141.90; Lakota West 142.25). Mattie earned all-city honors on vault, beam, floor, and all-around. She finished seventh in the all-around; fourth in vault; sixth on beam; and eighth on floor. Mattie has finished in the Top 10 at city championships during all four seasons of her high school gymnastics career.
Ice hockey: Jack Peirol, Northern Kentucky Norsemen - The sophomore center netted two goals and assisted on two more to help the Norsemen trounce the Indian Hill Rangers 9-3 on Sunday.
Boys swimmer/diver: Troy Grubb, Scott – He won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle Feb. 13 and anchored both freestyle relay wins for Scott, giving him nine wins in three meets.
Girls swimmer/diver: Kyra Hall, East Central – The senior finished 13th in the 100-yard backstroke at the IHSAA state meet, the only local to qualify for the finals.
Ohio boys wrestling: Ramakrishna “Wildcat” Gandhi, Madeira – The junior continued his undefeated streak with wins over Taylor and New Richmond. He is now 18-0 with 12 pins. He has won every match by pin or technical fall. Wildcat is ranked the No. 5 wrestler in Ohio.
Girls wrestling: Rachel Elizondo, Fairfield – She won first place in the 111-pound weight class at the Southwest Ohio Girls District Tournament Feb. 14 to advance to the state tournament.
NKY/IND wrestling: Cooper Elliston, Conner – He notched the win in a meet against Simon Kenton