The athletic departments at Lakota East and Lakota West high schools recently named their athletes of the week. Senior Matt Rice and sophomore Abbie VanFossen received the honor at Lakota East, while junior Joe Clear and senior Tori Turner were honored at Lakota West.
Last Saturday, Rice was the individual champion at the Princeton Invitational. His time of 16:49 was the best out of 71 runners and helped lead his team to a first-place finish at the meet. Prior to that event, Rice finished third at the Lebanon Inv., which was the team’s best individual finish. Lakota East, as a team, also won that meet on Sept. 1. Again on Aug. 25, Rice finished third and led the Thunderhawks to a first-place finish at the Brookville Grade Level Challenge.
VanFossen posted a time of 19:14 to take the individual title at last Saturday’s Princeton’s Inv. Her time was the best out of 42 runners and helped East to a second-place finish. Earlier this season, VanFossen posted a time of 19:09 to finish second at the Brookville meet on Aug. 25.
Last week, junior Joe Clear scored his team’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Turpin Sept. 4. Two nights later, Clear scored three goals in Lakota West’s 6-0 win at Colerain. The Firebirds have since followed those two wins with a 6-0 win against Middletown and a 1-0 win at Fairfield. The team is now 7-0-1 and 3-0 within the GMC – and are ranked No. 1 in The Cincinnati Enquirer coaches’ poll.
Turner has been playing in the No. 1 singles slot for the Firebirds this fall and won her last two matches. Overall, according to the Greater Miami Conference website, Turner has an overall 8-2 record at No. 1 singles and is a perfect 6-0 against fellow No. 1 singles within the GMC.