St. Xavier coach Steve Specht and quarterback Matthew Rueve discuss Bombers football
Scott Springer, [email protected]
In a vote ending Sept. 13, cincinnati.com readers voted for the Cincinnati Enquirer athletes of the week winners, Sept. 2-8, presented by TriHealth.
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This week’s winners are:
Ohio football team of the week: St. Xavier – Thanks to three touchdown tosses from quarterback Matthew Rueve to Marshall Long, the Bombers escaped enemy territory with a 21-14 victory to spoil Shawn Cutright’s Colerain home debut.
Northern Kentucky/Indiana football team of the week: Conner – Conner (2-1) dominated Dixie Heights 35-0 on the strength of a dominant game from senior Jared Hicks, who is one of the top returning quarterbacks in Northern Kentucky.
Fall team of the week: Conner boys soccer – They are off to a 7-1-1 start, which includes a scoreless draw with defending state runner-up Highlands Aug. 29.
Boys cross country: William Zegarski, Little Miami – The sophomore, who holds the fastest time in the Southwest Ohio Conference as of Sept. 7, was the highest local placer at second in the Zane Trace Invitational Sept. 7, helping Little Miami to a third-place team finish.
Girls cross country: Renae Kopser, Ryle – The sophomore was the highest local placer at third place in the Sept. 7 Mason County Invitational, helping Ryle to a fifth-place team finish.
Boys golf: Zach Fidishun, Turpin – The junior was medalist with a 75 in the Moeller Invitational and helped lead Turpin to a second-place finish in a 19-team (76 player) event.
Girls golf: Zoe Luebbers, St. Ursula Academy – She was medalist with a 1-over par 37 on the front nine at Miami Whitewater.
Field hockey: Molly Kaes, Mount Notre Dame – She scored two goals in the 5-0 win over Bishop Hartley Sept. 7 and added another in the 6-0 win over Fairmont.
Ohio football: Trey Munson, Deer Park – The junior quarterback accounted for five total touchdowns, four through the air to four different receivers and one on the ground, to lead the Wildcats’ offense in a 46-0 win over Clark Montessori.
Northern Kentucky/Indiana football: Travis Brauer, Walton-Verona – He had two touchdown runs, the second with 25 seconds to go, to lead the Bearcats to a 22-21 win over North Laurel.
Boys soccer: Grant George, Conner – The junior keeper has given up only 1 goal for the entire season. In two games against Highlands and Simon Kenton, he had 11 saves and gave up zero goals.
Girls soccer: Sophia Kuerze, Oak Hills – The freshman forward scored 3 goals this past week to help Oak Hills earn 2 big victories over Hamilton and Mercy McAuley. She scored two goals against Hamilton and scored the game winner against Mercy McAuley.
Tennis: Delaney Dee, Seton – The senior co-captain helped the Seton tennis team win all three matches last week winning first singles vs Mercy 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 third singles vs Anderson 6-2, 6-4 and first singles vs Seven Hills 6-1, 6-1.
Volleyball: Ramei Jackson, Mount Notre Dame – The senior led her team to a well-earned win against St. Ursula Academy in four. She played a near-perfect game, 12 kills, 2 blocks and a hitting percentage of .550.
Water polo: Daniel Belyea, St Xavier – The senior led the Bombers to a fourth-place finish in the Ohio Cup tournament in Columbus played over the weekend. The Bombers were the highest finishing team from Cincinnati and 2nd best from Ohio. Over 5 games, he scored 7 goals, added 5 assists to go along with 10 steals in an all-around stellar performance over the weekend. His strong swimming was a key to this great all-around performance.
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