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The United Soccer Coaches announced their All American Teams.  Eight high school players from the Cincinnati area were named to the teams, four of them from the CHL.  The two girls were Myah Giordullo of Mariemont and Ellie Podojil of Indian Hill.  The two boys were Ben Ramos of Madeira & Caleb Tan of Indian Hill.  The All Americans will be recognized at the All Amercian Ceremony & Reception at the United Soccer Coaches Convention.  It will be held in at the Baltimore Convention Center on January 18th.  Besides the four All Americans, three other league soccer players were named to the Great Lakes Regional Team: Lydia Jervier (Wyoming), Luke Brothers (Mariemont), & Jesse Levine (Wyoming).

Congratulations to all seven soccer players for their honors!

Evan Prater, Wyoming quarterback, has been named Mr. Football in Ohio for 2019.  The award is chosen by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA).  It is given to the best football player in Ohio all divisions.  The award has been given out since 1987 and Prater is only the second Cincinnati area player to be honored with the title.  The last time was 1992 when Marc Edwards of Norwood won.  For Prater, this is a fitting tribute to a player that has rewrote Wyoming football records.  As a starting quarterback, he is 40-2 with three CHL championships, two regional championships, two appearances in the final four and the 2018 Division IV State Championship.  Prater will be playing his college football at the University of Cincinnati.  Interesing enough, he will be teammates with another Mr. Ohio Football.  Running back Michael Warren won the honor in 2016 at Toledo Central Catholic.

SID Note - When I was a middle school teacher at Norwood I had Marc Edwards in my class.  I followed Marc's football career covering him many times on cable TV.  Marc stood out as one of the best students I have ever known.  He and Evan have many things in common.  One of the top ones is being a "class" individual.   Another outstanding student I had as a middle school teacher was Aaron Hancock, Wyoming football coach.

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) announced the All Ohio football teams for Divisions IV, V, VI.  A total of 14 league players made the list, including 2 players of the year.

Division IV
Co Offensive Player of the Year - Evan Prater (Wyoming)  For Evan, it was his 2nd year in a row for the award.
Defensive Player of the Year - Camden O'Gara (Wyoming)
1st Team
Evan Prater, Camden O'Gara
2nd Team
Amari Whitehead (Indian Hill)
3rd Team
Luke Lundberg (Indian Hill), Harrison Shepherd (Wyoming)
Special Mention
Joop Mitchell (Wyoming)

Division V
1st Team
Lee Megois (Madeira)
2nd Team
Tanner Cromer (Reading), Michael Moehring (Mariemont)
Special Mention
Seth Greene (Mariemont), Marquan Curtis (Mariemont)

Division VI
Special Mention
Norey Johnson (Deer Park), Eric Hamilton (Deer Park), Dearis Thomas (Deer Park)

Wyoming's state best 28 game football win streak ended in the Division IV semi-finals,losing to Clyde 35-14.  Gunner Golden had 5 touchdown runs for the Fliers.  Evan Prater had a 35 yard TD run.  Brennan Pagen also had a 35 yard scoring run.  AJ Washienko had 2 PAT kicks.  Wyoming finished the season 13-1.  Congratulations to Coach Aaron Hancock and the Cowboy players on not only a great season but a great two year run that produced a 28-1 record, a state championship, and two regional titles.

Evan Prater finished his football career with some impressive numbers:
5705 yards passing, 72 touchdown passes
4108 yards rushing, 74 touchdown runs
9813 total yards and 146 touchdowns
Next football stop for Prater, UC Bearcats!

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