By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
Ravenna High School hosted its 8th annual ESPYs athletic-awards ceremony on Wednesday.
The event was initiated by Ravenna social studies teacher and boys soccer coach Matt Wunderle in 2016 as a regal and exciting replacement to the school’s annual Letterwinner’s Dinner.
Wednesday’s prestigious and formal-dress event captured that for the Ravens once again.
Here are a look at the winners of all of the ESPYs.
Male Raven Award: Ben Rainone
Female Raven Award: Avonlea Jefferson
Female Athlete of the Year: Kyla Carney
Male Athlete of the Year: Pavel Henderson
Breakthrough Athlete: Preston Hatcher
Best Individual Performance: Abigail Retherford
Coach of the Year: Marlon Jones
Best Game: Boys basketball vs. Woodridge
Best Upset (tie): Softball’s 3-2 win over Streetsboro; Girls tennis’ Jameson Jordan vs. Woodridge at Metro Athletic Conference Tournament
Best Play (tie): Boys basketball’s Marcus Gibson’s buzzer-beater at Streetsboro; Boys soccer’s Mason Ward’s game-winning goal vs. Streetsboro
Outstanding Team: Boys bowling
Best Dressed: Cheerleading
Elite Scholar-Athlete: Kyla Carney, Reese Johnston
Abigail Retherford, Marcus Gibson, Landon Skilton, Ben Rainone, Paige China, Reese Johnston, Mason Warad, Ben Hatcher, Nick Iurato, Hannah Chris, Cadence Tackett, Parker Addison, Jacob Champ, Kevin Robbins, Ashlyn Williams, Zoe Bevilacqua, Sean Loucks, Kyla Carney, Avonlea Jefferson
THREE- OR FOUR-SPORT ATHLETES
Kyla Carney: volleyball, basketball, track
Morgan Decker: Fall cheer, winter cheer, softball
Marcus Gibson: Golf, basketball, baseball
Pavel Henderson: Football, basketball, track
Reese Johnston: Cross country, soccer, track
Darya Olefir: Fall cheer, winter cheer, track
Ben Rainone: Cross country, boys soccer, tennis
Abigail Retherford: Volleyball, basketball, track
Mallory Sterba: Tennis, bowling, softball
Congratulations to the girls Volleyball team for maintaining a high 3 plus GPA