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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Ohio high school athlete of the week for Dec. 13-19. Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, email swanson@scorebooklive.comor tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @SBLiveOH.


KK Bransford, Mount Notre Dame girls basketball

The 5-foot-10 standout posted 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists against Ryle (Kentucky).

Laurell Brown, Cloverleaf girls basketball

Brown had 28 points and nine rebounds against Kent Roosevelt. The Colts beat the Rough Riders, 67-55.

Charlie Ciolek, Olmsted Falls boys basketball

Ciolek led his team with 24 points and nine rebounds in a 56-46 victor over Elyria.

Brandon Clint, Southeast boys basketball

Clint scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, hitting five 3-pointers in a 65-60 road win over Lake Center Christian.

Deborah Davenport, Woodward Career Technical girls basketball

Davenport had 22 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocks in a 68-65 win over Hughes STEM. 

Raegan Ernst, Dublin Jerome gymnastics

Finished first in the all-around (36.45) at the Hilliard Invitational. Ernst placed first on vault (9.05), beam (9.3) and floor (9.35).

Derrick James, Canal Winchester boys basketball

Had 33 points, four assists and four rebounds in a tough loss to Westerville North, 75-65. 

Olivia Kuhel, Shaker girls swimming and diving

Kuhel won four events in the 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay.

Constance Loring, Hudson girls basketball

Loring scored 21 points, 20 rebounds and three steals in a 68-35 win over Twinsburg.

Anthony Messina, University School hockey

Messina scored two goals as University took down defending state champion Toledo St. Francis, 4-0.

Jake Niffenegger, La Salle wrestling

The senior won the outstanding wrestler award at the 2021 SWOWCA Coaches Classic Invitational. He defeated three-time state champion Carson Thomas at 138 pounds.

Lani Robinson, Lake girls basketball

Had six 3-pointers and 30 points overall as Lake defeated Genoa 73-41.

Imarianah Russell, Reynoldsburg girls basketball

The West Virginia commit had 25 points, marking her fifth 20-plus-point game of the season. The Raiders beat Lancaster 73-32.

R.J. Stoller, Thomas Worthington hockey

Stoller had five goals and an assist in a 9-1 win vs. Worthington Kilbourne and a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win vs. Dublin Jerome.

LB Towns Jr., Linden-McKinley boys basketball

Scored a game-high 26 points as Linden-McKinley dominated Centennial in an 80-53 victory.