ThisWeek names finalists for team, Coach of the Year awards


We have another announcement ahead of the Central Ohio High School Sports Awards being held on June 15th at the Ohio Theater.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Today we are announcing the finalists for Coach of the Year and Team of the Year.

The coaches are Justin Buttermore of Upper Arlington, James Gerdes of Grandview Heights and Jack Purtell of Reynoldsburg. The teams are the Grandview Heights men’s soccer team, the New Albany women’s lacrosse team, and the Reynoldsburg women’s basketball team.

Finalist coaches and all players and coaches of the finalist teams will receive a free ticket to the awards ceremony by registering on Additional tickets can be purchased at

This is also a good time to remind Fall, Winter and Spring sports finalists to register if they haven’t already.

Buttermore led the Golden Bears football team to its best season since winning the Division I state title in 2000. UA finished 14-1 on aggregate, losing to Lakewood St. Edward 16 -10 in the state semi-finals. The Bears also finished 5-0 in the OCC-Central Division. Buttermore was also the league, district and state Coach of the Year.

Gerdes guided the Bobcats men’s soccer team to a 17-4-2 record, including the first state tag team championship in school history. Grandview defeated Columbiana Crestview 4-2 in the Division III State Finals. Gerdes was also named Men’s Football Coach of the Year in 2017, the first year This week awarded the prize.

Under Purtell, the Raiders women’s basketball team finished 26-2 and captured the program’s first state title with a 63-56 overtime win over Mason in the Division I. C championship game. It was the fourth trip to the state for Purtell and the Raiders, who lost in the semifinals in 2010, ’12 and ’16.

After losing in the last three Division I State Finals, the New Albany women’s lacrosse team broke through by beating Upper Arlington 13-12 in overtime. Trailing 12-9 in the dying minutes of regulation time, the Eagles rallied to force overtime, then won on a goal from Maddy Paz.

Female and Male Athletes of the Year will also be recognized, but these finalists will not be announced in advance.

Additionally, Central Ohio’s top athletes in 30 sports will be honored at the awards ceremony, presented by Encova Insurance and in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine and Raising Cane’s. Athletes of the Year will be named in each sport.

In addition, 23 university-athletes will be awarded scholarships.

Former Ohio State and NFL star Malcolm Jenkins, two-time Super Bowl champion, will be the guest speaker.



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