Sat. Feb 24th, 2024

LAFAYETTE — Six different schools from three different counties are represented in the Journal and Courier Athletes of the Week vote after outstanding performances by three boys and girls between Jan. 15 and Jan. 20.

One gymnast scored big during two meets in Lafayette while a Carroll senior put on a show for the ages with his scoring in Flora. Two basketball players from Lafayette and Seeger dominated the court while a wrestler and swimmer each earned conference titles.

McCutcheon sophomore Lillie Graves (top left), Harrison senior Micah Wright (top center), Carroll senior Chris Huerta (right), Faith Christian senior Eli Blossom (bottom middle) and Central Catholic sophomore Anthony Korchnak and Seeger junior Rylea Wetz (not shown) are among six J&C Athletes of the Week fans can vote from.

Four sports are represented. Who has your vote? It’s time to unveil these six J&C Athletes of the Week candidates.

The athletes were selected by fans, coaches and Journal and Courier sports reporters. Voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and winners will be announced Friday morning. To nominate an athlete, email sports reporter Ethan Hanson at ehanson@gannett.com or Sam King at sking@jconline.com.

Chris Huerta

Chris Huerta goes up for two points in the Class 2A regional championship game against Wapahani at Lapel on March 11, 2023.

School: Carroll

Sport: Basketball

Class: Senior

Team contributions: Huerta scored a program record 46 points and sank 11 3-pointers, also a program record to lead Carroll over Faith Christian 74-60 last Saturday. Huerta broke 45-year record once held by Nick Beaver in 1975. Carroll is 9-4 and have won five of its last six games since Dec. 28.

Faith Christian senior wrestler Eli Blossom (center) works a pin during practice at Faith Christian School on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023.

Eli Blossom

School: Faith Christian

Sport: Wrestling

Class: Senior

Team contributions: Blossom, a 150-pound wrestler, set a new Eagles program for wins and won three matches via pinfall to win the Midwest Conference title. All of Blossom’s victories occurred in the first period.

Anthony Korchnak

Central Catholic Anthony Korchnak reacts after racing in the 200-yard freestyle during the IHSAA Hoosier Conference swimming and diving championship, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

School: Central Catholic

Sport: Swimming

Class: Sophomore

Team contributions: Korchnak ripped and kicked through the water at a pace that showcased both speed and endurance during the Hoosier Conference Championships last Saturday. The sophomore won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.96 and won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.89.

Micah Wright

Harrison Micah Wright competes in the beam during the IHSAA gymnastics invitational, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, at Linnwood Elementary School in Lafayette, Ind.

School: Harrison

Sport: Gymnastics

Class: Senior

Team contributions: Wright who qualified for the 2023 State All-Around is showing why there’s still plenty more to achieve in her final year. Wright won two All-Around titles during a 7-team meet at performed clean saltos during her floor routine and landed cleanly during two gymnastics meets held at Lafayette Area Gymnastics Club last Wednesday and an 8-team meet at Elite Gymnastic Club on Saturday.

Lillie Graves

Benton Central Bison Sienna Foster (23) defends McCutcheon Mavericks Lillie Graves (12) during the IHSAA girl’s basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Ind. McCutcheon won 37-36.

School: McCutcheon

Sport: Basketball

Class: Freshman

Team contributions: Graves’ reputation is quickly growing as she continues to have more impressive performances like she had last Friday against Anderson. Graves scored 37 points to lead McCutcheon over Anderson 78-63 to win last Wednesday. Graves is being recruited by multiple Power 4 conference schools including Purdue and is averaging over 20 points per game throughout the season.

Rylea Wetz

School: Seeger

Sport: Basketball

Class: Junior

Team contributions: Wetz scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds to beat North Montgomery 32-26 last Tuesday. Wetz leads Seeger and averaged 12.2 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Ethan Hanson is the sports reporter for the Journal & Courier in Lafayette. He can be reached atehanson@gannett.com, on Twitter at EthanAHansonand Instagram at ethan_a_hanson.

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