Finalists Named For Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has selected its finalists for the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

Finalists were selected by local sports and media outlets as well as an awards committee who chose outstanding athletes from Northeast Ohio’s following counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark and Summit. 

The finalists in the following categories were based on highest number of votes: male and female high school athlete of the year, male and female collegiate athlete of the year and professional athlete of the year.

Winners from each category will be announced live at the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Award which will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Downtown Cleveland. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Male High School Athlete of the Year presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine 

Michael Boehm, Lacrosse, St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland

Malvin Gblah, Soccer, Lakewood High School, Lakewood

Noah Potter, Football, Mentor High School, Mentor

Female High School Athlete of the Year presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine 

Olivia Howell, Track & Field/Cross Country, Solon High School, Solon

Madi Nunez, Softball, Keystone High School, Lagrange

Ava Rauser, Volleyball, Rocky River High School, Rocky River


Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year 

Jairod James, Wrestling, University of Mount Union, Bedford

Dre’Mont Jones, Football, Ohio State University, Cleveland

University of Akron Men’s Soccer Team, Soccer, University of Akron, Akron


Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year

Rachel Bender, Soccer, Baldwin-Wallace University, Jackson

Anna Brandt, Cross Country, Cleveland State University, Rocky River

Erin Gardner, Volleyball, Kent State University, Avon

Professional Athlete of the Year presented by FOX Sports Ohio 

Corey Kluber, MLB, pitcher, Cleveland Indians  

Baker Mayfield, NFL, quarterback, Cleveland Browns

Jose Ramirez, MLB, third-base, Cleveland Indians

Denzel Ward, NFL, corner-back, Cleveland Browns  


Greater Cleveland Sports Awards is the premier annual fundraiser that supports Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and celebrates a year of athletic achievements in Northeast Ohio. This event features appearances from current and former national sports celebrities along with a formal dinner, and awards ceremony honoring the top high school, collegiate and professional sports accomplishments in 2018.

Recipients of additional awards for the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards are as follows:

Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award Sophia Pecjak, Lake Catholic High School, soccer & basketball

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Cuyahoga Community College Sandy Alomar Jr., Cleveland Indians

Best Moment presented by JACK Cleveland Casino – to be announced at event

For more information about the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, visit

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