Cam Blair Leena Patibandla 2021 Stark County High School Sports Awards


Cam Blair of Sandy Valley and Leena Patibandla of Jackson were named Male and Female Athletes of the Year at Wednesday night’s Stark County High School Sports Awards.

Blair rewrote the county’s football achievement records, won Ohio wrestling honors and played baseball in Sandy Valley.

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In football, Blair ended his career number one in the county with 9,181 passing yards and 116 touchdown passes. He helped the Cardinals reach the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history last fall when he scored 41 touchdowns. He will continue his athletic career with a football scholarship to Ashland University.

Blair finished third in Division III at 195 pounds at this year’s state wrestling tournament. The state double qualifier also helped Sandy Valley reach the quarterfinals of the state duel tournament.

In baseball, Blair has ranked among the county’s offensive leaders on average, walks and runs and pitching leaders in the ERA and strikeouts.

Jackson's Leena Patibandla wins the girls' disc at this year's Division I district track competition.

Patibandla is also a three sports athlete in Jackson. In her sophomore year, she helped lead the Polar Bear volleyball team to a Division I district championship and a place in the regional finals. In basketball, she placed fourth in the county in assists while also ranking among the top rebounders in the county.

In the spring, Patibandla’s success continued in athletics. She won Federal League titles in the high jump and the discus, while placing fourth in the long jump. She qualified for the Division I state competition in the high jump and discus, winning All-Ohio honors in both. She finished second in the regional high jump and discus after winning district titles in both events.

Here’s a look at this year’s top winners and players of the year in each sport. A replay of the awards ceremony is available online at

Stark County High School Sports Awards

Football Player of the Year: Joshua Lemon, Perry

Volleyball Player of the Year: Aly Stanislawski, Jackson

Female Tennis Player of the Year: Tess Bucher, Hoover

Male Cross Country Rider of the Year: Nathan Moore, Lake

Female Cross Country Runner of the Year: Alex Bauer, Lake

Male Golf Player of the Year: Kyle Freudeman, Central Catholic

Female Golf Player of the Year: Avery Wright, Jackson

Male Soccer Player of the Year: Evan Wilson, Jackson

Female Soccer Player of the Year: Caitlin Bruni, Jackson

Male Basketball Player of the Year: Kobe Johnson, McKinley

Female Basketball Player of the Year: Nakyah Terrell, McKinley

Bowler of the Year: Chase Barstow, Louisville

Bowler of the Year: Brooke Tucker, McKinley

Gymnast of the year: Kiara Hockman, Jackson

Swimming and diving athlete of the year: Karl Helmuth, Hoover

Female Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year: Reagan St. Clair, Hoover

Wrestler of the Year: Davin Rhoads, Louisville

Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Luke Laubacher, Perry

Female Athlete of the Year in Track and Field: Alex Bauer, Lake

Baseball Player of the Year: Eric Baum, Central Catholic.

Female Lacrosse Player of the Year: Allie Hartnett, Jackson

Male Lacrosse Player of the Year: Drew Robinson, Hoover

Softball Player of the Year: Missy Holzopfel, Perry

Male Tennis Player of the Year: Alvin Altman, Jackson

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Male Athlete of the Year: Cameron Blair, Sandy Valley Football, Wrestling, Baseball

Female Athlete of the Year: Leena Patibandla, Jackson volleyball, basketball, track and field

Coach of the Year: Rick Morrison, Hoover Swimming and Diving

Team of the Year: Boys from the Eastern Township

Excellence in Action Award: Mary Mason, Marlington

Courage Award: Davin Rhoads, Louisville

I am the sport award: Sarianne Baum, Marlington

Best Group Fan Award: Vacuum

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