ESPYs 2019: Predictions
Matt Smith | Sports Writer
On Monday, May 13 the Mason High School athletic department host the popular ESPY’s event that pays tribute to the incredible performances from Mason student athletes during the 2018-19 school year. This program, modeled after the popular ESPN show, has become an eventful night celebrating the year’s top athletic moments. Today, Chronicle sportswriter Matt Smith takes a shot at predicting the winners and making his choice for some of the year’s top athletic achievements.
Game of the year | Football vs. Fairfield
Many games this year were unbelievable, so this was a close race. At the end of the day though, I convinced our sports editor Rahul Parikh that this was the best pick. A thrilling come-from-behind win over Fairfield by the football team had all the excitement anyone could ask for. Collin Brown was huge in this game, and the Comets stole the #2 seed in the playoffs from the Indians. Clutch kicking by Charlie Sipe and overtime suspense on top of that justifies this pick as the game of the year over a great field.
Other games I considered: Baseball vs. Lakota East, Girls Tennis State Championship.
Male Athlete of the Year | Swimmer Adam Chaney
He’s new to Mason but not new to winning. Adam Chaney has been dominating the swimming field, and deserves this honor after winning two state titles and setting multiple state records in the process. Rahul had a strong argument for Akari Porter considering his amazing season on the track, but when you set two state-records, you win Male Athlete of the Year. Done deal.
Other athletes I considered: Akari Porter, Niraj Komatenini Ben Damge
Play of the Year | Bethany Moser’s game winning save
This award was tough to pick, and my partner Rahul and I argued for days about who should win. He claims that Charley Sipe’s game winning field goal over Sycamore would win. It was a great play, but not the regional semifinal! Bethany Moser’s diving save earns play of the year after it clinched a birth in the regional final for the girl’s soccer team over Loveland. Rahul, you’re wrong about this one buddy.
Other plays I considered: Sipe’s GW field goal, Jack Coop’s dunk
Team of the year | Girls Swimming
This award is a two-team race in my eyes. Girls swimming and Boys tennis. Rahul thought that the Boys tennis team will win after winning all of their matches 5-0 except for one. Any other year Rahul, surprisingly, would be right. This year though, the Girls swim team snatches the award. They’ve won back-to-back state championships, and are eyeing a third straight. Team of the Year will be an intriguing award to follow, but I think Rahul is wrong on this one.
Other teams I considered: Boy’s tennis
Female Athlete of the Year | Basketball Player Sammie Puisis
There are a lot of good candidates, but at the end of the day it’s Sammie Puisis and everyone else. This McDonald’s All-American had another dominate season on the court, and should add this award to her long list of achievements. Her stunning resume includes winning a third GMC player of the year award and dropping a 40 piece on Colerain. No argument here, and for once Rahul and I can agree.
Other athletes I considered: Maddie Ullom, Maggie King