Nine Athletes from seven different schools have been named the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach. All statistics incurred during the first few weeks of spring sports.

Below is a look at each Athlete of the Week by sport:




Name: MiLeena Williams

Grade:  Sophomore

School:  Campbell Memorial High School

Stats:  Last week MiLeena batted a 556 with a .609 OBP. She had 8 RBIs, 13 runs, and no strike outs in 23 plate appearances. She also had 13 stolen bases and 33 put outs between catching and 3rd base. Mileena hit a double in the 7th inning with 2 outs against harding to put us back in the lead.

Coaches Quote:  “Mileena led her team offensively and defensively to a 3 game win streak. She played outstanding defensive throughout and came through in clutch moments for her team at the plate,” according to head coach Paul Kish.


Name: Gabby Gradishar

Grade:  Sophomore

School:  Champion High School

Stats: BA  .731,  OBP  .767,  Slug  1.192,  Hits  19,  Doubles  6,  Homeruns  2,  RBI’s  10,  Runs  13,  Walks  3,  Strike-outs  4,  HBP  1,  ROE  1,  SB  1,  Assists  5,  Put-outs  1,  E  0,  Pitching Record  5 – 1 – 1,  ERA  .750,  Runs   4,  ER  4,  BB  1,  K’s  77,  HBP  2,  Hits  17,  SB  2,  WP  1.

Coaches Quote:  “Gabby has been doing a terrific job for us all the way around.  She got her pitching wins against Newton Falls, LaBrae 2x’s, Ursuline, and N. Canton Hoover.  Her loss was to Canfield and her save was against Marlington.,” according to head coach Cheryl Weaver.


Name: Macayle Thornhill

Grade:  Junior

School:  Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  12 innings pitched, 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts

Coaches Quote:  “Macayle took over the two games against McDonald this week when she pitched a total of 12 innings with only 2 earned runs, walking one and striking out 10. She has also been aggressive at the plate and putting the ball in play leading the team with on base percentage. She was also the only hit for the team in the first game against McDonald with a shot to left field to earn herself a triple,” according to head coach Mariah Ciccolelli.


Name: Belle O’Brien

Grade:  Junior

School:  McDonald High School

Stats:  45K, Perfect game vs Badger, Perfect game vs Sebring, Gave up 2 hits, 0 ERA

Coaches Quote:  “Bella O’Brien has been a fierce weapon for the McDonald softball team. Giving up only two hits, 45 strikeouts, and a zero earned run average. She has also pitched two perfect games. Bella stays focused  the moment she steps on the mound,” according to head coach Michelle Titus.


Name: Abby DeJoy

Grade:  Senior

School:  Brookfield High School


Avg.     AB       Hits     R        RBI’s       Doubles      HR’s

.600     15         9        11        10                3              3

Coaches Quote:  “She leads by the way she plays the game,” according to head coach David DeJoy.



Name: Jesse McKee

Grade:  Senior

School: Crestview High School


Stats: 5 Hits, 4 RBI, double, 4 runs scored, .439 AVE in the last 3 games.

Coaches Quote: “Jesse is a 3 year starter at 1st Base.  He brings great knowledge and is a very cognitive player.  He is  a very strong defensive and offensive player,” according to head coach Kory Whitacre.


Name: Trey Rigley

Grade:  Junior

School: Mineral Ridge High School

Stats:  Batting-368 batting avg. 7H, 2 RBIs, 7 R, 7SB

Pitching- 1 W, 1 ER, .80ERA, 11 SO, 8.2 innings 

Coaches Quote: “Trey puts everything he has into every game and his performance is indicative of that,” according to head coach Anthony Ragozine.


Name: Billy Sloan

Grade:  Senior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  (Pitching) 13 1/3 IP 7H 3R 20k 1.05 era 2-0 W/L

(Batting) .348 AVG 3 2B  8 RBI 

Coaches Quote: No Quote

Track & Field

Name: Bailey Wonner

Grade:  Junior

School: Crestview High School

Stats:  Ward Invitational 4/8    2nd High Jump   5-0  4th 4X200 1:56.8   6th 400 m dash 1:06 and at a league meet she scored 1st High Jump  5-0,   1st 400 m dash 1:06.9   1st 4X200  1:54.8   3rd 4X400 4:47

Coaches Quote: “Bailey holds high standards for herself. She puts in extra work to better herself in everything that she does.Baily is such a versatile track athlete. She will compete in any event that the team needs her in. She excels in Track and Field, soccer and in the classroom. Bailey Wonner is a pleasure to coach and is a strong team leader,” according to head coach Tanja Simione.