UAHS student athletes win awards

by Will Price, ’18

The 2017-18 season was one of remarkable athletic achievement for UAHS. Before the end of the spring season, UA has had some athletes and coaches stand-out.Here are five Bears who earned recognition for their ability.

Senior Dane Goodwin, Boys Basketball

Goodwin’s decorated career for the Golden Bears ended with one of the best seasons in school history, becoming the first from Upper Arlington to win either the Mr. Ohio Basketball award or the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year Award. Mr. Ohio Basketball has been given out since 1989, and previous winners include current NBA players Luke Kennard, Trey Burke and LeBron James.

Goodwin felt honored to receive these both of these awards following his senior season.

“I’m humbled to receive both awards as it’s been a long process through the last four years or so, and to finally get those awards was very rewarding,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin averaged 23.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 23 games this year. He ends his career with the Golden Bears as the all-time leader in points and rebounds. He’ll continue his athletic career next year at the University of Notre Dame.

Wendy Pinta, Girls Lacrosse Head Coach

Pinta is one of the most decorated high school lacrosse coaches in the country. Since being named the coach of the girl’s lacrosse team in 1992, she has won six state championships and was inducted in the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009. In January, she was named the National Girls Lacrosse Head Coach of the year.

As the Bears try to win their fourth straight state championship, Pinta was given this award by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Junior Ben Krimm, Football

Krimm was recognized as the best punter in Division I for his efforts this year, being named to first team all-state for his efforts. He was joined by senior linebacker Dante Landolfi on the all-state teams this year. Krimm is the first punter from Upper Arlington since George Stegmiller in 1997 to be named to First team.

Senior Dakota Elliott, Girls Swimming

Elliott finished off her career on the swim team with the state championship in the 200 yard IM event, her second consecutive championship in this event. She also walked away with a second place finish in the 500 yard freestyle this year.

This wasn’t Elliott’s first taste of gold on the Upper Arlington swim team. She also won gold in the 200 yard medley relay in 2017 along with current seniors Kendra Sheehan and Hannah Caldwell, and they hold the state record at 1:41:88 in the relay.

Elliott said going out with with back-to-back titles in the 200 IM was a fantastic feeling.

“It was really special this year because I felt there was even more competition in the event than last year. I definitely wanted to go out and leave nothing behind because this was my last time ever swimming at the high school,” Elliott said.

She also competed on the water polo team, who advanced to the state final this season before losing 10-9 to Napoleon High School. Elliott scored three goals in that game. The water polo team had their streak of three consecutive state championships snapped.

Elliott also won gold in 2017 for the 400 yard freestyle relay, 2016 in the 200 yard freestyle and 2015 in the 200 yard medley relay. She will continue to swim next year at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sophomore Adrienne Wachtman, Track and Field

Watchtman competes in shot put, discus, and high jump in track to go along with playing basketball. She has performed well in all three events and hopes to make regionals for each one.

“With the OCC meet [on May 9 and 10,] I’m hoping to make it to regionals for all of my events. I’m taking things one step at a time,” Wachtman said.

Wachtman, who made regionals last year after throwing for a personal-best of 116 feet, 6 inches in discus at the district, has PR’s of 35’2” in shot put and 5’3” in the high jump.