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2018 Girls Athletes of the Year


Megan Uszynski • McIntosh
Opponents are used to a familiar view of Megan Uszynski as she pulls away from the pack. McIntosh’s dominant distance runner helped lead her cross country team to a state championship in the fall with a second place individual finish. She followed that up with a fifth place finish in the state’s Cross Country Meet of Champions. She stepped up her game in the spring where she won an individual state title in the 3,200 meter run and finished third in the 1,600 meters. She followed that up with another fifth place finish in the 3,200 meters at the Track Meet of Champions.


Hannah Ohlmeier • Sandy Creek
Hannah Ohlmeier was a nightmare for opposing offenses on the pitch this spring. For her stingy play on the back line, the senior leader earned Region Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors, along with a spot on the All-County First Team. Even as a defender, she notched 2 goals and helped her Lady Patriots team into the second round of the state playoffs.


Emily Nieuwstraten • Starr’s Mill
Emily Nieuwstraten was a force to be reckoned with as a Starr’s Mill senior. In softball season, Nieuwstraten hit 3 home runs and drove in 11 runs as she earned an All-County Second Team nod and the Panthers won the region for the first time since 2005. As strong as she was on the diamond, her signature moment came on the hardwood. Against their rivals from McIntosh, Nieuwstraten sank the game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Chiefs and complete a basketball season sweep. She earned All-County Honorable Mention honors in hoops.


Ashley McMahon • Whitewater
If there was a Wildcats team competing this year, chances are Ashley McMahon was on it. Whitewater’s first four-sport athlete, McMahon competed in cross country, track, swimming, and soccer. In the fall, she was Whitewater’s high finisher at the state cross country meet. Juggling between track and soccer in the spring, she really made her mark. She finished sixth in the state in the 1,600 meter run at the state track meet, and helped the Lady Wildcats win a state soccer championship as a defender, earning All-County Honorable Mention. The true scholar-athlete will run cross country and track on scholarship at Mercer University.


Elizabeth Gibbs • Landmark Christian
As Elizabeth Gibbs brings her junior year at Landmark Christian School to a close, one thing has become evident: Elizabeth believes in being all she can be. In girls’ basketball Elizabeth cracked the 1,000 point barrier and garnered All-State honors while helping the Lady War Eagles reach the second round of the 2018 Class A private school playoffs. Elizabeth also rewrote the record books in girls’ track in the field events, setting school records in the shot put, discus, and triple jump. Elizabeth then proceeded to win state in the discus and finish third in the shot put and triple jump.


Morgan Jones • Our Lady of Mercy
There may never be another Morgan Jones to pass through the halls of Our Lady of Mercy. The once-in-a-lifetime talent lived up to all of the lofty expectations heading into her senior season. With a ridiculous stat line of 29.5 points, 15.3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4.4 blocks a game, Jones was named All-County Player of the Year, among a host of other accolades. She leaves as OLM as the school’s all-time leading scorer with well over 2,000 career points. One of the highest-rated players in the state, Jones is signed to play at Florida State next year.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.