DARKE COUNTY – Two athletes who advanced to this weekend’s state tournaments are this week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week.
The Daily Advocate athletes of the week are Greenville girls track and field athlete Lexi Addington and Versailles baseball player Kyle Subler.
Addington cleared 11 feet 2 inches at last week’s Division I regional meet, finishing fourth in the region and earning a spot at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet.
Qualifying for state was the culmination of a great second half of the season, which also included a championship in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division meet, a third place finish in the GWOC meet and a championship in the OHSAA Division I district meet at Wayne High School.
“She’s really come on this last part of the season,” Greenville pole vault coach Micah Coblentz said. “The second half was definitely better than the first half of her season.”
During the season Addington worked on her technique, which made a huge difference, Coblentz said. Her work ethic is among the best on the team, Coblentz said, and she’s always one of the first to put in extra time.
“She’s has a very quiet demeanor about her, but at the same time she’s very, very determined,” Coblentz said.
Addington, who entered the state meet with a personal best mark of 11 feet 4 inches, has a quiet determination that makes her a great role model for her teammates.
“She just makes a very good role model for how they should act and perform every day in practice and at meets,” Coblentz said.
Subler also has become a leader for his team as Versailles’ starting catcher. The catcher is like the quarterback of a baseball team, Versailles baseball coach Ryan Schlater said, and Subler has handled that role well.
Most of the time, Schlater said, he allows Subler to work with the pitching staff and call the pitches himself. He makes the right call almost all the time, the coach said.
“I don’t really have to yell his name much to relay signs,” Schlater said. “He’s on top of what we need to call.”
In addition to calling a great game, Subler also provides great defense from the catcher position.
“He’s kind of a rare breed of speed and agility behind the plate,” Schlater said.
Subler is a rare player in that he’s a catcher who also hits leadoff for his team. He’s among the best in Darke County offensively with a .367 average and 16 RBIs.
“I don’t think there’s been a stretch where he hasn’t gone too far without a hit,” Schlater said. “He’s been pretty consistent.”
With Subler’s leadership on both offense and defense, Versailles won the Midwest Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the OHSAA state final four for the first time since 2000.
“We’re pretty fortunate that we do have Kyle back behind the plate, and we can rely on him for leadership,” Schlater said.
Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.