DARKE COUNTY – Two athletes who are peaking at the right time of the year are this week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week.
This week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week are Ansonia football player Cody Sanders and Greenville girls cross country runner Isabelle Rammel.
Sanders is sixth among Darke County football players with 562 rushing yards this season. The senior posted back-to-back 100-yard games with 118 against Twin Valley South and 130 against Tri-Village.
“He’s gotten better as the season has gone on,” Ansonia football coach Eugene Hoening said. “I think offensively he’s a smaller running back, but he’s extremely quick, and he’s used that quickness to his advantage.”
Sanders, who also has 28 tackles on defense, has split carries throughout the season with a number of teammates, which has limited his individual statistics.
“It keeps them fresh,” Hoening said. “We haven’t leaned heavily on any one back. They all seem to contribute somewhat equally to the success of the offense.”
Sanders’ success has mirrored Ansonia’s this season. After starting the year with a 1-4 record, the Tigers reeled off four consecutive victories with Sanders running for a touchdown in all four of those wins.
“I would like to think he plays with urgency and intensity,” Hoening said. “And he is quite competitive.”
Rammel ran a personal-best race during last week’s Ohio High School Athletic Association district cross country meet at Cedarville. The Greenville freshman finished 16th overall in the Division II girls race with a time of 20:22.83.
“That’s a tough course,” Greenville cross country coach Stephanie Lind said. “That’s a college course and not something we’re used to running on so her PRing there is really exciting.”
Rammel’s personal-best time is fourth best among all Darke County girls this season, trailing just Karmen Knepp and Skipp Miller of Bradford and Megan Rismiller of Versailles.
“I feel like from the get-go she just really bought into my program and did everything I asked her to do,” Lind said. “She’s just been all-in the entire season. She has a great attitude. She’s very humble and quietly confident. Mentally she’s very strong, especially for being a freshman.”
With her performance at the district championships Rammel qualified for the OHSAA regional cross country meet, becoming the first Greenville girls to advance to the regional cross country meet since 2011.
“It’s very exciting,” Lind said. “I’m really happy for her and really excited.”
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.