Posted On: 05/29/18 9:08 PM
If you were to look around the city of Cincinnati, you would see the myth of kids focusing solely on one sport being broken. Multiple student-athletes in the area excelled not just on the hardwood, and their feats should be noticed. Here is a list of the best multi-sport athletes in the Cincy area, starting with the Class of 2018. The amount of talent in this class is just insane, so this class will get a two-part article. Here is part one.
Mason Bernhardt/CHCA- The Eagles big man was a 2nd team all-conference performer on the hardwood averaging 11.6 points per game. Bernhardt also finished 8th in the MVC in rebounding at 7 per game. On the gridiron the Ohio U. commit was named Defensive Athlete of the Year while also finishing with 762 receiving yards on 38 catches.
Jack Cravaack/Madeira- The Purdue football commit finished in the top 10 in the Cincinnati Hills League in both receiving yards (292, 10th) and sacks (5.0, T-5th). He then stepped on the basketball court and helped lead Madeira to within a game of the D-III state Final 4. He finished the hoop season with 6 total double-doubles while being named 1st team all-conference.
Tate Goodyear/Sycamore- A name that the casual fan may not know but is known in Cincinnati due to his football exploits. The Yale commit was a 1st team all-conference D-Lineman in one of the best conferences in Ohio, the GMC. During the basketball season Tate averaged 7 points per game while his 6.8 rebounds per game average was good enough for 4th in the conference.
Bryce Hunt/Reading- This Blue Devil put in work on the basketball court and on the track for his senior season. Currently being recruited by numerous junior colleges, Hunt averaged 12.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5 blocks per game while shooting 56% from the floor. And when it came to track and field Bryce was just as beastly. He finished in the top 10 in the 100 (11.51, 6th) and 200 (23.67, 6th) and helped Reading set a school record in the 4×200 to capture the CHL title. He also finished 2nd in the high jump.
Mancini Jackson/Reading- A teammate of the before mentioned Hunt, Jackson excelled in three sports. In football Mancini was the CHL Offensive Athlete of the Year, finishing with over 1,000 yards of total offense and 15 total TD’s. Just as good on the defensive end, he also tallied 107 total tackles to go along with 2 interceptions and a touchdown. During the basketball season Jackson finished 5th in the league in rebounding at 8.9 per game while also averaging 9.6 points per game. For basketball efforts his was named a league Honorable Mention. And in track this jack of all trades finished 1st in the league in the discus and 4th in the shotput. Jackson will be on the gridiron for the University of Findlay this fall.
Xavier Johnson/Summit Country Day- Having turned down other offers including from FCS power North Dakota State, Johnson will be a preferred walk-on for the Buckeyes this fall. Xavier was named Offensive Athlete of the Year in the MVC with almost 1,400 yards of total offense and 18 TD’s. On defense and special teams, he combined for 7 TD’s which included a pick six. During the winter Xavier was named a 1st team all-conference performer for Summit with averages of 13 points and 6 rebounds per game on 51% shooting from the floor. It was the end of an outstanding career for Johnson.
Stats courtesy of MVC, GMC, CHL websites