High school basketball seasons have concluded in Kentucky and Ohio, but spring sports are in full swing, which means The Ledger Independent’s Players of the Week is returning.
Dalton Kindt has continued his strong track career at the first outdoor event of the season. After earning the Class 2A indoor title in the shot put, Kindt started the outdoor season at the Bourbon County Relays with another title. The Mason County senior recorded a throw of 47-05.00, edging Lexington Catholic’s Dylan Coulter’s throw of 47-04.50 for the victory. Kindt also finished first in the discus with a throw of 135-05. The second place throw came from Boyle County’s Mitchell Paychec at a distance of 132-05. Kindt’s two top finishes accounted for 20 of the Royals 49 points.
Jalyssa Cortez had a strong first week on the diamond to claim the girls’ Player of the Week. Cortez claimed victory in Lewis County’s first two softball contests of the season. The first win came on Monday in four innings against West Carter, 15-0. Cortez recorded eight strikeouts and allowed four hits in the shutout, while helping herself at the plate with two hits and three RBIs. The senior followed the opener with a 6-3 win over Mason County on Thursday, striking out nine and allowing only one hit in seven innings in the circle. The Lady Lions took their first loss of the season the following day, 8-6, to Fleming County, but Cortez added a couple of strikeouts in six innings of work. She also recorded two hits and a walk in the loss.