To be an all-conference player, it takes countless hours of hard work, sacrifice, and studying in order to become a legitimate force against conference competition.
On Wednesday morning, that hard work paid off for 60 Scioto Countians as each of them were named as All-SOC honorees in the Division I and Division II realms on the girls and boys basketball side by conference officials, with New Boston’s Kade Conley winning the SOC I Player of the Year and Lexi Smith and Erin Daniels taking home SOC I and SOC II Player of the Year accolades on the girls side of the coin.
On the boys side of things, New Boston led the charge with four SOC I honorees as the Tigers’ Kade Conley and Kyle Sexton each obtained First-Team All-SOC accolades. Conley notched 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists per bout, while Sexton collected 14 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks in 2017-18. Tyler Caldwell, who averaged 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 2017-18, and Kyle McQuithy, who proved to be a proficient three-point marksman throughout the season, rounded out the honorees for New Boston.
Tanner Kimbler, who averaged 22.1 points, 2.6 steals, two rebounds, and two assists on 44 percent shooting from the field and the three-point line, led the Bobcats’ brigade while Green’s Gage Sampson obtained 15 points, 7.7 rebounds, and a steal on 59 percent shooting from the floor to obtain second team honors.
East’s Will Shope, who averaged 16 points per contest, Notre Dame’s Ben Mader, who added 12.5 points on his own, and Clay’s Caleb Cline, who collected 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and two steals per bout, rounded out the first team selections while the Tartans’ Devon Stevens, the Titans’ Tyler Speas, and the Panthers’ Hunter Mathias joined the aforementioned trio on the All-SOC list as second team honorees.
The Pirates, who were 20-3 prior to their Division III, Region 11 Semifinal matchup against Harvest Prep, put three players on the All-SOC list as Wheelersburg’s Tanner Holden, who collected 17.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.2 steals, and a block on 58 percent shooting, and Cole Lowery, who obtained 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and two steals and shot 37 percent from three-point range, were the first-team honorees. J.J. Truitt, who averaged 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and two steals while also shooting 37 percent from deep, and Connor Mullins, a jack-of-all-trades off-guard, obtained second team honors.
Each of the remaining SOC II programs located in Scioto County placed two players apiece on the list, led by South Webster’s Shiloah Blevins, who averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds per game for the Jeeps. Minford’s Cameron Dalton, who averaged 11 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks per game, Northwest’s Kyle Leslie, who obtained 17.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per affair, West’s L.T. Maynard, who collected 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.2 steals per bout, and Valley’s Andrew Shope, who obtained 7.6 points, 5.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per contest, rounded out the first team.
Brady Lykins’ 14.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game for the Indians, along with Jordan Frasure’s 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and one steal per bout for the Senators and Breydan Tilley’s 10 points, six rebounds, and three steals per contest, led the second team honorees, which also included Northwest’s Mason Campbell and South Webster’s Devyn Coriell.
SOC Boys Basketball All-Stars
First Team: Eastern: Michael Miller, Evan Leist, Cody Weaver. Glenwood: Kade Conley, Kyle Sexton. Western: Lane Brewster, Alex Humphrey. Green: Tanner Kimbler. Symmes Valley: Layken Gothard. Sciotoville: Will Shope. Notre Dame: Ben Mader. Clay: Caleb Cline.
Second Team: Eastern: Noah Gray, Hunter Cochenour. Glenwood: Tyler Caldwell, Kyle McQuithy. Western: Broc Jordan. Green: Gage Sampson. Symmes Valley: Brock Carpenter. Sciotoville: Devon Stevens. Notre Dame: Tyler Speas. Clay: Hunter Mathias.
Player of the Year: Kade Conley-Glenwood
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Humphrey-Western
Coach of the Year: Tom Barrick-Eastern
Order of finish: Eastern (14-0), Gleenwood (11-3), Western (10-4), Green (7-7), Symmes Valley (7-7), Sciotoville (3-11), Notre Dame (2-12), Clay (2-12).
First Team: Oak Hill: Mitchell Hale, Landon Carroll, Mason Darby. Wheelersburg: Tanner Holden, Cole Lowery. Waverly: Clayton Howell, Ethan Adrian. Minford: Cam Dalton. West: L.T. Maynard. South Webster: Shiloah Blevins. Valley: Andrew Shope. Northwest: Kyle Leslie.
Second Team: Oak Hill: Nolan Carroll, Brett Long. Wheelersburg: J.J. Truitt, Connor Mullins: Waverly: Easton Wolf. Minford: Breydan Tilley. West: Jordan Frasure. South Webster: Devyn Coriell. Valley: Brady Lykins. Northwest: Mason Campbell.
Player of the Year: Mitchell Hale-Oak Hill
Defensive Player of the Year: Brett Long-Oak Hill
Coach of the Year: Norm Persin-Oak Hill
Order of finish: Oak Hill (13-1), Wheelersburg (12-2), Waverly (11-3), Minford (7-7), West (5-9), South Webster (4-10), Valley (3-11), Northwest (1-13).
The Lady Titans, who won their fourth consecutive SOC I Championship and won the school’s first district title in school history this past year, was led by Katie Dettwiller, who notched 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.9 blocks per game on 76 percent shooting, and Lexi Smith, who obtained 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds on 53 percent shooting. Floor general Molly Hoover, who added 5.2 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.7 points to the table, joined the pair on the first team. Smith, who notched over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her high school career, ultimately obtained Player of the Year honors in the SOC I realm, while Notre Dame head coach J.D. McKenzie claimed SOC I Coach of the Year honors to make it a clean sweep of the conference, district, and state COY awards.
On the second unit, underclassmen sensations Ava Hassel and Taylor Schmidt rounded out a full boat for Notre Dame as all five starters obtained All-SOC accolades. Hassel’s 9.8 points, four assists, and 3.3 steals per contest, along with Schmidt’s 8.4 points and 3.8 steals, rounded out an excellent year for Notre Dame.
The Lady Tigers, who finished right behind the Lady Titans with a 12-2 overall mark in conference play, put star point guard Mariah Buckley (19 points, four rebounds, 3.5 assists, and three steals) and Ali Hamilton (16 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and 2.5 steals) on the first team. New Boston rounded out the excellent year by putting Peyton Helphinstine (10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Kaylee Stone (11 points, six rebounds, five steals) on the second team unit. Stone’s efforts allowed the senior to share Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors with Dettwiller.
Clay, whose only losses were to New Boston and Notre Dame en route to a 10-4 overall conference record, were led by Jensen Warnock’s 15.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, and 2.7 assists as Warnock took home first team honors. Fellow teammate Sophia Balestra, who notched 8.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.1 steals, was a second team honoree.
Green, who was led by Kame Sweeney’s 12 points and 10 rebounds, also placed two players on the list as Leslie Gallion obtained second team accolades. East’s Ali Escamilla and Shayla Rosenogle, who were the first and second team honorees for the Lady Tartans, rounded out the SOC I list.
In the SOC II ranks, Minford, like Notre Dame, placed all five of its starters on the All-SOC list as the Lady Falcons ran the table at 14-0 in conference play. Standout Erin Daniels, an Ashland University signee who obtained 21 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 4.2 steals per game, led the first team honorees for Minford, which also included Ashley Blankenship (16 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.8 steals) and Caitlyn Puckett (nine points, 8.9 rebounds, four steals). Daniels, who won the conference’s Player of the Year award, along with Scott Caudill, who won SOC II Coach of the Year honors, rounded out the fantastic 24-2 season and Division III, Region 11 Semifinal appearance by taking home two of the three main individual honors.
On the second unit, three-point specialist Marissa Risner, along with rapidly improving combo guard Maddie Slusher — who advanced all the way from junior varsity to a starting varsity guard — rounded out the honorees as second teamers.
The Lady Jeeps, who finished 10-4 overall in conference action, were led by Ellie Jo Johnson’s 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, along with the shooting markmanship of Avery Zempter as the seniors closed out their careers on the first team. South Webster’s Madison Cook, who notched 11.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per affair, along with Rose Stephens — who was Kristie Johnson’s best defensive player throughout the season —added second team accolades.
Wheelersburg, like South Webster, also placed four players on the unit with a 10-4 conference mark. Abbie Kallner’s 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.7 assists, along with Ellie Ruby’s 9.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 steals, and 4.9 assists, led the first team honorees — with Ruby rightfully adding SOC II Defensive Player of the Year honors to the mantle.
On the second team, the Lady Pirates’ Kaylee Darnell, who finished up her outstanding freshman campaign with 11.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 3.1 assists, was joined by Leann Spradlin, who was proficient in her role at spreading the floor from her stretch four position.
Northwest’s Valerie Eury (10 points, eight rebounds), Valley’s Bre Call (12 points, four rebounds) and West’s MaKayla White (12 points, seven rebounds, 3.8 assists, and three steals) were all strong representatives for the Lady Mohawks, the Lady Indians, and the Lady Senators as each of the trio obtained first team honors. Haidyn Wamsley (seven points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals), Maddie Wright, an active and long forward, and Morgan Rigsby (10 points, 13 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 1.3 blocks) rounded out the All-SOC lists with their second team accolades.
SOC Girls Basketball All-Stars
First Team: Notre Dame: Lexi Smith, Katie Dettwiller, Molly Hoover. Glenwood: Mariah Buckley, Ali Hamilton. Clay: Jensen Warnock, Regan Osborn. Symmes Valley: Jensyn Shepherd. Western: Sylvia Evans. Eastern: Paige Carter. Green: Kame Sweeney. Sciotoville: Ali Escamilla.
Second Team: Notre Dame: Taylor Schmidt, Ava Hassel. Glenwood: Kaylee Stone, Peyton Helphinstine. Clay: Sophia Balestra. Symmes Valley: Rachael Hayes. Western: Haley Whitt. Eastern: Andrea Lester. Green: Leslie Gallion. Sciotoville: Shayla Rosenogle.
Player of the Year: Lexi Smith-Notre Dame
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Katie Dettwiller-Notre Dame
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Kaylee Stone-Glenwood
Coach of the Year: J.D. McKenzie-Notre Dame
Order of finish: Notre Dame (14-0), Glenwood (12-2), Clay (10-4), Symmes Valley (7-7), Western (6-8), Eastern (4-10), Green (2-12), Sciotoville (0-14).
First Team: Minford: Erin Daniels, Ashley Blankenship, Caitlyn Puckett. Wheelersburg: Abbie Kallner, Ellie Ruby. South Webster: Ellie Jo Johnson, Avery Zempter. Oak Hill: Catelyn Brisker. Waverly: Zoiee Smith. Valley: Bre Call. West: Makayla White. Northwest: Valerie Eury.
Second Team: Minford: Marissa Risner, Maddie Slusher. Wheelersburg: Kaylee Darnell, Leann Spradlin. South Webster: Madison Cook, Rose Stephens. Oak Hill: Bailey Ward. Waverly: Morgan Wiseman. Valley: Maddie Wright. West: Morgan Rigsby. Northwest: Haidyn Wamsley.
Player of the Year: Erin Daniels-Minford
Defensive Player of the Year: Ellie Ruby-Wheelersburg
Coach of the Year: Scott Caudill-Minford
Order of finish: Minford (14-0), Wheelersburg (10-4), South Webster (10-4), Oak Hill (8-6), Waverly (5-9), Valley (4-10), West (3-11), Northwest (2-12).
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @KColleyPDT
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