In Scioto County, the competition and stakes are always high amongst the players and coaches that reside in the region.
The District 14 Coaches Association certainly took notice of this fact as 26 county natives were awarded District 14 honors, with Clay’s Cameron King and East’s Akia Brown obtaining Co-Player of the Year honors in the Division IV ranks. Additionally, Portsmouth’s Gene Collins and Clay’s Adam Betten won the Division III and Division IV Coach of the Year awards to round out another impressive year for the county amongst its District 14 brethren.
In Division III, a pair of traditionals paced the charge as Portsmouth and Wheelersburg each put two individuals between the district’s first and third team units. Kaden Coleman (16.2 points) and Tanner Holden (14.7 points) obtained first and second team honors for the Pirates, while Kendal Reynolds — who averaged over 16 points per affair — and Mike Malone used their standout seasons to obtain first and third team honors, respectively.
Minford’s Matthew Gullett got the Falcons on the board by obtaining second team honors for his unit while averaging over 14 points per contest for the year. Fellow SOC II hands in Tre Patrick (West) and Kyle Leslie (Northwest) also made their presences known by joining Malone on the third team unit. Patrick averaged 12.7 points in his swan song campaign, while Leslie, like Gullett and Holden before him, scored over 14 points per contest for the Mohawks. Minford’s Dillon Shepherd, Portsmouth’s Reese Johnson, West’s L.T. Maynard, Wheelersburg’s Cole Lowery, and Valley’s Brandon Noel added their stamps onto the unit by obtaining honorable mention accolades.
In Division IV, Brown (23.2 points) and King (18.1 points) headed the charge. The pair each showed deft ballhandling skills, excellent awareness, and the ability to score from the point guard position (as evidenced with the pair combining for over 2,900 points for their careers) en route to sharing the honor.
Joining the pair on the first team was Trevon Turner, who used an excellent career to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. The senior, like Brown and King before him, was a consistent member of the Titans’ rotation over all four seasons of his varsity career. He also averaged over 14 points per bout for the season.
On the second unit, Cole Gilliland and Shane Zimmerman represented Clay and South Webster on the lists. Gilliland averaged 14.9 points per contest for the Panthers, while Zimmerman led the Jeeps with a 14.2 points-per-game average.
As for the Division IV Third-Team unit, East, New Boston, and South Webster placed one individual apiece on the unit as Drew Lowe, Cade Conley, and Alek Blevins made the team. Lowe was known by many as a grit-and-grind type of player throughout his four-year career with the Tartans, while Conley (16 points) and Blevins (11 points) rounded out the third team honorees.
In addition to the first through third team honorees, five additional Scioto County players obtained honorable mention accolades to round out the efforts of the schools between the lines. Clay’s Nate Hinze, another 1,000-point scorer out of the Panthers’ stable, led a group that included New Boston’s Kyle McQuithy, Notre Dame’s Sam Kayser, East’s Kyle Flannery, and South Webster’s Shiloah Blevins.
As far as Pike County was concerned, Waverly’s Cade Marquez, who earned Division II First-Team honors, led the charge. Piketon’s Casey Moore and Eastern’s Ethan Leist earned the same accolades in the Division III and Division IV ranks. Waverly’s Clayton Howell (third team), Piketon’s Travis Veach (honorable mention), Western’s Tanner Perdue (second team), Bryce Brewster (third team) and Lane Brewster (honorable mention), and Eastern’s Michael Miller (honorable mention) also earned billings from coaches.
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