Over the spring, the 2016-2017 Clay Lady Panthers’ girls basketball program was honored with lunch and the Academic All-Ohio Team Award for accumulating a team grade point average of 3.972 — one of the five highest GPAs in the State of Ohio, regardless of school size.
The award, which was presented by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and the National Guard, marked the second year in a row that Clay obtained the honor.
Staff Sergeant Joni Book of the Ohio Army National Guard presented the award to the members of the Clay girls basketball unit after the Lady Panthers were treated to a lunch for their accomplishments.
For the fifteenth year running, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association has selected the schools with the five best grade point averages in the State of Ohio. The GPA is based upon the first semester of the school year and the top nine players on the varsity roster are used to determine the team’s rank for this award.
Several players on the roster, including Skylar Artis, Delanie Gilliland, Regan Osborn, Hannah Pauley, Jaelyn Warnock, and Jensen Warnock, all starred in multiple sports while accumulating the award. Artis, Gilliland, Pauley, Jaelyn Warnock, and Jensen Warnock all participated in volleyball, as well, while Osborn — who starred in cross country, tennis, and track and field — showed off her skills as a four-sport athlete.
The following girls were members of the varsity unit and were honored at the banquet:
REGIONAL FINAL DATES SET FOR BURG BB, SB
After another grind-it-out week of baseball and softball, the Wheelersburg baseball and softball programs, once again, emerged out of the dust as the pair advanced to regional final dates in Columbus and Lancaster, respectively.
The pair, who knocked off Scioto Valley Conference (SVC) opponents Piketon (softball) and Chillicothe Zane Trace (baseball), will both play on Saturday afternoon, with both units playing less than 45 minutes apart from each other in the process.
Division III, Region 11 Softball Finals — Saturday, 12 p.m., Lancaster HS
No. 1 Wheelersburg (23-2) vs. No. 6 Magnolia Sandy Valley (25-3)
Division III, Region 11 Baseball Finals — Saturday, 1 p.m., Ohio Dominican University (Columbus)
No. 11 Wheelersburg (21-5) vs. No. 1 Berlin Hiland (28-0)/Martins Ferry
Key: Both units used — as most trademark Burg teams have over the years — clutch hitting, excellent pitching (especially down the stretch), and solid defensive play to obtain victories on Wednesday and Thursday. Much of the same will have to be utilized if both units want to put themselves in position to emerge victorious on Saturday. On the baseball side, the Berlin Hiland/Martins Ferry contest will commence at 5 p.m. on Friday after being rained out.
For a recap of the ‘Burg-Chillicothe Zane Trace contest, as well as the South Webster-Waterford affair that was also played on Thursday, check out the Saturday, May 26 edition of the Daily Times.