Three area seniors capped their careers with high honors when The Associated Press released the Division III and IV boys All-Ohio lists Tuesday.
New Riegel's Brandyn Reinhart gained third-team honors and Old Fort's Dalton Perry landed on the honorable mention list in Division IV, while Carey's Justin Meek was an honorable mention selection in Division III.
New Riegel coach Todd Aichholz praised Reinhart, saying his success came from a combination of his own self-confidence and the team's overall success.
"He made such big improvements from last year to this season. I'm sure if you talked to Brandyn about this honor, he would say it had a lot to do with his teammates," Aichholz said.
"He plays with so much emotion on the floor, and I think that's where the confidence comes from," he said. "You just knew what you were going to get out of him in big games."
Reinhart played a big role in the Blue Jackets sharing their fourth-consecutive Midland Athletic League title and reaching the district semifinals.
The 6-4 post led the MAL in overall scoring overall, scoring per game (21.3) and foul shooting (77.6 percent; 111-143), ended second in overall rebounding (202) and tied for second in rebounds per game (8.1).
Perry, a 6-1 forward, turned in 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game to help the Stockaders also gain a piece of the MAL title and reach the district semifinals.
"Dalton meant a lot to the program, not just this year, but all four years. He's been a four-year letterwinner," Old Fort coach Eric Hoover said. "He scored over 1,000 points in his career and had more than 800 rebounds. I was amazed at how consistent he was able to be all four years.
"He could do it all, he did what we asked him to do. I don't think we could have asked for more out of him," he said.
Meek garnered his state award on the strength of leadership, Carey coach C.J. Kin said.
"This year he took a young team - I had three sophomores start for me - and he was the leader," he said of his three-year starter. "He made the plays when necessary, he made the shots when he had to, he did all the little things. He did everything we needed him to do.
"He taught the younger guys what it means to be successful," Kin said.
Meek, a 5-11 guard, registered 15.5 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game.