Graboski, Tong, Adelsperger rate All-Ohio
The season ended some time ago for the trio, but each still has honors rolling in. The latest arrived Tuesday.
Upper Sandusky junior Taylor Graboski was named to the Division III second team, while Carey senior Hannah Tong and Mohawk junior Kasey Adelsperger landed on the Division IV honorable mention list when The Associated Press All-Ohio lists were announced.
Graboski’s honor came after averaging 17.4 points and 10 rebounds – she grabbed 26 boards in a sectional final loss to Ontario – and swatting more than 60 shots for the Rams.
“I think she played like an All-Ohio player,” Upper Sandusky coach Brent Fahle said. “Being second-team is a great honor for her, the program and the community. It’s a great thing for her.
“She’s a dynamic player. She’s a 6-1 player who can handle the basketball a little bit. There are times after a blocked shot she can bring the ball up and help set up the offense,” he said. “Our guards have the ability to pressure more because they know they have 6-1 behind them.”
Carey coach Phil Vaughn can relate.
Though not one to bring the ball up court, Tong gave him a 6-1 presence down low for what seems like an eternity.
Tong lettered all four years and started the last three, helping the Blue Devils capture the Midland Athletic League twice, including the outright crown this year.
“It’s going to be strange. Especially her rebounding on both ends of the floor. She averaged a double-double this year and last year in points and rebounding,” Vaughn said.
“She affects the game on the defensive end with blocked shots,” he said. “She averaged something over four blocks per game. I really think her offensive game has come a long way the last couple years.”
The career ended in the district tournament, but Tong averaged 14.1 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior.
“A big part of our team,” Vaughn said.
“We just felt like she was capable of being a stout player for us,” he said. “I think as the season went along she had some games, especially in the league when we needed her to … . She’s certainly deserving of it.”
Adelsperger joined Tong on the honorable mention list, though her season ended much earlier – she tore her MCL and strained her MCL 16 games into the season.
The 5-8 junior was averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game at the time for a team that advanced all the way to the first regional berth in program history.
“I was speechless when she got hurt this year,” Mohawk coach Josh Fortney said.
“She had a great first 16 games of the year. I would have liked to have had her for the games at the end of the year,” he said. “I think she would have made a big difference in some of them.”
But the first All-Ohioan in his tenure must have made an impression in voters’ eyes, Fortney added. He said Adelsperger may not have put up monster numbers, but she was a leader on a team which spread its offense around.
“That’s an awesome honor for her and our program,” he said. “I’m pretty excited she got that.”