Carey’s Kin co-coach of the year; 3 from area All-Ohio

C.J. Kin sounded surprised when he was informed he was one of Division III’s All-Ohio coaches of the year.

But Kin, likely one of the few people who can say he played basketball and not football at Carey High School, has been a strong basketball program there, a place where – as Kin freely admits – is football first.

“We had to really work at getting the athletes to come out [for basketball],” Kin said. “From there it kind of snowballed.

“Getting this honor is humbling,” he said. “But it’s also about the assistants who have been with me.”

For Kin, Tuesday meant a big coaching honor. For one of his players, Jared Wentling, it meant a spot on the division’s All-Ohio honorable mention list.

Wentling was one of three area players to rate All-Ohio. The other two came in Division IV – Old Fort senior Hunter Perry, who was the MAL player of the year, was a second-team pick and Buckeye Central senior Cade Kaple landed on the honorable mention list.

“It’s very hard to get All-Ohio and I think it’s a great honor,” Perry’s coach, Eric Hoover, said. “Obviously I’m biased, I think (Perry) was a first-team player.”

Perry’s numbers rate with just about anyone in the state, as he tallied almost 29 points and nine rebounds a game, and also dished out six assists per contest.

Hoover said it’s been a great career.

“Halfway through his sophomore year, something just clicked,” Hoover said. He went from averaging nine points a game to 16 in the second half of the season.”

Which culminated in a strong junior year, followed by an even stronger senior season.

“Very deserving of the award,” Hoover said. “I talked to him, he was very excited.”

Wentling also proved deserving, averaging 22 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. He was the ringleader of an outstanding Blue Devil trio which included Bryan Powers and Zach Boes. All three are juniors who put up big numbers.

“All three of the juniors, they make the core of our team,” Kin said. “The other two are just as happy for him as if they got it.”

Kin said that even though Wentling stands 6-foot-2, he could easily be a guard. But he played the 4 and 5 spots this season, and excelled.

“I think the thing with Jared, he’s versatile. Jared had to change positions. He played inside as a 5 and a 4, and he led us in rebounding. He’s a kid that works so hard.”

As for Kaple, the BC point guard who averaged about 14 points a game in leading the Bucks into the regional semifinals, his coach, Phil Loy said it was an award for a kid who did it all.

“I think he’s a guy who can do everything on the floor with us,” Loy said. “He’s my point guard, and doesn’t care about scoring. We could put him in the post. All he cared about was winning.”