Clyde’s Cahill shares D-II Player of Year honors

It’s really not a big surprise.

But it is a big honor.

Clyde’s Amanda Cahill was named one of Division II’s two players of the year Monday, as the All-Ohio selections were released for the state’s top two divisions.

Cahill, a 6-foot-1 forward, has been named one of the Division’s players of the year in each of the last three seasons. She’s a four-time All-Ohio selection. In her freshman season, she made the second team.

This year, in her senior season, the Indiana commit averaged more than 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Fliers were state- ranked all year.

Cahill and the Fliers advanced to the district finals before losing to state-bound Toledo Rogers.

Cahill ended her remarkable career with more than 2,100 points and 1,000 rebounds. She shared player of the year honors with Laina Snyder of Millersburg West Holmes.

“It’s been a fun ride, and I think she’s done things the right way,” said Clyde coach John Cahill, Amanda’s father. “She’s never been a stats kid, but when you look at the stats, it’s been pretty remarkable.”

But as the state list showed, Clyde was more than a one-player show.

Cahill’s teammate, Kelsey Michaels, rated All-Ohio as a honorable mention. It wasn’t a surprise to John Cahill.

“I think our team, we’ve had a lot of stars,” he said. “I talk to people, they’ve got their own favorite.”

Michaels, a 5-foot-11 junior forward, averaged more than 13 points and seven rebounds.

“She had a great year, her numbers really blossomed,” Coach Cahill said. “We’re lucky to have her back again next year.”

One other area player made the list: Bellevue junior Carly Santoro.

Santoro, a junior, was named to the second team. She has been named All-Ohio in all three of her prep seasons, and this year averaged more than 22 points and three rebounds a game.

Santoro – whose brother Jalen was a star quarterback at Bellevue before moving onto Tiffin University as a wide receiver and who will start his sophomore season next fall – is getting looks from Division I colleges.

Santoro led the Redmen to last week’s regional finals, where they lost to Toledo Rogers.

Rogers’ Lamar Smith shared coach of the year honors with two others.

In Division I, Cincinnati’s Kelsey Mitchell was named Player of the Year.