Kin, Vaughn, Cahill take top district honors
Carey claimed two coaching honors and Clyde senior Amanda Cahill picked up her division’s player of the year award when The Associated Press released its Northwest Ohio District basketball list Thursday.
Phil Vaughn was named the Division IV girls coach of the year, even before guiding the Blue Devils to the regional finals. His Carey squad enters that game Saturday with Holgate at 23-2 after winning the final championship in Midland Athletic League history.
Colleague C.J. Kin picked up the Division III boys coach of the year award. His Blue Devils ended second in the MAL and advanced to the district semifinals before bowing out of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Cahill picked up the top honor for Division II girls after turning in 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game as a 6-1 forward for the Fliers. She will continue her basketball career at Indiana.
Three other area players joined Cahill as first-team picks.
Old Fort senior Hunter Perry was the only area boy to do so, gaining his honor in Division IV.
The other two first-team area girls were Upper Sandusky senior Taylor Graboski in Division III and St. Wendelin sophomore Kamryn Troike in Division IV.
Perry, a 6-0 guard, led the Midland Athletic League with 28.8 points and 6.1 assists per game. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds per contest for the Stockaders.
Graboski also averaged a double-double, registering 17.6 points and 13.7 boards as a 6-2 post for the Rams.
Troike is the youngest and tallest of the bunch. The 6-3 sophomore excelled at the post, tallying 20.7 points and 14 rebounds per game for the Mohawks.
More than 40 other area players gained honors.
The boys Division II special mention list included Columbian’s Derek Dryfuse and Josh Flint, Upper Sandusky’s Seth Fry and Wes Vent, and Clyde’s Derek Gray.
Carey junior Jared Wentling (22 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.4 apg) led the local Division III contingent with a second-team award, while third-team honors went to teammate and classmate Bryan Powers (18.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 4.1 apg).
The Division III special mention list had Carey’s Zach Boes and Hopewell-Loudon’s Ryan Lommerse.
In Division IV, Buckeye Central junior Austin Wurm (19.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 apg) landed on the third team.
The area special mention honorees were Buckeye Central’s Cade Kaple, St. Wendelin’s Gabe Walters, Mohawk’s Mitch Parker, Seneca East’s Ethan Caudill, Lakota’s Colin Timmons, Calvert’s Michael Bennett and Drew Ritzler, Old Fort’s Maison Steyer and Brad Bannister, and New Riegel’s Tim Ink and Jake Dryfuse.
For the girls, Cahill was joined in Division II by junior second-team teammate Kelsey Michaels (13.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Columbian’s Valesha Province and Clyde’s Breanne Michaels and Lexi Weber finished on the special mention list.
Mohawk senior Kasey Adelsperger (15.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg) topped the area Division III players after finishing as a third-team selection.
The special mention list included Upper Sandusky’s Kalene Johnson and Emma Smith, Mohawk’s Julie Adelsperger and Clara Adelsperger, and Hopewell-Loudon’s Aleta Daniel, Courtney Burns and Brooke Arbogast.
The rest of the Division IV honorees were named to the special mention list.
They were Buckeye Central’s Brooke Karl, Lakota’s Katie Park, Old Fort’s Alli Adelsperger, Calvert’s Kate Brickner and Nicole Bickley, Carey’s Sydney Wentling and Ali Rymer, Seneca East’s Seina Adachi, Brittany Brookes and Hannah Hahler, and New Riegel’s Lauren Ladd, Taylor Kirian and Kara Scherger.