Old Fort’s Cleveland ends as All-Ohioan

Hootie Cleveland has been a four-year mainstay for Old Fort’s boys basketball team, playing key roles for the Stockaders while earning individual league and district honors

Tuesday, he capped his career by being named to the All-Ohio Division IV special mention list.

“I know it was a goal of his coming in and I thought it was a possibility,” Old Fort coach Eric Hoover said. “He’s made a name for himself over the past few years.”

He averaged 16.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game while helping the Stockaders win the inaugural River Division title in the Sandusky Bay Conference with an 11-1 mark.

“It’s been great to coach him. He’s been very consistent, you have a really good idea what you’re going to get game in and game out,” Hoover said.

“Being able to count on him for that has been pretty nice,” he said. “You know what you’re getting when he steps onto the floor. It’s been a pleasure to coach him.”

Locals dot final All-NOL hoops teams

Bellevue’s girls had two first-team picks and Columbian’s boys had another when the final All-Northern Ohio League basketball teams were announced Monday.

Senior Jenna Strayer and freshman Casey Santoro gained first-team honors for the co-champion Redmen on the girls side.

Columbian’s Ro Durham finished on the first team for Columbian’s boys.

The second team list on the girls side included Columbian junior Maddie Brisendine and Bellevue sophomore Payton Vogel.

Columbian sophomore Abby Dryfuse ended as an honorable mention girls player.

The boys second team included Bellevue senior Owen Hartley and Columbian junior Todd Simonds.

Bellevue sophomore Trey Ruhlman finished as an honorable mention pick.