SE district team honors area players

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 10, 2000

A total of 22 area boys and 17 girls were named to the Southeast All-District basketball team Thursday in voting conducted by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Friday, March 10, 2000

A total of 22 area boys and 17 girls were named to the Southeast All-District basketball team Thursday in voting conducted by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

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Leading the way for the boys were the Division III selections.

Named to the first team were Ironton senior Jason Harmon, a 6-foot senior, Chesapeake’s 6-5 junior center Anthony Delimpo, and Wheelersburg’s 6-6 sophomore forward Andrew Burleson.

Harmon led Ironton in scoring at 19.1, rebounding (7.0), steals (4.2), and assists (3.2). Delimpo was one of the key reasons Chesapeake went 18-2 as he averaged 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and shot 63 percent from the floor.

Burleson averaged 20.4 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Heading the second team was Chesapeake’s 5-10 senior guard Adam Pemberton. Although he had a 7.0 scoring average, he had 6.0 steals and 5.5 assists as the team’s leader on defense.

Named special mention were Chesapeake’s Bobby Barbour (15.0 ppg), Coal Grove’s senior Dean Mader (8.0, 5.0 rpg) and junior Ryan Young (9.0, 5.0), Ironton junior guard Isaac Hannon (11.4), Fairland senior guard Aaron Swanton (10.5), and Jason Schmidt and Mike Yelley of Wheelersburg.

Westfall’s Tyler Schleich, who averaged 23.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, was the Player of the Year. Rob Beucler was the Coach of the Year as he guided Eastern Brown to a 20-0 season.

Topping the list in Division IV was Green’s 5-9 senior guard Chris Williams who shared the district Player of the Year honors with New Boston’s Chris McGraw.

Williams averaged 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 steals, and 2.0 assists. McGraw had 20.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

St. Joe’s 6-3 senior forward Eric Waginger was a first team choice. He averaged 16.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals a game.

Symmes Valley’s 6-5 junior center Justin Myers headed up the second team as he averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and nearly two blocked shots a game.

Green’s 5-9 senior Michael Riffe was a second team pick as he averaged 19.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.

On the third team was St. Joe’s John "Bub" Waginger, a 5-11 senior, who averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.2 steals.

Named special mention were St. Joe senior center Matt Frazer (14.8, 6.1), and Green’s junior Alex Poe (13.6, 9.1) and senior Kyle Dyer.

The top coach was Howie Caldwell of Reedsville Eastern.

In Division II, South Point’s 5-9 senior guard B. J. Ferrell was a second team selection as he averaged 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.9 steals.

Rock Hill’s 5-10 senior guard Brent McCoy was named to the third team. He averaged 17.0 points, 3.0 assists, and shot 80 percent from the foul line.

Named special mention were Rock Hill 6-3 senior Brian Tennant (10.0, 7.0) and South Point’s 6-0 junior Jared Perdue (14.4, 8.5).

Player of the year was Bruce Miles of Hillsboro and the Coach of the year Jim Osborne of Gallipolis.

The girls’ list was headed up by Rock Hill’s 5-8 senior guard Michelle Matkins who was first team in Division II.

Matkins had 19.0 points a game, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, shot 48 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line.

On the second team was 5-1 sophomore guard Noel Mains of South Point who led her team with a 20.4 scoring average.

Players of the year were Mandy Goin of Vincent Warren and Beth Howe of Jackson. Warren’s Dennis Biddinger was the top coach.

Mandy McDonie of Rock Hill was special mention as she averaged 14.0 points a game and was a strong defensive player.

In Division III, Chesapeake’s 5-8 senior Katie Fuller was a first team pick as she averaged 19.2 points a game, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.8 steals.

On the second team was Fairland’s 5-10 junior forward Ashley Harris who averaged 11.9 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the floor.

Also on the second team was Ironton 5-7 junior guard Jessica Ensor with 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 8.1 steals, and 3.7 assists.

On the third team were Chesapeake’s 5-6 junior Erin Sutphin (15.3) and Fairland’s Jeana Diamond, 5-11 sophomore who averaged 14 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Named special mention were Coal Grove’s 5-8 senior Cassie Ball (10.1 ppg, 11.4 rpg) and 5-6 junior Desiree Butler (9.0, 4.3), Ironton 5-8 junior Sarah Herman, and Fairland’s sophomore guard Brooke Fisher.

Player of the year was Valerie King of Washington Court House. Richard Kiser was the top coach as he led Eastern Brown to a 20-0 second, just like the boys team.

In Division IV, 5-9 senior Courtney Moore of Green averaged 15.2 points in earning first team honors. Green’s 5-9 junior Jennifer Cline was second team with a 12.2 scoring average.

Symmes Valley’s 5-4 senior Renee Donahoe was a third team choice with an 11.4 scoring average and 2.5 rebounds.

Player of the Year was Trisha Meyers of Whiteoak while Doug Hale of Oak Hill won coaching honors.

On the special mention list were Green’s Megan Tackett and Symmes Valley sophomore Keren Bell (10.1, 8.9).

See a complete all-district team list on Page 9.