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Local trio selected to Division III

Their credentials were good.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Their credentials were good. Real good. In fact, they were All-Ohio good.

South Point’s Shane Holsinger, Chesapeake’s Aaron Gosset, and Rock Hill’s David Schug put together outstanding seasons and were rewarded by being named Tuesday to the Associated Press Division III All-Ohio basketball team.

Holsinger was selected to the special mention list while Gossett and Schug were each honorable mention.

Holsinger, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, was a Southeast district first team selection as he averaged 25.5 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists while hitting 75 percent from the line, 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Gossett, a 6-4 junior guard, scored at a 13.5 clip with 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Panthers point guard. He was second team all-district as he helped Chesapeake win the Ohio Valley Conference and reached the district finals.

The 6-2 Schug, a junior forward, had a 21.0 scoring average to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. He was a second team all-distrct selection for the second straight season.

Wheelersburg’s Andrew Burleson was named to the All-Ohio first team in Division III.

Headed for Wright State University, the 6-6 Burleson was the Southeast district Player of the Year as he averaged 29.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a contest.

Sarahsville Shenandoah’s Jedidiah Stephen and Columbus Bishop Ready’s Dashon Harper were co-Players of the Year while Bob Walsh of Elyria Catholic and Jim Philpot of Waynesville shared the top coaches honor.

Portsmouth’s R. K. Thurman and Oak Hill’s Josh Davis were honorable mention in Div. III.

Reigning Mr. Basketball LeBron James is the player of the year on the Division II All-Ohio high school basketball team.

James, a 6-foot-7 junior, averages 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals a game for No. 1-ranked and two-time defending champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

The Fighting Irish (22-3) go after their third state title in a row this weekend.