Four area players on AP#039;s All-Ohio teams

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2003

It's a fantastic four.

Ironton St. Joseph's Shawn Hacker, Chesapeake's Aaron Gossett, Symmes Valley's Terry Elswick and Green's Ben Dyer were all honored Tuesday with their selections to the Associated Press All-Ohio teams in Divisions III and IV.

Hacker, a 6-foot-7 junior center, was named to the AP Div. IV All-Ohio second team.

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A first team All-Southeast District pick, Hacker averaged 21.9 points per game, grabbed 16.5 rebounds per contest and averaged 2.9 blocked shots. He was the runner-up in voting for the district Player of the Year.

Gossett, a 6-4 forward, was named to the Div. III All-Ohio team as a special mention selection.

Gossett, a four-year starter, was a first team all-district choice as he led the Panthers to an unprecedented eighth straight league championship, a 21-2 record and a berth in the regional semifinals.

He scored 12.0 points a game, had 9.0 rebounds and shot 58 percent from the field.

Elswick, a 5-8 senior guard, helped key the Vikings to the school's first-ever league basketball championship. He was first team all-district as he averaged 19.2 points and 6.0 assists an outing.

Dyer, a 5-11 senior guard, was an honorable mention selection All-Ohio in Division IV.

A four-year starter, Dyer scored 17.9 points per game and handed out 5.2 assists as he helped lead the Bobcats to a share of their sixth SOC championship in seven seasons.

In Division III, Sugarcreek Garaway's Tyler Renner and David Dees of Dayton Christian shared the player of the year award, based on the recommendations of a state media panel.

Columbus Wellington's Marcus McCants and Marcus Butler of Mansfield St. Peter's

grabbed the top player awards in Division IV.