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Kochendoerfer, Tibbs lead area All-Ohio team selections

Timmy Kochendoerfer might need to put another shelf in his trophy case.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers’ 6-foot-3 senior guard added yet another honor to his season after being named to the Associated Press Division III All-Ohio second team that was announced Tuesday.

Kochendoerfer averaged 20.4 points a game and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line. He also hit 36 percent of his shots from behind the 3-point line.

“Timmy was a big reason why we had the season we had,” said Ironton coach Mark LaFon. “We didn’t expect to have this kind of season. Timmy was a big reason we had success because of his leadership, not just his ability.”

Ironton won its first league championship in 30 years and reached the regional championship game. Kochendoerfer was voted the SEOAL Player of the Year and shared the district Player of the Year award.

The Chesapeake Panthers won the Ohio Valley Conference title for the second straight year and earned their first-ever state tournament berth behind the play of 6-2 junior guard Nathan Copley.

A first team all-district member, Copley averaged 18.7 points a game during the season and grabbed 7.0 rebounds. He shot 42 percent from the field and hit 81 percent of his foul shots.

South Point Pointers’ junior guard Blake Barnes also earned All-Ohio honors after being named to the honorable mention list.

A second team all-district selection, the 6-foot Barnes averaged 19.1 points a game along with 4.0 assists. Barnes shot 45 percent from the field, 73 percent from the foul line and 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Symmes Valley Vikings’ senior forward Kris Tibbs was a second team pick in Division IV.

The 6-foot-3 senior averaged 15 points and 10.1 rebounds a game for the Vikings. Tibbs was a first team all-district selection the past two seasons.