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Rhoades headlines area D-III All-Ohio selections

Chesapeake Panthers' senior guard Gage Rhoades was named to the Associated Press Division III basketball first team to lead six area players who were honored. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Chesapeake Panthers’ senior guard Gage Rhoades was named to the Associated Press Division III basketball first team to lead six area players who were honored. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

Gage Rhoades has been on the first team his entire Chesapeake career. Now he’s on another first team.

The Chesapeake Panthers 5-foot-11 senior guard was named to the Associated Press Division III All-Ohio first team announced Tuesday.

A first team Southeast Ohio All-District selection the past two season, Rhoades added the All-Ohio first team to his resume as he leads six area players honored by the AP.

Fairland Dragons’ 6-6 sophomore center Kollin Van Horn was named special mention All-Ohio while Ironton Fighting Tigers’ 5-11 senior guard Phillip Kratzenberg, Chesapeake’s 6-6 senior Brad Meadows, Fairland’ 6-foot sophomore Luke Thomas and South Point Pointers’ 5-10 freshman Tayshaun Fox were all named honorable mention.

Rhoades — the District 13 Coaches’ Player of the Year and North/South representative — averaged 20.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists as he helped the Panthers to the Division III regional semifinals.

Van Horn averaged 14.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots as the Dragons won the Ohio Valley Conference. He was a first team all-district selection.

Kratzenberg battled through a shoulder injury to average 12.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Meadows was a double-double man in most of his games this season as he averaged 15.4 points and 12.5 rebounds. He shot 59 percent from the field.

Thomas was the Dragons’ top 3-point shooter as he averaged 13.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

Fox led the Pointers with a 1.48 scoring average. He als0 had 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals a game. He shot 52 percent from the floor and 74 from the foul line.

Kratzenberg, Meadows, Thomas and Fox were all second team all-district.