Phil Vaughn, who has continued a strong girls basketball tradition at Carey, and C.J. Kin, who has built one in the Blue Devils boys program as well, were recognized for their success by being named coaches of the year in The Associated Press all-Northwest District selections released on Thursday.
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Kin, who has guided Carey to at least 15 wins in five of his six seasons as head coach and compiled a 96-40 overall record, was named the Division III boys coach of the year. Vaughn, who achieved his 100th career win when Carey beat Arlington in the sectional finals and is 102-37 in his six years as head coach, was named the Division IV girls coach of the year.
Liberty-Benton also swept a pair of top awards with Rachel Myers named Division III girls player of the year and Eagles’ coach Nate Irwin sharing coach of the year honors in that division with Oak Harbor’s Tom Kontak.
Myers, a 5-foot-8 senior, averaged 23.3 points and 3.8 assists in leading L-B to a 9-0 run through the Blanchard Valley Conference, a 22-3 overall record and a spot in the Division III girls regional. The Bowling Green State University recruit broke the school record for career 3-pointers this season and has more than 1,600 career points.
This year’s 22-3 showing improved Irwin’s record at the school to 185-50. He guided the Eagles to a Division III state championship in 2010 and Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2012.
Findlay’s Adam Twining in Division I, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Noah Bramlage in Division III and Leipsic’s Zach Kuhlman in Division IV earned first-team all-Northwest Ohio honors in the boys selections.
Twining, a 6-3 senior wing, averaged 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists in helping Findlay produce a 16-5 regular season record.
Bramlage, a 6-7 junior, averaged 18.2 points and 8.2 rebounds this season, his third as a starter after helping O-G reach the state semifinals in 2012 and win a Division III state championship a year ago.
Kuhlman also competed in the state tournament last March as Leipsic’s sixth man and second leading scorer. The 6-2 wing followed that with an outstanding senior year, averaging 20.3 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists and earning first-team all-league honors in both the Blanchard Valley Conference and Putnam County League.
Findlay High’s Michael Clark was a third-team all-district pick in Division I. The senior point guard, who has helped the Trojans post a 47-20 record in his three years as a starter, averaged 9.4 points and 4.7 assists a game, and set school records this season for career assists and games played.
Liberty-Benton sharpshooters Adam Cytlak (13.3 ppg, 4.4 apg) and John Darnall (13.8 ppg) earned second-team honors in Division III. Carey also had two Division III all-Northwest Ohio selections in second-team pick Jared Wentling (22 ppg, 9.5 rpg) and third-teamer Bryan Powers (18.2 ppg, 4.1 apg).
Arlington’s Andrew Hunter (12 ppg. 5.2 apg) and Columbus Grove’s Will Vorhees (17.6 ,ppg. 8.2 rpg) were second-team selections in Division IV, with Arlington’s Michael Blunk (15.3 ppg., 7.2 rpg) and Miller City’s Adam Niese (13.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg) earning third-team honors.
Upper Sandusky’s Taylor Graboski and Fostoria St. Wendelin’s Kamryn Troike, two dominant centers who averaged impressive double-doubles, were first-team AP all-Northwest Ohio girls selections in Division III and Division IV respectively.
Graboski, a 6-2 two-sport standout who has accepted a volleyball scholarship from Valparaiso University, averaged 17.6 points and 13.7 rebounds. She also blocked 120 shots in regular-season play.
Troike, a 6-3 sophomore, averaged 20.7 points and 14 rebounds as the Midland Athletic league and District 6 (Division IV) player of the year.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Kristen Miller (12.6 ppg, 4 apg) and Elmwood’s Kristen Curtis 16.2 ppg. 6.6 rpg), the players of the year in the Western Buckeye League and Northern Buckeye League respectively, were second-team selections in Division III. Liberty-Benton’s Lauren Kotey, a 6-2 junior who blocked 133 shots and averaged 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds, was a third-team pick.
Arcadia standout Molly Glick, a 5-11 junior who averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, and Putnam County League Player of the Year Paige Ordway of Continental, who averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists, joined Troike on the girls Division IV first team.
Leipsic’s Amber Gerdeman (12.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg), Carey’s Sydney Wentling 13.2 ppg, 4 rpg, 4.7 apg) and New Riegel’s Kara Scherger (13.5 ppg) earned second-team honors, and Riverdale’s Jordyn Wright (15.6 ppg) and Arcadia’s Courtney Cramer (18 ppg) were third-team picks.
AP All-Northwest Ohio
DIVISION I BOYS
FIRST TEAM: Nate Allen, Toledo Bowsher, 6-foot-4, sr., 22.2; Nick Moschetti, Perrysburg, 6-3, sr., 22.6; DeShone Kizer, Toledo Central Catholic, 6-5, sr., 12.4; Anthony Glover, Jr., Toledo St. John’s, 6-0, sr., 18.1; Adam Twining, Findlay, 6-3, sr., 15.6.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nate Allen, Toledo Bowsher.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Joe Guerrero, Toledo Bowsher.
SECOND TEAM: Matt Fox, Anthony Wayne, 6-2, sr., 19.0; Dajuan King, Toledo Bowsher, 6-1, sr., 20.5; LaMonta Stone, Bowling Green, 5-7, jr., 20.7; Manny Durden, Springfield, 6-2, sr., 15.3; Matt Morrison, Sylvania Southview, 5-7, sr., 15.1; Isaac White, Ashland, 5-11, jr., 17.6.
THIRD TEAM: Parker Ernsthausen, Toledo St. John’s, 6-9, sr., 12.3; Marcus Winters, Toledo Central Catholic, 6-0, jr., 13.0; Cameron White, Toledo Bowsher, 6-1, sr., 16.0; Mario Davison, Mansfield Senior, 5-11, sr., 6.5; Jack Gedeon, Fremont Ross, 6-5, sr., 8.1; Michael, Clark, Findlay, 6-1, sr., 9.4.
HONORABLE MENTION: Nate Patterson, Perrysburg; Jake Reid, Anthony Wayne; Tyrell Ajian, Mansfield Madison; Mike Mitchell, Toledo Start; Aerin West, Sylvania Northview; Nate Hall, Sylvania Southview; Jermiah Braswell, Toledo Central Catholic; Jon Ashe, Toledo Whitmer; Sam Hickey, Toledo Whitmer; Tyler Longstreth, Marion Harding; Austin Gutting, Findlay; Jalen Reese, Mansfield Senior; Dejorr Gibson, Mansfield Senior; Trey Smith, Ashland; Brett Vipperman, Ashland; Coy VanTilburg, Mansfield Madison.
DIVISION II BOYS
FIRST TEAM: Chris Harris, Toledo Scott, 6-0, sr., 22.1; Jeff Thomas, Norwalk, 6-5, sr., 18.8; Nic Williams, Sandusky Perkins, 6-3, sr., 22.8; Trey Guilliam, Defiance, 5-11, sr., 17.0; Connor Bowen, Lake, 6-0, jr., 22.4; Dakota Mathias, Elida, 6-5, sr., 27.7; Taren Sullivan, Lima Bath, 6-6, sr., 20.9.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dakota Mathis, Elida.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Joe Balogh, Ontario.