CENTENARY, Ohio — The basketball programs at Gallia Academy landed three players on the All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League squads for 2012, as voted on by the coaches within the league.
Seniors Heather Ward, Mattie Lanham and Nick Saunders were the three representatives for the Blue and White, as both the Blue Angels and Blue Devils mustered three wins apiece this past winter. Besides matching 3-18 overall marks, both GAHS squads also went 1-9 in SEOAL play.
Ward was a first-team selection after leading the Blue Angels in scoring, while Lanham was an honorable mention selection in the girls division. Both Blue Angels are first-time recipients of All-SEOAL accolades in girls basketball.
Saunders led the Blue Devils in scoring — based on a full 20 games — this past season, which garnered the senior honorable mention accolades. It was also Saunders first-ever All-SEOAL honor in boys hoops.
Dion McKinley and Eugene Collins were named player and coach of the year, respectively, after guiding Portsmouth to its first SEOAL basketball title since the last 1920s. Madison Ridout (Jackson) and Allie Grace Proctor (Warren) shared player of the year honors in girls, while the coach of the year was Warren’s Amy Colgrove.
2012 All-SEOAL Basketball Teams
Zach Johnson, Chillicothe 6-2 11 G
Malik London, Chillicothe** 6-8 12 F/C
Colt Chapman, Jackson* 6-5 12 F
Luke Miller, Logan 6-1 12 G/F
Wayne Evans, Portsmouth* 6-2 12 G
Dion McKinley, Portsmouth* 6-5 12 C
Zaide Whitley, Portsmouth 6-0 12 G
Evan French, Warren 6-4 10 F
Jeremy Hastie, Warren 5-10 12 G
Josh Windland, Warren 6-4 12 F
Honorable mention: Aaron Elliott, Chillicothe; Nick Saunders, Gallipolis; Alec Ray, Jackson; Gaven Jourdan, Logan; Len Collins, Portsmouth; Tyler Ward, Warren.
Player of the Year: Dion McKinley, Portsmouth
Coach of the Year: Eugene Collins, Portsmouth.
*—indicates previous All-SEOAL team honors. Zach Johnson was honorable mention in 2010-11. Eugene Collins was Co-Coach of the Year in 2010-11. Teams are selected via a vote of league coaches. Each team was accorded one automatic honorable mention selection.
Brianna Dawes, Chillicothe 5-7 9 G
Heather Ward, Gallipolis 5-5 12 G
Meredith Harless, Jackson 5-6 12 G
Madison Ridout, Jackson* 5-9 10 G
Ashley Frasure, Logan 6-1 10 F/C
Brooke Simons, Logan 5-9 12 G/F
Kayleigh White, Portsmouth 6-0 11 G
Allie Grace Proctor, Warren 5-6 12 G
Jordanna Rauch, Warren* 5-7 11 G
Emma Ryan, Warren 5-11 11 F
Honorable mention: Alyssa Oates, Chillicothe; Mattie Lanham, Gallipolis; Lydia Poe, Jackson; Abbie Hughes, Logan; Peighton Williams, Portsmouth; Kasey White, Warren.
Co-players of the Year: Madison Ridout, Jackson; Allie Grace Proctor, Warren.
Coach of the Year: Amy Colgrove, Warren
*—indicates previous All-SEOAL team honors. Alyssa Oates and Allie Grace Proctor were honorable mention in 2010-11. Teams are selected via a vote of league coaches. Each team was accorded one automatic honorable mention selection.