ATHENS, Ohio — A total of 28 basketball players from the Ohio Valley Publishing area were selected to the 2012 Associated Press All-Southeastern Ohio District basketball teams, as voted on by a panel of AP media writers from within the district.
The 28 local selections were split right in half, as 14 boys and 14 girls were chosen from Gallia and Meigs counties within the four divisions. Collectively, the OVP area landed four first teamers, five second teamers, eight third teamers and 11 special mention selections.
And one player of the year.
For a second consecutive season, Eastern’s Jenna Burdette earned a share of the Division IV player of the year honors. The sophomore scored 15 points per game for the district champion Lady Eagles (18-6) and was joined by Waterford junior Brooke Drayer in receiving the top honor.
Sophomore Jordan Parker and senior Brenna Holter were respective second and third team selections for the Lady Eagles, while sophomores Erin Swatzel and Katie Keller came away with special mention accolades.
Also in Division IV, South Gallia (16-5) came away with four selections — one on each level. Senior Chandra Canaday was a first team honoree, while juniors Ellie Bostic and Meghan Caldwell came away with respective spots on the second and third teams. Sophomore Rachel Johnson was also chosen as a special mention selection for SGHS.
Southern senior Courtney Thomas was a third team selection in Division IV, and she was the only member of the Lady Tornadoes (4-17) chosen for the AP list.
River Valley (6-15) landed two players on the Division III girls list. Junior Cady Gilmore was chosen for the third team, while senior Alli Neville was a special mention selection. Meigs freshman Brook Andrus was also a special mention choice in D-3, the lone choice for the Lady Marauders (3-18).
Senior Heather Ward was Gallia Academy’s lone choice in Division II, as Ward was a special mention choice for the Blue Angels (4-17).
Erica Dawson (Marietta) and John Denen (Washington Court House) were chosen as the D-2 player and coach of the year, while the Fairland duo of Terra Stapleton and Jon Buchanan swept those same honors in D-3.
Both Gallia and Meigs had seven selections each on the girls list, as did the boys in their half of the list.
Both Southern and South Gallia came away with four selections on the Division IV team, with the Tornadoes (18-4) garnering an extra higher pick than the Rebels (13-9) because of their regular season records. All eight choices from both teams are also seniors.
Andrew Roseberry was a first team honoree for SHS, while Nathan Roberts came away with second team accolades. Both Ethan Martin and Ryan Taylor were chosen to the third team in D-4.
Cory Haner was a first team selection for the Rebels, followed by John Johnson and Dalton Matney on the second and third teams. Danny Matney was also a special mention choice for SGHS.
Eastern also came away with two picks in Division IV. Junior Max Carnahan was a second team selection for the 5-16 Eagles, while classmate Kirk Pullins came away with special mention accolades.
Austin Loop (South Webster) and Matt Mader (Portsmouth Notre Dame) were chosen as the D-4 player and coach of the year.
River Valley (5-17) had two choices in Division III, as senior Derek Flint and Austin Lewis came away with special mention honors. Meigs (2-19) had one choice in D-3, as senior Jesse Smith was a third team selection.
Austin McMaster (Chesapeake) and Dion McKinley (Portsmouth) shared D-3 player of the year honors, while Gene Collins of Portsmouth was chosen as the coach of the year.
Gallia Academy (3-18) had only one choice in Division II, as senior Nick Saunders was given special mention honors. Jake Kretzer (Waverly) and Blane Maddox (Warren) were chosen as the player and coach of the year in D-2.
There were no player or coach of the year selections in Division I, due to a lack of schools.