Celina LHP pitcher Seth Lonsway (Sr) has been named the WBL Player of the Year. Lonsway has committed to play at Ohio State, but will be a target in the upcoming MLB draft.
Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell:
Seth Lonsway is a rare combination of talent and work-ethic. I have never seen someone dedicate themselves to a sport like he has to baseball and making himself as good as he can be.
In my mind he is now the best pitcher in the state and right there with the best in the country.
He his definitely a rare athlete but most importantly a rare person. He has gone through so much in his short life and has always maintained an exceptional personal standard and humility. He is always willing to help out with younger players, field maintenance or just any odd job I have for baseball or personally; he has always been there to help whoever needed it.
Wapakoneta Head Coach Jason Brandt was named as WBL Coach of the Year.
Other Bulldogs named to the All-WBL team, Kole Murlin (Jr) was named to the second team, Isaiah Eichler (Sr) and Parker Maurer (Soph) were named to the third team. Shawn Rose (Sr) was named Honorable Mention.
Wapakoneta picked up the WBL Conference Championship going 8-1 on the season.
2017 WBL Standings
Teams WBL Record
1. Wapakoneta 8-1
2. Defiance 7-2
2. Kenton 7-2
4. Celina 6-3
5. Ottawa-Glandorf 5-4
5. Bath 5-4
7. Van Wert 3-6
7. St. Marys 3-6
9. Shawnee 1-8
10. Elida 0-9
(5-17-17) The Western Buckeye League released it’s 2017 All-Conference softball team.
WBL Champion Wapakoneta swept both of the major honors, Blasia Moyler was named the Player of the Year and her coach, Bill Sammons, picked up Coach of the Year honors. Moyler will continue her softball career at Saginaw Valley State University.
Two other Redskins were also named to the 1st team, Megan Fisher and Savanna Oen.
Celina’s Maddie Luebke picked up 1st team honors, Brooke Steinbrunner was named to the third team and Mackenzie Shaffer was on the Honorable Mention list.
The Redskins have won two consecutive WBL titles in a row, with an 18 in a row conference run during that time.
Coldwater’s Brian Harlamert, after leading the Cav’s to their 30th MAC baseball title was named Coach of the Year.
Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Dylan Thobe (Sr). Marion Local’s Duane Leugers represents the Flyers on the 1st team. Joining Thwaits on the 1st team was teammate Cole Wendel (Jr). Representing Parkway was Trace Walls.
(5-16-17) Parkway swept both of the major honors on the 2017 All-MAC softball team.
Parkway’s Haley Hawk (Junior) was named Player of the Year in leading the Panthers to a MAC Title. Hawk’s Coach, Mark Esselstein, who picked up his 500th win this year, was named the MAC Coach of the Year.
Hawk was joined on the 1st team by two teammates, Bailey Bates and Alyx Slusher.
Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Maura Hoying, Carly Post and Maddie Steinke. Alexis Ontrop was St. Henry’s representative on the 1st team.
Parkway played with a ‘heavy heart’ this season after the tragic death of teammate Lexi Bickle, who lost her life in an auto accident in the fall.
In the South Division, St. Henry’s Troy Buehler was named the WOHSBC South Bowler of the Year. Two other Buehlers picked up all-conference honors, Trey is also on the 1st team and Trent picked up 2nd team honors. Another Redskin, Logan Rindler, was named to the Honorable Mention List.
Coldwater had four bowlers named to the 1st team, Trey James, Caden Seitz, Cory Whitacre and Joe Wenning. The Cavs Ben Schmitmeyer is on the 2nd team, while Jason Wenning and Nathan Gaerke both were named to the Honorable Mention list.
Representing the North Division on the 1st team was Celina’s Cole Cisco, three Bulldogs were named to the 2nd team, Nate Langenkamp, Parker Maurer and Kolyn Wiehe. Celina’s Dylan Gilbert was Honorable Mention.
Wapakoneta’s Tyler Miller was named the North’s Bowler of the Year.
Troy Buehler and Tyler Miller
Morgan Heitkamp and Dayle Aldrich
In the South Division, State Champion Coldwater placed three bowlers on the all-conference 1st team, Paige Hartings, Brianna Wenning and Carlie Schoenherr. Three Cavs were named to the 2nd team, Kailey Niekamp, Emily Fortener and Madison Fox.
Marion Local’s Lindsey Schemmel was named to the 2nd team, while the Flyers’ Shayla Bertke was named to the Honorable Mention List.
In the North Division, Celina’s Makenzie and Dorian Regendanz picked up 2nd team honors, while three Bulldogs picked up Honorable Mention nods, Karlee Huber, Bailee Kelch and Allison Lehman.
Parkway’s Alexis Frank was named to the second team.
(3-10-17) In it’s first year with no divisions the Big Northern Conference announced its All Conference Boys Basketball team. Rockford Christian and Rockford Lutheran were co-BNC Champions, both went 9-1 in conference play.
Stateline area players named to the 1st team include,
Matt Glogowski SR Rockford Christian
Josh Streeter SR Rockford Lutheran
Andrew Morrissey JR Winnebago
Glogowski helped the Royal Lions to a share of the BNC title and a tournament run to the Super-Sectional, he scored 16 points and 8 rebounds a game. Streeter helped the Crusaders pick up the other share of the BNC title, averaging 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals a game. Morrisey led Winnebago with a double-double season, 14 points and 11 rebounds a game.
The BNC 2nd team includes the following Stateline area players:
Jackson Foltz SR Rockford Christian (3 assist avg.)
Luke Joiner SR Rockford Christian (5 rebound avg.)
Pauly Rico JR Byron (12 point avg., 3 assist avg.)
Jake Greeny SR Rockford Lutheran (11.3 point avg. )
(3-9-17) Hononegah Sophomore Jordan King is the 2017 All NIC 10 Girls Basketball MVP.
King led the NIC 10 in scoring with 20 points a game and 4 steals a game. She is joined on the 1st team by Sophomore teammate Cali Schmitz.
NIC 10 Champion Boylan had two players make the 1st team, McKenzie Brown (Junior) and Sarah Welsh (Senior). East had three players named to the 1st team, Madaeja Cross (Senior), Victoria Malone (Senior) and Madilyn Hecox (Senior).
The rest of the 1st team included Jefferson’s Elizabeth Bankole (Senior), Harlem’s Kahley Logan (Senior) and Guilford’s Kaleia Monterio (Senior).
Boylan Coach Paul Perrone, who led the Titans to a NIC 10 title and to the Super-Sectional was named Coach of the Year.
(3-9-17) Boylan’s Zach Couper has been named the 2017 NIC 10’s Boy’s Basketball MVP for the second straight season. Couper helped the Titans to the NIC 10 title. Couper averaged 23 points a game, including a 50 point game against Auburn this season. Couper will continue his basketball career at the Air Force Academy.
Titan teammate Kevin Diemer was also named to the 1st team, Hononegah added two players to the top team, Josh Donaldson and Max Miller, Jefferson had two players on the squad as well, Quillin Dixon and Myquion Garrett. Filling out the rest of the 1st team, East’s Charles Burnell, Auburn’s Terry Ford, Belvidere’s Will Morris and Harlem’s Allen White III.
The first team is made up of seven Seniors and three Juniors. First year Boylan Head Coach Brett McAllister was named NIC 10 Coach of the Year, McAllister stepped into the run the Titans after Mike Winters resigned at the end of last year.
(3-2-17) This season has been one that has produced many quality Stateline area Boys and Girls Basketball Conference Players of the Year. Each year, most likely voted on by conference coaches, each league selects an All-Conference team and a Player of the Year.
Below are Players of the Year for area conferences.
In boys there are eight winners, the The Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) had co-players named, four are Juniors and four are Seniors. Girls winners, the Western Buckeye League (WBL) had co-winners, one player was the choice in two different conferences, of the winners two were Juniors and seven were Seniors.
Boys Conference Players of the Year
WBL Player of the Year: Jay Kaufman, Ottawa-Glandorf (Junior)
MAC Player of the Year: Justin Ahrens, Versailles (Junior)
NWC Player of the Year: Spencerville, Dakota Prichard (Senior)
NWCC Player of the Year: Jackoby Lane-Harvey, Perry (Senior)
SCAL Player of the Year: Nathan Lessing, Fairlawn (Senior)
TRAC Co-Players of the Year:
Vincent Williams Jr., St. John’s Jesuit (Junior)
Jarius Ward, Lima Senior (Senior)
CCC Player of the Year: Caleb South, Bethel (Junior)
Girls Conference Players of the Year
WBL Co-Players of the Year:
Kadie Hempfling, Ottawa-Glandorf (Junior)
Kylie White, Ottawa-Glandorf (Senior)
MAC Player of the Year: Rosie Westerbeck, Minster (Senior)
NWC Player of the Year: Paige Bellman, Columbus Grove (Junior)
Putnam County League Player of the Year: Paige Bellman, Columbus Grove (Junior)
NWCC Player of Year: Emily Patton, Upper Scioto Valley (Senior)
SCAL Player of the Year: Maria Herron, Russia (Senior)
TRAC Player of the Year: Bre Hampton-Bey, Notre Dame Academy (Senior)
CCC Player of the Year: Allie Downing, Tri-Village (Senior)
One of the most well known Players of the Year if the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) winner, Junior Justin Ahrens who is already committed to play at Ohio State. The Ahrens family is well known for boys basketball, brother Kyle plays for Michigan State.
The MAC’s Player of the Year was Minster’s Rosie Westerbeck, she scored 13.3 points a game, was third on the team with 94 rebounds (4.5 avg), second-best on the team with 53 assists on the team and second best in the MAC with 57 steals. She was is what made Minster roll this season.
Named as the NWCC Boys Player of the Year, Perry’s Jackoby Lane-Harvey who helped the Commodores to a conference title on a well-balanced team.
Northwest Conference (NWC) Player of the Year, Dakota Pritchard of Spencerville. Pritchard scored his 1,000th career point this season, led the Bearcats to a NWC title, while averaging 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game.
Congratulations to Dak Prichard who goes over 1,000 career points tonight. Only the 6th Bearcat player to achieve this milestone. pic.twitter.com/5hKZHHMfQI
The Shelby County Athletic League’s (SCAL) Player of the Year Nathan Lessing of Fairlawn showed the conference the Jets were for real. Lessing is presently 24th on Ohio’s all-time scoring list with 2,214 points as they continue in tournament play. Fairlawn was never known for basketball in the past, they are now.
Caleb South of Bethel was the Player of the Year in the Cross County Conference (CCC) , leading his team to the conference title. South who is averaging almost 30 points a game, has already scored a 1,000 points in his career as just a Junior.
Caleb South scored 24 points Friday night in Bethel's CCC Championship clinching win. Here's his 14 1st half points. pic.twitter.com/QFsU4AFgG9
Columbus Grove Junior Paige Bellman did something not many high school players accomplish in a career, she was named Player of the Year in two conferences, the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League (PCL).
Bre Hampton-Bey of Notre Dame Academy was named the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the Senior picked up her 1,000th career points and the led the Eagles to a TRAC title and 14-0 conference record.
The Cross County Conference Player of the Year is Tri Village Senior Allie Downing, she scored 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assist and 2.0 steals a game. She will represent District 9 at the Ohio North-South state All-Star game in April. The Patriots won the CCC title.
The Shelby County Athletic League’s Player of the Year was Russia’s Maria Herron, besides being a great basketball player and overall athletes, she was also named this year’s Homecoming Queen. Now that’s a great Senior Season.