Area sports writers recently gathered to decide on the best players to be named to the all-district teams. It has been an eventful year for our boys and girls teams, and some athletes have earned a ranking on the All-Southwest District team. Players from Division-I through D-IV schools were broken down into first team, second team, third team and special mention. We had 21 area players named to the list, including the Player of the Year in D-III girls basketball - Greeneview’s Ashton Lovely. All these players helped make the 2013-14 high school basketball season memorable.
Three teams remain in the postseason tournament. The Greeneview Lady Rams are the only girls team remaining, and they eked out a tough victory over Columbus Bishop Ready, Wednesday night in the regional semis. Lovely was named to the first team in addition to the Player of the Year. Junior Sophie Sonneman was named as honorable mention for the girls and Dalton Caudill was named for the boys.
The Fairborn Skyhawks and Carroll Patriots both remain in the boys tournament.
Fairborn reached the districts after upsetting Beavercreek in their regional semifinal and beating New Carlisle Tecumseh in the sectional final. They face the number one ranked team in the state, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Xavier’s Cintas Center. Skyhawks Jordan Michael and Malik Jacobs were named to the second team and honorable mention respectively. They’ve been on quite a run in the postseason, and have had a special year no matter the outcome of Saturday’s contest. Kayla Patterson was named special mention for the Lady Hawks.
Carroll has been rolling in their sectional after playing in the tough Greater Catholic League in the regular season. Shawnee was their closest game in the sectional semis, where they won 43-35. The Patriots play Dayton Dunbar at 5:30 p.m. Friday at UD Arena. Xander Smart was named to the D-II honorable mention team. Madison Schroeder was named to the district third team for the girls.
Beavercreek senior Airius Moore was named to the boys D-I third team. Moore helped lead the senior-filled team to a 14-9 record. The Beavers got out to a 9-0 start this season, and played well against some tough competition down the stretch. Teammate Jarred Waters was named honorable mention.
Bellbrook senior guard Josh Schumacher was named to the third team for the D-II boys. He helped the Golden Eagles finish with a 14-7 record. Senior Chea Taylor was named to the second team for the girls, averaging 18 points on the year.
Other area players named to special mention include: Clayton Kadel and Unique Conner from Xenia; Aiden Stockon and Lianne Masquelier from Greenon; Jordan Freeman, Justin Martin, Katie Riddle and Rachel Sweeney from Xenia Christian; and Hudson Grant from Cedarville.