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OHSBCA honors area girls, boys

Olivia Augsperger of Twin Valley South and Jackson Center’s Gerald “Trey” Elchert are among the senior sons and daughters of active Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association members to be awarded scholarships of $1,000.

Their fathers are TV South boys head coach and athletic director Tony Augspurger and Jackson center boys coach and AD Scott Elchert.

All the scholarship winners will be honored during Sunday’s North-South All-Star games at Capital University in Columbus.

Area boys who will play in the games are Kyle Pipenger (Tri-Village), Jaelin Williams (Springfield Shawnee), Maverick Morgan (Springboro), Zack Denny (Valley View), Jaaron Simmons (Alter) and Brandon Watson (Miami Valley).

Centerville coach Brook Cupps and former Springboro coach Troy Holtrey will coach the South Division I-II boys team. Denny also has been named by the association as the D-II player of the year.

Area girls who will play are teammates Natalie Billing and Erica Huber (Anna), Jennifer DeGraaf (Springboro), Bianca Quisenberry (Tecumseh), Trischa Lacey (Urbana) and Alexis Gassion (Fairborn).

Named as girls team coaches are Randy Duff of Miami Valley and Fairmont’s Tim Cogan, who has since been named Carroll’s boys coach.

The game schedule is noon for girls Divisions III-IV, 1:45 p.m. for girls Divisions I-II, 3:45 p.m. for boys Divisions III-IV and 5:30 p.m. for boys Divisions I-II.

Bush to Capital: Madison senior Kaylee Bush has signed to play basketball a Capital University.

The 5-foot-11 inch forward averaged 8.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in helping Madison post a 24-3 overall record and win the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title (12-0).

Mercer to Centre: Duncan Mercer of Southeastern is headed to Centre College in Kentucky to play football.

Mercer, 6-5, 205 pounds, doubled as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Trojans (5-5). He was named All-Ohio Heritage Conference first team this past basketball season.

Uy to Eastern: Fairmont senior Natalie Uy has signed with Eastern Michigan to participate with its track and field program.

An outstanding high jumper, Uy has won district titles in the event as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She also is a two-time Greater Western Ohio Conference field athlete of the year. She also qualified for state in the event last spring.

Blanford to Ohio Dominican: Carroll senior Lindsey Blanford has signed to play basketball at Ohio Dominican.

Blanford averaged 8.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Patriots (22-6). Carroll tied Alter (both 8-2) for the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Grey North Division title this past season.

Recovery signees: Seniors Mason Evers and Marshall Hull of Fort Recovery have signed to play at the next level.

Evers is headed to Ohio Northern to play football. Hull will swim at Findlay.

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