Corinne Thomas (Tecumseh), Maddie Frederick (Tippecanoe), Hayley Suchland (Northeastern) and Tatum McBride (Newton) are the All-Area girls high school basketball players of the year in their respective divisions for this past season.
Joining them are coaches of the year Ed Zink (Beavercreek), Jason Tincher (Bellbrook), Jacki Stonebraker (Versailles) and Mike Wiss (Minster).
A 5-foot-9 junior and the daughter of Arrows head coach Danielle Thomas, Corinne Thomas is the Division I player of the year. She averaged 23.3 points and had a career-high of 48 against Central Buckeye Conference newcomer Jonathan Alder. Tecumseh (19-6) has won three straight CBC Kenton Trail titles with Thomas in the lineup.
A 6-foot senior move-in from Arizona, Frederick averaged 15.8 points for the Red Devils and is the D-II player of the year. Frederick provided extra boost to a strong lineup for Tipp (25-3), which won a Greater Western Ohio Conference American North title and advanced to a D-II regional for the fourth straight season. She signed with Iowa State University.
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A 5-8 senior, Suchland was among the state’s most prolific scorers (30.9) and is the D-III player of the year. She set Jets program records for most career points (1,775), single-game points (49) and points in a season (696). Also Northeastern’s Valedictorian, she signed to play basketball and softball at Wilmington College.
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McBride, a 5-5 senior, averaged 21.2 points and was key to Newton’s resurgence in the Cross Country Conference as the D-IV player of the year. A four-year starter, Newton was 72-25 in that span with four straight winning seasons. Prior to then Newton (17-7) had just three winning teams in program history.
Newton’s all-time career scoring leader (1,576 points) and like Suchland a Valedictorian, McBride signed with Lynoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University.
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Zink (D-I) is the winningest girls coach in Ohio history with 770 career victories and is the only coach in Beavercreek’s 42-season program history. The Beavers (21-5) were one of three GWOC teams to advance to D-I district finals.
Tincher (D-II) guided Bellbrook (20-9) to an impressive run through the regional and into the state final four. Bellbrook was 8-7 before mounting a late-season resurgence and into its third state final four.
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Stonebraker (D-III) oversaw a program that has dominated the Midwest Athletic Conference and been a state final four regular. The Tigers (28-2) lost to Columbus Africentric in a state final. That was their seventh state final four appearance since 2007 and third time Versailles has played for a state championship in the last five seasons.
Wiss (D-IV) led Minster (26-3) to an impressive defeat of favored Ottoville in another state championship. Also coming out of the MAC, it was the third state title for the Wildcats, all since 1998. As Minster’s baseball coach, he guided the Wildcats to a D-IV state championship in that sport last spring.
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All-Area players were based on coaches’ nominations. The All-Area teams are separate from All-Southwest District and All-Ohio teams.
Jordan Diehl, Springboro, 5-10, sr., 14.4 points
Mya Jackson, Wilmington, 5-7, jr., 22.4
Mickayla Perdue, Springfield, 5-8, fr., 22.0
Corinne Thomas, Tecumseh, 5-9, jr., 23.3
Maddy Westbeld, Fairmont, 6-1, so., 11.3
Player of the year: Corinne Thomas, Tecumseh
Coach of the year: Ed Zink, Beavercreek
Madison Bartley, Fairmont, 6-3, so., 11.0
Presley Griffitts, Tecumseh, 5-11, jr., 20.5
Aubryanna Hall, Wayne, 5-11, fr., 10.2
Alexis Straw, Lebanon, 5-9, sr., 13.5
Carmen Williams, Beavercreek, 5-5, sr., 10.8
Kendall Folley, Lebanon, 5-6, fr., 14.8
Willow Knight, Butler, 5-7, sr., 12.4
Mali Morgan-Elliott, Fairmont, 6-0, jr., 11.0
Trinity Morton-Nooks, Xenia, 5-10, jr., 13.0
Evelyn Oktavec, Fairborn, 5-8, jr., 15.4
Honorable Mention: Sam Chable, jr., Amy Velasco, fr., Jasmine Broner, sr., Centerville; Caralyssa Byrd, sr., Springfield; Abby Carter, fr., Kirah Pringle, jr., Miamisburg; MaKayla Cooper, jr., Shayala Heath, jr., Northmont; Bailey Draughn, sr., Beavercreek; Alaura Holycross, sr., Troy; Jasmine Jamiel, so., Wilmington; Khala Powell, so., Fairborn; Lily Stewart, sr., Piqua.
Layne Ferrell, Franklin, 6-1, jr., 23.5
Maddie Frederick, Tippecanoe, 6-0, sr., 15.8
Cassidy Hofacker, Bellbrook, 5-9, sr., 13.0
Shai McGruder, Trotwood-Madison, 6-1, sr., 25.9
Hunter Stidham, Valley View, 5-10, sr., 21.0
Player of the year: Maddie Frederick, Tippecanoe
Coach of the year: Jason Tincher, Bellbrook
Lauren Hapgood, Oakwood, 5-8, jr., 17.0
Julia Keller, Carroll, 6-0, so., 12.4
Sha’mya Leigh, Trotwood-Madison, 5-10, jr., 13.9
Allison Mader, Tippecanoe, 5-8, sr., 14.0
Mikala Morris, Kenton Ridge, 6-3, jr., 22.5
Abigail Dickson, Valley View, 5-3, fr., 8.8
Allie Stefanek, Carroll, 5-6, so., 11.3
Cali Stewart, Tippecanoe, 5-9, sr., 9.9
Bekah Vine, Bellbrook, 5-9, sr., 12.0
Mercedes Woodward, Trotwood-Madison, 5-9, sr., 12.7
Honorable Mention: Monet Allen, jr., Aria Cole, jr., Dunbar; Hannah Beckman, so., Fenwick; Elisabeth Bush, jr., Carroll; Kellah Flucas, sr., Trotwood-Madison; Morgan Gilbert, so., Greenville; Brooke Johannes, sr., Katelyn Nash, so., Graham; Desiree Jones, sr., Kenton Ridge; Kyndall Ketterer, so., Oakwood; Lauren Legate, fr., Chloe Smith, jr., Valley View; Olivia Potts, sr., Liz Weaver, sr., Spg. Shawnee; Tabitha Romaine, sr., Ponitz; Bailey Shepherd, so., Eaton; Johanna Theetge, sr., Clinton-Massie; Dallas Jones, sr., Chaminade Julienne.
Nikki Current, Benjamin Logan, 5-8, sr., 26.0
Morgan Haney, Miami East, 5-7, jr., 18.7
Kami McEldowney, Versailles, 5-8, sr., 13.1
Rachel Murray, Waynesville, 5-10, jr., 18.5
Hayley Suchland, Northeastern, 5-8, sr., 30.9
Player of the year: Hayley Suchland, Northeastern
Coach of the year: Jacki Stonebraker, Verailles
Frankie Fife, Greeneview, 5-6, sr., 17.5
Macey Huelskamp, Anna, 5-10, sr., 12.1
Kiana Klein, Dayton Christian, 6-2, sr., 12.9
Jenna Lovely, Preble Shawnee, 5-7, jr., 10.5
Danielle Winner, Versailles, 6-2, sr., 10.8
Christa Harris, Carlisle, 5-8, sr., 14.4
Elizabeth Ording, Versailles, 5-11, jr., 6.4
Marcella Sizer, Waynesville, jr., 12.2
Reagan Ware, Greenon, 5-6, so., 19.1
Faith Strickle, Greeneview, 5-8, sr., 14.3
Honorable Mention: Camryn Collinsworth, so., Casey Darkow, sr., Dayton Christian; Gabby Hollar, jr., Taylor Lauck, sr., West Liberty-Salem; Kenna Gray, fr., Bethel; Lydia Henry, so., Greenon; Haley Howard, sr., Miami East; Breah Kuck, jr., Anna; Alaina Lyons, jr., Urbana; Kelsey Day, jr., West Liberty-Salem; Caitlin McEldowney, so., Versailles; Kayla O’Daniel, so., Arcanum; Savannah Pavoni, so., Ben Logan; Aubrey Rains, sr., Waynesville; McKinlee Ruppert, jr., Dixie; Nicole Sims, jr., Brenna Woodard, jr., Preble Shawnee; Sylvie Sonneman, so., Greeneview; Kristen Dickison, jr., Milton-Union; Maura Hoying, sr., Kourtney Diller, sr., Coldwater.
Ise Bolender, Cedarville, 5-10 sr., 20.2
Tatum McBride, Newton, 5-5, sr., 21.2
Courtney Prenger, Minster, 6-2, jr., 11.8.
Aubrey Stupp, Tri-County North, 6-0, so., 21.4
Samantha Whiteman, Covington, 5-7, jr., 20.5
Player of the year: Tatum McBride, Newton
Coach of the year: Mike Wiss, Minster
Sarah Bergman, Botkins, 6-2, sr., 15.0
Corina Conley, Franklin Monroe, 5-11, so., 12.6
Skipp Miller, Bradford, 5-7, fr., 14.0
Kasey Schipfer, Mechanicsburg, 5-7, so., 21.5
Lissa Siler, Tri-Village, 5-7, so., 13.9
Olivia Clark, Jackson Center, 6-2, sr., 11.0
Maddie Downing, Tri-Village, 6-0, so., 12.9
Alanna O’Leary, Lehman Catholic, 5-2, sr., 10.3
Laurissa Poling, Russia, 6-0, jr., 10.8
Emily Riddle, Legacy Christian, 5-9, jr., 12.8
Honorable Mention: Jenna Cordonnier, jr., Russia; Emma Hess, fr., Kathleen Ahner, fr., Olivia Combs, sr., Legacy Christian; Trisa Porter, so., Tri-Village; Kenley Blake, jr., Troy Christian; Audrey Cable, so., Franklin Monroe; Maggie Coe, jr., Cedarville; Mylan Crews, sr., Twin Valley South; Taylor Felder, sr., Miami Valley; Alea Ferguson, sr., Tori Thomas, sr., Emma Vanninen, jr., Triad; Leslie Flores, jr., Avery Shepherd, so., Southeastern; Trinity Henderson, jr., Ansonia; Abby Holthaus, sr., Marissa Meiring, so., Fort Loramie; Sidnie Hunt, jr., Mississinawa Valley; Paige Lane, sr., Botkins; Kathryn Lee, sr., Troy Christian; Jessica Monnier, jr., Houston; Grace Monnin, jr., Lehman Catholic; Abigail Peterson, fr., Catholic Central; Amani Wagner, sr., Yellow Springs; Grace Thien, sr., Fort Recovery; Ivy Wolf, fr., Minster.