St. Clairsville's Dan Monteroso, Martins Ferry's Jessica Kinney, and Shadyside's Karli Bonar are Eastern District Players of the Year.
Additionally, Bridgeport's Rob Zitzelsberger has been named Division IV Girls' District Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 campaign. The honors were announced today by the Associated Press.
ST. C's Monteroso who will be regarded one of the school's all-time athletic greats, was a relatively easy choice among a panel of district sportswriters.
The Purdue University football recruit again excelled and continues to do so on the hardwood for Kim Clifford's Red Devils, decisive Wednesday night victors over Edison in D-II sectional play. St. C. squares off against Steubenville Big Red Saturday afternoon.
Monteroso who has scored in excess of 2,000 career points (and counting) netted some 26.5 points per start during a superlative regular season. His teammate, senior Riley Carlton, is a second team all-district honoree. Carlton averaged 13.5 points in the regular season.
Martins Ferry's Cody Schau, easily among the district's premier players, earned first team honors on the Division III unit. Schau whose 27.1 ppg. paced all local players, will be in action Friday when Ferry faces Fort Frye in sectional play at Meadowbrook High.
Joining Schau on the first team unit is Union Local senior veteran Jacob Bailey (20.6) and Monroe Central senior Korey Lafferre (17.0).
A pair of Monroe County standouts are included on the Division IV first team. They are River High's sharpshooting Brett Price who netted 20.2 points per game in the regular season. Mark Romick's Pilots battle Bridgeport Friday in sectional play.
Beallsville's talented Teryn Jarrett also landed a first team berth. The Blue Devils' senior fired in 23.2 points per night for Casey Tolzda's ball club.
The boys' all-district list includes D-II second teamer Fletcher Watt of Harrison Central.
Buckeye Local's senior ace Kyle Michalo gained third team honors.
Shadyside sophomore Austin Dorris is a D-IV second team honoree. The Tigers' 6-4 tenth grader netted 16 ppg. during the regular season. Shadyside battles Barnesville Saturday afternoon (1:00) in sectional play.
Two area players are D-IV third team representatives - St. John's senior D.J. Shoemaker (15.3 ppg.) and Bridgeport sophomore QJ Williams (15.0).
FERRY'S Kinney capped a superb prep cage career, pouring in some 21.6 points per game for Lindsay Coyne's Lady Riders en route to D-III district player of the year accolades.
The Lady Tigers' Bonar became the state of Ohio's most prolific three-point scorer in a sensational prep career which remains ongoing.
Bonar bombed home just under 20 points per start (this season) and has connected on a historic 335 buckets beyond the arc for Tina Yates' high-achieving LT's.
Bound for Division II Findlay, Bonar is joined on the first team unit by teammate Hayley Holenka, a four-season standout in her own right.
Holenka has hit for 17 points per start and is in action this evening at New Philadelphia where Shadyside and Zanesville Rosecrans collide in a district semifinal encounter.
Bridgeport junior ace Nicole Smolenak, a 14.7 ppg. regular season scorer, joins both Bonar and Holenka as D-IV first teamers.
Union Local's versatile Cori Medley, a 5-8 junior, is another D-III first team selection. Medley posted a 16.2 point per game average for Drew Greenwood's Lady Jets.
Two standouts are included among D-III second teamers - Monroe Central senior Chelsie Roberts (20.7 ppg.) and Harrison Central sophomore Katie Ellzy (17.5).
UL senior Kayla Doty (13.0); Bellaire sophomore Kierstyn Kidder (16.7) and St. Clairsville sophomore Alexis St. Clair (13.0) are third team honorees.
The Division IV second team unit includes River's senior star Cassidy McCullough (14.0); and Bridgeport's freshman impact player Caitlyn Kroll (17.5).
A quartet of standouts earned third team laurels - St. John's senior Kristen Russell (15.8); Beallsville senior Katie Kinney (16.0); Bridgeport junior Maclaine Murad (15.1); and Barnesville freshman Shayla Markovich (11.0).
Zitzelsberger, in his third season as Bridgeport's head coach guided the Lady Bulldogs to a 21-3 ledger before a season-ending sectional co-final setback against River.
A complete list of eastern district all-stars, including special and honorable mention standouts are listed on page B4.