Large area delegation earns all-Ohio
COLUMBUS – The final two all-Ohio teams were released Wednesday evening with eight area players and two more coaches earning accolades on the Associated Press all-state teams in Divisions V and VI.
Bellaire head coach Jose Davis and Shadyside head coach Mark Holenka were named state coaches of the year for their respective seasons.
Two players – Bellaire’s Dalton Conroy and Shadyside’s Chase Kinemond – were named to the first team in Divisions V and VI, respectively.
IN DIVISION V, Bellaire had a trio of athletes (Conroy, Spencer Badia and Nick Patrone) recognized, while Monroe Central senior Korey Lafferre was also honored.
Davis earned the co-coach of the year honor after guiding the Big Reds to a brilliant 8-2 season, which included the school’s first trip to the postseason since 2006. In the process, the Big Reds also defeated arch-rival Martins Ferry for the first time in six seasons and finished a close second in the OVAC Class 3A title chase.
Conroy was named to the first unit as the kicker. He earned his spot after connecting on nine field goals to set a school record. His long was a 43 yarder and he also was true on a walk-off field goal that lifted the Big Reds past Harrison Central. He was also good on 34 PAT kicks.
Badia was named to the third team as just a junior. He passed for 2,736 yards during the regular season and surpassed the 3,000-yard barrier when you include the Big Reds’ playoff game against Cuyahoga Heights. He also landed 24 touchdown passes during the first 10 weeks of the season.
Patrone – just a junior – joined his quarterback on the third-team after a break-out season at wide receiver. He caught 59 passes for 875 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.
Monroe Central’s Lafferre was named to the third-team defensive unit. He was a standout in the secondary for Coach Jay Circosta’s squad with 37.5 tackles and four interceptions. He was also a standout at quarterback with 965 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing to go along with 817 yards passing.
IN DIVISION VI, Shadyside’s 10-0 season was recognized as Holenka and Kinemond earned top honors.
Holenka – in his fourth season at the helm – guided the Orange to its first 10-0 season since 1977. The Tigers once again qualified for the Region 21 playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round.
Kinemond earned first-team all-Ohio for the second straight season on the defensive side. He was the Tigers’ safety and had 41 tackles, four pass breakups, four interceptions, including one pick six during the regular season. On top of that, he had a brilliant season at quarterback.
River had a pair of players earn a spot on the team. Senior Evan Eggleston repeated as an all-Ohioan. The 6-4, 220 pounder graded out at 94 percent blocking for the season and was also a standout on the defensive front.
Senior Nick Asturi was a third-team selection after a season in which he ran for 1,007 yards and 17 touchdowns as a tailback. On the defensive side, he recorded 74 tackles and had two interceptions.
St. John Central senior D.J. Shoemaker was recognized on the third-team for the second straight season as a linebacker. He was the Irish’s leading tackler with 117 tackles, including sacks and 13 other tackles for loss. He also picked off two passes.