PDT Sports Writer
With the completion of the OHSAA State Track and Field Meet a week in the rear view mirror, the Southern Ohio Conference released the list of its top performers in the sport for the 2013 season.
Valley collected the most hardware this season, winning the SOC I on both the boys and girls side along with the athletes of the year for each gender and one of the two top coaching honors as McKenzie Coriell was named the top girls’ athlete, Matt Hodge earned the boys honor and Darren Crabtree was named the SOC I Coach of the Year on the boys side.
In all, the Indians sent J.J. Hettinger, Zach Shope, Sam Basham, Wyatt Lewis, Matt Rawlings, Dakota Baker, Emily Shope, Taylor Skaggs, Megan Knox, Catherine McCrory, Johelen Taylor, Chelsy Hettinger, Laken Munn, Megan Duduit and Kamryn Conaway to the First Team after their performances along with Coriell and Hodge. Valley also had Alex Heresh, Aaron McKissack, Michael Joyce, Rod Phillips and Brandon Crabtree on Second Team.
The SOC I First Team for the boys also includes Notre Dame’s Luke Welsh, Scott Warren, J.D. Harting, Evan Coriell and C.J. Smith, Green’s Hunter Stafford, South Webster’s Levi Cook, Sammy Canter, Austin Stiles and Tyler Fields. The Second Team has the Titans’ Bobby Morris and Matteo Frismon, the Jeeps’ Jensen Dyer, Eastern’s Alex Phipps, Clay’s Aaron Phipps and New Boston’s Matt Mohr.
The SOC I girls First Team is also populated by Andrea Marchyn (Notre Dame), Kaci Evans (Eastern) and Haley Giles (South Webster). Second Team honors went to Notre Dame’s Keely Taylor, Jayla Bowling and Maggie Hoover, Western’s Mallory Williams, the South Webster quartet of Brooke Faircloth, Courtney Blanton, Taylor Shonkwiler and Breanna Stewart. The list was rounded out with Green’s Alexis Bays.
The SOC II boys team championship went to Minford, which placed 11 individuals on the top two lists and swept both individual honors. Leading the way for the Falcons was SOC II Athlete of the Year Sean Berry and Coach of the Year Jesse Ruby.
Minford had Austin Thompson, Grant Piguet, Nathan Compton, Zach Farrar, Chris McCallister, Tate Hall, Caleb Clark and Kenton Gullion First Team while Tyler Evans and Josh Parsons were named Second Team.
Waverly claimed all but one of the remaining First Team slots and placed Dylan Dyke, Daniel Evory, Hudson Diener, Nathan Schaffer, Frank McDonald, Devon Pixley, Kyler Brown, Alex Brown and Willie Bevens. The Final SOC II boys First Team honor went to Wheelersburg’s Kasey Maxfield.
The remainder of the Second Team included the Northwest’s entries of Dustin Seaman, Cory Burnworth, Shane Bush and Garrick Gee along with Wheelersburg’s Chase Chambliss, Ross Pyles, Tyler Dodridge, Brian Stiers, Cole Cunningham, Brandon Adams, Zach Jenkins and Micah McCallister.
The Tigers claimed the SOC II title on the girls side along with the Coach of the Year award, which went to Tanya Murphy. Waverly sent Liza Wall, Kayley Moraleja, Danielle Perkins, Tristan Woodard, Skye Szoke, Mariah Hamrick, Carrie Prock, Jordan Prall, Mady Brown, Rose Remington, Becky Deacon, Brittany Green, Haley Shreck and Kilee Perdue to First Team with Rachel McCambridge, Jordan Corcoran and Shana Parker on Second Team.
The SOC II Athlete of the Year on the girls side went to Oak Hill’s Kelsey Hoskins. She was the lone representative for her school in any of the lists.
The SOC II First Team also includes Brooke Smith, Kendal Warren, Ally Darnell and Lauren Bays from Wheelersburg, Megan Coriell from Minford, Charli McClay from Northwest and West’s Jordan Spencer. The Second Team has Kylie Berry, Keri Morris, Alexis Green, Salina Potter and Brandi Williams from Minford as well as Whitney Morgan, Jennifer Carver, Katrina Carver, Shawnacy McGuire, Amanda Lens and Brooke Tipton — all from Northwest.
The SOC sent a number of athletes to the state meet last weekend. Dyke claimed the Division II shot put for the second time in as many years and competed in the discus to lead the conference. Hodge ran in the Division III 110-meter hurdle prelims, Pyles threw the discus in the Division III portion at the same time teammate Jenkins was in the long jump and Minford sent five to the state as Gullion competed in the Division II high jump while McCallister, Farrar, Piguet and Berry ran in the 400 relay prelims.
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