CENTENARY, Ohio — The Gallia Academy High School girls and boys basketball squads combined to place four players on the final all-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League all-league teams, which have been announced this weekend.
Both the Blue Devils and Blue Angels earned one all-SEOAL first team and one Honorable Mention selection.
This is the first — and also final — season for the SEOAL consisting of only four full-time members.
Gallia Academy also competed this winter as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, which will be its exclusive athletic conference beginning next year.
For the Blue Devils, six-foot, four-inch senior center Wes Jarrell repeated to the all-SEOAL first team.
Joining Jarrell on the all-league list was fellow senior and six-foot forward Kole Carter, who was named Honorable Mention.
Gallia Academy and Jackson just had two total selections apiece, since they split the season series and finished 1-5 in the league.
Logan and Warren, which split the SEOAL title at 5-1, also shared the top league honors.
Warren’s Luke Drayer (6-0, senior) was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Warren’s Blane Maddox and Logan’s Gary Kellough shared the Coach of the Year award.
For Maddox, he has now won the past five SEOAL COYs, winning the award outright in 2012, 2013 and 2015 — while splitting the award two years ago.
While the league’s coaches select the all-SEOAL teams, the league’s five primary print media outlets, including The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, vote on the Players of the Year.
Drayer, along with Logan’s Lane Little (5-11, senior), were the only players nominated for the boys POY.
Little, like Jarrell, was a first-team repeater from last season.
Joining Drayer from Warren on the first team were Kyler Dennis (5-11, junior) and Seth Hall (5-11, senior), as Dennis was Honorable Mention last year.
Joining Little from Logan on the first team were Sam Evans (6-2, senior) and Isaiah Smith (6-4, senior), as Smith made Honorable Mention last year.
Jackson’s first-team representative was six-foot one-inch freshman Cooper Donaldson.
Each team automatically had one Honorable Mention selection, as the foursome included Carter, Jackson’s Dakota Nichols (6-1 senior), Logan’s Cole Barron (5-10, senior) and Warren’s Chase Weihl (6-6, junior).
For the Blue Angels, five-foot, nine-inch junior Adrienne Jenkins was all-SEOAL first team.
Joining Jenkins from GAHS was the club’s Honorable Mention selection — 6-1 senior Jordan Walker.
Walker was also Honorable Mention last season.
The Blue Angels, unfortunately, were winless in six tries in the league — with Logan capturing the championship at 6-0.
Warren was 4-2 and Jackson 2-4 on the girls side.
Jackson and Logan shared the top honors, with Jackson 5-6 sophomore Rebekah Green not only repeating to the first team, but also claiming Player of the Year.
The only other POY nominee was Logan’s Paige Davis (5-7, senior), a four-time all-SEOAL honoree.
Davis was the league’s Player of the Year last season, and was Honorable Mention three years ago.
Logan’s first-year coach Steve Clippenger captured Coach of the Year.
Other repeaters to the girls first team were Logan’s Allison McNeal (6-0, senior) and Warren’s Katie Rauch (5-6, junior), while Logan’s Cassidy Bosch — a first-time first-teamer — was Honorable Mention last year.
Rounding out the girls first team was Warren’s 5-6 sophomore Molly McCutcheon.
Joining Walker on the Honorable Mention quartet were Warren’s Autumn Roddy (5-6, senior), Logan’s Paige Lunsford (5-6, junior) and Jackson’s Lauren Parks (5-4 senior).
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106