A total of eight local boys basketball players — six from Gallia County and two from Meigs County — were selected to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association District 13 teams for the 2020-21 campaign.
Each of the three Gallia County squads garnered two selections, while Meigs and Southern landed a single choice within their respective divisions.
River Valley, however, came away with the largest accolade within the area as Jordan Lambert was not only a first team selection in Division III, but the senior was also named a co-player of the year.
Lambert — a 6-foot-6 forward that averaged 22.2 points per game — will also be one of the two District 13 representatives that will play in the annual North-South Basketball Classic.
Lambert was also joined by his younger brother — Jance, a sophomore — on the D-3 team. Jance was a special mention selection on behalf of the Raiders.
Junior Coulter Cleland was the lone selection for Meigs and ended up being named a first team honoree on Division III as well.
Nathan Speed of Fairland was named the D-3 coach of the year. Fairland junior Aiden Porter joined Jordan Lambert in sharing D-3 player of the year accolades.
Gallia Academy came away with two selections in Division I-II, including a first team honoree in sophomore Isaac Clary. Senior Cooper Davis was also a special mention choice on behalf of the Blue Devils.
Blaine Maddox was named the Division I-II coach of the year. Athens senior Brayden Whiting was chosen as the player of the year and will also join Lambert in attending the North-South contest on behalf of D-13.
South Gallia garnered a first team selection in junior Brayden Hammond and a second team honoree in senior Jaxxin Mabe, both of which came in Division IV.
Southern senior Arrow Drummer was a special mention selection in D-4. Eastern did not have a player chosen to the Division IV squad.
Hunter Smith of Federal Hocking was the D-4 player of the year, while Howie Caldwell of Trimble took top coaching honors within that division.
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