COLUMBUS - The Associated Press All-Eastern District boys and girls basketball teams have been announced and 36 players and two coaches have been recognized.
Steubenville Big Red's Mike Haney has been named the Division II boys Coach of the Year and Harrison Central's Nick Yourkovich has been selected the Division III girls Coach of the Year.
"That's amazing. That's something I really didn't expect," said Yourkovich. "This is not a reflection on me. This is a reflection of our girls and assistant coaches and how everybody associated with this program has done a great job. Without all that work put in by everybody else, this program wouldn't be as successful as it has been.
"I sure don't think I am smart enough to win something like this alone."
The Huskies won the OVAC Class 4A championship and followed that up with a sectional title, both firsts in school history.
"Usually goals that are set are ones that you think you can achieve and some are pretty high up there," said the fifth-year coach. "It's not very often you go through a season and put check marks on the list and we have been able to do that. The girls have worked hard all year We came back after a sluggish start. Their hard work every day allowed us to cross off the first two goals on that list.
"We never really put a number on how many we want to win. During the regular season, we want to get into the OVACs and have a chance to win it. We set the bar high. We want to win regular season games, win OVACs and win sectionals. This is the first year we've been able to get over the hump and win OVACs and sectionals.
"It's something we can now expect every year with a lot of hard work because other teams are not going to give us those things. We now have loftier goals."
The Huskies take on Garaway at 8 p.m. today in the Division III district semifinals.
"We've been fortunate to have good talent since I started here," said Yourkovich. "You have to have athletic and talented kids to build a program and we've had those kids. We've had older, talented athletic kids go against younger talented, athletic kids every day in practice and that's how you get better during the season.
"Having that kind of competition in practice goes a long way. Rarely do you see a team be successful if you're aren't getting good looks every day in practice."
For Haney, his team won a sectional title Wednesday night for the first time in seven years. It is also their 20th win, first time that has been done in 20 years.
"It's an honor for me, but it really comes down to the players and my assistant coaches," said Haney. "The players make the plays and get the wins. The assistants do a ton of work with scouting and preparing the team for games. It's a tribute to all of them and the work they have done this year."
Big Red defeated Union Local to capture the OVAC Class 4A championship and will play Philo at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ohio University-Eastern in a district semifinal.
"We're definitely happy with the team's performance this year," said Haney. "The players come to work every day and they get after it in practice. We have improved tremendously throughout the year.
"The chemistry on this team is good. They are really an unselfish bunch of guys. They like each other and they work hard to play solid defense."
Indian Creek's 6-foot-5 center Bre Berryman has been named to the Division II first team for the third year in a row. The junior averaged 22.2 points and 18.4 rebounds for the Redskins. The first player in school history to score more than 1,000 points shot 61 percent from the floor.
Joining her on the first team for the second straight season is Steubenville senior Emiley Masloski. The Columbia College signee averaged 13.8 points and 4.3 assists per outing. The 1,000-point scorer shot 81 percent from the free throw line.
Big Red senior Mytia Barker and her 17.7 average is on the second team, while Indian Creek senior and Wheeling Jesuit signee Kiarra Kamarec (15.5) is on the third team.
Steubenville sophomore Lysiah Rice is a special mention selection. Big Red teammate Hannah Masloski (junior), Indian Creek sophomore Bethany Davis, Edison senior Abby Fonow and Buckeye Local junior Lauren Swiger are honorable mention choices.
Harrison Central junior Katie Ellzy, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark recently, is a Division III first-team pick. She leads the Huskies with 18.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per outing.
Senior teammate Kara Dunfee (8.7) is on the third team and senior Jesse Ledger a special mention selection.
In Division IV, Toronto senior Lindsay Bodnar (12.8) made the second team after being third team last year. Junior teammate Lexie Berger is a special mention choice and Makayla Bauman (junior) an honorable mention selection - same as last year.
Steubenville Catholic Central senior Micca Mirabella and junior Miranda Parkinson are honorable mention picks.
Big Red senior Adam Sterling (6-foot-4) is a first team selection after averaging 15.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.4 blocks and 2.2 assists per game.
Buckeye Local senior Brennan Czuchran, who broke the 1,000-point mark in his last game with the Panthers, is also on the first team after he averaged 21.3 points an outing. Fellow senior Brandon Herring-Hill is a second team choice. He averages 17.4 points, 4.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals a contest.
Indian Creek senior Blake Roar and Edison junior Erik Lee dot the third team roster. Roar set school records for most games played and most steals in a career. Lee averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists a game.
Seniors Chris Smith (Big Red), Johnny Haught (Indian Creek) and Dylan Jones (Edison) along with Wildcats junior Skylar Wilken are special mention selections.
Big Red junior Lucas Herrington and Indian Creek sophomore Aaron Foldi are honorable mention picks.
Harrison Central junior Austin Kowalski (15.0) is a Division III second team choice. Sophomore teammate Dustin Redish is on the honrable mention list.
Steubenville Catholic Central senior Ryan Fletcher is a member of the Division IV first team. A second-team selection a year ago, averages 17 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.2 assists for the Crusaders, who play a sectional co-final at 7 p.m. Friday against Rosecrans at Union Local High School.
Toronto sophomore Blaze Glenn and his 24.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.4 steals a game is on the second team.
Catholic Central seniors Michael Barber and Matt Martello are on the third team. Barber averages 10.4 points, 4.8 assists, 3.1 steals and 2.2 rebounds a game. He shoots 78.4 percent from the line. Martello averages 12.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Barber was a special mention choice and Martello honorable mention last year.
Crusaders senior Michael Manfresca, Toronto juniors Nate Stewart and Tyler Roush are honorable mention selections.