Darius Quisenberry (Wayne), Myles Belyeu (Trotwood-Madison), Justin Ahrens (Versailles) and Tyler Mescher (Marion Local) are the players of the year in their respective divisions for the All-Area boys high school basketball teams.
Joining them as coaches of the year are Nathan Martindale (Wayne), Rocky Rockhold (Trotwood), Brett Kopp (Bethel) and Kurt Goettemoeller (Marion Local).
A 6-foot-1 senior guard, Quisenberry is the top player in Division I. He averaged team highs of 18.5 points and 6.5 assists. Wayne (25-2) won a Greater Western Ohio Conference National East divisional title (11-1) and lost to Cincinnati Moeller in a regional final.
Quisenberry signed with Youngstown State University.
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Belyeu, a 6-4 senior, is the D-II player of the year. He was second in GWOC scoring (25.2) and led the Rams in rebounding (7.1). A three-year starter, he was a key reason why Trotwood (26-4) won a GWOC American South title (14-0) and advanced to a D-II state final four for the second straight season.
Trotwood was defeated by two-time state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the state championship. Belyeu is uncommitted.
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Ahrens, a 6-6 senior, is the D-III player of the year. A four-year starter, he reset many single-season and career scoring records at Versailles and in the Midwest Athletic Conference, and led the Tigers (21-5) to a district final. He signed with Ohio State.
Mescher, a 6-2 senior and robust force in the middle, led Marion Local (25-4) to a D-IV state championship with a double-overtime defeat of Willoughby Cornerstone Christian in the state final. He averaged a team-high 16.4 points and was also a tight end/defensive end standout on the Flyers’ D-VI state football champions.
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Martindale is the D-I coach of the year. Previously a Warriors assistant, he was promoted to succeed Travis Trice, who took over Wayne’s girls program. It was Martindale’s first season as a varsity head coach.
Rockhold has molded Trotwood into an area and state D-II power. The high-scoring Rams are a combined 75-9 over the last three seasons and have advanced to a state final four in three of the last five years. Trotwood averaged 89.3 points this season and hit triple figures nine times in the regular season.
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Kopp guided Bethel (19-6) to its second straight unbeaten Cross County Conference title (12-0) and is the D-III coach of the year. Bethel also played for a district championship.
Goettemoeller is the D-IV coach of the year. The Flyers won an outright MAC title (9-0) and 20 of their last 21 games to capture their third boys basketball state title.
Players were based on coaches’ nominations. Teams considered were those in the Cox Media Group Ohio circulation area. The All-Area teams are separate from All-Southwest District and All-Ohio teams.
Samari Curtis, Xenia, 6-4, jr., 30.4 points
Andre Gordon, Sidney, 6-2, jr., 23.8
RaHeim Moss, Springfield, 6-4, jr., 16.2
Darius Quisenberry, Wayne, 6-1, sr., 18.5
Leonard Taylor, Springfield, 6-7, sr., 14.3
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Player of the year: Darius Quisenberry, Wayne
Coach of the year: Nathan Martindale, Wayne
Jon Alessandro, Beavercreek, 6-6, sr., 14.7
Jack Hendricks, Fairmont, 5-10, sr., 17.0
Jason Hubbard, Miamisburg, 6-4, sr., 16.8
Kort Justice, Butler, 6-1, sr., 16.6
Deshon Parker, Wayne, 6-3, sr., 14.2
Jadon Furlow, Belmont, 6-3, sr., 14.5
Harrison Hookfin, Lebanon, 6-6, sr., 14.2
Jared Kinzer, Franklin, 6-3, sr., 14.0
Johnathan Mpanzu, Stebbins, 6-5, sr., 17.4
L’Christian “Blue” Smith, Wayne, 6-6, sr., 11.4
Honorable Mention: Kellan Bochenek, Ryan Hall, Cade Morgan, Fairmont; Devon Brown, Ben Schmiesing, Qurri Tucker, Piqua; Cole Bundren, Payton Knott, Zach Minton, Franklin; Phil Harewood, Jeff Hunt, Kendall Moore, Belmont; Ronnie Hampton, Wayne; Jeffery Mansfield, Wilmington; Ryan Marchal, Matt Pearce, Donnie Shelton, Centerville; Shaunn Monroe, Fairborn; Jabari Perkins, Northmont; Zach Reichelderfer, Troy; Ratez Roberts, Devan Rogers, Sidney.
Jonathan Allen, Dunbar, 6-6, jr., 15.3
Damonte Bailey, Ponitz, 6-6, jr., 17.0
Myles Belyeu, Trotwood-Madison, 6-4, sr., 25.2
Amari Davis, Trotwood-Madison, 6-4, jr., 21.2
Jabali Leonard, Meadowdale, 6-0, sr., 23.0
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Player of the year: Myles Belyeu, Trotwood-Madison
Coach of the year: Rocky Rockhold, Trotwood-Madison
Connor Bazelak, Alter, 6-4, jr., 16.1
Jameel Cosby, Kenton Ridge, 6-1, sr., 19.3
Milton Gage, Chaminade Julienne, 5-11, jr., 16.7
Eli Ramsey, Carroll, 6-3, sr., 16.9
Caiden Smith, Tippecanoe, 6-1, sr., 18.4
Matt Cogan, Carroll, 6-2, jr., 11.9
Donnie Crouch, Bellbrook, 6-0, sr., 14.1
C.J. Napier, Fenwick, 6-4, jr., 15.4
Andy Neff, Oakwood, 6-7, sr., 13.9
Joseph Scates, Dunbar, 6-4, sr., 10.0
Honorable Mention: Jack Campbell, Bellbrook; Simon Jefferson, Carroll; Charles Drewery, Twon Hines, Northridge; Tyler Eberhart, Nasiim McKay, Kenton Ridge; Michael Elmore, Jamar Walker, Dunbar; Cade Gingerich, Dan Hagen, Josh Wildermuth, Tippecanoe; Ben Herman, Valley View; Brevan King, Graham; David Luers, Fenwick; Dariane Matthews, West Carrollton; Anthony McComb, Thurgood Marshall; Thomas Myers, Clinton-Massie; Darren Rubin, Oakwood; Aaron Schack, Springfield Shawnee; Eric Sealy, Jaren Smith, Ponitz; Grant Sullender, Eaton; Marcus Wood, Greenville; Levi Boettcher, Jace Underwood, Urbana.
Justin Ahrens, Versailles, 6-6, sr., 25.3
James Anderson, Troy Christian, 6-9, sr., 18.7
Wyatt Bensman, Anna, 6-2, sr., 16.5
Justin Flor, Carlisle, 6-7, sr., 20.8
Ryan Rose, Bethel, 6-2, sr., 22.3
Player of the year: Justin Ahrens, Versailles
Coach of the year: Brett Kopp, Bethel
A.J. Ahrens, Versailles, 6-3, sr., 10.6
Payton Jutte, Fort Recovery, 6-4, jr., 19.0
Mason Schneider, Greeneview, 6-7, sr., 18.0
Caleb South, Bethel, 6-1, sr., 22.4
Matt Welker, Dayton Christian, 6-0, sr., 20.0
Willie Bowman, Twin Valley South, 6-2, jr., 18.8
Griffin Doseck, Anna, 6-4, jr., 10.8
Carter Gray, Arcanum, 6-2, so., 15.1
Jacob Gudorf, Brookville, 6-2, jr., 11.1
Anton Webb, Dayton Christian, 6-7, jr., 13.0
Honorable Mention: Joey Bates, Austin Moore, Preble Shawnee; Travis Lovely, Twin Valley South; Trevor Burden, James Loffing, West Liberty-Salem; Joel Cathcart, Anna; Collin Coburn, Kale Shoffner, Indian Lake; Cameron Harrison, National Trail; Jake Moore, Carlisle; Devin Worley, Dixie; Marcus Bruns, Coldwater.
Dillon Braun, Fort Loramie, 6-1, sr., 16.5
Nathan Bruns, Marion Local, 6-6, jr., 14.6
Ethan Conley, Franklin Monroe, 6-3, jr., 22.6
Tyler Mescher, Marion Local, 6-2, sr., 16.4
Tyler Schlarman, St. Henry, 6-0, sr., 17.5
Player of the year: Tyler Mescher, Marion Local
Coach of the year: Kurt Goettemoeller, Marion Local
Jack Dapore, Russia, 6-3, sr., 13.0
Hadley LeVan, Triad, 6-1, sr., 25.3
Dillon McCullough, Tri-County North, 6-2, sr., 23.0
Hunter Muir, Ansonia, 6-4, jr., 16.6
Tyler Siegel, Fort Loramie, 6-7, sr., 12.4
Evan Berning, Fort Loramie, 6-1, sr., 8.4
Ethan Bowman, Mississinawa Valley, 6-0, sr., 18.4
Colby Cross, Cedarville, 5-10, so., 19.0
Sabien Doolittle, Catholic Central, 6-2, jr., 14.0
Marc Williams, Miami Valley, 6-4, sr., 17.0
Honorable Mention: Isaac Schmiesing, Jarod Schulze, Minster; Avery Powers, New Bremen; Nathan Tinnerman, New Knoxville Trey Dunn, Mykah Eichie, Jake Woeber, Catholic Central; Kameron Lee, Preston Rodgers, Lehman Catholic; Bryce Sosby, Jackson Center; Erik Uszyski, Ashton Burke, Keano Hammerstrom, Legacy Christian; Charlie Bertemes, Owen Flannery, Southeastern; Nick Brandewie, Austin Siegel, Fort Loramie; Andy Branson, Dialaquan Millhouse, Bradford; Drew Brautigam, Luke Hickman, Ashton Piper, Fairlawn; Briley Harlan, Triad; Spencer Heuker, Botkins; Alec Martin, Miami Valley; Devyn Sink, Ansonia; Jordan York, Daniel Kearns, Russia; Kam Young, Mechanicsburg.
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