Area players earn Northeast Inland honors
Four area high school basketball players and two coaches earned top honors in the Northeast Inland All-District selections that were announced today. The teams were selected by a panel of media members who cover Northeast Inland District schools.
McDonald senior Zach Rasile, who has rocketed to second place on Ohio’s all-time high school boys basketball scoring list with his 38.3 points per game scoring average, is the Player of the Year in Division IV.
Rasile has led the Blue Devils to a berth in the regional tournament. McDonald (22-3) faces Lucas at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Canton Fieldhouse. John F. Kennedy (12-13) faces Richmond Heights in the other semifinal at 6:15 on Tuesday.
Springfield senior Drew Clark, who averaged 19.4 points per game, is co-player of the year in Division III. He shares the honor with Vaughn Dorsey of Waterloo.
Dorsey and his Vikings defeated Clark and his Tigers in the district title game at Salem.
On the girls side, juniors Jackie Grisdale of Poland and Emma Gumont of Champion were named players of the year in Divisions II and III, respectively.
Grisdale, who averages 18.5 points per game, led the Bulldogs to the district title game at Austintown Fitch.
Poland lost that game to West Branch, which then won twice in regional play and will play Thursday at 1 p.m. in a state semifinal against Dayton Carroll at St. John Arena in Columbus.
Gumon, a 17.5 ppg scorer, led the Golden Flashes to a second straight district title. Champion lost in a regional semifinal to South Range.
Michael Wernicki of Struthers was named coach of the year in boys Division II and Todd Johnson of Columbiana is co-coach of the year in boys Division III with Josh Jakacki of Crestwood.
The all-district list can be found on Page B4.
Area all-district first-team selections include:
Division I boys – Derrick Anderson of Boardman;
Division I girls – Faith Burch of Harding;
Division II boys – William Brown of Chaney, Carson Ryan of Struthers, Reese Leone of West Branch;
Division II girls – Grisdale, Peyton Alazaus of West Branch, Emma Elia of Struthers, Brianna Thompson of East;
Division III boys – Clark, Chris Brooks of South Range, Joey Kline of Newton Falls, Connor Meyer of LaBrae, Austin Peterson, Garfield;
Division III girls – Gumont, Shar’Da Williamson of Liberty, Izzy Lamparty of South Range, Krista Perry of Crestview, Grace Mills of Garfield;
Division IV boys – Rasile, Jake Portolese of McDonald, Bert Jones of Windham, Matt Church of Bristol, Anthony Lucente of Lowellville, Gabe Lanzer of Sebring;
Division IV girls – Caitlyn Condoleon of Kennedy, Molly Howard of McDonald, Marissa Ventura of Maplewood, Belle Zirzow of Bristol, Danielle Vuletich of Western Reserve.