2016 All-Eastern District basketball teams announced

The 2015-16 AP All-District Boys and Girls Basketball teams have been released. Many Garaway, Hiland and West Holmes players were honored by being named to these teams.

Let’s start with the Div. III boys’ awards where Garaway senior Sam Gebhardt was name the district’s player of the year and where several Hawks and Pirates were named.  Also, in Div. II, West Holmes’ Chase Wells was the lone Knight named to an Eastern-district team.

Boys Div. III – 1st Team and Player of the Year

Sam Gebhardt, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-10, sr. – “Smooth Sammy” is what we like to call this great passer.  Also known around the office as “The Waiter” because he serves up assists on a silver platter.  Named district’s Div. III Player of the Year.

Turner Horn, Berlin Hiland, 6-2, jr. – Can shoot the three and take it to the rim with a vengeance. Coming into the year Horn was expected to take over the scoring load that went bye-bye with Brennan Coil and Collin Blochlinger. Challenge accepted. He’s done just that.

Boys Div. III – Boys 2nd Team

Ty Hamsher, Sugarcreek Garaway, 6-0, jr – The steady, consistent life-force of the Pirates. We don’t suggest going after a loose ball against him, you’ll lose that battle.

Chris Kline, Berlin Hiland, 5-11, jr. – Speed kills and Kline has another gear that don’t exists in most high school players.  Can finish at the rim like, dare I say, Hiland great Jason Mishler. You can send complaints to

Boys Div. III – Special Mention

Michael Miller, Berlin Hiland. sr. – Big Mike has been gargantuan for the Hawks in the tournament so far, commanding the paint for Hiland.  Miller always brings his energy and team-oriented game to the floor. He’s always the first one to help pick a teammate up of the hardwood.

Cameron Miller, Sugarcreek Garaway, sr. – The long, lengthy Miller can throw down some one-handed thunder and also has a church-music smoothness to his jumper. As versatile a big man the area has.

Boys Div. III – Honorable Mention

Broc Beachy, Sugarcreek Garaway, sr. – An assassin on the putting greens in the fall, Beachy brings his smarts and mental toughness to the court while running the Pirates’ offense.

Joel Honigford, Sugarcreek Garaway, jr. – If you are guarding Honigford, make sure you are calling out your screens and not leaving your teammates hung out to dry. The Div. I offensive lineman recruit brings the strength to the floor for Garaway.

Dallas Foster, Sugarcreek, sr. – Great name. Great game.


Boys Div. II – Special Mention

Chase Wells, Millersburg West Holmes, soph. – Every West Holmes game I covered this season there was always an opponent’s fan or coach saying, ‘wow, this Wells kid can play’. Wells led the Knights in scoring and incredible finishes at the rim.


On the girls’ side of things, there was a superabundance of Garaway, Hiland and West Holmes players making this prestigious list. Let’s get it rolling with the Lady Knights in Div. II.

Girls Div. II – 1st Team

Hannah Clark, Millersburg West Holmes, 5-11, sr. – Clark can fill it up on one end and lay down the defense on the other.  Northern Kentucky is getting a gem of a player.

Girls Div. II – 2nd Team

Brittleigh Macaulay, Millersburg West Holmes, 5-10, sr. – Some say Macaulay is one of the best defenders in the State.  They’d have a case too with the kind of defensive year she has had. Her anticipation and quickness make her a steals and double-double machine.

Girls Div. II – Special Mention

Kacie Leppla, Millersburg West Holmes, jr. –  A true battler in the paint for the Lady Knights. Leppla could probably box out Houston’s Dwight Howard.

Samantha Hall, Millersburg West Holmes, jr. – Came on strong this season as the Lady Knights’ third scoring option.  “Flo” also has the best nickname around.

Girls Div. II – Honorable Mention

Kylie Leppla, Millersburg West Holmes, jr. – At the helm of the West Holmes offense, Leppla has made an art of taking caring of the basketball and keeping a low dribble.  Little Lady Knights take notice.

On to Div. III where the Lady Pirates raked in some glory.

Girls Div. III – 1st Team and Co-Player of the Year

Izzy Meese, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-7, sr., – Shared the Player of the Year honors in the district with Ridgewood’s Audrey Tingle. Meese hit the 1,000-point plateau this season and was one of the best players in the Inter-Valley Conference over the last three years.

Girls Div. III – 2nd Team

Kendra Miller, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-10, sr. – A lot of Garaway’s recent success has be due to the steady play of Miller. The Lady Pirates thrived with Miller’s unselfish play and team oriented attitude.

Girls Div. III – 3rd Team

Courtney Werker, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-9, sr. – Werker is the player that you want on your team running the offense. Pure athlete.

Girls Div. III – Special Mention

Sydney Mullet, Sugarcreek Garaway, soph. – We witnessed several time this season Mullet taking over a game with her steals and ability to push the ball up the floor. Mullet comes in a small package, but packs a big punch.

Girls Div. III – Honorable Mention

Katya Misko, Sugarcreek Garaway, jr. – With the departures of Meese, Miller and Werker, Misko will be a big part of the Lady Pirates’ formula to success next season.


Last, but not least, the Hiland Lady Hawks pulled in the following awards.

Girls Div. IV- 1st Team

Kennedy Schlabach, Berlin Hiland, 5-5, so. – If you leave Schlabach open from downtown, prepare to watch the basket catch on fire. Schlabach is four triples away from the single-season record of 90 made 3’s held by Regina Hochstetler (2013-14).

Girls Div. IV – 2nd Team 

Angela Troyer, Berlin Hiland, 5-7, jr. – The southpaw, Troyer is the second-leading scorer for the Lady Hawks dropping 14.1 points per game.  She’s also the team’s second leading rebounder.

Girls Div. IV – Special Mention

Brittany Miller, Berlin Hiland, sr. – There may not be a player that means more to her team in the area than what Miller means to the Lady Hawks. Here at HCT she’s know as simply, “The Glue”.

Girls Div. IV – Honorable Metion

Jessica Troyer, Berlin Hiland, jr. – Troyer’s steal against River and pass to Kennedy Schlabach as she laid on the floor was the best defensive play of the year.  We love defense.

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