SUBHEAD: Luke Powell, Rylee Stephens each collect First Team honors

WHEELING, WVa. — Coming off a sensational senior season on the hardwood, high-scoring Barnesville High standout Luke Powell reeled in another postseason honor recently with his selection to the 3A All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference First Team.

Powell, who also earned Division III First Team All-Ohio honors following a spectacular season in which he tallied around 33 points per game for the Shamrocks and head coach Matt Johnson.

Powell became Barnesville’s all-time leading scorer, finishing his career with 2,374 career points, which is sixth all time in OVAC boys history and 17th in Ohio history. Powell will attend West Liberty University next fall to continue his basketball and academic careers.

Joining Powell on the 3A All-OVAC First Team was Buckeye Trail senior Jack Parry.

Tabbed with 3A Honorable Mention selection were junior Ayden Hannahs of Barnesville and Buckeye Trail sophomore point guard Franko Rome.

Following Meadowbrook High’s fifth consecutive Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 4A boys basketball championship, not surprisedly the Colts were well represented on the All-OVAC All-Star teams.

Meadowbrook High captured its fifth consecutive 4A championship at the Wheeling Hospital Boys Basketball Championships with a 47-39 victory over East Liverpool in the title game held at the Health and Physical Education Center at Ohio University Eastern.

A pair of Colt standouts were each selected to the All-OVAC 4A First Team with seniors Johnathan McCall and Addy Black each earning a spot on the First Team, while junior Davis Singleton received Honorable Mention recognition.

Receiving 2A All-OVAC First Team honors were a pair of young talented performers in Shenandoah High junior Chrisitian Duniver along with Caldwell freshman Bede Lori.

Senior Kendal Sherman of the Zeps and Caldwell sophomore Jett Lori were each collected Honorable Mention selections.

On the girls side, Barnesville junior Rylee Stephens was named to the 3A All-OVAC First Team, while freshman teammate Halle Markovich of the Lady ‘Rocks was selected to the Honorable Mention squad.

Joining Stephens on the 3A All-OVAC First Team was Buckeye Trail senior Rylie Smith with Lady Warriors’ junior Brooke Baird named to the Honorable Mention team.

Cambridge High junior sharpshooter Taylar Slaughter who last season became the all-time leading 3-pointer shooter in CHS girls basketball history was named to the 4A All-OVAC First Team, with freshman McKinzi Linscott earning a slot on the Honorable Mention team.

Shenandoah High placed a pair of standouts on the 2A All-OVAC First Team with senior Reagan Flood and junior Ashleigh Wheeler joining Caldwell High junior Cayton Secrest with First Team selections.

Caldwell sophomore Jules Hood and junior Mackenzie Lynch of Shenandoah were each tabbed with Honorable Mention recognition.