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Prep basketball: Findlay’s Twining earns all-state honor

Findlay High School senior Adam Twining earned special mention All-Ohio recognition in Division I boys basketball selections released on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 senior wing led the Trojans to a 17-6 overall record while averaging 15.6 points per game, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Twining, a three-year starter, was also named first team All-Northwest Ohio and second team All-District 8 this season.

Gahanna Lincoln senior Javon Bess and Shaker Heights junior Esa Ahmad were co-players of the year in Division I, while Joe Guerrero of Toledo Bowsher was tabbed co-coach of the year.

Elida senior Dakota Mathias was co-player of the year in Division II, along with Franklin junior Luke Kennard.

Ontario’s Joe Balogh was selected as co-coach of the year in Division II.

DIVISION I
FIRST TEAM
Javon Bess, Gahanna Lincoln, 6-foot-6, senior, 22.0 points per game; Esa Ahmad, Shaker Hts., 6-7, jr., 25.7; Vincent Edwards, Middletown, 6-7, sr., 21.4; Mitchell Spotleson, Uniontown Lake, 6-5, sr., 19.8; Nate Allen, Tol. Bowsher, 6-4, sr., 22.2; Jae’Sean Tate, Pickerington Central, 6-5, sr., 22.3; Kipper Nichols, Lakewood St. Edward, 6-7, jr., 18.4; Dezhonatae Bennett, Trotwood-Madison, 6-2, sr., 24.3; Kevin Vannatta, Upper Arlington, 6-3, sr., 19.0.

Players of the year: Javon Bess, Gahanna Lincoln; Esa Ahmad, Shaker Hts.

Coaches of the year: Tim Casey, Upper Arlington; Joe Guerrero, Tol. Bowsher; Leo Barther, Berea-Midpark.

SECOND TEAM
J.T. McFarland, Zanesville, 5-11, sr., 12.5; Omari Spellman, North Royalton, 6-9, soph., 22.4; Evan Bailey, Massillon Jackson, 6-6, sr., 18.5; Nick Moschetti, Perrysburg, 6-3, sr., 22.6; Grant Benzinger, Cin. Moeller, 6-2, sr., 17.0; Jessie Driver, Austintown-Fitch, 6-1, sr., 18.3.

THIRD TEAM
Caleb Potter, Mentor, 6-4, sr., 19.4; Gavin Skelly, Westlake, 6-9, sr., 18.4; Craig Randall, Medina, 6-2, jr., 20.3; Matt Beech, Stow, 6-2, sr., 19.0; DeShone Kizer, Tol. Cent. Cath., 6-5, sr., 12.4; Anthony Glover, Tol. St. John’s, 6-0, sr., 18.1; Jarron Cumberland, Wilmington, 6-4, soph., 22.0; MaCio Teague, Cin. Walnut Hills, 6-3, jr., 23.0.

Special Mention
Jordan Dartis, Newark; Connor Kern, Pickerington Central; Marco Colombo, New Philadelphia; Malik Bocook, Zanesville; Ethan Boose, New Philadelphia; Avery Williams, Dresden Tri-Valley; Camden Craig, Dresden Tri-Valley; Alex Brown, Berea-Midpark; Marcelus Hamilton, Lakewood St. Edward; Tommy Bolte, Chillicothe; LePear Toles, Canton Timken; Ryan Badowski, Brunswick; Angelo Cugini, Cuyahoga Falls; Adam Twining, Findlay.

Honorable Mention
(NW OHIO ONLY)
Matt Fox, Anthony Wayne; Dajuan King, Tol. Bowsher; LaMonta Stone, Bowling Green; Manny Durden, Holland Springfield; Matt Morrison, Sylvania Southview; Isaac White, Ashland.

DIVISION II
FIRST TEAM
Dakota Mathias, Elida, 6-foot-5, senior, 27.7 points per game; Luke Kennard, Franklin, 6-6, jr., 41.0; Evan French, Vincent Warren, 6-4, sr., 23.5; Tervell Beck, Cleve. Cent. Cath., 6-7, soph., 18.5; Brady Arnold, Millersburg West Holmes, 5-10, sr., 26.2; J.J. Kukura, Alliance, 6-3, sr., 27.8; Ronnie Williams, Cols. Brookhaven, 6-3, sr., 17.8; V.J. King, Akron SVSM, 6-7, soph., 17.0; Jalen Hudson, Akron SVSM, 6-5, sr., 17.5; Jeff Thomas, Norwalk, 6-5, sr., 18.8.

Players of the year: Dakota Mathias, Elida; Luke Kennard, Franklin.

Coaches of the year: Drew Williams, Whitehall-Yearling; Dave Bargar, Chagrin Falls; Shawn O’Connell, Dayton Ponitz Career Technology Center; Matt Saunders, Medina Buckeye; Joe Balogh, Ontario.

SECOND TEAM
Matt Hughes, Cols. Watterson, 6-5, sr., 13.0; RaChaun Martin, Dayton Thurgood Marshall, 5-10, sr., 12.0; William Orr, Johnstown-Monroe, 6-1, sr., 17.8; Adam Sterling, Steubenville, 6-4, sr., 16.3; Dillon Young, Circleville Logan Elm, 6-0, sr., 20.4; Zavier Powers, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-2, sr., 20.5; Chris Harris, Tol. Scott, 6-0, sr., 22.1; Amos “AJ” Harris, Dayton Dunbar, 5-9, jr., 15.2; Isaiah Jones, Cin. Woodward, 6-0, jr., 21.0.

THIRD TEAM
Jeff Swetland, Marengo Highland, 6-2, jr., 19.7; Sam Nolan, Cols. Bexley, 6-1, sr., 18.4; Brennan Czuchran, Rayland Buckeye Local, 6-3, sr., 21.3; Ibi Watson, Athens, 6-4, soph., 17.0; Justin Robinson, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-1, jr., 18.7; Connor McLaughlin, Ashtabula Edgewood, 6-1, sr., 17.7; Andrew Francesconi, Tallmadge, 6-4, jr., 21.2; O’Shay Vinson, Akron Kenmore, 6-3, sr., 20.7; Nic Williams, Sandusky Perkins, 6-3, sr., 22.8; Taren Sullivan, Lima Bath, 6-6, sr., 20.9; Ahmad Frost, Cin. Wyoming, 6-0, sr., 21.0.

Special Mention
Blake Blair, Dover; Hayden Cunningham, East Liverpool; Parker Evans, New Concord John Glenn; Jared Lyder, Lisbon Beaver; Brad Karn, Parma Hts. Holy Name; Cameron Kuhn, Vermilion; John Cirillo, Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Joe Burrow, Athens; Conner Eckles, Washington C.H. Washington; Jared McCray, Minford; Anthony Christian, Akron Hoban; Jarret Vrabel, Canfield; Jacob Wolfe, Poland Seminary; Jordan Krych, Ravenna Southeast; Michael Peters, Cuyahoga Falls CVCA; Trey Guilliam, Defiance; Connor Bowen, Millbury Lake.

Honorable Mention
(NW OHIO ONLY)
Branden Austin, Tol. Rogers; Cameron Mack, Ontario; Ridge Winand, Clear Fork; Tristan Kehres, Shelby; Ben Haraway, Norwalk; Thomas Martin, Bryan; Ryan Hoyng, Celina.

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