8 locals earn All-TVC Ohio basketball honors


By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com



River Valley senior Jacob Dovenbarger (32) is guarded tightly by Meigs junior Christian Mattox (1), while RVHS junior Dustin Barber (10) and Meigs senior Dillon Mahr (11) look on, during the Marauders’ victory at MHS, on February 17.


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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division has released the 2017 all-league teams, as selected by the coaches from within the seven-team league, featuring eight players from Meigs and Gallia counties.

On the boys side, three Marauders and two Raiders were selected to the All-TVC Ohio team.

Meigs (9-3 TVC Ohio) — which finished tied for second with Athens — landed seniors Jared Kennedy and Luke Musser, as well as junior Christian Mattox on the all-league squad. This is Musser’s second all-league honor, as he was also named to the team as a sophomore. Kennedy and Mattox are both first time honorees.

River Valley (3-9) claimed fifth in the league and was represented on the All-TVC Ohio team by senior Jacob Dovenbarger and junior Dustin Barber, both of whom are first time honorees.

For the second straight season, Vinton County head coach Matt Combs was named TVC Ohio boys Coach of the Year. Combs led the Vikings to an 11-1 mark in the league and the outright TVC Ohio championship.

The league’s Most Valuable Player honor was shared by Vikings senior Tristan Bartoe and Bulldogs senior Griffin Lutz, both of whom are on the all-league team for the third consecutive season. Lutz was also league Most Valuable Player in the 2015-16 season.

On the girls all-league team, Meigs landed two players, while River Valley had one representative.

The Lady Marauders (8-4) claimed third in the league and was represented by sophomores Kassidy Betzing and Madison Fields, both of whom were also on the list as freshmen.

RVHS senior Erin Jackson earned her first All-TVC Ohio honor, representing the sixth place Lady Raiders (2-10).

Alexander’s Cory McKnight was named girls Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Spartans to a perfect 12-0 mark in the league.

The league’s Most Valuable Player award went to Alexander’s Leah Richardson, who is a four-time all-league honoree.

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Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division Boys Basketball

1. Vinton County (11-1): Tristan Bartoe** (12), Derick Jones* (12), Naylan Yates (11), Jake Speakman (11).

T-2. Athens (9-3): Griffin Lutz** (12), Dalton Cozart (11), Justin Hynes (10).

T-2. Meigs (9-3): Jared Kennedy (12), Luke Musser* (12), Christian Mattox (11).

4. Alexander (7-5): Chace Harris (12), Luke Kish (11).

5. River Valley (3-9): Jacob Dovenbarger (12), Dustin Barber (11).

6. Wellston (2-10): Matt Simpson (11).

7. Nelsonville-York (1-11): Aron Davis (12)

Co-Most Valuable Players: Tristan Bartoe, Vinton County; Griffin Lutz, Athens.

Coach of the Year: Matt Combs, Vinton County.

* — denotes previous All-TVC Ohio honor.

Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division Girls Basketball

1. Alexander (12-0): Leah Richardson*** (12), Jala Mace** (12), Rachel Richardson* (10), McKena Rice (10).

2. Nelsonville-York (9-3): Samantha Taylor* (12), Jessie Addis** (11), Mary-Kate McCulloch (10).

3. Meigs (8-4): Kassidy Betzing* (10), Madison Fields* (10).

4. Vinton County (7-5): Cassie Bentley (11), Darian Radabaugh (11).

5. Athens (3-9): Laura Manderick (9), Emma Harter (10).

6. River Valley (2-10): Erin Jackson (12).

7. Wellston (1-11): Sydney Mullins* (10).

Most Valuable Player: Leah Richardson, Alexander.

Coach of the Year: Cory McKnight, Alexander.

* — denotes previous All-TVC Ohio honor.

River Valley senior Jacob Dovenbarger (32) is guarded tightly by Meigs junior Christian Mattox (1), while RVHS junior Dustin Barber (10) and Meigs senior Dillon Mahr (11) look on, during the Marauders’ victory at MHS, on February 17.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/03/web1_3.21-RV-Dovenbarger.jpgRiver Valley senior Jacob Dovenbarger (32) is guarded tightly by Meigs junior Christian Mattox (1), while RVHS junior Dustin Barber (10) and Meigs senior Dillon Mahr (11) look on, during the Marauders’ victory at MHS, on February 17. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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