The Ohio Valley Publishing area, as officially announced on Monday, amassed 17 players on the 2016 all-Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division football team —as selected by the division’s coaches.
Southern, which finished third in the TVC-Hocking at 6-2, secured five selections — while sixth-place Eastern (3-5 TVC), seventh-place South Gallia (2-6 TVC) and eighth-place Wahama (1-7) all had four picks apiece.
For South Gallia, one of those honorees was senior running back Johnny Sheets, who was named the division’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Sheets is now only the second Rebel — boys or girls — in school history to earn a TVC-Hocking POY award, joining Joseph Ehman, who earned the exact same honor in boys basketball last season.
South Gallia joined the TVC in 2010.
Waterford won this season’s championship with a perfect 8-0 league record, and captured the maximum eight spots on the division squad — including four repeaters from a year ago.
The Wildcats’ Ty McGraw — a senior linebacker — landed the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Waterford’s Eric McCutcheon and Miller’s Sean Bartley shared the Coach of the Year.
Trimble, after three consecutive division titles, was the league runner-up this year — suffering its only TVC setback against Waterford.
The Tomcats scored six selections on the all-league list.
Miller, which finished fourth at 5-3, and Belpre — which took fifth at 4-4 — also earned four choices apiece.
Federal Hocking, which went winless in the division, had the minimum three.
Southern’s senior trio of Crenson Rogers, Blake Johnson and Jordan Fisher all made the club — as did juniors Riley Roush and Dylan Smith.
Johnson and Rogers repeated to the all-TVC-Hocking team from last year.
Eastern’s only repeater was senior Jett Facemyer, as he was joined by fellow seniors Jeremiah Martindale and Corbett Catlett.
The other Eagle honored was junior Wyatt Bissell.
Besides Sheets, South Gallia gained fellow seniors Joey Woodall and David Kuhn — along with the list’s only freshman in Austin Day.
Wahama’s Wyatt Edwards was the only White Falcon senior, as he was joined by juniors Critter Hesson, Christian Thomas and Colton Arrington.
McGraw — along with seniors Tyler McCutcheon and Isaac Huffman and junior Teddy Smith — were Waterford’s repeat picks from a year ago.
Huffman and McCutcheon made the all-TVC-Hocking unit in 2014 as well.
The four first-timers for the Wildcats were sophomore Braden Bellville, junior Cody Harris, and seniors Cylus Reynolds and Riley Burns.
For Trimble, it was represented by five seniors — Kamron Curry, Nathan Downs, Jacob Hardy, Shaye Cowan and Austin Coffman — along with sophomore Alex Coffman.
Curry was the Tomcats’ only all-league repeater.
Miller mustered four juniors — repeaters Carson Starlin and Seattle Compston and first-timers Zach Waldrop and Jacob McCune.
All four of Belpre’s choices were first-time honorees — seniors Logan Racy and Aric Ross and juniors Isaac Tullius and Tojzae Reams.
Federal Hocking had three first-time selections — juniors Gavin Conkle and Colton Roark and senior Walker Church.
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