The Press Newspaper
She can play anywhere on the court — guard, wing, or even post position, and she’s only a sophomore who stands 5-foot-10.
Oak Harbor standout Andrea Cecil caught the eyes of many prep basketball fans, enough so that she was voted this year’s Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Player of the Year.
After leading the Rockets to a 20-5 season, which included a Division III sectional championship and district runner-up, the third team All-Ohio selection narrowly defeated Genoa senior guard Ciara Albright, an honorable mention all-state selection, in voting.
Out of 10 area coaches and 10 media members voting, Cecil had just two more than Albright for POY, and they were the only two who received any votes on an open ballot. In addition, Cecil’s coach, Tom Kontak, narrowly edged Genoa coach Mike DeStazio and Clay coach Corey Slovak in Coach of the Year voting.
Kontak honored by district, state, and then locally
In eight years as a varsity girls’ basketball coach at Genoa and Oak Harbor, Tom Kontak has won 127 games, two league titles and five sectional championships and reached four district finals.
This year’s Oak Harbor team, which started two sophomores and two freshmen, finished 20-5 and was seconds away from advancing to the Division III regional semifinals.
Clay senior Pat Booth knew how many points he needed to score against Bowsher in the teams’ sectional tournament opener Feb. 26 at Waite.
Booth’s goal was not only to help Clay upset the City League champion and eighth-ranked Rebels, but to reach a career milestone.
“I remember going into that game I needed 12 points,” Booth said. “I got that in the first quarter. I was on fire that game.”
Booth’s 12th point was career point No. 1,000. He finished the game – and his prep career - with a career-high 37 points in the Eagles’ loss, their 20th of the season (3-20, 1-13 Three Rivers Athletic Conference).
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