Oak Hill’s C-T Top 25 County Winter Athletes Of The Year

by Chronicle-Tribune
Oak Hill’s Top 25 Grant County Athletes of the Year:

1. Caleb Middlesworth, Sr., Boys Basketball – Middlesworth was the physical and emotional leader for the Oak Hill boys basketball team during its run to a Class 2A state championship.

3. Caiden Lake, Jr., Diving – Lake capped a sensational junior diving season with runner-up finishes in both sectional and regional competition and a 16th place finish in the state championship. He also established new school records in scoring for six-dives (341 Points) and 11-dives (520.6)

4. Taylor Westgate, So., Girls Basketball – Westgate once again earned co-Grant County girls basketball player of the year after helping the Golden Eagles maintain the Class 2A No. 1 ranking through the entire season. Westgate narrowly missed averaging a double-double with 13 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. She led Oak Hill to its second straight sectional, Grant Four, and CIC titles

6. Spencer Ballinger, Sr., Boys Basketball – Ballinger was often a go-to player for Oak Hill’s state champion basketball team. The 6-5 senior forward averaged 15.0 points and 57.6 percent shooting from the field (36.4 percent 3-pointers) and 77.6 percent at the free throw line. Ballinger also chipped in 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists to rank second on the team. His postseason honors included coaches’ Small School All-State top 15, AP All-State high honorable mention and all-CIC.

11. Janessa Hasty, Jr., Girls Basketball – Hasty played catalyst for the Golden Eagles’ Class 2A No. 1-ranked team and averaged 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.5 steals a game. The junior guard helped the Eagles win a sectional title and advance to the regional final where they were upset by Frankton. She garnered all-CIC honors and underclassmen all-state honorable mention.

13. Kinsey Price, Jr., Girls Swimming – Kinsey Price set a school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:01.01 and surpassed Christen Tyner’s 1999 mark that had been the oldest on the record board. Kinsey and twin sister Khloe Price also took part in a 400 freestyle relay that just missed setting another school record.

14. Khloe Price, Jr., Girls Swimming – Not to be outdone by her twin sister. Khloe Price set a school record of 5:27 in the 500 freestyle that was four seconds better than the previous mark. Khloe had been a sprinter until moving to the distance races this season and likely will return there next year.

16. Tyce Frank, Sr., Boys Basketball – Frank’s ballhandling and passing skills were among the principal reasons Oak Hill won its’ first boys’ state championship. While his scoring was down (10.9 points), he continued to dish out assist at a high rate (5.4) and earned all-county second team and all-CIC honorable mention honors.

17. Dalton Scheffer, Fr., Boys Swimming – Scheffer helped lead the Eagles to an unbeaten dual meet record and in the sectionals set the school record in the 200 freestyle of 1:50.38 to break the old mark held by Collin Brown in 2012. In his first varsity season, Scheffer was among the top pointgetters for the Eagles.

21. Harper Dedman, Fr., Wrestling – Dedman was one of two talented lightweight freshman to make a big impact for Golden Eagles coach Andrew King. Dedman earned Grant Four, CIC and sectional championships at 113 pounds, before narrowly losing an 8-6 decision in the regional championship match. Dedman also won his first round semistate match before having his season conclude in the ticket round with a 33-3 record.

22. Aidan Hardcastle, Fr., Wrestling – Hardcastle was the other freshman for King who had a stellar start to his high school career. Hardcastle wrestled his way to Grant Four, CIC and sectional championship at 106 pounds before finishing runner up in the Peru Regional. His freshman campaign ended with a first round semistate loss and with 32.3 record.

24. Stewart Mossholder, Jr., Wrestling – Mossholder won Grant Four and CIC championships, and finished runner-up to Marion’s Lee with a narrow, 3-2 loss in the sectional final. Mossholder had beaten Lee twice during the season. He also earned a trip to semistate with a third-place regional finish. Mossholder finished 32-3 after dropping his opening round match at semistate.

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