By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — Tippecanoe entering the Greater Western Ohio Conference continued to have an immediate impact on the postseason awards following winter season.
But Troy’s Jenna Stone showed that the long-time members still pack plenty of punch, too.
Stone, a junior on the Troy girls bowling team, made it a perfect 3 for 3 as the junior won her third straight GWOC Athlete of the Year award, this time in the newly-formed American North Division, while Troy girls bowling coach Rob Dever won his fourth straight Coach of the Year award. Meanwhile, Tippecanoe girls basketball coach Andy Holderman was named the American North Coach of the Year in the team’s first season as a member of the league.
* Girls Bowling
The Troy girls bowling team continued its dominance this season in the GWOC American North Division, and junior Jenna Stone was the linchpin of those efforts, winning the division’s Athlete of the Year award for the third straight season. Also earning a spot on the All-GWOC team itself, Stone led the division and was second in the overall conference with a 212.2 average this season.
Joining Stone on the All-GWOC American League first team was fellow junior A’leigha Smith, who bowled the Trojan girls first ever 300 game this season. Kirsten and Cassidy McMullen both earned spots on the second team, and Jennica Funderburg earned special mention.
All that led to a fourth straight Coach of the Year award for Rob Dever, who guided the team to a 15-2 overall record, 13-2 in the American North and tied for the division title with Butler, who both of those defeats came at the hands of. The Trojans went on to win a sectional championship and finish as the Division I state runner-up.
* Girls Basketball
The Tippecanoe girls basketball team made the biggest impact for the Red Devils as a whole in their first season as a member of the GWOC, finishing with an undefeated 15-0 record in American North Division play and winning the league title outright. Thanks to that effort, Tippecanoe coach Andy Holderman was named the GWOC American North Coach of the Year.
Junior Allison Mader was one of three Devils selected All-GWOC American League first team, as well as earning a spot on the All-GWOC team. Taylor Prall and Cali Stewart both joined Mader on the first team, and Brooke Aselage earned special mention.
Troy’s Alaura Holycross was named All-GWOC American League second team, and Kiyha Adkins earned honorable mention.
* Girls Swimming
Tippecanoe senior girls swimmer Arielle Arnett, who ended up finishing the season as the state runner-up in the 500 free, was named to the All-GWOC team in the 200 free.
The Red Devils also had a host of All-GWOC American League honorees. On the first team were Arnett (200 free), Alexis Cook (50 free) and the 400 free relay team of Arnett, Cook, Carsyn Woltz and Tori Prenger, while Arnett (500 free) and Cook (100 free) also earned spots on the second team.
Troy’s 400 free relay team of Katie Robinson, Melanie Harvey, Katie Castaneda and Lily Hemm also earned All-GWOC American League second team honors.
Tippecanoe 138-pound wrestler Caleb Blake, who finished the season a state qualifier, earned a spot on the All-GWOC team after winning a championship at the conference meet this season, and he was the lone Red Devil to earn All-GWOC American League honors with a spot on the first team, as well.
The Troy Trojans, meanwhile, had five wrestlers earn All-GWOC American League honors. Shane Shoop (160) earned a spot on the first team, Will Brumfield (195), Brandon Lewis (106) and Joe Pascale (113) all earned second team honors and Davin Snyder (170) earned special mention.
The Troy boys swimming team had a strong showing at the GWOC meet earlier this season, earning six All-GWOC American league honors. Joe Dutton (200 IM), Mitch Orozco (100 fly) and the 200 medley relay team of Dutton, Orozco, Aaron Carmack and Michael Griffith all earned first team honors, while Griffith earned second team honors in both the 200 free and 500 free, and the 400 free relay team of Dutton, Orozco, Carmack and Griffith also earned second team honors.
Tippecanoe’s Ryan Wall (100 back) earned a spot on the second team, while Ben Jans (200 free) earned special mention.
* Boys Basketball
Troy and Tippecanoe’s boys basketball teams each had two All-GWOC American League honorees this season.
For Troy, Ryan McClurg earned a spot on the first team and Zach Reichelderfer earned special mention. For Tippecanoe, Zach Bonifas was a first team selection and Caiden Smith earned a spot on the second team.
* Boys Bowling
Tippecanoe’s James and Stephen Ridgeway both earned all-conference honors in the team’s first season in the GWOC, with James Ridgeway being named All-GWOC American North first team and Stephen Ridgeway earning a second team nod.
Troy’s Hayden Jackson was the lone honoree for the Trojans, earning All-GWOC American North special mention.
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