By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — From scoring his 1,000th career point in the season opener to turning in one of the best individual performances Bethel’s boys basketball team has ever seen in the sectional final, Caleb South had a memorable season.
He received one more memento this week, being named to the Division III All-Ohio second team as the final postseason honors were announced beginning Monday and ending Wednesday with the naming of Division I teams and Mr. Basketball Ohio.
South began the season only three points away from 1,000 for his career, crossing the milestone early on in the Bees’ opener against Ansonia on his way to a 30-point night. He went on to average 24.6 points per game during the season, leading Bethel to a 19-3 regular season record.
The Bees went on to win a second straight sectional championship, with South scoring a career-high 46 points in the win. It was more than just an individual performance, though, as the Bees beat Anna 101-81. Their season ended in the district final with a loss to Roger Bacon, which handed Bethel two of its four losses on the season.
South also earned All-Southwest District first team honors this season, as well as being named the Cross County Conference Player of the Year after the Bees went undefeated in league play and won the CCC championship outright.
Last week, the girls basketball All-Ohio teams were announced, with Tippecanoe coach Andy Holderman once again earning top honors.
Holderman, in only his second year at the reins, was named Division II’s All-Ohio Co-Coach of the Year.
The Red Devils went 22-6 in Holderman’s first season with the team and reached the regional final, losing to eventual champion Alter. They graduated a large number of sophomores — and a large percentage of their production — in the offseason, though, bringing back only three players with a high level of varsity experience this year.
Holderman helped the Devils turn that into a 23-4 season, one that included a Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division championship and an unbeaten record in division play in the team’s first year in the new league. Tippecanoe went on to win another sectional and district championship and made its third straight regional tournament appearance, falling to eventual champion Alter for the third consecutive season.
Holderman, who shared the All-Ohio honors with Miami Trace’s Ben Ackley and Perry’s Brindi Kandel, was also the GWOC American North Coach of the Year and the All-Southwest District Coach of the Year this season.
Covington sophomore Sammi Whiteman, meanwhile, earned All-Ohio honorable mention in Division IV.
Whiteman averaged 18.7 points per game during the season, helping lead the Buccaneers to a 20-6 record and a district runner-up finish in coach Jim Meyer’s first year with the team. The 5-foot-5 sophomore was also a first team All-Cross County Conference selection, as well as a second team All-Southwest District selection.
Westerville South’s Kaleb Wesson was named Mr. Basketball Ohio Wednesday, while Canton McKinley’s Kierstan Bell was named Ms. Basketball Ohio last week.
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