By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — In some ways, it was a strange fall season in the Cross County Conference.
In other ways, though, everything seemed perfectly normal.
Miami East’s Jonni Parker won her fourth consecutive Player of the Year award in volleyball, making it a clean sweep for her high school career. The Vikings also claimed the Back of the Year and Coach of the Year awards in football, with Vincent Villella and Max Current bringing home top honors, respectively. But it was also a season in which boys soccer disappeared from the list of accolades, as the league did not have enough teams to offer a conference title or postseason awards.
Miami East’s Jonni Parker made it a perfect 4 for 4 this season, winning her fourth straight CCC Player of the Year award in volleyball and leading the Vikings to an eighth straight conference championship.
Parker was joined on the All-CCC first team by teammates Sophie Jacomet and Kyndall Hellyer. Gabrielle Hawkins earned a spot on the second time and Kaitlyn Mack earned special mention.
For Covington, Legend Patty earned a spot on the first team, Lindsey Kimmel earned a spot on the second team and Breanna Kimmel earned special mention.
For Newton, Kacie Tackett earned a spot on the first team, Madison Hildebrand earned a spot on the second team and Mallory Dunlevy earned special mention.
For Bethel, Alaina Hawthorn earned a spot on the first team, Jackie Ontiveros earned a spot on the second team and Klaudia Lowery earned special mention.
For Bradford, Hannah Fout earned special mention.
The Miami East Vikings won an outright CCC championship in football, their second title in the past three seasons — and with that, the team also laid claim to two of the top three honors in the league.
Miami East junior Vincent Villella was named the Back of the Year, while head coach Max Current was named the Coach of the Year. Villella finished with a 1,000-plus-year season and 21 rushing touchdowns, while Current led the Vikings to a 9-1 regular season mark, 8-0 in CCC play, and a No. 1 seed in the Division V, Region 20 playoffs.
Villella was joined on the All-CCC Offense first team by teammates Cody Niswonger, Cody Smith and Caleb Snyder, while Brenden Dalton, Lance Rohrbach, Colt Frazier, Blaine Brokschmidt and Justin Brown earning spots on the All-CCC Defense first team, with Brokschmidt scoring nods both as a DB and a punter. Austin Kearns and Cameron Schellhouse also earned special mention.
For Bethel, which also went 9-1 during the regular season and finished 7-1 in CCC play, a game behind the Vikings in second place, Hunter Shelley and Jacobs Evans both earned spots on the Offense first team, with Travis Durst earning a spot on the Defense first team. Tyler Shoopman and Caleb South earned spots on the Offense second team, Jared Evans earned a spot on the Defense second team and Kellen Calhoun, Kendall James, Dylan Kelley, Pat Swinderman and Jacob Ullmer all earned special mention.
For Covington, Zach Parrett and Cade Schmelzer earned spots on the Offense first team, Joe Schmelzer, Ty Freeman and Ethan Herron earned spots on the Defense first team, Parker Dysinger earned a spot on the Defense second team and Andrew Cates, Jesse Fisher and Gage Kerrigan earned special mention.
For Bradford, Jake Barga earned a spot on the Offense first team, Josh Phillips earned a spot on the Defense second team and Hunter Gheen and Hunter Penkal earned special mention.
* Girls Soccer
In girls soccer, Miami East and Bethel led Miami County’s schools in All-CCC honorees.
For the Vikings, Haley Demmitt, Savannah Nehring and Hailey Weaver all earned spots on the all-conference team, while Cadence Gross earned special mention.
For the Bees, Olivia Rust, Lydia Thumser and Danari Wenrick all earned spots on the all-conference team, while Maggie Kahler earned special mention.
For Newton, Paiton Miller and Morgan Robbins earned spots on the all-conference team, while Baily Chaney earned special mention.
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