17 locals earn District 13 volleyball honors


By Bryan Walters - [email protected]



Third-year Eastern volleyball coach Katie Williams, middle wearing black, led the Lady Eagles back to the regional tournament for the first time since 2012 this past fall. Williams was named the D-4 Coach of the Year by the District 13 Coaches Association for the 2015 campaign.


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A total of 17 people from the Ohio Valley Publishing area were named to the All-District 13 volleyball teams for the 2015 season, as voted on by the coaches within the District 13 boundaries.

Gallia Academy, Eastern, River Valley and Southern led the locals with four selections apiece in their respective divisions, while Meigs came away with one choice. South Gallia was the only program from Gallia or Meigs counties to not have a representative on the lists.

Starting in Division IV, Eastern’s Katie Williams was named the coach of the year after helping guide the Lady Eagles to their ninth regional appearance in program history. EHS senior Kelsey Johnson was a first team selection in D-4, while sophomore Katlyn Barber and junior Annalisa Boano were both named to the second team.

Senior Jansen Wolfe was a first team selection in D-4 for the Lady Tornadoes, while senior Madison Maynard came away with second team honors. Junior Marley Maynard and senior Ali Deem were both honorable mention choices for SHS.

Waterford senior Dani Drayer was named the D-4 player of the year and the Coaches Achievement Award went to John Young of Federal Hocking.

Sophomore Grace Martin and junior Jenna Meadows were both first team selections in Division II for the Blue Angels, while junior Carly Shriver was chosen to the second team. Freshman Ashton Webb was also an honorable mention choice in D-2.

Junior Devyn Oliver was the lone choice for the Lady Marauders after earning an honorable mention selection in D-2.

Athens senior Rachel Gilkey was the D-2 player of the year, while AHS coach Natalie Bobo was the coach of the year. The D-2 Coaches Achievement Awards went to Jay Martin of Jackson and Ron Kidder of Marietta.

The Lady Raiders had one second team honoree in Division III with senior Courtney Smith, while senior Jacey Walter, junior Angel Toler and senior Alex Truance each garnered honorable mention accolades in D-3.

Alexander’s Maddie Kish was the D-3 player of the year, while AHS coach Megan Edwards was the coach of the year. The D-3 Coaches Achievement Award went to Rebecca Cremeans of Chesapeake.

Here is a complete list of the District 13 Volleyball Coaches all-district honorees, by division.

Division I

First Team

Cassidy Bosch* (Logan), Rachel Pierce (Logan).

Second Team

Grace McKee (Logan).

Division II

First Team

Rachel Gilkey* (Athens), Cassidy Staten (Athens), Naomi Ober (Athens), Grace Martin (GAHS), Jenna Meadows (GAHS), Celeste Stiltner (Jackson), Chrystal McCoy (Marietta), Shannon Haessley (Marietta).

Coach of the Year

Natalie Bobo (Athens).

Second Team

Alexis McCollum (Athens), Carly Shriver (GAHS), Kinnison Donaldson (Jackson), Katie Hemsley (Jackson), Hannah Grosel (Marietta), Katlyn Hoffman (Warren), Katie Knowlton (Warren),

Honorable Mention

Ashton Webb (GAHS), Maddie Munn (Jackson), Natalie Brooks (Marietta), Devyn Oliver (Meigs), Cayla Allen (VCHS), Hope Murdock (Warren), Adrienne Lang (Warren).

Coaches Achievement Award

Jay Martin (Jackson), Ron Kidder (Marietta).

Division III

First Team

Maddie Kish* (Alexander), Jala Mace (Alexander), Sydney Davis (Alexander), Carley Lester (Chesapeake), Atiya Spaulding (Chesapeake), Jordan Hannan (Ironton), Kaitlyn Hurd (NYHS), Elizabeth Wilds (RHHS), Olivia Abner (SPHS), Emma Ousley (Wellston).

Coach of the Year

Megan Edwards (Alexander).

Second Team

Kasey Murphey (CGHS), Nicole Wagner (Fairland), Lexi Wise (Ironton), Chelsie Mays (NYHS), Carlee Dempsey (OHHS), Courtney Smith (RVHS), Paige O’Neil (Wellston).

Honorable Mention

Jenna Terry (Alexander), Jozy Jones (Chesapeake), Kaylee Beals (CGHS), Emily Chapman (Fairland), Taylar Wilson (Fairland), D’Laynie Keith (Ironton), Zakia Lee (Ironton), Kayla McNeal (OHHS), Jacey Walter (RVHS), Angel Toler (RVHS), Alex Truance (RVHS), Anna Darby (RHHS), Jill Hairston (RHHS), Sami Dillon (RHHS), Riley Patton (Wellston), Ashtyn Lewis (Wellston).

Coaches Achievement Award

Rebecca Cremeans (Chesapeake).

Division IV

First Team

Dani Drayer* (Waterford), Kelsey Johnson (Eastern), Katlyn Young (Fed Hock), Alyson Johnson (Ironton SJ), Jansen Wolfe (Southern), Nikki Kish (Trimble), Jillian McCutcheon (Waterford), Morgan Murphy (Trimble).

Coach of the Year

Katie Williams (Eastern).

Second Team

Katlyn Barber (Eastern), Annalisa Boano (Eastern), Miranda Scott (Fed Hock), McKenzie Steele (Fed Hock), Madison Maynard (Southern), Lauren Riley (Trimble), Alli Kern (Waterford), Megan Ball (Waterford).

Honorable Mention

Daisey Cowdery (Belpre), Trinidy King (Belpre), Katelyn Hughes (Belpre), Sanae Dutiel (Miller), Witney Eveland (Miller), Morgan Turner (Ironton SJ), Morgan Mahlmeister (Ironton SJ), Marley Maynard (Southern), Ali Deem (Southern), Sierra Ross (SVHS), Kaitlyn Crabtree (SVHS).

Coaches Achievement Award

John Young (Fed Hock).

* — Indicates Player of the Year choice in the division.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Third-year Eastern volleyball coach Katie Williams, middle wearing black, led the Lady Eagles back to the regional tournament for the first time since 2012 this past fall. Williams was named the D-4 Coach of the Year by the District 13 Coaches Association for the 2015 campaign.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_11.17-EHS-Williams.jpgThird-year Eastern volleyball coach Katie Williams, middle wearing black, led the Lady Eagles back to the regional tournament for the first time since 2012 this past fall. Williams was named the D-4 Coach of the Year by the District 13 Coaches Association for the 2015 campaign. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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