COLUMBUS — There were several area boys basketball players represented on the All-Central District boys team, which was selected by a media panel and released by the Associated Press earlier this week.
Jonathan Alder (18-4) easily stood out as the best boys team in Madison County this season. The Pioneers earned a share of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division championship and are still alive in the D-II Central District tournament.
The Pioneers had a trio of players earn all-district honors including junior Andrew Koenig who was selected second team All-Central District. Koenig averaged 17.3 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He also shot over 40 percent from the three-point line and 73 percent from the free throw stripe.
“Andy had a real efficient year shooting the ball,” Alder coach Brent Cahill said. “All of his shooting percentages are up. “He’s developed a pretty good rate here in the last 12 months.
In addition to Koenig, Alder senior Tanner Killian and junior Trey Pugh were both named honorable mention all-district, both averaged just over 10 ppg, while Pugh also was in double figures in rebounds for the season (11.0).
Pugh’s return from a knee injury this season helped make everyone around him better.
“Having Trey out there helped with our rebounding,” the coach said. “He led our league in rebounding and that’s an area where we struggled last year. He’s also able to handle the ball against pressure. He’s a good passer and sees the floor. When you add a guy like that you make everyone around you better.”
Cahill was named the D-II Central District Coach of the Year. He lead an Alder team that was right around the .500 mark a year ago to a league championship this season. His Pioneers are seeded No. 7 and will be hosting No. 9 Hartley Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., with a spot in the district semifinal on the line.
He took winning the honor in stride.
“Like we tell our kids when you have a good year as a team, you’re going to get recognized,” Cahill said. “Our players get recognized and sure it’s an individual award for me, it’s also a reflection of our players and staff and what they’ve been able to do this year.
“If you think we went from just four wins when this senior class were freshmen to just four losses as seniors, that speaks about the progress we’ve made.”
London’s Kamhar Jones was also a D-II Central District honorable mention selection after leading the Red Raiders in scoring at 14.0 ppg. He also averaged 5.2 rpg and 2.8 assists and just under two steals a game. Jones also connected on over half of his three-point field goals this season. The Red Raiders finished the year with a 4-16 record.
A pair of players from West Jefferson (9-12) picked up all-district honorable mention honors. Senior Conor Powell (7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.0 apg) and junior Gabe Casey (7.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) were key contributors for the Roughriders this season.
West Jeff is still alive in the D-III district tournament and will play host to North Union Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to a district semifinal where it will meet No. 2 Grandview Tuesday, March 1.
Madison-Plains senior Zach Bayless was also a D-III honorable mention pick after averaging 10.0 ppg. The Golden Eagles suffered through a disappointing 3-18 season.
Shekinah Christian (13-9) was scheduled to play a D-IV district tournament game Friday against Fisher Catholic. A win would send the Flames to a D-IV district semifinal against No. 1 seed Columbus Africentric Wednesday, March 2.
The Flames had plenty of representation on the D-IV all-district teams.
Senior guard Jesse Showalter was named third team all district after averaging 16.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.9 assist. He connected on 35 percent of his three-point attempts and made 80 percent of his free throws.
Teammates Connor Bjerke, a freshman, and junior Chris Conte were named honorable mention. Bjerke averaged 13.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Conte averaged 12.3 points.
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