Preston Crabtree, left, of North Union and Jackson Izzard, right, of Jonathan Alder have been named boys basketball players of the year in their respective divisions of the Central Buckeye Conference. (Journal-Tribune photos by Sam Dillon and Tim Miller)
Two local players have received boys basketball top honors in the Central Buckeye Conference.
Jackson Izzard of Jonathan Alder was named player of the year in the Kenton Trail Division, while Preston Crabtree of North Union earned the same honor in the Mad River Division.
Izzard is second on the CBC leaderboard in points per game with an average of 18.6. He has tallied 316 points in 17 games, while shooting 47.4% from the field.
Crabtree is fifth in the conference in points per game with an average of 17.2. He has scored 309 points in 18 games with a field goal percentage of 47.7%.
The two teams also have others who earned first-team accolades.
Joey Walker of Jonathan Alder earned his honors with 137 points tallied this season. He is shooting 67.5% from the field and has gone 25-39 from the free throw line, while averaging 1.1 blocks per game.
Zach Vernon has earned first-team honors for North Union. Vernon has notched 301 points this season averaging 16.7 points per game.
He is shooting 63.4% from the field and an 81.8% from the charity strip.
Vernon is also averaging nine rebounds per game
Second-team honors have been bestowed upon the following:
-Trevyn Feasel, North Union. He tops the leaderboard with 7.2 assists per game;
-Aaron Krebehenne, North Union. He has scored 165 points, while shooting 42.7% from beyond the three-point arc;
-Grant Welsch, Jonathan Alder, averages 4.4 assists per game;
Additional honors were as follows:
-Gavin Heimlick, Jonathan Alder, special mention;
-Owen Davis, North Union, special mention;
-Tyler Begin, Jonathan Alder, and Hudson Davis, North Union, sportsmanship award.
CBC honors have also been announced for JA and NU girls hoopsters.
The Lady Pioneers and Lady Cats were both represented on the first team.
Jonathan Alder’s Mary Ferrito and Emma Shepherd both have been named to the first team.
Ferrito has tallied 285 points in 18 games, averaging 15.8 per game.
She sits at the top of the CBC in assists with 105 and averages 2.2 blocks per game.
Shepherd has scored 141 points this season, averaging 8.3 per game. She is also fifth-best in the CBC with 142 rebounds.
North Union’s Jordyn Hoffman also landed on the first team.
Hoffman has scored 235 points, for a per-game average of 11.2.
Hoffman is also having a solid year at the charity stripe with a 71.2% mark.
Earning second-team honors were:
-Evan Platfoot, Jonathan Alder. She has scored 212 points, while hitting 43.3% of her shots from the field. She also has 59 assists.
-Maddie Wilson, Jonathan Alder, is averaging 8.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. She has scored 127 points in 18 games.
Also earning CBC honors were:
-Ellie Heisler, Jonathan Alder, special mention and sportsmanship award;
-Abbey Price, North Union, special mention;
-Sydney Parish, North Union, sportsmanship award.
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