NU’s Preston Crabtree earns D-III All-Ohio honors


North Union’s Preston Crabtree hits a basket in this file photo. The junior was named to the Division III All-Ohio special mention list. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)

The North Union Wildcats put together one of the best Union County boys high school basketball seasons in recent memory.
The Wildcats won 24 consecutive games before falling to Johnstown-Monroe during the Division III district championship contest a couple of weeks ago.
One of the reasons for North Union’s success was the work of junior Preston Crabtree.
As such, Crabtree was today named to All-Ohio special mention honors by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.
Crabtree earned all-state consideration after being named to the first-team in the Central District last month.
A 6-1 wing, Crabtree averaged 14.1 points per game during the season. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds per game.
Crabtree shot nearly 47% from the floor and 88% from the free throw line during the regular season.
The Wildcats breezed through the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division with a 10-0 record.
They also defeated area teams from Marysville, Fairbanks and Triad during non-conference battles.
A highlight of the season came in late December when NU traveled to Knightstown, Ind., to play Fairbanks in the gym that was used in portions of the movie “Hoosiers.”
The Wildcats won that game, 52-31, as Crabtree scored 14 points.

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