GAHS lands 11 runners on All-OVC teams


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Gallia Academy seniors Mesa Polcyn (128) and Mary Watts (133) run in the Skyline Bowling Invitational at GAHS, on September 6.


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A total of 11 athletes from Gallia Academy High School earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors for cross country during the 2016 fall sports season.

Eight of the 11 recipients were repeat honorees, which included repeat selections for five of the six Blue Devils that made this year’s list. The Blue Angels also had three repeat selections from their five total honorees.

The Blue Devils had four boys earn first team honors after finishing in the top 19 spots. Three of the four selections were also first team honorees a year ago.

Repeating as first team selections were Kaleb Crisenbery, Caleb Greenlee and Kyle Greenlee, while Devon Barnes also moved up to the first team this season after earning honorable mention accolades last fall.

Kobe Cochran repeated as a honorable mention choice for GAHS, while Ezra Blain picked up his first honorable mention accolades this past season.

Other first team repeaters included Bryce Day of Fairland; Brendon McCormick and Victor Aguilera of Rock Hill; and the Portsmouth trio of Daniel Clark, Aiden Kammler and Ethan Haas.

The remaining first team All-OVC selections for boys were Eli Baker, Jason Aguilera, Ethan Miller, Logan Boggs, Brady Floyd and Nick Blankenship of Rock Hill; Ethan Lafon and Tristen Wilson of Fairland; and Connor Ramey of Ironton.

The honorable mention squad also included Evan Gannon of Coal Grove; Zack Kincaid and Brandon Bowman of Fairland; Wes Monroe of Ironton; Seth Baker and Mark Catell of Rock Hill; Brycen McCann and Jared Carter of South Point; and Caleb Clark of Portsmouth.

On the girls side of the All-OVC list, GAHS had two repeat selections on the first team in Mary Watts and Mesa Polcyn. Brooke Johnson also picked up first team honors for the first time in her career.

Cassidy Starnes repeated as a honorable mention selection for the Blue Angels, while Abby Johnson also came away with her first honorable mention accolades.

Other repeat selections to the first team for girls were Deanna Hall , Haleigh Fuller and McKenna Pannell of Fairland, as well as Tylan Easthem of Rock Hill.

Olivia Lewis and Olivia Burge of Fairland, Sarah Cecil of Coal Grove, and Lucy Simpson of Rock Hill rounded out the remaining first team spots.

The remainder of the honorable mention girls team included Graci Davis and Molly Rust of Ironton, Kaylan Evanich of Fairland, and the Rock Hill duo of Dana Grant and Ally Stewart.

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Gallia Academy seniors Mesa Polcyn (128) and Mary Watts (133) run in the Skyline Bowling Invitational at GAHS, on September 6.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2016/11/web1_11.20-GA-Watts.jpgGallia Academy seniors Mesa Polcyn (128) and Mary Watts (133) run in the Skyline Bowling Invitational at GAHS, on September 6. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@civitasmedia.com