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Athlete of the Year
Jenny Grigsby , Adena
Few players won like Jenny Grigsby during the past SVC sports year. Grigsby played a big role in helping both the Adena
volleyball team and the basketball team to gold ball seasons. In the fall, Grigsby was a first-team selection while her squad won the
league, the district, and the regional. Grigsby was also a third-team selection at the district level.
In the winter, the junior was the leagueâ€™s Player of the Year while leading her team to a league title as well as a sectional
championship and a district runner-up. Grigsby scored nearly 15 points per game while grabbing over eight rebounds. Grigsby was
also named the District Player of the Year.
Taylor Baker , Paint Valley
In the fall, Baker was an honorable mention selection in volleyball while running cross country at the same time. In cross country,
Baker finished 18th in the SVC Meet. After taking the winter off in terms of playing sports, Baker had an incredible spring in track.
The sophomore won the SVC in the discus as she set an all-time SVC record. She also finished second in the shot.
In the postseason, Baker was a district champion in the discus as well as the 800. At the regional, she was once again the champion
in the discus while qualifying for the state in the shot as well. Finally, she capped off her incredible spring with the individual state
championship in the discus. Baker also scored in the shot with a fifth-place finish.
Jackie Kellough , Huntington
In the days of more and more kids limiting themselves to one or two sports, Kellough was one of the few three-sport athletes in the
SVC. In the fall, Kellough was a first-team all-league and district selection in volleyball while leading Huntington to a second-place
finish in the SVC. Huntington also won a sectional and district title.
In the winter, Kellough was a third-team All-SVC selection in basketball. During Kelloughâ€™s junior season, she averaged nine
points and seven rebounds.
In the spring, Kellough was a versatile track athlete. At the SVC Meet, Kellough finished second in the 110 hurdles, third in the 300
hurdles, and she also scored in the high jump.
Charlene Stout , Paint Valley
Stout, also a junior and also a three-sport athlete, was a member of the Paint Valley volleyball team during the fall.
In the winter and spring, Stout proved to be perhaps the best all-around athlete in the league. On the basketball floor, Stout was
first-team all-league as she scored over 13 points per game while recording nearly three steals per contest as well.
In track, Stout first earned All-SVC with a win in the long jump. Later in the week, Stout was unable to take a run at medalist in the
finals of the 100, 200, and 400 due to sickness; however, she would later win district titles in the 200 and 400 while recording a
second and third place in two other events to earn District Athlete of the Year in D-III. Stout then qualified for the state in the 200
and 400 before making the state finals in the 400 finishing ninth in the state.
Also receiving votes from the fans: Cadie Cory (Adena), Alayna Lytle, Layne Beasley (Huntington), Laci Stanforth (Paint
Valley), Alex Southworth, K.K. Jenkins (Piketon), Erin Bane, Mallory Retherford, Lauren Stout (Unioto), Olivia Cobb,
Kayla Tackett (Westfall), Morgan Geno, Montana Fry, Taylor Hatfield, Jessie Proehl (Zane Trace)
Reid Hutchison , Adena
Hutchison was a three-sport athlete in 2011-2012 as he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. His biggest impact came in
the fall and spring where he helped his team to great seasons.
In the fall, Hutchison rushed for 2,340 yards. He averaged nine yards per carry as the senior scored 192 points on the year while
leading the Warriors to the postseason following a second-place finish in the SVC.
In the spring, Hutchison was an All-District performer. Hutchison was a key part of Adena winning the SVC, the sectional, and
the district titles.
Daniel Gardner , Paint Valley
Gardner, who signed with D-I Lipscomb, had an outstanding senior season in both cross country and track. First in the fall,
Gardner finished second in the Scioto Valley Conference before winning the district and regional individual titles. At the state
level, Gardner earned All-Ohio status with an eighth-place finish.
In the spring, Gardner first earned all-league by setting a new all-time league mark in the 3200. The winning ways continued in the
postseason as Gardner captured the individual state title in the 3200 to cap off his great career.
Zach Farmer , Piketon
During his junior season, Farmer was an all-league selection in basketball. He averaged nearly 15 points and eight rebounds while
leading his Redstreaks to a league and sectional title.
In the spring, Farmer was the Co-SVC Player of the Year. He was also the district POY as well as First-Team All-Ohio. Farmer
hit .519 with an incredible 21 extra-base hits including 11 triples. On the mound, Farmer struck out 163 batters in 80 innings.
Farmer won nine times including the sectional finals and both district wins.
Adrian Ross , Unioto
The senior finished off an incredible career in 2011-2012. In the fall, Ross became a four-time league champion by winning the
SVC Cross Country Meet. Ross then won the district and regional before finishing third at the State Cross Country Meet.
In the spring, the N.C. State-bound Ross won the 1600 at the SVC Meet in all-time SVC record time. He also won the 800. In the
postseason, Ross continued to dominate both events as he eventually made the state finals in both. Ross earned a runner-up finish
in the 1600 in D-II.
Also receiving votes from the fans: Kirk Yates, Auston Hottinger (Adena), Dylan Gragg, Brice Vickers (Huntington),
Steven Hall, Michael Brown (Southeastern), Adam Woods, Colton Forcum (Unioto), Alek Stonerock, Neal Hegarty
(Westfall), Jerrod Collins, Ian Carle (Zane Trace)
|SVCsportszone.com would like to thank the fans for all the emails over the past few
weeks. As always, the emails have been used to select the finalist for this yearâ€™s
Herbie Strange State Farm Insurance Athlete of the Year.
Four boys and four girls have been selected based on your votes to this point. Please
take the time to look over the great year that these athletes have compiled, and check
the website next week for your chance to vote online for the winners.