’s All-SVC Boys’ Basketball Team

By Shayne Combs,

Fans please note that the following is the opinion of Shayne Combs and in no way reflects the opinions of coaches or
players from around the league. The official list will be released later in the week. I have spent over 25 nights in a gym
(plus another five or six games on film) over the season watching boys’ basketball, and as a result, here is my take on
this year’s all-league squad.


In selecting this year’s all-league basketball team on the boys’ side, I start with a pair of coaches. Piketon’s Jeff Lisath
and Zane Trace’s Bryan Alley share my Coach of the Year honors. Many will select Lisath for this year’s league title.
For me, I felt Piketon was a heavy favorite, but my selection for Lisath comes from his ability to reload with this group
a few years back for a great run. With Alley, the ZT coach did a great job of mixing young and old. There was a great
commitment to man-to-man on the defensive end this year with great unselfishness on offense.

POY and first-team

I start my first team with my Player of the Year in Piketon’s Craigen Moore. Moore was the league’s leading scorer on
the offensive end while recording the league’s most steals on the defensive end. In the next two spots, I have a pair of
players who could make their own case for league’s best player in Zane Trace’s Wes Beam and Piketon’s Zach
Farmer. Beam is a double-double guy who leads the league in field goal percentage. Farmer, the league’s best all-
around athlete, impacts the game in a variety of ways, and he did not play in Piketon’s only league loss. The fourth
spot was not a hard one to figure on first team as Unioto’s Chase Detillion finished the year averaging a double-
double for the 10-4 Shermans.

Final first-team spot

This brought me to the first big problem of the list. The fifth spot is between Westfall’s Alek Stonerock and ZT’s Pierce
Mowery. I give the nod to the senior Stonerock for a few reasons. Stonerock is my only Westfall representation in the
top-15. The senior kept his average in the top three of the league throughout the year and consistently kept his
Mustangs competitive. This moves Mowery to my sixth spot to start my second team, but it was a great year for the ZT
rookie. Mowery led Zane Trace in scoring at 14.3 ppg, while leading the SVC in threes (56) and FT percentage (86%).

Second team continued

The balance of the Southeastern team makes this part of the list difficult. I love the game of Dylan Miles and the
versatility of Jordan Allen, but I will have to give these next two spots to Nick Kellough and Austin Hice. Kellough, SE’s
all-time leader in threes made, averaged 11 points per game. Hice had his averages around 11 points and eight
rebounds throughout the year. The next spot goes to the champs with point guard Isaac Brabson. The senior
Brabson is very capable of scoring more than his 10.6 points per game, but he gives himself up on the offensive end
to run the high-scoring Piketon offense. Brabson averages over seven assists per game, and as a well-sized guard
also contributes over four rebounds, two steals, and a block per game.

The final spot of the second team goes to Paint Valley’s Clay Stratton. Stratton, a two guard in terms of natural
position, took over a lot of the ball handling duties on the nights I watched the Bearcats. The sophomore was a top-10
scorer in the SVC at over 12 per game while posting top 10 totals in assists, free throw percentage, and threes as well.

Third team

My final five starts with a pair of Unioto teammates with sophomores Nick Corcoran and Kyle Strange. Corcoran, one
of the league’s best overall shooters, was a double-digit scorer while making nearly 30 triples on the season. Strange
also averaged double figures while dishing out three assists and knocking down some clutch shots throughout the
season. I did consider senior Bryce Arledge, but I felt Corcoran and Strange had some advantages over the 22-game
schedule. Arledge, who played much better late in the year, will be an honorable mention selection on my list.

In the next spot, I looked to Adena. At this point in my list I knew I had room for only one Warrior, so I looked at
Michael Bryant’s (10.6 ppg) solid senior season after battling injury last season and I looked at Ethan Sheppard’s (11
ppg, 42 threes) great three-point shooting this season; however, this spot belongs to Jonathan Thomas. Thomas, just
a freshman, definitely has an argument to go much higher on the list in terms of talent. Thomas took on a lot of
responsibility during his rookie season. He averaged double figures in points while running the offense for Coach

The final two spots get really interesting for the boys. Huntington’s situation is interesting because some people will
feel like they do not deserve a spot. Paint Valley’s Mason McCloy was only one of three SVC players (Beam, Detillion)
to average a double-double, but the sophomore was forced to miss a bunch of time at the end of the season with
injury. Westfall fans have an argument for Doug Hardin, and Piketon could possibly ask for a fourth such as Wyatt
Brewster or Jeremy Farmer.

I think the first thing to take care of is giving ZT a third player. The problem is Connor Smith, Tyler Hinty (9.3 ppg, 38
threes), and Eric Hutton (7.4 asts) are all equally worthy. I will give the nod to Smith. Smith played in all 21 games for
the Pioneers scoring 9.5 points and grabbing 7.8 rebounds. Smith was very efficient shooting over 50-percent from
the floor and over 60-percent from the line.


In the final spot I go with Huntington. The Huntsmen are tied for fifth with eight overall wins, and a big reason why is
the emergence of Elijah Shanks. I did take a long look at Jake Kellough (11.1 ppg on 33% FG, 1.4 stls) as well, but I
feel Shanks with his complete stat sheet of nine points on 47-percent shooting, eight rebounds, and a block gets the
slight advantage. If the official list honors Huntington’s Kellough or even Westfall’s Hardin, I could not argue those
selections, but I go Shanks because since Christmas, his numbers have been nearly as good as the three bigs on my
first team.


The biggest thing that jumps out at me as I examine the players not in my top-15 is the number of double figure
scorers left off the list. McCloy, Bryant, Sheppard, and Kellough average 11 points per game. Hinty, Hardin, Brewster,
Miles, and Allen are just less than 10 points per game.

Craigen Moore, Piketon (POY) -SR
Wes Beam, Zane Trace – SR
Zach Farmer, Piketon – SR
Chase Detillion, Unioto - SR
Alek Stonerock, Westfall – SR

Pierce Mowery, Zane Trace – FR
Austin Hice, Southeastern – JR
Nick Kellough, Southeastern – SR
Isaac Brabson, Piketon – SR
Clay Stratton, Paint Valley – SO

Nick Corcoran, Unioto – SO
Kyle Strange, Unioto – SO
Jonathan Thomas, Adena – FR
Connor Smith, Zane Trace – JR
Elijah Shanks, Huntington - SO

Michael Bryant, Adena – SR
Ethan Sheppard, Adena – SR
Jake Kellough, Huntington – JR
Mason McCloy, Paint Valley – SO
Wyatt Brewster, Piketon – SO
Jeremy Farmer, Piketon - JR
Dylan Miles, Southeastern – SO
Jordan Allen, Southeastern – JR
Bryce Arledge, Unioto - SR
Doug Hardin, Westfall – SR
Tyler Hinty, Zane Trace – JR
Eric Hutton, Zane Trace – SO