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All-district basketball: Devon Grant, Trey Brooks, Faith Williams named top players; Zvara named top coach

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    Open Door's Trey Brooks lays in the ball past Massillon's Nick Liebler Jan. 24.

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    Lorain High School's Devon Grant (3) takes the ball towards the hoop during a game against Warrensville Heights on Friday night, February 22.

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    Elyria Catholic's Faith Williams drives past St. Vincent-St. Mary's Dream Cherry Dec. 28.

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The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its Northeast Lakes all-district basketball lists, and three area players and one coach received top honors.

Lorain senior Devon Grant earned Division I player of the year honors while Open Door’s Trey Brooks was the player of the year in Division IV. Elyria Catholic senior guard Faith Williams was selected as the top girls player in Division III.

Avon Lake’s Dave Zvara was named the Division I girls coach of the year.

Grant, a 6-foot-3 guard, has set numerous records in his career at Lorain, and he enters the 19-1 Titans’ playoff game against Berea-Midpark on Saturday with 1,448 career points. Grant has averaged 26.7 points per game this season while handing out three assists and grabbing five rebounds.

Grant, a Miami (Ohio) recruit, is shooting 53 percent from 3-point range and 87 percent from the free throw line.

“This means a lot to me,” Grant said. “It’s a very important accomplishment and I owe it to my mom, mostly. It’s a big step for myself.”

Grant was encouraged to see teammate Taevon Pierre-Louis, a 6-6 senior, earned first-team honors alongside him.

“It means so much to both of us, both of us growing up since we were so young and coming from very little,” Grant said. “It’s nice to be accomplishing big milestones for our families and for ourselves.

“He really pushes me and pushes our team so much. When he sees me go hard and I see him go hard, it just drives the both of us.”

Brooks, a 6-4 senior forward, has stuffed the stat sheets for the Patriots this season. He averages 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Brooks earned All-Ohio first-team honors last season.

“He is a player that has really helped us out over the last three years in terms of his offensive gifts and physical abilities,” Open Door coach Todd Wright said. “More than that, he’s been a great teammate. It’s been really great to see him mature over the last three years.”

Brooks, who has yet to decide where he will play in college, thinks that experience has helped him develop his all-around skills.

“I definitely think I’ve become more mature,” he said. “I was talking to my mom about it the other day when we were looking back at my highlights from the last three years … there were a lot of plays I would make that were flashy.

“I try to be smart with plays, not stupid on the court. I want to make the right plays and do the right thing. This year I’ve tried to be a more complete player.”

Williams, a Wheeling Jesuit recruit, is averaging 14 points per game for the Panthers. She has averaged 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game while leading Elyria Catholic to a 20-4 record.

“Faith is just a great all-around player,” Panthers coach Eric Rothgery said. “She can shoot, she can handle the ball and she can see the floor. Seeing the floor is probably her strongest asset. Over the last couple of years she’s really developed as a player and she does a great job of getting her teammates involved.”

Williams, who transferred to Elyria Catholic when her family moved to the area from Utah prior to her sophomore season, said the individual awards are nice, but her teammates are what drive her.

“The awards really do mean a lot to me, and I know if I did not have the teammates I have right now I would not be able to accomplish these things,” she said. “Elyria Catholic really means a lot to me. When I moved here from Utah I had a couple of schools in mind, and the best decision I ever made was coming here. This school is like no other. It really is a community and our team loves each other like a family.”

Zvara has guided his Shoregals to a 22-3 record. Avon Lake knocked off top-seeded Olmsted Falls to win a Division I district title Thursday night.

“It’s a great honor,” Zvara said. “It’s going to make me cry thinking about it. This has been a very special season. I think it’s the first time I have ever cut down a net.”

Amherst’s Kamryn Dziak, a 5-10 senior, earned first-team honors in Division I after averaging 16.2 points per game this season. Comets teammate Amaya Staton earned a second-team nod after scoring 11.9 points this season, her junior year.

Avon’s Elizabeth Flynn and Avon Lake’s Arianna Negron earned third-team honors in Division I.

Clearview 5-9 sophomore Brooke Rebman earned Division II second-team honors by scoring 19.7 points per game.

In Division III, Elyria Catholic 6-1 junior Ally Winnen was named to the first team. She averages 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game. She was joined on the first team by Wellington’s Jalen Gibbs, a 6-foot junior that averaged 16.7 points per game.

Oberlin 6-foot senior Karissa Rankin earned Division III second-team honors by scoring 18 points per game while Columbia 5-6 sophomore Ally Ross, who averaged 11.9 points per game, earned a third-team nod.

Lake Ridge sophomore Madyson Rosado, who led the Royals with 19.2 points per game, was joined by Open Door junior Emily McClain (17.2 points per game) on the Division IV first team. Open Door senior Emily Wearley earned second-team honors.

On the boys side, Clearview 5-10 senior Javon Todd, who averages 15.1 points per game, was named to the Division II second team.

Elyria Catholic had a trio of players earn all-district honors. Senior Jarred Logan, a 6-6 wing that scores 15.5 points and pulls down over 10 rebounds per game, earned a Division III first-team nod while 6-foot junior Edward Wright was named to the second team. Fellow Panthers player Branson Taylor, a 6-8 junior that scores 12 points per game, was placed on the Division III third team, along with Wellington 6-2 senior Ryan Whitaker, a 14.7 points-per-game scorer.

Open Door teammates Jared Bublinec and Miles Hunt, both 6-5 seniors, earned Division IV all-district honors as well — Bublinec joining Brooks on the first team and Hunt being named to the second team.

Contact Mike Perry at (440) 329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.


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