By Josh Brown
WEST MILTON — A regional championship berth in softball
Four district qualifiers in tennis.
More than double the victories from the previous year in baseball.
And a state placer in track.
Spring 2014 was a banner season for the Milton-Union Bulldogs, and they were honored for it in the postseason All-Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division awards as Ashley Smith won the Athlete of the Year in softball to go with a heap of other awards.
Smith and Claire Fetters were both first team selections for the softball team, which reached its first ever regional championship game. Brittany Courtright and Christine Heisey were both named to the second team.
Smith, a senior, also earned a spot on the All-Ohio second team for her accomplishments during the season.
The tennis team — which won the SWBL Buckeye title and was almost flawless in the regular season — also racked up the postseason honors. Matt Brumbaugh and Phillip Brumbaugh and Jack Blevins were all named All-SWBL Buckeye first team, Kenton and Logan Dickison and Luke Ferguson were all second teamers and Jake Blevins was given honorable mention.
Matt Brumbaugh, who did not reach the state tournament for the first time in three seasons, also won the All-Area Player of the Year award, coach Roger Davidson was the All-Area Coach of the Year and the Bulldog tennis team itself was the All-Area Team of the Year. It was Matt Brumbaugh’s third straight All-Area Player of the Year award.
In baseball, Chris Heisey and Jake Roberts were both named All-SWBL Buckeye second team for the Bulldogs, who finished 11-14 after winning only five games in 2013.
And even though SWBL track does not name all-league teams (see the May 18 issue of the Troy Daily News for results from the league meet), senior Wes Martin finished his stellar career at Milton-Union by placing fifth in the shot put at the Division II state meet.
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