By Josh Brown
TROY — Not surprisingly, a host of individual accolades preceded the Troy girls bowling team’s state championship run.
Troy sophomore Jenna Stone and coach Rob Dever took top honors in the North Division when the Greater Western Ohio Conference announced its all-conference awards for the winter after this season’s end as the state champion Trojans brought home a big haul.
Stone won the GWOC North Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and joined teammates senior Rachel Darrow and sophomore A’leigha Smith on the first team. The bowling all-conference teams are decided by season average — and the Trojan trio had the top three averages in the North Division, with Stone posting the highest average in the entire GWOC. As a result, Stone and Darrow also earned spots on the All-GWOC team.
Kirsten McMullen also earned second team honors for the Troy girls bowling team, which won the GWOC North championship this year — which proved to be a stepping stone on its way to its first ever Division I state team title.
On the boys side, sophomore Aaron Stone — and Jenna Stone’s twin brother — was the lone honoree, earning All-GWOC North first team honors.
Numbers-wise, the wrestling team had the most honorees, placing eight athletes on the all-conference teams. Kobe Scott (132) and Davin Snyder (182) both earned first team nods, Brandon Lewis (106), Justin Mittelsdtadt (138), Frankie Quintero (145), Will Brumfield (195) and Christian Nation (220) were second team and Ben Andrews (113) earned special mention.
The swimming teams also scored a host of honors. On the boys side, sophomore Joe Dutton earned first team honors in both the 200 and 500 free and Mitch Orozco was first team in the 100 fly. Tristan West was second team in the 50 and 100 free, and the 200 medley relay team of Dutton, Orozco, West and Jared Liew and the 200 free relay team of Liew, Orozco, West and Jackson Armstrong were also second team.
The girls team collected a slew of second team nods: the 200 medley relay team of Courtney Carmack, Katie Castaneda, Blake Whitford and Caroline Pratt, the 200 free relay team of Pratt, Whitford, Carmack and Melanie Harvey and the 400 free relay team of Castaneda, Harvey, Maria Poggi and Annie Griffith, as well as Carmack in the 200 free and Castaneda in the 500 free.
The girls basketball had a trio of honorees, while the boys basketball team had a pair. Sierra Besecker and Bailey Hess were named second team and Maddy Taylor earned special mention for Troy’s girls, while Romello Yaqub earned a spot on the second team and Mechia Linton earned special mention for the Trojan boys.
The Troy hockey team also raked in a collection of all-league honors in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League. A.J. Noll — who will graduate as the Trojan hockey team’s all-time leader in career goals, assists and total points — was named to the SWOHSHL first team for the third straight season, and he was joined by Tyler Hess and Prestyn Hoeffler. Nate Uhlenbrock was also earned a spot on the second team.
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