By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — Miami East’s boys basketball team may have had to share the Cross County Conference championship.
But when it came to the league’s top all-conference honors, it was a Viking sweep.
The Vikings’ Damien Mackesy was named the CCC Player of the Year and coach Allen Mack the Coach of the Year after the completion of this season, with Miami County schools compiling an impressive number of spots on the All-CCC teams.
Mackesy, a senior, led the Vikings to an 11-1 conference record and a head-to-head victory over defending league — and Divisioon IV state — champion Tri-Village. The Vikings’ only CCC loss was a late-season upset at the hands of Mississinawa Valley, and both Miami East and the Patriots finished with 11-1 marks and shared the conference crown. Mackesy also hit the 1,000-point mark this season during a victory over CCC rival Bethel — a night on which the Vikings honored their 1996 state champion team, which Mack also coached.
Mackesy, who was aslso recently named third team All-Ohio, was joined on the All-CCC first team by fellow senior Brandon Mack. Ryan Haney and Logan West were both named second team and Michael Werling earned special mention.
Bethel sophomore point guard Caleb South, who was honorable mention All-Ohio this season, earned a spot on the All-CCC first team after being second team as a freshman. Tyler Terry also earned special mention.
Newton had a trio of players honored, with Brock Jamison earning a spot on the first team, Brady McBride a spot on the second team and Nick Honeycutt earning special mention.
Covington’s Jordan Maschino was named All-CCC first team, while teammate Trevor Miller earned special mention.
Bradford’s Drew Patty earned special mention.
On the girls side, three Covington Buccaneers earned first team honors: Jessie Crowell, Brooke Gostomsky and Sammi Whiteman, while Rayna Horner earned special mention.
Miami East’s Morgan Haney and Haley Howard both earned spots on the All-CCC first team, Kyndall Hellyer was named second team and Bailey Miller earned special mention.
Newton senior Madison Mollette was named first team after breaking the school’s scoring record and becoming its first 1,000-point scorer. Tatum McBride was named second team and Aliya Stine earned special mention.
Bradford had three players honored, with Mackenzie Weldy and Mandi Bates both earning spots on the second team and Kelly Moore earning special mention.
Bethel’s Alaina Hawthorn was named All-CCC second team and Kayla Grable earned special mention.
Three Milton-Union boys and three Bulldog girls were named All-Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division this season.
For the girls, senior Taylor Jacobs earned a spot on the first team, while Liz Renner and Kristen Dickison both earned special mention.
And on the boys side, senior Eric Swartz was named All-SWBL Buckeye first team and Tommy Smith and Joey Swafford both earned special mention.
Troy Christian senior Hailey Peters was named All-Metro Buckeye Conference first team, with teammate Kathryn Lee being named second team.
And on the boys side, sophomore James Anderson was the lone honoree, earning a spot on the All-MBC second team.
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