Only the best of the best made the cut. After consulting with numerous coaches across the region the 13abc Action Sports team, in conjunction with viewer votes, came up with these lists.
Vincent Williams, St. John’s, 6’5” Junior
Averaging 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.1 blocks per game, Williams was named the All-Northwest District Division I Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He was also named Co-Player of the Year in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. He’s one of the most all-around skillful players in our region and Coach Ed Heintschel says Williams can take over a game and dominate on both ends of the floor. Wichita State, Toledo, and Oakland have offered scholarships. Purdue has recently joined Williams’ recruiting trail. He was also named First Team All-Basketball Friday in 2016.
Dalonte Brown, Bowsher, 6”7” Senior
He’s a highlight machine and the Rebels relied upon him night in and night out. Brown can play inside and out with a smooth stroke from long range. His dunks are worth the price of admission. He averaged 22.1points and 10.5 rebounds a game and led Bowsher to the Division I District finals. He was named first team Division I All-Northwest District. Brown has received a scholarship offer from Miami (OH) and has verbally committed to the Redhawks. Coach Joe Guerrero
Brett Lauf, Napoleon, 6’1” Senior
The sharpshooter can fill it up in a hurry. He averaged 25 points a game and helped lead the Wildcats to a Division II sectional tournament championship. Opposing coaches knew Lauf was going to be a difficult matchup. Wauseon coach Chad Burt says Lauf is one of the top two or three best players he’s seen during his time in Northwest Ohio. He was named first team All-Northern Lakes League and first team Division II All-Northwest District. Lauf is currently fielding a number of college scholarship offers. Lauf was also named First Team All-Basketball Friday in 2016.
Ethan Linder, Wayne Trace, 6’3” Senior
He has re-written the record books at Wayne Trace. He averaged 28.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He surpassed 2,000 career points during the regular season. In one game he scored 52 points and was named All-Northwest District Division III Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He was also the Paulding County Player of the Year, and the Green Meadows Conference Player of the Year. Linder will play at the University of Findlay next season.
Anthony Masterlasco, Liberty-Benton, 6’4” Senior
He is fourth on Liberty-Benton’s all-time scoring list with 1,361 points. He scored 46 in one game versus Van Buren, breaking the record previously held by Aaron Craft. Masterlasco set the school’s single season scoring record with 594 points this year. He averaged 24.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. He was named first team Division III All-Northwest District. Masterlasco will play at the University of Findlay next season. His coach Ben Gerken says, "Anthony has had a tremendous career. He is more than a scorer. He has a team-first mentality, and has done an outstanding job leading the younger players in our program."
Bre Hampton-Bey, Notre Dame Academy, Senior
She’s arguably the quickest player in our region. She can cross over her defender. Defensively, we can’t tell you the amount of times we’ve seen her poke away the ball and score an uncontested layup. She has narrowed her college choices down to Kent State, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, and UMass after averaging 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. She was named the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the AP Northwest Ohio District Player of the Year and first team All-District by the Coaches. Hampton-Bey was also named First Team All-Basketball Friday in 2016.
Mariah White, Start, Senior
The City League Co-Player of the Year averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game for the Spartans. She has a scholarship to play at Cleveland State and was named Division I District Player of the Year. Her coach Leon Kynard says, “She deserved every honor she received. She worked hard on the court and in the classroom where she’s second in her class academically. She truly represents what leadership is all about and has meant so much to this program.
Bryce Blood, Whitmer, Senior
She’ll play at Valparaiso University next season and for good reason. This season she averaged 13.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game for the Panthers. Her 931 career points have her fourth on the school’s all-time list and she’s the all-time rebounding leader (767) and shot blocker (181) in program history. She was honorable mention All-State in 2016 and this season she was named First Team All-TRAC, First Team All-District (AP), and First Team All-District (Coaches). Coach Brandon Bosch says, “It would be easy for a player with Bryce’s ability to take a day off, but she never does. She has a tireless work ethic in practice which is why I believe her game has grown each and every year she has played for Whitmer. During her four year career on the varsity squad, Whitmer Girls’ basketball has achieved unparalleled success, winning 72% of our games, two sectional titles, and advancing to two district finals.”
Zia Cooke, Rogers, Sophomore
She has received numerous scholarship offers from Division One colleges like Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Florida and Florida State. She’s two years away from being able to commit to one of them after averaging 22.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 3.4 steals per game for the Rams. She can create her own shot. She has a smooth stroke from three-point range and the ability to drive past a defender for a basket in the lane. She, along with fellow 13abc First Team All-Basketball Friday honoree Mariah White, was named City League Co-Player of the Year. Coach Lamar Smith says, “Zia’s best basketball days are ahead of her. She’s becoming more of a leader and she’s a phenomenal athlete, especially at a young age. She is something special to watch. She had a total game and players like her don’t come around every year.” By receiving this honor this year she has the ability to become a three-time 13abc First Team-All Basketball Friday performer.
Kierstyn Repp, Archbold, Senior
She led the Blue Streaks to the Division III regional finals while averaging 15.5 points and 4.3 rebounds to go along with 40 assists and 50 steals this season. She will play for Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) next season and shot 40% from 3-point range (87-217) and 79% from the free throw line (37-47). She was named first team All-State and coach Brian Ziegler says, “Kierstyn is good because she works as hard as anybody in season and out of season. She is the best shooter I've ever coached. Kierstyn has meant so much to our program because she makes everyone else around her better. Our opponents focus on her which allowed the rest of our team open shots.”