By DON McCORMACK - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pymatuning Valley Lakers dominated regular-season play in Division III during the 2013-14 season, posting a perfect 21-0 record, capturing the Northeastern Athletic Conference championship and winning the Associated Press state poll championship.
Throw in four postseason victories en route to the first district championship in program history and it truly was a banner season for the Lakers.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, coach Jeff Compan’s squad, which finished 25-1, made a huge splash on the Division III All-Ohio squad, announced by The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Compan was named as one of the three coaches of the year.
Having just completed his 15th season at the helm of the Lakers, the Maplewood High School and Baldwin-Wallace College graduate now hosts a career record of 232-98 (.703).
And his Big Three of Geena Gabriel, Kelsea Brown and Megan Stech all earned All-Ohio recognition. They are joined by Grand Valley’s Jessica Vormelker as all-state performers.
Gabriel, a 5-foot-9 senior and the driving force for the Lakers as their point guard, leading them in scoring, assists and steals, earned second-team recognition. She passed the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Lakers’ postseason run.
Brown, a 5-7 junior forward, as a do-everything performer for PV, filling up pretty much all aspects of the statistical sheet, was accorded third-team honors. She beat her teammate, Gabriel, to the 1,000-point mark late in the season.
Stech, a 5-11 junior post player, was the Lakers’ force inside, leading them in rebounding and blocked shots, received honorable-mention recognition.
The Laker triumvirate is joined in earning All-Ohio honors by Vormelker, who joined Stech on the honorable-mention list. The 5-8 junior point guard, like Gabriel and Brown, a 1,000-point scorer, led the Mustangs in pretty much every statistical category.
On Monday, Geneva’s Lindsey Mayle earned second-team All-Ohio recognition in Division II, while Conneaut’s Lexi Zappitelli was accorded special-mention recognition and Jefferson’s Emily Smock and Perry’s Brittany Levkulich received honorable-mention honors.
Ohio’s Ms. Basketball will be announced later this week.