By BRUCE HEFFLINGER

Sports Writer

Claire Sinn of Wayne Trace led the way as eight Paulding County players were selected to the all-Northwest District basketball squads for the 2018-19 season. The selections were made by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The Wayne Trace junior was a first team selection in Division IV after averaging 14.3 points a game to lead the Raiders to an outright Green Meadows Conference championship. Sinn also hauled in 5.5 rebounds an outing while averaging 3.1 steals and 2.5 assists. In addition, the WT junior knocked down an impressive 46-116 3-pointers for 40 percent.

Teammate Kaylee Shepherd was an honorable mention selection on the Northwest District Division III team after totaling 8.3 points, 1.8 steals and 1.6 assists a game.

Wayne Trace, Antwerp and Paulding all had two players honored in boys basketball.

Nate Gerber of Wayne Trace was named to the third team in Division IV while Reid Miller of the Raiders was honorable mention. Gerber, a 6-5 junior, tallied 14.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in helping WT to a share of the GMC title. Miller scored 9.5 points while dishing off 2.7 assists a game in addition to 1.6 steals and 2.5 rebounds a contest.

Jayvin Landers and Luke Brewer of Antwerp were each honorable mention in D-IV. Landers, a junior, averaged a team-high 12.0 points a game while Brewer, a senior, was right  behind at 11.5 points an outing during a 16-5 regular season. Landers also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steal while shooting 47 percent from the field, including 42 percent on 3-pointers (45-108). Brewer pulled down 4.8 rebounds a contest while contributing 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

Paulding seniors Jaret Miller and Fletcher Cook were honorable mention in Division III. Miller scored 14.0 points an outing while leading the Panthers in rebounding (4.7), assists (3.0) and steals (2.4) during an 11-10 regular season. Cook was the top scorer in the county at 15.9 points a game while adding 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds a contest.

Players of the year in the district for girls were Jala Johnson (Notre Dame) in D-I, Zia Cooke (Rogers) in D-II, Savanah Richards (Liberty-Benton) in D-III and McKayla Elmore (Hopewell-Loudon) in D-IV.

Napoleon’s Corey Kreinbrink was the Division II coach of the year while Stryker’s Steve Brown shared D-IV coach of the year honors with Abram Kaple of Buckeye Central. Travis Galloway of Notre Dame was named the top coach in Division I and Eric Kochendoerfer of Margaretta in D-III.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel and Genoa’s Jacob Plantz shared player of the year honors for the boys in Division III while Alek West of Northview was POY in D-I, Brandon Haraway of Norwalk in D-II, and Zeb Jackson of Maumee Valley Country in D-III.

Hicksville’s Tony Tear was Division IV coach of the year along with Taylor Iceman of Lucas while Joe Frank of Archbold and Chris Sheldon of Western Reserve were D-III coaches of the year. Jeremy McDonald of Northview was selected the top coach in D-I for the 2018-19 season with Mark Triplett of Lima Shawnee and Marquis Sykes of Mansfield Senior sharing the honor for Division II coaches.