Galion High School athletes collect post-season accolades


GALION — The Galion High School fall sports teams, collectively, had a fantastic season of competition. Several teams improved on their season from a year ago, while others continued their dominance in their respective sport.

The boys golf team, girls tennis team and volleyball team each won the MOAC championship, with the Boys Golf team winning the sectional and district competitions and finishing fifth at the state tournament. The girls tennis team also finished undefeated on the season and won 47 regular season matches in a row.

The boys and girls cross country teams finished third in the MOAC, with the girls squad bringing home an all-county championship and qualifying for regional competition as a team. The football team finished the 2018 campaign with a winning record, and the boys and girls soccer teams showed positive improvements during their respective seasons.

Tiger athletes enjoyed individual successes as well in their respective sports. The following student-athletes earned recognition at the conference, district or regional level, with two earning individual invitations to compete at the state level. Individual accolades include: Boys Golf – Jack McElligott (All-County, 1st Team MOAC, 2nd Team All-District & State Qualifier), Matt McMullen (All-County, 1st Team MOAC, 1st Team All-District & State Qualifier), Spencer Keller (All-County, 1st Team MOAC, Honorable Mention All-District & State Qualifier), Matt Kingseed (Honorable Mention All-District & State Qualifier), Kaleb Harsh (State Qualifier) and Max Longwell (State Qualifier); Girls Tennis – Kayley Gimbel (1st Team MOAC, All-County, 2nd District, State Qualifier & MOAC Player of the Year), Katherine Talbott (2nd Team MOAC, All-County & District Qualifier), Jayln Oswald (2nd Team MOAC, All-County & District Qualifier), Katie Baughn (2nd Team MOAC), Elli Chandler (2nd Team MOAC), Danielle Schneider (Honorable Mention MOAC), Kiersten Gifford (Honorable Mention MOAC); Cross Country – Braxton Tate (1st Team MOAC, All-County, Regional & State Qualifier-9th Place), Zaynah Tate (Regional Qualifier & Honorable Mention MOAC), Airyona Nickels (All-County & Regional Qualifier), Ava Smith (Regional Qualifier), Brooklyn Gates (All-County & Regional Qualifier), Sari Conner (Regional Qualifier), Brendan Ganshorn (All-County & 2nd Team MOAC), Emily McDonald (Regional Qualifier), Harmony Lohr (Regional Qualifier); Volleyball – Kayla Hardy (All-County, 1st Team MOAC, 1st Team All-District & Honorable Mention All-State), Samantha Comer (All-County, 1st Team MOAC & 2nd Team All-District), Jaden Ivy (2nd Team MOAC & 3rd Team All-District), Nicole Thomas (Honorable Mention MOAC); Football – Isaiah Alsip (All-County, 1st Team MOAC & 1st Team All-District), Elijah Middleton (All-County, 1st Team MOAC & 1st Team All-District), John Abouhassan (2nd Team MOAC), Kalib Griffin (2nd Team MOAC), Gavin Pennington (Honorable Mention MOAC); Boys Soccer – Devin McCarthy (1st Team MOAC & 2nd Team All-District), Stephen Thompson (2nd Team MOAC & 2nd Team All-District), Walker Frankhouse (Honorable Mention MOAC), Clay Karnes (Honorable Mention All-District), Sam Albert (Honorable Mention All-District); Girls Soccer – Drucilla Singer (2nd Team MOAC & 2nd Team All-District), Adriana Zeger (2nd Team MOAC & Honorable Mention All-District), Courtney Throckmorton (Honorable Mention MOAC), Natalie Hornbeck (Honorable Mention All-District).

Tiger coaches also garnered honors for the accomplishments of their teams. Those coaches earning accolades included: Matt Dick (All-County Coach of the Year-Football), Jamie Valentine (All-County Coach of the Year, MOAC & District Coach of the Year-Volleyball), Cindy Conner (All-County Coach of the Year-Cross Country), Bob Roesch (MOAC Coach of the Year-Girls Tennis), Terry Gribble (All-County Coach of the Year-Girls Tennis) and Bryce Lehman (All-County, MOAC & District Coach of the Year-Boys Golf).

“I am proud of all our fall sports coaches and student-athletes for an outstanding season,” Galion Superintendent Jim Grubbs said. “These student-athletes work hard on and off the field, and it shows with the impressive list of accolades earned during the fall sports season.”

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Staff report