SOC 2 SOFTBALL (First Team) Macee Eaton- Wheelersburg “Player of Year” Sydney McDermott- West “Pitcher of Year” Teresa Ruby- Wheelersburg “Coach of Year” Catie Boggs- Wheelersburg Andi Jo Howard- Wheelersburg Emily Moore- West Bri Claxon- South Webster Skylar Zimmerman- South Webster Mollyann Runyon- Northwest Emilie Johnson- Valley Suzzy Wall- Waverly Megan Nickell- Eastern Lorelie Martin- Minford Branna Davis- Oak Hill
(Second Team) Haley Myers- Wheelersburg Rileigh Lang- Wheelersburg Abi Boland- West Kaylor Pickelsimer- West Rylee McGraw- South Webster Haley Hawes- Northwest Lexi Whitt- Valley Faith Thornsberry- Waverly Hannah Felts- Eastern Miranda Johnson- Minford Kallan Kinzell- Oak Hill
SOC 1 SOFTBALL (First Team) Kasey Kimbler- Green “Player of Year” Gwen Sparks- Notre Dame “Pitcher of Year” Jason & Cindy Gearhart- Clay “Coaches of Year” Kyndall Ford- Notre Dame Annie Dettwiller- Notre Dame Jacy Gearhart- Clay Preslee Lutz- Clay Lauren Wells- Symmes Valley Kylee Thompson- Symmes Valley Jadelyn Lawson- New Boston Bailey Elliott- Western Mia Caldwell- East
(Second Team) Libby Kelley- Notre Dame Bree Hicks- Notre Dame Kailey Ware- Clay Shea Edgington- Clay Desiree Simpson- Symmes Valley Gracie Daniels- Green Morgan Whitley- Western Mackenzie Whitley- New Boston Adriana Hufferd- East
SOC 2 BASEBALL (First Team) Cooper McKenzie- Wheelersburg “Player of Year” Hunter Thomas- Wheelersburg “Pitcher of Year” Derek Moore- Wheelersburg “Coach of Year” Creed Warren- Wheelersburg George Arnett- Valley Carter Nickel- Valley Adam Crank- Minford Aodhan Queen- Minford Orville Tackett- Northwest LT Jordan- Waverly Jakob Tipton- West Robert Martin- South Webster Rylan Sams- Oak Hill Dylan Morton- Eastern
(Second Team) Connor Estep- Wheelersburg Jake Darling- Wheelersburg Tate Queen- Valley Chase Morrow- Valley Cole Borland- Minford Kaleb Seals- Northwest Trevor Fike- West Jase Hurd- Waverly Jaren Lower- South Webster Gavin Howell- Oak Hill Nate Havens- Eastern
SOC 1 BASEBALL (First Team) Brayden Webb- Symmes Valley “Player of Year” Blake Stuntebeck- Saint Joseph “Pitcher of Year” Chad Renfroe- Symmes Valley “Coach of Year” Levi Best- Symmes Valley Michael Mahlmeister- Saint Joseph Elijah Rowe- Saint Joseph Alex Cassidy- Notre Dame Matt Boldman- Notre Dame Mitchell King- Clay Nathaniel Brannigan- Green Trey Satterfield- Western Landehn Pernell- East
(Second Team) Levi Niece- Symmes Valley Nick Strow- Symmes Valley Dylan Seison- Notre Dame Myles Beasley- New Boston Ector Brady- New Boston Brady Voiers- New Boston Malachi Roper- Clay Chase Carter- Western Ethan Rase- East
(ODNR) – In an effort to increase access and opportunities for paddlers, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is presenting Paddling Enhancement grants to nine political subdivisions. The communities each get a portion of the awarded grants worth $526,163.
“As paddle sports continue to grow, these grant dollars also provide benefits for local tourism and economic opportunities in addition to increased access to some of Ohio’s beautiful lakes and rivers,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “We are excited to give more communities the opportunity to welcome people onto their lakes and rivers for some stress-free fun.”
Since the grant program’s inception in 2020, a total of $2.1 million has been awarded to 34 projects. The grant is capped at $75,000 per project. Individual grant awards ranged from $29,920 to $75,000.
“ODNR is dedicated to providing local communities with new and improved facilities to help meet the growing demand for paddling access in Ohio” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Time on the water can do so much for someone’s state of mind, and these grants will give more people access to that kind of experience.”
The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the Waterways Safety Fund, which is comprised of a share of the state motor fuel tax, watercraft registration and titling fees, and funding from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The awardees for this round of Paddling Enhancement grants are:
Fayette County Fayette County Engineer – $75,000
Installation of a new canoe launch at Ghormley Road on Paint Creek.
Jackson County City of Jackson – $75,000
New ADA kayak launch, parking, and sidewalk at Hammertown Lake.
Ross County Ross County Park District – $29,920
Improved parking and breakwater protection on the North Fork of Paint Creek.
Scioto County City of Portsmouth – $36,262.50
Installation of a new launch and gravel parking at the Alexandria Point Paddling Facility on the Scioto River.
Scioto County – $75,000
Construction of a launch ramp and parking lot at the Lucasville Launch on the Scioto River.
There will be another round of Paddling Enhancement grants offered in 2023. Applications for next year’s grant will be accepted January 1, 2023 through March 1, 2023.