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District 5 girls all-stars announced

Catholic Central senior Zatta honored as the Division IV player of the year

BEST OF THE BEST — Catholic Central senior Julia Zatta was named the District 5 Division IV player of the year on Monday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

URICHSVILLE — The postseason honors continue to mount for Catholic Central’s Julia Zatta.

On Monday, the senior shooting guard was named the Division IV player of the year by the District 5 Basketball Coaches Association. Zatta was a first-team All-Eastern District Division IV selection and has been picked to play for the Ohio team in the annual OVAC All-Star Game.

In helping the Crusaders to their third-straight winning season, Zatta averaged 18.4 points per game, four rebounds, two assists and 2.3 steals.

Fellow CCHS senior Christine Dombrowski joined Zatta on the District 5 first team. She averaged 15 points a game to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 4.9 assists.

Toronto sophomore Kendal Thomas also earned first-team Division IV honors. She averaged 12 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals for the Red Knights.

Other first teamers were junior Sydney Lyon of Conotton Valley and junior Annette Weston of Tuscarawas Central Catholic.

Central junior Bella Oliver (11.9 points per game and 11.4 rebounds) landed on the second team, as did Toronto senior Jo’Zaeyah Jordan (10.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.1 steals).

Earning honorable mention were junior Carly Fayak of Central and Toronto sophomore Maddie Anderson.

Greg Triplett of Tusky Central was named the Division IV coach of the year.

District 5 consists of schools in Jefferson, Harrison, Columbiana, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Holmes and Coshocton counties.

Indian Creek’s Kylie Kiger landed on the Division II first team. The sophomore standout averaged 12.3 points a game, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.1 assists.

Joining Kiger on the first team were Samantha Blair of Dover, Aaliyah Currence of New Philadelphia, Jessica Hartsock of River View, Josie Pry of New Philadelphia, Addie Rhodes of Minerva, Jenna Riccardo of Beaver Local and Regan Wilcox of West Holmes.

Currence was named player of the year and Kevin Cornell of New Philadelphia coach of the year.

Big Red sophomore Makayla Abram was named to the second team, along with Indian Creek’s Taylor Jones, also a sophomore, and senior Mackenzie Orban. Abram averaged 16.4 points a game along with 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals. Jones contributed 10.5 points an outing for Creek. She also averaged 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. Both Abram and Jones were first-team All-Eastern District selections.

Garnering honorable mention were Big Red junior Madison Fields and Indian Creek sophomore Makenzie Taylor.

Two area players — Buckeye Local senior Emily Holzopfel and Harrison Central senior Sydney Starr — earned spots on the Division III first team.

Holzopfel, also a first-team Eastern District choice, averaged 24 points per game this season. She finished her outstanding career by topping the 2,000-point mark. Starr averaged 13 points a game for the Huskies to go along with 11 rebounds and two steals.

Other Division III first-teamers were junior Karlee Altimore of Sandy Valley, senior Zoe Johnson of Garaway, senior Jadyn Kuykendall of Tuscarawas Valley, sophomore Zoe Miller of Hiland (she also was the player of the year), junior Kalllie Regular of Garaway and sophomore Morgan Yoder of Hiland.

Tim McBride of Sandy Valley was named coach of the year.

Harrison Central senior Lexee McAfee was named to the second team. Buckeye Local senior Alaire Destifanes and Harrison Central freshman McKayla Dunkle earned honorable mention.

Players earning first- and second-team honors will be recognized during the district’s annual all-star game, scheduled for March 29 at Indian Valley High School.

The District 5 boys all-star teams will be announced on Monday.

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