Criss, Sinicropi, Karaffa, Perkins receive highest honors for contributions

BEST OF THE BEST — Steubenville’s Clayton Criss, left, Edison’s Anthony Sinicropi, center, and Toronto’s Nate Karaffa received Eastern District player of the year honors. (Photos by Joe Catullo)

Three area players and one coach received the highest honors for the Eastern District baseball awards.

Steubenville senior Clayton Criss was voted as the Division I/II Player of the Year. Edison senior Anthony Sinicropi received the same for Division III, while Division IV belongs to Toronto senior Nate Karaffa. Also in Division IV, Toronto’s Brian Perkins was announced as the Coach of the Year.

Criss is joined by three teammates on the first team in senior Carlo Biasi, junior Niko Kausky and junior Calvin Bickerstaff. Indian Creek junior Klay Cottis and Harrison Central junior Andrew Clelland also received a first-team nod.

Earning second-team honors are Indian Creek senior Josh Speaker, Indian Creek junior Coy Amis and Harrison Central sophomore Sam Santille. Indian Creek junior Tyler Smarrella, Harrison Central sophomore Kobe Mitchell and Harrison Central freshman Caleb Blawut are honorable mentions.

In Division III, Sinicropi is joined on the first team with senior Andrew Kinney, junior George Ash and junior Alec McBane. Buckeye Local sophomore Alan Burkett also made the first-team list. Buckeye Local senior Shayne Christian is on the second team, while seniors Owen Long and Fred Hertler are honorable mentions.

Wrapping up with Division IV, four Toronto players made the first team. They are Karaffa, senior Nick Chetock, junior Lucas Gulczynski and junior Tristan Thomas. Also on the first team are three Catholic Central seniors in Dom Argentine, Noah Fayak and Matt Bell. Catholic Central junior Luca Connor earned second-team honors.

Joining Perkins as coaches of the year are West Holmes’ Bill Pim (Division I/II) and Barnesville’s D.J. Butler (Division III).

Eastern District

Division I/II

First Team

Trey Lutz Philo

Wyatt German Philo

Shane Jones West Holmes Senior

Zander Proper West Holmes Junior

Cade Williams Indian Valley Senior

Jaxon Rinkes River View Junior

Aidan Fritter Tri Valley

Chase Kendrick Tri Valley

Clayton Cook Morgan Senior

Owen Poland Dover

Ethank Snyder Dover

Brennan McCuhe Dover

Clayton Criss Steubenville Senior

Calvin Bickerstaff Steubenville Junior

Niko Kausky Steubenville Junior

Carlo Biasi Steubenville Senior

Caden Buxton Carrollton Sophomore

Teagin Mohn Carrollton Senior

Alex Kimble Minerva Senior

Evan Hertel Minverva Senior

Trent Valentine Cambridge Senior

Van Hollins Cambridge Senior

Klay Cottis Indian Creek Junior

Matthew Busby St. Clairsville Senior

Jakob Jarvis St. Clairsville Senior

Dustin Carrothers St. Clairsville Senior

Logan Fox Meadowbrook Junior

Garrett Clendenning Meadowbrook Junior

Peyton Meff Meadowbrook Senior

Caden Mercer Maysville Senior

Kris Smith Maysville Senior

Damon Wheeler Maysville Senior

Logan Smith Maysville Sophomore

Andrew Clelland Harrison Central Junior

Gavin Thompson JG Senior

Brady Emerson JG Junior

Michael Lesiecki Claymont Junior

Second Team

Kendrick Wagler West Holmes Senior

Luke Vess West Holmes Sophomore

Dalton Burcher Indian Valley Senior

Braeden Lehigh Indian Valley Senior

Trey Davis River View Senior

Ethan Guillins River View Senior

Skye Bryan Tri Valley

Justin Fernburg Tri Valley

Connor Counterman Morgan Junior

Logan Alsup Morgan Junior

Brody Wade Carrollton Freshman

Josh Price Carrollton Freshman

Coy Amis Indian Creek Junior

Josh Speaker Indian Creek Senior

Kaden Whaley Cambridge Sophomore

Sean Perkins Cambridge Sophomore

Baron May New Philadelphia Junior

Boston Black Meadowbrook Junior

Kyle Storer St. Clairsville Senior

Adam Mumaw Zanesville Junior

Darrick Gibbons Zanesville Senior

Kamren Klakos East Liverpool Senior

Sam Santille Harrison Central Sophomore

Ben Larson JG Senior

Garrett Armstrong Claymont Junior

Honorable Mention

Aaron Phillip, Philo; Ryan Berger, Indian Valley; Aaron Elliott, River View; Kole Mayle, Minerva; Charlie Bolanz, Minerva; Mitchell Woodhall, Dover; Chance Myers, Morgan; Tyler Smarrella, Indian Creek; Braydan Billman, New Philadelphia; Luke Ernest, New Philadelphia; Hunter Saltsman, Beaver Local; Michael Agnew, Beaver Local; Avery Wiegand, Beaver Local; Paxton Grimes, East Liverpool; Cory Weyand, East Liverpool; Kobe Mitchell, Harrison Central; Caleb Blawut, Harrison Central; Alex Kridelbaugh, JG; Cole Ferguson, Claymont.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Clayton Criss, Steubenville

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Pim, West Holmes

Division III

First Team

Peyton Miller Garaway Senior

Austin Fearon Garaway Senior

Kaden Smith Ridgewood Junior

Koleten Smith Ridgewood Junior

Andrew Kinney Edison Senior

Anthony Sinicropi Edison Senior

George Ash Edison Junior

Alec McBane Edison Junior

Caden Burga Buckeye Trail Sophomore

Dylan Beaver Buckeye Trail Senior

Ethan Love Tusky Valley Senior

Noah Love Tusky Valley Junior

Jared Simmons Newcomerstown Sophomore

Jake Probst Martins Ferry Junior

Drake Dobson Martins Ferry Senior

Cameron Blair Sandy Valley Sophomore

Danta Tucci Sandy Valley Senior

Cole Porter Bellaire Junior

Drew Kittell Coshocton Senior

Luke Nelson Fort Frye Senior

Tate Engle Fort Frye Senior

Alan Burke Buckeye Local Sophomore

Jagger Jefferis Barnesville Junior

Jared Keneu Barnesville Junior

Second Team

Memphis Cutshall Ridgewood Junior

Cale Roberts Ridgewood Junior

Creighton Gazda Buckeye Trail Sophomore

Tanner Phillips Tusky Valley Sophomore

Grayson Wagoner Newcomerstown Senior

Cody Morrison Union Local Junior

Chase Goff Martins Ferry Sophomore

Dasyn Hores Martins Ferry Junior

Matt Fouty Bridgeport Senior

Brady Russell Sandy Valley Sophomore

Brandon Loveless Sandy Valley Junior

Cole Runyan Bellaire Senior

Zack Crown Coshocton Senior

Shayne Christian Buckeye Local Senior

Devin Layton Fort Frye Senior

Ayden Hannahs Barnesville Sophomore

Josh Yoder Garaway Junior

Korlyn Gart West Muskingum

Honorable Mention

Brandon Rominger, Buckeye Trail; Isaiah Schlegel, Tusky Valley; Alex Porcher, Newcomerstown; Gatlin Fish, Newcomerstown; Hunter McCort, Union Local; Dylan Gregorcic, Bridgeport; Logan Desender, Coshocton; Griffin Mason, Coshocton; Owen Long, Buckeye Local; Fred Hertler, Buckeye Local; Nate Brothers, Fort Frye; Alex Meade, Barnesville; Matthew Mullen, Garaway; Dylan Mitchell, West Muskingum; Tyler Burnett, West Muskingum;

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Anthony Sinicropi, Edison

COACH OF THE YEAR: D.J. Butler, Barnesville

Division IV

First Team

Clark Jennings Caldwell Senior

Logan Heller Caldwell Senior

Lane Howell Shenandoah Senior

Easton Hitchens Shenandoah Junior

Talin Babcock Monroe Central Junior

Wade Stoehr Monroe Central Sophomore

Anthony Coggins Shadyside Senior

Kelly Hendershot Shadyside Senior

Collin Holmes Shadyside Senior

Nate Novak Conotton Valley Senior

Andy Miller Hiland Senior

Ryan Hershberger Hiland Senior

Mitch Neidenthal Strasburg Senior

Mike Neidenthal Strasburg Senior

Braden Coller TCC Senior

Nick Losco Rosecrans Junior

Tyler Williams Rosecrans Junior

Wyatt Brown Beallsville Junior

Dom Argentine Catholic Central Senior

Noah Fayak Catholic Central Senior

Matt Bell Catholic Central Senior

Hunter Dennis River Senior

Nate Karaffa Toronto Senior

Nick Chetock Toronto Senior

Lucas Gulczynski Toronto Junior

Tristan Thomas Toronto Junior

Second Team

Kam Hesson Caldwell Junior

Robbie Cool Caldwell Sophomore

Logan Waers Shenandoah Junior

Auston Hogue Monroe Cenral Sophomore

Derk Hutchison Malvern Sophomore

Nate Schnegg Shadyside Senior

Joe Schaar Conotton Valley Senior

Tyler Kline Hiland Senior

Scottie Sauernheimer Strasburg Sophomore

Luca Connor Catholic Central Junior

Carter Dosch Rosecrans Senior

Carter Dennis River Sophomore

Honorable Mention

Briar Poiztman, Shennandoah; Hunter Cogswell, West Muskingum; Harley Raines, Beallsville; Wyatt Vandyne, Beallsville; Kris Hostetler, Conotton Valley; Casey Kalman, Hiland; Branden Troyer, Strasburg; Jake Miller, TCC; Jacob Renicker, TCC; Chase Lawrence, River; Mark Martie, River; Jason Reich, Monroe Central; Chase Meyer, Malvern.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nate Karaffa, Toronto

COACH OF THE YEAR: Brian Perkins, Toronto


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