Martins Ferry's Cody Schau, River's Brett Price and Union Local's Jacob Bailey are all-Ohioans. No surprise there.
The trio were honored by the Associated Press today which released its all-state list of Division III and IV cage standouts.
FERRY'S Schau capped a superb prep career under Jeff Sabatino this season, playing an integral role in the Purple's memorable road to the regional tournament at Ohio University's Convocation Center.
Capable of basically taking over a given game with regularity, the 6-3 Schau proved much more than a handful for Riders' opponents who seldom had an answer for his end-to-end court excellence.
Schau, an AP second team all-stater, was among the Buckeye State's most prolific scorers and rebounders, connecting for some 27.1 points per outing. It didn't hurt that Schau was surrounded by an equally-achieving cast of teammates who engaged on a memorable postseason run culminating with the Purple's first Sweet 16 appearance in more than two decades.
Before being sidelined by a talent-laden Ironton outfit in the Convo, Ferry took down perennial eastern district power Garaway and also dispatched of post season-tested Fort Frye at the sectional level.
Schau, meanwhile, was the Riders' every night go-to guy and despite facing an array of defensive pressures, still managed to carry the load for Sabatino's well-schooled ball club.
RIVER'S Price also capped his senior season in style for Mark Romick's scrappy team which also made school history with an unforgettable tournament performance, enhanced by a regional appearance at Canton.
The Pilots' sweet-shooting 6-2 senior lit up the opposition for 20.2 points per night. In a pair of regular season triumphs over cross-river rival Magnolia, Price twice went off on the Blue Eagles, inflicting 40-point damage in a Pilots' victory at New Martinsville.
In the rematch at Hannibal, Price wheeled and dealed to nail the game-winning shot as time expired.
Behind Price and a highly capable cast of teammates, River captured sectional and district championships, the latter following a pulse-pounding overtime decision of two-time Division IV state kingpin Hiland in which Price poured in 31 points.
In the regional at Canton's Fieldhouse last week, the Pilots couldn't hold on before eventually succumbing to Youngstown Christian despite Price's career-closing 21-point, 13-board output.
UNION Local's Bailey made his presence felt as a young freshman prospect for then-Jets' hoop boss Ben Porter before experiencing a most unfortunate injury that saw his senior season end prematurely for Vaughn Butler's quint this past winter.
In between it all, the 6-0 Bailey scored in excess of 1,000 career points and was regarded among the area's most potent shooters. As a senior, Bailey bombed home 20.6 points per start.
Bailey, a third team all-Ohio selection, joins Schau among Division III standouts.
The D-III special mention list includes Monroe Central veteran Korey Lafferre and Buckeye Trail backcourt ace Zach Roe.
In Division IV, Beallsville's Teryn Jarrett, another member of the 1,000-point club, rates special mention status while Shadyside's ever-improving sophomore Austin Dorris was named to the honorable mention squad.
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