All-District 4 coaches association boys, girls high school basketball

Hoover’s Elijah Barker, Louisville’s Will Aljancic, GlenOak’s Breezie Williams, Northwest’s Lily Bottomley and Fairless’s Grace Lyon lead Stark County honorees on All-District Coaches Association boys’ and girls’ basketball teams 4.

The 6-foot-5 Barker is the Division I Men’s Player of the Year. A senior guard, Barker averaged team highs of 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 interceptions while Vacuum went 17-6. The versatile Barker shot 57.4 percent from the floor.

Larry Kukura is Division I Men’s Coach of the Year after coaching Alliance to an Eastern Buckeye Conference championship and a 16-5 record.

McKinley’s Mike McCleskey is the D1 Boys Assistant Coach of the Year.

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Louisville's Tyler Boldon, left, and Will Aljancic, right, celebrate after their overtime win over Glenville in their DII Regional Semi-Final at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Aljancic is the Division II Men’s Player of the Year. One of the county’s top scorers, Aljancic led Louisville to its first district championship since 1993 and first appearance in a regional championship game in school history. He averaged 21.2 points and set a school record for single-season points with 572.

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Nick Evanich is the Division II Men’s Coach of the Year after leading Marlington to a 17-6 record. The 17 wins were the fourth in school history.

Northwest’s Ryan Brotherton is the D2 boys assistant coach of the year.

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GlenOak's Breezie Williams (24) dribbles through the Green defense during a women's basketball game at Green on Wednesday February 2, 2022.

Williams is the Division I Women’s Player of the Year. She also won Federal League Player of the Year after leading GlenOak to a second consecutive league championship. A three-year starter at point guard, the 5-5 Williams averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 78.5 percent from the foul line. The Golden Eagles went 19-4 and finished second in the district. Williams is signed to play in Division I New Hampshire.

Jeff Couto is the Division I Women’s Coach of the Year after leading Louisville to a 15-7 record. Brian Layton of the Leopards is the D1 girls assistant coach of the year.

Northwest's Lily Bottomley grabs a rebound against St. Vincent-St.  Mary's Cameron Jones and Chenoa Moss during the Division II District Finals at Nordonia High School.

Bottomley is the Division II Women’s Player of the Year for the second straight season. She led Northwest (24-3) to a third straight PAC-7 championship and the program’s first district championship since 2008. She also earned Player of the Year honors for the Northeast Interior District and PAC. A 6-2 junior post player, Bottomley averaged 16.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.7 steals. She shot 59.7% from the floor. Bottomley, who has a D1 varsity offer from Loyola, Md. and interest from several others, has school records for most points in a season and most blocks in a career.

Fairless' Grace Lyon battles Brianna Fitzgerald, left, and Tuslaw's Emma Koons for a second-half rebound at Fairless.

Rod Smith is the Division II Women’s Coach of the Year after leading the Alliance to a 7-16 record, which included the Aviators’ first victory in 10 years.

Lyon is the Division III Girls’ Player of the Year. Going 6-1, Lyon led Stark County with 17.8 ppg and was second in rebounding with 11.3 ppg. She led Fairless to a 13-11 record and a district semifinal. Lyon have scored 1,065 career points.

Tuslaw’s Jim Kurzen is the D3 Girls Assistant Coach of the Year.

The complete District 4 boys and girls teams are below:

2021-22 District 4 Coaches Association Boys and Girls Basketball Teams


Jahlil Graham, left, of McKinley passes while being guarded by Zack Oddo, 14, of Green during their match at Green on Tuesday January 4, 2022.

Premier League

First team: Elijah Barker, Hoover; Tra’Sean Foster, McKinley; Camden Horning Lake; Jahlil Graham, McKinley; Drew Dossi, Wooster; Kevin James, Jackson; Tanner Ware, Hoover; Ardell Banks, Massillon; Ja’ Corey Lipkins, GlenOak; Chance Casenhiser, lake; Gage Ford, Alliance; Joel Brown, Perry.

Player of the Year: Elijah Barker, Hoover.

Coach of the Year: Larry Kukura, Alliance.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Mike McCleskey, McKinley.

Honorable Mention: Diego Allen, Alliance; Caleb Collins, Lake; Wes Collins, vacuum cleaner; Brody Gowen, Glen Oak; Elijah Farrington, Massillon; Lonzo Henderson, McKinley; Micah McKee, Wooster; Ben Sullivan, Jackson; JJ Vaughan, Jackson; Owen Woolbert, Jackson; Antonio Williams, McKinley.

Alliance head coach Larry Kukura leads his team during their game at Northwest on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Section II

First team: Will Aljancic, Louisville; Hayden Nigro, Louisville; Tyler Boldon, Louisville; Connor Evanich, Marlington; Casey Miller, Marlington; Alex Goddard, North West; Brody Pumneo, Fairless; Brady Noll, South Canton.

Player of the Year: Will Aljancic, Louisville.

Coach of the Year: Nick Evanich, Marlington.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Ryan Brotherton, North West.

Honorable mention: Akil Martin, South Canton; Peyton Karovic, South Township; Drew Denham, Marlington; Tommy Skelding, Marlington; Ray Stokes, North West; Tayler Buttermore, Fairless; Brayden Gross, Louisville.

Marlington boys basketball coach Nick Evanich cheers on his team during a game against Canton South on Friday January 7, 2022.

Section III

Ty Pratt of Tuslaw High School shoots Taylor Buttermore of Fairless on Friday, January 7, 2022.

First team: Jack Bruckner, Central Catholic; Tyler Schroer, Orrville; Zack Miller, Triway; Zach Frankford, Loudonville; Justin Rupp, Norwegian; Ty Pratt, Tuslaw; Nate Frascone, Tuslaw; Carter Piatt, Smithville; Carter Fath, Smithville; Brett Alberts, North West; Trey Barkman, Waynedale; Caleb Gasser, Chippewa; Caleb Shilling, Eastern Township; Isaiah Portis, Norwegian.

Player of the Year: Isaiah Portis, Norwegian.

Coach of the Year: Brian West, Norwegian.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Shawn Deer, Norwegian.

Honorable mention: Chris Smith, Orrville; Drew Bishko, Triway; Cole Drown, Triway; Isaac Gessner, Loudonville; Ethan Hann, Norwegian; Troy Harbeitner, Tuslaw; Dylan Rouse, Central Catholic; Jude Boron, Central Catholic; Alex Ciolek, Northwest; Ethan Siders, North West; Logan Toler, Chippewa; Josiah Raber, Waynedale; Luke Riley, Eastern Township; Landon Demos, Eastern Township.

Section IV

Julius Kimbrough, 24, of St. Thomas goes to the basket while guarded by Bradley Hamilton, fullback, of Kinsman Badger during their DIV District Semi-Final match at Struthers on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

First team: Jalen Wenger, Dalton; Ethan Bower, Lake Center; Braylen Wenger, Dalton; Julius Kimbrough, Saint Thomas Aquinas; Kidron Central Christian Tyler Bonner; Charlie Christopher, Lake Center; Jed Brown, Mapleton; Kyrie Gault, Dalton; Caden Granger, Kidron Central Christian.

Player of the Year: Jalen Wenger, Dalton.

Coach of the Year: Kaleb Reed, Dalton.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Christian Langston, Mapleton.

Honorable Mention: Deshaun Leishman, Saint Thomas Aquinas; Collin Grundy, Mapleton; Matt Warder, Lake Center; Jaden Schlabach, Dalton; Thatcher Rohrer, Central Christian from Kidron; Moses O’Neal, St. Thomas Aquinas; Cameron Sloter, Mapleton; Anthony Williamson, Lake Center; Andrew Miller, Kidron Central Christian.

Emma Dretke, 13, of Jackson blocks the shot of Marisa Esposito, 35, of Lake during their game in Lake on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.


Premier League

First team: Breezie Williams, Glen Oak; Emma Dretke, Jackson; Lauren Pallotta, Jackson; Meredith Randulic, Perry; Paris Stokes, McKinley; Grace Craig, Hoover; Mia Guscoff, Perry; Kiley Dyrlund, Glen Oak; Angela Roshak, Hoover; Kesley Adelman, Louisville; Brooke Haren, Louisville; Nora Lévy, Wooster.

Player of the Year: Breezie Williams, Glen Oak.

Coach of the Year: Jeff Couto, Louisville.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Brian Layton, Louisville.

Honorable mention: Sidnee Bowden, McKinley; Jordan Weir, Glen Oak; Leena Patibandla, Jackson; Janet Eriksen, Hoover; Lauren Rose, vacuum cleaner; Megan Campbell, Jackson; Serenitee Johnson Lake; Julia Slates, Lake; Eily Badertscher, Wooster; Kaitlyn Boron, Glen Oak; Izzy Centeno, Perry.

Marlington at Louisville Women's Basketball on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Alliance girls basketball coach Rod Smith instructs his team during a game in Canton South on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

Section II

First team: Lily Bottomley, North West; Chelsea Evanich, Marlington; Aaliyah Wirth, Triway; Caitlin Titler, Triway; Maria Warner, Marlington; Elizabeth Mason, Marlington; Jayla Callock, Alliance; Ashley Cudnik, North West.

Player of the Year: Lily Bottomley, North West.

Coach of the Year: Rod Smith, Alliance.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Chris Emler, Triway.

Honorable mention: Gianna Kuhn, North West; Carly Spradling, North West; Lexi Miller, Marlington; Cheyenne Comer, South Township; Sydney Comer, South Township; Marzae Gantz, Alliance; Abbie Hein, South Canton.

Section III

Gracie Turner (left) of Central Catholic tries to fend off Marissa Haynam of Canton South during their match in Canton South on Saturday November 21, 2020.

First team: Grace Lyon, Fairless; Brooklynn Yoder, Waynedale; Alyssa Geiser, Waynedale; Andrea Malbach, Norwegian; Annabel Rodriguez, Chippewa; Naomi Keib, Smithville; Cayden scale, northwest; Gracie Turner, Central Catholic; Sarah Hickey, Mapleton; Avery Bussey, St. Thomas Aquinas; Bri Fitzgerald, Tuslaw; Avery Haley, Orrville; Abby Heneger, Chippewa; Amari Slaughter, Orrville; Madi Singer, Smithville.

Player of the Year: Grace Lyon, Fairless.

Coach of the Year: Rick Geiser, Waynedale.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Jim Kurzen, Tuslaw.

Honorable mention: Cheryl Miller, Waynedale; Kasi Tully, Tuslaw; Grace Ashton, without a fair; Shelby Vaughn, Norwegian; Kara McKay, Northwest; Kristen Belden, Central Catholic; Baily Davis, Mapleton; Cam Kondrach, Fairless; Kendal Shiarla, Chippewa; Jo Smith, St. Thomas Aquinas; Cam Wickens, Smithville; Jada Weaver, Tuslaw; McKenna Baney, Waynedale; Emma Berkhiser, Rittman.

East Canton's Tori Reichard gets a shot over the outstretched hand of Allison Francosky of Leetonia.

Section IV

First team: Corrie Vermilya, Loudonville; Shalen Guillams, Loudonville; Addesa Miller, Dalton; Ella Lunsford, Dalton; Tori Reichard, Eastern Township; Kylee Johnson, Dalton; Maddie Kline, Loudonville; Emma Fulk, Lake Center; Jalyn Johnson, Loudonville.

Player of the Year: Corrie Vermilya, Loudonville.

Coach of the Year: Katie Miller, Dalton.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Alex Bates, Loudonville.

Honorable mention: Natasha Lyosky, Lake Center; Audrey Wade, Eastern Township; Jocelyn Hoist, Central Christian from Kidron; Natalie Clark, Lake Center; Meredith Karmie, Lake Center; Brooke Chastain, Eastern Township; Mia Weaver, Dalton; Kenzie Cutlip, Loudonville.

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