Carpenter and Jones

Highland's Chase Carpenter (left) and Centerburg's Carter Jones (right) both earned All-KMAC honors this season.

KNOX COUNTY – The Knox Morrow Athletic Conference announced its annual awards this week, naming all-conference selections, as well as Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-Academic Athlete of the Year in each of the conference’s five winter sports.

Here is who made this year’s list:

Boys basketball

Conference champion: Highland

Player of the Year: Carter Jones (Centerburg)

Coach of the Year: Chris Powell (Highland)

All-Academic: Nick Cunningham (Fredericktown)

Highland won the KMAC with a 12-2 conference record, two games ahead of Fredericktown and three games ahead of Centerburg. The Scots did it with defense, giving up just 38 points per game in KMAC play.

Jones averaged 16.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during the regular season, ranking second in the conference in both categories (according to the most recent available conference stats). The sophomore power forward was one of Centerburg’s key distributors offensively and averaged 2.1 steals per game on defense (second in the conference).


First team

Blake Miller (Northmor)

Mack Anglin (Highland)

Corbin Hazen (Danville)

Weston Melick (East Knox)

Nick Cunningham (Fredericktown)

Mason Mollohan (Mount Gilead)

Carter Jones (Centerburg)


Second team

Jackson Huffer (Mount Gilead)

Lincoln Cunningham (Fredericktown)

Andrew Wheeler (Highland)

Hayden Hankinson (Centerburg)

Trey Brininger (Cardington)

Dylan James (Danville)


Honorable mention

Skyler Moore (Danville)

Danny Vaught (Cardington)

Anthony Gilmore (East Knox)

Jake Partington (Fredericktown)

Chase Carpenter (Highland)

Nick Dyer (Mount Gilead)

Cole Dille (Northmor)

Mick Mead (Centerburg)


Girls basketball

Conference champion: Cardington

Player of the Year: Kynlee Edwards (Cardington)

Coach of the Year: Jamie Edwards (Cardington)

All-Academic: Sophie Lester (Fredericktown)

Cardington went undefeated in conference play for the second straight year. The Pirates beat KMAC opponents by an average of 36 points per game. Their closest contest – by far – was a six-point win at Danville on Feb. 14. Cardington recorded several conference wins by 50 points or more. They finished five games ahead of Highland for first place.

Edwards was the team’s toughest defender, leading the league with 4.8 steals per game. She was second on the team in scoring (12.4 points per game) and was named second-team all-district this week as well.


First team

Madison Cecil (Highland)

Madison Fitzpatrick (Mount Gilead)

Casey Bertke (Cardington)

Savannah Gammell (Centerburg)

Meggan Bartok (East Knox)

CeCe Newbold (Danville)

Kynlee Edwards (Cardington)


Second team

Addie Farley (Northmor)

Paige Clinger (Cardington)

Holly Gompf (Mount Gilead)

Gena West (Highland)

Sophie Lester (Fredericktown)

Ally Bower (Danville)


Honorable mention

Hannah Wickline (Cardington)

Grace Mulpas (Centerburg)

Brooklyn Hess (Danville)

Alexandria Magers (East Knox)

Olivia Mast (Fredericktown)

Raven Tilford (Highland)

Dakota Shipman (Mount Gilead)

Juliana DiTullio (Northmor)


Boys bowling

Conference champion: Cardington

Conference tournament champion: Cardington

Player of the Year: Cody Climer (Centerburg)

Coach of the Year: Tim Edgell (Cardington)

All-Academic: Ben Rinehart (Highland)

Cardington went 11-1 in KMAC play this winter, with its only loss coming to Centerburg on Dec. 18. The Pirates finished two games ahead of Centerburg and Highland for first place. In the conference tournament, Cardington edged Highland by 121 pins. The Pirates were led by Tyler Kintz, who bowled games of 151-153-192 (for a total of 496) and placed fifth overall.

Climer claimed the highest overall score (558) at this year’s tournament, beating Highland’s Brennen McLaughlin by just 11 pins. Climer will compete at the OHSAA Div. II bowling championships this weekend in Columbus. Highland’s team qualified for the state tournament as well.


First team

Cody Climer (Centerburg)

Brock Hurtt (Centerburg)

Brennen McLaughlin (Highland)

Ben Rinehart (Highland)

Ryan Speck (Cardington)

Dylan Dixon (Mount Gilead)

Zac Sellers (Mount Gilead)

Tyler Disbennett (Highland)


Second team

Joey Frailey (Fredericktown)

Tyler Kintz (Cardington)

Eric Hamilton (Cardington)

Damian Meyer (Mount Gilead)

Justin Zollars (Fredericktown)

Dylan Farrell (Mount Gilead)

Tyler Bailey (Northmor)

Bryan Hockenberry (East Knox)


Honorable mention

Michael George (East Knox)

David Workman (East Knox)

Griffin Wayne (Fredericktown)

Joe Baldinger (Northmor)

Bob Guiler (Northmor)


Girls bowling

Conference champion: Cardington and Fredericktown

Conference tournament champion: Cardington

Player of the Year: Laynee Wilson (Cardington)

Coach of the Year: Morgan Edgell (Cardington)

All-Academic: Erin Conner (Highland)

Cardington and Fredericktown finished the regular season with identical 11-1 conference records (they both lost to each other at different points in the season). The Pirates edged the Freddies by 57 pins in the KMAC tournament, however, as three Cardington bowlers finished in the top five. Morgan Lehner led the way with games of 157-173-197, placing third. Fredericktown’s Leah Staton placed first with an overall score of 542.

Wilson placed fifth in the conference tournament with an overall score of 487. She bowled games of 140-158-189. Cardington and Highland will send their entire teams to state this weekend, while Fredericktown’s Hannah Vaughn qualified individually.


First team

Laynee Wilson (Cardington)

Hannah Vaughn (Fredericktown)

Addie Wilhelm (Cardington)

Maddie Hoverland (Northmor)

Jordan Climer (Centerburg)

Autumn Burson (Highland)

Courtney Weikel (Highland)

Madison Noble (Mount Gilead)


Second team

Paige Hicks (Highland)

Erin Conner (Highland)

Morgan Lehner (Cardington)

Leah Staton (Fredericktown)

Makenna Andrew (Fredericktown)

Aubrey Clippinger (Centerburg)

Kahlan Ball (Northmor)

Sophia Compton (Centerburg)


Honorable mention

Catherine Elfrink (Centerburg)

Tory Carver (Northmor)

Paris Frazee (East Knox)

Mayah Scott (East Knox)

Carylee Daniel (East Knox)



Conference champion: Northmor

Wrestler of the Tournament: Conor Becker (Northmor)

Coach of the Year: Scott Carr (Northmor) and Adam Gilmore (Highland)

Northmor won this year’s conference meet handily, besting second-place Highland and Mount Gilead by 94.5 points. The Knights won five individual titles and came in second in four other weight classes. Dale Brocwell (106), Trenton Ramos (120), Gavin Ramos (126), Tony Martinez (145) and Conor Becker (182) all earned first place in their respective brackets.

Becker pinned all five of his opponents within the first minute. He will wrestle in the Div. III district tournament at Buckeye Local this weekend along with 10 of his teammates. Wrestlers from Danville, East Knox, Fredericktown, Mount Gilead and Cardington will wrestle at Buckeye Local as well. Highland will send wrestlers to the Div. II district tournament at Heath.


First team

Dale Brocwell (Northmor)

Kaden Miller (Highland)

Trenton Ramos (Northmor)

Gavin Ramos (Northmor)

Donnell Marshall (Centerburg)

Nate Weaver (Mount Gilead)

Tony Martinez (Northmor)

Christian Miller (Highland)

Andy Williamson (Mount Gilead)

Brandon Strickland (Mount Gilead)

Conor Becker (Northmor)

Michael Herbst (Fredericktown)

Jacob Sheets (Elgin)

Dylan Wilson (Danville)


Second team

Cory Fricke (Mount Gilead)

Griffin Workman (Northmor)

Gavin DeAngelo (Highland)

Draven Hubley (Cardington)

Cody Matthews (Highland)

Niko Christo (Northmor)

Tyler DeLucia (East Knox)

Jesus Rubio (Mount Gilead)

Eli Grandstaff (Highland)

Triston Hinkle (Highland)

Gene Fitzpatrick (Fredericktown)

Ryan Pasma (Elgin)

Brandon Planey (Northmor)

Hunter Brookover (Northmor)


Honorable mention

Jacob Belt (Cardington)

Austin Amens (Northmor)

Damien Daniel (Highland)

Zachary McCallen (Mount Gilead)

Eli Davis (Northmor)

Donovan Weddell (Elgin)

Stephen Schmitt (Centerburg)

Justin Dendinger (Mount Gilead)

Gavin Whited (Northmor)

Jayson Herbst (Fredericktown)

Chris Pumphrey (East Knox)


Additional conference champions:

  • 7th grade girls basketball tournament: Centerburg
  • 8th grade girls basketball tournament: Mount Gilead
  • 7th grade boys basketball tournament: Highland
  • 8th grade boys basketball tournament: Fredericktown

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Grant is a 2018 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he studied journalism and played basketball. He likes coffee, books and minor league baseball. He loves telling stories and has a passion for local news.