COLUMBUS (AP) -- Xenia Christian's Megan Frazee, playing her first year of interscholastic basketball, is the Division IV player of the year on the 2004-2005 Associated Press girls All-Ohio teams announced Tuesday.
Frazee, a 6-foot-2 senior, is a triplet who was homeschooled along with her sisters until enrolling at Xenia Christian this year. Active in AAU ball in the summer, Frazee averaged 32.7 points and 16.9 rebounds a game and has led her school to this weekend's state tournament.
In Division III, the players of the year were Zanesville West Muskingum's Jessica McKenzie and Alyssa Hammond of state poll champion Oak Hill.
Frazee has accepted a scholarship offer to Liberty University.
She is joined on the first team by Launa Hochstetler of Berlin Hiland (5-7, senior, 13.9 points a game), and her adversary in the semifinals, St. Peter's Gretchen Polinski (6-1, sr., 18.5). Also on the team are Maria Moeller of Maria Stein Marion Local (5-7, jr., 18.8); Cardington Lincoln's Jackie Mories (5-11, sr., 20.4); Jennifer Grandy of Glouster Trimble (5-5, jr., 30.7); and Lowellville's Amanda Nero (5-8, sr., 23.1). In addition to Moeller, Minster's Karen Brackman also received high All-Ohio recognition by being named second team in Division IV.
Moeller's teammate, Jenna Barhorst was an honorable mention All-Ohio honoree in Division IV while Coldwater's Kendra Robbins and Versailles' Justine Raterman were also honorable mention All-Ohio in Division III.
The Division IV coaches of the year are Ron Carter, who led Thompson Ledgemont to a 17-6 record for the program's most wins in 17 years, and Hiland's Dave Schlabach.
In Division III, McKenzie is a 6-0 senior who averaged 25.8 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals a game for West Muskingum, which is coached by the legendary Jack Van Reeth.
Van Reeth, who has won more than 300 games as both a boys and a girls coach, led West Muskingum to a 17-3 mark and was named co-coach of the year.
McKenzie finished her career with 1,794 points, the most for any player -- male or female -- in school history.
Sharing the player of the year award with McKenzie was Hammond, a 6-0 senior who scored 28 points a game to go with eight rebounds for an Oak Hill team that went 20-0 in the regular season and was ranked No. 1 in the final poll.
The other Division III coaches of the year were Rick Schwiebert of Hamler Patrick Henry (19-1 regular-season and a trip to the state semis), and Melvin Burke Sr. of Cleveland Central Catholic (No. 2 in the poll and 19-1 in the regular season).
Patrick Henry (24-1) plays Waynesville (23-3) on Friday afternoon in the first Division III semifinal, with Ironton (24-1) tackling perennial power South Euclid Regina (23-3) in the second game. The championship is Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
Joining the co-players of the year on the first-team all-state list were: Lauren Prochaska of Plain City Jonathan Alder (5-11, soph., 24.3); Regina's Carla Jacobs (5-7, jr. 18.5); Jantel Lavender of Cleveland Central Catholic (6-4, soph., 22.0); Micki Kuns of Castalia Margaretta (5-11, jr., 17.6); Cachet Murray of Girard (5-8, sr., 25.1); Youngs-town Ursuline's Tyra Grant (5-11, jr., 26.4); Danielle Denlinger of Casstown Miami East (6-0, sr., 17.1); and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Whitney Dubbs (5-10, sr., 18.6).
The complete Division III-IV all-district list can be found on page 3B.