Hardwood Heroes: Boys’ All-Hero Team

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The 2015-2015 All-Hero Team was a hot debate for the Hardwood Heroes staff this season. Ultimately, the team is determined on basketball ability and leadership qualities on and off the court. The roster is listed below.

Tristan Bartoe, Vinton County

The hands-down leader of the TVC-Ohio champions is one of the toughest players in southeastern Ohio. Bartoe was not afraid to take it to the hole and get hit because he knew he would get fouled or make the layup. If the defense stepped up, he would simply kick it out to one of his plethora of shooters. In their one matchup of the season, Bartoe played Athens standout Griffin Lutz to a near draw in one of the most intense games of the season.

Bryce Guthrie, Trimble

Guthrie dominated the guard-driven league all season, en route to a TVC-Hocking championship. Whenever a smaller team came to town, Trimble would pound the ball down low and let Guthrie go to work. If he had a slower man guarding him, Guthrie could take him outside and hit the mid-range jumper with ease.

Justice Jenkins, Trimble

Arguably one of the best pure athletes in the league, Justice Jenkins bullied kids on the basketball court. Jenkins was bigger, faster and stronger than almost every player who matched up against him, and he can do anything on the basketball court. Whether the Tomcats needed him to drive to the basket for a bucket or shoot the three, they knew they could count on Justice for the bucket.

Griffin Lutz, Athens

This year was supposed to be the Griffin Lutz break out season. Before his injury, Lutz was doing just that. A triple-double threat every time he stepped on the court, Lutz did it all for the young Bulldogs this year. He scored when he had to, but Lutz’s biggest impact with Athens was his ability to spread the ball around the court. When he went out for the season, the Bulldogs could not function the same.

Seth Richardson, Alexander

The senior played his way on this list with one of the silkiest shots in southeast Ohio. Richardson was a threat to pull up as soon as he crossed halfcourt; a quick pump fake and he was at the basket for an easy layup. Richardson used his long, lanky body on the defensive end to force countless turnovers for Spartan opponents.

Kalieb Sheets, Meigs

It is hard to tell what Sheets’ main sport is because he is just that gifted athletically. Sheets unofficially led the TVC in ankle-breakers into buckets; his crossover was the one of the deadliest in the league. Sheets best attribute, however, is his ability to hit the shot at the end of the game. He hit a layup with two seconds left to defeat Logan Elm in the sectional semifinal and made countless big shots for the Marauders all season.