After a high school career that spanned two schools, two years of missing the postseason and two district championships, Lake Ridge senior Sydney Clark will be remembered by two words — All-Ohio.
Clark was named to the 2012-13 Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio first team Tuesday night, a week after the 5-foot-9 guard was named the Division IV Northeast Lakes district player of the year.
“I was more shocked than anything when I heard I was selected All-Ohio,” said Clark, a Parma resident. “During the season all I ever thought about was I wanted to win and wanting to go to states, you never really think about individual honors.”
Clark has yet to decide where she will attend college, but she said she has been recruited by Division II’s Notre Dame College and Walsh University, and the University of Rio Grande — an NAIA school in southern Ohio.
Clark began her high school career at Regina in South Euclid, then transferred to Lake Ridge as a sophomore after Regina closed due to declining enrollment. At Lake Ridge, she didn’t play in the sectional tournament during her sophomore and junior years when the school received a postseason ban for recruiting violations.
“When I was a freshman I didn’t want to dribble, I just wanted to shoot the ball,” Clark said. “And I was a nervous wreck every time I went out on the court. I have been so fortunate to have great high school coaches that enabled me to become the player that I am now.”
Clark had special praise for her final high school coach — first-year Lake Ridge coach Lisa Medvetz. Medvetz guided the Royals to a 22-4 record, but Clark said she will remember more than the wins and losses.
“She had our back on and off the court and she pushed me to become a better leader,” Clark said.
During her senior season Clark put her previous disappointments aside and helped guide the Royals to their first-ever district championship with a 48-28 win over Mapleton in the Creston district final. Clark was the leading scorer in that game with 14 points.
Scoring 12 points per game her senior year, Clark had the lowest average of any of the Division IV All-Ohio first-teamers, but what Clark meant to the Royals could not be explained in a box score.
“Sydney could have been a top scorer, but we had such a balanced team we didn’t need her to do that,” Medvetz said. “She is very deserving of being All-Ohio. She worked so hard this season, I am happy to see her rewarded for it. It was a pleasure to watch her mature both as a basketball player and a person over the past year.”
Clark also averaged eight rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots this season.
Two of Clark’s teammates — Monet Saunders and Sharday Baines — earned All-Ohio honorable mentions.
“I had great teammates this year and we shared a lot of great memories,” Clark said. “Especially winning the first district championship at Lake Ridge and in a small way giving back to the school because we had such great support from everyone this year.”
With her high school career in the rearview mirror, Clark is now looking ahead to college.
“I really wanted to win states this year but life goes on,” said Clark, who plans to major in either marketing or public relations. “I am excited for a new chapter in my life and the chance to be a freshman again, and play basketball and prove myself all over again.”
FIRST TEAM: Cassidy Wyse, Archbold, 5-10, jr., 14.1; Terra Stapleton, Proctorville Fairland, 6-4, jr., 17.4; Kelsey Dugger, Gates Mills Gilmour Acad., 5-8, jr., 14.1; Hanna Plybon, Orrville, 5-10, sr., 24.6; Abby Cash, Casstown Miami East, 6-0, sr., 12.0; Jessica Kinney, Martins Ferry, 5-9, sr., 21.6; Marley Hill, Cols. Africentric, 6-2, sr., 17.7.
Players of the year: Hannah Plybon, Orrville; Terra Stapleton, Proctorville Fairland; Marley Hill, Cols. Africentric.
Coaches of the year: Mike Coreno, Beachwood; Jon Buchanan, Proctorville Fairland; Brenda Friend, Collins Western Reserve.
SECOND TEAM: Bre Nauman, Richwood N. Union, 6-0, sr., 17.3; Aaliyah Dotson, Canton Cent. Cath., 5-6, sr., 11.0; Mackenzie Kizer, Warren Champion, 6-0, sr., 19.3; Taylor Graboski, Upper Sandusky, 6-1, jr., 17.4; Rachel Myers, Findlay Liberty-Benton, 5-7, jr., 15.6; Jenna Stegmaier, Cuyahoga Hts., 5-10, soph., 19.1; Mikah Aldridge, Beachwood, 5-6, jr., 19.1; Natalie Billing, Anna, 5-11, sr., 16.7; Tori Leader, Portsmouth West, 5-10, sr., 21.5.
THIRD TEAM: Natalie Carpenter, Johnstown-Monroe, 5-6, jr., 18.4; Deidre Combs, Beverly Ft. Frye, 5-10, sr., 11.4; Amisha Herd, Zanesville W. Muskingum, 5-5, jr., 12.6; Kayla Byler, Burton Berkshire, 5-10, sr., 20.5; Jenny Grigsby, Franfort Adena, 5-9, sr., 17.0; Emily Fite, Seaman N. Adams, 5-11, sr., 19.4.
Taylor Dickson, Baltimore Liberty Union; Emily Williams, Fredericktown; Taylor Buchanan, Beverly Ft. Frye; Allie Hinton, Newcomerstown; Kelsey Miller, West Lafayette Ridgewood; Cori Medley, Belmont Union Local; Megan Miller, Middletown Madison; Ashton Lovely, Jamestown Greeneview; Makayla Rosselot, Fayetteville; Laney Lewis, Lynchburg-Clay; Leanna Adkins, Oak Hill; Lexie Barrier, Ironton; Brittney McNamara, Elyria Catholic.; Karissa McGrath, Elyria Catholic; Kelsea Brown, Andover Pymatuning Valley; Jamie Willis, Atwater Waterloo; Emily Zehentbauer, Hanoverton United; Kylie Frizell, Smithville; Tanaya Beacham, Youngs. Ursuline; Brittany Gross, Bloomdale Elmwood; Theresa Jackson, Collins Western Reserve.
Mason Jamison, Richwood North Union; Morgan Kirkbride, Baltimore Liberty Union; Kim Lloyd, Cols. Ready; Clarisa Lyons, Cardington Lincoln; Darianne Seward, Cols. Africentric; Chelsie Roberts, Woodsfield Monroe Central; Katie Ellzy, Cadiz Harrison Central; Katlynn Dunlap, Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley; Morgan Liedtke, Beverly Ft. Frye; Emily Baker, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley; Maria Englert, Cin. Purcell Marian; Megan Hatfield, Georgetown; Katie Heckman, Versailles; Kirsten Paul, Fairfield Cin. Christian; Olivia Philpot, Middletown Madison; Kylie Berry, Minford; Peighton Williams, Portsmouth; Fay Proehl, Wheelersburg; Madison Davis, Nelsonville-York; Chandler Fulks, Proctorville Fairland; Ariel Schweickart, Ironton; Hayley Carle, Chillicothe Zane Trace; Natalie Cooper, Frankfort Adena; Shelbi Van Meter, Crooksville; Charlene Stout, Bainbridge Paint Valley; McKenzie Coriell, Lucasville Valley; Cady Gilmore, Bidwell River Valley; Ashley Adkins, Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant; Jessica Vormelker, Orwell Grand Valley; Jessica Janota, Gates Mills Gilmour Acad.; Halle Dorko, Independence; Aneisha Hardin, Beachwood; Nicole Felice, Shaker Hts. Laurel; Alison Schafer, Columbia; Riley Schill, Elyria Catholic; Sydney Beasley, Youngs. Ursuline; Brooke Barreca, Newton Falls; Megan Forney, Atwater Waterloo; Grace Reilly, Mogadore; Courtney Hydrick, Hanoverton United; Megan McKean, West Salem Northwestern; Ashley Richardson, Doylestown Chippewa; Katie Simon, Findlay Liberty-Benton; Ciara Albright, Genoa; Brigan Wymer, Delta; Macey Sheerer, Bucyrus; Emily Wood, Ontario; Paige Brady, Bucyrus Wynford.
FIRST TEAM: Abby Siefker, Ottoville, 6-2, sr., 17.1; Jill Blacksten, Newark Cath., 6-1, soph., 19.0; Karli Bonar, Shadyside, 5-7, sr., 19.5; Shaye Thomas, New Madison Tri-Village, 5-4, sr., 14.9; Sarah Cash, Lordstown, 5-10, jr., 22.5; Sydney Clark, N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy, 5-8, sr., 12.0; Jenna Burdette, Reedsville Eastern, 5-9, jr., 18.1; Miranda Palmer, Arcadia, 5-6, sr., 15.3.
Player of the year: Abby Siefker, Ottoville.
Coaches of the year: Dave Kleman, Ottoville; Randy Baker, Arcadia.
SECOND TEAM: Brooke Drayer, Waterford, 5-8, sr., 14.7; Bri Staats, Danville, 5-8, soph., 20.4; Randa Payne, Mansfield St. Peter’s, 5-9, sr., 22.6; Kaylee Patton, Waynesfield-Goshen, 5-9, sr., 26.5; Kelsey Tietje, Hamler Patrick Henry, 6-3, sr., 18.0; Jen Arnzen, Portsmouth Notre Dame, 6-2, sr., 19.7; Darian Rose, Ft. Loramie, 5-8, jr., 17.3.
THIRD TEAM: Anya Misko, Sugarcreek Garaway, 6-0, sr., 18.0; Nickyla Garverick, N. Robinson Col. Crawford, 6-1, sr., 21.3; Michaela Nelson, Xenia Christian, 5-8, sr., 16.0; Molly Nash, Zanesville Rosecrans, 5-10, jr., 15.7; Kaye Solak, Lowellville, 5-8, sr., 15.3.
Kristin Crews, Cols. Tree of Life; Dana Parkman, Gahanna Christian; Audrey Rettstatt, Worthington Christian; Nicole Smolenak, Bridgeport; Regina Hochstetler, Belin Hiland; Hayley Holenka, Shadyside; Cassie Sachs, Cin. Country Day; Amanda Slone, Troy Christian; Hannah Miller, Ironton St. Joseph; Heather Cox, Leesburg Fairfield; Chandler Brown, Beaver Eastern; Mariah McGhee, Cleve. VASJ; Sharday Baines, N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy; Monet Saunders, North Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy; Molly Walsh, Newbury; Jessica Isler, Windham; Ally Jones, Bristolville Bristol; Ashley Harrison, Columbiana Crestview; Khylea Fullum, Columbiana; Morgan Merriman, Dalton; Sydney Mast, Kidron Central Christian; Haley Horstman, New Knoxville.
Jessica Grubb, Sugar Grove Berne Union; Logan Mattix, Morral Ridgedale; Ashleigh Parkinson, Newark Cath.; Annie Rohrer, Plain City Shekinah Christian; Caroline Wollenburg, Newark Cath.; Caitlyn Kroll, Bridgeport; Olivia Bower, Bowerston Conotton Valley; Cassidy McCullough, Hannibal River; Courtney Putt, Sugarcreek Garaway; Kendra Schlabach, Berlin Hiland; Alexis Kirkbride, Zanesville Rosecrans; Jessie Crowell, Covington; Jamie Dodane, Mechanicsburg; Maryah Martin, Yellow Springs; Teha Richards, New Madison Tri-Village; Kylie Wilson, Russia; Giulia Elli, Franklin Furnace Green; Emily Widdowson, Portsmouth Clay; Mercedes Tackett, Sciotoville Community East; Kaci Messer, South Webster; Katelyn Hughes, Belpre; Chelsey Paxton, Waterford; Jordan Parker, Reedsville Eastern; Ellie Bostic, Crown City South Gallia; Meghan Caldwell, Crown City South Gallia; Brittany Mounts, Beaver Eastern; Brittany Reader, Latham Western; Shannon Harless, Fairport Harding; Kydall Wellons, N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy; Selena Benz, N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy; Toni Beuck, Cleve. VASJ; Payton Buell, Willoughby Cornerstone Christian; Becca Willis, North Eaton Christian Community School; Nicole Iden, Newbury; Allison Bell, Cortland Maplewood; Pam Pierce, Lisbon David Anderson; Dari Heller, Windham; Rachel Durbin, Lowellville; Stacey Coblentz, Kidron Central Christian; Brooke Dawson, Cortland Maplewood; Darian Westmeyer, Tol. Christian; Melissa Michel, Miller City; Hannah Tong, Carey; Amber Gerdeman, Leipsic; Taylor Willeke, Ada; Marissa Myles, Holgate; Kasey Adelsperger, Sycamore Mohawk; Chelsea Winner, Maria Stein Marion Local.
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