Tri-Village leads Darke County with the number of players selected to the All-Southwest District Football Teams. (Dale Barger Photo)

Darke County Football Players Garner All-Southwest District Honors

Several Darke County football players and coach were recently recognized for their play on the gridiron by the Southwest District and the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association as selected by a media panel from the district.

In Division 3 Greenville junior Brock Short was chosen to 1st team All-Southwest District on offense as a running back. He rushed for 1,627 yards for an average of 7.4 yards per carry. Greenville is the only D3 team in the area and Short was the only Greenwave to make the list.

The 12-1 Versailles Tigers are having an outstanding year and will be playing for a Regional Title on Saturday when they take on Preble Shawnee. Several players from Versailles earned distinction with senior Carson Bey 5-10, 175, senior 1st team linebacker and the Defensive Player of the Year in the Southwest District. Joining Bey on the 1st team was 6’4″ 300, senior Taran Tyo offensive linemen.

The Tigers also had a few 2nd team selections; Jack Osborne, Versailles, 5-11, 160, sr., Running Back, Noah McEldowney, Versailles, 5-11, 160, senior wide receiver, Brayden Keihl, Versailles, 5-11, 250, senior offensive linemen and Chase McEldowney, Versailles, 5-11 170, senior Kicker,

In Division 6 the Arcanum Trojans finished 3rd in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference with an 8-3 overall record that featured a wide open passing attack and several players earned honors. Leading the way was Bryce Schondelmyer, Arcanum, 6-2, 195, jr., 1st Team Quarterback and the Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for 3278 yards this year and 45 TD’s. Joining Bryce on the 1st team is one of his favorite receivers senior Brennen Troutwine, Arcanum, 5-10, 160, Tyler Huber, Arcanum, 5-11, 180, sr, linebacker and Jacob Rayburn, Arcanum, 5-10, 185, jr., linebacker.  

The Trojans also placed Zade Shank, Arcanum, 5-10, 175, jr, receiver and Garrett Garno, Arcanum, 6-2, 170, jr defensive back on the 2nd team.

In Division 7 Tri-Village, Ansonia and Missisinawa Valley were all represented.

Tri-Village had an outstanding season with the most wins in school history going 11-2 and bowing out of the state tournament in the regional semi-finals. Tri-Village coach Robert Burk would be named the Southwest District Coach of the Year.

Justin Finkbine, New Madison Tri-Village, 6-3, 180, jr., Defensive Back was named to the 1st team and was also the Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year. Other Patriots joining Finkbine on the 1st team were Reed Wehr, New Madison Tri-Village, 5-9, 170, so., Running Back, Josh Scantland, New Madison Tri-Village, 6-4, 190, sr., Wide Receiver, Wyatt Plush, New Madison Tri-Village, 5-9, 305, Sr., Offensive Linemen and Seth Cook, New Madison Tri-Village, 6-2, 190, jr., Defensive Linemen.

On the 2nd team were Braden Keating, New Madison Tri-Village, 5-8, 160, so., Quarterback, Dillan Plush, New Madison Tri-Village, 5-10, 240, jr., Offensive Linemen, Austin Rismiller, New Madison Tri-Village, 6-2, 195, jr., Linebacker and Tanner Printz, New Madison Tri-Village, 5-10, 165, so., Defensive Back.

Ansonia was 6-3 in the WOAC Conference this year finishing in 3rd place and qualified for the State Playoffs falling in the first round to a strong St. Henry team. The Tigers were led by senior Peyton Beam rushing for 1196 yards good enough for the 6-2, 200, senior to earn 1st team honors. Joining Beam on 1st team are Tytus Gasper, Ansonia, 6-1, 215, sr., Offensive Linemen, Keegen Weiss, Ansonia, 5-10, 175, so., Linebacker and Connor Schmit, Ansonia, 6-2, sr., 185, Kicker.

Rounding out the All-Southwest District honors come from Mississinawa Valley. Mississinawa was led by senior quarterback Malachi Levesque 5-10, 170, a 2nd Team selection. The Hawks also placed two others on the 2nd team; Trent Trobridge, Union City Mississinawa Valley, 5-8, so., Defensive Tackle and Anthony Ibarra, Union City Mississinawa Valley, 5-11, so., Linebacker.

 

Greenville junior Brock Short was named to the 1st team All-Southwest District as a Running Back. (Craig Schmidt Photo)
Versailles Football Team is led by senior quarterback and linebacker Carson Bey. Bey was chosen in DV Southwest District as the Defensive Player of the Year. (Sonny Fulks Photo)
Arcanum Junior Quarterback Bryce Schondelmyer was selected in DVI as the Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year. (Dale Barger Photo)
Tri-Village junior Defensive Back Justin Finkbine was the DVII Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year. (Dale Barger Photo)
Tri-Village Coach Robert Burk was chosen Southwest District Coach of the year for guiding the Patriots to the most wins (11) in school history & the regional semifinals in post season. (Stockton Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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