Gilliam earns defensive honor

Wayne players named to first and second teams

By Greg Smart -

HUBER HEIGHTS — Tobias Gilliam earned the defensive athlete of the year honors in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division.

Wayne Coach Jay Minton said this honor was well deserved.

“He’s one of our defensive leaders,” said Minton. “It’s hard to take a player off of our defense this year, the way everybody’s playing and name them like player of the year. If there was one that deserved it, it would be Tobias. But, I think he’d tell you it’s the whole defense playing together that has made our defense so great this year.”

Minton said that Gilliam changed positions this year, moving from a corner to a safety.

“That’s pretty tough,” said Minton. “…It helped solidify our defense in the middle of the secondary. That says a lot in itself that he was willing to do that and that he was able to do that. I just think that his leadership back there along with his abilities and his skill that really produced a lot for our defense.”

Matt Wilcox, a first team wide receiver selection. said it was a tremendous tribute to be named to the first team.

“We have a lot of great receivers in our conference and to be named one of the top ones, is a great accomplishment and it feels good to know that some of my hard work is paying off, and especially with some of the receivers that we have just on our team — we have a talented group.”

Wilcox was asked what stands out to him about this season.

“Especially going 10-0 — we’re the third team in our school’s history to go undefeated in a regular season,” he said. “That’s a big accomplishment. Also, every team that went undefeated, they lost in the first round of the playoffs, so we’re not only making history — we’re defying odds by winning the first playoff game.”

GWOC Central Division Honors

Athlete of the Year-Jacob Harrison – Offense Centerville

Athlete of the YearTobias Gilliam – Defense Wayne

First Team

James Abrams Northmont DL Senior

Nick Boyd Northmont WR Senior

Tim Bradshaw Beavercreek RB Senior

Eric Brown Fairmont OL Senior

Richard Carpenter Wayne DB Senior

Mark D’Aloia Centerville OL Senior

Danny Davis Springfield RB Junior

Messiah DeWeaver Wayne QB Senior

Donyell Denson Wayne LB Senior

Tobias Gilliam Wayne DB Senior

Andrew Greenspan Beavercreek OL Senior

Drew Grudgell Fairmont K Senior

Jacob Harrison Centerville QB Senior

Adam Hensley Centerville LB Senior

Danny Holstein Beavercreek LB Senior

Ben Jackson Wayne OL Junior

Kordell Looney Springfield DL Senior

Brian Loose Beavercreek DL Senior

Hayden Maloney Beavercreek DB Senior

Sean Martin Wayne OL Junior

Daryl McCleskey Wayne RB Senior

Xavior Motley Centerville DB Senior

Alex Reigelsperger Wayne DL Sophomore

Nate Richmond Centerville WR Senior

Jimi Saul Northmont LB Senior

Lachristian Smith-Cochran (Blue) Wayne WR Sophomore

Leonard Taylor Springfield TE Sophomore

Mikal Toliver Wayne DL Senior

Tyler Traylor Centerville DB Senior

Matt Villers Centerville OL Senior

Mazon Walker Wayne DL Junior

Luke West Fairmont LB Senior

Matt Wilcox Wayne WR Junior

Nick Winchester Northmont K Junior

Second Team

Devaughn Alexander Wayne Off Senior

Caleb Anthony Centerville Off Senior

Kalus Arnold Springfield Def Senior

Ervin Besingi Northmont Def Junior

Graham Bochenek Fairmont Off Junior

Caleb Boone Beavercreek Def Senior

Alex Bush Beavercreek Def Senior

Cameron Crayton Fairmont Def Junior

Spencer Crisp Centerville Off Senior

Trevor Cukovecki Fairmont Def Junior

Colin DeBord Centerville Off Junior

Austin Hanes Centerville Def Junior

Darius Harper Springfield Off Senior

Aaron House Springfield Def Senior

David Hughes Beavercreek Off Senior

Antwuan Johnson Springfield Def Sophomore

Jackson Knipper Beavercreek Def Junior

Tim Krapfel Centerville Off Senior

Julian Linkhart Beavercreek Def Junior

Hunter Maloney Beavercreek Off Senior

Avery Miliner Northmont Off Senior

Fred Pitts Wayne Off Junior

Brenden Reck Northmont Off Junior

Jon Sherman Northmont Off Junior

Austin Stienke Centerville Off Senior

Austin Tackett Fairmont Def Junior

Justin Terrell Beavercreek Off Junior

Brayden Underwood Springfield Def Senior

Conor Van Oss Fairmont Def Senior

Coach of the Year: Jay Minton Wayne
Wayne players named to first and second teams

By Greg Smart

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