Junior guard Corbin Linder led Wayne Trace, averaging nearly 16 points per game during the regular season. Corbin and freshman Ethan Linder were both named all-District 7 first team in Division IV. (TB file photo)
Junior guard Corbin Linder led Wayne Trace, averaging nearly 16 points per game during the regular season. Corbin and freshman Ethan Linder were both named all-District 7 first team in Division IV. (TB file photo)
By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
sports@timesbulletin.com
PAULDING — Panther head coach Shawn Brewer was named Co-Coach of the Year in Division III as the District 7 awards were announced recently. Brewer led the Paulding to a 16-6 regular season record while also finishing 5-3 in a very competitive Northwest Conference.
Paulding’s Kyle Kauser and the Wayne Trace duo of Corbin Linder and Ethan Linder all were named District 7 first-team players in their respective divisions of Division III and Division IV. Tinora’s Derek Drewes was the District 7 Division III Player of the Year with Liberty Center’s Greg Badenhop also being named a Co-Coach of the Year in Division III.
Brewer and Badenhop will lead their respective teams into a Division III district semifinal Thursday at Bowling Green State University with the winner moving on to play either Archbold or Ottawa-Glandorf in the district championship on Saturday.
Also garnering first-team honors were Archbold’s Luke Fisher, Eastwood’s Jake Schmeltz, Liberty Center’s Kaleb Pohlman, Evergreen’s Logan Pinkleman, Swanton’s Bryce McComb and Delta’s Justin Callahan.


Picking up second-team awards were Archbold’s Tyson Schnitkey, Elmwood’s Aaron Arnold, Delta’s Scott Garlinger, Tinora’s Jacob Miller, Paulding’s Guy Harder, Fairview’s Daniel Smith and Liberty Center’s Logan Meyer.
Paulding’s Quentin Vance and Treston Gonzales each received an honorable mention.
Delta’s Brigan Wymer and Archbold’s Brian Zeigler were named Player and Coach of the Year in Division III girls.
Archbold’s Cassidy Wyse, Genoa’s Clara Albright, Oak Harbor’s Andrea Cecil, Evergreen’s Haili Mossing, Elmwood’s Kristen Curtis, Rossford’s Julie Hotz and Woodmore’s Allie Wank were named to the first team.
Second-team players included Liberty Center’s Niki Meyer, Archbold’s Jesse Fidler, Ottawa Hills’ Allie Dewine, Tinora’s Ashley Mack, Genoa’s Haley Pickard, Archbold’s Cassidy Williams and Otsego’s Morgan Smoyer.
Paulding’s Abby Pease and Sierra McCullough each earned an honorable mention.
Ottawa Hills’ John Lindsay and Geoff Beans were named Division IV Coach and Player of the Year, respectively.
Other first-team Division IV players included Corbin and Ethan Linder of Wayne Trace, Stryker’s Parker Ruffer, Ayersville’s Trey Bauman, Cardinal Stritch’s Austin Adams and Edgerton’s Max Nihart.
Second-team honorees were Antwerp’s Derek Smalley, Gibsonburg’s Jordan Kreglow and Andrew Cantrell, Patrick Henry’s A.J. Wagner, Toledo Christian’s Kyle Kenpton, Fayette’s Chandler Sanford and Maumee Valley Country Day’s Thad Woodard.
Picking up honorable mention was the Antwerp trio of Kaden Brumett, Sam Williamson and Trenton Copsey along with Wayne Trace’s Colby Speice and Devin Wenzlick.
On the girls side, Pettisville’s Jason Waldvogel was tabbed as Coach of the Year while the Blackbirds’ Dana Fricke and Holgate’s Marissa Myles were named Co-Players of the Year.
Receiving first-team awards were Stryker’s Conner Varner, Ayersville’s Megan Schubert and Molly Hammersmith, Edgerton’s Devin Stark, Hilltop’s Hannah Bleikamp and the Fayette duo of Kaela Seiler and Taylor Griffiths.
Second-team honors went to Montpelier’s Hannah Blake, Pettisville’s Mikala Avina, Patrick Henry’s Kristin Bostelman, Holgate’s Sarah Niese and Mattie Grim and Toledo Christian’s Faith Johnson and Darian Westmeyer.
Antwerp’s Kaiya Jemison received honorable mention as did the Wayne Trace trio of Brenda Feasby, Erin Mohr and Lauren Speice.