All-Area team loaded with talent

All-Area team loaded with talent

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All-Area team loaded with talent

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New Castle High School athletic director Brandon Ecker presents a game ball and sectional championship trophy to Richmond's Davious Webster, Joel OKafor, Bryce Austin, Isaiah Rader, Auntonio Brown and Tre Sanders after the Class 4A sectional basketball championship game March 7 in New Castle.

New Castle High School athletic director Brandon Ecker presents a game ball and sectional championship trophy to Richmond’s Davious Webster, Joel OKafor, Bryce Austin, Isaiah Rader, Auntonio Brown and Tre Sanders after the Class 4A sectional basketball championship game March 7 in New Castle.

How does one pick an all-area team?

Is it as simple as drafting for a game of pick-up game basketball?

Is it about the best player on the best team?

What if the most talented player is on a sub-.500 team?

What if a coach has all the talent in the world and all he has to do is sit back and let things happen?

What if that talent doesn’t play up to its potential, but could beat everybody else in a game of one-on-one?

Does one shot make or break a player’s worth?

One of the most exciting boys basketball seasons in area history recently wrapped up with a state championship in New Madison, Ohio.

The ultimate accomplishment of Tri-Village’s flawless 30-0 record only added to the excitement set by three sectional championship repeats, plus a regional title in Indiana’s Wayne County.

The all-area team will be announced starting at 4 p.m. Saturday on Twitter with the print package running in Sunday’s Palladium-Item.

The cliché goes, this will most likely not end arguments but start more. We’re well aware of that. But if you made it on a year like this, then you had a pretty good year.

And that’s what this is all about.

Richmond ended a 16-year sectional drought in 2014 before repeating this year, plus added back-to-back North Central Conference championships, a Bob Wettig tournament title and for the first time since 1992, the Red Devils won a regional and went to semistate.

Northeastern and Seton Catholic also had historic championships in 2014, each winning their first sectional in the respective program’s history.

They both repeated, joining Richmond as back-to-back sectional champions.

But Tri-Village had a streak of its own, winning its fourth straight sectional in a slightly different format for Ohio’s Division IV.

A third straight district title, a second straight regional crown, plus another trip to Columbus culminated in the school’s first state title in any sport.

Oh, did I mention a perfect 30 wins, zero losses?

Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First, second, third team plus honorable mentions.

Last year was hard enough.

This year, the talent pool is loaded.

We’re fairly certain we’ve got the right 16 guys.

Putting them in order, well, we’re not sure there is a correct answer.

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