Barnesville’s Powell Named First Team All-Ohio
Harrison Central’s Mitchell, Shadyside’s Hendershot placed on second team
COLUMBUS — Three area basketball players are calling themselves All-Ohioans once again today.
The Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association announced their annual teams for Divisions III and IV Monday afternoon.
Barnesville senior Luke Powell and Harrison Central junior Kobe Mitchell were named to the first and second teams, respectively, in Division III, while Shadyside senior Kelly Hendershot garnered a second-team honor in Division IV.
Powell is a multiple-time honoree who is headed to West Liberty University capped a brilliant four-year run for the Shamrocks by averaging nearly 35 points a game. He finished his prep career with 2,374 career points.
Powell is one of the best 3-point shooters the area has seen. He connected on 105, 3-point goals this past season, which was the seventh most in a single season in OHSA history and the best in the OVAC all-time.
All told, he dialed long distance 293 career times, which is the sixth-best in Ohio and second to only Tyler Engle of Fort Frye in the OVAC.
On top of his scoring, Powell averaged upwards of nine rebounds a game.
“(Being named First-Team All-Ohio) is a great honor for sure,” Powell said. “I feel like I’ve worked hard and earned it.”
En route to becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer, Powell broke his father, Matt’s record.
His dad was also an All-Ohioan during his prep career, including a first-teamer in 1990.
“Having another honor to share with my dad is pretty special,” Powell said.
Mitchell, who shared the Eastern District Player of the Year accolade with Powell, was named to the second-team for the second straight season. Last year, however, the Huskies were in Division II.
Mitchell, who became the all-time leading scorer in Harrison Central history this winter, stuffed the stat sheet for Coach Justin Clifford’s team.
A junior, Mitchell averaged upwards of 32 points a game, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.3 steals.
In Division IV, Shadyside’s Kelly Hendershot was named the Eastern District’s Co-Player of the Year after a season in which he climbed to the top of the Tigers’ all-time scoring list.
Hendershot checked in at almost 22 points a game. After joining the 1,000-point club in December, Hendershot finished with 1,469 points in his illustrious career.
Other OVAC standouts to be recognized in Division IV were the Noble County duo of Bede Lori (Caldwell) and Kendal Sherman (Shenandoah) were recognized as third-team choices.