YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The high school basketball season is officially over here in the Valley. That means it’s time to hand out some hardware. Over the past seven years we’ve highlighted some of the area’s best players with our Starting 5 award.
We begin with the reigning District Ten Champions…Kennedy Catholic junior April Bocian. At 6’3, Bocian was a force down low averaging 11 points and 8 rebounds per game, and finishing with a staggering 100 blocks this season.
Our next winner is no stranger to big moments. Canfield’s Rachel Tinkey helped lead her team to 19 wins and an All-American Conference crown. Tinkey led the Cards in scoring with 14 points per game, and finished with well over 1,000 in her high school career.
Speaking of Cardinals… Jaclyn Yankle scored at will for Cardinal Mooney this season. She is another member of the 1,000 point club. Yankle averaged a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.
The West Branch Girls re-wrote the record book this season with senior Pavin Heath adding her own chapter. Heath broke the school record for 3-pointers in a season averaging 13 points per game, and helping lead West Branch to 27 wins, the most in team history.
But she’s not the only Warrior on our list. 2-time winner Melinda Trimmer returns this season, as our Player of the Year. Trimmer averaged over 20 points per game… and will leave West Branch as the program’s all-time leading scorer. She also ranks #1 in career assists, making her the ultimate team player.
“Being able to be on this team, and more importantly i’m proud of my teammate pavin heath for being on it so we get to share that together, so i’m really proud of her too,” Trimmer said.
They are 5 of the best our Valley has to offer… Our 2015 Girls’ Starting 5.