HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The top Senior boys and girls basketball players from Trumbull County gathered Monday night in Howland to celebrate their success from the season that was.
The 29th annual Trumbull County Player of the Year Banquet was held at Leo’s Ristorante.
This year’s Boy’s Player of the Year was Warren Harding’s Gabe Simpson. This season, Simpson averaged 20.4 points per game and five assists. He also surpassed the one-thousand point mark for his career. Simpson likewise became the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer.
“Words can’t explain how happy I am for this award,” Simpson said. “From 2008 Damian Eargle…he is a great player, for me to be the second player to win from Warren G. Harding means a lot to me.”
Warren Harding Head Coach Andy Vlajkovich was likewise thrilled with the announcement.
“When you look at the names on that list, of all the Trumbull County players, it is a heck of an honor, not only for Gabe but for someone from Warren Harding to win it. We are really really proud of him, i am really proud of him,” said Vlajkovich.
On the girls’ side, Newton Falls standout Gabby Kline took top honors. Kline is the program’s all-time leading scorer, and averaged twenty points and nine rebounds per game this season. She helped lead the Tigers to a program-record 24 wins….and the first-ever District Title in school history.
“it is just like a surreal feeling,” Kline admitted. “Something I have always dreamed of since I was little. So I can’t even explain how good it feels.”
“It is nice to see a kid that you have been around so long, that has worked so hard to see her get some of the goals that she has dreamed about. to see dreams come true, it is a really special feeling for me,” added Newton Falls Head Coach Mark Baker.