HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – Girard’s Dylan O’Hara and Maplewood’s Miranda Sloan were named Trumbull County Players of the Year Monday night. The awards were presented at the 28th annual Trumbull County Player of the Year Banquet at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland.
This season, O’Hara averaged 19 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Indians, helping lead them to an appearance in the District Finals. He is the third Girard Player all-time to win the award.
“It’s very special,” said O’Hara. “All my hard work in the past four years paying off today and it’s a huge honor because there’s a bunch of great players here. I just want to be remembered for always playing hard and always giving my best effort and doing whatever to win”
Head Coach Craig Hannon was thrilled for O’Hara.
“He’s a special player,” Hannon said. “And anyone one of these kids. They’ve all put the time in and the work in, but Dylan’s gone an extra mile. A lot of shots in the summer, a lot of extra time. it just feels good, it’s a good thing for our program and it’s a great thing for dylan because of all the hard work you put in.”
Sloan averaged 15.2 points per game, over three rebounds, three assists, as well as 4.7 steals a contest. She is the first Maplewood girls’ player to be named the best in Trumbull County.
“This means the world to me,” Sloan said. “It’s just truly an honor. There’s were so many amazing players sitting right next to me and any one of them could have earned it. It’s truly an honor, this is absolutely amazing.”
Maplewood Head Coach Mark Yoder says that Sloan is truly a special player in more ways than one.
“She’s been my point guard for four years and every coach knows, you’re only as good as your point guard. and you know, she’s accumulated 80 wins as our point guard over the last four years, and I don’t know anyone else that can say that. But not only is she such a great player, she’s a really good person too,” Yoder said.
Sloan plans to attend the University of Akron to study nursing. Meanwhile, O’Hara hopes to continue his basketball career at the college level, and is considering Westminster, Mount Union, and Marietta.