June 28, 2016


Boys basketball: County makes history with six players picked

COLUMBUS — Headlined by Buckeye’s Matt Saunders sharing Division II Coach of the Year honors, Medina County was well represented on The Associated Press All-Ohio boys basketball teams released Monday.

Medina guard Craig Randall was a third-team selection in D-I, while Brunswick guard Ryan Badowski earned special mention status. Medina power forward Branden Wilkins and Highland center Brogan Scott received honorable mention. In D-II, Buckeye small forward Garrett Beck and Bucks power forward Jeff Miller earned honorable mention.

The six All-Ohioans were the most in county history.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Michael Peters, the son of CVCA coach and former Medina standout Jay Peters, received special mention in D-II.

Saunders, who completed his sixth season at Buckeye, led the Bucks to a 21-4 record and the most wins in program history. Buckeye fell to Vermilion in the Westlake D-II District semifinals.

Saunders guided the Bucks to their second Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title in the last four years and raised his career record to 66-67. He shared coach of the year honors with Whitehall-Yearling’s Drew Williams, Chagrin Falls’ Dave Bargar, Dayton Ponitz Career Technology Center’s Shawn O’Connell and Mansfield Ontario’s Joe Balogh.

Medina’s Randall, a 6-foot-2 junior, averaged 20.3 points in the regular season. A D-III honorable mention choice for Girard in 2012-13, he averaged 19.4 points for the Bees overall while shooting .422 from the field, .344 on 3-pointers and .803 at the line.

A likely D-I college recruit, Randall also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists while leading Medina to the Copley D-I District final.

Brunswick’s Badowski finished the season averaging 21.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting .468 from the field, .369 on 3-pointers and .683 at the line. He led the Blue Devils to the Brecksville D-I District final.

The 6-3 senior was a four-year starter and earned a scholarship to D-I Longwood University. Badowski finished his career with a school-record 1,365 points, the fourth-highest total in county history. He had a school-record 545 points this season and ranks second in county annals with 384 free throws made in his career.

The 6-5 Wilkins averaged 16.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. The senior shot .588 from the floor and .633 at the line. Wilkins was a two-year starter and three-year letterman.

Highland’s 6-5 Scott, a junior and three-year starter, averaged 18.8 points and 11.5 rebounds while leading the Hornets to a Suburban League title. He was the second-leading scorer in the SL and has 945 points for his career.

Buckeye’s 6-2 Beck, a senior and three-year starter, averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He shot .498 from the field, .474 on 3-pointers and .809 at the line. Beck finished his career with 1,027 points.

The 6-3, 225-pound Miller averaged 14.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He shot .523 from the field and .618 at the line.

Beck and Miller were the Bucks’ first All-Ohioans since Ken Holston in 2001.

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