Mohawk’s Hayman gains first-team all-district honors

In a crowded Division IV field, Mohawk guard Zach Hayman still found a way to stand out.

The 5-foot-11 senior, who averaged nearly 22 points a game and led the Warriors to the most wins in program history, was named to the Division IV first team in the northwest district.

The teams were released Thursday. Hayman was the only area boys player to be rated on the first team.

Hayman also averaged nearly four steals for the Warriors, who were bumped from the district tournament by Michigan commit Zeb Jackson and Maumee Valley Country Day. Jackson was named the Division IV Player of the Year.

Carey’s Hayden Stone was the area’s only second-team selection. Stone, a 6-foot-8 junior, finished with 18 points and 10.5 rebounds a game, helping the Blue Devils to a 14-8 mark in the regular season. Carey was eliminated from the district semifinals by Willard Tuesday.

The Division II district team had just one player rate above honorable mention. That was Clyde’s Derick Hannah. Hannah averaged 15 points and 6.7 rebounds a game in his senior season.

In Division III, Upper Sandusky’s Mason Vent made the third team. Vent — whose Rams will play in Saturday’s district finals against Willard — averaged nearly 18 points and five rebounds a game.

The area had three third-team selections in Division IV: Old Fort’s Zach Dewese, Mohawk’s Chris Klopp and Calvert’s Nic Somodi.

Somodi finished the regular season averaging 14.5 points and nearly five boards a game in the regular season, then played a big part in getting the Senecas to the district semifinals. Dewese — despite a late-season injury — shined in his sophomore season, averaging 15.4 points and 5.2 rebounds a contest.

Klopp — who stepped up big in Mohawk’s postseason run — put up 10.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in his senior campaign.