• Bill Davis/News Northridge’s Mike Pribonic (15) and Chris George (32) team up to block Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory during the first half of Wednesday’s Division III sectional semifinal. The Trojans won, 54-50.
  • Bill Davis/News Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory (10) drives past Northridge’s Brandon Estep, left, and Dan Hatfield during the first half of Wednesday’s Division III sectional semifinal. The Trojans won, 54-50.
  • Bill Davis/News Centerburg senior Gunnar Gregory (10) looks to dribble past Highland’s Kaleb Phillips during Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. The Trojans won, 60-51, in overtime.
  • Bill Davis/News Fredericktown’s Jake Booth (22) fouls Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory during the second half of Thursday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. The Trojans won, 53-46.
  • Fred Main/News Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory (10) drives between the defense of Highland’s Max Schreiber, left, and Alex Mason during Thursday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. Gregory scored 19 points as the Trojans won, 44-31.
  • Bill Davis/News Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory (10) tries to knock a pass away from Licking Valley’s Josh Lopez during the second half of Tuesday’s nonconference game. The Trojans won, 50-42.
  • Fred Main/News Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory (10) goes up and under the defense of East Knox’s Cade Finnell to score in Friday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. Gregory scored 14 points to lead the Trojans to a 58-37 victory.

MOUNT VERNON — The fierce action at the top of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division made for some great boys’ basketball this season, and those battles also translated to the Player of the Year race as well. The Mount Vernon News has thereby chosen Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory as the area’s Player of the Year.

Gregory, a senior, led the Trojans and was fourth in the area with a 15.9-point scoring average. He had great success at the free-throw line, hitting 87.1 percent of his shots, and dished out 1.6 assists a game. He was the driver of the Centerburg team that challenged for the top of the MOAC Blue standing until the very end of the season.

Five players were chosen to the First Team: Skyler Durbin of Danville, Devin Pearl of Cardington, Jacob Booth of Fredericktown, Brandon Estep of Northridge and Mack Anglin of Highland.

Durbin, a 6-foot-3 junior, topped the area in scoring with 18.6 points per game for the Blue Devils. Fifth in the area in field-goal percentage (49.1), he was also in the top 10 locally in free-throw (72.1) and three-point (40.3) percentage. Durbin averaged 2.5 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game, and was named to the Division IV Central District Second Team.

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Todd Cline: 740-397-5333 or sports@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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