LEXINGTON — Cade Stover’s future lies on the football field at Ohio State, but his legacy as a basketball player won’t soon be forgotten.
The newly-crowned Richland Source Player of the Year, Stover capped a sensational four-year run with another Ohio Cardinal Conference championship earlier this year. The Minutemen shared the title with Mansfield Senior and Stover was selected the conference Player of the Year after averaging 18.2 points and 10.5 rebounds a game.
It was the first of many postseason awards for the future OSU linebacker. He was selected to the District 6 first team in Division II and was a Northwest District first team selection. He capped the year by earning a spot on the All-Ohio second team.
In Stover’s four varsity seasons, Lex won or shared three conference crowns, two district titles and a regional championship in 2018. He will graduate as the program’s career scoring and rebounding king.
“It’s going to be extremely different (next season),” Lex coach Scott Hamilton said after the Minutemen fell to Ontario in the sectional finals. “You look up and you are used to seeing the same guy for four years. You knew this day was going to come, but when you have that comfort zone, it makes it more difficult.
“I go back to even when I had (2016 graduate) Jonah Yaussy. I can confidently say for the last seven years, when I walked into a gym, I had the best post player in the gym.”
A bruising power forward with range beyond the3-point arc, Stover is the centerpiece of an All-Richland Source team that averaged 91.9 points a game. All five members were recognized as All-Ohioans.
Garrett Denbow, Ashland: A 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Denbow became just the fifth player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. The senior averaged 20.7 points a game for the Arrows, who rebounded from a disastrous 2017-18 season to go 15-8. Denbow was the District 6 Player of the Year in Division I and a Northwest District first team pick. He was an All-Ohio special mention selection.
Quan Hilory, Mansfield Senior: It’s no coincidence that Mansfield Senior’s return to Ohio Cardinal Conference prominence coincided with Hilory’s career. The guard became just the eighth player in program history to score 1,000 career points. He reached the milestone in his final game, a district semifinal loss to Vermilion. Hilory averaged 17.9 points a game for the Tygers, who shared the OCC title with Lexington. He was a District 6 and Northwest District first team pick and an All-Ohio special mention selection in Division II.
Logan Niswander, Lucas: An athletic 6-foot-2 junior swingman, Niswander averaged 20.2 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. The Cubs (19-6) won their first Mid-Buckeye Conference championship since 1991 and advanced to the district tournament for a second straight year. Niswander was a District 6 and Northwest District first team pick in Division IV. He landed a spot on the All-Ohio second team and was an All-Ohio special mention selection in football after quarterbacking the Cubs to the regional championship game.
Brennan South, Clear Fork: The Colts won an outright Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championship thanks in no small part to South. The 6-foot junior point guard averaged a team-best 14.9 points and 3.8 assists a game, earning a spot on the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference first team. South was a District 6 first team pick in Division II and a Northwest District second-teamer. He was an All-Ohio honorable mention selection.
Second Team: Isaiah Alsip, Galion; Jacob Adams, Plymouth; Josh Crall, Wynford; Gavin Feichtner, Colonel Crawford; Griffin Shaver, Ontario.
Third Team: Uriah Schwemley, Shelby; Tyler Tackett, Madison; A.J. Blubaugh, Clear Fork; T.J. Pugh, Shelby; Jakobe Reese, Mansfield Senior.