Boys All-Area team honored by Hub

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 March 2017 at 9:20 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s duo of Johnny Salone, left, and Jalin Cooper head the first team of the Hub All-Area squad.

Niagara-Orleans League champion Medina’s underclassman duo of junior Jalin Cooper and sophomore Johnny Salone head the fourth annual OrleansHub All-Area boys basketball squad.

Lyndonville’s senior duo of Eric Neace and Corey Hydock along with Barker senior Nate Luckman complete the first team.

Barker’s Nate Luckman

Cooper and Neace are both two-time first team honorees.

Cooper, a three year starter, tied a Medina school record by scoring 458 points this season (20.8 average). He also had 207 rebounds, 66 steals and 58 assists.

Salone, a two year varsity player, tallied 284 points (12.9 ave.) and also had 174 rebounds, 70 steals and 28 assists.

Both three year varsity starters, Neace had 259 points (11.8 ave.), 131 rebounds, 34 assists and 25 steals while Hydock had 247 points (11.1 ave.), 123 rebounds, 56 assists and 27 steals.

Luckman, a four year varsity player who surpassed the 1,000 point career scoring milestone late in the season, scored 487 points (22.1 ave.) and added 115 rebounds, 70 assists and 50 steals.

The All-Area second team includes Medina sophomore Izaiah Rhim, Albion senior Kory Reynolds, Kendall senior Brandon Miller and Roy-Hart junior Jacob Bruning along with Lyndonville’s Jacob Hoffee and Barker’s Eddie Wasnock, both seniors, who share the fifth spot.

The return of Rhim, who missed last year due to an injury, helped key Medina’s successful quest for a second straight N-O title. He scored 197 points (9.0 ave.) and had 167 rebounds, 107 assists and 37 steals.

Reynolds led Albion in both scoring with 260 points (12.3 ave.) and rebounds with 235. He also had 39 assists and 37 steals.

Miller scored 266 points (13.3 ave.) and added 194 rebounds, 35 assists and 21 steals.
Bruning led Roy-Hart in scoring with 323 points for a 15.3 average.

Hoffee scored 225 points (10.2 ave.) and had 97 rebounds, 68 assists and 42 steals while Wasnock also had 225 points (10.2 ave.), along with 197 rebounds, 46 assists and 45 steals.

Lyndonville’s Eric Neace, left, and Corey Hydock.