After being recognized with Division III District Honors two weeks ago, Oak Harbor's Tom Kontak and Andrea Cecil did one better last week, earning All-Ohio honors for girls basketball for their performance during the 2013-14 season.
Kontak, now in his second season with the Rockets, was named the Co-Coach of the Year, along with Andover Pymatuning Valley's Jeff Compan and New Lebanon Dixie's Jared Crowe, after leading Oak Harbor to a 20-5 record, an appearance in the district finals and a second-place finish in the Sandusky Bay Conference. He is 36-13 in two years with the Rockets after going 91-44 in six seasons at Genoa (2004-10).
"What I'd like to think, over time, is we've been doing this long enough for people to recognize (our accomplishments)," Kontak said. "You have to win, that's part of the equation. Hopefully, we've won (and) we've won the right way. We've won with great kids who compete hard and are grateful to compete for the opportunity (to compete) for their school. That's what I like about this group. We'll have to work hard to improve, and that commitment will be the x-factor."
Alongside Emma Barney, Amanda Hetrick, Athena Eli and Maddy Rathbun, Cecil led Oak Harbor to an 18-4 record in the regular season before the Rockets defeated Margaretta (59-31) for its first sectional title in six years. The Rockets beat Bucyrus (54-48) in the district semifinal before falling, 40-37, to Bucyrus Wynford on a 25-foot shot at the buzzer.
Because Oak Harbor has played so well recently, they're starting to get recognition from other teams around the state. In fact, the Rockets will compete in the McDonald's Holiday Tournament at Lima Bath High School on Dec. 29-30 with some other great teams--Lima Bath, Lima Central Catholic and Minster; and later this summer, Oak Harbor will join some of the state's best teams in The Battle of Fort Stephenson, a tournament that will take place at the Fremont Rec Center on July 27-28. The 16-team tournament, which is being organized by Clyde head coach John Cahill, includes Clyde, Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown, Whitmer and Central Catholic.