A 5-foot-10 guard, Blair repeated as the POY after leading the Trojans (21-5) to another impressive season.
In the regular season, Blair averaged 20.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, three assists and 3.3 steals per game for the Trojans, who finished 18-4 overall and 12-2 in the Firelands Conference.
Blair and the Trojans then won three straight tournament games, culminating in a district championship following a 48-37 win over Colonel Crawford on March 8 in Willard. It was the first district title for South Central in 45 years, and the program’s first district final appearance since 1997.
Following a loss to New Middletown Springfield in a regional semifinal, Blair already has 1,257 career points with his senior season yet to go.
A pair of Western Reserve guards earned a spot on the first team after leading the Roughriders to the league title this season. Sophomore guard Luke Rowlinson (13.2 points per game) and senior Aiden Markley (10.7 points per game) helped Western to a perfect 14-0 record in FC games this season.
Also on first team was New London’s Karson Howell. A 5-10 senior, averaged 16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.2 assist per game. He became New London’s all-time points leader on Feb. 22 in his final home game at the school, as he finished with 1,143 points.
Plymouth’s Jacob Adams was a first team choice. The 6-3 senior averaged 23.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game — both which led the FC. Rounding out the first team was St. Paul’s Jake Griffin (12.5 points, 4.6 rebounds) and South Central’s David Lamoreaux (14.1 points, 6.1 rebounds).
Second team selections included Western Reserve’s John Skrada and JJ Weisenberger, St. Paul’s Nick Winslow, Plymouth’s Walker Elliot, Monroeville’s Isaac Roeder and New London’s Ashton Carruthers.
Area honorable mention choices included St. Paul’s Nate Winslow, Western Reserve’s Hayden Huntington, Plymouth’s Kade Collins, Monroeville’s Chayce Schaub, New London’s Ben Crawshaw and South Central’s Isaiah Seidel.
Western Reserve head coach Chris Sheldon was named FC Coach of the Year. Sheldon is 264-119 (.691) through his 17 seasons at the school, and guided the ‘Riders to an outright FC title and a sectional title, despite being down three starters at various points of the season.
All-Firelands Conference teams
First team: Aidan Markley, Western Reserve, Sr.; Luke Rowlinson, Western Reserve, So.; Jake Griffin, St. Paul, Sr.; Jacob Adams, Plymouth, Sr.; Karson Howell, New London, Sr.; Simon Blair, South Central, Jr.; David Lamoreaux, South Central, So.
Second team: John Skrada, Western Reserve, So.; JJ Weisenberger, Western Reserve, Jr.; Nick Winslow, St. Paul, So.; Walker Elliot, Plymouth, Jr.; Isaac Roeder, Monroeville, Fr.; Ashton Carruthers, New London, Sr.; Evan Hamilton, Crestview, So.
Honorable mention: Nate Winslow, St. Paul, So.; Hayden Huntington, Western Reserve, Sr.; Kade Collins, Plymouth, Sr.; Chayce Schaub, Monroeville, Sr.; Ben Crawshaw, New London, Sr.; Brevin King, Crestview, Sr.; Isaiah Seidel, South Central, Jr.; Austin Sanders, Mapleton, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Chris Sheldon, Western Reserve.
Player of the Year: Simon Blair, South Central.
W. Reserve 14-0 16-4
S. Central 12-2 18-4
St. Paul 9-5 14-8
Plymouth 8-6 12-10
New London 7-7 11-11
Monroeville 3-11 7-15
Mapleton 2-12 5-17
Crestview 1-13 4-18