Lisbon’s Sweeney named All-Ohio

COLUMBUS — Lisbon junior guard Justin Sweeney learned well.

Sweeney, who played behind four 1,000-point scorers as a freshman, has emerged as the area’s leading scorer.

After an outstanding season, Sweeney received second-team honors on the 2017-18 Division IV All-Ohio high school boys basketball team released Monday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.

Sweeney, the Columbiana County player of the year, accounted for 55 percent of the Blue Devils’ scoring in a 13-11 season.

He set single-season school records for scoring average (25.3), points (608), field goals (215) and three-pointers (64). He also led the team in assists (3.7) and steals (2.6) and was the second-leading rebounder (7.8).

Sweeney is the Blue Devils’ highest All-Ohio honoree since Austin Rutecki gained first-team honors in 2016. Sweeney, who has scored 1,052 points over the last two seasons, is chasing Rutecki’s career scoring record.

South Range senior Mike Cunningham received honorable mention in Division III, as did Western Reserve senior Kade Hilles in Division IV.

Cunningham guided the Raiders to a 22-2 record, including consecutive 21-1 regular seasons.

He led the Raiders by averaging 14.2 points a game to go along with 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Hilles averaged 16.0 points game during Western Reserve’s 19-6 season. Western Reserve’s season was highlight by a Struthers district semifinal win over second-ranked McDonald as Western Reserve advanced to the district final for the first time since 1989

The Division I and II All-Ohio teams will be announced today.