The Players of the Year on The Lima News Basketball Dream Team both have amazing statistics and one of the most exceptional is the winning percentage of their teams during their varsity careers.
Shawnee’s George Mangas and Minster’s Ivy Wolf, the two Players of the Year, played in 190 varsity games and won 174 of them, which is a 91 percent winning percentage.
Shawnee was 74-5 in Mangas’ three varsity seasons and Minster went 100-11 in Wolf’s four seasons.
This connection between winning and Mangas was something Shawnee coach Mark Triplett talked about the week of the boys state basketball tournament.
“He embodies everything that it is and means to be a winner. He’s a kid who is not the most athletic kid on the floor, he’s not the biggest, strongest kid on the floor. He just competes and he’s a kid that I think makes others around him better,” Triplett said.
“There are a lot of talented kids who don’t necessarily do things within the team and the program and the system that are about winning plays types of things. But George is a kid who will do whatever it takes for us to be successful. He challenges guys and he makes guys better.”
Mangas, a 6-foot, 4-inch forward, averaged 31.2 points a game this season, the second year in a row he averaged more than 30 points a game.
He finished his career with 2,080 points and he set the Indians’ single game scoring record with 57 points in a 96-76 win over Trotwood-Madison this season.
Shawnee was a regional runner-up in 2019. It was undefeated and getting ready to play a regional semifinal game when COVID-19 halted the season in 2020 and a Division II state semifinalist this season.
Mangas made 77 percent of his two-point shots this season and 64 percent of his field goal attempts overall.
He was the Division II state Player of the Year last season and is one of the nominees for this year’s Mr. Basketball Award, which will be announced this week.
Mangas has not yet announced where he will play college basketball.
The other members of the 10-player boys Dream Team are: Tayt Birnesser (Columbus Grove), Brennen Blevins (Ottawa-Glandorf), Tyson Elwer (Shawnee), Luke Erhart (Kalida), Kalen Etzler (Crestview), Khalil Luster (Lima Senior), Owen Nichols (Ottawa-Glandorf), Blake Reynolds (Columbus Grove) and Josh Thorbahn (Ottoville).
Wolf, a 5-foot, 8-inch point guard, averaged 20.3 points, 5.2 assists and 4.3 steals per game this season.
She has been first-team All-Ohio the last three seasons and first-team All-Midwest Athletic Conference four years in a row.
She is Minster’s career scoring leader with 1,685 points, breaking the record of Lauren Shenk, who went on to play at Ohio State. Minster won state championships in her freshman and sophomore seasons. It was a state semifinalist last season but never got to play and lost a regional semifinal to state champion Fort Loramie this season.
Wolf signed with Miami University in November, making her the third NCAA Division I athlete in her family. Her brother Ethan played football at Tennessee and her brother Eli played football at Tennessee and Georgia.
“She’s a very smart player. She studies the game, spends all her extra time in the gym,” Minster coach Mike Wiss said. “She loves her teammates, loves playing for Minster. It’s been a pleasure to be a small part in her high school career.”
Logan Allen, a coach with her AAU team, the Dayton Lady Hoopstars, described her as “a dedicated athlete, a relentless competitor and a compassionate teammate” when she signed with Miami.
The other members of the girls Dream Team are: Ruby Bolon (Bath), Chandler Clark (Bath), Kelsey Erford (Ottawa-Glandorf), Paige Gaynier (Delphos St. John’s), Kenzie King (Columbus Grove), Grace Klausing (Kalida), Nicole Knippen (Ottoville), Emma Leis (Spencerville) and Nakiya Sigman (Lima Senior).
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.