Ursuline’s Beacham named to All-Ohio team

Staff report


Ursuline sophomore Tanaya Beacham led the Irish to a Division III district title game this season. She is also one of the state’s leading basketball talents.

After averaging double-double figures with 16.8 points and 13.2 rebounds per game, the 6-foot-1 forward was named to the first-team in the Associated Press Division III All-Ohio selections Tuesday.

The voting was conducted by a panel of media members from across Ohio.

Beacham also earned Player of the Year honors in last week’s Northeast Inland All-District voting. In addition to her scoring and rebounding totals, she recorded 2.4 blocks per game, 1.4 steals per game and made 52 percent of her field goal attempts.

Leah Leshnack, of Liberty, was named to the second team. Leshnack, a 5-foot-5 senior guard, reached the 1,000-point milestone in a Leopards win over Hubbard on Feb. 13.

In addition to basketball, she is an All-American Conference all-league selection in volleyball and softball.

Mackenzie Gatchel (United), Bree Bishop (Girard), and Starla Sharp (South Range) were special-mention honorees.

Sharp and the Raiders knocked off Beacham and the Irish to advance to a regional semifinal, where they were defeated by Smithville.

In Division IV, Windham’s Jessica Isler was a first-team selection. The 5-foot-9 junior guard led the Bombers with 21.4 points per game.

Like Leshnack, Isler reached the 1,000-point mark this past season. She needed just 14 in a win over Badger on Jan. 13. She went for 29 instead.

Isler is the newly crowned Northeast Inland All-District Player of the Year.

The Bombers fell to regional runner-up Cuyahoga Heights in a district semifinal.

Sarah Cash, of Lordstown, averaged 17.8 points on her way to third-team all-state honors.

The 6-foot-3 senior forward led the Red Devils to a district semifinal clash with Western Reserve and their standout Aleah Hughes.

Western Reserve triumphed, 50-44 on its way to a district title over Baylie Mook and Columbiana.

Hughes and Mook were special mention selections in Division IV.

Maplewood’s Brooke Dawson was another special mention selection from the area.

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