4 local players named among HHC’s best

HANCOCK COUNTY — Four Hancock County athletes have been named among the region’s best players.

This week, the Hoosier Heritage Conference selected 12 players to its 2017-18 All-Conference basketball team.

This year’s team includes Will O’Connor, Greenfield-Central senior; Damari Gatewood, Mt. Vernon senior; Maximus Gizzi, New Palestine sophomore; and Gavin Hausz, New Palestine senior.

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Each year, the conference coaches are polled to determine the best players in the conference. Seven of the eight schools are represented on this year’s roster, with HHC champion New Castle receiving three selections — senior Niah Williamson and juniors Mason Gillis and Luke Bumbalough.

New Palestine, Pendleton Heights and Shelbyville have two selections each. Delta, Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon have one selection each. The team features six seniors — Williamson, O’Connor, Gatewood, Hausz and Pendleton Heights’ Justin Shupe and Trent Miller.

Daniel Cox of New Castle was voted the conference’s coach of the year.