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Coach Hart Honored by Dayton Agonis Club

May 21, 2014
Archbishop Alter High School

Agonis Club honors area athletes

Posted: 10:12 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014

By Marc F. Pendleton - Staff Writer

KETTERING — The Dayton Agonis Club bestowed its highest honors to four area athletes and a coach during its 61st annual awards banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center on Tuesday night.

Luke Kennard, Chris Borland, Devin Oliver, A.J. Pacher and Chris Hart were honored by the club for their various athletic achievements.

Kennard: The Franklin High School junior has swept many significant state awards following astonishing football and basketball seasons. A quarterback, he was the state’s co-offensive player of the year in Division III and topped that by being named Mr. Basketball.

He also was Ohio’s Gatorade player of the year. Next month he’ll compete for a spot on the national 19-U team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., that will represent the United States in the upcoming FIBA championships.

He averaged 41.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and surpassed 50 points three times with a high of 59. Kennard, 6-foot-5, verbally committed to Duke this spring.

He received the Beno Keiter/Russ Guerra Memorial Award that recognizes a Dayton-area high school athlete.

Borland: As a senior at Wisconsin this past season the Alter graduate was named first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. The Big Ten tabbed him the defensive player of the year after totaling 111 tackles and forcing 15 career fumbles.

He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round and missed the ceremony while attending workouts there. He received the Dave Hall Memorial Award that recognizes a Dayton-area athlete who attends school outside the area.

Oliver: The senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., was a big reason Dayton advanced to the NCAA men’s basketball Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years. He led the Flyers in rebounds (7.4 per game), assists (2.3), steals (0.9) and minutes (29.9) and was second in scoring (11.9). Dayton’s MVP led the Flyers to a 27-11 record.

He received the Joe Gavin/Joe Quinn Memorial Ward that goes to a UD athlete.

Pacher: The Wright State senior and Vandalia-Butler grad led the Raiders men’s basketball team to a 21-15 record and was tops on the team in scoring (11.4), rebounds (4.0) and shooting percentage (60.2).

He saved his best for last, averaging 15.7 points over the last nine games as WSU advanced to the Horizon League championship game and the second round of the CollegeInsider.com tourney.

He received the Dr. Dave Reese Memorial Award that goes to a WSU athlete.

Hart: The longtime Alter girls varsity basketball coach and an Alter grad, she led the Knights to a 29-1 season, losing only in the Division II state championship. It was the third time under her that Alter played for the state title and the fifth time the Knights advanced to the final four.

She has more than 450 career coaching wins, including time spent as a coach at Wooster.

She received the Mike Kelly/Don Donoher Award that recognizes an area coach.

The Dayton Agonis Club dates to 1932 and is composed of area residents who all share a love of athletics.

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