DARKE COUNTY – Whether it’s through leadership on results in competition, many high school teams rely on their seniors.
Both of this week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week are seniors who have been team leaders and some of the best competitors throughout the season.
This week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week are Greenville girls swimmer Megan Foley and Tri-Village boys basketball player Evan Barger.
Foley was named the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division co-girls swimmer of the year by the league.
“I am very happy that she received this award,” Greenville swimming coach Chris Boroff said. “She has worked very hard all season. She has been a great captain. She willingly helps others and is encouraging.”
Foley had the top time among GWOC North girls in the 50-yard freestyle at the conference meet.
The Lady Wave senior has been among the area’s top swimmers also year and was the lone Lady Wave individual to qualify for the district meet. She swam a season-best 26.18 in the 50-yard freestyle at sectionals, which placed her seventh in the event, to qualify for the district meet.
Foley also was part of the Greenville girls’ three district qualifying relay squads. Foley advanced to the district meet as part of Greenville’s girls 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay.
Barger has taken on a large leadership role for the Tri-Village boys basketball team this season as the team’s lone senior.
“Evan has continued to improve and has been a key factor in our team’s success this year,” Tri-Village boys basketball coach Josh Sagester said. “His leadership both on and off the floor has been terrific.”
Barger leads Darke County with 8.0 rebounds per game and also averages 8.5 points per game. He has reached double-digit rebounding in 10 of the Patriots’ games this season and has recorded six double-double games.
“Evan is willing to do the dirty work and continues to be a load in the paint both offensively and defensively,” Sagester said. “Particular, his commitment to rebounding the basketball and his ability to finish around the basket has helped our team continue to improve.”
On his senior night against Lehman Catholic, Barger had 12 points and seven rebounds in Tri-Village’s 72-66 victory. Against Newton he had eight points and 10 rebounds in a 63-41Cross County Conference win.