Player of the Year -- Tyson Gingerich, Hiland, senior, 2B
The Hiland baseball team was an incredible 61-3 over the last two seasons, winning the Div. III state title in 2016 and finishing second this spring. The "catalyst" for those teams according to coach Tom Gibson was senior second baseman Tyson Gingerich, who's been voted The Daily Record Baseball Player of the Year. Gingerich led the Hawks (31-1) this season with a .412 batting averaging, going 42 for 102 with 18 RBI, 6 2B and team-highs with 3 3B and 40 R. "Our team went as Tyson went and he went well almost all the time," Gibson said. "He played impeccable defense and had probably the best swing on our team." The lefty hitting Gingerich will join first-team All-DR teammates Bryan Yoder and Mitch Massaro at Div. II Malone College.
Coach of the Year -- Ben Hymes, Chippewa
Hymes made it 2 for 2 for winning at least a share of the WCAL title. Only instead of splitting the league championship, the Chipps took it for themselves in 2017. They then made it a truly memorable season by earning the program's first regional trip since 2003. Hymes got to experience the thrill of coaching on the Carl "Ducky" Schroeder Field where he played for Massillon in the 1990s and the Chipps beat Columbiana Crestview 1-0 before falling to eventual Div. III state champion Warren Champion 2-0 in the regional final. Chippewa finished with a 19-6 record, including 11-3 in WCAL.