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Wilhoit, Hearn named to 8th Region All-Region team

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By Matt Birkholtz

The 8th Region announced their list for the 2010-2011 All-Region team which included Williamstown senior Tori Wilhoit and Grant County sophomore Billie Hearn.

For Hearn the announcement came unexpectedly.

“I didn’t really think about it, but it makes me really happy knowing I am a part of it,” Hearn said.

Hearn said her heart was fluttering when she received word that she was being named to the team.

“This really made my day,” she said.

It’s Hearn’s first appearance on the team and for Wilhoit, it is her third consecutive time being on the All-Region team.

“It’s always a really big honor,” Wilhoit said. “I feel just as honored as the first time I was named on the team. That is not just people at my school or my coach picking me, it is people all around the region.”

Wilhoit said that her hard work has paid off and that it is nice to see other coaches in the region notice her accomplishments.

Mark Wilhoit, Tori’s coach and dad, couldn’t be any prouder for Tori.

“As a coach and as a parent, I am extremely happy for Tori,” he said. “She is deserving to get this award.”

With the season winding down for both Grant County and  Williamstown, receiving the honor has shown the respect of both Tori Wilhoit and Hearn towards each other.

“It is really cool to have someone from the same county as me on the All-Region team,” Wilhoit said. “I haven’t had anyone from Grant County be a part of the team before and it isgood to see.”

She also said that she is happy to see Hearn get recognized for her performance this season.

“She will be a big part of Grant County’s team the next couple of years,” Tori Wilhoit said.

Hearn was also complimentary about Wilhoit.

“She is a really good basketball player,” Hearn said. “I have played with her before in the summer and I got put on her team and we won the championship down there. She is really a good player and I hope she goes far with it.”

The Lady Braves will honor their seniors in the regular season finale Feb. 18 against Owen County. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. with the ceremony following the junior varsity game.

For the Lady Demons, they will finish the regular season on the road at Gallatin County Feb. 18. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Both teams will head to the 32nd District Tournament Feb. 21-25 with Grant County facing Simon Kenton and Williamstown facing Walton-Verona. The Lady Braves tip-off at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and the Lady Demons will tip-off at 6 p.m. Feb. 22.