— Five area basketball players have been named to the All-Ohio River Valley Conference Girls Basketball team in voting by league coaches.

Southwestern’s Bella Marcum and Abby Ralston, Switzerland County’s Jessie Duvall and Aleah Thomas, and Shawe’s Kate Grote each earned the honor.

South Ripley’s Jill Scott was named the Mental Attitude Award winner and Jac-Cen-Del’s Scott Smith was named coach of the year. The ORVC does not name a player of the year.

The rest of the All-ORVC team is: Milan’s Cici Bailey and Courtney Bruns; Jac-Cen-Del’s Mariah Day, Anna Hubbard and Paige Ledford; Rising Sun’s Lindsay Montgomery; and South Ripley’s Morgan Peetz and Elexah Roepke.

— Former Southwestern track & field standout Taylor Cole had a pair of strong finishes in two recent meets for the University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars.

Cole, a freshman, finished second as part of the 1600-meter relay in 4:16.39 in the Defiance (Ohio) Invitational on Saturday, Jan, 26 and placed third in the same event in 4:11.31 in the Indiana Wesleyan Midwest Classic on Saturday, Feb. 2.

— Madison’s jayvee boys basketball team lost 46-43 in overtime at Lawrenceburg on Thursday.

Parker Jones and Zach Forner scored 11 points each to lead the Cubs.

Madison (5-10) hosts Greensburg today.

— Shawe Junior High’s boys basketball teams wrapped up the regular season with a pair of losses at Austin on Wednesday.

The seventh graders lost a close game, 43-40. Philip Kahn III led the attack with 16 points including four 3-pointers. Jacob Hertz and Logan Richardson hit double digits with 10 each and Zachary Gish chipped in four. The seventh grade wrapped up its season with a 14-7 record.

The eighth grade lost 51-27. Eric Liu had a strong all around game with 11 points and Wyatt Nichter added eight. The eighth grade travels to Providence on Sunday to play St. Jude in the CYO tournament in the first round.

— Madison Junior High’s swim teams opened the 2019 season with an impressive win over Greensburg on Thursday.

The boys and girls team won by a combined score of 195-79. The boys won 94-43 and the girls won 101-36. The Bears won all but one event.

Winners for the girls were: Lilly Canida, 200 free, 2:32.08 and 34.95; Emily Nay, 100 IM, 1:14.83 and 1:14.23; Jade Yount, 50 free, 33.12; Lauren Gage, 50 fly, 35.19; and Nay, Canida, Gage and Callie Anderson, 200 medley relay, 2:21.21 and 200 free relay, 2:06.50.

Winners for the boys were: Liam Roney, 200 free, 2:07.48 and 50 fly, 29.47; Preston Kuppler, 100 IM, 1:19.77 and 50 back, 34.86; Peyton Ford, 50 free, 26.40 and 1:04.58; Gavin McMahon, 50 breast, 37.33; and Kuppler, McMahon, Roney and Ford, 200 medley relay, 2:05.28 and 200 free relay, 1:58.29.

Madison will swim at home on Monday.

— Carroll County’s girls basketball will host a “Teddy Bear Toss” during halftime of Monday’s game with South Oldham.

Fans are asked to bring a new teddy bear — or several — to the game and toss them on the floor during halftime. Donated bears will be given to the Carrollton Police, Carroll County Sherriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police Post 5 to give to children they meet on service calls.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.