During his 27-year tenure as coach of the Canal Winchester High School boys basketball team, Kent Riggs watched his program grow from being in the state's smallest division to its biggest by the 2011-12 season.
Players like Shawn Haughn and B.J. Mullens, who are among those selected for ThisWeek's all-time third team, helped the program stay relevant regardless of its size.
Haughn led Canal Winchester to a Division IV district championship as a senior in 1993 and Mullens helped the Indians capture a Division II district title as a senior in 2008.
"I've had some great players over the years," said Riggs, who announced his retirement in April.
The ability that Haughn and Mullens showed in helping their teams break through is a common theme among those on the third team.
In 1993, while Haughn was leading Canal Winchester to its first district title in 26 seasons, Curtis Simmons lifted Marion-Franklin to its first City League championship in nine years as a senior.
Pickerington Central's Jae'Sean Tate was a key player as a sophomore in 2012 when the Tigers captured their first Division I state championship.
Two members of the girls third team, Marion-Franklin's Tomeka Brown and Hartley's Georgia Schweitzer, also lifted their respective programs to new heights.
Brown led the Red Devils to their first City League-South Division title as a senior in 1998 and, as a senior in 1997, Schweitzer helped Hartley reach the state tournament for the first state time in 16 years.
Led by Marshae Dotson, the Mifflin girls team won its only two City championships in 2003 and '04
Below are the complete boys and girls third teams, with each player's final high school season in parentheses:
•Lamont Barnes (Eastmoor, 1994) — A 6-foot-4 swingman, Barnes was ThisWeek's first Super 12 captain when he averaged 21.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and four blocked shots as a senior.
Barnes, who finished with 1,439 career points, averaged 18.7 points as a junior and teamed with fellow 1994 graduate Carlos Davis to help the Warriors win back-to-back Division I district titles in their final two seasons.
He spent his first two prep seasons at Briggs, helping the Bruins to a Division II district runner-up finish as a sophomore.
•Shawn Haughn (Canal Winchester, 1993) — With 1,809 career points, there have been few who came through central Ohio who could match the 6-3 shooting guard in the offensive skills department.
Haughn averaged 30 points and five rebounds while making an area-best 71 3-pointers as a junior. As a senior, he averaged 30 points, 7.2 rebounds and three assists and shared state Player of the Year honors in Division IV.
Haughn went on to play for the University of Dayton.
•B.J. Mullens (Canal Winchester, 2008) — The hype began for Mullens when he committed to Ohio State before his freshman year at Harvest Prep.
The 7-foot center averaged 18.6 points and 10.8 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Warriors reach a Division IV district final.
Mullens transferred to Canal Winchester and averaged 26.4 points and 14.1 rebounds as a junior and 27.6 points, 15 rebounds and 3.1 blocks as a senior. As a senior, he was named Super 12 captain, was runner-up for the state's Mr. Basketball honor and played in the McDonald's All-American game.
Mullens has spent parts of the past five seasons in the NBA.
•Curtis Simmons (Marion-Franklin, 1993) — A 6-4 forward who finished with 1,522 career points, Simmons led the Red Devils to back-to-back City-South titles his final two prep seasons and City and Division I district championships as a senior.
Simmons averaged 27 points, eight rebounds, 2.5 blocks and two steals and shot 63 percent from the floor as a senior and went on to play for Ohio University.
•Jae'Sean Tate (Pickerington Central, 2014) — Despite a premature end to his prep career, what Tate accomplished during three-plus seasons for the Tigers was enough to earn him third-team honors.
The 6-5 forward and Ohio State signee averaged 10.9 points as a freshman and 12 as a sophomore. As a junior, he averaged 21.9 points and 12 rebounds and was named Super 12 captain.
Tate was averaging 20.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists through 15 games of his senior season before undergoing season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He finished with a program-best 1,489 career points.
•Star Allen (Independence, 2005) — A four-year starter who helped the 76ers win City-South titles during her first two prep seasons, Allen closed her prep career with 1,406 points and 946 rebounds before playing four years for Ohio State.
The 5-11 forward averaged 18.8 points, 14.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a junior. As a senior, she averaged 20.9 points, 15.6 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.7 blocks and shot 60 percent from the floor, and shared Division I district Player of the Year honors.
•Tomeka Brown (Marion-Franklin, 1998) — Brown helped transform the Red Devils from a team that won four games during her sophomore season to one that posted 14-6 and 17-3 records in her final two seasons.
The 5-10 guard finished with more than 1,800 career points, averaging 31.6 points and shooting 55 percent from the floor as a junior and averaging 25.4 points, seven rebounds, 4.3 steals and 3.7 assists as a senior.
Brown went on to play for Ohio State, finishing 11th in program history in career steals and 20th in career assists.
•Marshae Dotson (Mifflin, 2005) — As a senior, Dotson shared Division I district Player of the Year honors with Allen and was named Super 12 captain.
The 5-11 forward finished her career with 1,407 points and 1,017 rebounds.
Dotson helped Mifflin reach the Division II state final in 2002. She led the Punchers to a Division I district championship in 2004 and Division I district runner-up finishes in 2003 and '05.
Dotson, who averaged 18.9 points, 14.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.4 blocks as a senior, went on to be a two-time first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection at the University of Florida.
•Michelle Shade (Pickerington, 1991) — One of the most prolific scorers for a Pickerington program that has won six Division I state championships, Shade averaged 22 points as a junior when the Tigers won the state title.
As a senior, the 6-foot post player averaged 22.4 points and 10 rebounds as Pickerington went 25-1 and reached a regional final.
She was named first-team all-state as a junior and senior before going on to play for Bowling Green, where she made second-team all-Mid-American Conference in 1994 and '95.
•Georgia Schweitzer (Hartley, 1997) — While some of her greatest moments in the sport came while playing for Duke University from 1997-2001, Schweitzer was a standout at the prep level, helping Hartley advance to state as a senior.
The 6-foot guard averaged 21.9 points as a junior while helping Hartley reach a Division II regional semifinal. As a senior, she averaged 19.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, four steals and 3.7 assists.
Schweitzer, who is a general surgeon at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C., scored 1,620 career points for Duke and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2000 and '01 before playing for three years in the WNBA.
Schweitzer was named to Duke's Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year.