Caleb Wallis, a 5-foot-7 point guard for the Jackson Ironmen, had a senior season and career to remember.

On Tuesday, the Jackson senior was named to the first-team on the all-Ohio boys’ basketball team in Division II.

“This whole journey has been absolutely breathtaking,” said Wallis. “It something I have dreamed about since I was a little kid, and for it to all come true, it was just a dream come true.

“I am blessed with the amount of support I have gotten from my friends, my teammates, and my community.”

Then there are his parents, Chris and Nikki Wallis, who he placed at the top of the list.

“My mom spent countless hours taking me to exposure events, and my dad spent more hours in the gym than me,” he said. “They both played a huge role in my journey.

“I also want to thank God for all the blessings and opportunities he has given me. I want to give him all the praise.”

A true floor general, who was quite capable of carrying his team during a game, did it all for the Ironmen, as Wallis averaged 23 points per contest for the Ironmen, which finished 20-4, including a runner-up finish in the Frontier Athletic Conference.

Wallis was capable of doing it all on the court from ball handling to scoring. However, he was more than a scorer, as he averaged five assists, four rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game.

“The stats he had and the way he willed our team to win, no one would’ve expected that going into the season. He was amazing,” said Jackson head coach Max Morrow. “Coming out of middle school, you knew he was a special talent and was going to do great things.”

Wallis exceeded all expectations this season, earning player of the year honors in the FAC, as well as the OPSWA All-District and All-District 13 Coaches Association teams.

Coach Morrow knew Wallis had all the tools to be a special player, but the leap he made from his junior to his senior year is what impressed the fifth-year head coach. He said Wallis simply outworked people, and when he was told he was too small, it made him work that much harder.

“I have never seen a kid, who works as hard as Caleb does at any individual sport,” said Morrow. “I was very impressed with his work ethic.”

Even on days when there were no workouts scheduled, Wallis would be in the gym, getting his 1,000 shots a day in.

“He is a special player and a special person,” Morrow said. “It’s not every day you are blessed with a true point guard. He definitely has a high basketball IQ."

Possessing a strong passion for the game, Wallis was more passionate about making the guys around him better.

“He obviously made the guys on our team better this season, because of the way he played,” Morrow said.

The multi-talented point guard finished his career at Jackson with 1,067 points and was a two-time selection on the All-FAC team.

Although the Ironmen’s season was cut short after losing to Logan Elm in the sectional finals, Wallis was part of history-making at Jackson. The Ironmen won 19 regular-season games, the most wins in the history of the program.

“We did some remarkable things, and there is no greater feeling than being put in the record books with some of my best friends,” said Wallis. “This is a season I will remember for the rest of my life. I will tell my kids about this, and it will be a story that will mean a lot to me for a long time.”

Wallis’ basketball career will continue at the college level next season, as he has signed his letter of intent to play at the University of Rio Grande.

In addition, Wallis was joined on the all-Ohio team in Division II by teammate Braxton Hammond, who was named honorable mention. Hammond, a 6-foot-3 junior, averaged 10.2 points per game this season for the Ironmen.

Earning special mention this season was Gavin Arbaugh of Vinton County. Arbaugh, who scored 18 points per game, helped lead the Vikings to a 14-9 overall record, including an 8-4 finish in TVC-Ohio Division play.

Joining Arbaugh on the Division II squad was junior teammate Lance Montgomery, who averaged 14 points per contest for the Vikings this season.

Meanwhile, Chase Hammond, a 6-foot-4 senior at Oak Hill, who averaged 20 points per game, was named to the second team on the Division III squad, announced on Monday. Hammond helped lead the Oaks to an 18-6 season and a 12-4 record in the Southern Ohio Conference Division II.