OK, today is my last day of vacation, so I am making this short and sweet. Here are the 2016-17 Times-Tribune All-Region Basketball Teams.
Selecting these teams each year is not an easy task. The boys especially came right down to the wire, as Abington Heights clearly made a huge impact on the season with its deep run into the state Class 5A playoffs, earning two players George Tinsley and Jackson Danzig, and Coach of the Year honors to Ken Bianchi. Scranton Prep is represented by two players on the boys team, including Logan Bailey, who was last season’s Player of the Year, and Paddy Casey, who was this year’s Player of the Year. That’s a pretty good and celebrated 1-2 punch for the Cavaliers. Brad Kalinowski represents Mid Valley and he played a integral role in this team’s three outstanding seasons and he played great in the state playoffs.
I don’t do any selecting on the girls side. That’s Marty Myers’ gig. What I do know is there are five really talented players on this team, including four who were on the team last season.
I have thank Lackawanna College, Danny Berg and Joe Paparelli for allowing us to have the photo shoot at the Student Union. Jason Farmer did a great job in capturing the imagery we wanted with an old school, old time feel to the great venue and the team. Conor Foley worked his magic with the design. Go get a copy!
So, here they are the All-Region teams:
MEET THE TEAMS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Scranton Prep, Senior
Four-year member of the varsity team and three-year starter who led the team to three straight Lackawanna Division I and District 2 championships. … Averaged 15.1 points per game this past season and contributed 6.4 assists, 3.0 steals, 5.8 rebounds, and was named Lackawanna Division I co-player of the year. … Scored 927 points in his career and helped the Cavaliers to a record of 93-14. … Going to the University of the Sciences.
Scranton Prep, Senior
Three-year member of the varsity team and two-year starter who helped Cavaliers to three straight Lackawanna Division I and District 2 championships. … Averaged 13.3 points per game and contributed 3.8 assists, 3.7 steals, 7.8 rebounds per game this past season, and was named Lackawanna Division I co-player of the year. … 2015-16 Times-Tribune Player of the Year. … Scored 892 points in his career. … Going to the University of Scranton.
Abington Heights, Sophomore
First-year starter helped Comets to District 2 Class 5A championship and the PIAA Class 5A semifinals. … Averaged 12.9 points per game and contributed 7.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game while being selected a Lackawanna Division I first-team all-star. … Averaged 12.4 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in the postseason. … Has scored 456 points and collected 281 rebounds in his career.
Abington Heights, Junior
Two-year starter helped lead Comets to two straight District 2 championships and this past season into the PIAA Class 5A semifinals. … Averaged 12.4 points per game and contributed 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals this past season while being selected a Lackawanna Division I first-team all-star. … Averaged 20.4 points per game in the PIAA playoffs, which included a 30-point game against Chester.. … Has scored 647 points, collected 268 rebounds and had 189 assists in his career.
Mid Valley, Senior
Four-year varsity member and three-year starter who helped the Spartans win the Lackawanna Division III title and the PIAA Class 2A second round this past season. … Averaged 12.8 points per game and contributed 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals, while being selected a Lackawanna Division III first-team all-star. … Averaged 16.6 points, which included a 27-point game against Valley Forge Military Academy, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in the postseason. … Scored 867 points in his career and was part of program that won 93 games.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In his 42nd season overall and his 21st at Abington Heights guided the Comets to a record of 25-4. … Abington Heights won its sixth straight District 2 championship, earning its first at the Class 5A level in the first season with six classifications. … Comets advanced to the PIAA semifinals for the first time in school history. … Has 747 career wins and 466 at Abington Heights where he has led the program to 17 seasons with at least 20 wins.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Earned Player of the Year with a sensational run that led the Lady Knights to 15-straight wins, a league title and their first District 2 title in nine years. Division II Millersville University commit averaged 19.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.6 steals, and became school’s all-time leading scorer (1,319). Showed ability to beat opponents off the dribble, with step-back 3 or with her defense. Second All-Region selection.
Division I commit to New Jersey Institute of Technology makes her second All-Region team (2016 Player of the Year). Averaged 16.1 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals while hitting 84 percent at foul line this year. Scored 1,516 career points while serving as floor general who led Dunmore to 103 wins in her four-year career, and at least second round of state tournament each year, including state semis berth in 2014. Terrific facilitator who put her teammates in great positions to score. Three-time league all-star.
Division I Binghamton University commit excelled in the open court, where she was most dangerous, especially going coast to coast with a rebound. Durable player who missed just two starts in four years. Her 1,666 points are second all-time for the Lady Vikes, but she was also the team’s best passer. Carried her team to its first state tournament appearance since 2007. Averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists for her career. Second All-Region selection.
Holy Cross, Senior
Called “the best passer I’ve ever had” by her head coach, the Division I recruit of St. Francis, N.Y., was effective in the post or at the 3-point line. Averaged 19.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.9 steals per game. Her 1,497 points ran her first all-time for the Lady Crusaders. Second All-Region selection.
West Scranton, Senior
Scoring and inspirational leader of the Lady Invaders, the Division II West Chester recruit averaged 19.1 points, wowing teams with her deep 3-pointers and quick dashes top the basket. Finished with 1,270 career points. Also led the team with 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals. First All-Region selection.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In his second year, the Lady Knights’ coach guided his team to a perfect 13-0 record to win the Lackawanna Division I title, the team’s first league crown since 2001. Also coached the team to 16 wins over its last 17 games, including District 2 Class 6A title, school’s first since 2008.