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WPIAL boys basketball players earn all-state honors

Bill Hartlep
| Friday, April 14, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Sewickley Academy's Nate Ridgeway looks to shoot against Bishop Canevin's Julian Bonds in a PIAA Class 2A boys basketball semifinal game March 21, 2017, at North Allegheny.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Sewickley Academy's Nate Ridgeway looks to shoot against Bishop Canevin's Julian Bonds in a PIAA Class 2A boys basketball semifinal game March 21, 2017, at North Allegheny.
Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer looks for a call in a PIAA Class 2A boys basketball semifinal game against Bishop Canevin on March 21, 2017, at North Allegheny.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer looks for a call in a PIAA Class 2A boys basketball semifinal game against Bishop Canevin on March 21, 2017, at North Allegheny.
Sewickley Academy's Chris Groetsch goes for a lay-up during the WPIAL 2A boys basketball championship against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Sewickley Academy's Chris Groetsch goes for a lay-up during the WPIAL 2A boys basketball championship against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.

Sewickley Academy celebrated its third boys basketball state title last month, and Friday the Panthers again were celebrating.

Senior Chris Groetsch and sophomore Nate Ridgeway were named first-team all-state by a group of Pennsylvania sports writers, and coach Win Palmer was named the state's Class 2A Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to a 25-4 record, which also included the program's fourth WPIAL title.

Sewickley Academy junior Justin Pryor was a second-team selection.

Other first-team selections from WPIAL schools included: North Hills senior Nick Smith and Pine-Richland senior Andrew Petcash in Class 6A; Mars junior Robby Carmody and Moon senior Jarrod Simmons in Class 5A; Beaver Falls senior Josh Creach in Class 4A; Lincoln Park senior Nelly Cummings in Class 3A; and Monessen seniors Jaden Altomore and Justice Rice in Class A.

There were nine WPIAL players named to the second team — Latrobe senior Austin Butler in 6A; Hampton senior Antonio Ionadi in 5A; Quaker Valley senior Amos Luptak in 4A; Washington senior Matt Popeck and Southmoreland junior Brandon Stone in 3A; Bishop Canevin senior Mitchell King, Greensburg Central Catholic senior Neal McDermott and Laurel senior Mason Mraz in 2A; and Imani Christian senior Kenny Robinson in A.

Local third-team selections included Pine-Richland senior Phil Jurkovec in 6A; New Castle junior Marcus Hooker, New Castle senior Geno Stone, Quaker Valley junior Coletrane Washington and Beaver senior Darius Wise in 4A; Steel Valley junior Ja'Mier Fletcher, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic senior Kenny Fukon and Shady Side Academy senior Etai Groff in 3A; and Chartiers-Houston senior A.J. Myers in 2A.

The Pennsylvania Sports Writers will announce the girls basketball all-state teams Saturday.

Bill Hartlep is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at

The 2016-17 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State boys basketball teams, including each player's school, height, class and scoring average.



Izaiah Brockington, Archbishop Ryan, 6-4 sr, 18.6 ppg

Sam Iorio, Parkland, 6-6 sr, 25.0 ppg

DeShawn Millington, Carlisle, 6-1 sr, 19.1 ppg

Andrew Petcash, Pine-Richland, 6-4 sr, 21.0 ppg

Nick Smith, North Hills, 6-1 sr, 26.0 ppg

Lonnie Walker IV, Reading, 6-5 sr, 18.4 ppg


Austin Butler, Latrobe, 6-4 sr, 29.2 ppg

Eric Dixon, Abington, 6-6 soph, 19.2 ppg

Justin Jaworski, Perkiomen Valley, 6-1 sr, 22.2 ppg

David Kachelries, Emmaus, 6-0 sr, 23.8 ppg

Tyrese Martin, William Allen, 6-6 sr, 20.7 ppg

Stanley Scott, Williamsport, 6-3 sr, 20.0 ppg

Jalen Vaughns, Pocono Mountain West, 6-5 sr, 23.1 ppg


Mark Flagg, Pennsbury, 6-8 sr, 18.3 ppg

Drew Friberg, State College, 6-6 jr, 17.3 ppg

Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland, 6-5 jr, 16.0 ppg

Matiss Kulackovskis, Archbishop Ryan, 6-7 sr, 17.7 ppg

Marc Rodriguez, Father Judge, 6-2 sr, 19.7 ppg

Chris Whitaker, Harrisburg, 6-3 sr, 19.8 ppg

Talek Williams, William Allen, 6-3 sr, 17.8 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lonnie Walker IV, Reading

COACH OF THE YEAR: Rick Perez, Reading



Eli Brooks, Spring Grove, 6-1 sr, 29.7 ppg

Robby Carmody, Mars, 6-4 jr, 26.2 ppg

Armoni Foster, Meadville, 6-2 sr, 26.2 ppg

Taylor Funk, Manheim Central, 6-9 sr, 24.3 ppg

Collin Gillespie, Archbishop Wood, 6-2 sr, 22.7 ppg

Jarrod Simmons, Moon, 6-8 sr, 19.1 ppg


Jackson Danzig, Abington Heights, 6-5 jr, 12.4 ppg

John Harrar, Strath Haven, 6-9 sr, 19.5 ppg

Antonio Ionadi, Hampton, 6-2 sr, 21.8 ppg

Tyler Norwood, Penncrest, 6-0 jr, 23.0 ppg

Tyree Pickron, Archbishop Wood, 6-3 jr, 13.5 ppg

Daeqwon Plowden, Mastery Charter North, 6-5 sr, 16.0 ppg

Antonio Rizzuto, Northeastern York, 6-2 jr, 19.0 ppg


Cade Alioth, Mechanicsburg, 6-5 sr, 18.5 ppg

Matt Cerruti, Archbishop Wood, 6-5 sr, 12.0 ppg

Matt Faw, Upper Merion, 6-7 sr, 18.0 ppg

Dylan Hastings, Solanco, 6-9 sr, 18.8 ppg

Fred Mulbah, Northeastern York, 5-9 jr, 16.7 ppg

Jamar Sudan, Chester, 6-6 sr, 15.7 ppg

George Tinsley, Abington Heights, 6-5 soph, 13.2 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Collin Gillespie, Archbishop Wood

COACH OF THE YEAR: John Mosco, Archbishop Wood



David Beatty, Imhotep Charter, 6-3 sr, 12.5 ppg

Josh Creach, Beaver Falls, 6-7 sr, 23.0 ppg

Evan-Eric Longino, Germantown Academy, 6-5 sr, 23.7 ppg

Kyle McCloskey, Germantown Academy, 6-5 sr, 20.5 ppg

David Morris, Erie Strong Vincent, 6-1 sr, 23.5 ppg

Daron Russell, Imhotep Charter, 5-11 sr, 18.0 ppg


Nick Alikakos, Episcopal Academy, 6-7 sr, 17.0 ppg

Paddy Casey, Scranton Prep, 6-0 sr, 15.1 ppg

Conner Delaney, Episcopal Academy, 6-0 sr, 18.8 ppg

Amos Luptak, Quaker Valley, 5-11 sr, 12.0 ppg

Nisheem McNeal-Wright, Universal Audenried, 6-2 sr, 25.0 ppg

Will Myers, Clearfield, 6-3 sr, 17.1 ppg

Donta Scott, Imhotep Charter, 6-7 soph, 10.6 ppg


Logan Bailey, Scranton Prep, 6-3 sr, 13.3 ppg

Marcus Hooker, New Castle, 6-0 jr, 14.3 ppg

Patrick Robinson, Conwell-Egan, 6-2 jr, 17.9 ppg

Geno Stone, New Castle, 6-1 sr, 16.4 ppg

Coletrane Washington, Quaker Valley, 6-4 jr, 15.0 ppg

Darius Wise, Beaver, 5-10 sr, 25.0 ppg

Ryan Young, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-9 jr, 13.9 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Daron Russell, Imhotep Charter

COACH OF THE YEAR: Andre Noble, Imhotep Charter



Mohamed Bamba, Westtown, 6-11 sr, 14.0 ppg

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Neumann-Goretti, 6-8 sr, 16.6 ppg

Nelly Cummings, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-0 sr, 29.9 ppg

Quade Green, Neumann-Goretti, 6-0 sr, 22.8 ppg

Brandon Randolph, Westtown, 6-5 sr, 18.9 ppg

Cameron Reddish, Westtown, 6-7 jr, 16.2 ppg


Joe Batt, Greenville, 6-2 jr, 19.8 ppg

Antwuan Butler, Delaware Valley Charter, 6-0 jr, 14.3 ppg

Timmy Edwards, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-4 sr, 18.6 ppg

Austin Gilbertson, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-3 sr, 15.4 ppg

Mahki Morris, Delaware Valley Charter, 6-3 sr, 18.5 ppg

Matt Popeck, Washington, 6-1 sr, 25.4 ppg

Brandon Stone, Southmoreland, 6-10 jr, 25.0 ppg


Michael Buckmire, Germantown Friends, 6-1 sr, 22.1 ppg

Ja'Mier Fletcher, Steel Valley, 6-6 jr, 19.0 ppg

Kenny Fukon, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 6-2 sr, 15.4 ppg

Etai Groff, Shady Side Academy, 6-3 sr, 22.0 ppg

Matt Holsinger, Central Cambria, 6-6 jr, 16.9 ppg

Melik Martin, York Catholic, 6-6 sr, 16.7 ppg

Sam Sessoms, Shipley School, 5-11 jr, 23.0 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Quade Green, Neumann-Goretti

COACH OF THE YEAR: Carl Arrigale, Neumann-Goretti



Malik Archer, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-4 sr, 21.0 ppg

Brock Burleigh, North Penn-Mansfield, 6-5 sr, 21.2 ppg

Tamir Green, Constitution, 5-8 sr, 20.0 ppg

Chris Groetsch, Sewickley Academy, 5-10 sr, 14.3 ppg

Nate Ridgeway, Sewickley Academy, 6-5 soph, 17.3 ppg

Maurice Waters, Constitution, 6-6 sr, 16.0 ppg


Dan Callen, Clarion-Limestone, 6-7 sr, 18.9 ppg

Spencer DeMedal, Wilmington, 6-1 sr, 20.7 ppg

Mitchell King, Bishop Canevin, 6-0 sr, 19.0 ppg

Neal McDermott, Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-3 sr, 20.4 ppg

Mason Mraz, Laurel, 6-3 sr, 27.0 ppg

Justin Pryor, Sewickley Academy, 6-3 sr, 14.3 ppg

Joel Santana, Shenandoah Valley, 5-11 sr, 19.9 ppg


Jeff Fry, Muncy, 6-0 sr, 19.6 ppg

Jared Green, Coudersport, 6-0 jr, 16.8 ppg

Tymair Johnson, Math, Civics & Sciences, 5-11 sr, 9.2 ppg

Mike Joseph, Mahanoy Area, 5-11 sr, 22.1 ppg

Brandon Mohammed, Marian Catholic, 6-5 sr, 15.8 ppg

A.J. Myers, Chartiers-Houston, 6-1 sr, 24.3 ppg

Jesse Turkson, Julia Masterman, 6-4 sr, 21.4 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tamir Green, Constitution

COACH OF THE YEAR: Win Palmer, Sewickley Academy



Jaden Altomore, Monessen, 6-2 sr, 21.9 ppg

Kevin Anderson, St. John Neumann, 6-5 sr, 19.2 ppg

Maceo Austin, Kennedy Catholic, 6-4 soph, 19.2 ppg

Mikeal Jones, Girard College, 6-8 fr, 22.0 ppg

Drew Magestro, Kennedy Catholic, 6-2 sr, 20.0 ppg

Justice Rice, Monessen, 6-2 sr, 18.7 ppg


DeAireus Brown, York Country Day, 6-0 sr, 19.7 ppg

Daiquan Copeland, Girard College, 6-4 jr, 20.3 ppg

Nate DaCanal, Elk County Catholic, 6-2 sr, 15.3 ppg

Dylan Gordon, Southern Fulton, 6-5 sr, 20.0 ppg

Mikell McGee, Fannett-Metal, 5-9 sr, 25.8 ppg

Jordan Ray, York Country Day, 6-3 sr, 19.8 ppg

Kenny Robinson, Imani Christian, 6-1 sr, 25.0 ppg


Brady Fyfe, Shade, 6-3 soph, 23.0 ppg

Jalen Gorham, York Country Day, 6-5 soph, 15.7 ppg

Mohamed Konate, Kennedy Catholic, 6-4 sr, 10.1 ppg

Nick Porter, Saltsburg, 6-0 sr, 21.2 ppg

Ramfis Rodriguez, Lincoln Leadership, 6-3 sr, 21.0 ppg

Zeke Snowden, Faith Christian, 6-5 sr, 16.0 ppg

Marcin Wiszomirsky, Kennedy Catholic, 6-7 sr, 13.0 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Anderson, St. John Neumann

COACH OF THE YEAR: Rick Mancino, Kennedy Catholic

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