The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 5, 2014

WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State


Associated Press

- — HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.

Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.

Teams that closed out memorable seasons by capturing state championships produced three of the four players of the year and three of the four coaches of the year chosen by a group of Pennsylvania sports writers.

While New Castle (AAAA), Neumann-Goretti (AAA), Constitution (AA) and Lincoln Park Charter (A) collared PIAA championships last month at Hershey’s Giant Center, players from non-PIAA schools also were eligible for selection.

West Middlesex junior Trey Staunch was the lone area player to make the All-State team. He was selected to the second team in Class AA.

ä West Middlesex High junior standout Trey Staunch was named 2nd-Team.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Staunch was stout all season for the Big Reds (21-6), who advanced to the statewide stage’s 2nd round. Staunch scored an area-best 594 points (22 ppg.), scoring in double figures in every game.

“This is a great accomplishment for a great kid, a great player,” praised West Middlesex mentor Chad Mild. “The nice thing about Trey making Second Team is it’s well deserved. He’s a very humbled kid, works hard, and is a great leader on and off the court. He always put the team first.

“The state recognition for his individual accomplishments is for the way he played and the way he led our team.

“Last year we had a totally different team when we had Matt (Dogan, the 1st-Team stalwart and Mercer County’s all-time career scoring leader),” Mild mused. “This year we had to play more through each other, and we started going through Trey. Trey’s a center-forward type — he’s not the guy bringing the ball down the court and getting his own shot — so he had to trust in his teammates.

“But he made good decisions. Ninety-percent of the time we worked the ball through Trey. ... If he had the opportunity, he’d score; if not, he’d get the ball back to an open teammate. But he always made the right decision.

“The best part of his game, from the beginning of the season to the end, was his decision-making,” Mild added.

Although it has not reached the PIAA pinnacle in the current era, Middlesex’s program is among the elite in the state, three-peating with District 10 titles and making deep playoff runs.

“The one thing we talked about at the end of last year,” Mild recalled, “was that we didn’t want to be one of those program’s that’s a ‘one-year wonder’ on the state level. We wanted to make sure we were gonna have continued success. And Trey, in his leadership role, had that drive not to settle for mediocre ... to stay hungry and want more.

“The one nice thing Trey brought to the team this year was his hunger and desire to not be a ‘one-year wonder’ — for himself and his teammates,” Mild concluded.

ä Neumann-Goretti senior Ja’Quan Newton, who one day after his mother died pocketed a career-high 33 points in a 64-57 overtime victory over Susquehanna Twp., was named the Class AAA player of the year.

The 6-foot-3 Newton, who will attend Miami (Fla.), averaged 21.6 points per game for a Neumann-Goretti club (27-4) that captured its fourth state title in five seasons.

Joining Newton on the first team are Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman of Allentown Central Catholic, Nana Foulland of Berks Catholic, Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll, Nehemiah Mack of Susquehanna Twp. and Abington Heights’ J.C. Show.

Newton, Abdur-Rahkman and Show are repeat first-team selections.

Susquehanna Twp.’s Vince Rogers, who piloted the Indians to a 23-8 record and their second-place finish, was named Class AAA coach of the year.

Constitution junior Ahmad Gilbert, who popped a double-double (19 points, 14 rebounds) in the Philadelphia-based Generals’ 61-59 victory over Seton-LaSalle, was named the Class AA player of the year.

The 6-6 Gilbert, who holds scholarship offers from Drexel, Hofstra and Rhode Island, averaged 15.7 points per game for a Constitution club (28-5) that claimed its second state title in three seasons. Constitution won the 2012 A championship.

Joining Gilbert as first-team selections are Constitution teammate Kimar Williams, Dominick Antonelli of Camp Hill Trinity, Dale Clancy of Seton-LaSalle, Jared Nickens of Westtown, Tyriek Steward of Wilkes-Barre Meyers.

Constitution skipper Robert Moore made it a clean sweep for the Generals, as he claimed Class AA coach of the year honors.

Lincoln Park Charter sophomore Maverick Rowan, who racked up 37 points in a come-from-behind 70-66 victory over Philadelphia’s Math, Civics & Sciences that handed the Leopards their first state title, was named Class A player of the year.

The 6-7 Rowan, who averaged 24.3 points per game, already has verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh.

Rowan was joined on the first team by Lincoln Park teammate Elijah Minnie, Samir Doughty and Mike Watkins of Math, Civics & Sciences, Alize Johnson of Williamsport St. John Neumann and Terry Larrier of Phelps School.

Minnie also landed a first-team all-state nod following his junior season.

Mark Javens, who piloted Lincoln Park to a 30-1 mark, was named Class A coach of the year.

Hampton senior Ryan Luther, who sparked the Talbots to the state quarterfinals, was named the Class AAAA player of the year. Luther, who averaged 22.1 points per game for a 24-5 Hampton team, will attend the University of Pittsburgh.

Joining Luther on the first team are Sal Biasi of Hazleton, Mikal Bridges of Great Valley, Malik Hooker of New Castle, Rashann London of Philadelphia Roman Catholic and Isaiah Washington of Williamsport.

Ralph Blundo, who guided New Castle to a perfect 31-0 record and its first state championship, was named Class AAAA coach of the year.

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CLASS AAAA

1ST TEAM


Sal Biasi, Hazleton, 5-11, Sr., 26.7 ppg

Mikal Bridges, Great Valley, 6-7, Sr., 18.5 ppg

Malik Hooker, New Castle, 6-1, Sr., 21.8 ppg

Rashann London, Roman Catholic, 6-2, Sr., 14.6 ppg

Ryan Luther, Hampton, 6-8, Sr., 22.1 ppg

Isaiah Washington, Williamsport, 6-3, Sr., 21.6 ppg

2ND TEAM

Levan “Shawn” Alston, Haverford School, 6-3, Jr., 16.5 ppg

Sammy Foreman, Martin Luther King, 5-11, Jr., 13.8 ppg

Shep Garner, Roman Catholic, 6-1, Sr., 12.3 ppg

Mahir Johnson, Chester, 6-2, Sr., 18.8 ppg

Jahaad Proctor, Harrisburg, 6-2, Jr., 21.5 ppg

Anthony Richards, New Castle, 5-8, Sr., 13.0 ppg

Tyrell Sturdivant, Chester, 6-8, Sr., 15.7 ppg

3RD TEAM

Christopher Bing, Philadelphia Central, 6-5, Sr., 18.9 ppg

Chris Clover, St. Joseph’s Prep, 6-3, Jr., 21.9 ppg

Kason Harrell, Hempfield (D-7), 6-2, Jr., 23.9 ppg

Matty Harris, Cathedral Prep, 6-2, Sr., 20.4 ppg

Cameron Jones, Pennsbury, 6-1, Jr., 17.8 ppg

D.J. Porter, Obama Academy, 6-5, Jr., 22.4 ppg

Lamar Stevens, Haverford School, 6-6, Soph., 15.1 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Luther, Hampton

COACH OF THE YEAR: Ralph Blundo, New Castle

CLASS AAA

1ST TEAM


Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-4, Sr,, 23.5 ppg

Nana Foulland, Berks Catholic, 6-9, Sr., 20.5 ppg

Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll, 6-6, Jr., 15.9 ppg

Nehemiah “Bud” Mack, Susquehanna Twp., 6-0, Soph., 17.8 ppg

Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti, 6-3, Sr., 21.6 ppg

J.C. Show, Abington Heights, 6-3, Sr., 17.7 ppg

2ND TEAM

Ernest Aflakpui, Archbishop Carroll, 6-9, Jr., 10.4 ppg

Milik Gantz, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-3, Jr., 12.3 ppg

Dyllon Hudson-Emory, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-6, Sr., 19.8 ppg

Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble, Neumann-Goretti, 5-10, Jr., 11.4 ppg

Tyrell Long, Philadelphia Bishop McDevitt, 6-5, Sr., 21.5 ppg

Matty McConnell, Chartiers Valley, 6-0, Jr., 21.8 ppg

Pat Smith, Archbishop Wood, 6-5, Sr., 17.0 ppg

3RD TEAM

Troy Harper, Neumann-Goretti, 6-3, Sr., 12.2 ppg

Sean Lloyd, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, Sr., 10.9 ppg

Gabe Mack, Susquehanna Twp., 5-10, Sr., 10.9 ppg

Evan Maxwell, Abington Heights, 6-10, Sr., 11.1 ppg

Sean O’Brien, Penn Charter, 6-2, Sr., 18.5 ppg

James Suber, Philadelphia Electrical, 6-6, Sr., 11.5 ppg

Austin Tilghman, Archbishop Carroll, 6-1, Sr., 10.2 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti

COACH OF THE YEAR: Vince Rogers, Susquehanna Twp.

CLASS AA

1ST TEAM


Dominick Antonelli, Trinity, 6-1, Sr., 16.4 ppg

Dale Clancy, Seton-LaSalle, 5-9, Sr., 15.6 ppg

Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution, 6-6, Jr., 15.7 ppg

Jared Nickens, Westtown, 6-6, Sr., 14.6 ppg

Tyriek Steward, Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 6-2, Sr., 17.0 ppg

Kimar Williams, Constitution, 6-1, Jr., 12.2 ppg

2ND TEAM

Brian Graytok, Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-1, Sr., 17.5 ppg

Tim Guers, Germantown Academy, 6-3, Jr., 16.9 ppg

Omar Little, Loyalsock, 6-0, Jr., 16.2 ppg

Levi Masua, Seton-LaSalle, 6-5, Sr., 10.8 ppg

Tannor Reed, Notre Dame-Green Pond, 6-2, Sr., 22.6 ppg

Trey Staunch, West Middlesex, 6-3, Jr., 21.8 ppg

Nemo Trexler, Bishop McCort, 6-5, Sr., 19.7 ppg

3RD TEAM

Connor Callejas, Holy Cross, 5-8, Sr., 18.3 ppg

Kyle Datres, Loyalsock, 6-0, Jr., 9.4 ppg

Brandon Gripp, Tyrone, 6-1, Sr., 24.5 ppg

Jonathan Lawton, Friends Central, 6-1, Jr., 23.7 ppg

Nick Lorenz, East Juniata, 6-1, Sr., 24.6 ppg

Georgios Papagiannis, Westtown, 7-1, Jr., 13.3 ppg

Josh Trumpy, Trinity, 6-6, Sr., 19.4 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution

COACH OF THE YEAR: Robert Moore, Constitution

CLASS A

1ST TEAM


Samir Doughty, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-4, Jr., 17.3 ppg

Alize Johnson, St. John Neumann, 6-5, Sr., 24.3 ppg

Terry Larrier, Phelps, 6-8, Sr., 21.0 ppg

Elijah Minnie, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-9, Sr., 15.8 ppg

Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-7, Soph., 24.3 ppg

Mike Watkins, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-9, Sr., 11.0 ppg

2ND TEAM

Aondofa Anyam, Church Farm, 5-10, Sr., 16.4 ppg

Cameron Grumley, Johnsonburg, 5-9, Sr., 21.5 ppg

Cameron Johnson, Our Lady of Sacred Heart, 6-6, Sr., 27.8 ppg

Brandon Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 5-9, Jr., 20.1 ppg

Nick Miller, Western Beaver, 6-2, Sr., 30.1 ppg

Montrel Morgan, New Hope Academy, 6-2, Soph., 19.1 ppg

Cole Peterson, Johnsonburg, 5-10, Sr., 20.7 ppg

3RD TEAM

Marcus Lee, Bishop Carroll, 6-6, Sr., 15.6 ppg

Dylan Mahmod, Mahanoy Area, 6-1, Sr., 13.5 ppg

Eric Marbury, Pius X, 5-11, Jr., 17.8 ppg

Dom Robb, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 6-7, Sr., 18.0 ppg

Valentine Sangoyami, Erie First Christian, 6-11, Sr., 12.8 ppg

Ryan Wolf, Vincentian, 5-9, Jr., 25.3 ppg

Anthony Wright-Downing, Sankofa Freedom, 6-2, Sr., 25.1 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park Charter

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mark Javens, Lincoln Park Charter