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BLOG: Six York County players up for state hoops award
Six York County basketball players have been nominated for the fourth annual Mr. and Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Awards.
Five area boys earned nominations, while one local girl made the cut.
On the boys' side, Spring Grove's Eli Brooks, Northeastern's backcourt tandem of Antonio Rizzuto and Fred Mulbah and York Country Day's two leading scorers, Jordan Ray and De'Aireus Brown, all were nominated during the first wave of voting. On the girls' side, York Catholic's Kate Bauhof made the initial 131-player cut.
A total of 147 boys were nominated, with 21 players from District 3. Bauhof was one of 48 District 3 girls nominated.
Eli Brooks: Brooks likley has the best chance to win the award, or at least advance the furthest in the voting. Brooks led Spring Grove to a 22-8 record this season, which included a fourth-place finish in District 3 5-A and a berth in the state quarterfinals. Brooks, who will play for Michigan in college next year, led the York-Adams League in scoring with 29.1 points per game, while also averaging more than 15 rebounds per game.
Northeastern duo: Rizzuto was Northeastern's leading scorer this year, putting up 19.0 ppg, while Mulbah also finished in the top 10, averaging 16.9 ppg. The two juniors guided the Bobcats to the Y-A League Division I title and the program's first-ever league and District 3 championships. This was the best year in program history for Northeastern, racking up a 30-3 record and advancing to the PIAA Class 5-A state semifinals. Both players began racking up NCAA Division I offers during the season, with Rizzuto picking up four from Albany, High Point, Columbia and Stony Brook, while Mulbah received one from Coppin State.
Ray and Brown: The York Country Day duo of Ray and Brown were virtually neck and neck for the team scoring lead this year, with Ray (19.8 ppg) just edging out Brown (19.7 ppg). The two seniors were the catalysts in helping the Greyhounds repeat as District 3 1-A champions, while also topping last year's program-best season with an even better one this year, making it to the state quarterfinals. Ray will pursue football in college, earning a preferred walk-on opportunity to play wide receiver for Hampton University at the Football Championship Subdivision level.
Kate Bauhof: For the second consecutive season, Bauhof was the offensive leader for York Catholic. She led the team and the league in scoring, putting up 19.5 ppg in her junior season. She helped the Fighting Irish to the girls' Division III title and the District 3 3-A crown, the 11th district title in the last 12 years for York Catholic. The Fighting Irish also made it to the state semifinal round, before losing to Neumann-Goretti.
All six players still have to go through three more stages of voting by fans, media members and coaches from around the state before one boy and girl champion is announced in May. The next stage will whittle down each group into the Tremendous 25 on April 5. The Terrific 10 will be announced on April 20. The finalists will be selected on May 5. And the winners' voting deadline is on May 22, with the awards ceremony luncheon held on May 27.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org