BLOG: Northeastern's Antonio Rizzuto a 2018 Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball Award finalist
The Northeastern boys' basketball team repeated as York-Adams League champions with a thrilling victory over Central York on Thursday night at York College. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
Northeastern High School basketball standout Antonio Rizzuto is a finalist for the 2018 Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball Award, given annually to the best high school male player in the state.
A Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Award is also given out.
This marks the fifth year for the awards, and this season's recipients will be announced at an awards luncheon in Harrisburg on May 26.
Fans can cast their votes at www.pabball.com/vote-now/. The media, coaches and fan votes will each account for one-third of the vote.
Rizzuto was recently named a first-team all-state selection in Class 5-A by Pennsylvania's sports writers. The 6-foot, 3-inch Rizzuto, who is headed to play NCAA Division I ball at the University at Albany, averaged 23.4 points per game last season. He was the leading scorer in the York-Adams League.
Rizzuto helped Northeastern win back-to-back York-Adams League titles and a District 3 Class 5-A crown in 2017. Northeastern went 58-7 over the past two seasons. Rizzuto was a second-team all-state selection as a junior.
Rizzuto is the only player from District 3 still in the running for the Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball Award.
The seven finalists for each award are as follows:
2018 Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball Award finalists: Robby Carmody, Mars, senior, guard; Eric Dixon, Abington, junior, forward; Drew Friberg, State College, senior, forward; Cameron Reddish, Westtown, senior, forward; Antonio Rizzuto, Northeastern, senior, guard; George Tinsley, Abington Heights, junior, forward; Ryan Young, Bethlehem Catholic, senior, forward.
2018 Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Award finalists: Diamond Bragg, Camp Hill, senior, guard; Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis, sophomore, guard; Kiki Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic, junior, forward; Katie May, Archbishop Wood, senior, forward; Taylor O’Brien, Plymouth Whitemarsh, senior, guard; Dejah Terrell, Berks Catholic, senior, forward; Alexa Williamson, Chartiers-Houston, senior, forward.