Penn State York basketball programs earn PSUAC honors

Steve Heiser
  • Penn State York's Parrish Petry was named the PSUAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year.
  • Red Lion High School graduate Trent Thomas was named to the All-PSUAC First team.

The season may not have ended the way they wanted, but the Penn State York men's basketball players and coaches will still be able to look back on some significant honors from a highly successful 2016-2017 season.

This week, it was announced that PSY head coach Parrish Petry was named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading the local Lions to the PSUAC regular-season title with a 15-1 conference mark.

Penn State York's Trent Thomas scored 27 points in Thursday's win over Williamson. Thomas is a Red Lion High School graduate.

Petry's team fell just short of the PSUAC tournament title on Sunday, losing to Greater Allegheny at the Ruhl Center, 60-58.  A win Sunday would've given PSY four conference titles in the past five years under Petry and a berth in United States Collegiate Athletic Association national playoffs.

PSY finished the season at 19-7.

Two of Petry's players also earned PSUAC all-conference honors.

Red Lion High School graduate Trent Thomas was selected for the All-PSUAC First Team. The 6-foot, 2-inch sophomore finished second in the conference in scoring at 22.0 points per game. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 75.5 percent from the free throw line.

PSY's Lucas Jewell, meanwhile, captured All-PSUAC Second Team recognition after leading the conference in assists at 7.8 per game. The 5-foot, 11-inch senior from Elizabethtown also averaged 10.1 ppg and 6.0 rpg per game. He was also third in the conference in steals with 47.

Mont Alto's Jerome Evans was named the PSUAC Player of the Year after averaging 20.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Wilkes-Barre's Colton Lewis was selected Newcomer of the Year after averaging 17.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Parrish Petry

Women's honors: Two PSY women's players — Emily Colon and Karra Thomason — also collected All-PSUAC Honorable Mention honors.

Colon averaged 15.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, while Thomason boasted averages of 11.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Colon is a 5-6 junior from Lancaster Catholic, while Thomason is a 5-11 junior from Bermudian Springs.

The PSY women finished 9-12 overall and 4-10 in the conference.

The major PSUAC women's honors went to Lehigh Valley's Andrea Watkins (Player of the Year, 16.5 ppg, 3.8. rpg, 3.4 apg), Bradywine's Nikki Velez (Newcomer of the Year, 17.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Lehigh Valley's Lorie Khalil (Coach of the Year).

Lehigh Valley (19-3 overall) won the regular-season PSUAC title at 14-0, but fell in the PSUAC semifinals to Brandywine, 82-70. Brandywine (21-7) went on to win the conference playoff crown with a 71-53 triumph over Hazleton.

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