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York athletes up for McDonald's honor

PATRICK STROHECKER
505-5402/@P_Strohecker

Three York County high school basketball players were named as finalists for the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game.

York High's Montrel Morgan is up for a McDonald's All-American honor. He's one of three York County athletes up for the recognition.

The three recipients of the award are Montrel Morgan and Kris Johnson from the York High boys' basketball team and Jordyn Kloster of the Northeastern girls' team. They are three of 755 high school seniors nationwide who earned the finalist award. They were also three of seven central Pennsylvania student-athletes who received the honor, along with Anthony Johnson (Harrisburg High School), Dylan Painter (Hershey High School), Tysha Brown (Harrisburg) and Kelly Jekot (Cumberland Valley High School).

Kloster, Morgan and Johnson are still considered long shots to actually make the All-American team. Only 24 boys and 24 girls will be named to the team.

Still, each of the local players has put up more-than-respectable numbers so far this season. Morgan leads the Bearcats in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game. Johnson isn't far behind him, putting up 12.3 points per game, which is good for third on the team. Meanwhile, Kloster is not only leading her Bobcat team in scoring, but she's leading the entire York-Adams League, putting up a shade under 20 points per game at 19.7.

The three local athletes won't have to wait long to learn their fate. The final 24 boys and 24 girls will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 p.m. during the McDonald's All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU.

This year will be the 15th annual girls' game, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. The boys' game, which will be the 39th annual event, will immediately follow the girls' game, scheduled for 9 p.m. Both games will be played at Chicago's United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN.

The only York-Adams player to compete in the showcase was Delone Catholic's Sierra Moore in 2012. Moore is currently on the Penn State women's basketball roster, but is sitting out the season with a knee injury.

Donnie Swartz Memorial Classic: This Saturday, Jan. 9, will mark the 4th annual Donnie Swartz Memorial Classic, held at York College.

The two-game event will feature both a girls' and boys' game. The girls game at 6 p.m. is Susquehannock vs Dallastown and the boys' game at 8 p.m. is Northeastern vs Central York.

All proceeds from the two games will go directly toward the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund, Inc. The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund, Inc. has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarship money to high school basketball players since 2001. This year alone, however, the organization will award $100,000 to eight high school seniors who are associated with their school basketball teams from the Y-A League.

IGS Energy teaming up with Red Lion: On Friday, Jan. 15, Home Energy Consultants (HECs) from IGS Energy will be in attendance at the Red Lion vs. Dallastown boys' basketball game.

During the game, the energy company will hand out foam fingers and magnet schedules to spectators, as well as present the school with a check for $2,000 to use toward school initiatives.

Red Lion is one of 47 high schools across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Texas that the HECs will visit in 2016.

What to watch for: This Friday night features a couple key boys' basketball games in the Y-A League Division I and II landscapes.

First, in Division I, Red Lion travels to York High to take on the Bearcats. The recently surging Lions had won three games in a row heading into Tuesday night's showdown with Spring Grove, getting their record back above .500 after a slow start to the year. Meanwhile, York High is still trying to get its footing in this 2015-16 season, off to a slow start compared to recent teams. This game has huge Division I implications for both teams. Red Lion will look to steal one on the road and continue its climb up the standings, while the Bearcats look to regain their usual form and solidify themselves as the team to beat in Division I.

Also on the docket is a Division II showdown between Gettysburg and Eastern York. While both squads are off to strong starts this season, this showdown could play a major factor in which team will contend with Northeastern for the Division II title. It will also feature some of the league's best scorers. Senior Broguen Nicholas leads the Golden Knights with 16.6 points per game, good for eighth in the league. Meanwhile, the Warriors have a lethal 1-2 combo in Max Lampe and Marquise Camel, who are combining to average 30.0 points per game. Camel (15.5 ppg) leads Gettysburg in scoring with Lampe (14.5 ppg) in second.

Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.