York County trio still alive for state basketball honor

  • Three York County basketball players are among the final 25 remaining in voting for the Mr. and Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Awards.
  • Eli Brooks and Antonio Rizzuto are left remaining on the boys' side.
  • Kate Bauhof was the only York County girl nominated for the award and is still remaining.

A trio of York County basketball players have made it to the second level of voting for the fourth annual Mr. and Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Awards.

York Catholic girls' basketball standout Kate Bauhof is one of three York County basketball players left in the running for the Mr. and Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Awards. John A. Pavoncello

Spring Grove's Eli Brooks, Northeastern's Antonio Rizzuto and York Catholic's Kate Bauhof are among the "Tremendous 25" boys and girls up for the statewide award after making it through the first wave of voting that closed last week.

Both the boys and girls will be cut down to "Terrific 10" by April 20. Finalists will be selected on May 5 and then voting for the winner will close on May 22, with an awards luncheon on May 27.

When the original lists came out, a total of six York County players made the cut, with five boys and one girl representing the area. Fred Mulbah of the Bobcats and the York Country Day duo of Jordan Ray and De'Airus Brown did not make it through the first level of voting.

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Brooks capped off his remarkable high school career with the Rockets by leading the team to the state quarterfinals, a first in program history. He became the program's all-time leading scorer and finished second on the York County scoring list, completing his four years with 2,426 points. He led the York-Adams League with 29.1 points per game and averaged more than 15 rebounds per game. The most highly-recruited boys' player in York County history, Brooks will play for the University of Michigan next season.

Rizzuto was among the top five in scoring in the Y-A League this year, averaging 19 points per game. He was the leading scorer on the best team in Northeastern history, helping the team win its first Y-A League and District 3 5-A titles, while also making it to the PIAA Class 5-A state semifinals. The Bobcats also reached the 30-win mark for the first time in program history. Rizzuto has also received five NCAA Division I offers from High Point, Albany, Columbia, Stony Brook and, most recently, Mount St. Mary's, which qualified for the NCAA Tournament this season.

Bauhof was the leading scorer on the girls' side in the Y-A League, putting up 19.5 points per game for the Fighting Irish, the only girl to eclipse the 19-point plateau this season. She was the catalyst in helping York Catholic win its 11th District 3 crown in the past 12 seasons after a one-year hiatus. The Fighting Irish also made it to the state semifinals.