Brooks, Bauhof finalists for state basketball honor

STAFF REPORT, York Dispatch

A pair of York County basketball players are among the finalists in voting for the fourth annual Mr. and Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Awards.

Spring Grove senior Eli Brooks was held to 16 points in his final high school game. He finished his career with 2,426 points, second most in York County history. He is one of six finalists for the Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball Award.

Spring Grove senior Eli Brooks and York Catholic junior Kate Bauhof have each made it to the final stage of voting for the statewide award. Both are among six finalists.

Brooks is joined by Carlisle senior Deshawn Millington, Reading senior Lonnie Walker IV, Neumann-Goretti senior Quade Green, Strong Vincent senior David Morris and Imhotep Charter senior Daron Russell.

Bauhof, meanwhile, is in the running against Camp Hill junior Diamond Bragg, Cumberland Valley senior Katie Jekot, Boyertown senior Abby Kapp, North Catholic senior Samantha Breen and Greencastle-Antrim's Jenay Faulkner. 

Brooks capped off a remarkable career for the Rockets, guiding the program to its best-ever season this year, making it to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 5-A state playoffs for the first time in program history. Along with that, Brooks, who will play for Michigan next season, finished as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,426 points, also ranking him second all-time in York County history. This past season, he averaged just shy of 30 points per game, while also pulling down more than 15 rebounds per contest, earning him Class 5-A first team all-state recognition.

York Catholic's Kate Bauhof (12), dribbles the ball, while being defended by Delone Catholic's Elise Knobloch (25), during the second quarter of a District 3 Class 3-A girls championship game Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Bauhof is one of six finalists for the Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Award. Amanda J. Cain photo

Bauhof has been the catalyst for the Fighting Irish the last three seasons, putting up more than 20 points per game during her junior campaign this season. She's scored more than 1,300 points in her career and has been a member of two District 3 championship teams, including this year's squad that won the Class 3-A title, the 11th district crown in the last 12 seasons for York Catholic. Bauhof, who was named Class 3-A first team all-state, also led the Fighting Irish to the state semifinals before falling to eventual state-champion Neumann-Goretti.

The awards are presented by at the website.

According to the site, the players will be chosen by basketball fans, sportswriters/sportscasters and coaches from around the state. The fans, the media and the coaches each represent a third of the vote.

Voting closes on May 22. You can vote for the girls' here and the boys' here.

Winners of the award will be announced on May 27.