Both Eli Brooks and Kate Bauhof were among the finalists for the fourth annual Mr. and Miss Pennsylvania Basketball Awards this weekend.
However, neither of them earned the final honor.
Among six finalists for the statewide award, Brooks lost out on the boys' honor to Reading All-American Lonnie Walker, while Bauhof finished behind Boyertown's Abby Kapp. Both Kapp and Walker led their teams to PIAA state championships this season.
Along with Brooks and Walker, who is heading to the University of Miami next year, Imhotep Charter's Daron Russell, Strong Vincent's David Morris, Carlisle's Deshawn Millington and Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green were all finalists for the Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball Award. On the girls' side, along with Bauhof and Kapp, who is a Bucknell University recruit, Camp Hill's Diamond Bragg, Cumberland Valley's Katie Jekot, Greencastle-Antrim's Jenay Faulkner and North Catholic's Samantha Breen were the other finalists for Miss Pennsylvania Basketball.
Brooks, who will attend the University of Michigan next year, became Spring Grove's all-time leading scorer this past season and finished second in York County history with 2,426 points. He led the York-Adams League in scoring for a second consecutive year, finishing with an average of 29.1 points per game and more than 15 rebounds per contest. He guided the Rockets to a 22-9 record, which included semifinal trips in the Y-A League and District 3 5-A tournaments and a quarterfinal berth in the PIAA Class 5-A playoffs. Spring Grove won its first two state tournament games ever this season. Brooks was also named first team all-state in Class 5-A.
Bauhof finished her junior season as the Y-A League leader in scoring at 19.5 points per game. She also helped York Catholic win its 11th District 3 title in the last 12 seasons, while also making it to the semifinals of the Class 3-A state tournament. The Fighting Irish had their season come to a close with a loss to eventual state champ Neumann-Goretti. Bauhof has scored more than 1,300 points so far in her career and capped this season with a first team all-state selection in Class 3-A.