Delone's Eckenrode is state's 3-A Coach of Year; four Y-A players earn all-state honors
- Gerry Eckenrode is Pennsylvania's 3-A girls' basketball coach of the year.
- Eckenrode led Delone to the 3-A state championship in March.
- Two Delone players, Bradi Zumbrum and Brooke Lawyer, are second-team all-staters.
- Taylor Geiman (second team) and Jaden Walker (third team) were all-state 5-A picks..
The honors keep pouring in for the Delone Catholic girls' basketball program.
The Squrettes capped off a terrific postseason run last month with an improbable state championship.
Friday, senior Bradi Zumbrum and junior Brooke Lawyer were both named to the 2019 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Class 3-A Second Team.
In addition, Delone Catholic head coach Gerry Eckenrode was named the Class 3-A Coach of the Year after earning his fourth career state title.
Two other local standouts received honors. South Western senior Taylor Geiman was named to the Class 5-A Second Team, while Susquehannock senior Jaden Walker was named to the Class 5-A Third Team.
Eckenrode: Most of the coaches that win a state title are honored as the Coach of the Year. That was no exception this season. All six coach-of-the-year winners led their respective programs to victory in the state title game.
None of those six titles, however, was more unlikely than Eckenrode's, whose team failed to win either the York-Adams League or District 3 tournaments. In fact, the Squirettes were not among the top five teams in the state rankings before the state tournament started.
“There’s no question that Gerry is a great coach,” said York Catholic head coach Kevin Bankos, who was named the 3-A Coach of the Year last season even though the Irish did not win a state title. “I think that his management of who was on the court this year was as good as it has ever been, especially in the postseason.”
Eckenrode seemed to make all of the right moves, helping Delone navigate through the West bracket of the Class 3-A draw before knocking off No. 1 and previously unbeaten Dunmore in the state title game.
“I can’t talk all of the credit,” Eckenrode said. “The players … they were attentive, they were focused. A lot of time a coach can tell their kids to do something exactly right but they’re not doing it. And my kids did it exactly right.”
While Eckenrode may have been a bit coy about patting himself on the back, Zumbrum gave her coach more credit.
"I don’t know who else would deserve it more than him," Zumbrum said. "He has smiled everyday since the championship, I’ve never seen him this happy but it’s all just truly a blessing."
Zumbrum and Lawyer: The solid play and leadership of both Zumbrum, a York College recruit, and Lawyer during Delone’s state run was especially important.
"It’s just a great feeling and an honor to me nominated for something like that and for Brooke to get that as a junior is incredible and only a start for her senior year," Zumbrum said.
Zumbrum (11.7 points per game) was stout on both ends of the court. Her rebounding and inside scoring have been staples of her game over her four-year varsity career, but her ability to find open teammates with her passes stood out in the playoffs.
“(Bradi), to me, was the difference in the playoffs as far as the focus goes and the leadership on the court with the players,” Eckenrode said. “She made us a different team just by her maturity.”
Like Walker and Geiman, Zumbrum was also honored by the local coaches for her play all season, as she earned the Y-A Division III Player of the Year award. All three also went over the 1,000-point mark this season for their careers.
“I give her all the credit in the world,” Eckenrode said. “She finally matured into the player that I knew that she could be, especially in the state playoffs.”
Lawyer (12.8 points per game) is best known for ability to hit shots from anywhere on the court. She did so impressively on the biggest stage of the season in the title game, when she led the Squirettes in scoring with 20 points.
“Hands down she’s the best shooter that I’ve ever coached,” Eckenrode said of his junior standout. “No question about that. Sometimes during the season she would miss shots and get down on herself, but in the playoffs she really fought through that. And maybe her maturity helped play a key role in that.”
Geiman and Walker: Geiman, who will play next season for NCAA Division I Virginia Tech, was a jack of all trades for the Mustangs this season. She led her team in scoring at 13.0 points per game.
The 6-foot guard, who was a second-team all-state pick a season ago, averaged 10.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game en route to being named the Y-A Division I Player of the Year.
Walker, a St. Joe’s (Pennsylvania) recruit, capped off a terrific career with the Warriors by leading the York-Adams League in scoring this season at 15.7 points per game. The Warriors may have been better positioned for the District 3 draw had Walker not missed three games (all losses) with an ankle injury.
Walker, a second-team pick last year, finished fourth all-time in scoring at Susquehannock while also averaging 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game en route to being named the Y-A Division II Player of the Year.
Following is the complete all-state list.
2019 PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS WRITERS
ALL-STATE GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAMS
Each player is listed with her height, her class and her scoring average
Player of the Year: Makenna Marisa, Peters Township
Coach of the Year: Bert Kendall, Peters Township
Kassondra Brown, Abington, 6-2, Sr., 17.8
Victoria Keenan, Northampton, 5-7, Sr., 16.6
Makenna Marisa, Peters Township, 5-11, Sr., 20.6
Emily McAteer, Garnet Valley, 6-0, Sr., 15.5
Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny, 5-9, Sr., 14.3
Jackie Vargas, Upper Dublin, 6-3, Jr., 12.9
Brianne Borcky, Garnet Valley, 6-0, Sr., 10.4
Dajahnae Brannon, Harrisburg, 5-10, Sr., 17.4
Alexa Brodie, Central Bucks South, 5-6, Sr., 16.7
Maddie Burke, Central Bucks West, 6-0, Jr., 13.2
Isabella Mills, Peters Township, 5-11, Sr., 14.3
Brooke Mullin, Neshaminy, 5-11, Sr., 15.8
Dana Bandurick, Council Rock North, 6-0, Sr., 17.2
Maya Bokunowicz, State College, 6-0, Jr., 16.2
Bridgid Fox, Altoona, 6-0, Sr., 15.7
Olivia Gribble, Norwin, 5-8, Jr., 16.1
Colette Mulderig, Scranton, 6-2, Jr., 18.7
Lucy Olsen, Spring-Ford, 5-9, So., 15.2
Olivia Westphal, Bethal Park, 5-9, So., 16.9
Player of the Year: Olivia Snyder, Southern Lehigh
Coach of the Year: Tim McConnell, Chartiers Valley
Jenna Clark, Thomas Jefferson, 5-7, Sr., 20.5
Tai Johnson, Mars, 5-8, Sr., 20.3
Megan McConnell, Chartiers Valley, 5-7, Jr., 15.0
Kaitlyn Orihel, Archbishop Wood, 5-10, So., 17.1
Olivia Snyder, Southern Lehigh, 6-0, Sr., 24.1
Mackenzie Wagner, Chartiers Valley, 5-10, Sr., 16.7
Ali Benim, Harbor Creek, 5-9, Sr., 19.2
Taylor Geiman, South Western, 6-0, Sr., 13.0
Cali Konek, Franklin Regional, 5-6, Sr., 16.8
Margo Loutzenhiser, Warren, 5-9, Sr., 20.7
Peyton McDaniel, Twin Valley, 6-0, Jr., 22.5
Erin Sweeney, Archbishop Carroll, 5-10, Jr., 18.4
Sierra DeAngelo, Oakland Catholic, 6-0, Sr., 14.0
Lexi Jackson, Gateway, 6-3, Jr., 16.9
Alisha Lewis, Strath Haven, 5-6, Sr., 13.1
Marena Lonardi, Elizabethtown, 5-10, Sr., 21.3
Alexis Sestric, Oakland Catholic, 5-7, Sr., 17.1
Abby Walheim, Malvern Villa Maria, 6-0, Sr., 16.4
Jaden Walker, Susquehannock, 5-10, Sr., 15.7
Player of the Year: Kiki Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic
Coach of the Year: Jose Medina, Bethlehem Catholic
Mackenzie Amalia, Blackhawk, 5-5, Jr., 19.6
Mady Aulbach, Blackhawk, 5-5, Sr., 16.9
Riley Griffith, Milfflinburg, 5-9, Sr., 17.6
Kiki Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic, 6-0, Sr., 20.0
Kylee Lewandowski, North Catholic, 6-1, Jr., 16.7
Tess Myers, North Catholic, 5-10, Jr., 16.0
Addy Cross, Erie Villa Maria, 5-8, Sr., 11.6
Olivia Fasick, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 5-8, Sr., 15.5
Katie Fitzpatrick, Middletown, 5-5, Jr., 23.1
Hannah Kauffman, Jersey Shore, 5-10, Sr., 18.1
Megan Kallock, Greensburg Salem, 5-7, Sr., 24.9
Emma Kuczynski, Tamaqua, 5-7, Jr., 21.0
Peyton Jaquis, Lancaster Catholic, 5-7, Sr., 11.0
Maeve McCann, Bonner-Prendergast, 5-5, Sr., 11.5
Gillian Piccolino, Keystone Oaks, 5-11, Sr., 21.4
Rachael Rose, Scranton Prep, 5-6, So., 17.6
Skyler Searfoss, Jim Thorpe, 5-7, Fr., 18.7
Dani Short, North Catholic, 6-2, Sr., 12.3
Aniya Walker, Ambridge, 6-2, Sr., 20.7
Player of the Year: Diamond Johnson, Neumann-Gorretti
Coach of the Year: Gerry Eckenrode, Delone Catholic
Jaye Haynes, Germantown Academy, 5-9, Jr., 14.3
Halle Herrington, Philipsburg-Osceola, 5-6, Jr., 30.5
Diamond Johnson, Neumann-Gorretti, 5-6, Jr., 25.8
Sunshine McCrae, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-0, Sr., 11.8
Moriah Murray, Dunmore, 5-8, Fr., 15.8
Victoria Toomey, Dunmore, 6-2, Sr., 12.6
Brooke Lawyer, Delone Catholic, 5-9, Jr., 12.8
Cassie Murphy, Notre Dame-Green Pond, 6-0, Jr., 17.9
Casey Remolde, Saint Basil, 5-10, Sr., 13.0
Elle Stauffer, Germantown Academy, 5-11, Jr., 14.3
Alana Swift, Imhotep, 5-6, Sr., 13.8
Bradi Zumbrum, Delone Catholic, 6-0, Sr., 11.7
Rachel Balzer, Germantown Academy, 5-9, Sr., 10.1
Bella Burrelli, Neshannock, 5-11, Sr., 17.6
Makalyn Clapper, Penn Cambria, 5-8, Sr., 15.3
McKenna Hayward, Central Cambria, 5-5, Sr., 15.6
Kassidy Ingram, Camp Hill Trinity, 5-9, Sr., 11.0
Grace Kelleher, Lewisburg, 5-6, Sr., 17.8
Nadjy Tyler, Imhotep, 6-2, Sr., 10.1
Player of the Year: Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis
Coach of the Year: Jim Swaney, Bellwood-Antis
Anna Camden, Shipley, 6-2, Sr., 17.0
Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis, 6-1, Jr., 29.3
Ella Marconi, Kane, 6-2, Sr., 22.9
Kaitlyn Maxwell, Everett, 5-6, Jr., 23.8
Halee Smith, Juniata Valley, 5-11, Jr., 21.2
Makennah White, West Middlesex, 6-0, Jr., 21.2
Bella Hunt, Bishop McCort, 5-11, Jr., 13.8
Mandy McGurk, Notre Dame de Namur, 5-6, Sr., 18.2
Maggie Pina, Notre Dame de Namur, 5-7, Sr., 15.8
Angelina Meola, Iroquois, 5-7, Jr., 29.6
Shamyjha Price, Bishop Canevin, 5-9, Sr., 18.0
Raanae Smith, Friends Central, 6-1, Sr., 14.3
Autumn Fennell, Penns Manor, 5-3, Sr., 17.4
Sakeria Haralson, Bellwood-Antis, 6-0, Jr., 11.2
Dymond Crawford, Jeannette, 5-9, Sr., 21.9
Jackie Karmonick, Mahanoy Area, 5-6, Jr., 12.6
Danie Rae Renno, Mount Carmel, 6-2, So., 19.1
Lauren Ross, Shipley, 5-8, Sr., 12.2
Hetta Saatman, Linden Hall, 6-2, Sr., 10.5
Player of the Year: Kiera Booth, Berlin Brothersvalley
Coach of the Year: Rachel Prosser, Berlin Brothersvalley
Lilyauna Bickel, Lourdes Regional, 5-8, Sr., 13.6
Kiera Booth, Berlin Brothersvalley, 6-1, Jr., 17.9
Mia Kolb, Jenkintown, 5-9, Sr., 15.5
Malia Magestro, Kennedy Catholic, 5-9, Jr., 28.9
Alexis Robison, Rochester, 5-7, Sr., 18.1
Emily Zocsin, Weatherly, 5-7, Sr., 17.9
Jessica King, Sullivan County, 6-1, Jr., 11.4
Madison Lampe, West Greene, 5-4, Sr., 13.2
McKenna Lampe, West Greene, 5-4, Sr., 14.1
Mykenzie Malacusky, Sullivan County, 5-4, Sr., 15.3
Zoie Smith, Berlin Brothersvalley, 5-11, Sr., 13.5
Sidney Stutzman, Shanksville-Stonycreek, 5-8, Sr., 11.9
Abby Gatesman, North Clarion, 5-10, Jr., 14.3
Anna Haigh, Bishop Carroll, 5-11, Sr., 11.1
Tayler Huyck, Susquehanna, 5-8, Jr., 14.7
Taylor Kirschner, Quigley Catholic, 5-8, Sr., 19.5
Emily Lockard, Benton, 6-0, Jr., 17.7
Taylor Newton, Elk County Catholic, 5-11, Jr., 17.0
Kenedy Stroup, Greenwood, 5-10, Jr., 19.8