By Joe Gilloway
Linglestown Gazette Sports Director
The dust has now settled on the 2017-2018 high school basketball season, and Linglestown Gazette Sports has compiled players from throughout the Mid-Penn Conference who make up their inaugural boys and girls FAB15 teams. The players were assessed on offensive and defensive prowess, along with the value they brought to their team.
Five member panels comprised of individuals with an extensive knowledge of the area’s players were assembled for both the boys and girls sides. We used very few outside sources to help compile our lists. It was sitting in gyms and watching games that helped bring about the results.
No member of the Linglestown Gazette Sports staff had any greater influence on the process than did the other panel members. Majority ruled, and in the case of ties there were thorough discussions among all members to help decide who we ultimately felt were the correct choices.
Below are the FAB15 lists and Players of the Year selections, along with lists for Honorable Mention and Futures. The Futures are players who just finished their freshman and sophomore seasons.
BOYS FAB15 –
GAVYN BARNES – 5’10” Sr. G/Carlisle – Just a flat-out athlete. Fast, quick, and strong, Barnes is one of the best in the Mid-Penn at attacking the basket. Averaged 14 points and 3 assists per game for the Thundering Herd. Up next is California University (PA) for football.
DONYAE BAYLOR-CARROLL (Co-Player of the Year) – 5’8” Sr. G/Milton Hershey – The most dynamic guard in the Mid-Penn, B-C has the ability to stay in attack mode while also making plays for his teammates. Very adept from beyond the 3-point arc, he helped lead his team to a District-3 5A title, along with an appearance in the Mid-Penn championship game. He’ll be playing next year at PSU-Harrisburg.
WILL BOWEN – 6’6” Jr. F/Lower Dauphin – Leader of a team that put the Falcons back on the Keystone division map, Bowen averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds per game. Plenty of upside with this guy.
DREW FRIBERG (Co-Player of the Year) – 6’5” Sr. G/State College – The full package, this Princeton commit can play all five positions and score from anywhere. Led his team to an undefeated Mid-Penn Commonwealth season, along with a second straight Mid-Penn title and a District-6 6A championship.
NA’REECE GLENN – 6’2” Sr. G/F /Harrisburg – Once he got his hoops legs under him after a long football season, Glenn became one of the area’s most prolific offensive forces. He averaged 13 ppg, with his biggest games coming against the best competition. 61 three-pointers was amongst the tops in the area.
SEAN GOOD – 6’11” Sr. F/Trinity – Made major contributions for his Shamrocks in all areas of the game. 13.6 pts, 9.4 rb, 2.6 asst, and 4.5 blks ranked him right up there with the best in the region in multi-category production. Heading to Lafayette, it looks like his best playing days are yet to come.
RYAN HUGHES – 6’4” Sr. G/F /Middletown – After a great four-year varsity career as a Blue Raider, and close to 600 points this season alone, Hughes will take his talents to Ursinus. Just the kind of player every coach wants to have.
GERALD JARMON III – 5’11” Jr. G/Cedar Cliff – When you think GJIII, you think excitement. His arsenal has moves for every occasion, and you rarely see the same one twice. His impact on this year’s team put the Colts program back in the Keystone division hunt.
TIM KATER – 6’3” Sr. F/Steel-High – This kid can flat-out shoot, and his 185 career 3-pointers prove it. Need more proof? 62% from beyond the arc, and 92% from the FT line. Just a hobby though. He’s off to West Point later this year to continue his football career as an Army Cadet and Black Knight d-lineman.
DAVON LEE – 6’0” Soph. G/Bishop McDevitt – The only sophomore on our boys list, Lee helped lead his young Crusaders team into the District-3 4A title game. He averaged 15.4 pts, 3 asst, and 3 rb per game, and was usually covered by the opponent’s best defensive player. Along with his underclassmen FAB15 honorable mention teammates, Jake Kelly and Tarajae Davis, we’ll see big things from Lee’s Crusaders in the next couple of years.
RYAN McNULTY – 6’5” Sr. F/State College – Playing alongside FAB15 Co-Player of the Year teammate Drew Friberg served McNulty very well. He contributed any way his team needed … on offense, defense, and in the transition game. His presence on the boards also allowed for Friberg to stay out of the paint to do his work on the perimeter. We already told you the success State College had as a team. McNulty played a big part.
PEDRO RODRIGUEZ – 6’3” Sr. F/Milton Hershey – Helped make the ride a whole lot smoother for FAB15 Co-Player of the Year teammate Baylor-Carroll. Was a force in his own right though, and one of the major reasons for the Spartans’ success. He and Baylor-Carroll will also share the court at the next level as PSU-Harrisburg teammates.
JOEL TORRES – 6’4” Sr. F/Chambersburg – Wore opponents down in the paint with his size, strength, and great post moves. A player his size typically isn’t known for body control and footwork, but Torres is an exception. Put up a career high 34 against Harrisburg on the way to leading his team to a District-3 6A championship.
ROYCE URENA – 6’3” Sr. G/F /Susquehanna Township – Leader of an Indians squad who stayed competitive all season in a difficult Keystone division. 16+ ppg and 85 percent from the line made Urena the go-to guy with a game on the line.
CARTER VAN SCYOC – 6’3” Sr G/F /Shippensburg – No, he’s not just one heckuva quarterback. This guy is a true high-level two-sport athlete. His ability to attack the basket went a long way towards his 18 ppg game average. VanScyoc’s next stop is just down the road at Shippensburg University. Oh, he’ll be wearing a Red Raiders helmet in Seth Grove Stadium.
HONORABLE MENTION –
CADE BRINDLE – Chambersburg
CASEY CARUSO – Lower Dauphin
BRANDON CLARK – State College
TARAJAE DAVIS – Bishop McDevitt
KEATON ELLIS – State College
JARVAI FLOWERS – Steel-High
TONY JAMES – Harrisburg
TRE LEACH – Middletown
DYLAN LaNOUE – Boiling Springs
ROLAND NORFLEET – Susquehanna Township
JAKE WILSON – Hershey
PATRICK WIESTLING – Cedar Cliff
JAKE KELLY – Bishop McDevitt
JOHN McNEIL – Harrisburg
JAKE PERRY – Camp Hill
RYAN SMITH – Central Dauphin
TERELL WILLIAMS – Chambersburg
ALEY ZANGARI – Red Land
JOEY ZVORSKY – Cedar Cliff
GIRLS FAB15 –
MAYA BOKUNEWICZ – 6’0” Soph. G/State College – The only sophomore on our girls FAB15, Bokunewicz just put her second productive varsity season in the books. As tall as just about any player in the league, she has all-around skills that set her apart from most players her size. With loads of upside, expect some all-state buzz in the next couple of years.
DIAMOND BRAGG – (Player of the Year) – 5’9” Sr. G/Camp Hill – Seems like we’ve gone gray since this girl first hit the scene. Bragg has been the leader of her Lady Lions team for the past four years, and finished this season top seven in points, assists, rebounds, blocks, and steals. Leadership and versatility are the trademarks of this future Wisconsin Badger. All good things must come to an end.
JAMIE BRANN – 5’10” Sr. F/Central Dauphin – A transfer from Southern California after her sophomore year, Brann became a Commonwealth division presence last year for her ability to mix it up with any of the league’s bigs. She stepped it up a few notches in her senior season, with Mid-Penn Commonwealth and All-District-3 tournament honors. Her play down the stretch helped the Lady Rams capture their second straight District-3 tournament championship.
DAJAHNAE BRANNON – 5’11” Jr F/Harrisburg – Here we go again. Brannon didn’t wait to become a star, and has been mentioned with the best since her freshman season as a Lady Cougar. Her footwork and moves in the paint make stopping her difficult for the best defenders. She helped lead her team to the Mid-Penn Commonwealth title, Mid-Penn tournament title, and District-3 championship trifecta this season.
ELEANA ECKLEY – 5’8” Sr. G/Mifflin County – This all-time leading scorer in Lady Huskies history gave Mid-Penn Commonwealth defenses fits. The Messiah commit led the entire conference in scoring, and her team challenged Harrisburg down to the wire for the Commonwealth division title.
OLIVIA FASICK – 5’9” Jr. G/Bishop McDevitt – Another player who’s been among the league’s scoring leaders since her freshman year, Fasick has lead her Lady Crusaders back to prominence, with a season yet to go.
SAM GRESS – 5’9” Jr. G/Central Dauphin – Arguably the best pure shooter in the entire conference, Gress took over the role as Lady Rams go-to player this season, and helped lead them to a second straight District-3 title. Selected 1st-team All Mid-Penn Conference, her 55 three-pointers were close to tops in the league, even in a season shortened by three games due to injury and an inclement weather cancellation.
AUNBRIELLE GREEN – 6’1” Sr. F/Central Dauphin East – Forced to work through double-teams nightly on a team without much size, Green averaged 12.4 pts and 9 rb a game on the season. One of the conference’s top bigs, her work in the classroom is all-star caliber too.
KASSIDY INGRAM – 5’10” Jr. G/F /Trinity – Her ability to play up top and down low created lots of scoring for her and nightmare match-ups for opponents. Ingram helped lead her team to both the Mid-Penn Capital and District-3 titles.
TIARA LITTLE – 5’8” Sr. G/Central Dauphin East – This lightning quick Bloomsburg signee has feet that never stop on either end of the court. One of the most elusive players in the state, Little was top-4 in the division in points, assists, and blocks, and #1 in steals.
SUNSHINE McCRAE – 6’2” Jr. F/Trinity – Another leader on a Lady Shamrocks team who won both their division title and the District-3 championship, McCrae’s ability to put up double-doubles was a huge. The big question is … Who’s going to be able to cover her NEXT year?
LAUREN PETTIS – 6’0” Sr. F/Susquehanna Township – Pettis was the leader of a young Lady Indians team who competed hard in the tough Keystone division. She averaged close to a double-double for the season, and will be joining an already stacked Shippensburg University Lady Raiders team next season.
RACHAEL REILLY – 5’7” Sr. G/Cedar Cliff – One of the most underrated players in the Mid-Penn conference, Reilly’s game is versatile. She was the main offensive weapon on a team with loads of solid players. Her work on the defensive end was a main component of this multi-tool player.
AMBER SCHWEIGER – 5’9” Sr. G/Lower Dauphin – Simply put, she’s up there with the best in the conference. Born to play the point, she’s a scorer as well. She led her Lady Falcons to a Keystone division championship and a trip to the District-3 5A title game. Schweiger will transition well to the college game at the University of Findlay.
AHMYA WOODYARD – 5’7” Sr. G/Harrisburg – The Harrisburg area will miss this player. A consistent scoring threat, she’s been a main cog for the past two seasons on a very successful Lady Cougars team. Along with teammate Dajahnae Brannon, she’s half of the top one-two punch in the Mid-Penn conference.
HONORABLE MENTION –
AMELIA BALDO – Palmyra
PASSION BRAGG – Camp Hill
KATE FITZPATRICK – Middletown
TREASURE GEORGE-MORROW – Bishop McDevitt
GRACE LONG – Central Dauphin
PAULIINA MALINEN – Lower Dauphin
MARIAH MARTIN – Shippensburg
BRIAUNNA McCULLOUGH – Harrisburg
OLIVIA RICHARDSON – Palmyra
RYLIE RITTENHOUSE – Mifflin County
FAITH StCLAIR – Central Dauphin
CASSIE ZUGAY – Hershey
TAJA COLBERT – Central Dauphin East
JULIE JEKOT – Cumberland Valley
ISABELLE LEAZIER – State College
ABBIE MILLER – Cumberland Valley
JAYLIN MOORE – Trinity
AVA STEVENSON – Trinity
Joe Gilloway is on the midstate’s top experts on scholastic basketball and football. He is a Central Dauphin grad and the voice of the Central Dauphin Lady Rams basketball team.