Once again Wellsboro went undefeated in the NTL, securing their second straight non-shared season championship, and reached a District IV, Class AAA final.
While they didn’t come away with a D4 title this time they this year’s class showed they were still pretty good despite losing several seniors from last year’s team.
This year they were led by senior Brandyn Tuttle, who averaged a double-double and led them to a regular season NTL undefeated record. He is the 2018-2019 The Sunday and Daily Review All-Region Player of the Year.
Fellow Hornet Andrew Brelo went from role player last year to star this year. The 6-foot, 6-inch forward’s defensive versatility — he could guard from the perimeter to the paint — was the key to Wellsboro’s stingy defense. That makes him the Defensive Player of the Year.
If coaches kept track of usage rates Northeast Bradford’s Zak Smith would have one of the highest, if not the highest, in the area. He led his team in assists and points, helping them claim the NTL Division-II title and reach the District IV, Class AA title game for the third year in a row. He is the Offensive Player of the Year.
This year saw an influx of talented freshmen. Troy’s Ty Barrett came out strong averaging 15 points per game but an injury sidelined him for more than half of the season. That allowed Wyalusing Isaiah Way to shine as a steady presence for Rams with his versatile scoring and rebounding. That gave Way the nod for this year’s Newcomer of the Year.
Very few were able to light up the scoreboard like Athens’ Aaron Lane this season. He had three games of 30 points or more, all coming against playoff teams, and led the NTL at 20 points per game. That makes Lane this year’s Most Dangerous Player.
For the past couple seasons North Penn-Mansfield’s Jayden Andrews has left his heart on the floor whenever he played. He was every where for the Tigers — getting steals, stopping fast breaks and extending possessions — and was important as they claimed the NTL Showdown Title. He is the Hustle Player of the Year.
After a slow start Sullivan County was able to right the shape and make the state playoffs once again. Dave Pardoe’s play in the paint was an important part, earning him the 6th Man of the Year Award.
Northeast Bradford came in with high expectations. At times this year it didn’t look like they were going to reach them but they did what they had to to claim the NTL Division-II title and get back to the District IV, Class AA championship game. For seeing them through coach Paul Burgert and his staff are the Coaching Staff of the Year.
On the first team are Tuttle, Smith, Lane, NP-Mansfield’s Dylan Meyer, Waverly’s Dylan Ward, Troy’s Seldon Rogers, Tioga’s Pierce Hendershot and Notre Dame’s Kyreese Fisher.
The second team consists of Brelo, Way, Sullivan County’s Sam Carpenter, Tioga’s Lucas Klossner, NEB’s Andy Crown, NPM’s Brent Burleigh, Notre Dame’s Ben Cook and NPL’s Duncan Zeafla.
The third team is made up of Canton’s Michael Smithers, Athens’ Benny Gambrell, CV’s Tyler Vargeson, Williamson’s Kolby Allen, Towanda’s Quadir Brice, Wellsboro’s Joseph Grab, NRCS’s Nick Beers, NPL’s Brandyn Choplosky and Wyalusing’s Ryan Armitage.
On the All-Defensive team are Brelo, NEB’s Clayton Connor, Towanda’s Dylan Hartmann, NPL’s Logan Horsley, Athens’ Keegan Rude and Sayre’s Gage Carnrike.
The All-Rookie First Team sports Way, Barrett, the Canton duo of Cooper Kitchen and Ben Knapp, Armitage and NEB’s Lucas Crown.
On the second team are Waverly’s Jalen McCarty, NRCS’s Jordan Gray, NPL’s Brandon Thompson, Troy’s Jake Deitrick and Evan Vannoy, Tioga’s Thomas Cook, Wyalusing’s Kashawn Cameron and Sullivan County’s Trace Neary.
On the All-Hustle team are Andrews, NEB’s Tony Bisignano, Athens’ Aric Westbrook, Wellsboro’s Hunter Brown, Canton’s Zach Rentzel and CV’s Seth Huyler.
Skill awards go to Williamson’s Tanner Adriance (shooter), NPL’s Noah Spencer (passer) and NRCS’s Tommy Roberts (rebounder).