Mar. 8—Crestwood’s domination of Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 boys’ basketball was reflected on the Division 1 Coaches All-Star Team that was released Sunday.
Seniors Ryan Petrosky and Jacob Zaleski were named co-Division 1 Most Valuable Players after leading the Comets to their first unbeaten run through the conference.
Petrosky, a three-year starter on the wing and four-year varsity player, leads the Comets (15-1) in scoring at 12.8 points per game and has knocked down 21 3-point field goals heading into their District 2 Class 5A semifinal against Valley View on Tuesday in Wright Twp.
Zaleski, also a key varsity contributor for the past three seasons, averages 11.7 ppg and has drained 15 triples to help spark Crestwood’s scoring attack.
The Comets’ Paul Feisel and Michael Zaleski made the second team.
Crestwood’s Mark Atherton was named the Division 1 Coach of the Year after leading the Comets to their six division championship since 2006, including back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015 and 2020 and again this season.
Hazleton Area sophomore Brett Antolick (9.9 ppg, 21 3FG, 3.3 rebounds per game) also was picked for the first team. The University of Arizona baseball recruit also usually guards the opponent’s top offensive player. Antolick and the Cougars will face Scranton in the District 2/4 Class 6A Subregional semifinals on Tuesday evening in Scranton.
Other first-team selections include Wilkes-Barre Area’s Cole Walker, Tunkhannock’s Ryan Harder, Wyoming Valley West’s Mason Mendygral and Pittston Area’s JJ Walsh.
Joining Feisel and Michael Zaleski on the second team were Hazleton Area’s Angel Cruz (8.8 ppg), Tunkhannock’s Ben Chilson and Wilkes-Barre Area’s Saquan Portee.
Meanwhile, Wyoming Seminary’s Jake Koretz was chosen as the Division 2 MVP. Teammate Ethan Meuser made the first team with Holy Redeemer’s Justice Shoats and Matt Prociak, Dallas’ Nick Nocito and Lake-Lehman’s Max Paczewski.
Dallas’ Austin Finarelli headed the second team picks that also included Nanticoke’s Jake Krupinski and JJ Bielecki, Lake-Lehman’s Josh Kane and Hanover Area’s Matt Barber.
The Hawkeyes’ Tony Marcincavage and Wyoming Seminary’s Pete Moses shared Division 2 Coach of the Year honors.
Coaches voted for players in their respective divisions; however they could not choose players from their own teams.
Top WVC seniors will play in the Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic on April 8 and 9 at Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre.
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