Boys basketball

Members of the Observer-Reporter boys all-district first-team include Trinity’s Michael Koroly, top left, Peters Township’s Colin Cote, middle left, California’s Malik Ramsey, bottom left, McGuffey’s C.J. Cole, top right, and Waynesburg’s Lucas Garber, bottom right.

First team

C.J. Cole, McGuffey: It’s been a continual progression with Cole, who went from the sixth man as a freshman to a spot starter in his sophomore season. This year, as a junior, Cole did a little bit of everything to help McGuffey qualify for the playoffs for only the fourth time in school history. Cole averaged 23.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and will start his final year for the Highlanders 10 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

Michael Koroly, Trinity: Coming into his own as a regular starter, Koroly shined for Trinity throughout his senior season. The sixth man on a senior-laden team one season ago, Koroly took control of the Hillers as their go-to scorer this year. He averaged 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Colin Cote, Peters Township: One of the best shooters in the area, Cote helped Peters Township rebound from a difficult season in 2017-18 to making the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs this season. Cote put together a pair of shooting performances at the end of the season when he made 16 three-pointers in two games. He scored 18 points per game and shot 43.5% from the field.

Malik Ramsey, California: It was a shame Ramsey couldn’t play in the WPIAL playoffs because of the new transfer rule. He was the main reason California made it to the postseason in the first place. Consistently in double figures, Ramsey led the Trojans with 25.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a junior.

Lucas Garber, Waynesburg: With Waynesburg in need of a scorer after the graduation of Darton McIntire, Garber stepped up in a big way. He had five 30-point performances and finished as one of the top scorers in the entire WPIAL at 23.5 points per game.

Second Team

Chris Peccon, Ringgold: Playing a full season, Peccon thrived from the point guard position. Peccon was efficient by shooting 42 percent from the field and averaged 3.58 assists per game. He also scored 14.5 points per game and helped the Rams qualify for the state playoffs.

Devin Whitlock, Monessen: The small sparkplug freshman guided Monessen to the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals, Whitlock has continued to raise eyebrows since football season. In his first year for the Greyhounds, he averaged more than 18 points per game.

Elliott Waller, Canon-McMillan: Waller’s numbers are good but don’t indicate just how important he was to the Big Macs’ success. He did a little bit of everything. Getting everyone involved, Waller averaged 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per game.

Luke Wyvratt, Ringgold: A hard-nosed post player, Wyvratt didn’t mind doing all the dirty work under the basket for Ringgold. Helping the Rams to the WPIAL quarterfinals for the first time since they won the PIAA championship in 1995, Wyvratt scored 13.4 points per game and grabbed 8.6 rebounds.

Cam Nusser, Belle Vernon: Leading a team with little varsity experience, Nusser performed better as the season progressed and spearheaded Belle Vernon’s late push for a WPIAL playoff berth. He averaged 18 points per game.

Third team

Austin Arnold, Chartiers-Houston: After starting the last half of his freshman season, Arnold came into his own for Chartiers-Houston as a sophomore. Doing a little bit of everything, he averaged 11 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

J.J. Green, Beth-Center: Green had the performance of the year when he scored 50 points against Mapletown in late January. He scored all season for Beth-Center, averaging 17.5 points and adding 7.2 rebounds per game.

Nathan Brudnock, West Greene: Eclipsing the 1,000-point milestone in his senior season, Brudnock was always a scoring threat for West Greene. He led the Pioneers in points per game (16) and also grabbed an average of seven rebounds.

Ethan Beachy, Canon-McMillan: In a balanced Canon-McMillan offense, Beachy stepped up big in the playoffs, including a 25-point afternoon in an upset of Latrobe. He averaged 13 points and five rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field.

Evan Simpson, Chartiers-Houston: Simpson gave Chartiers-Houston an interior presence and was consistent all year. The junior averaged a double-double with 10.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

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