Four WVC players earn all-state boys basketball honors

By John Erzar - [email protected]

The Wyoming Valley Conference landed four players on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball teams.

Hazleton Area had two selected at Class 6A. Senior forward Josh Samec was selected to the second team. Senior wing Jeff Planutis was chosen to the third team. Nanticoke Area junior point guard Nate Kreitzer earned third-team honors at Class 4A. Wyoming Seminary junior forward Dimitri Gnall was chosen to the third team at Class 3A.

Samec, the Times Leader Player of the Year, averaged 15.2 points per game. Planutis, a Times Leader first-team all-star, netted 15.7 per contest. The two seniors were instrumental in the Cougars advancing to the PIAA Class 6A state semifinals where they lost to Lincoln.

Kreitzer, also a Times Leader first-team choice, was considered one of the top ballhandlers in the WVC. He demonstrated his overall abilities in the postseason, becoming the focus of opponents after a key injury made him the major offensive contributor. He finished with a 19.4 scoring average.

Gnall was also on the Times Leader first team. A resident of Moosic, Gnall helped the Blue Knights to their first District 2 title since 1986. He was a force inside the arc and averaged 17.1 points.

The Lackawanna League fared a bit better in all-state selections.

Abington Heights won the PIAA Class 5A state title and Ken Bianchi was honored as the Coach of the Year in the classification. Senior Jackson Danzig and junior George Tinsley gained all-state first-team honors.

Scranton Prep’s Leo O’Boyle was named to the Class 4A third team. Holy Cross’ Patrick Galvin was chosen to the Class 2A second team.

By John Erzar

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Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar