The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 20, 2013

H.S. boys basketball: Lewisburg's Travis Conrad is Daily Item's Player of the Year

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

All season long, Lewisburg's Travis Conrad made great plays and stepped up on the court. He was, in many ways, the cog that made the Green Dragons run.

So anyone watching Lewisburg this year knew what Conrad could bring on a given day, but it was as though the senior waited until his final high school game to showcase it.

In the PIAA state playoffs, Conrad sank six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 29 points and almost single-handedly kept Lewisburg in the game until the final buzzer in a 60-55 loss to District 2 champion Holy Cross.

After the game, coach John Vaji simply said, "That may have been one of the best performances I've seen."

His all-around play and ability made Conrad the choice as The Daily Item Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Conrad was named to the HAC-I all-star team as a first-team selection, in addition to becoming the first Lewisburg player this century to be named to the all-state team with a third-team nod.

"He was like the glue to our team. He did everything, so much offensively and defensively, and he did the little things that may go unnoticed by people not on the floor," Vaji said of his senior. "(He) just really kept us together in tough times and he just really understood the game which made him so effective out there."

Conrad led the Green Dragons in total points (418), points per game (14.9), total field goals (143), field goals attempted (311), 3-pointers (57), 3-pointers attempted (130) and 3-point percentage (44 percent). That's not to mention a team-high 38 steals and second-best 72 assists.

While the stats are what people often use to gauge a player's season, intangibles should be taken into account, too. They often set Conrad apart.

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