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April 5, 2014

East Juniata's Nick Lorenz named to all-state team

HARRISBURG — Nick Lorenz had a senior season to remember, leading East Juniata to 21 straight wins to open the year, and setting the program’s career scoring record in the process in a win over Halifax.

The senior has another honor attached to his final season with the Tigers as Lorenz was named to the PIAA Class AAA third team after averaging 24.6 points per game.

Lorenz led all Valley players in scoring en route to finishing his career with 1,513 points.

The Tigers lost to a fellow team of Tigers, Southern Columbia, in the District 4 quarterfinals, ending their season at 21-1.

Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.

Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.

Teams that closed out memorable seasons by capturing state championships produced three of the four players of the year and three of the four coaches of the year chosen by a group of Pennsylvania sports writers.

While New Castle (AAAA), Neumann-Goretti (AAA), Constitution (AA) and Lincoln Park Charter (A) collared PIAA championships last month at Hershey’s Giant Center, players from non-PIAA schools also were eligible for selection.

Neumann-Goretti senior Ja’Quan Newton, who one day after his mother died pocketed a career-high 33 points in a 64-57 overtime victory over Susquehanna Twp., was named the Class AAA player of the year.

The 6-foot-3 Newton, who will attend Miami (Fla.), averaged 21.6 points per game for a Neumann-Goretti club (27-4) that captured its fourth state title in five seasons.

Joining Newton on the first team are Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman of Allentown Central Catholic, Nana Foulland of Berks Catholic, Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll, Nehemiah Mack of Susquehanna Twp. and Abington Heights’ J.C. Show.

Newton, Abdur-Rahkman and Show are repeat first-team selections.

Susquehanna Twp.’s Vince Rogers, who piloted the Indians to a 23-8 record and their second-place finish, was named Class AAA coach of the year.

Constitution junior Ahmad Gilbert, who popped a double-double (19 points, 14 rebounds) in the Philadelphia-based Generals’ 61-59 victory over Seton-LaSalle, was named the Class AA player of the year.

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