Six area basketball players have been named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers 2022 All-State Teams.
In Class 1A, Catholic senior Kennedy Bellah DiNardo was named a first-team All-State and rookie Layke Fields was selected to the second team while Farrell senior Sanaa Brodie was a third-team selection.
In Class 2A, West Middlesex seniors Emily Anthony and Carlie Beatty were Third Team selections and Lakeview senior Reese Gadsby was named to the Class 3A Third Team.
Kennedy Catholic went 25-3, won the program’s 12th straight District 10 championship and advanced to the PIAA title game in Hershey. Fields led the team in scoring averaging 11.6 points per game while DiNardo, who surpassed 1,000 career points, averaged 10.9.
“What an incredible achievement it is to be a 1st Team All-State and what a great way to cap off a stellar career at Kennedy Catholic in his final season,” KC coach Justin Magestro said. “We are so happy and excited for Bellah. She worked extremely hard when no one was watching and when it mattered the most, both during the offseason and during the regular season, to become a great team player.
“Her role changed from when she was a freshman to when she was a senior. She embraced each of those role changes for the good of the team and in the end it benefited her as well because she became a great player.
Magestro credited her eldest for her maturity and work ethic over the years.
“She had a great career while scoring 1,245 points and grabbing over 600 rebounds – only the second player in school history to do so – and she became the fifth-leading scorer of all time at KC,” Magestro said. “I would define her as a student-athlete, which in KC means spiritually strong, academically strong and athletically strong, and she exemplified all three requirements.”
Magestro said DiNardo hugged his teammates and other students at the school. She supported them over the years and they reciprocated when she needed it.
“From the first day she came to Kennedy Catholic as a freshman, one of her dreams was to go to Hershey and play in a state championship game, and she was able to do that. do and it meant so much to her,” the KC coach said. . “She has always been and always will be like another girl to me and will definitely leave a big hole that will be hard to replace as a player and as a person, but because she was such a great leader, fulfilling that role will be be a little easier thanks to his daily leadership.
“The entire coaching staff have nothing but good things to say about her and have really enjoyed coaching her throughout her career. We are so excited and looking forward to seeing her bring her skills and her graduate tenacity at Alderson Broaddus University.
As DiNardo, who was named second-team All-State last season, departs, enter rookie Fields, who was an impressive force on the court since day one for the Golden Eagles.
“What an incredible accomplishment it is for a freshman to make any All-State team, let alone second-team All-State,” Magestro said. “I can’t begin to tell you how happy, honored and excited we are for Layke right now. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer or gentler young woman.
The connection between Fields and Magestro dates back to when the freshman was in his second year. He expects his young player to become even more influential as she progresses through high school.
“Since the first day I met her, she has always sported a big smile on her face and is extremely coachable, but don’t let that smile fool you because she is a beast on the basketball court,” a- he declared. “She’s one of those kids that every free moment she has, she either spends in the gym or training in some aspect, trying to improve and challenge herself to achieve bigger goals. bigger and more difficult things she wants to accomplish in life.
“I have never coached such a dynamic young post player who dominates the game and the boards like Layke Fields and the best news is that she has plenty of room to improve further and when that happens the sky is clear. really the limit for her. I believe that when all is said and done, she will be one of the most dominant and best post players to ever come out of this field. The proof of that is how she dominated the game in the state championship game with 21 points and 12 rebounds against two twin towers that were 6-2 and 6-3, which shows how talented and strong she is and how much she loves to compete.
“Pretty impressive for a freshman averaging nearly 12 points and 8 rebounds per game on a great team that went 25-3, had a lot of talent around them, and was nine players deep. Layke said a huge opportunity and career ahead of her at Kennedy Catholic because I know she will continue to improve and has great teammates around her who want to help her and be part of her growth and success.
Magestro said coaches have already noticed Field’s love of basketball, coaching ability and toughness. He said those traits would lead to a quality player, but her ability in the classroom rivals her ability on the pitch.
“The expectation of all Kennedy Catholic student-athletes is to be spiritually, academically and athletically strong, and she definitely ticks all three boxes,” Magestro said. “She excels and is an overachiever in the classroom just as much, if not more, than she is on the basketball court. She is a very intelligent young woman who comes from a large family which also maintains her academic achievements at the highest level.
“Layke truly loves all of her teammates and her teammates love her back. These types of relationships as a coach are so refreshing to see day in and day out and I see her continuing to be a huge impact and leader as she moving forward into his future years at KC. We are all so proud of Layke and his accomplishment. Our KC family is so excited to have Layke a part of it and Layke is so excited to be a part of our KC family. Knowing Layke like me, I know that this prestigious award will only motivate her to become a better player and teammate.
Brodie led the way for Farrell with 16.6 points per game last season. She finished the season with 1,023 career points, the ninth best in program history. The Steelers went 13-10, played for the District 10 title and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time since 2018.
“It’s really impressive, Sanaa reaching All-State is great,” Farrell’s coach Ed Turosky said. “This achievement is a tribute to her hard work and the time she dedicated to the gym.
“Any time you can be recognized by people outside your community for your abilities and hard work, it’s a tribute to the type of player you are.
“We are extremely proud of her. This is just another milestone in the history of the Farrell Women’s Basketball Program as we continue to produce great players and great student-athletes.
Beatty (20.0 ppg) and Anthony (15.5) both surpassed 1,000 career points last season as the Reds won the District 10 championship beating Maplewood, advanced to second round of the state playoffs and finished with a 21-4 record.
Beatty tallied 1,216 points and Anthony, who will play hoop at West Virginia State University, finished with 1,198 points.
“Both have really put in the time and the work and it’s a great honour,” West Middlesex manager Mary Jo Staunch said. “Now they are ready for bigger and better things.
“They’ve led our team offensively and defensively all season and they’re both great students. They do very well in class. They are complete student-athletes and truly dominated on the basketball court.
“As a coach, it’s very rare to have two girls of this caliber in your team, so we were very happy. Emily was that perfect guard who made great passes to her teammates. The two played really well.
Gadsby led Lakeview 22-5 with an average of 18.7 points per game. The Sailors played for the D-10 Championship, then defeated Avonworth in the PIAA playoffs before losing to powerhouse North Catholic in the second round.
Gadsby finished his high school career with 1,168 points and will continue his education and hoops career at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
“This is the first time since Sheena Aden in 2007 that the women’s program has an All-State selection and it’s a huge honor for Reese and the program,” Lakeview coach Gary Burke said. “I think what really sets Reese apart is her determination to be a winner. She was so determined to succeed and win.
“She’s really turned into one hell of a basketball player. It’s a huge honor. It’s awesome. She’s a very special player.”
To note: All-State men’s teams will be released next week. The Schedule: Non-PIAA players will be released on Monday, class 1A on Tuesday, Wednesday 2A, Thursday 3A, Friday 4A, Saturday 5A and Sunday 6A.