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Hickory Duo, Grove City’s Brooks Earn Class 4A Boys’ Hoops All-State Honors

Hickory's Peyton Mele. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

A Hickory duo who helped lead the Hornets to the brink of a state championship, as well as a Grove City standout were honored with Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 4A Boys’ Basketball All-State selections. 

Hickory’s Peyton Mele earned first-team honors, while his teammate, Connor Evans, was second-team, and Grove City’s Michael Brooks third-team. 

The Hornets won a District 10 title by grinding out wins over Fort LeBoeuf, Warren, and Harbor Creek, then followed that up with a run through the PIAA playoffs, beating Johnstown and Lincoln Park before falling to Allentown Central Catholic, 41-40 in the state championship game, a game in which they overcame a 19-point deficit early in the second half, briefly taking the lead with 23 seconds left. 

Mele’s signature moment came against Johnstown when he drilled a 3 at the buzzer to send the Hornets into the PIAA semifinals. He led the team in scoring at 18.0 ppg. 

Evans, meanwhile provided the punch inside for the Hornets, averaging 14.9 ppg. 

Brooks helped lead the Eagles into the D10 semifinals, where they bowed out to Harbor Creek. He averaged 18.1 ppg. 

All three players were All-District 10 selections Powered by All American Awards & Engraving.

Neumann-Goretti’s Hysier Miller, a Temple signee, nabbed Player of the Year honors, while Allentown Central Catholic’s Dennis Csensits earned the Coach of the Year award.

The Class 5A team will be released on Friday. 

Class 4A

First team

Hysier Miller, 6-2 Sr., Neumann-Goretti (POY)

Peyton Mele, 6-3 Sr., Hickory

Anquan Hill, 6-8 Sr., Archbishop Carroll

Liam Joyce, 6-6 Jr., Allentown Central Catholic

Malik Edwards, 6-2 Sr., Bonner Prendergast

Tyson Thomas, 6-1 Jr., Allentown Central Catholic 

Second team

Trey Martin, 6-4 Jr., Boiling Springs

Andrew Zimmerman, 6-7 Sr., North Catholic

Braden Bohannon, 5-11 Sr., Elco

Adou Thiero, 6-2 Jr., Quaker Valley

Connor Evans, 6-5 Sr., Hickory

Dakari Bradford, 6-5 Sr., Lincoln Park (tie)

Moses Hipps, 6-3 Fr., Archbishop Carroll (tie)

Third team

Damon Gripp, 6-3 Sr., Tyrone

Devin Whitlock, 5-9 Jr., Belle Vernon

Jayden Weishaar, 6-0 Sr., Littlestown

Alex Walinski, 6-4 Sr., New Hope-Solebury

Michael Brooks, 6-0 Sr., Grove City

Coach: Dennis Csensits, Allentown Central Catholic


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