All-State

Davis and Swogger named among PA's best

All-State

Blair Poorman, Staff Writer

Two Bellwood-Antis basketball players were recently chosen as Pennsylvania All-State basketball selections by the PA Sports Writers.

Junior Karson Swogger made the All-State first team for the girls, while senior Nathan Davis made the All-State second team for the boys’ basketball.

It is no surprise to find either player on the All-State teams, as they have gone down as arguably two of the best basketball players to go through Bellwood-Antis in recent memory.

Karson is one of the best, if not the best player I have ever coached.”

— Coach Jim Swaney

And Karson is still not done. She still has one more year, and she was the only underclassman to be included on the All-State first team.

“Karson is one of the best, if not the best player I have ever coached,” said Lady Devil coach Jim Sewaney. “She is a strong athlete who works all the time at her game.  She is a complete player, great ball handler, good shooter and very good defender.  Karson is also working on her leadership skills, which as a point guard she will need at the next level.”

Karson had a career year for Bellwood-Antis basketball, as she broke the career scoring record, which was 1,631 points, as well as the season scoring record of 700 points, and she is still improving. She will enter her senior season looking to go over 2,000 career points.

“It is an honor to be picked as an All-State selection. It truly shows that hard work pays off. I wouldn’t be here without my teammates,” said Swogger.

Nathan can be found working on his game at the Northern Blair County Rec Center most days of the week, as he is always looking for ways to improve his game, and all his hard-work is paying off.

“One of the mottos that I use with all of my players is, ‘You get out what you put in!’ Nathan has worked tremendously hard on his game and this All-State selection is well deserved,” said B-A coach Brent Gerwert.

I’m very honored, and it’s a nice way to wrap up my high school career.”

— Nathan Davis

Nathan enjoyed success individually and l as a team this year, as he led B-A to its first District title since 2003, and to an ICC championship. Nathan also became the only boys’ or girls’ basketball player in Bellwood-Antis history to score 2,000 career points.

In fact, he is only the third player from Blair County to ever reach the 2,000-point plateau.

“I’m very honored, and it’s a nice way to wrap up my high school career. It is a testament of all the success that we had as a team,” said Davis about his All-State selection.

Nathan will be attending Seton Hill University next year, as he will look to continue his basketball success onto the next level.

Here’s a breakdown of boys and girls Class AA:

BOYS CLASS AA

FIRST TEAM
Mohamed Bamba, Westtown, 6-11 jr, 13.7 ppg

Nelly Cummings, Lincoln Park, 6-0 jr, 23.3 ppg

Chucky Humphries, Aliquippa, 6-6 sr, 16.0 ppg

De’Andre Hunter, Friends Central, 6-7 sr, 23.5 ppg

Jassir Jordan, Aliquippa, 5-10 sr, 18.5 ppg

Brandon Randolph, Westtown, 6-6 jr, 17.5 ppg

SECOND TEAM
Nick Alikakos, Episcopal Academy, 6-7 jr, 22.7 ppg

Nathan Davis, Bellwood-Antis, 6-3 sr, 21.7 ppg

Austin Gilbertson, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-3 jr, 15.5 ppg

Devon Goodman, Germantown Academy, 5-10 sr, 19.8 ppg

LaPri McCray-Pace, Conwell-Egan, 6-3 sr, 17.4 ppg

Daeqwon Plowden, Mastery Charter North, 6-5 jr, 15.0 ppg

Kody Trude, West Branch, 6-5 sr, 18.5 ppg

THIRD TEAM
Nick Aloi, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-1 sr, 17.7 ppg

Jair Bolden, Westtown, 6-4 sr, 9.0 ppg

Andrew Bucheit, Kane, 6-6 jr, 19.9 ppg

Vinny Dalessandro, Conwell-Egan, 6-7 sr, 14.0 ppg

Tony Harding, Lakeland, 6-3 sr, 27.0 ppg

Darton McIntire, Waynesburg Central, 6-0 so, 26.3 ppg

Cameron Reddish, Westtown, 6-7 so, 11 ppg

GIRLS CLASS AA

FIRST TEAM

Bionca Dunham, Imhotep Charter, 6-2, Sr., 16.8

Alisha Kebbe, Neumann-Goretti, 5-10, Sr., 14.4

Karlee Krchnavi, Palisades, 6-0, Sr., 18.4

Rebecca Prociak, Holy Redeemer, 5-11, Sr., 24.5

Kamiah Smalls, Neumann-Goretti, 5-10, Sr., 12.6

Karson Swogger, Bellwood-Antis, 5-8, Jr., 27.9

SECOND TEAM

Kayla Agentowicz, Lakeland, 5-8, Sr., 20.9

Kate Bauhof, York Catholic, 5-6, So., 21.6

Brooke Hinderliter, Redbank Valley, 5-8, Sr., 22.0

Maddie Martin, Dunmore, 5-7, Jr., 15.9

Natalie Myers, Burrell, 5-11, Sr., 22.5

Chyna Nixon, Neumann-Goretti, 5-11, Jr., 11.0

Haley Thomas, Bishop McCort, 5-10, Jr., 21.3

THIRD TEAM

Sierra DaCosta, Imhotep Charter, 5-8, Sr., 12.0

LeeAnn Gibson, Karns City, 5-9, Sr., 16.8

Tiffany Lapotsky, North Schuylkill, 5-7, Sr., 18.2

Erin Lindhal, Germantown Academy, 5-9, Sr., 13.0

Abby Schoffstall, Minersville, 5-7, Jr., 14.8

Courtney Schrock, North Star, 5-4, Sr., 13.0

Leah Springer, Camp Hill, 6-0, Sr., 21.2

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