LIVE NOW /
Watch WKBN 27 First News This Morning

Kennedy Catholic’s run highlights 2018-19 boys basketball season

Sports
Oscar Tshiebwe, Zach Rasile and Ethan Porterfield – High School Basketball

(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio WKBN) The 2018-19 season saw many prestigious accolades attained as well as personal achievements met. The area gave us a state champion and eleven local teams posted 20-wins or more.

Kennedy Catholic, once again, reigned supreme in Pennsylvania basketball by winning their 4th straight state championship – this time in Class 6A – a thrilling double overtime 64-62 win over Pennridge. Coach Rick Mancino’s team went 27-3 and featured a trio of Division I seniors in Mattia Acunzo (Toledo), Maceo Austin (Duquense), and Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia). Austin averaged 22 points per game as Tshiebwe – who was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year – finished his year with a 23.2 scoring and 18 rebound average. 

Three Ohio teams advanced to the Regionals led by Springfield, who was one-step from the state tournament. The Tigers lost to Richmond Heights by 3 (46-43) in the Canton Regional Final. Springfield closed out the season with a 21-6 mark and featured 4 players who scored in double-figures (Drew Clark, Shane Eynon, Evan Ohlin, Clay Medvec). Three of the four will return next year for coach Steve French. For the 9th time in the past 18 years, Poland got the Sweet 16 following their 69-57 overtime win in the Boardman District Championship over Chaney. The Bulldogs’ 1-2 punch of Braeden O’Shaughnessy (19.7 ppg, 3.8 apg) and Daniel Kramer (16.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg) proved to be the winning combination once again. Bristol, a Trumbull County powerhouse, made their 1st Regional appearance – after their 52-39 win over Badger – in the past 16 years. Gage Elza broke the school record for scoring in a season with 607 points. Elza averaged 23.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.0 steals. 

McDonald’s Zach Rasile continued his brilliant career by leading the area in scoring (34.7 ppg) and by connecting on 113 three-point baskets. Rasile, a junior, broke the state record for most 3-pointers made all-time. He has surpassed the school record for most points in a season (832) and in a career (2026). He’s only a junior, folks. Boardman won the All-American Conference Red Division by outscoring their opponents on average by almost 15 points per game. Junior Derrick Anderson led the team in scoring (17.4) and assists (5.2) while shooting 75% from the line. LaBrae finished with their 3rd consecutive season with 20-wins. During that stretch, the Vikings have won 68 games (68-8). Lakeview proved that last year’s District championship and 20-win season wasn’t a fluke as they finished with a 19-5 record. In their first season back as a varsity program, Chaney – under the leadership of Marlon McGaughy – won 20-games and had 6 different players score 200-points. Senior Marquel Gillespie led the team with 14.6 points per game and by shooting 63.9% from the floor. East Liverpool went from a 9-win team to a 19-win club within a year. Senior Gabe Roach – the Columbiana County Player of the Year – guided the Potters to a 19-6 mark and a trip to the District Finals. Roach closed out his year by scoring 16.2 points and hauling down 6.5 boards. In Beloit, West Branch finished with a 16-7 record (3rd place in EBC) but the real story was coach Randy Montgomery – who retired after this season. In his last regular season matchup, the Warriors registered a 55-46 win over Hubbard which was their coach’s 600th all-time victory. Quite a career which saw him make stops at Triway, Hoover and at West Branch.

Across the border, Farrell won 23 games and finished atop Region 2. The Steelers made their way into the Class 2A State Quarterfinals. Speaking of post-season runs, Sharon advanced to the Triple A Western Final where they were toppled by eventual-state champ Lincoln Park. The Tigers’ Ethan Porterfield closed out the campaign by averaging 20.9 points and 9.7 boards while shooting 47.1% from long distance. Hickory and New Castle met in the Quad A State Quarterfinal. The Hornets won, 59-48. Hickory was crowned the Region 5 champion with a 15-1 league mark and a 27-2 overall record. Junior Donald Whitehead scored an average of 20.4 points, 5 assists and shot 43.5% from 3-point land. Sophomore Peyton Mele accumulated a stat line of 14.9 points, shot 46% from beyond the arc and an amazing 89.3% from the foul line on 75 attempts. They made their way into the Western Final where they lost to Imhotep Charter in Williamsport. Imhotep would go onto win the title later in the week. New Castle won the WPIAL tournament and finished with 23 victories. Much like Springfield, the Hurricanes featured 4 double-figure scorers (Sheldon Cox, Drew Cox, Demetris McKnight, Michael Wells. Three of the 4 will return next season for coach Ralph Blundo.

Ohio’s AP Poll
-Four different area schools were ranked in the Top 10 this year (Badger, Bristol, LaBrae, Poland)
Bristol
…Closed out the poll at #6 in Division IV. The Panthers have been ranked in the top 10 now for 11 straight weeks (dating back to January 29, 2018). For a three-week stretch (January 21 – February 4, 2019), Bristol was ranked #5. The last time the Panthers were ranked higher was at the end of the 2012-13 season when they were #3 (February 18, 2013).
LaBrae
…The Vikings fell out of the Top 10 after being ranked for 17 weeks in a row which was over 2 years  (January 9, 2017 to January 21, 2019). 
Poland
…The Bulldogs jumped into the Top 10 (of Division II) on January 28, 2019. They rose from #10 to #4 over the next four weeks. Each of the past two seasons, Poland finished in the top 5 (2019: #4; 2018: #3). 
 

2019 Starting 5
-11th season of the Starting 5. 46 different players have been selected from 24 schools.
Maceo Austin – Kennedy Catholic
Oscar Tshiebwe – Kennedy Catholic

-Austin & Tshiebwe became the 2nd and 3rd players to be selected for the Starting 5 twice from Western Pennsylvania (joining Malik Miller of Farrell). Austin averaged 22 points per game while Tshiebwe nearly averaged 20-20 (23 points, 18 rebounds).
Braeden O’Shaughnessy – Poland
-O’Shaughnessy became the 3rd Bulldog to be named to the Starting 5 twice (joining Niko Fatimus & Colin Reardon).
Ethan Porterfield – Sharon
-Porterfield was the 1st Sharon Tiger to be selected onto the Starting 5. Ethan finished his career with a stellar season which saw the big man shoot over 47% from distance and average 21 and 10.
Zach Rasile – McDonald
-As a junior, Rasile is the first player to be selected for this prestigious honor three times. Zach broke the state record for most 3-pointers made and set numerous school marks in scoring. 

Individual Leaderboard

Schools participated – Badger, Boardman, Bristol, Brookfield, Campbell Memorial, Canfield, Champion, Chaney, Columbiana, Crestview, East, East Palestine, Fitch, Girard, Hickory, Howland, Hubbard, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeview (OH), Lakeview (PA), Leetonia, Lisbon, Lordstown, Lowellville, Maplewood, Mathews, McDonald, Mineral Ridge, New Castle, Newton Falls, Poland, Reynolds, Niles, Salem, Sharon, South Range, Southern, Springfield, Struthers, United, Valley Christian, Warren Harding, Warren JFK, West Branch, West Middlesex, Western Reserve, Wilmington

Scoring
1.Zach Rasile (McDonald/JR) – 34.7
2.Cyler Kane-Johnson (Niles/SR) – 25.1
3.Gage Elza (Bristol/SR) – 23.3
4.Oscar Tshiebwe (Kennedy Catholic/SR) – 23.2
5.Maceo Austin (Kennedy Catholic/SR) – 22.0
6.Aiden Miller (Badger/SR) – 21.4
7.Ethan Porterfield (Sharon/SR) – 20.9
8.Milan Square (Valley Christian/SR) – 20.4
8.Donald Whitehead (Hickory/JR) – 20.4
10.Justin Sweeney (Lisbon/SR) – 20.1
11.Braeden O’Shaughnessy (Poland/SR) – 19.7
12.Dom McGhee (Harding/SR) – 19.2
13.Shyne Sims (Reynolds/SR) – 18.9
14.Todd Simons (Fitch/SO) – 18.6
15.Gavin Boggs (Lakeview, PA/SR) – 18.5
16.Jordan Zupko (Mineral Ridge/SR) – 17.8
17.Derrick Anderson (Boardman/JR) – 17.4
18.Joe Abramovich (Champion/SR) – 17.3
19.Chris Brooks (South Range/JR) – 17.2
19.Cam Resatar (Hubbard/JR) – 17.2
21.Matt Hvisdak (Lowellville/SR) – 17.1
22.Tyler Roscoe (Mathews/JR) – 16.8
23.Daniel Kramer (Poland/SR) – 16.6
23.Reese Leone (West Branch/JR) – 16.6
25.Austin Claussell (Girard/SR) – 16.2
25.Cam Grodhaus (Southern/JR) – 16.2
25.Ricky Ladjevich (West Middlesex/SR) – 16.2
25.Gabe Roach (East Liverpool/SR) – 16.2

Rebounding
1.Oscar Tshiebwe (Kennedy Catholic/SR) – 18.0
2.Quincy Jones (Chaney/SO) – 11.3
3.Drew Clark (Springfield/JR) – 10.7
4.Landon Baker (United/SR) – 10.5
5.Nick Everett (West Branch/JR) – 9.9
6.Cameron Hollobaugh (Warren JFK/SO) – 9.7
6.Ethan Porterfield (Sharon/SR) – 9.7
8.Chris Brooks (South Range/JR) – 9.4
9.Caleb Quinn (Western Reserve/SR) – 9.2
10.Aydin Hanousek (Canfield/SR) – 8.6
11.Nathan Barrett (Howland/SR) – 8.5
11.Jayce Sloan (Southern/JR) – 8.5
13.Matt Church (Bristol/JR) – 8.3
13.Shane Eynon (Springfield/SR) – 8.3
13.Matt Mazei (Columbiana/JR) – 8.3
16.Dakota Ragazzine (Mineral Ridge/SR) – 8.2
16.Justin Sweeney (Lisbon/SR) – 8.2
18.Gage Friend (Newton Falls/SR) – 8.0
18.Jake Portolese (McDonald/SO) – 8.0
20.Aiden Miller (Badger/SR) – 7.6
20.Hunter Zentner (Columbiana/JR) – 7.6
22.Jake Bowen (West Middlesex/SR) – 7.4
23.Keith Barto (Badger/SR) – 7.2
23.Austin Willforth (Champion/SO) – 7.2
25.Cyler Kane-Johnson (Niles/SR) – 7.1
25.Jake Rotz (Lowellville/SR) – 7.1

Assists
1.Joey Kline (Newton Falls/SO) – 6.6
2.Tresean Jackson (East Liverpool/JR) – 6.2
3.Cameron Lawrence (Chaney/SO) – 6.1
4.Matt Hvisdak (Lowellville/SR) – 5.8
5.Josh Celli (McDonald/SR) – 5.5
6.Derrick Anderson (Boardman/JR) – 5.2
7.Deland Richardson (East/SR) – 5.1
8.Dominic Greenwood (Mathews/FR) – 5.0
8.Cameron Marett (Wilmington/SR) – 5.0
8.A.J. McClellan (Lakeview/SR) – 5.0
8.Evan Ohlin (Springfield/JR) – 5.0
8.Donald Whitehead (Hickory/JR) – 5.0
13.Michael Graham (New Castle/FR) – 4.9
14.Reese Leone (West Branch/JR) – 4.8
15.Jaxon Anderson (South Range/SR) – 4.5
15.Michael Callaway (Sharon/JR) – 4.5
15.Robert Pontius (Wilmington/SR) – 4.5
15.Payne Prowell (New Castle/SR) – 4.5
19.Chase Wheelock (Champion/SR) – 4.4
20.Hunter Zentner (Columbiana/JR) – 4.1
21.Connor Crogan (Canfield/SR) – 4.0
21.Jordan Sperling (Howland/SO) – 4.0
23.Gage Elza (Bristol/SR) – 3.8
23.Braeden O’Shaugnessy (Poland/SR) – 3.8
25.Ben Irons (South Range/SR) – 3.7
25.Ryan McCullough (Lisbon/SO) – 3.7
25.Casey Mild (West Middlesex/SR) – 3.7

Steals
1.Nick Scarpitti (West Branch/JR) – 3.8
2.Matt Hvisdak (Lowellville/SR) – 3.5
2.Cameron Marett (Wilmington/SR) – 3.5
4.Josh Celli (McDonald/SR) – 3.1
4.Marquel Gillespie (Chaney/SR) – 3.1
6.Gage Elza (Bristol/SR) – 3.0
6.Gabe Roach (East Liverpool/SR) – 3.0
6.Che Trevena (Boardman/SR) – 3.0
6.Jordan Trowers (Valley Christian/SR) – 3.0
6.Jordan Zupko (Mineral Ridge/SR) – 3.0
11.Damion Durst (Bristol/SR) – 2.9
11.Jayce Sloan (Southern/JR) – 2.9
13.Aiden Miller (Badger/SR) – 2.8
14.Dominic Greenwood (Mathews/FR) – 2.7
15.Derrick Anderson (Boardman/JR) – 2.6
15.Drew Clark (Springfield/JR) – 2.6
15.Zach Rasile (McDonald/JR) – 2.6

Field Goal Percentage (minimum of 100 FGA)
1.Roco Iacino (Hickory/SO) – 64.8%
2.Marquel Gillespie (Chaney/SR) – 63.9%
3.Ethan Porterfield (Sharon/SR) – 61.9%
4.Jake Bowen (West Middlesex/SR) – 59.6%
5.Gage Friend (Newton Falls/SR) – 58.9%
6.Jacob Yohman (Wilmington/SR) – 58.4%
7.Jeff Remmick (Lakeview/SR) – 58.2%
8.Gabe Roach (East Liverpool/SR) – 58.1%
9.Brandon Zuchowski (West Branch/SR) – 56.2%
10.Kyle Gamble (Canfield/SR) – 55.9%
11.Shane Eynon (Springfield/SR) – 55.7%
11.Aiden Miller (Badger/SR) – 55.7%
13.Nathan Barrett (Howland/SR) – 55.4%
14.Ryan Fahs (Columbiana/JR) – 55.3%
15.Chris Brooks (South Range/JR) – 54.8%
16.Jalen Jarvie (Hicjory/JR) – 54.6%
17.Daniel Kramer (Poland/SR) – 53.8%
18.Matt Church (Bristol/JR) – 53.6%
19.John Smith (Mathews/SR) – 53.1%
20.Zach Long (West Middlesex/SR) – 53.0%

Three-Point Percentage (minimum of 40 3PTA)
1.Ethan Porterfield (Sharon/SR) – 47.1%
2.Peyton Mele (Hickory/SO) – 46.0%
3.Zach Rasile (McDonald/JR) – 45.9%
4.Che Trevena (Boardman/SR) – 45.8%
5.Donald Whitehead (Hickory/JR) – 44.6%
6.Jorden Baker (Leetonia/SO) – 44.2%
6.Daniel Evans (Lakeview/SR) – 44.2%
8.Kyle Gamble (Canfield/SR) – 42.4%
9.Austin Millhoan (Lordstown/JR) – 41.8%
10.Dom McGhee (Harding/SR) – 41%
11.Josh Honeycutt (Newton Falls/SO) – 40.4%
12.Jon Hiner (Brookfield/JR) – 39.7%
13.Blayne Brownfield (Lisbon/SO) – 39.6%
13.Aiden Miller (Badger/SR) – 39.6%
15.Nick Stahlman (Champion/JR) – 38.9%
16.Adam Honeycutt (Newton Falls/JR) – 38.8%
17.Dom Carkido (McDonald/SO) – 38.5%
18.Milan Square (Valley Christian/SR) – 38.2%
18.Sean Whitehead (Columbiana/JR) – 38.2%
20.Michael Cougras (Poland/JR) – 38.0%
21.Jared Laczko (Struthers/JR) – 37.8%
22.Cameron Atallah (Sharon/JR) – 37.7%
22.Hunter Bates (Maplewood/SR) – 37.7%
22.Dom Wycoff (Crestview/SO) – 37.7%
25.Vinny Sharp (Mathews/FR) – 37.1%

Free Throw Percentage (minimum of 50 FTA)
1.Noah Klasic (Western Reserve/SO) – 92.9%
2.Peyton Mele (Hickory/SO) – 89.3%
3.Ike Herster (Kennedy Catholic/JR) – 84.4%
4.Kyle Gamble (Canfield/SR) – 82.7%
5.Shyne Sims (Reynolds/SR) – 81.1%
6.Elite Williams (Sharon/SR) – 80.6%
7.Sheldon Cox (New Castle/SO) – 79.4%
8.Ryan Fahs (Columbiana/JR) – 79.3%
9.Reese Leone (West Branch/JR) – 78.8%
9.Ethan Porterfield (Sharon/SR) – 78.8%
11.Carl Sadler (East/SR) – 78.7%
12.Donald Whitehead (Hickory/JR) – 78.1%
13.Dom Posey (East Palestine/SR) – 77.8%
14.Casey Mild (West Middlesex/SR) – 77.2%
15.Hunter Bates (Maplewood/SR) – 76.5%
16.Gavin Boggs (Lakeview,PA/SR) – 76.3%
17.Jordan Zupko (Mineral Ridge/SR) – 76.1%
18.Vinny Sharp (Mathews/FR) – 76.0%
19.Nathan Barrett (Howland/SR) – 75.5%
19.Cyler Kane-Johnson (Niles/SR) – 75.5%
21.Christian Graziano (Girard/JR) – 75.3%
22.Zach Rasile (McDonald/JR) – 75.1%
23.Derrick Anderson (Boardman/JR) – 75.0%
23.Ethan Hartman (Leetonia/SR) – 75.0%
25.Ricky Ladjevich (West Middlesex/SR) – 74.7%
 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending on WKBN.com