Tigers, Wildcats finish season with TVL honors
The Tri-Valley League boys basketball all-star list includes multiple first-team selections from both Greenwood and East Juniata.
Junior Nick Lorenz of East Juniata was selected as the league’s Most Valuable Player, the first from East Juniata to be so honored during Coach Brock Anders’ tenure, while fellow junior and teammate Bailey Coder also collected first-team honors.
Greenwood boasts two first-team selections in seniors Ryan Kerstetter and Josh Ferguson while junior teammate Tyler Fegley collected a second-team bid.
Lorenz helped lead the Tigers to a District 4 Class AA semifinal berth in 2013 with his 21 points per game in league play. He scored a season-high 32 points against Lancaster Country Day and netted 35 three-pointers during the 2013 TVL campaign. The MVP will look to break the 1,000-point milestone in his senior season. Anders has high praise, and expectations for Lorenz and his contributions to the Tigers’ squad.
“(Nick) is a vital part to our team – he was the best scorer in the league and in my opinion one of the best, if not the best, defender,” Anders said.
As far as the MVP accolade, Anders attributes Lorenz’s hard work.
“That’s a tribute to Nick’s work ethic,” he said.
Anders said Lorenz’s leadership on the floor sets the tone for the rest of the team and it allowed the Tigers to have a successful season.
Coder made his living in the paint for the Tigers, monitoring the glass while chipping in 12.4 points per game in the league. He netted 19 points, which appropriately helped his team notch its record 19th victory on the season and the team’s first District 4 playoff win in school history, a 57-46 triumph over Northern Tier League champion Towanda.
“He led the league in rebounds and blocks and was a defensive presence in the middle of the paint,” Anders said.
Coder was indeed a monster in the paint in the TVL campaign as he snagged 192 rebounds and blocked 57 shots.
Anders added that the combination of the all-stars allowed them to score from the perimeter and inside.
“I couldn’t ask for two better guys to lead us in 2013-2014,” Anders said.
Kerstetter has been the steady scoring leader for the Wildcats, who won their fourth straight league title and 10th overall. Coach Kent Houser, who was named TVL coach of the year, said Kerstetter improved from last year, shooting the ball well, particularly from three-point land. He knocked down 62 three-pointers in the 2013 campaign while averaging 13.2 points per game. Kerstetter had his biggest scoring night when he dropped a season-high 25 points in Greenwood’s District 3 Class AA semifinal dismantling of Harrisburg Christian, 57-24.
“(Kerstetter) had a really nice year for us,” Houser said. “He was consistently our best outside shooter and he provided a big part of our offense.”
Ferguson also was a steady force for the Wildcats – “The definition of a stat-stuffer,” Houser said. Ferguson ended his senior season averaging nearly 13 points per game (12.9). Ferguson was tenacious on defense as well, collecting 52 steals, which often led to transition offense and helped him lead the league in assists with 79.
“He does everything, assists, steals, blocks – he shoots at an incredibly high average and he seems to make a big play when you need a big play,” Houser said.
Fegley took the role of operating the point for the Wildcat offense following a season where he was a standout defensively. Fegley dispensed the ball well on offense, dishing out 39 total assists on the season. He was stubborn on the defensive side of the ball as he picked 32 total steals.
“I thought he really improved,” Houser said. “He provided us a lot of stability at that position (point guard) and it was hard to take him out of the game.”