Honors to 4 from JMS

Juniata Mennonite boys basketball coach Joe Tusing is quick to point out the strengths Luke Sheaffer and Trey Tusing bring to the Lions.

Those strengths didn’t go unnoticed by other coaches in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association either as they were recently named league all-stars.

The pair averaged around 11 points per game and each had a 20-point performance for the Lions. Tusing scored 25 points against Walnut Street Christian while Sheaffer scored 21 against New Covenant Christian.

“We were fortunate enough as a team to have two all stars this year. This not only an individual award but it is a team accomplishment as well,” Joe Tusing said. “I am proud of Luke and Trey, they are both a pleasure to coach. They both work hard and always give 100 percent.”

Trey Tusing was recognized by opposing coaches for having his best offensive performances against the better teams in the league.

“He brought a lot of energy to the team. He stepped up for us in the big games,” Joe Tusing said. “He averaged 17 points a game against the top four teams in our league. I think they recognized him because he brings a lot of energy and gets to the hoop for us and is solid defensively.”

Sheaffer’s great attribute was helping the Lions under the hoop.

“Luke brought a good inside presence for us. He is a great, athletic young man,” Tusing said. “He was the guy that always came down with the rebound, and defensively, misdirected shots and blocked shots.”

A pair of girls — Grace Sheaffer and Maribeth Arnold — also were honored by the ACAA. The Lions’ girls coach, Jimmy Tusing, did not respond to requests for more information.