Mid-Penn Commonwealth honors six Mifflin County athletes
LEWISTOWN — Six Mifflin County athletes — four in wrestling and two in girls basketball — were selected as Mid-Penn Commonwealth all-stars for the 2018-19 season.
Recently crowned PIAA 160-pound sophomore state champion Trey Kibe, along with freshman Nic Allison (106) and senior Christian Fisher (120) made the first team, while junior Blaine Davis (285) landed on the second team, in wrestling.
Husky sophomore Molly Wagoner is on the second team in girls basketball with senior Hannah Aumiller earning honorable mention status.
Kibe put together a sensational 41-1 season capped off by a 6-2 win over Lower Dauphin’s Clayton Ulrey in the PIAA finals to become the first sophomore in county history to win a state title in wrestling.
Kibe, a state qualifier as a freshman, owns a 79-9 career record with two years to go. The all-time wins leader in county history is Lewistown standout Matt Bonson with 159. Kibe is a two-time District 6 champion and a 2019 Northwest regional champ.
“Trey, in his wrestling, took a step up in his maturity. If you want to win a state title, you have to fix your weaknesses and one of them is to become more efficient on his feet. That made all the difference this year at Hershey,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “He got the takedowns he needed in every match and that was huge.”
Fisher won three district titles, a Northwest regional championship and placed twice at Hershey. This season, he went 31-10 but failed to reach the podium at states, battling injured ribs. Fisher ends his career with a 116-44 record. The 116 wins put Fisher fourth all-time in Husky history behind Trent Hidlay (154), Hayden Hidlay (149) and Noah Stewart (146).
“His senior year was good. Unfortunately, it didn’t finish the way we hoped it would, but if you look over Fisher’s body of work, individually and with the teams he was on, it is impressive,” Martin said. “He was a part of some special moments and you can’t take that away from him. I’m so glad he got to be a trendsetter here for our program.”
Allison had a strong freshman campaign, capturing both a District 6 and regional championship and going 1-2 at states. He was 35-5 on the season and winner of the Ultimate Warrior Tournament.
“As long as he remembers the steps that Trey took from his freshman year to his sophomore year. If Nick does those things, he’s going to be an outstanding sophomore,” Martin said. “He had an excellent year but I do hope his experience at states lit a burning fire to fix his weaknesses.”
Davis (28-11) emerged after two years away from the sport and anchored the heavyweight spot for Mifflin County. He finished second at both districts and regionals, earning a berth in the PIAA championships.
“It was great to have Blaine. He took a couple of years off. I hope the fire is still in his belly for next year,” Martin said. “There were a lot of seniors in his weight class, so if he puts in a strong body of work, he could have an outstanding senior year.”
Despite battling some health issues, Wagoner made second-team all-star averaging 13.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game. She shot 72 percent from the free-throw line, was third on the team in assists, steals, and second in the all of the Mid-Penn in blocked shots.
“Molly missed three games. She played in 19 games and I can’t say enough about what she did. She was the target of every team we played,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “She was doubled, tripled and sometimes quadruple covered. She had to make plays at times when there wasn’t any.
“She had a sensational season. To average a double-double for the season is impressive for anybody, let alone a tenth grader,” Herto continued. “Her presence defensively kept us in games. Molly has a tremendous future and I’m looking for big things from her. The sky is the limit.”
Aumiller missed time with a shoulder injury yet still averaged 8.4 points, four boards and two assists per contest in her role as point guard and team captain. She finished the season with 59 deflections and 35 steals. She shot 73 percent from the charity stripe.
“Hannah missed three games. We had a lot of people miss games. She suffered the injury up at Hollidaysburg,” Herto said. “Without question, she was our best defender among guards. We went to a lot of diamond-on-one defense at the end of the season and if it was a bigger player, Hanna Rittenhouse played her, but if it was a straight-up guard, Hannah Aumiller played her. She had a great senior season and made a lot of things happen defensively. I’m really proud of her.”