LEWISTOWN — Noah Wright was honored with the Harry Rothrock/Dick Webber Award, which is presented annually to Mifflin County High School’s best boys basketball player, Wednesday evening at the Mifflin County High School Auditorium.
Xavier Vega finished second in the voting while Tyler Metz took third.
“It’s a good feeling to win it. I’m excited. I’ve definitely grown a lot in my four years here. I was just a little sophomore 150-pound kid who didn’t have much of a chance when I started,” Wright said. “Now, I’ve grown into myself and am more confident in my abilities. I am more prepared to continue my athletic career in college, thanks to my four years here at Mifflin County.”
Wright, who will continue his football and basketball career at Juniata College, also finished second in the voting for the Alex Ufema Award (football). Wright averaged almost 14 points per game and capped his tenure at Mifflin County with a career high 31 points against Central Mountain in the final game of the season.
Wright, a three-sport athlete, placed third in the inaugural Buck Riden/Jim Hockenbrock Award for baseball. He was point guard on the basketball team, quarterback on the football squad and second base on the baseball team.
“Obviously, I wanted to win them all. It’s nice to know that people think you are one of the best athletes in the school and they’re behind you,” Wright said. “This is a great community and they always support you no matter what. I enjoyed my time here at Mifflin County. I’m proud to win the Weber/Rothrock Award and I look forward to going after the District 6 championship (baseball) before I leave here.”
Vega was the second leading scorer on the team and Metz was a part-time starter who gave the Huskies key minutes with his scoring and defensive abilities. Vega is a junior and Metz just a sophomore. Mifflin County finished the season 1-21 in coach Scott Gaffey’s first season.
Despite the disappointing season, Wright captained the team throughout, instilling in his teammates and never-say-die attitude.
“It was a tough season but we never gave up and played hard in every game,” Wright said.
The Rothrock/Webber Award is presented annually by Big Lewie Radio to Mifflin County’s top boys’ basketball player. Nominees are voted on by local media, including The Sentinel, and representatives of the Mifflin County High School’s athletic department. Each voter chose three candidates, with points awarded to first, second and third-place vote recipients and the award going to the athlete with the highest vote total.