Five Warren County boys earn all-region basketball honors

Youngsville's Gage Hendrickson.

There were a number of intriguing stories for boys basketball programs in Warren County this past season, and many of the players who made that possible were honored with all-region selections.

Youngsville’s Gage Hendrickson, Tidioute’s Jared Veasey and Patrick Shields, as well as Warren’s Caleb Ei were all selected as first-team in their respective regions. In addition, Warren’s Jake Kupchella earned second-team honors.

Ei and Kupchella were leaders of a strong senior class for the Dragons that saw them in the thick of the Region 6 race all season long, culminating with the group’s first-ever playoff win against Fort LeBoeuf.

Ei was the Dragons’ leading scorer, checking in at 13.5 per game to go along with 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals, while shooting 54 percent from the floor, including a staggering 50 percent (17-of-34) from 3-point range. Kupchella, meanwhile, averaged 11.2 per game, including 5 boards a game, two assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 41 percent from the field.

Hendrickson was a part of a resurgence for the Youngsville basketball program, going 11-11 in the regular season and going to the District 10 playoffs, where they fell to state-qualifier Wilmington, which finished in the top 16 in the state. Quite simply, the junior standout was one of the best players in Region 3. He was a walking double-double, averaging 16.7 ppg., and 11.0 rpg. while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free throw line. With all but one of their top eight players returning next season, the future is very bright for the Eagles.

Tidioute had a successful return to District 10, going 13-9 and led by the talented senior class, which was spearheaded by Veasey and Shields, advancing to the D-10 semifinals. Another double-double machine, Veasey led the Bulldogs in scoring at 17.1 ppg. despite being the focal point of opposing defenses. He was crafty underneath and could score in a variety of ways.

Shields, meanwhile, was Mr. inside-out. He had good size that provided a great rebounding punch with Veasey, but was also an adept 3-point shooter.

He drained 47 triples on the season, and, along with fellow senior Ryan Williams, was a perfect compliment to Veasey’s inside game.

The full all-region teams are listed below.

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REGION 1 ALL-STARS

Jared Mink Commodore Perry 12

Nate Stringert Commodore Perry 12

Dawson Urbansky Jamestown 12

Austin Smith Jamestown 12

Elliot Steadman Jamestown 12

Jared Veasey Tidioute Charter 12

Patrick Shields Tidioute Charter 12

Region champion — Jamestown

Region player of the year — Austin Smith, Jamestown

Note: District 10 rules require a region to have at least four teams to have a first and second all-region team. Region 1 has just three teams with just one all-region team.

REGION 2 ALL-STARS

First team

Kyi Wright Farrell 12

Gavin Boggs Lakeview 12

Rick Ladjevich West Middlesex 12

Eric Hopson Farrell 11

Shyne Sims Reynolds 12

Second team

Zach Long West Middlesex 12

Danny Hanssen Wilmington 12

Casey Mild West Middlesex 12

Robert Pontius Wilmington 12

Kobe Hilton Farrell 12

Region champion — Farrell

Region player of the year — Kyi Wright, Farrell

REGION 3 ALL-STARS

First team

Kohl Bernarding Cochranton 12

Miles Parker Union City 12

Bronnan Higley Union City 12

Camden Mattocks Maplewood 12

Gage Hendrickson Youngsville 11

Second team

Lance Welker Cambridge Springs 11

Eli Draa Saegertown 12

Brayden Kinney Union City 12

Jordan Hollabaugh Maplewood 12

Alex McKay Cochranton 12

Region champion — Cochranton

Region player of the year — Kohl Bernarding, Cochranton

REGION 4 ALL-STARS

First team

Matt Bengel Mercyhurst Prep 11

Jamison Cook Fairview 12

Matt Niland Fairview 12

Cameron Feathers Girard 12

Robbie Everhart Northwestern 12

Second team

Colton Hoffman Seneca 12

Alex Miklinski Mercyhurst Prep 12

Eldar Parazac Erie First Christian 12

Garrett Hein North East 10

Uros Cica Erie First Christian 12

Region champion — Fairview

Region player of the year — Matt Bengel, Mercyhurst Prep

REGION 5 ALL-STARS

First team

Ethan Porterfield Sharon 12

Donald Whitehead Hickory 11

Marcos Cintron Grove City 12

Peyton Mele Hickory 10

Tyus Wood Franklin 12

Second team

Logan Lutz Grove City 12

Isaiah Jarzab Hickory 11

Elite Williams Sharon 12

Luke Levis Sharpsville 12

Tanner Niemann Conneaut 11

Region champion — Hickory

Region co-players of the year — Donald Whitehead, Hickory and Ethan Porterfield, Sharon

REGION 6 ALL-STARS

First team

Seth Myers General McLane 12

JaiQuil Johnson Titusville 12

Caleb Ei Warren 12

Logan Donahue General McLane 12

Branden Elchynski Corry 12

Greg Barney Harbor Creek 12

Second team

Guy Anthony Titusville 11

Jake Kupchella Warren 12

Dylan Proctor Fort LeBoeuf 12

Micah Knapp Corry 11

Cade Skinner Titusville 12

Region champion — Titusville

Region player of the year — Seth Myers, General McLane

REGION 7 ALL-STARS

First team

Oscar Tshiebwe Kennedy Catholic 12

Maceo Austin Kennedy Catholic 12

William Jeffress McDowell 10

Lashon Lindsey Meadville 12

Samad Bailey Erie 12

Ike Herster Kennedy Catholic 11

Second team

Michael Lucarotti Cathedral Prep 10

Liam Galla Cathedral Prep 10

Davyon Butler Meadville 11

Jack Gallagher McDowell 12

Kyrion Pacley Erie 12

Alfonso Pickens Cathedral Prep 11

Region champion — Kennedy Catholic

Region player of the year — Oscar Tshiebwe, Kennedy Catholic

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