PUNXSUTAWNEY — For the first time in more than a half-decade, two Punxsy underclassmen were named to the District IX Boys' Basketball League All-Star team.
Junior guards Logan Weaver and Daniel Triponey received the honor Monday, becoming the first non-senior tandem at PAHS to accomplish the feat since the 2004-2005 season. Along with senior Adam Vassallo, junior Dennis Manges and sophomore Devin Mesoraco were recognized as All-Stars six years ago.
"It's exciting to get two players on the All-Star team," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said. "When they're both juniors and coming back, that's something we haven't experienced in a long time."
Weaver and Triponey formed one of the best scoring guard tandems in the district, combining for 30 points per game and leading Punxsy to a district playoff berth. Both players also led the Chucks in nearly every category this season.
Weaver finished with a team-best 16.4 points per game in his second season as a starter. With the graduation of leading scorer Dane Kopas, Weaver stepped up as one of the team leaders on both sides of the ball.
"He saw that there was more responsibility on his shoulders," Neal said. "Dane took the most shots (last year), and Logan seized his opportunities. He and Daniel both took advantage of it."
Weaver made 44 percent of his shots and nailed a team-best 39 three-pointers. He also led the squad with 170 rebounds, pulling down 7.4 boards per game.
In addition, the junior was second in assists with 46 and tied for second with Alex Fedigan in steals with 25.
Both Weaver (79-for-105) and Triponey (52-for-69) also shot better than 75 percent from the free-throw line.
"Logan's definitely the package player," Neal said. "He's just a relentless player. He gives you 100 percent on both ends of the floor."
Triponey scored 13.6 points per game, good enough for second-best on the team. The point guard led the Chucks with 65 assists and 38 steals and was third to Weaver and senior Jordan Mesoraco in rebounds.
He made 41 percent of his shots on the season and made 31 three-pointers on the year.
The junior constantly works on his shot, saying that he makes at least 250 baskets a day. He also played on an AAU team compromised of players around the DuBois area during the offseason, and that helped him advance from the bench as a Punxsy sophomore to a starter this season.
"He's a gym rat," Neal said. "I think that (AAU) really, really helped is confidence, too. Handling the ball just carried over for us. His confidence rolled right through the summer season into the regular basketball season."
Also recognized on the All-Star list are Brookville junior center Zane Hackett; Brookville senior forward Kyle Baughman; Brookville senior forward Jared Heschke; DuBois senior forward Garret Peterson; Elk County Catholic senior guard Tyler Herzing; Elk County Catholic senior forward Ricky Pearsall; Elk County Catholic senior forward Darren Simons; and St. Marys junior guard Justin Quiggle. Hackett was named the Most Valuable Player, and St. Marys senior guard Dylan Reigel was named honorable mention.