Penn Cambria's boys basketball team captured a District 6 championship this past season, and A.J. Leahey was a big part of that accomplishment. His efforts were recognized by the Associated Press on Wednesday when the 6-foot-7 senior forward was named Class AA first-team all-state.
"It doesn't surprise me [that he made it] because of the work ethic he has put in the last four years," Penn Cambria coach Jim Ronan said. "He was the best leader any coach could ask for."
Leahey, who averaged 20.8 points-per game, is the first Penn Cambria player to ever make first-team all-state, according to Ronan.
"As for the team and the program, it does an awful lot," Ronan said. "It gives the younger kids aspirations and dreams. That was one of our goals we had was to bring back Penn Cambria style of basketball that we had in the 1990s when everyone wanted to be a PC hoops player. A.J. helped bring that back to Penn Cambria. It's a little easier to get kids involved in our program."
Joining Leahey on the team were Beaver Falls' Drew Cook and Elijah Cottrill, West Middlesex's Matt Dogan and Holy Cross' Josh Kosin.
The Mirror coverage area was also represented by Bellwood-Antis' Noah Davis, who made second-team all-state in Class AA. The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 22.1 points-per game this past season. Bishop Carroll's Brandon Martinazzi made third-team all-state in the Class A field. The 5-foot-9 sophomore averaged 17.8 points-per game.
For a complete listing of all classifications across the state, please see today's scoreboard on page B6.
-- From Mirror reports