B-A’s Campbell honored

Bellwood-Antis rising senior Alli Campbell added to her bounty of offseason awards recently when she was named Mrs. PA Basketball Player of the Year.

“It means a lot, especially because it’s a pretty prestigious award, and a lot of girls deserve the award,” Campbell said. “I’m honored to win it.”

Campbell, who has led the Lady Blue Devils to consecutive PIAA Class 2A championships, was also named the Altoona Mirror’s female Athlete of the Year and was the Class 2A Player of the Year as voted by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Assocation. Campbell’s high school coach, Jim Swaney, has often referred to her as the best girls basketball player in any classification in the state.

“After the last two years when you look at the awards she’s won, it legitimizes her work ethic and talent even more,” Swaney said. “It validates that a lot of people believe she is the best player in the state, and it also validates the team she has around her and how hard they work as a team to excel.”

Abington senior Eric Dixon, a Villanova commit, was picked as Mr. PA Basketball Player of the Year.

“I appreciate that comment from coach, but I’m going to keep working hard,” Campbell said. “Hopefully I can continue to do some big things.”

As the awards come in to match accolades like Campbell reaching 2,000 career points as a junior, the Notre Dame-commit remains committed to team success. Campbell, along with fellow rising senior stars Sakeria Haralson and Emilie Leidig, will attempt to win a third consecutive state championship next season. Bellwood-Antis lost just one starter, Riley D’Angelo, to graduation.

“(The awards) motivate me, but a lot of things motivate me,” Campbell said. “I just want to be the best I can be and help my team. That means I’ll be working on everything this offseason like strength, speed, ball-handling and mentally getting stronger and picking up my leadership skills this season.”