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Ressler’s hard work on the hardwood gets state recognition

Steven Ressler

Bedford junior guard Steven Ressler was named to the third team of the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 4A All-State boys basketball squad earlier this morning.

“It’s satisfying to me to see all his hard work paid off,” Steven’s father and Bedford coach Jason Ressler said. “He spent a lot of time in the gym by himself, played in summer leagues and travel leagues, and it’s good to see him rewarded for that work that was put in.”

Ressler averaged 23 points per game for the Bisons and received the most votes on the second team of the Altoona Mirror All-Star squad earlier this month.

“I’m very proud of making all-state,” Steven Ressler said. “It shows all the hard work I put in for all parts of my game is paying off. I’m hoping to keep improving, and we want to win at least one game in the state playoffs next year.”

Ressler helped Bedford win its second consecutive District 5-8 Class 4A championship. The Bisons also qualified for the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference semifinals.

“He got a lot stronger from his sophomore to his junior year,” Jason Ressler said. “His shooting has always been good, but his shooting percentage from 3-point range, the foul line and just everywhere went up from last year.”

Germantown Academy’s Jordan Longino was picked as the Class 4A Player of the Year and was joined on the first team by Bonner-Prendergast’s Tyreese Watson, Imhotep Charter’s Elijah Taylor, Archbishop Carroll’s John Camden, Hickory’s Donald Whitehead and Hill School’s Caleb Dorsey.

The first team featured one guard and five forwards and no player was listed under 6 feet, 4 inches.

Pope John Paul II’s Brendan Stanton was named Class 4A Coach of the Year.

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