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JB Hoops players receive 2017 honors

Maddie Martin

The high school girls basketball season ended in March, but prestigious honors continue to roll in during April for several current and former JB Hoops players.

JB Hoops alumnus Maddie Martin was named second-team Class 3A all-state by Pennsylvania Sports Writers Saturday.

Martin, a Dunmore senior, found out Monday that she had repeated as NPF Sports District 2 Small School Player of the Year.

Five JB Hoops alums and two current players received honors that were announced April 15-18.

Nanticoke senior Riley Klepadlo and Pittston Area senior Taryn Ashby were first-team choices on the NPF Sports All-District 2 Big School team for players in Classes 6A, 5A and 4A.

 Taryn Ashby

Two more high school seniors and JB Hoops alums were part of the NPF Sports All-District 2 Small School team.

Mid Valley’s Erica Haefele made the first team and Blue Ridge’s Isabella Cosmello made the second.

Current JB Hoops players Taylor Huyck from Susquehanna and Victoria Toomey from Dunmore were both named second-team All-District 2 Small Schools by NPF Sports.

Martin is headed to New Jersey Institute of Technology to play NCAA Division I basketball.

A four-year starter for the Lady Bucks, she scored 1,516 career points while making a variety of other contributions as point guard. During Martin’s career, Dunmore won four Lackawanna League divisional titles with a 46-2 league record; went 103-12 overall; won two District 2 titles in three finals appearances; and won nine state tournament games by reaching two state semifinals and one other quarterfinal and winning at least one game every year.

Riley Klepadlo

Klepadlo returned from missing the entire 2015-16 season with a knee injury to help Nanticoke win 26 games as well as Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 and District 2 Class 4A titles. She averaged 15.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.4 steals. She was named Division 2 Co-Player of the Year by WVC coaches.

Ashby surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career. She averaged 16 points and was also an outstanding defensive player while helping Pittston Area go 14-10.

Haefele, who plans to play at Misericordia University, led Mid Valley’s 15-win team in scoring and assists.

Cosmello also reached 1,000 points for her career as the leading scorer on Blue Ridge’s team that went 7-5 in Division 4 of the Lackawanna League and 14-10 overall.

Erica Haefele

Huyck was the leading scorer as a freshman on the first Lady Sabers team to win a state tournament game. She helped Susquehanna win the District 2 Class A title and the first-half title in Division 4 of the Lackawanna League.

Toomey, a sophomore post player, was the second-leading scorer on Dunmore’s division championship and district finalist team.

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