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Callahan, Farrell, Higgins, Butczynski, Whitehead repeat first-team honors

Jeremy Callahan from Wyoming Seminary, Jack Farrell from Dallas, Brennan Higgins from Pittston Area, Colby Butczynski from Nanticoke and Asad Whitehead from Hanover Area all repeated first-team, all-star honors when named its Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball all-star teams.

Callahan, Farrell, Higgins, Butczynski and Whitehead, all alumni of the program, highlighted the efforts of 2019 JB Hoops players during the 2019-20 high school seasons.

Of the 15 WVC players who played on JB Hoops national or regional teams during the spring and summer of 2019, 12 of them wound up being recognized on the website’s WVC all-star teams.

Callahan, who was selected by coaches as the division Player of the Year as a freshman, has been named first-team, all-star by each of the past three seasons. He helped the Blue Knights go unbeaten in the WVC while winning Division 2 and overall conference titles. His earlier all-star recognition came in Division 3 before the WVC switched from three to two divisions this season.

With Farrell and Higgins leading the way, Dallas and Pittston Area were part of a four-way tie for first place in Division 1 where a playoff ultimately decided the title. Both are repeat selections in Division 1.

Farrell, who helped make Dallas the last District 2 boys team standing this season, was named Player of the Year for the entire WVC by the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice newspaper. The Mountaineers are Class 5A quarterfinalists in the state tournament, which has been suspended because of public safety issues related to the coronavirus.

Higgins joined Callahan and Whitehead on the JB Hoops Callahan national team, coached by Jeremy’s father, Bill Callahan.

Farrell and Butczynski were part of the JB Hoops Maddock regional team.

After making the first team in Division 2 last season, Butczynski made it in Division 1 this season.

Whitehead, a Division 3 first-teamer last season, was selected in Division 2 this season.

Tunkhannock’s Ryan Harder, from the Maddock regional team, moved up from second-team to first team in Division 2.

Wyoming Seminary’s Ethan Meuser, another JB Hoops national team player, was also selected as a first-teamer in Division 2.

Harder, Meuser and Tunkhannock’s Jack Chilson, an honorable mention selection in Division 2, are all juniors.

Sam Nocito from Dallas, a sophomore who played on the JB Hoops McGoff Regional team, is already a two-time, second-team, all-star in Division 1.

Pittston Area’s J.J. Walsh is another sophomore from the McGoff team who made the second team in Division 2.

Austin Finarelli from Dallas, a sophomore national team player, received honorable mention in Division 1.


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