Golden Tide’s Bakaysa Named to AML All-Star Team

JOHNSONBURG — Curwensville Area High School senior Christian Bakaysa was named to the 2018-19 Allegheny Mountain Boys Basketball League All-Star Team in voting by the head coaches released by Johnsonburg athletic director Emily Mitchell.

The 6-3 forward scored 374 points for a 17.0 average that ranked 14th in District 9.

Against AML opponents, Bakaysa totaled 165 points for a 16.5 average.

He also pulled down 8.2 rebounds per game for the Golden Tide, which finished 5-17.

Justin Miknis of DuBois Central Catholic was selected as the Most Valuable Player.

The 6-0 senior scored 460 points for a 21.3 average that was second in D-9 behind Coudersport’s Owen Chambers, who amassed 830 points (30.8 ppg) to become the district’s all-time scoring leader with 2,269.

Miknis is a two-time AML All-Star, as are 5-8 senior Daunte Allegretto (9.2 ppg) of Ridgway, 6-0 junior Austin Green (18.4 ppg) of Johnsonburg and 6-0 junior Chad Greville (13.4 ppg) of Kane.

Two other members of Ridgway’s AML and District 9 Class AA championship team that made a run to the PIAA quarterfinals were among the 11 players honored, 6-2 senior Jake Reynolds (11.3 ppg) and 6-5 senior Will Thompson (11.0 ppg).

Rounding out the All-AML Team are 6-0 senior Alex Breindel (12.8 ppg) and 6-0 junior Regis Wortman (12.1 ppg) of Elk County Catholic and 5-11 senior Zane Puhala (12.2 ppg) and 6-1 senior Isaac Schloder (9.9 ppg) of Johnsonburg.

The 2018-19 AML standings and playoffs:

South Division – Ridgway 8-2, DuBois Central Catholic 6-4, Brockway 3-7, Curwensville 2-8.

North Division – Elk County Catholic 10-0, Johnsonburg 8-2, Kane 3-7, Sheffield 0-10.

Semifinals – Ridgway 46, Johnsonburg 36; Elk County Catholic 61, DuBois Central Catholic 35.

Championship – Ridgway 45, Elk County Catholic 43.

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