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July 3, 2013

Athletes of the Year Nominees: Meet Lawrence County’s male standouts

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County male athletes once again delivered strong performances during the 2012-2013 academic year.

There were gold medals captured, first-team accolades received — including at the all-state level — and even a sighting on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Fifteen athletes separated themselves from the pack, but only one will conquer the field when the New Castle News announces its Male Athlete of the Year tomorrow.

Individuals who participate in one sport qualify, but special consideration is given to multi-sport athletes.

Following are the athletes in alphabetical order.

SHAWN ANDERSON

Anderson made a name for himself on the basketball court at New Castle.

A 6-foot-3 senior guard/forward, Anderson earned the WPIAL Section 3-AAAA MVP award and claimed first-team all-state recognition as well.

Anderson, a Naval Academy recruit, finished second in Lawrence County scoring at 20.2 points per game. He averaged 71 percent (120 of 169) at the foul line and made 14 3-pointers.

Anderson averaged 3.3 assists per game and 7.9 rebounds per game.

New Castle breezed to its second straight WPIAL championship, this time in Class AAAA. The Red Hurricane won its first 29 games before Lower Merion ended the run with a 67-63 victory in the PIAA semifinals.

Anderson will play basketball at Navy.

RYAN BRUMBAUGH

Brumbaugh played basketball and baseball at Wilmington.

A 6-1 senior forward, Brumbaugh averaged 6.6 points a game for the Greyhounds (12-7).

In baseball, Brumbaugh played outfielder and pitched. He paced the team offensively in average (.552), hits (32), RBIs (28) and runs scored (21). His totals in batting, hits and RBIs led the county as well.

Brumbaugh appeared in 12 games on the mound with a 3-2 record and four saves. He paced the county in appearances and saves.

Brumbaugh had 30 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings pitched with a 2.75 earned run average.

He will play baseball collegiately at Thiel.

ERNIE BURKES

Burkes competed in four sports — football, basketball, baseball and track and field — at Neshannock.

Burkes was a quarterback/defensive back on the Lancers’ football team. He was named to the Big 7 Conference Second Team at quarterback. Neshannock went 10-2, winning its first-ever WPIAL playoff game and knocking off district runner-up Sto-Rox in the regular season (35-34).

A 5-10, 160-pound junior, Burkes threw for a county-best 1,550 yards on 115-of-186 passing with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Burkes was sixth in the county in rushing with 802 yards on 97 attempts. He scored 16 touchdowns, added a two-point conversion and tallied 98 total points.

In basketball, Burkes earned all-WPIAL Section 2-AA first-team honors. Burkes won his second-straight Lawrence County scoring title, too, averaging 21.1 points per game and netting 49 3-pointers.

Burkes surpassed the 1,000-point mark and has 1,108 for his career, which ranks seventh in program history.

The Lancers finished 17-6 and reached the WPIAL playoffs.

In baseball, Burkes batted a team-best .410 to go along with eight RBIs as well. He swiped a team-high 14 bases.

Burkes competed in the sprints in track and field and qualified for the WPIAL Championships in the 100.

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