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July 3, 2014

Athletes of the Year: Meet the boys candidates

NEW CASTLE — There was no shortage of boys high school talent across Lawrence County during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Hardware as captured and individual accolades were awarded. Participants garnered individual first-team recognition not only in league play, but at the state level as well.

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

Individuals in just one sport qualify for nomination, but special consideration is given to multi-sport athletes.

Following are the athletes in alphabetical order:

NATE ANTHONY

Anthony participated in golf and baseball at Wilmington.

As a golfer, Anthony earned first-team honors for the second-straight year on the District 10, all-Region 2-AA first-team. The all-star golf squads were based on lowest stroke averages in region play.

A senior shortstop, Anthony ranked second on the team in batting at .440. He scored 16 runs and drove in six more as a leadoff hitter. The Greyhounds finished 10-5 overall and shared the Region 2-AA crown with West Middlesex, with each team posting 9-4 league marks.

Anthony’s collegiate plans are unofficial.

TRAVIS BRUMBAUGH

Brumbaugh competed in basketball and baseball at Wilmington.

A junior guard, Brumbaugh helped lead the Greyhounds reach the District 10, Class AA playoffs. He averaged 9.9 points a game, while draining 68.6 percent of his foul shots. Wilmington finished at 12-11 after a 61-55 loss to Fairview in the district quarterfinals.

Brumbaugh, a righthanded pitcher, posted a 5-2 mark with a stellar 1.07 earned run average for the Greyhounds’ baseball team. He pitched in eight games and allowed two hits or less in seven of those contests.

Brumbaugh threw a no-hitter this year as well as a one-hitter in a 1-0 loss to Mercyhurst Prep in the quarterfinals of the District 10 playoffs. Brumbaugh struck out 57 batters in 52 1/3 innings.

Brumbaugh played shortstop, third base, center field and right field when he wasn’t pitching. He notched a .435 batting average with 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while batting third.

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