Over the past three seasons, Amy Zehner has established quite a name for herself on the local hardwoods.
If Tuesday's announcement by The Associated Press is any indication, the Tamaqua junior is also in the process of building a reputation as one of the bigger names in Pennsylvania girls high school basketball.
Zehner was selected to the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania sports writers' Class AA All-State Second Team, as chosen by a statewide panel.
It marks the second straight year that Zehner was bestowed with statewide accolades. As a sophomore, Zehner was named to The Associated Press Class AA All-State Third Team.
Zehner is the second two-time All-State player coached by Tamaqua head coach Joe Berezwick, joining 2007 graduate Erika Barron, who was a first team AAA selection and a second team AA selection. Cindy Miller, a 1980 Tamaqua grad, was also an All-Stater.
"To be named Second Team All-State is a tremendous honor and an outstanding achievement," stated Berezwick. "Amy's an incredible player and she means so much to our team."
Zehner, the 2008-09 TIMES NEWS Girls Basketball Player of the Year, was certainly deserving of the recognition. In 28 games, she averaged 21.0 points per game, pouring in 588 points to lead Tamaqua in scoring. Those totals also led the TIMES NEWS area, as well as the entire Schuylkill League. For her three-year career, Zehner sits in fifth place on the all-time Tamaqua girls scoring list with 1,293 points.
Aside from scoring, Zehner also topped Tamaqua in rebounds (292), steals (69), blocked shots (37), free throws made (85), free throws attempted (113) and was second in assists (89). While dissecting those numbers even further, she connected on 247 of 507 shot attempts, a field goal percentage of 48.7-percent.
"Amy's shot nearly 50-percent from the field for two years in a row and had 17 double-doubles this year alone," added Berezwick. "She's just an all-around talented basketball player and an even better team player."
In addition, Zehner's play this season helped Tamaqua to a 25-3 record, a Schuylkill League championship and its second consecutive District 11 title. It was also the second time in as many years that Tamaqua advanced into the second round of the State Playoffs, only to bow out to eventual state semifinalist Delone Catholic.
Out of the 77 players selected to the All-State teams (in all four classes), Zehner is one of just seven District 11 representatives and three Schuylkill League players to be recognized. Nativity's Kiely Chaklos was named Class A Second Team while Tri-Valley's Juli Weber was selected to the Third Team.
"It isn't just about what Amy does for Amy, but it's what Amy does for us," concluded Berezwick. "As a coach, you're blessed to have the opportunity to work with someone of her caliber and her teammates love her as both a player and a person."
"She's an outstanding individual and I'm very proud of her. When she's on the basketball court, the sky's the limit, and I have no doubt that bigger and better things are in store for her in the years to come."