Log In

Reset Password

Three area girls players named All-State

They were leaders on and off the court and catalysts for team success.

Northern Lehigh’s Aubrey Pollard, Marian’s Carly Minchhoff and Panther Valley’s Maddison Maynard provided highlights and heroics this past season.

Their efforts that were rewarded once again Friday with selections to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Girls’ Basketball teams.

Pollard, the Times News/Lehigh Valley Health Network Girls basketball Player of the Year, was selected to the Second Team in Class 2A. Both Minchhoff and Maynard were named to the Third Team in 2A.

The senior helped the Bulldogs reach the District 11 Class 2A championship game and the second round of the state tournament.

Pollard eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau this season and finished her career with 1,426 points. She averaged a double-double, with 18 points and 12 rebounds per game while also recording three assists and over four steals.

“Aubrey was outstanding on the boards,” said Northern Lehigh head coach Chris Heery. “Her ability to take over a game helped us make it as far as we did. She led the team in rebounds and scoring.

“She always looked to get the ball down the floor in transition. I look forward to following her career at DeSales University.”

Maynard turned in another stellar season for the Panthers in her senior year. She averaged 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals to help Panther Valley qualify for the District 11 Class 2A tournament.

A Second Team All-State selection in Class 2A last season, Maynard, who eclipsed 1,000 career points as a junior, hit 26 three-pointers and also shot 78% from the free throw line.

She finished her career with 1,509 points, fourth all-time at Panther Valley and will continue her career at Bloomsburg University.

“Maddison is truly deserving of this accolade,” said Panther Valley head coach Rob Kovac. “While a supreme talent, she also worked very hard to refine her game to get to the level where she is recognized as one of the best players in the state. Her future is even more bright in the classroom than on the court. I can’t wait to see the person she becomes.”

Minchhoff has been a driving force for the Fillies throughout her career, and this past season was no different. She surpassed 1,000 career points and averaged 14.9 points per game while also posting seven rebounds, three assists, 2.8 steals and hitting 48 three-pointers this year.

Minchhoff finished her career, which included back-to-back District 11 titles, with 1,132 points, and helped Marian advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tournament after battling back to place third in District 11 and ultimately finish with a 22-6 record. She had a career-high 29 points and also hit five 3-pointers in a 55-54 win over Northern Lehigh in the second round of the state tournament after falling to the Bulldogs in the semifinals of the District 11 tournament.

“I am so proud of Carly and extremely happy for her and her family,” said Fillies head coach Damian Fritz. “It think it is great for her to be recognized for all of her hard work and commitment to the game over the last three years. She has had a tremendous impact on our program that fosters hard work, a committed work ethic, self-confidence and winning. These are the basic building blocks for success and I know she will do extraordinary things at the next level.”

Minchhoff, Maynard and Pollard - all First Team Times News All-Stars - were among several District 11 players to earn all-state honors. Parkland’s Talia Zurinskas was named to the Second Team in Class 6A, while Trojans coach Ed Ohlson earned Coach of the Year honors. Easton’s Eveylse Cole was named to the Third Team in 6A.

Bethlehem Catholic’s Cici Hernandez was named to the Second Team in Class 5A. Allentown Central Catholic’s Molly Driscoll earned Second Team honors in 4A.

In Class 2A, Minersville’s Kaycee Raczka was a Third Team selection.

Northern Lehigh's Aubrey Pollard
Panther Valley's Maddison Maynard
Marian's Carly Minchhoff