Austin Finarelli became the latest NEPA Elite alum to land all-state recognition Friday morning when the former Coyle 17U player and current Dallas senior was named to the Class 4A second team for his play in the 2021-22 high school season.
Finarelli’s selection came in the latest all-state announcement by Pennsylvania Sports Writers.
The 6-foot guard becomes the 10th current or former player from the AAU club based out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton to earn Pennsylvania all-state honors for the recently completed season.
Finarelli moved into the starting lineup early in his freshman season and scored more than 1,000 career points. He was named Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 Player of the Year by NEPABasketball.com after leading the division in scoring at 20 points per game.
Dallas won the division title, a District 2 Class 4A championship and three Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament games to reach the state semifinal for the first time in history with a school-record 27 wins.
Finarelli follows former Coyle 17U teammate Justice Shoats from Holy Redeemer, who made the second team in Class 3A, according to a Thursday announcement.
Old Forge junior Joe Macciocco, a current NEPA Elite Cooper 17U player, was a third-team choice in Class 2A.
Holy Redeemer and Old Forge joined Dallas as District 2’s three state semifinalists.
Seven NEPA Elite girls – six from last season’s Clark 17U team that won the Hoop Group Showcase League championship and one from this year’s squad – were named all-state last week.
More detailed all-state coverage, including a story with quotes from Finarelli, are available at www.NEPABasketball.com.
MORE ALL-STATE COVERAGE
Finarelli story: https://nepabasketball.com/2021-22/All-Stars/AllStateBoysClass4A.
Macciocco story: https://nepabasketball.com/2021-22/All-Stars/AllStateBoysClass2A.
Non-PIAA boys: https://nepabasketball.com/2021-22/All-Stars/AllStateBoysNonPIAA.