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All-State honors for West's Tynell Fortune 

By: Keith Groller for GROLLERS CORNER, THE MORNING CALL

Liberty's Darrun Hilliard has repeated as a Class 4A all-state first team selection. The Associated Press just released the list of honorees late Monday afternoon.

I participated in a statewide conference call of writers last week to help select the team.

Hilliard is The Morning Call's co-player of the after averaging 19.7 points per game.

Showing no letup after committing to a full scholarship offer from Villanova in August, Hilliard registered 573 points. He also had 181 rebounds, 82 assists, 44 steals and 54 3-pointers. He shot 55.3 percent from the field, 75 percent from the line.

Allen senior Jalen Cannon, who shared Morning Call player of the year honors with Hilliard, made the 4A's second team.

Cannon, who, like Hilliard is listed at 6-foot-5, compiled 550 points and 289 rebounds, averaging 19.6 and 10.3 per game. Cannon is headed to St. Francis of Brooklyn.

Central Catholic's Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman became the first freshman from the area to receive all-state honors.

Abdur-Rahkman was a second-team selection in Class 3A.

He averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game for the team that won the District 11 3A title. He had  27 3-pointers, 28 steals and 15 blocks.

Pocono Mountain West's Tynell Fortune was a Class 4A third team selection.

Fortune averaged 20 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. He has accepted an offer from California of Pennsylvania.
Fortune is the first player in the brief history of PM West to be an All-State selection.

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Averaged 20.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 3.5 steals per game … Lehigh Valley Conference all-star selection … Repeats as all-area selection … Honesdale Christmas Tournament MVP … Finished with 1,375 career points, third most in school history … Won Via scholarship and was also National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter scholar-athlete … Will play football at Princeton University … "Beating Allen in the league semis was probably the highlight of the season," he said. "Beating Liberty at home was also memorable. I've played with these guys since sixth grade and I will miss them and basketball.. But I'm just looking forward to Princeton."

MUHAMMAD ALI ABDUR-RAHKMAN

6-3 freshman G, Central Catholic

Averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game … Had 27 3-pointers, 28 steals and 15 blocks … The first freshman ever picked as a first-team Lehigh Valley Conference all-star … Often had to guard opponent's best offensive player … Scored 25 points in district title game and 22 and 20 in Central's two state playoff games … "The highlight was winning the district championship," he said. "I thought my season was OK; I could do better. Next year, I'd like to get more of my teammates involved and help get them open shots. Some big schools are already expressing an interest in me, but I am not worried about that right now."

ERIC FRANS

6-8 senior C, Saucon Valley

Averaged 16.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.8 blocks per game …Unanimous Colonial League all-star selection … Scored 30 points in a win over Notre Dame and tallied 21 in the Colonial League title game won by Saucon 65-52 over Salisbury … Finished his career with 905 career points, 715 in the last two seasons … Being recruited by several Division I schools, including New Hampshire … "I am a really humble person, that's what my mother taught me to be, and I think other people deserve to be on the all-area more than me," Frans said. "We were expected to do a lot at Saucon this year, and we went through some ups and downs. The highlight was definitely winning the league championship."

TYNELL FORTUNE

5-9 senior G, Pocono Mountain West

Averaged 20 points, 4.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists … Northampton Christmas Tournament all-star selection … Was the MVP in Lehigh Valley Hoop Festival win over Liberty when he scored 23 of his team's 49 points … He was the Mountain Valley Conference MVP as a unanimous selection … He scored 32 points in District 11 4A consolation loss to Pottsville … Shot 40.3 percent from 3-point range and made 50 treys … "For me, the highlight was just getting to play against Darrun Hilliard and Jalen Cannon because they are tremendous athletes," he said. "We wanted to go deeper than we did in the playoffs, but I enjoyed the experience." … Likely to accept an offer from California of Pennsylvania, although University of Tampahas expressed interest.

JAKE HUNGARTER

6-2 senior G, Bethlehem Catholic

Averaged an area-best 22.5 points per game, while chipping in 1.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds … Made 66 3-pointers and shot 85.4 percent from the line … Had a league-record 40 points against Whitehall … Finished career with 1,236 points … First-team Lehigh Valley Conference all-star … Has committed to play for Lehigh Valley Hall of Famer Scott Coval at DeSales … "The 40 points against Whitehall was definitely the highlight of the season; it was just one of those games," he said. "That was one of those games where you feel like all of your hard work paid off. I played AAU ball with guys like Jalen Cannon, Daquan Holiday and those are the best times. I am looking forward to going to DeSales and playing for a winning program."

JAMES MIDDLETON

5-11 junior G, Easton

Averaged 11.4 points, 5.6 assists, 2.8 steals per game … First-team Lehigh Valley Conference all-star … Had 23 points in a win over Becahi and 17 apiece in late-season wins over Nazareth and Liberty … Banked in game-winning 3-pointer to beat Liberty in overtime … "I thought we had a great season, going 20-4 and losing to only two teams — Allen and Liberty — who were the best," Middleton said. "We went out with a bang. Next year, we're going to be a strong with a couple of good players coming back. I think we might be the team to beat. I am not taking any days off. I am working hard and want to come back strong."

ANDY MULITSCH

6-0 senior G, Bangor

Averaged 14.2 points per game, led team in both steals (58) and assists (74) … He had 74 3-pointers in each of the past two seasons, setting and then tying school record … Finished career with 845 points and 181 3-pointers … Was voted the Colonial League MVP … Will continue career at either Moravian or King's. … "Andy developed into a complete player his senior year," Bangor coach Bron Holland said. "When teams attempted to limit his scoring, he set up easy shots for his teammates while playing very good defense. He deserved to be the Colonial League Most Valuable Player and I'm proud of his accomplishments."

KAMALL RICHARDS

6-5 junior G/F, Pocono Mountain East

Averaged 16 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game …Also had 37 steals, 23 blocks … Has scored 650 points and grabbed 311 rebounds over the past two seasons … He was a Mountain Valley Conference all-star … "Our season didn't go as planned and we had a lot to improve on," Richards said. "We wanted to get to states and it didn't happen. My goals for next year will be the same as this year and that's to win the league, districts and get to states. I've already had some interest from schools like Seton Hall, St. John's, St. Joe's. I am looking for a real big senior year. I am playing AAU ball for Team Jersey Elite."

JAVIER RIVERA

5-8 senior G, Whitehall

Averaged 17.1 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals per game …Shot 50.6 percent from the field and 73 percent from the line … Had 39 3-pointers this season and 61 in his career … Totaled 628 points over the past two seasons … Combined for 43 points in final two games of the seasons, back-to-back wins over Parkland that knocked Trojans out of district playoffs … Will play at Neumann College with Allen's Branden Harrington expected to be one of his teammates … ""Javi was always exceptionally talented," Whitehall coach Jeff Jones said. "However, this year he channeled all of his energy into being a great leader on the court for our team. He made all of the players around him so much better."

LAMONT TILLERY

6-3, senior G/F, Pocono Mountain East

Averaged 13.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists … Had 28 steals, 11 blocks … First team Mountain Valley Conference all-star … Finished career with 684 points and 448 rebounds … Scored 26 points in a loss to York and had 24 to lead team to District 11 playoff win over Emmaus … "The highlight of the season had to be that Emmaus game because we were down a man [Kamall Richards was sick and missed the game] and we came back strong and showed what kind of team we were," Tillery said. "I knew this was my senior season and you never know what game is going to be your last. I played hard. I started slow, but picked it up as the season went on." … Expected to play at East Stroudsburg University.
 
THE NIFTY FIFTY

MORNING CALL SECOND TEAM

Daquan Holiday (sr., Allen); Branden Harrington (sr., Allen); Josh Parris (sr., Palisades); Kowan Scott (sr., Wilson); Lincoln Holley (jr., Easton); Logan Bernard (sr., Moravian Academy); Matt Carey (sr., Bangor); Mike Guldin (sr. Pennridge); Tyler Kohl (fr., Notre Dame); Dondre Perry (sr., Faith Christian).

MORNING CALL THIRD TEAM

Sean Baker (sr., Salisbury); Adam Ambielli (sr., Notre Dame); John Clark (sr., Saucon Valley); Mike Schantz (sr., Salisbury); Joe Lococo (jr., Freedom); Stephen Poorman (sr., Stroudsburg); Bryce Higgs (sr., Nazareth); Rob Dvoracek (jr., Parkland); Greg Bobal (jr., Emmaus); Mike Sharpe (sr., Pleasant Valley).

HONORABLE MENTION

A.J. Bouch (sr., Bangor); Izel Dickerson (sr. Liberty); J.D. Ricapito (jr., Upper Perk); Tim Abruzzo (jr., Pennridge); Lloyd Irons (jr., Salisbury); Robert Rodriguez (sr., Allen); D.J. Brown (jr., Allen); Dante Holmes (sr., Liberty); Mike Streisel (sr., Tamaqua); Greg Boyd (jr., Faith Christian); Jay Maletz (jr., Pius X); Connor Hughes (so., Notre Dame); Kadir McDonald (sr., Easton); Robert Allende (sr., Dieruff); Nick Melosky (jr., Whitehall); Alex Akabogu (sr., Liberty); Jordan Waylen (sr., Northern Lehigh); Kevin Anema (sr., Pocono Mt. West); Gavin McCutcheon (sr., Easton); Danny Kinek (sr.. Emmaus).
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Changes made Fortune complete person, player  
PM West senior took coaches' words to heart

By

Record Sports Writer
March 20, 2011

When Tynell Fortune got to Pocono Mountain West he knew he needed to make some changes and not just to his game.

After moving from Harlem, N.Y., prior to his sophomore year, Fortune caught the eye of Panthers boys basketball coach Brad Pensyl and not just for his play. Fortune had been in some trouble early on at West and Pensyl made it clear about what it would take for Fortune to play for his team.

"Coach Pensyl was talking to me, said he had seen me play, but he told me, 'if you want to be on my team, you've got to stay out of trouble,'" Fortune said. "A lot of people told me he was real tough, but it seemed like he wanted me to change for the better of myself, and see me improve and get better as a human and not just as a basketball player."

It worked out well in both cases.

Fortune had a senior season to remember, setting single-season school records for points (521), free throws made (171) and free throw attempts (215) while helping the Panthers win their first Mountain Valley Conference title since 2008. Combine that with his work in the classroom, and that he has matured and grown as a person, Fortune has schools like California of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, Tampa University and West Chester vying for his services.

"It's a learning process," Pensyl said. "That's why the kids are here. They're here to learn. That's why athletics are so important. I know right now in this day and age there are a lot of people who want to go after athletics because of budgets and things like that, but he's a prime example of what athletics can do for a kid: maturity, discipline, build character."

Fortune is the 2010-2011 Pocono Record boys basketball Player of the Year.

While Fortune worked on his attitude and behavior, he also focused on improving his play on the court.

With no shortage of speed, Fortune used his quickness and aggressive style of play to get by defenders when he played in New York City. Even when Fortune played on the junior varsity team at West as a sophomore he was able to get to the basket at will, but that all changed when he moved up to varsity.

"He was just quicker than everybody and could drive by everybody," Pensyl said. "Then he comes up to varsity and people are sitting off of him and backing into the paint. If he wanted to be a complete player he had to develop a jump shot."

So Fortune went to work.

He hoisted countless amounts of jumpers from everywhere on the court. Over and over and over, Fortune repeated the steps he needed to become the player his team needed him to be.

"It was basically continuous repetition and building confidence," Fortune said. "Confidence is key in any game or sport you play and really in life. If you've got the confidence, everything will work out."

Signs of progress began to show last season.

As a junior, Fortune averaged 15.9 points per game and earned a spot on the All-MVC first team. The work on his jumper was evident with 37 3-pointers, but the aggressive style was still there. He hit 104-of-139 free throws, showing that despite being all of 140 pounds that he would still attack the rim.

"I grew up in a tough area so I had to adjust to a lot of things," Fortune said. "When I first moved out here I had to get accustomed to the rules and disciplinary parts so I could be a better person. It's all just about my mentality towards the game and towards life: go hard or go home."

The Panthers went home early last season, falling in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs a week after a disappointing loss to Pocono Mountain East in the MVC final.

Those losses lit a fire under Fortune, who pledged to work harder than ever to try and help his team win a title.

The hard work showed off early and often this season.

In a two-point loss to eventual district champion Allen in December, Fortune scored a career-high 32 points. He reached double figures in all but two of the 25 games he played in, scored 20 points or more 14 times, hit 50 3s and averaged just over 20 ppg.

"His range is phenomenal," Pensyl said. "I'm not going to corral a kid just because it makes me look good. If the kid can shoot a 25 footer, I'm going to let him shoot it. If the kid can shoot a 30 footer, I'm going to let him shoot it. Why not? I'd be a fool to not let him shoot. I think his range is just incredible. He extended defenses so much."

And it helped open things up for his teammates.

While Fortune was clearly West's No. 1 offensive option, he had no problem getting teammates involved when opponents focused solely on him. Whether it was throwing a lob to Kevin Anema, getting the ball inside to Keon Scott or finding Mike Collins for an open jumper, Fortune thrived on making defenses pay for trying to stop just him.

"I just tried to get my teammates involved because at the end of the day if a team is trying to stop me they can't stop my teammates, too," Fortune said. "It's a plus for us."

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PM West earns top-seed for District XI tournament  

2.19.2011

Mountain Valley Conference boys basketball champion Pocono Mountain West earned the top seed for the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs, which start Wednesday.

The Panthers get a first-round bye and will meet the winner of No. 9 Pocono Mountain East at No. 8 Emmaus, which play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South next Saturday.

 Boys AAAA

 

 

 

 

Wed Feb 23

  Sat  Feb 26

  Wed Mar 2

  Sat Mar 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   1 Poc Mt West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@ East Stroud So

  

 

 

 8 Emmaus

730

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

7:00

 

 

 

 

 9 Pocono Mt East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   4 Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@ Parkland 600

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   5 Easton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

   2 Liberty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@ Parkland 730

  

 

 

 7 Bangor

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

7:00

 

 

 

 

10 Pleasant Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   3 Pottsville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@ Minersville 700

  

 

 

 6 Nazareth

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

7:00

 

 

 

 

11 Stroudsburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Fortune unanimous decision for MVC MVP, Anema voted on to first team, Dixon second team

    

Pocono Mountain West's Tynell Fortune was named Most Valuable Player of the Mountain Valley Conference this year. The senior averaged nearly 20 points and led the Panthers to the MVC championship.

MVC First Team

Tynell Fortune, PM West; Kevin Anema, PM West; Kamal Richards, PM East; Lamont Tillery, PM East; Mike Sharpe, Pleasant Valley.

MVC Second Team

Tyrell Dixon, PM West; David Garcia, PM East; Stephen Poorman, Stroudsburg; Kwame Simmons, ES South; Nick Stanovick, Pleasant Valley.

MVC Honorable Mention

Jarell Bobb, ES North; Josh Ortiz, ES North; Tom Fabian, Stroudsburg; Tim Pacheco, PM East; D.J. Rossino, Lehighton.

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MVC Championship game moves to ESU  

By: Keith Groller, THE MORNING CALL

The Mountain Valley Conference championship doubleheader — Pocono Mountain West vs. Pleasant Valley in the girls and Pocono West vs. Pocono East in the boys — has been moved to East Stroudsburg University.

Great move by the league because playing these games in a college facility should add to the atmosphere.

There are some very large and well-maintained gyms in that league, just as there are in the Lehigh Valley, but it was difficult finding a neutral site that is important. Ultimately, the MVC, with a big assist from ESU, did the right thing.

"I can't get involved in everything that went into this decision, but I think it's good for the league," said Pocono West boys coach and athletic director Brad Pensyl. "I think it was a smart decision. A lot of different options were considered, but East Stroudsburg University couldn't have been more generous.

"They're not going to milk us for a lot of money. They were great, they really were. As a league, we are very appreciative and think it's going to be a great night of basketball. I know our school is excited."

Pocono West and Pocono East split their two regular-season meetings, and this game rates as a tossup.

The Cardinals beat the Panthers in last year's league final and Pensyl hasn't forgotten.

"We were very disappointed last year," he said. "We just didn't play well enough. Defense is definitely the key, not offense. They have two very talented players [Lamont Tillery and Kamall Richards], and we're going to have to do our best to contain them. If we don't, we're going to be in trouble."

With a win, Pocono West would secure the top seed for what is going to be one of the best District 11 4A fields ever assembled.

You have the big five from the LVC — Easton, Allen, Liberty, Nazareth and Emmaus — joining with some talented MVC members. Throw in Bangor from the Colonial League and Pottsville from the Schuylkill League and you are going to eight tremendous games from the quarterfinals right through the consolation round.

Among the quarterfinal matchups that already seem set is Allen vs. Easton.

Clearly, there will be no gimmes.

"It's going to be something else," Pensyl said. "The seeds don't really matter. You're going to have to beat three quality opponents to win that thing. But right now, we want to win the league. That's always our first goal, and we're going to try our best tonight."

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 Pocono Mountain West tops East in boys basketball, 
 but now waits for seed

 By: Joe Miegoc
 Record Sports Writer
 2.12.2011

 POCONO SUMMIT — Pocono Mountain West did its job. Now the Panthers must  
 wait.

 Kevin Anema finished one block short of a triple-double and Tynell Fortune set 
 the single-season scoring record as the Panthers earned a 57-49 victory over
 Pocono Mountain East in Mountain Valley Conference boys basketball Friday.

The victory puts the Panthers (18-4, 11-1 MVC) and Cardinals (15-6, 11-1), who split their regular-season meetings, in a tie for first in the conference with the MVC playoffs looming next week.

If Pocono East can beat Allen tonight it will earn the top seed based on record against common opponents. A loss by the Cards will make PM West the No. 1 seed based on a better District 11 rating.

"Either way it really doesn't matter," Cardinals coach Patrick Heaton said. "The No. 1 seed has never won (the MVC tournament) so I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing."

The Panthers did little bad in a game they had to have.

Anema was a presence inside, blocking nine shots to go along with 13 points and 15 rebounds. After sitting the final 4:16 of the first half with three fouls, the 7-foot senior was able to play in control in the third and fourth quarter, repeatedly blocking or altering Pocono East shots.

"It was really hard at first because I wasn't quite sure what to do," Anema said. "Then I got myself in good position to get the rebounds and cut off baseline and did what I had to do."

West needed the energetic Fortune to help seal the victory.

The Panthers led by as much as 10 after Fortune's jumper put them up 54-44 with 1:23 to go, but the Cardinals wouldn't go away. Kamall Richards hit two free throws and Lamont Tillery hit one of two at the line and then scored on a putback to cut the Panthers lead to six. But there was Fortune, doing what he does best, attacking the basket to get himself to the foul line, where he hit 11-of-15 for the game, and put the final nail in on an uncontested layup with 15 seconds left for the final margin.

"I know I had to come through in the crunch there," said Fortune, who finished the game with 21 points. That gave him 424 for the season, breaking the mark owned by Jon Mangual, who scored 417 in the Panthers' run to the PIAA Sweet 16 in 2008.

Another big part of the victory was what the Panthers were able to do inside.

The last time these two met, a 68-59 victory by the Cardinals on Jan. 19, Pocono East controlled the middle. This time around it was Pocono West winning the battle inside, 51-39.

"The first time they played us they hammered us on the boards and I thought they were clearly the more aggressive team," said Panthers coach Brad Pensyl, who picked up career victory No. 401. "I thought Kevin and Keon (Scott) played real well inside and Ty Dixon did a good job, too, for us on the boards. That was key. I mean you've got to rebound, you've got to rebound the basketball. If you don't you're going to get beat."

Now all that's left to do for West is to see how PM East fares against Allen.

"I'm going to be a big Allen fan," Anema said.

PM West 57, PM East 49

PM East (49)

Grotevant 1 0-0 2, Garcia 1 0-0 3, Tillery 6 4-6 16, Richards 5 4-10 16, Pacheco 1 1-2 3, Escobar 2 4-5 9, Munson 0 0-0 0, Ruiz 0 0-0 0, Asiyo 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 13-23 49.

PM West (57)

Boyle 0 1-2 1, Fortune 4 11-15 21, Anema 5 3-6 13, Halsey 0 0-0 0, Scott 6 0-1 12, Collins 1 0-0 2, Dixon 3 1-3 7, Amoroso 0 1-2 1, Brice 0 0-1 0. Totals — 18 17-31 57.

PM East 15 9 11 12 — 49

PM West 11 11 17 18 — 57

3-point goals — PME 4 (Richards 2, Garcia, Escobar), PMW 2 (Fortune 2). Rebounds — PME 39 (Tillery 11), PMW 51 (Anema 15). Assists — PME 9 (Garcia, Pacheco, Escobar 2), PMW 12 (Fortune, Dixon 3). Steals — PME 6 (Garcia 3), PMW 4 (Boyle, Fortune, Scott, Dixon). Blocks — PME 6 (Richards 4), PMW 9 (Anema 9). Turnovers — PME 11, PMW 14.

Records — PM East 15-6, 11-1 MVC; PM West 18-4, 11-1.

JV score — PMW, 63-40.
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In just 22 years, Coach Pensyl hits the 400 win mark 

2.9.2011

POCONO SUMMIT — Pocono Mountain West coach Brad Pensyl picked up his 400th career victory as the Panthers defeated Hazleton 64-44 in non-conference boys basketball Wednesday night.

The victory improves Pensyl's overall record to 400-170, a .702 winning percentage.

Tynell Fortune led the Panthers (17-4) with 25 points, while Kevin Anema added 11 and Keon Scott chipped in with nine.

PM West 64, Hazleton 44

HAZLETON (44)

Biasi 4 0-1 12, Buckner 4 0-1 9, Plakasa 2 2-4 7, Vito 2 2-3 7, Fogarty 1 0-0 3, Espinal 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 0-0 2, Hauze 1 0-0 2, Joseph 0 0-0 0, Pataki 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 4-9 44.

PM WEST (64)

Fortune 8 7-10 25, Anema 5 1-5 11, K. Scott 4 1-2 9, Collins 3 0-0 8, Dixon 2 0-0 4, Amoroso 1 1-1 3, Brice 1 0-0 2, McQueen 1 0-0 2, Boyle 0 0-0 0, Vick 0 0-0 0, G. Scott 0 0-0 0, Vine 0 0-0 0, Halsey 0 0-0 0. Totals — 25 10-18 64.

Hazleton 6 14 11 13 ­— 44

PM West 12 21 11 20 — 64

3-point goals — H 8 (Biasi 4, Plakasa, Fogarty, Vito, Buckner); PMW 4 (Fortune 2, Collins 2).

Records — Hazleton 14-7; PM West 17-4.

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Collins hits 4 three-pointers, West cruises past Lehighton  

2.8.2011

LEHIGHTON — Mike Collins scored a game-high 12 points and as Pocono Mountain West defeated Lehighton 58-26 in MVC boys basketball Tuesday night.

PM West 58, Lehighton 26

PM WEST (58)

Collins 4 0-0 12, Dixon 4 1-1 9, Vick 3 0-0 7, Anema 3 1-2 7, McQueen 1 3-4 5, Amoroso 2 1-2 5, Brice 2 0-0 5, Boyle 1 0-0 3, Wiggins 1 0-0 3, G. Scott 1 0-0 2, Vines 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Baptiste 0 0-0 0, Halsey 0 0-0 0, K. Scott 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 6-9 58.

LEHIGHTON (26)

D.J. Rossino 4 2-2 11, Farano 1 0-0 3, Kresge 1 0-0 3, Evans 1 1-2 3, Guyn 1 0-0 2, Scott 1 0-0 2, Wall 1 0-0 2, A. Rossino 0 0-0 0. Totals — 10 3-4 26.

PM West 32 16 7 5 ­— 58


Lehighton 6 5 5 10 — 26

3-point goals — PMW 8 (Collins 4, Boyle, Vick, Wiggins, Brice); L 3 (D.J. Rossino, Farano, Kresge).

Records — PM West 16-4, 10-1.
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Fortune's 29 leads Panthers past Stroudsburg  

2.7.2011

STROUDSBURG — Tynell Fortune scored a game-high 29 points as Pocono Mountain West rallied to a 65-61 victory over Stroudsburg in MVC boys basketball Monday night.

Kevin Anema added 11 points and Keon Scott chipped in with 10 for the Panthers (15-4, 9-1 MVC).

Stephen Poorman drained four 3-pointers and scored 16 points to lead the Mounties (8-10, 6-4).

PM West 65, Stroudsburg 61

PM WEST (65)

Fortune 6 15-15 29, Anema 4 3-6 11, K. Scott 4 2-3 10, Collins 2 1-2 6, Dixon 1 2-6 4, Amoroso 2 1-2 5. Totals — 19 24-36 65.

STROUDSBURG (61)

Poorman 6 0-0 16, Williams 5 1-1 13, Joseph 5 0-0 10, Fabian 2 2-3 8, Kaiser 2 0-0 6, Watson 1 1-2 3, Ahmad 1 0-1 3, Taylor 1 0-0 2. Totals — 23 4-7 61.

PM West 18 5 22 20 ­— 65

Stroudsburg 11 16 16 18 — 61

3-point goals — PMW 3 (Fortune 2, Collins); S 11 (Poorman 4, Kaiser 2, Williams 2, Fabian 2, Ahmad).

Records — PM West 15-4, 9-1; Stroudsburg 8-10, 6-4.

JV score — PMW, 59-43.
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Fortune, Collins lead PM West to victory  

2.4.2011

POCONO SUMMIT — Tynell Fortune scored a game-high 21 points and Mike Collins contributed 11 as Pocono Mountain West defeated Pleasant Valley 61-45 in Mountain Valley Conference boys basketball Friday night.

Mike Sharpe led the Bears with 15 points.

PM West 61, Pleasant Valley 45

PLEASANT VALLEY (45)

Sharpe 7 0-0 15, Stanovick 3 0-0 8, Wright 3 1-2 7, Franklin 2 2-2 6, Irving 2 0-1 5, Brown 0 2-2 2, Wild 0 2-2 2, Bok 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Gerolimatos 0 0-0 0, Dekmar 0 0-0 0, Guadagna 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 7-9 45.

PM WEST (61)

Fortune 6 7-10 21, Collins 5 0-0 13, Anema 4 0-2 8, K. Scott 3 1-1 7, Amoroso 0 3-4 3, Dixon 1 1-2 3, Brice 1 0-3 2, Vines 1 0-0 2, Halsey 1 0-0 2, Boyle 0 0-0 0, McQueen 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 12-22 61.

Pl. Valley 2 11 8 24 ­— 45

PM West 11 13 15 22 — 61

3-point goals — PV 4 (Stanovick 2, Irving, Sharpe); PMW 5 (Collins 3, Fortune 2).

Records — Pl. Valley 10-8, 5-4 MVC; PM West 14-4, 8-1.

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This Pensyl has written his own legacy 
Pocono West's Brad Pensyl set to join his father as 400-win coach

By: Keith Groller of THE MORNING CALL

2.3.2011

Brad Pensyl admits that he has changed since he first got into coaching.

"Like a lot of young coaches just getting started, I used to think it was about me," he said. "But now I realize it's about the kids."

Pensyl, a former 1,000-point scorer at Bangor, where he played for his father and coaching legend Bill Pensyl, has carved out his own niche as one of the area's top leaders.

In 22 seasons at Pocono Mountain High School and Pocono Mountain West, Pensyl has never missed the district tournament.

He's four wins away from becoming the 10th coach in District 11 boys basketball history to win 400 games, joining a select group of mentors that includes his father.

"That's nice, but I don't really worry about that stuff," the 50-year-old Pensyl said. "I've learned to check my ego at the door."

He started as a JV coach at Pen Argyl with Dwight Repsher in 1982. At one time, he was coaching the seventh and eighth grade team at Pius X while also coaching the junior varsity team at Bangor.

He has had a lot of coaching influences over the years, including Lehigh Valley legends like John Donmoyer, Ron Hassler and Jim Hutnik.

But no one had a larger influence on him than his father, who went 449-433 in 38 seasons at Bangor.

"I thought my dad was a great practice coach," Brad said. "You have some coaches who are great game coaches and some are great practice coaches and I thought my father did a great job of always preparing his teams. He had his teams ready to play.

"Back then he did a lot of the scouting by himself. Now, we get a lot of tape on each team, but back then, he went and watched a lot of games when Bangor wasn't playing just to prepare."

Coaching at Pocono Mountain West, however, offers more challenges than making sure X's and O's are understood.

Just like Doug Snyder at Allen, Pensyl knows his role goes deeper then winning basketball games.

In a larger sense, he's saving lives or at least giving kids a chance to succeed.

Like many Lehigh Valley school districts, the Pocono Mountain district has seen vast change over the years.

An influx of kids from New York City has brought talent westbound on Interstate 80, but that talent often comes with less than ideal family backgrounds that can put a burden on teachers and coaches.

Pensyl, though, relishes the challenge.

"We have things to deal with here on a daily basis that most people can't fathom," he said. "Don't get me wrong, we also have great kids. But there are some where just getting them to school each day is a miracle. Our kids here lean heavily on us because in many cases we're all they have.

"We're fighting different battles here from many other schools and sometimes we have to pick and choose what battles we're going to fight. These kids, a lot of them are from the city. One of our best players right now is Tynell Fortune and he's from Harlem. These kids face a great many obstacles in their lives, and they don't need me to be another one."

Still, Pensyl is an old school guy and that means he is not going to cut slack for kids just because they're gifted on the court.

"The rules don't change," he said. "I don't care if it's the district title game or an independent game against the worst team in the country. I will suspend kids if it's warranted. You have to follow the rules and if you don't, there are consequences. It's the same way in life.

"We have a lot of kids walking our hallways who are good basketball players. They have the talent to be starting for me, but they're not on the team because they're not willing to follow rules. I'd rather go 14-8 with kids who follow the rules than go 22-0 and win a championship with kids who don't. My job is to teach more than basketball; it's to teach life lessons."

Pensyl, who has battled a few health problems in recent years, doesn't know how much longer he'll coach.

He has had some loyal assistants, such as Liberty grad Mike DelGrosso, with him for many years and he said, "I'd like them to get the opportunity to coach."

But Pensyl still enjoys the game and the challenge of shaping lives through basketball.

"It's still a lot of fun to me," he said. "When I walk into a gym and it's not fun, I'll know it's time to go. My family wants me to keep coaching, too. I don't know if I could coach anywhere else. I wouldn't want to trade jobs with anybody. This is where I want to be, even with the challenges we face."

Speaking of challenges, Pensyl is looking forward to the upcoming District 11 4A tournament, which should be loaded with strong teams.

"Having never won a district championship, sure, I'd love to win one," he said. "To win it this year considering the competition would be great. But I don't measure myself by championships the way some other people do. Coaching here, you realize there are more important things."

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Good Fortune leads Pocono West to win over Liberty  
Fortune outduels Liberty's 'Money' in Showcase finale
By: Keith Groller, OF THE MORNING CALL
January 30, 2011


The last time Liberty played in the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase, the Hurricanes were victimized by a record-setting 38-point performance by then Emmaus senior Brian Hunter in 2007.

In its return to the 16th annual boys basketball event on Sunday night, Liberty ran smack into another terrific offensive performance.

Pocono Mountain West's Tynell Fortune didn't drain six 3-pointers like Hunter did four years ago, but his 23-point effort in a 49-45 victory over the Hurricanes was just as impressive.

The Panthers senior guard went 15-for-16 at the foul line, including 9-for-10 in the fourth quarter, as Pocono West held off Liberty for its most notable win of the season.

"We feel good about this one," said Brad Pensyl, the Panthers coach. "We had 12 previous wins, and every one had been by double digits. But we hadn't beaten what you'd call a marquee school. Every time we faced good competition, we came up short. Those are our four losses. So, to come down here and play pretty well, it feels good."

No one felt better than Fortune.

He is a slithery 5-foot-10 point man who flies up and down the floor and gets to the basket in a hurry.

If Fortune wasn't taking it to the rim himself, he was finding his teammates for open looks.

"The key is to get my teammates involved and then they will set me up for open shots and good situations," Fortune said.

He had just four field goals in the game and only one in the fourth quarter, but it came at a critical time.

Liberty (13-3) had roared back from a 36-28 deficit after three quarters to pull even at 40 with 3:34 left on a slam dunk by Darrun Hilliard off an alley-oop pass by Izel Dickerson.

While the crowd was still reacting to the "Money" moment, Fortune took the ball down the floor and answered with a drive to the basket.

Pocono West would never look back.

"Darrun Hilliard's a great player and I just try to match his intensity," Fortune said. "He leads his team, and I know I have to lead mine. When I saw him make that play and the momentum changed, I just had to change it right back."

Fortune then made four straight foul shots to make it 46-40 before Liberty made one last charge.

Hilliard converted a three-point play off a Dickerson feed and then scored inside off an Alex Akabogu assist to make it 48-45 with a minute left.

Pocono West turned it over and Liberty had one chance to tie it.

Chevon Williams, a sophomore getting extended minutes due in part to the absence of normal starter Alewdy Rivera, who was being disciplined for missing a practice, couldn't hit a 3-point shot and Dante Holmes and Hilliard missed tap-in attempts.

Fortune came away with the rebound and made it one of two at line to seal it.

"This shows that we can beat good teams and we'll be in the mix at districts," Fortune said. "I'm looking forward to competing for the championship and maybe seeing them again."

Hilliard scored 18 points and had five assists and eight rebounds in earning Liberty's MVP award.

But any accolades for the Hurricanes this weekend seem hollow because after winning 11 straight, the Hurricanes have dropped two straight. They followed Friday's wobbly 62-53 loss at Nazareth with an even more inconsistent offensive performance.

After being ranked No. 3 in the state last week, they could slide all the way out of the top 10.

At the moment, that's the least of coach Chad Landis' concerns.

"I don't think we really played until the fourth quarter and I am not sure why," Landis said. "I don't know if it's the Sunday night game, a hangover, whatever. I don't know if we were just content being where we're at, but we better not be now. We're going to find out a lot about our guys in the next three or four days."

Landis found out all he needs to know about Fortune and Pocono West.

"Give Pocono West credit because their pressure got to us early and then they made enough plays down the stretch," he said. "I thought Izel Dickerson, Chevon Williams and Devon Jones did a good job defending Fortune, but he kept the ball away from us and then he didn't miss at the foul line."

Pensyl said he liked the way his team responded to Liberty's challenge.

"We were up eight, it got away from us, and then we battled back," Pensyl said. "I thought we played pretty smart at the end of the game. We know we can compete with the teams down here. I think teams down here respect us and don't take us lightly. Taking us lightly would be a mistake."
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Fortune's 16 leads Panthers past Cavaliers in MVC action  

1.28.2011

EAST STROUDSBURG — Tynell Fortune scored a game-high 16 points as Pocono Mountain West cruised to a 66-35 win over East Stroudsburg South in MVC boys basketball Friday night.

Kwame Simmons led the Cavaliers in scoring with 12 points.

PM West 66, ES South 35

PM WEST (66)

Fortune 5 0-1 16, Collins 4 2-2 11, Dixon 3 2-3 8, K. Scott 4 0-0 8, Anema 3 1-1 7, Rodriguez 1 1-2 4, G. Scott 1 0-0 3, Wiggins 1 0-2 2, Brice 0 2-4 2, Vines 1 0-0 2, McQueen 1 0-0 2, Amoroso 0 1-2 1, Vick 0 0-0 0, Baptiste 0 0-0 0, Halsey 0 0-0 0. Totals — 25 9-17 66.

ES SOUTH (35)

Simmons 5 1-1 12, Thompson 2 1-5 6, Franklin 2 1-2 5, Quick 1 0-0 2, Howell 0 2-2 2, Lane 1 0-0 2, Campbell 1 0-0 2, Mercado 1 0-0 2, Cladera 0 1-2 1, Peck 0 1-4 1, Clarke 0 0-0 0, Pizzaro 0 0-0 0, Carlos 0 0-0 0, Wickham 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 7-16 35.

PM West 15 18 18 15 ­— 66

ES South 5 10 11 9 — 35

3-point goals — PMW 7 (Fortune 4, G. Scott, Collins, Rodriguez); ESS 2 (Thompson, Simmons).

Records — PM West 12-4, 7-1; ES South 3-13, 1-7.

JV score — PMW, 76-45.

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13 different players score for West in victory over ES North  

POCONO SUMMIT — Jon Amoroso's 10 points led the way as Pocono Mountain West got points from 13 players in a 69-38 victory over East Stroudsburg North in Mountain Valley Conference boys basketball Tuesday night.

Michael Knight scored 11 points to lead the Timberwolves.

PM West 69, ES North 38

ES NORTH (38)

Knight 4 0-0 11, Mills 2 0-0 6, Rey 3 0-0 6, Ortiz 1 2-6 4, Bobb 2 0-0 4, McClue 2 0-0 4, For 1 1-2 3, Wyche 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Folkes 0 0-0 0, Frazier 0 0-0 0, Bitik 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 3-8 38.

PM WEST (69)

Amoroso 4 2-2 10, Fortune 2 3-4 9, Collins 4 1-1 9, Dixon 4 0-1 8, Brice 2 2-3 6, Anema 2 2-3 6, Halsey 2 0-0 5, Vick 2 0-0 5, Vines 2 0-0 4, K. Scott 2 0-2 4, G. Scott 1 0-0 2, Baptise 1 0-0 2, McQueen 0 1-2 1, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0. Totals — 28 11-18 69.

ES North 5 11 12 10 ­— 38

PM West 22 20 15 12 — 69

3-point goals — ESN 5 (Knight 3, Mills 2); PMW 2 (Vick, Halsey).

Records — PM West 11-4, 7-1 MVC.

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                    Plainfield Turns Away Poconos Mountain West   
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PLAINFIELD – Balance. It is what every coach in every sport stresses to his team before every practice. Saturday the Plainfield Cardinals boys displayed balance as Sekou Harris led five players in double figures during their 73-67 victory over Pocono Mountain West (PMW) at Plainfield High School.

Harris scored 21 points, including 11-12 from the line in the fourth quarter, as Plainfield stretched the lead after three close quarters of basketball.

Plainfield (10-4) built a six-point first quarter lead behind a 20-9 run sparked by back-to-back treys by Harris and Allen Brown. The lead swelled to 13 as Plainfield opened the second quarter with a 7-0 spurt. After a timeout, PMW (10-4) went on a 19-8 half closing run.

Dii ‘Jon Allen-Jordan and Jahmal Lane began working down low against PMW 7-footer Kevin Anema. The play of the duo helped Plainfield build an eight-point lead before the sharp shooting Tynell Fortune connected from behind the arc. Keon Scott entered the game for PMW and battled down low and helped hold Plainfield to a two-point edge entering the final period.

An Allen Brown pull up jumper and a reverse layup by Lane gave Plainfield enough of a cushion that PMW started fouling and Harris cemented the win from the line.

Players of the Game:

Plainfield - Sekou Harris scored a team high 21 points and sealed the game from the foul line. Justin Sears grabbed a game high 17 rebounds and Dii ‘Jon Allen-Jordan blocked five shots.

Pocono Mountain West - Tynell Fortune scored a game high 28 points.

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Five Panthers score in double-figures, down Lehigton 83-38  

POCONO SUMMIT — Keon Scott and Tynell Fortune each scored 15 points as Pocono Mountain West rolled to an 83-38 victory over Lehighton in MVC play on Friday night.

Jon Amoroso scored 12 points, Mike Collins added 11 and Kevin Anema contributed with 10 for the Panthers (10-2, 5-0).

PM West 83, Lehighton 38

LEHIGHTON (38)

D.J. Rossino 4 4-4 16, Wall 3 1-1 7, Szacska 3 0-0 7, Kresge 2 0-0 4, Guyn 1 0-2 2, Evans 1 0-0 2, A. Rossino 0 0-0 0, Scott 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 5-9 38.

PM WEST (83)

Fortune 7 0-0 15, K. Scott 7 1-3 15, Amoroso 6 0-0 12, Collins 5 1-1 11, Anema 4 2-3 10, Halsey 2 0-0 4, Brice 1 1-2 4, G. Scott 1 0-0 3, Dixon 1 1-1 3, Boyle 1 0-0 2, Vick 1 0-0 2, Vines 1 0-0 2, McQueen 0 0-2 0, Baptista 0 0-0 0. Totals — 37 6-12 83.

Lehighton 11 7 12 8 ­— 38

PM West 27 19 25 22 — 83

3-point goals — L 5 (D.J. Rossino 4, Szacska); PMW 3 (G. Scott, Fortune, Brice).

Records — PM West 10-2, 5-0.
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Panthers run past Bears, 83-31  

BRODHEADSVILLE — Tynell Fortune scored a game-high 21 points and Ty Dixon added 12 as Pocono Mountain West rolled to an 82-31 victory over Pleasant Valley in Mountain Valley Conference boys basketball on Monday night.

Fortune and Dixon were two of 12 Panthers (9-2, 4-0 MVC) to score, as they got eight points from Jake Boyle and Mike Collins and six points from Eric Vick, Gary Scott, and Quindell Brice.

Mike Sharpe led the Bears (6-4, 2-1) in scoring with 10 points.

PM West 82, Pleasant Valley 31

PM WEST (82)

Boyle 3 1-2 8, Vick 2 0-0 6, G. Scott 2 2-3 6, Fortune 6 6-8 21, Collins 2 4-6 8, Brice 2 2-4 6, Vines 1 0-0 2, Anema 2 0-2 4, Dixon 6 0-0 12, Halsey 0 0-0 0, McQueen 1 0-1 2, K. Scott 1 1-2 3. Totals — 30 16-28 82.

PLEASANT VALLEY (31)

Blot 0 0-0 0, Franklin 1 0-0 2, Wright 2 1-2 5, Sharpe 3 4-4 10, Bok 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Irving 0 1-2 1, Gerolimatos 0 0-0 0, Dekmar 1 0-0 3, Stanovick 1 3-4 6, Guadagna 0 0-2 0, Wild 1 2-3 4. Totals — 9 11-17 31.

PM West 17 28 20 17 ­— 82

Pleasant Valley 7 15 6 3 — 31

3-point goals — PMW 6 (Fortune 3, Vick 2, Boyle); PV 2 (Dekmar, Stanovick).

Records — PM West 9-2, 4-0 MVC; Pl. Valley 6-4. 2-1.

JV score — PMW, 64-51.

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West takes down Pennsbury, 72-47  

POCONO SUMMIT — Tynell Fortune scored 25 points to lead three Panthers in double figures as Pocono Mountain West defeated Pennsbury 72-47 in non-conference boys basketball Saturday.

Kevin Anema scored 12 points, while Ty Dixon added 11 for West (8-2).

Keon Scott ripped down 14 rebounds in the win.

PM West 72, Pennsbury 47

PENNSBURY (47)

Bolger 4 7-9 18, Pepper 3 1-2 7, Sibel 2 0-0 6, Hassell 2 0-2 5, Evans 2 0-0 4, Charity 1 0-0 3, Hopkins 1 0-0 2, Glennio 0 1-3 1, Ransor 0 1-2 1, Burke 0 0-0 0, Welch 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 10-18 47.

West (72)

Fortune 7 10-15 25, Anema 6 0-2 12, Dixon 5 1-2 11, K. Scott 4 0-4 8, Collins 2 4-8 8, Amoroso 2 0-0 4, Boyle 1 0-0 2, Vick 0 2-2 2, G. Scott 0 0-0 0, Brice 0 0-0 0, Vines 0 0-0 0, Halsey 0 0-0 0. Totals — 27 17-33 72.

Pennsbury 9 21 3 14 ­— 47

PM West 21 14 17 20 — 72

3-point goals — P 7 (Bolger 3, Sibel 2, Charity, Hassell); PMW 1 (Fortune).

Records — PM West 8-2.
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Panthers run past East Stroudsburg North, 71-31  

1.4.2011

BUSHKILL - Tynell Fortune scored 19 points and Kevin Anema added 15 as Pocono Mountain West defeated East Stroudsburg North 71-31 in Mountain Valley Conference boys basketball Tuesday.

Michael Knight drained four 3s for the Timberwolves and scored a team-high 12 points.

West bumps its record to 7-2 (3-0 MVC) and head to Brodheadsville this friday to take on the Pleasant Valley Bears (6-2).

PM West 71, ES North 31

PM WEST (71)

Boyle 0 0-0 0, Vick 0 1-2 1, G. Scott 0 2-2 2, Fortune 6 4-4 19, Collins 4 0-0 8, Brice 3 1-1 7, Vines 0 0-0 0, Anema 7 1-1 15, Dixon 4 1-2 9, McQueen 2 0-0 4, Amoroso 0 1-2 1, K. Scott 1 0-2 2, Halsey 1 0-0 3. Totals — 28 11-16 71.

ES NORTH (31)

Ortiz 0 0-0 0, Kussiappoh 0 0-0 0, Bobb 0 0-0 0, Wyche 1 1-2 4, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Knight 4 0-0 12, Fort 4 0-1 9, Mills 0 0-0 0, Blake 0 0-0 0, Frazier 2 0-2 4, Bitik 0 0-0 0, McClue 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 1-5 31.

PM West 15 21 19 16 ­— 71

ES North 7 7 8 9 — 31

3-point goals — PMW 4 (Fortune 3, Halsey).

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West takes fourth straight Northampton Christmas tournament   

12.29.2010

NORTHAMPTON - The Panthers used a 27-12 second quarter to pull away from Dieruff and post a 93-53 win for a fourth straight Northampton tournament championship. Tynell Fortune scored 26 points (46 total for the tourney), hit four 3-pointers and was awarded the tournament's most valuable player. Keon Scott and Mike Collins were named to the all-tournament team.

Juniors Tyrel Dixon and Quindell Brice added 15 and 12 points in the win.
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  Panthers, Huskies advance to finals of Northampton tourney
 
 By Keith Groller, OF THE MORNING CALL

 12.28.2010

 NORTHAMPTON - The Pocono Mountain West and Dieruff boys basketball
 teams both have District 11 aspirations, but with different twists.

 The Panthers believe they can be good enough to win their first district
 title in school history.

 The Huskies, meanwhile, just hope to qualify for the district tournament for
 the first time since 2007-08.

 Both looked like teams capable of attaining their goals on Tuesday night in
 the first round of the Northampton Christmas Tournament.

 Dieruff (4-3) used a big third quarter to pull away to a 87-65 win over
 Catasauqua in the opener, while Pocono West was too much almost from
 the start in overwhelming the host Konkrete Kids 76-44.

 So, the Panthers will go for their fourth consecutive Northampton title
 against the Huskies at 7:30 tonight in a game that will feature a quick
 pace. Catty and the K-Kids meet in the 6 p.m. consolation.

Considered a preseason favorite in the Mountain Valley Conference, the Panthers began the season with two losses in their first three games.

"We lost at the buzzer to Easton and blew a big lead against Allen," Pensyl said. "But we think we can be good, very good. We've got a long way to go. We could be a team that could get knocked out in the first round of districts or we can win it all."

The win-it-all gang took over the game from Northampton in the latter stages of the first quarter.

The Konkrete Kids (0-5) started strong and got out to a 7-3 lead.

But Pocono West's superior strength and quickness took hold and the Panthers closed the first quarter with a 11-2 run and then outscored Northampton 19-1 to start the second period.

Point guard Tynell Fortune was dazzling in scoring 18 points, while Keon Scott and Michael Collins added 11 and 10 respectively. Quindell Brice, just getting back in gear after missing games because of an injury, also added 11.

In terms of highlight moments, Fortune threw a perfect alley-oop pass to 7-footer Kevin Anema who had a crowd-pleasing slam dunk.

Pensyl used a lot of personnel and there was little dropoff as he went down his bench.

"Our kids were aggressive tonight," Pensyl said. "I don't know how much we learned from our losses. I rather learn from winning than from losing, but we play a good nonleague schedule and hope that it gets us ready for the playoffs. Basketball season is a long season and a lot of things can happen.

"Either you come together and play better as the season goes on or you fold up. We seem to be getting better and I'm happy with how we're going right now."

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 Fortune's 26 push Panthers past Cavaliers in MVC play 

 12.21.2010  

 POCONO SUMMIT — Tynell Fortune scored 26 points to pace Pocono Mountain 
 West to a 73-49 win over East Stroudsburg South in MVC boys basketball on
 Tuesday night.

 Kevin Anema and Ty Dixon each added 12 points for the Panthers.

 PM West 73, ES South 49

 ES SOUTH (49)

 Simmons 6 5-6 17, Howell 4 0-0 9, Caldera 2 0-0 6, McLaughlin 2 0-0 5, Peck 2 1-
 3 5, Thomson 1 0-0 2, Mercado 1 0-0 2, Franklin 1 0-0 2, Lane 0 1-2 1, Quick 0 0-
 0 0, Nickham 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 7-11 49.

photos taken by: Anthony Leyro - see more photos from this game at Images 4 Your Mind


PM WEST (73)

Fortune 10 4-4 26, Anema 6 0-0 12, Dixon 3 6-6 12, Collins 3 1-1 9, Boyle 3 0-0 7, K. Scott 1 1-2 3, Vines 1 0-0 2, McQueen 1 0-0 2, Vick 0 0-0 0, G. Scott 0 0-0 0, Brice 0 0-0 0, Halsen 0 0-0 0. Totals — 28 12-13 73.

ES South 15 14 10 10 ­— 49

PM West 21 19 14 20 — 73

3-point goals — ESS 4 (Caldera 2, McLaughlin, Howell); PMW 5 (Fortune 2, Collins 2, Boyle).

Records — PM West 4-2, 2-0.

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 West earns 63-33 win over Freedom  
 
 12.18.2010 

 POCONO SUMMIT - Kevin Anema paced the Panthers with 14 points and 8
 rebounds as Pocono Mountain West pushed past LVC foe Freedom, 63-33 on
 Saturday. Four players scored in double-digits for the 3-2 (1-0 MVC) Panthers.

 Tynell Fortune scored 13 points, Keon Scott had 12 points, and Quindell Brice
 added 10 points of his own in the win.

 Next up for West is its second Mountain Valley Conference match up of the season 
 when East Stroudsburg South travels to Pocono Summit on Tuesday.

 Boyle 0 0-0 0, Vick 0 0-0 0, G. Scott 0 0-0 0, Fortune 4 3-3 13, Collins 3 3-3 9, Brice
 4 1-2 10, Vines 0 0-0 0, Anema 6 2-3 14, Dixon 2 1-2 5, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Halsey
 0 0-0 0, McQueen 0 0-0 0, Amoroso 0 0-0 0, K. Scott 5 2-4 12

 Freedom 9   7   6   11 - 33
 West     21 16 19   7  - 63

 3-point goals - West 3 (Fortune 2, Brice)

 photos taken by: Anthony Leyro - see more photos from this game at Images 4 Your Mind

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 K. Scott's 13 points help upend Stroudsburg in league opener, 59-27 

 12.17.2010

 POCONO SUMMIT — Keon Scott scored a team-high 13 points to lead Pocono West
 to a 59-27 victory over Stroudsburg in MVC boys basketball.

 PM West 59, Stroudsburg 27

 STROUDSBURG (27)

 Kaiser 4 1-2 13, Williams 1 1-2 4, Ahmad 1 1-2 3, Fabian 0 1-2 1, Langston 1 0-0 3, 
 Poorman 1 0-0 3, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Fenner 0 0-0 0, Joseph 0 0-0 0, Watson 0 0-0 0.
 Totals — 8 4-8 27.

 
PM WEST (59)

Boyle 3 2-2 9, Vick 0 0-0 0, Scott 2 0-1 4, Fortune 3 4-4 10, Collins 1 0-0 2, Bride 0 2-2 2, Vines 0 0-0 0, Anema 6 0-0 12, Dixon 1 1-2 3, Halsey 1 0-0 2, Amoroso 1 0-0 2, Scott 4 5-8 13. Totals — 22 14-19 59.

Stroudsburg 12 3 4 8 ­— 27

PM West 14 18 14 13 — 59

3-point goals — Stroudsburg 7 (Kaiser 4, Williams, Langston, Poorman); PM West 1 (Boyle).


photos taken by: Anthony Leyro - see more photos from this game at Images 4 Your Mind,LLC

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  State-ranked William Allen outlasts West, 61-59 
  
  12.14.2010 

  By: Joe Miegoc, THE POCONO RECORD
  (photos taken by: Anthony Leyro - see more photos from this game at
   Images 4 Your Mind, LLC) 

  POCONO SUMMIT - At West on Tuesday, the Panthers couldn't have  
  gotten off to a better start. They owned the first half, forcing Allen into
  eight turnovers in the first 16 minutes while putting up 39 points to take  
  a 14-point halftime lead. A layup by Mike Collins 34 seconds into the third
 
quarter put West up 41-25, but the Canaries found their range from behind the 3-point line and took care of the basketball. After hitting just one 3 in the first half, Allen made nine after intermission, and committed just five turnovers in the final two quarters.

"We switched a little bit defensively, but the same defense we played in the first half they were 1-for-14 from the 3-point line," Pensyl said. "The second half they didn't miss much. It's not like we weren't out on them. They were stepping back a little bit and shooting some deep stuff. We've got some work to do on defense. There's no question. I thought there were times that we were lackadaisical. It didn't seem like we put an awful lot of pressure on the perimeter while they were trying to run their offense."

For the Panthers, senior guard Tynell Fortune, an All-MVC first teamer last year, was simply marvelous. Fortune scored 32 points, handed out five assists and had three steals. Seven-foot senior Kevin Anema battled through foul trouble to score 13 points, grab five rebounds and block two shots.

There are still things for West to work on.

The Panthers were 13-of-24 at the foul line, were outrebounded 45-28 and allowed Allen to hit 10 3-pointers.

"We've got to get better in practice, we've got to refine some things," Pensyl said. "I really could care less about William Allen at this point. I know we're going to see them again at some point and I know that we're going to be in the mix. We're going to be in the mix. Last year I didn't know if we were one of the better teams in the district.

"This year I believe with some effort and hard work, and the kids sticking together, I believe we're going to be one of those teams, but we've got some work to do."
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 Fortune leads Panthers past Scranton  

 12.11.2010

 POCONO SUMMIT — Tynell Fortune scored a game-high 22 points to  
 lead  Pocono Mountain West to a 71-49 victory over Scranton in non-
 conference boys basketball on Saturday.

 Mike Collins chipped in with 19 points, including three 3-pointers for the
 Panthers.




(photos taken by: Anthony Leyro - see more photos from this game at
Images 4 Your Mind, LLC)

PM West 71, Scranton 49

Scranton (49)

Dixon 5 3-4, 13, Fischl 4 3-6 11, Turner 3 4-8 10, Draper 3 1-2 7, Navoczynski 1 0-0 3, Quiller 1 0-0 2, Harrison 1 0-0 2, Lewis 0 1-2 1. Totals — 18 12-22 49.

PM West (71)

Fortune 6 10-14 22, Collins 7 2-2 19, Dixon 5 3-4 13, Anema 5 2-2 12, Boyle 0 2-4 2, Vick 0 1-2 1. Totals — 24 20-29 71.

Scranton 10 14 17 8 ­— 49

PM West 20 16 20 15 — 71

3-point goals — Scranton 1 (Navoczynski); PMW 3 (Collins 3).

Records — PM West 1-1.

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 Easton 49, PM West 46  
West battles through six games in ten hours to play in Stellar championship game, finally falls to Allen 55-52

      
    

By: Keith Groller of THE MORNING CALL

7/12/10 - On the previous Sunday night, fireworks lit up the sky in west Allentown at the annual 4th of July extravaganza at J. Birney Crum Stadium.

On this Sunday night, however, the Allen boys basketball team made its own explosive noise just down the street from the stadium.

The Canaries won their first Stellar Construction "Catch A Rising Star" Showcase title, edging a remarkable Pocono Mountain West team 55-52 in the title game before a large and enthusiastic crowd at Cedar Beach.

Tournament MVP Jalen Cannon scored 15 points and Branden Harrington added 11, including the go-ahead jumper with about 30 seconds remaining as Allen created more anticipation for the coming winter season with the championship in the 64-team, double-elimination event that stretches over four nights.

Allen had won a Progressive Realty tournament title in 1990 and lost four other times in Progressive championship games, but this was their Stellar finals appearance.

"We're a little like the host team because we're only located a half-mile up the street and these guys play on these courts all of the time," said coach Doug Snyder. "It's like their second home. But in 15 years, we've never done this, so this is special. And this is a special group of kids. They have character, grit, and they like each other.

"We had energy coming from everybody, not just the guys on the court."

Allen needed that extra lift to turn back a stubborn Pocono Mountain West team that was playing its seventh game of the day in the finals.

The Panthers began the day at about 6 a.m. with the drive to Allentown and tipped off at 8 a.m. against Central Catholic.

They beat the Vikings, Bensalem, Manheim Township, Trinity, Faith Christian of Florida and Easton just to reach the championship game.

And they did all of this without four of their starters.

It was no wonder that coach Brad Pensyl was awarded the J. Milo Sewards Memorial coaching award.

But Pensyl credited his kids for persevering through a long, hot day.

"It was a great effort and I'm very proud of the kids," Pensyl said. "It's a long day for the kids and I was a little concerned about their health playing all day like that, but they hung in there.

"I never thought we'd be here all day. I thought we'd last for one or two and then get out of here, but they kept playing hard. A lot of kids moved up on my depth chart today. It was a great experience for the kids who were here."

Pensyl said he was concerned about the championship game.

"I was worried that we might get pounded and lose by 30 or something, but we gave them a great game," Pensyl said. "We had our chances and what I really like about our kids is that they're not jerks. They are good kids who represent the school well. They're gentlemen."

Snyder feels the same way about the Canaries.

"Our kids had our team camp this past week and that meant they were working with 59 Allentown kids — rising fourth graders to ninth graders — all day from Monday through Friday and they did a great job with that and then came out here to play basketball," Snyder said.

"They just have something special about them. They never get down. I always think they're going to come up with a special play or make the right decision to allow us to win a game."

Allen saw a five-point lead turn into a three-point deficit in the second half, but found a way to rally as Harrington, who had a terrific postseason last winter, hit a big outside shot to give them a 53-52 lead. Then after a defensive stop and rebound, Cannon made two big free throws to clinch it.

"This championship means a lot," Cannon said. "It feels good to win a championship and be an MVP."

Among the final six teams were Liberty, North Penn, Easton, and Faith, the team that was brought to the Lehigh Valley from Orlando by former Whitehall and star Tony Medina.

"It felt great to be home," Medina said. "I don't think the kids even understand the magnitude of this tournament, but they played well against some great competition. We're also in the Eastern Invitational at Reading at the same time and it gets tiring, but they loved it. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for them to be part of something like this and we intend to come back."

Liberty star Darrun Hilliard was not around on Sunday as he had to leave with his Jersey Shore Warriors for the Reebok Classic in Neptune, N.J. Even without him, the Hurricanes beat Glen Mills and Norristown before losing by a point to North Penn.

Hilliard still made enough of an impact to make the second team of the all-tournament squad. He was joined by Wilson West Lawn's Zack Zweizig, Norristown's Aaron Webb, Trinity's Kevin Agnew, and Wyoming Valley West's Eugene Lewis.

The first team featured West's Quindell Brice, Allen's D.J. Brown, Faith's Alex Sanchez, North Penn's Matt Possanza and Easton's James Middleton. The Rovers' Lincoln Holley won the Sixth-Man Award.

Jack Keiter won the Adam Spengler referee award; the entire Stellar staff won the Ray Ward Memorial Award for most-dedicated non-participant and Keith Groller won the tourney's lifetime achievement award.

West's Scores

Winner's Bracket Games


Pocono Mt. West 52, Nazareth 20 … Quindell Brice 13.

Pocono Mt. West 44, Warwick 35 … Tyrell Dixon 11.

Trinity 43, Pocono Mt. 40

Elimination Bracket Games

Pocono Mt. West 55, CCHS 47 ... Quindell Brice 18.

Pocono Mt. West 40, Bensalem 34 ... Quindell Brice 18.

Pocono Mt. West 48, Manheim Twp. 29 ... Quindell Brice 19.

Pocono Mt. West 47, Trinity 29 ... Quindell Brice 12.

Pocono Mt. West 49, Faith Christian (Fla) 46 ... Quindell Brice 26.

Semifinals

Pocono Mt. West 38, Easton 37 ... Jake Boyle 11.

Championship Game

Allen 55, Pocono Mt. West 52 ... Quindell Brice 26

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Summer Starters Just Not The Same

     

By: Keith Groller of THE MORNING CALL

7/9/2010 - On paper, one of the most attractive first-round boys matchups on the Stellar Construction "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase schedule was Friday night's Nazareth-Pocono Mountain West game.

The Blue Eagles and Panthers were two of District 11's elite teams last winter and return many key players. In fact, some thought Friday could provide a 2011 4A championship game preview.

But as often happens in the summertime, the best laid plans go awry. Neither side was at full strength when they squared off at Cedar Beach.

Pocono Mountain West rolled to a 52-20 victory, but both coaches weren't sure what could be learned from a battle of mostly non-starters.

"It's frustrating sometimes when you don't have all of your guys, but I don't get real excited about it," said Pocono West coach Brad Pensyl. "We always like coming down here and I am already looking forward to next season because I think basketball in District 11 will be better this coming season than it was last year.

"A lot of teams have players back … Nazareth, Liberty, Allen, Emmaus, Parkland down here .. East up our way. A lot of teams will be very good. Us, too."

Pensyl's team got 13 points from Quindell Brice and 10 from Tyrell Dixon and his team didn't miss a beat despite lacking three starters.

"Sometimes you get a group where everybody worries about who's scoring," Pensyl said. "I don't think that will happen with these guys because we have a lot of good players, but not a marquee player. As long as the kids remain focused and unselfish, we're going to be all right."

Pocono West, as usual, will play more than half of the Lehigh Valley Conference's membership in its nonleague schedule and will also play in the Hoop Group event at Parkland on the Sunday before the Super Bowl.

Nazareth is not on West's schedule, but no one would be shocked if the teams met in districts.

Joe Arndt's team just needs to get healthy and together by the time November rolls around.

"We're missing about four kids, starting with Chuck Dibilio and his spleen injury," Arndt said. "He's probably done for the summer. We're not sure how it happened. It could have happened in basketball, it could have happened during football. He's such a tough kid that he kept playing and they're not sure when it really happened. He just found out it was serious last Thursday.

"We're also missing Karl Keglovits and Drew Hercik and one of the guys off the bench, Shane Siebler. They're playing baseball. Kris Kent's hurt. So, it's tough. It's hard to get an engine rolling when you're missing at least three major parts. My main concern is to get everybody together in the winter."

Arndt admitted that it would have been a "great, great matchup" if both teams had their full squads. But that meeting will have to wait.

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