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February 15. 2013 10:12PM

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Pittston Area superstar Mia Hopkins has been named the Wyoming Valley Conference's Division 1 Player of the Year. But she wasn't the only Lady Patriot player honored.

Four other Pittston Area players – Grace O'Neill, Allie Barber, Liz Waleski, and Kelly Mitchell were selected to the Coaches' All Star Team.

Hopkins, a high-scoring junior, earned co-MVP honors as a sophomore along with Valley West's Tara Zdancewicz. Zdancewicz was named the division's Most Valuable Player this year.

Pittston Area's go-to scorer averaged 20.2 points per game while accumulating 486 totals points in 24 games. Hopkins eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark earlier this season and currently has a total of 1,199 points after three seasons.

O'Neill was selected to the WVC Coaches First-Team after averaging 10.7 points per game. The senior sharpshooter led all Greater Pittston players with 54 three-pointers on the season. She scored 599 points the past three seasons and connected on 131 three-pointers.

The WVC Division 1 First-Team was made up of Zdancewicz, Hopkins, O'Neill, Valley West's Kait Smicherko and Olivia Hoffman, and Crestwood's Kayla Gregaris and Sydney Myers.

Barber, a freshman, was selected to the WVC Coaches Second-Team, averaging 7.7 points per game. Another freshman, Liz Waleski, and junior Kelly Mitchell were named WVC Coaches Honorable Mention.

Across the river, Wyoming Area's Serra Degnan was selected to the WVC Division 2 Coaches First-Team after averaging 10.5 points per game for the Lady Warriors.

The WVC Division 2 First-Team also included MVP Alexis Lewis of Holy Redeemer, Player of the Year Ashley Dunbar of Dallas, Lisa Kinter and Kassie Williams of Tunkhannock, Tanner Englehart of Dallas, and Julia Wignot of Redeemer.

Lady Warriors' teammate Abby Thornton was named WVC Coaches Honorable Mention to give Wyoming Area two selections.


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