The Maryland Basketball Coaches Association recently released the public secondary school All-State Girls and Boys Basketball teams, and Carroll County has representation from four athletes.
Westminster senior Zoe Costley made first team on the girls side, and Manchester Valley senior Josey Klingenberg was awarded honorable mention for 3A/4A schools.
Liberty senior Rachel Thiem made honorable mention for 1A/2A schools.
Tristan Kent, a Liberty senior and two-time Times Boys Basketball Player of the Year, made honorable mention for 1A/2A schools.
Costley, a three-time Times first-team all-countian, led the county in scoring with 16.6 points per game. She is also the fifth Westminster girls basketball player to reach 1,000 career points and helped the team make an appearance in the 3A West final.
Klingenberg averaged 11.5 points per game for the Mavericks this season and led the county with 7.2 steals per game. She’s a two-time Times first-team all-countian and helped lead the Mavericks to the Class 3A West final as a junior in 2018.
Thiem was Liberty’s scoring leader with 15.8 points per game, good for second in the county. She also led in free throw percentage (78.8) and contributed in the Lions’ playoff victory over Century. Thiem is also a two-time first-team all-county pick.
Kent had another successful season as Liberty’s stronghold and he has played a consistent role in the Lions’ 40-7 record over the last two seasons. He notched 18.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, improving bother averages from a year ago and the Lions won a share of the Carroll County Athletic League title.
As a junior, he helped the Lions capture their first outright county title in 35 years.
The all-state selections were made based on representation from various regions/districts and correspondence received from member coaches and media outlets.
County players headed to Roundball Classic
The annual Roundball Classic Basketball showcase is set for next weekend, with boys and girls all-star games scheduled for March 29-31 at both St. Maria Goretti High School and Hagerstown Community College.
The South Mountain Showcase boys game tips off March 29 at 9 p.m. at Goretti. Carroll players on the Monocacy Stars roster include Century’s Jake Diehl and Matt Huber, and Liberty’s Cam Blankenship and Jack Merchak.
The Rising Stars Underclassmen Showcase boys game is set for March 30 at 4:30 at Goretti. Gerstell’s Anthony Carpenter is on the American all-star team.
Century’s Jared Lamb and Carter Truby are on the Maryland Stars, along with Liberty’s Kent, to take on the Virginia Stars on March 31 in the Boys Battle for the Potomac at HCC at 1:30.