Mansfield's Burleigh named first-team all-state.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | April 15, 2017

 

After being named third-team all-state last year, North Penn-Mansfield's Brock Burleigh was hoping to get the honor again this year.

He was hoping for maybe a second-team selection as a senior, as it turns out, he got better than that as he was named first-team all-state in Class AA this year.

"It feels great, the team worked hard all year, I worked hard all year, and it's nice to get some recognition," Burleigh said.

Burleigh, who averaged 21 points per game, was in elite company as he is the only public school player on the first-team. The player of the year was Quade Green of Neumann-Goretti, and the other first team players are Malik Archer of Math, Civics and Sciences, Tamir Green and Maurice Waters of Constitution and Chris Groetsch and Nate Ridgeway of Sewickley Academy.

"I was hoping for second team, when I saw first team I got real excited and couldn't be happier," Burleigh said. "I didn't want to be a bust my senior year, so I put in extra hours to make sure it was a memorable one."

Brock followed in the shoes of his older brother Bo, who was also all-state in football and basketball, but Brock is the first one to get first-team all-state in basketball.

"I feels really good, as a family we are always one upping each other, whether in a game of cards, or basketball, or anything," Brock Burleigh said.

Brock knows that he set the bar pretty high for his younger brother Brent.

"Hopefully he plays as his own person and he doesn't feel that pressure too much," Brock Burleigh said. "But, I believe in him and I think he believes in himself and he'll do really well."

Burleigh hopes that a lot of the younger kids at Mansfield see this is possible if they work hard.

"I wish Mansfield the highest success with their athletes, I hope they put in a lot of time," Burleigh said. "I know a lot of kids are playing AAU this year, and it's great to see."

Next year Burleigh is hoping to play at the college level.

"I might play for RIT, or I might work to be a practice player at Bucknell," he said.

And, getting all-state should help show the college coaches what he can do.

"It definitely helps a lot," Burleigh said. "It's the biggest honor as a high school athlete. I hope they see it and recognize what a great accomplishment it is."

Burleigh wasn't the only District 4 player recognized.

In Class AA Muncy's Jeff Fry was a third-team pick.

St. John Neumann's Kevin Anderson was the state player of the year in Class A, after averaging 19.2 points a contest.

Burleigh played against Anderson during the year and loved the challenge.

"I always love playing great competition," Burleigh said. "I wish I could play that game again."

Williamsport's Stanley Scott was a second-team pick in Class 6A.

"It makes me real proud, a lot of times we (District 4) get overlooked, and I don't think we should, and to get this recognition shows we produce great athletes in District 4," Burleigh said.

 

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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.