It wasn’t an easy year for picking player or coach of the year in the area and it showed as the ACBF split it’s boys basketball Player of the Year award between Edgewood senior Andrew Konczal and Pymatuning Valley senior Tim Cross.
Konczal was the area’s leading rebounder at 10.4 per game while also averaging 13.7 points per game, 5 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.9 blocks.
Cross cracked the 1,000-point mark for his career this year and averaged 15.6 points per game and 4.2 assists this season.
Cross, often described by his coach Ryan Fitch as “an extension of the head coach,” talked about how sharing the award with Konczal wasn’t just an individual award, but a team one.
“I have to thank my teammates for all my memories and the fun times,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without you guys and (this is) a team accomplishment.”
Cross also gave a special thanks to his younger brother, Aaron, who he said helped from the sidelines.
“My brother, Aaron, many may not see it, but during timeouts or halftime he’s pointing things out to me,” he said. “He’s showing me what I need to do against the other team and other things. Aaron, you’re a great brother and teammate. Thank you.”
Konczal, whose game changed from a perimeter-oriented attack to more of an all-around player as a senior, said he grew up a lot during his four-year career.
“I’ve grown a lot as a basketball player and also as a young man in my four years at Edgewood,” he said. “There is no way I could’ve done everything I did without my teammates. I was fortunate to have people helping me the whole way.”
Konczal was also sure to thank his coaches throughout his career.
“I would like to thank a lot of people starting off with my seventh grade coach, (current Edgewood athletic director) Mr. (Steve) Kray and my first high school coach, Mr. (Kevin) Anderjack,” he said. “I would like to thank my teammates, Coach (Paul) Stofan and Coach Jay (Bowler).
“Also, a huge thank you to Coach (John) Bowler. He never doubted me for one second and he gave me all the confidence I needed this season.”