Carlisle’s disappointing exit from the PIAA Class 6A semifinals in a loss to Pine Richland was less than a month ago.
Feels like longer, now three weeks into the spring season.
Deshawn Millington has been active since that heartbreak at Altoona High School, working his way into the track and field season while currently competing in the Donofrio Classic in Conshohocken.
The 6-foot-2 senior, who finished third in school history in scoring and led the Thundering Herd on memorable, consecutive trips to the PIAA quarters, was honored Friday in the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball team, being named Class 6A First Team.
He didn’t quite believe the news when coach Andre Anderson texted him about it. But it was an “exciting feeling” for the likely junior-college bound guard.
It’s also validation of his impressive self-confidence. Millington has said all season he felt he was the best guard in the state, and while Reading’s Lonnie Walker IV was named Class 6A Player of the Year for leading the Red Knights to their first ever state title, Millington did feel validated.
“Most definitely it does, because as you can tell, only so many people are on that (First Team) and my game on the court this year spoke for itself,” he said via text message.
Millington, who averaged 19.1 points this season, was one of four locals to earn All-State consideration, along with Trinity teammates Austin Gilbertson and Timmy Edwards (Class 3A Second Team) and Mechanicsburg’s Cade Alioth (Class 5A Third Team).
Millington is currently in the Donofrio Classic semis with Raw Sports All Stars, along with Walker. Raw Sports will play again Monday, with the title game set for Tuesday. He plans to give his legs a rest after the showcase is over, and is expected to announce his college decision soon.
“It’s going good and my defense is standing out,” he said.
This is the second time Millington got All-State honors, finishing as a third teamer last year. He has been named the All-Sentinel Boys Basketball Athlete of the Year each of the past two seasons.
Trinity friends shares one more experience
For Gilbertson, there always seems to be a story to everything he does.
The senior guard was having a miserable date with his girlfriend on his Friday off. The free tickets he had for Hersheypark weren’t usable, so he had to wait an hour in line pay $70 to get in with his girlfriend, the gentleman that he is.
“Safe to say seeing the all state selection brightened my mood,” Gilbertson said over Twitter group direct message.
That elicited a laugh from his on-court partner in crime, Edwards, who himself found out about his selection while at his home away from home, the YMCA.
“I was real happy I made the team and thought me and Austin were very deserving of the accomplishment, but knew it wouldn’t be possible without our coaches or teammates,” said Edwards, who will be heading to DeSales next season.
It’s a fitting haul for the pair, who are nearly inseparable and helped bring a fourth straight District 3 championship to Trinity. They both cracked 1,000 career points this season.
Next week Gilbertson will visit his future home for the next four years, Pace University, while Edwards has an AAU tournament coming up.
This is Gilbertson’s second all-state nod; he was named Class AA Third Team last season.
Alioth credits team for nomination
When Alioth got the text from coach Bob Strickler on Friday morning, he didn’t quite believe what he was reading.
“I was kinda surprised,” the senior Wildcats center said. “I responded to him, like, ‘Really?’
“It doesn’t give enough credit to the people we had around me. ... I think the real reason I was on this list was the four guys around me and the coaching staff.”
So the humble Alioth, who finished shy of 1,000 career points but dominated much of the season with 18.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, passes the credit to the group that surrounded him this season.
Alioth called himself “a dying breed” for his back-to-the-basket style of play, crediting teammates Kyle Scheib, Nate Mayernick, Shane Homick and others for putting him in good situations on the court, as well as the coaching staff.
The Wheaton College (Illinois) commit had a memorable double-double (27 points, 17 rebounds) in the District 3 Class 5A championship loss to Northeastern.
Since an early PIAA playoffs exit, Alioth has dived into the workout regimen the Wheaton staff gave him. He’ll be spending the Easter weekend with his family, nothing unusual for for the religious young man, as he considers the holiday a special one.