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CCSA’s Dan Spangler named Class A All-State coach of the year

Coach Dan Spangler, seen during a game last season while he was in charge of Strath Haven, was named the Class A Coach of the Year Monday for his role leading Chester Charter Scholars Academy to a District 1 title and the PIAA quarterfinals. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

In two seasons under head coach Donny Dodds, its first two at the varsity level, Chester Charter Scholars Academy won 20 total games.

In 2019-20, coach Dan Spangler’s first season in charge, the Sabers managed 20 wins against a schedule packed with larger-division team. The run included a District 1 Class A championship and bulling into the PIAA quarterfinals with a pair of decisive wins before the tournament was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, Spangler added the Class A coach of the year award, as voted by Pennsylvania sportswriters.

CCSA’s point guard, Malik Cook-Stephens, was named as a third-teamer. The Christian Academy had two players picked, with Grant Sareyka a second-teamer and Isaiah Mitchell on the third team.

Spangler’s Sabers finished 20-6. They beat TCA twice, including the district final, and beat District 1 champions/state quarterfinalists in Class 2A (Dock Mennonite) and Class 4A (Pope John Paul II). Half of the losses came to Class 5A state qualifiers (Penncrest, Unionville and D1 champ West Chester East).

Spangler had a 13-32 record in two seasons at Strath Haven, including a District 1 Class 5A berth in 2018. His replacement there, Chris Conlan, led the Panthers to a 17-win season and a states berth.

Sareyka led TCA to a perfect record in the Bicentennial League and a 23-win season. The Crusaders lost in the BAL and District 1 finals, then dropped a three-point overtime decision to Nativity BVM in the states opener despite 32 points from Sareyka.

Sareyka led Delco in scoring at 20.6 points per game. The second-team All-Delco added 5.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 steals and hit a team-high 61 3-pointers. His 1,337 career points is third in TCA history.

Mitchell, a 5-9 senior, was the perfect counterpoint, an athletic guard who suited TCA’s high-tempo style that netted 70.8 points per game. Mitchell was the third-leading scorer at 9.7 ppg.

Cook-Stephens, a 6-3 junior, landed on the third team. The point guard averaged 6.2 points per game as the egalitarian Sabers had eight players average between 6.1 and 7.8 ppg. Cook-Stephens had 12 points and five assists in the PIAA second-round win over Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg.

The Class A player of the year is Kaden DiVito, a 5-11 junior guard from Cornell. DiVito scored 20.8 ppg for the WPIAL finalist. DiVito, a Washington & Jefferson College signee, scored 1,970 career points.

First-team guard Tanner Colflesh, a junior from Turkeyfoot Valley, led the state and was fourth in the country, according to MaxPreps, at 38 points per game, including games of 61, 58 and 53. He also averaged 7.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

The team includes freshman guard Davion Hill of St. John Neumann, who averaged 23.2 points, 5.5 assists and 3.7 steals for a state-tournament qualifier. Hill is the younger brother of Indiana Pacers’ forward Alize Johnson and SJN teammate David Hill, a 6-1 junior who made the second team. The older Hill averaged 20.9 ppg.

Another freshman, second-team guard Vinnie Cugini, averaged 35 points per game for Aquinas Academy.

The only big guy on the first team, 6-6 junior Angelo Reeves of Vincentian Academy, is also the only repeat first-teamer. Vincentian, which announced in February that it is closing due to declining enrollment, reached the state final in 2019 and won the WPIAL title this year.

The Class A selections are below. The teams will be released one day at a time this week, starting with Class A Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

First Team

Kaden DiVito, 5-11 Sr. G, Cornell
Tanner Colflesh, 6-1 Jr. G, Turkeyfoot Valley
Davion Hill, 6-0 Fr. G, St. John Neumann
Angelo Reeves, 6-6 Jr. F, Vincentian Academy
Tristan McDonnell, 5-11 Sr. G, Bishop Carroll
Elijah Sechler, 5-11 Jr. G, Berlin Brothersvalley

Second Team

David Hill, 6-1 Jr. G, St. John Neumann
Nathan Blasick, 6-3 Sr. G, Halifax
Vinnie Cugini, 5-11 Fr. G, Aquinas Academy
Grant Sareyka, 5-11 Sr. G, Christian Academy
Vince Fyock, 6-0 Jr. G, Shade
Symir Preister, 6-4 Jr. G, Sankofa Freedom

Third Team

Isaiah Langston, 6-2 Sr. F, Cornell
Kegan Hertz, 6-6 Jr. F, Nativity BVM
Malik Cook-Stephens, 6-3 Jr. G, Chester Charter Scholars Academy
Hayden Callen, 6-4 Jr. F, Clarion-Limestone
Darian Keyser, 6-6 Sr. F, Jamestown
Isiah Mitchell, 5-9 Sr. G, Christian Academy
Marquis Ratcliff, 6-5 So. F, Nativity BVM
Coach of the year: Dan Spangler, Chester Charter Scholars Academy
Player of the Year: Kaden DiVito, Cornell

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