Never bet against Jake Boehme
One person's story was a bit overlooked this weekend.
Despite taking a loss, McConnellsburg got a highlight-worthy performance from senior Jake Boehme.
The P.O. Player of the Year in boys soccer and a recent commit to Division I St. Francis, Boehme is a pure athlete. His success during the soccer season rolled right into his success in basketball.
Boehme has been the leading scorer for the Spartans all season, averaging 12.4 points per game, and he was clearly the team's MVP on Friday in the District 5 Class A Championship, which McConnnellsburg lost to Southern Fulton.
"He was going off," SF guard Dylan Gordon said. "He was on fire in the first half. I wasn't hedging screens well, and we weren't getting back on the ball well. They were getting open jumpers all night."
Boehme was all energy on Friday night. As a co-captain, Boehme leads the team onto the court for pre-game warmups; on Friday, he nearly ran out too early because of his sheer intensity.
"I was just so hyped," Boehme said. "I turned it into emotion on the court."
Boehme came out of the gate, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to get McConnellsburg's scoring started. He finished with more than half of the Spartans' points in the first half, and totaled a team-high 17. He finished 7-for-9 (77.8%) from the field and made the Spartans' only free throw of the night. Boehme also contributed four rebounds, two assists and a trio of steals.
"Jake is a competitor, there's no doubt," McConnellsburg coach Dane Pollock said. "If Jake was six inches taller, he'd be going somewhere to play basketball. He's all heart, and he's all effort. I always say that I hope he's hot, because if he's confident, there's not a shot that he believes he can't make."