SYRACUSE - Panama Central School senior Nick Lenart's personal highlight reel during the 2011-12 basketball season was long and impressive.
He hit the game-winning shot in the closing seconds at Cassadaga Valley in December.
He broke the school career scoring record a month later against North Collins.
And, six weeks after that, he led the Panthers to their first Section 6 championship in 41 years when they held off Clymer for the Class D title.
But the 6-foot-2 do-everything combo guard has added another entry to his hoops resume.
How does first-team all-state sound?
Lenart learned of that news earlier this week when he was selected to the New York State Sportswriters Association Class D first team. As far as it can be determined, Lenart is the first Panama basketball player to ever be named to the state's first team.
The selection was indeed warranted.
A fourth-team all-state choice last season, Lenart averaged 21.0 points, 4.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game this year to help the Panthers to an 18-4 record. He was also named to The Post-Journal all-star team, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 4 first team and the all-Western New York honorable mention.
"I'm pretty thrilled,'' Panama coach Ed Nelson said. "Basketball is tough (to earn all-state honors). You have to compete against a lot of people, so it's a neat thing."
Anyone who enters the Panama gymnasium will see just what a "neat" season Lenart had, because - per school policy - any athlete who earns first-team all-state recognition or is a state champion has his or her jersey retired, framed and hung in the hallway leading to the gym.
"Having a basketball player up there is going to be cool,'' Nelson said.
While Lenart is the area headliner among boys all-state basketball players, there are others who have been recognized by the NYSSWA as well.
Jamestown junior Tommy Campion is seventh team in Class AA; Silver Creek junior Zeddy Williams is fourth team, Cassadaga Valley senior Dustin Schauman is sixth team and Maple Grove senior Alex Grace is eighth team in Class C; and Clymer senior Adam Walker is fourth team in Class D.
Campion averaged 18.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game en route to being named Post-Journal Player of the Year, third-team all-Western New York, ECIC Division 1 co-Player of the Year, first-team all-ECIC and All-BCANY Class AA.
Williams averaged 19 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists for the Section 6 Class C-2 champion Black Knights. His play earned him Post-Journal all-star recognition in addition to Division 2 Player-of-the-Year and all-WNY honorable-mention honors.
Schauman capped a tremendous career by averaging 20.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, while also leading the team in assists (73) and steals (42). A returning Post-Journal all-star and an all-BCANY Class C all-star, he was also a Division 2 all-star and an honorable-mention all-WNY choice.
Grace concluded a tremendous athletic career at Maple Grove by averaging 12.8 points, 8.5 assists, 3.8 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game. In addition, he was a Post-Journal all-star, the Division 3 Player of the Year and an honorable-mention all-WNY choice.
Walker helped the Pirates to the Section 6 Class D title game, averaging 14 points, four assists, four steals and two rebounds per game. His efforts earned him Post-Journal and Division 4 first-team recognition.
Also earning all-state honors are a few players who competed against area teams. Williamsville North sophomore Sterling Taplin is third team and Niagara Falls juniors Jermaine Crumpton and Jaleo Wilkins are fifth and 10th team respectively in Class AA; and Olean sophomores Sam Eckstrom and Wil Bathurst are third team in Class B.