Wheeling Central’s Harler Wins Prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year Award

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It’s been a banner season for Wheeling Central junior guard Chase Harler, and the post-season accolades continue to roll in.

Harler was named the captain of the Class A first-team All-State squad, repeating a spot on the first team.

Although he did not lead his Maroon Knights to back-to-back state championships, Harler passed David Contraguerro as the leading boys scorer in school history when he dumped in 33 points in the regional final at Paden City.  He needs 92 more points to pass the great Kayleen Fitzsimmons to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. Harler heads into his senior season with 1,738 career points, Fitzsimmons finished with 1830 points.

Harler is the first player from Wheeling to win the Gatorade Player of the Year since Anthony Reed (1989) and Myron Ray (1986) from Wheeling Park.

On the season, Harler averaged 25.6 points per game, with six rebounds and four assists. He shot 77 percent from the free throw line, and led the team with 45 block shots.

In the classroom, Harler maintains a 3.91 grade point average.

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