It's time to briefly explain how the Observer-Reporter sports staff selects its boys and girls athletes of the year.
First off, I come up with a list of candidates. Until last year, only seniors were considered but Trinity's Andrew Sweat had such a good junior campaign, the time came to add underclassmen.
From the list, the six members of the sports staff vote for their respective top three with five points going to a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote. After all votes are in, I add up the point totals.
This year, the selection was anything but unanimous. On the boys side, Burgettstown's Dan Conley narrowly edged Canon-McMillan's Mike Hull. And Wash High's Jenna Phillips edged Waynesburg's Rachel Rohanna.
Arguments can be made for many athletes but, remember, who sees more high school teams from our coverage area than the O-R sports staff? We take many things into consideration (such as Hull decisioning Conley in wrestling, the number of sports) and make our selections. We also do not fault athletes for their classification.
Here's how the final tally went down:
1. Dan Conley Burgettstown 21 points
2. Mike Hull, Canon-McMillan 18 points
3. Charles Murphy, Canon-McMillan 12 points
4. Shane Pruitt, Peters Township 8 points
5. Jon Kennedy, Bentworth 6 points
1. Jenna Phillips, Washington 24 points
2. Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg 23 points
No one else close in girls voting