Monday, March 30, 2009

Trio make all-state

Three area players earned spots on the Associated Press Pennsylvania boys all-state high school basketball teams, which were released Monday afternoon.

Nick Wilcox, the Observer-Reporter Boys Player of the Year, made Class AAAA third team and became the first local player to make the all-state team in the largest classification in over a decade. Wilcox, a senior, was also honored as an all-state soccer selection.

Nick Bryant, the leading scorer on Wash High's PIAA Class AA semifinal team, was a Class AA second-team selection and narrowly missed making the first team.

Mike Lamberti, the leading scorer and rebounder for South Fayette's WPIAL Class AA semifinal squad, was third team.


Anonymous said...

Great news for Nick Wilcox. To be the first area player to earn this distinction in 10 years is great and a true indictment of his level of play.

Great kid and a great season for he Indians.

mike_kovak said...

Trying to research how many Wash-Greene high school student-athletes have been all-state in two sports during the same school year.

I know it's not many.

Javelin Jones said...

Congratulations to these fine young men. Always great to see the region get honored.

Two questions for Mike...

1. Will you be posting a "Final" rankings for the local basketball teams? I don't know if I'm for or against that, just curious to know.

2. Now that spring sports are upon us, what rankings will you be posting? Baseball? Softball? Volleyball? Track and Field? Also, do you have any projections for how some of the spring sports might turn out?

One final comment, I'd love to see more sports adopt the area basketball philosophy and have some tournaments that benefit a good cause. For example, a group of 4 baseball or softball teams could play in a coaches vs cancer tournament before section play starts. Maybe Trinity, Peters, McGuffey, and Wash High?

Anonymous said...

Didnt one of the Kennedy boys make all-state in soccer and basketball?

mike_kovak said...

Jon Kennedy probably should have been an all-state soccer player as a senior.

He led the WPIAL in goals during the regular season for Bentworth but was not included on the all-state list.

Kennedy was all-state in basketball as a senior, when he led Bentworth to the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.

mike_kovak said...

Jav Jones,

My final rankings would be based on postseason performance.

1. Wash High
2. Peters Township
3. South Fayette
4. Monessen
5. Carmichaels

1. Wash High
2. South Fayette
3. Fort Cherry
4. Peters Township
5. McGuffey

Over the past 10-11 years, baseball and softball have been very strong in the area and figure to be again this year.

Track appears improved over a year ago, but we won't know for sure until the big meets start in May.

Anonymous said...

Wilcox to Bethany??

What is he thinking???