With Trinity senior Josh Valentic accepting an offer to play basketball at Division II Wheeling Jesuit after the Hillers' win against Wash High Friday night, it brings to mind a recent conversation.
Spoke with a few coaches last week and the subject steered toward Valentic and the consensus was the Hillers' all-time scoring leader was underrecruited.
At 6-3, Valentic has decent size for a shooting guard and he's a tireless worker. His range is the best I've seen since Dan Davis played at Fort Cherry, he needs little space to get his shot released and the release is quick.
Now, I'm not saying Valentic should be recruited by major college powers but I could see a player with his talents, shot and work ethic eventually making an impact at a lower-level Division I program. One of the coaches in the conversation likened Valentic to former Notre Dame guard Chris Quinn, whom the coach knew from his high school playing days.
Valentic isn't as strong as Quinn, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, and not quite as quick, but some similarities exist.
* Speaking of Valentic, he's part of what I see as a two-player race for Observer-Reporter Player of the Year honors with reigning POY Mike Lamberti of South Fayette.
If I were to pick an all-district first team today my choices would be Valentic, Lamberti, South Fayette's Pat Zedreck, Burgettstown's Tyler Pavan and Fort Cherry's Nate Bellhy.
* Back to recruiting, it still amazes me that there has been one Division I boys player (Monessen's A.J. Jackson played at Robert Morris) from the area since I started working at the O-R.
* When Trinity Area School District canceled its special meeting scheduled for last Thursday and the lone item on the agenda was the hire of a football coach, did anyone else wonder if the board felt it didn't have enough votes to make a hire or another strong candidate emerged?
I'm raising my hand.
From what I've heard since, that's not the case and that former Hillers quarterback Mike Wall remains the most likely hire.
* The WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting takes place Tuesday and it's hard to imagine South Fayette not being the No. 1 boys seed in Class AAA no matter what happens Monday against Chartiers Valley.
It should also be interested in seeing where the Monessen boys and girls get seeded. Both had exceptional regular seasons but play in sections that aren't viewed as strong. If I did the seeding, I put both teams at No. 2 in their respective classes.
* A total of seven players from Trinity's senior football class have chosen a college program. Matt Friewald will play at Grove City and Chris Piatt will play for Westminster; both schools are members of the Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference.
* My favorite moment of the high school basketball season happened during halftime of the Trinity at Washington game Friday night when Prexies softball coach Courtney Grubich, a kindergarten teacher in the Washington School District, introduced the crowd to student Winnie Barfield.
Barfield is a 6-year-old student who wants to be a police officer and Wash High athlete. He's also battling leukemia. When Barfield briefly spoke to the crowd, smiled, waved and thanked everyone for attending, it was one awesome moment.