Monessen is no stranger to deep postseason runs in boys and girls basketball. The 2010-11 season is no exception for both.
The Monessen girls are undefeated and the top remaining seed in the WPIAL Class A girls playoffs. The last public school to win a WPIAL Class A title, Monessen plays North Catholic tonight at 6 p.m. at Canon-McMillan High School with the winner advancing to Saturday's championship game.
The Monessen boys once again find themselves in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs after beating Jeannette by one point in the quarterfinals. The Greyhounds play Section 3 foe Wilkinsburg for a third time. This time, the winner advances to the WPIAL championship game. Monessen swept the regular season series.
For many schools, this type of success would be a once-in-a-generation experience. At Monessen, it's happens frequently and The Varsity Letters is issuing a pair of All Points Bulletins for former standouts.
A.J. Jackson was a dominant big man on back-to-back WPIAL Class A championship teams at Monessen in 2001 and 2002. He eventually became the all-time leading scorer in Monessen boys history, quite an accomplishment considering all the program's success. Jackson originally went to East Tennessee State on scholarship and eventually transferred to Robert Morris, where he played a key role in the Colonials' resurgence in the Northeast Conference.
Nychole Whitlock played at Monessen during the same period as Charel Allen, who scored 3,000-plus points before heading to Notre Dame. Whitlock was a strong player in her own right and also topped 1,000 points during her playing days. TVL believes Whitlock went on to play soccer at California.
Anyone with information regarding Jackson or Whitlock is urged to contact The Varsity Letters.