The Tri-County Athletic Directors Coach of the Year Banquet will be held Sunday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton near the Meadows Casino & Racetrack. The banquet, which honors coaches and athletes from South Fayette to Southmoreland to Albert Gallatin to West Greene and Burgettstown, benefits Special Olympics.
Student-athletes that were selected as first-team all-state football players, such as South Fayette's Christian Brumbaugh, or others who made their respective all-state teams, such as Peters Township girls soccer player Shelli Spamer and Trinity basketball standout Josh Valentic will be honored.
So will the coaches.
Coaches of the Year are selected in the following categories: football, boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball. Coaches who won WPIAL or played for PIAA championships in Olympic Sports categories will also be honored.
The Observer-Reporter distributes ballots in each categories to schools, and the athletic director then hands them to the coaches, who are asked to vote for their top three.
The O-R sports staff gets a vote in each category as well, and I voted for the five categories other than wrestling, and will disclose my votes now.
Football - 1. Joe Rossi, South Fayette; 2. Matt Humbert, Ringgold; 3. Terry Fetsko, Chartiers-Houston.
Boys basketball - 1. Joe Salvino, Monessen; 2. Rich Bonnaure, South Fayette, 3. Pete Logan, Ringgold.
Girls basketball - 1. Bob Miles, Fort Cherry, 2. Gina Naccarato, Monessen, 3. Nick Mahalko, Charleroi.
Baseball - 1. Joe Maize, Peters Township, 2. Don Hartman, California, 3. Levi Bristor, Trinity.
Softball - 1. Tricia Alderson, Chartiers-Houston, 2. Jack Cramer, Bentworth, 3. Lars Johnson, Waynesburg.