Saturday May 14, 2022 | 4:38 p.m.
The basketball season ended months ago, but the Roundball Classic will feature some of WPIAL’s top talent this week.
The nine senior all-star games will be played Thursday through Saturday at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.
The local boys selected are Nick Crum and Noah Wright from Penn-Trafford, Michael Fleming and Ty Stecko from Norwin, Sean Gordon from Hempfield and Ben Thomas from Greensburg Salem in 6A; Caden Smith of Franklin Regional, Chase Sickenberger of Latrobe and James Pearson of Kiski Area in 5A; Devin Whitlock and Daniel Gordon of Belle Vernon, Tyson Webb of Derry and Brandon Coury of Burrell in 4A; Matthew Marinchak and Jacob Hollick of Ligonier Valley in 3A; and Ryan Appleby, Dylan Parsons and Brevan Williams of Greensburg Central Catholic, Anton Good and Nas Thompson of Jeannette and Kody Kuhns of Monessen in 2A.
Lance Maha of Norwin will coach the 6A Silver men’s team.
Local girl picks are: Brianna Zajicek of Norwin and Maura Suman of Penn-Trafford in 6A; Anna Rafferty and Bailey Watson of Latrobe and Abby Mankins of Greensburg Salem in 5A; Gracie Spadaro and Delaynie Morvosh from Southmoreland, Tiana Moracco from Derry and Allison Fisher from Burrell in 4A; Bailey Kuhns of Greensburg Central Catholic and Mercedes Majors of Monessen in 2A.
The Roundball schedule is as follows:
Thursday: Girls District 10 vs. Class 5A (Silver), 6:30 p.m.; Class A/District 6 Boys vs. Class 4A/3A/2A (Silver), 8 p.m.
Friday: Girls Class A vs. Class 2A/District 6, 6:30 p.m.; Boys Class 5A (Silver) vs. Class 6A (Silver), 8 p.m.
Saturday:: Boys Class 3A (Gold) vs. Class 2A, 1:30 p.m.; Class 4A vs. Class 3A Girls, 3:00 p.m.; Class 6A vs. Class 5A Girls, 4:30 p.m.; Boys Class 4A (Gold) vs. District 10, 6 p.m.; Boys Class 6A (Gold) vs. Class 5A (Gold), 7:30 p.m.
The Roundball will feature 26 players from all states.
DI offer for Pons
Norwin’s second student, Jackson Pons, has up to three Division-I football scholarship offers, the latest coming from Bowling Green.
Pons, a 6-foot-1, 180-and-a-half-pound defensive wide receiver, is grabbing attention playing on the 7-on-7 circuit while attending national camps.
He led Norwin last season with 33 receptions for 457 yards.
His other offers come from Mississippi State and Gardner-Webb.
While Westmoreland County has no shortage of standout freshman softball players, Derry has one to add to the mix.
Quietly, Sophia Doherty became one of the best power hitters in the Class of 2025. Doherty hit her seventh and eighth homers of the season Thursday at Franklin Regional as the Trojans upset the host Panthers, 19-12.
She went 5-for-6 with seven RBIs as the teams combined for 34 hits, 21 by Derry.
It’s good to be a freshman in Derry. While Doherty makes noise on the softball field, Sophia Mazzoni throws the javelin away for the Trojans.
Mazzoni’s 125-foot, 6-inch throw ranks as the No. 1 throw in the WPIAL 2A class and No. 8 in the nation among Class ’25 throwers.
She will be the #1 seed in the WPIAL Class 2A Finals.
Southmoreland sophomore softball player Amarah McCutcheon has more than two years of high school softball in her career, but she’s already breaking program records.
“Cutch” recently threw his 14th career home run to set the school record. The Division I prospect plays shortstop for the Scotties in the playoffs.
Three local players shared the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association Class 3A Player of the Week honor for Week 7 of the season.
All three are outside hitters: Norwin senior Tyler Hussey, Penn-Trafford senior Patrick Schall and Hempfield junior Owen Kelley.
As for the WPVCA rankings, Hempfield is No. 3, Norwin 5, Penn-Trafford 6 and Latrobe 10.
Derry is No. 10 in Class 2A.
Five Westmoreland teams have qualified for the WPIAL men’s volleyball playoffs, which begin this week: Penn-Trafford, Norwin, Latrobe and Hempfield in 3A, and Derry in 2A.
Mt. Pleasant senior Aaron Alakson will continue his baseball career in Cal, Pennsylvania. Shortstop, Alakson also pitched for the Vikings.
He was also one of the best running backs in the county.
• Former Greensburg Central Catholic Ryan Appleby will continue his basketball career at Seton Hill. A three-sport athlete, he was accepted into the university’s dental program.
• Belle Vernon senior footballer Logan Cunningham has announced his commitment to Division III Marietta. Cunningham played defensive back for the Leopards.
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