Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Girls athlete of the year finalists

Last week I posted the nominees for Boys Athlete of the Year. Here, now with those on the girls side. Also previous winners below.

Keep in mind that this stuff will run Sunday, July 7. Our All-District baseball and softball stuff will run Sunday, June 30.

Morgan Berardi, Carmichaels, basketball/softball
A 1,000-point scorer in basketball, also the school’s all-time assists leader, too. She’s one of the softball team’s leaders and a member of a senior class that posted a 75-10 record, without a loss at home.

Olivia Lorusso, Canon-McMillan, volleyball/basketball/softball
First-team All-District in hoops after averaging a double-double with 14.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Helped softball team to a second consecutive WPIAL title and first-ever state crown while ranked at or near the top in every offensive category. Named team defensive MVP.

Alyssa Wise, Washington, track and field
Won a pair of state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, this after finishing third in both events a season ago. Navigated a cold at Shippensburg to win and wound up torching the competition in the finals. Also only a junior. 

Jenna Lucas, Fort Cherry, golf/basketball/track and field
Medaled twice at states, one of them in discus, which she only started seriously throwing this year. Won WPIAL and PIAA titles in javelin, her preferred event. Arguably the best golfer at Fort Cherry – male or female. Put up 15.6 points per game. Kills it in slowpitch softball, too.

Veronica Latsko, Peters Township, girls soccer

Sure, a knee injury will likely prevent Latsko from playing her senior year, but the resume is already stacked: 107 goals, three PIAA Class AAA titles, a scholarship to the University of Virginia. Scored 36 goals and added 11 assists this season for the Indians, who finished 24-1.

Sammie Weiss, McGuffey, basketball/softball

Weiss reached 1,000 points this season – as a sophomore. She led all boys and girls scorers this winter with an average of 26.7 points per game. She helped McGuffey reach the PIAA playoffs for the first time in school history, and the Highlanders won their first section title since 1990.

Kayla Briggs, Chartiers-Houston, softball

Will be a four-time All-State player: first baseman, right fielder, pitcher and somewhere as a senior. Won two WPIAL titles and one PIAA title. Hit .429/.525/.714 with 16 RBI and 32 runs. Pitching-wise was 17-1 with 172 strikeouts in 103 innings, .155 average against, 1.22 ERA.

Previous winners
2000 – Kristen Lancas, Ringgold

2001 – Shellie Cotton, Charleroi
2002 – Jessica Perry, Peters Township
2003 – Stephanie Kuhn, Ringgold
2004 – Samantha Slagle, Beth-Center
2005 – Ashley Young, Canon-McMillan
2006 – Brianna Liebold, Chartiers-Houston
2007 – Paige McMenamin, Peters Township
2008 – Jenna Phillips, Washington
2009 – Amanda Kennedy, Bentworth
2010 – Taylor Schram, Canon-McMillan
2011 – Shelli Spamer, Peters Township
2012 – Jessie Merckle, Fort Cherry

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