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Week Ending Jan 26 Girls Basketball Rankings
All-Class Elite 8 Teams
- Chartiers Valley 17-0 *(Mt. Lebanon, Oakland Catholic, Trinity, North Catholic)
- Norwin 13-2 *(McKeesport, North Allegheny, Shaler, Fox Chapel)
- North Catholic 15-1 *(Penn Hills, Freeport)
- North Allegheny 13-3 *(Penn Hills, Seneca Valley, Fox Chapel)
- Trinity 13-2 *(Peters, OLSH, Thomas Jefferson)
- Bethel Park 13-1 *(Mt. Lebanon, USC, Baldwin)
- Southmoreland 17-0 *(McKeesport, Baldwin, Freeport, Serra Catholic)
- Rochester 17-1 *(Blackhawk, West Middlesex, Erie McDowell, Vincentian, New Castle)
6A Top 5
- Norwin 13-2 vs Hempfield 1/26, NA 1/28
- North Allegheny 13-3 vs
- Bethel Park 14-1 vs
- Mt. Lebanon 15-3 vs
- Upper Saint Clair 9-6 vs
5A Top 5
- Chartiers Valley 17-0 vs Trinity 1/27
- Trinity 12-2 vs Chartiers Valley 1/27
- Woodland Hills 14-3 vs
- Oakland Catholic 13-4 vs Kiski 1/28
- Moon 12-4 vs South Fayette 1/27
4A Top 5p
- North Catholic 15-1 vs
- Southmoreland 17-0 vs Ringgold 1/27
- Blackhawk 15-2 vs
- Central Valley 13-2 vs New Castle 1/27
- McKeesport 11-6 vs Elizabeth Forward 1/27
3A Top 5
- Mohawk 15-1 vs Freedom 1/27
- Beaver 15 -2 vs Avonworth 1/27
- Seton LaSalle 13-4 vs McGuffey 1/27
- Avonworth 12-5 vs Beaver 1/27
- South Park 10-6 vs
2A Top 5
- Serra Catholic 11-2 vs Greensburg CC 1/26
- OLSH 14-2 vs Laurel 1/27
- Bishop Canevin 12-5 vs Charmichaels
- Ellis School 12-4 vs Shady Side 1/28
- Laurel 10-7 vs OLSH 1/27
1A Top 5
- Rochester 17-1 vs Eden Christian 1/27
- West Greene 17-0 vs Mapletown 1/27
- Vincentian 13-3 vs Obama 1/27
- Greensburg Central Catholic 10-3 vs Serra 1/26
- Clairton 12-3 vs PAS 1/27
WPIAL Pre-Season Player of the Year – Tess Meyers Sr. North Catholic
Team Rankings – All Sections Elite 8
1. North Catholic
2. Chartiers Valley
3. Bethel Park
5. North Allegheny
6A – Pre-Season Player of the Year – 5’10” Junior Olivia Westphal Bethel Park
Pre-Season All-Class Super 8
Olivia Westphal Jr Bethel Park
Lizzy Groetch Jr North Allegheny
Maddie Dziezgowski Sr Bethel Park
Maddie Karchut Sr Seneca Valley
Sara Aumer Sr Connellsville
Jayla Wehner Sr Norwin
Sarah Liberatore Sr Hempfield
Patrice Smith Sr Mt. Lebanon
Pre-Season Newcomer of the Year – Kaili Doctor Fr Pine-Richland
6A Top 5 teams
1. Bethel Park – Bethel Park has talent in every class up and down the roster. Led by Seniors – Maddie Dziezgowski (D1 – St. Bonnaventure) and Lauren Mullen (Edinboro), along with Pre-Season 6A Player of the Year Jr. Olivia Westphal and Super Soph Emma Dziezgowski, Bethel Park might have the best set of Perimeter players in all the WPIAL.
2. Norwin – No team plays faster than Norwin – A deep and talented group of guards led by Sr Jayla Wehner (Miriam) and Olivia Gribble (Marietta) along with Jr Mara Polcynski, Danielle Russo and help push the pace. Sophomore Brianna Zajeck will add some length. Norwin has some talented freshman who will demand some time Savannah Schneck and Kate Botti. Coach Brozeski has built a program.
3. North Allegheny – Coach Stefko keeps the engine running, rearming starts with Pre-Season Player of the Year Candidate, Jr. Lizzie Groetch, she is a do everything guard who will likely be joined by Super Frosh Jasmine Timmerman in the Backcourt. Senior Kate Balouris Juniors Paige Morningstar and Maddie Reardon will add size and Sophomores Biz Watson, Taylor Rawls, and Emma Fischer will help keep the pressure on. Another big year ahead for the Tigers.
4. Mt. Lebanon – Coach Oldaker has great the talent to run with anyone. Speedy Senior Patrice Smith (Columbia T&F commit) lead this group. Without a lot of size Super Sophomore wing Ashleigh Connor, Juniors Morgan Palmer and Bridgit Bruni along with Sophomore help from Brooke Collins should help push the pace.
5. Seneca Valley – Sr Maddie Karchut might be the best post player in the WPIAL, she will be flanked talented Sophomores; forward Olivia West and Guard Jess Bickart. Sharp shooting Junior Jaden Davensizer will provide spacing.
5A – Pre-Season Player of the Year – 5’10” Senior Riley DeRubbo
Pre-Season All-Class Super 8
Riley DeRubbo Sr Trinity
Aislin Malcolm So Chartiers Valley
Reilly Sunday So Moon
Alyssa DeAngelo Sr Thomas Jefferson
Lexi Jackson Sr Gateway
Megan McConnell Sr Chartiers Valley
Perri Carlisle-Page So Chartiers Valley
Bella Pelaia Sr Mars
Pre-Season Newcomer of the Year – Alexa Washington Fr Oakland Catholic
5A Top 5 Teams
1. Chartiers Valley – Going 30 – 0 and losing 2 Division 1 players is not often a recipe for success, however, this years’ version might be more talented. The team starts with 3 – yes 3 – 5A Player of the Year Candidates – Sr. Megan McConnell (Duquense) and Super Sophomores Aislin Malcolm who might be the best player in WPA, and Perri Carlisle-Page who might be the most talented player on the team. Joining the trio will be the Sophomore twins Hailee and Helene Cowan, they will add even more speed and toughness to this group. 30 – 0 is tough to replicate but this team has the tools to make a deep run.
2. Trinity – if any team has the 5 to match Chartiers Valley it is the Trinity 6. They will roll 6 deep with talent and effort. Led by THE Pre-Season Player of the Year Sr. Riley DeRubbo (Fordham) and flanked by a quad of athletic Juniors 6’2” Courtney Dahlquist will give teams fits, 5’7” Ashley Durig is a hard-nosed, defender who gives everything, Emily and Kaylin Venick are versatile guards. Sophomore guard Alyssa Clutter, a 100m track star with great basketball skill.
3. Penn Hills – Athletic and Long. They will be led by Senior forward Niya Moore, she will provide leadership and toughness to this crew. A talented group of 4 Juniors will determine how far this team goes; Twin Guards Jayla and Jasmyn Golden, Guard Amoni Blackwell and Forward Delainey Carpenter are the engine of this team. They will be supported by speedy Sophomore Eryn Roberson.
4. Thomas Jefferson – Making a return trip to the Pete is not out of the question. Senior Guard Alyssa DeAngelo (Fairmont State) is one of the best shooters in WPA. Sr Deanna Bennett and Jr Maddie Trainor provide support and deep shooting. Replacing all-everything Jenna Clark will be tasked to a couple of Sophomores Graci Fairman and Lydia Zoglmann, Freshman wing Delaney Concannon will fight for minutes.
5. Mars – 2017 State Championship game MVP Sr. Bella Pelaia (Mt. St. Mary’s) will be joined in the starting 5 by Sophomore Towers 6’1” Ava Black and her 6’0” Sister Kaitlyn Pelaia. Guard play will be the key and that starts with Junior Alek Johnson, a do everything athlete.
4A – Pre-Season Player of the Year – 5’10” Senior Tess Meyers
Pre-Season All-Class Super 8
Tess Meyers Sr North Catholic
Kylie Lewandoski Sr North Catholic
Corrine Washington Jr Quaker Valley
Mackenzie Amalia Sr Blackhawk
Christiane Frye Sr Central Valley
Bailey Kuhns So Southmoreland
Siara Conley Sr Hopewell
Sydney Shemanski Sr Freeport
Pre-Season Newcomer of the Year – Eve Fiala Fr Indiana
4A Top 5 Teams
1. North Catholic – The pre-season pick for best team in WPA. A DEEP and talented Senior led team headed by Pre-Season Player of the Year Tess Meyers (Duquense) and Senior Running Mates Kylie Lewandowski (Richmond), Cassie Foster (Baldwin-Wallace), Emma Pospisil (Ursuline), 6’1” Sarah Baradelli and PG Branygan Bianchin. Powerful 5’10” Junior Bella O’Hare and Amazing 5’11” Freshman Guard Dacia Lewandowski will see plenty of playing time, this team has no glaring holes.
2. Blackhawk – Sr. Mackenzie Amalia (Robert Morris) returns to lead the Cougar Jaggernaut. She will be joined in the starting line up by a pair of swift 5’10” Junior forwards Alivia Thompson and Jolie Strati. Sophomore wing Casey Nixon figures to join the first 5. Sophomores Deryn Moye, Ashlee Cope and Elaina Hildebrand provide quality depth. Undersized but lightning fast Freshman Kassie Potts should push for court time along with fellow Frosh Quinn Borroni and Lizzie Troup.
3. Freeport – 4 – 4 year varsity starters head into their last campaign. Sr. Sydney Shemanski is the do-everything leader who is surrounded by a bevy of sharp shooting guards led by Sr. Harley Holloway (St Vincent), and Senior Sisters – Madeline and Samantha Clark, Freshman shooters Melaina DeZort and Ava Soilis figure to see the court as well.
4. Southmoreland – the Scotties will be the class of section 3. They return great height and skill with sensational 5’11” sophomore forward Bailey Kuhns, 6’0” senior Sarah Pisula and 5’11” sophomore wing Gracie Spidaro. Senior Carlie Collins and Freshman Guard Olivia Cernato will help in the backcourt. They will be a tough out come playoff time.
5. Quaker Valley – Looking to build on last years upset of Freeport in the WPIAL Playoffs – Quaker Valley has a pair of 5’11” Do-It-All Building Blocks in Juniors; Corrine Washington & Bailey Garbee. Joining them in the rotation is 2-year starter 5’11” Jr. Forward Claire Kuzma, Sr Guards Amy Wilson, and Maura Conlin, along with 5’11’ Sophomore forward Amelia Herrmann.
3A – Pre-Season Player of the Year – 5’8” Junior Emma Pavalek Beaver
Pre-Season All-Class Super 8
Emma Pavalek Jr Beaver
Karly McCutcheon Sr Mohawk
Jada Lee Sr Carlynton
Amaia Johnson Sr East Allegheny
Vanessa Hudson Jr Seton LaSalle
Nadia Lape Jr Mohawk
Harris Robinson Jr Avonworth
Bella Skobel Sr Charleroi
Pre-Season Newcomer of the Year – Makayka Blair Sr Deer Lakes
3A Top 5 Teams
1. Mohawk – The Warriors have a versatile and talented starting five – headlined by Pre-Season 3A Player of the Year Candidate Karly McCutcheon (West Liberty) a trio of athletic juniors headlined by triple jump champion Paige Julian, Nadia Lape and Hannah McDanel and 5’11” Sophomore wing Jordan Radzyminski provide support for a potential deep playoff run.
2. Beaver – If any team can match Mohawk for star power and flexibility it is Beaver. Led by THE Pre-Season Player of the Year Jr. Emma Pavalek, Juniors 5’11” Wings Maddie and Kenzie Weiland, with Guards Amanda Plum and Natalie Priest with 5’11” Sophomore Guard Payton List make Beaver a tough match up for anyone.
3. Carlynton – the Cougars are athletic and talented. 5’6” Senior all-everything Guard Jada Lee (Mt. St. Mary’s) is the leader, and 6’0” senior Angelicah Diallo (Penn State-Beaver) is the difference maker. Senior forward Haley Williams, Junior Amanda Masdea and Sophomore Kendell Kline likely round out the starting 5.
4. Avonworth – As it has been and what seems like always Avonworth will be led by a Robinson Sister – this year Junior Harris Robinson is ready to lead, she is a dynamic athlete and a markedly improved shooter. She will be joined by Senior Forward Kat Goetz to form a dynamic duo. Sophomore guard Alivia Wright returns from Oakland Catholic to provide some backcourt help.
5. Deer Lakes – Young but talented, Deer Lakes will be led by tough Sophomore Point Guard Reese Hasley and fellow sophomore running mate Nikki Fleming. Joining them in the rotation will be Junior Jenny Butler and Senior Softball Star Makayka Blair (West Liberty SB).
2A – Pre-Season Player of the Year – 5’11” Junior Nya Nicholson Winchester Thurston
Pre-Season All-Class Super 8
Nya Nicholson Jr Winchester Thurston
Diajha Allen Sr Bishop Canevin
Natalie Jasper Jr Ellis School
Maya Roberts So Winchester Thurston
Alyssa Pollice Sr Bishop Canevin
Chole Pordash So Serra Catholic
Haley Hamilton Sr OLSH
Rayna Andrews Sr Serra Catholic
Pre-Season Newcomer of the Year – Nadia Moore Fr Winchester Thurston
2A Top 5 Teams
1. Winchester Thurston – The tough tandem of Jr Forward Nya Nicholson and Sophomore Guard Maya Roberts will be the key for a deep run for W-T. Talented freshman Nadia Moore will push for time.
2. Bishop Canevin – New coach Jim Kaczorowski looks to lead the Crusaders back to the Pete he will lean heavily on the leadership of 2 outstanding Sr guards Diajha Allen (St Francis) and Alyssa Pollice.
3. OLSH – Defending WPIAL Champions will be tough again in 2A. Returning are Seniors Haley Hamilton, Hannah Valenty, Juniors Guard Grace Bradley and 6’0” Forward Arley Valdez and looking to find a way into the rotation is Sophomores forward Katie Hoff and Kaleigh Constantino.
4. Serra Catholic – 4 Starters return for Coach Cleary. Sophomore sharp shooter Chloe Pordash and Juniors Nicole Pawlowski and Grace Navarro look to support Senior Forward Rayna Andrews as they look to improve on last year’s 20-7 record
5. Ellis School – Mighty Junior guard Natalie Jasper is the focal point for the Ellis, she will be joined by Natalie Graf and Alexis Crichlow in their quest to upend Serra and Winchester Thurston in section 2.
1A – Pre-Season Player of the Year – 5’7” Sophomore Corryne Hauser Rochester
Pre-Season All-Class Super 8
Corryne Hauser So Rochester
Alexis Robison Jr Rochester
Hailey Drutarosky Jr Quigley Catholic
Alana Winkler Sr Vencentian
Melina Maietta Sr Greensburg Central Catholic
Jasmine Mack Sr Rochester
Melina Cortez Jr Vincentian
Anna Durbin So West Greene
Pre-Season Newcomer of the Year – Mia Grisafi Fr Quigley Catholic
1A Top 5 Teams
1. Rochester – Defending WPIAL Champion is led by two of Pittsburgh’s best – Beaver County Times 2019 Player of the Year, 5’7” Junior Wing Lexi Robison and 5’7” Point Guard Corynne Hauser. 5’10” Senior Jasmine Mack provides inside support for a very good Rochester team.
2. Vincentian – the Royals will be led by All-Purpose 5’10” Sr. forward Alana Winkler (St. Vincent) and talented Junior guard Melina Cortez. They look to rebound and fight their way back to the Pete.
3. Greensburg Central Catholic – The Senior tandem of scorer Melina Maietta and playmaker Gia Scala will make GCC the class in section 3.
4. West Greene – Press Greene hopes to continue without the Lampe Twins, look for Junior Jersey Wise and Kaytlynn Walls to increase their roles. Sophomore Do-Everything Guard Anna Durbin is poised for a breakout year for the Pioneers.
5. Quigley Catholic – Talented Jr Hailey Drutarosky will do the heavy lifting for Quigley Catholic. Senior Lilianna Briscoe and Junior Haley Doyle should help shoulder the load with additional help coming from newcomer Freshman Mia Grisafi.