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Fayette student-athletes Huffman, Fell choose Division III schools

| Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Two local high school standout student-athletes have decided to continue their academic and sports careers at NCAA Division III schools.

California Area High School star basketball guard Tanner Huffman is going to Washington & Jefferson College.

A model of consistency, Huffman finished his scholastic career with 1,351 points and 386 assists. A unanimous all-section selection this past winter, he helped the 2012-13 Trojans win the WPIAL Class AA Section 5 with a 13-1 mark and finish 18-4 overall.

California lost by six points to Brentwood in the first round while making the program's fourth consecutive WPIAL playoff appearance under head coach Phil Pergola.

A member of the National Honor Society who maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, Huffman has received W&J's Howard J. Burnett Presidential Scholarship for outstanding academic performance, achievement and citizenship.

Huffman joins a Presidents' squad that has reached the semifinals of the President's Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament each of the past two years under eighth-year head coach Glenn Gutierrez.

Huffman is the son of Ray and Traci Huffman and also competed in the prestigious Roundball Classic.

Fell headed to Juniata

Frazier High School wide receiver Jaime Fell will attend Juniata (Huntingdon, Pa.) College.

In 2012, Fell caught 47 balls for 878 yards with nine touchdowns. As a junior, he made 32 receptions for 589 yards and also scored nine touchdowns.

The explosive 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound Perryopolis native earned all-conference and all-county honors each of the last two seasons and last year was also selected to the Pennsylvania Football news Class A Second Team All-State list.

Playing under head coach Mike Steeber, Fell helped Frazier make a second consecutive WPIAL Class A playoff appearance in 2012. The Commodores also have compiled 6-2 Tri-County South Conference records over each of the past two seasons.

Fell is also the top pitcher and hitter on Frazier's playoff-bound baseball team this spring.

He joins an Eagles squad that compiled a 3-7 overall record in 2012 under head coach Tim Launtz, who begins his third season this fall.

The son of Kelly and David Fell, Jaime is also ranked among the top 10 academically in Frazier's senior class.

Seniors toasted

Charleroi High School seniors Amanda Watters and Kylie Lemley were honored as the outstanding students at the 63rd annual Toast To Our Stars banquet. The event pays tribute to athlete and outstanding senior scholars who attend Charleroi Area High School and reside in North Charleroi.

A four-year member of the chorus and the Cougars' track and field team, Watters is enrolled in Culinary Arts at the Mon Valley Career and Technical Center. Lemley serves on numerous school clubs and is the president of Charleroi's youth and government club and also within the school.

Serving as the keynote speaker was legendary Clairton High School football coach Tom Nola, a graduate of McKeesport Area High School.

Under his guidance, Clairton has won the last five WPIAL Class A and four PIAA Class A championships. Heading into 2013, Clairton has a state record 63-game win streak which is the longest in Pennsylvania history and currently the longest winning streak in the nation.

Other students recognized included Jaron Andrechak, Derrick Andress, Lindsey Fine, Joshua Granato, Keenan Griffith, Jeremiah Hyatt, Jeremy Jones, Robert Lynn, Brennan Matthews, Tyler Nichols, David Nuzzo, Joey Lynee Pager, Sam Pager and Joseph Papadakos.

W&J adds to hall

Washington and Jefferson College has announced its 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame class.

In alphabetical order the six new members include Tom Benic (wrestling), Carrie (Banaszak) Dunbar (volleyball), E. Lee North (Robert M. Murphy Award), Kaitlyn Orstein (swimming), Frank Pilato (football) and James White (wrestling and tennis Coach).

The induction ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Rossin Campus Center Allen Ballroom. The 2013 induction class will also be recognized at halftime of the Presidents' football game versus Thomas (Crestview Heights, Ky.) More University the following evening at Cameron Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

The W&J Athletic Hall of Fame is designed to honor and memorialize those individuals or teams who have made outstanding contributions and distinction to the school's intercollegiate athletic program.

For more information on attending the induction ceremony, contact the W&J athletic office at 724-223-6054.

Bruce Wald is a freelance writer.

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