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Latrobe's Green among YWCA of Westmoreland Sportswomen Award winners

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The Honorees

Sports Girl of the Year (Individual Sport)

Emily Petrella

Harrold Middle School Figure skating

• The eighth-grader practices six days a week at Center Ice Arena and competes in four events — compulsories, freestyle, artistic and open. In 2012, she placed first in 13 events, second in three events and fourth in one event.

Sports Girl of the Year (Team Sport)

Samantha Orie

Harrold Middle SchoolVolleyball, track, soccer, basketball, softball, lacrosse

• This eighth-grader and six-sport athlete earned four letters in 2012. In addition to district sports, she also plays recreation softball, travel basketball and lacrosse, as well as spending her “free time” skiing.

High School Sports Team

Latrobe swimming and diving

• The Latrobe girls won the 2012 Section 1-AAA title with a 10-2 dual-meet record. Three team members posted All-American consideration times, and one relay placed eighth at the PIAA meet. The team also set four individual and two relay records at the WCCA meet. Coached by Grey Arrigonie, the 2013 team won the WCCA meet and placed fourth at the state meet.

Coach of the Year

Ferne Labati

Seton Hill, basketball

• In her seventh season at Seton Hill, Labati led her team to the WVIAC Tournament championship game. Her players also had the highest academic rank in the East Region, and she has been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II Academic Top 25 honor roll the past five seasons.

Sportswomen Team Award

Seton Hill track and field

• Under coach Tim Creamer, the 2012 Griffins won a second straight WVIAC title, as seven athletes earned all-conference honors. Three athletes advanced to the NCAA Division II meet, and the team had six individuals recognized as All-Academic honorees.

Sports Teen of the Year (Team Sport)

Maddy Grimm

Ligonier ValleySoccer, basketball, softball, football

• A four-sport athlete who will play softball at Kent State, Grimm scored a school-record 46 goals in the fall and also was the football team's kicker. She also was a Tribune-Review Terrific 10 selection in basketball.

Sportswoman of the Year (Individual Sport)

Mallory Sanner

Seton Hill, track and field

• Sanner won the 2012 WVIAC championship in javelin and also helped Seton Hill to the team title. At the NCAA Division II championship last May, she set a school record with a toss of 158 feet, the fifth best at the event. She became the first Seton Hill female to earn NCAA All-American honors.

Sportswoman of the Year (Team Sport)

Devin McGrath

St. Vincent, basketball

• A four-year starter, McGrath is a three-time All-PAC selection. She averaged •16.1 points and 10.3 rebounds this season and finished her career 10th on St. Vincent's all-time scoring list with 1,387 points.

Health and Fitness Award

Mental Health America of Westmoreland County

• Following the mantra, “There can be no health without mental health,” the organization puts an emphasis on a healthy mind, as well as physical fitness and an education for staying healthy mentally and physically.

Committee Choice Award

St. Vincent tennis

• The Bearcats achieved their best-ever record (14-0), won the PAC title and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. The team, which stressed that tennis teaches life lessons beyond wins and losses, was coached by Christopher McMahon, along with program founder Jim Bendel and Kim Kissell.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Hanna Green doesn't arrive at Latrobe High School until after 11 a.m.

And no, Green isn't getting special privileges because she's an outstanding athlete. It's far from it.

Green is taking classes at St. Vincent College in the mornings, and those credits from Calculus I, history and young adult fiction courses will transfer to Virginia Tech in the fall.

That's where the Latrobe senior will continue her academic and track career once her busy senior year comes to a close.

But she has plenty left to do this spring while competing in track and field, attending classes and being honored at banquets.

Green will be recognized as the 2013 YWCA Sports Teen of the Year for individual excellence at the annual YWCA of Westmoreland County Sportswomen Award banquet Thursday at the Ramada Inn in Greensburg.

She also is a candidate for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete award later this month.

Green has put together an impressive résumé for someone who only began running in eighth grade.

“I never ran track before,” Green said. “But my friends were on the track team, so I tried out.”

She became an instant success, going undefeated and winning the county cross country title in eighth grade. She was named YWCA Sports Girl of the Year.

“Anytime you get an award, it's an honor,” Green said. “I've put in a lot of hard work, and it shows women are just as good as the boys.”

Green has found the most success as a distance runner, qualifying for the PIAA Class AAA cross country meet four times, but she has emerged as one of the top middle distance runners in the state.

She was the WPIAL 800-meter winner in 2011 and the 400-meter winner in 2012. Last year, she lowered her school record to 55.93 in the 400 at the state meet, where she finished fifth.

She had an outstanding indoor season, placing second in the state in the 400. She also competed at the Indoor Nationals in New York City.

“Even though I didn't run my best, it was still a great experience running against some of the top girls in the country,” Green said.

She will be running the 800 at Virginia Tech.

“I like the middle distances,” Green said. “I prefer the shorter races.”

She picked Virginia Tech because she liked the campus, the girls on the team, the coaches and the academics. She plans on majoring in interior design.

She's helping her dad redesign the family's basement, turning it into a family room.

“I like to paint, draw and design different things,” Green said. “When I'm away from track, I like taking photos.”

Green is one of six individuals who will be honored at Thursday's banquet, which also will include recognition of three teams, a coach of the year and a health and fitness organization.

Dr. Christine Black, assistant professor of health and physical education at Indiana (Pa.), is the keynote speaker for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for $20 for students and $32 for adults at the YWCA of Westmoreland County, 424 North Main St., Greensburg, or by calling 724-834-9390.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.




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