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Looking back at the early years of the Cager Classic

| Monday, March 14, 2016, 11:30 p.m.
Valley News Dispatch - Mar 21, 1998 - -

-Pine-Richland's Krissy Wisse, left, of the West team picks up a steal from Apollo-Ridge' Tara Chierici of the East team during the third period of Saturday's A-K Valley Cager Classic at Highlands High School.-

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Valley News Dispatch - Mar 21, 1998 - - -Pine-Richland's Krissy Wisse, left, of the West team picks up a steal from Apollo-Ridge' Tara Chierici of the East team during the third period of Saturday's A-K Valley Cager Classic at Highlands High School.- -LOUIS B. RUEDIGER, staff photographer
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Coach Vern Benson talks with senior point guard Jordan Williams.
Ronald Vezzani Jr.| For the Daily News Coach Vern Benson talks with senior point guard Jordan Williams.
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The East's Tarique Godson looks to pass the ball during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School in Harrison on Saturday, March 27, 2010.
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JDB CagerBoys 7 The East's Tarique Godson looks to pass the ball during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School in Harrison on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Jason Bridge / Valley News Dispatch (Intended for VND sports on 3-28-10)
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The West's Sara D'Amico takes a shot over the East's Casey Bonk during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School in Harrison on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  The West won the game, 86-45.
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JDB CagerGirls 4 The West's Sara D'Amico takes a shot over the East's Casey Bonk during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School in Harrison on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The West won the game, 86-45. Jason Bridge / Valley News Dispatch (Intended for VND sports on 3-28-10)
West Shamokin's #25 Lizzy Cornish drives the ball on Hampton's #24 Maddy Neligan during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School on Saturday March 28th 2015.
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West Shamokin's #25 Lizzy Cornish drives the ball on Hampton's #24 Maddy Neligan during the Cager Classic at Highlands High School on Saturday March 28th 2015.
Valley News Dispatch - Mar 17, 2001 - -

-East's Kayla Hornack of Burrell drives past West defender Allison Leuthold of Deer Lakes Saturday during the Cager Classic at Highlands.-

-JUSTIN MERRIMAN, staff photographer
Valley News Dispatch - Mar 17, 2001 - - -East's Kayla Hornack of Burrell drives past West defender Allison Leuthold of Deer Lakes Saturday during the Cager Classic at Highlands.- -JUSTIN MERRIMAN, staff photographer

The Cager Classic is celebrating its 20th year. Here is a breakdown of the first 10 years of the event:

1997

MVPs: Boys — John Hart, Fox Chapel (East)/Breyon Chambers, Cheswick Christian (West); Girls — Stephanie Pencak, Kiski Area (East)/Daashia Fish, Freeport (West).

Coaches: Boys — Jack Schmitt, Riverview (East)/Rich Falter, Highlands (West); Girls — Ray Bartha, Apollo-Ridge (East)/Lisa Wheeler, Hampton (West).

Highlights: A slam dunk contest, which later fizzled out for insurance reasons, was won by Chambers. The 6-foot-3 guard-forward had 18 points and 19 rebounds in the game to garner MVP honors for the West team. ... More than 1,500 fans turned out for the inaugural games. Fish scored 24 points for the West girls.

Boys summary

West 22 56 — 78

East 37 28 — 65

West: Alex Sauer 0 0 0-0 0, David Braun 2 0 0-0 4, Matt Hudale 0 0 1-2 1, Jon Stack 1 2 3-4 11, Jeremy Diehl 1 1 1-2 6, Jim Beacom 0 0 0-0 0, Kirk Witucki 9 0 3-5 21, Jeremy Cypher 0 0 0-0 0, Bryan Hoffman 7 1 0-0 17, Breyon Chambers 9 0 0-2 18.

Totals 29 4 8-15 78.

East: Evan Gill 0 0 1-2 1, Ed Minarcin 0 0 0-0 0, Tony Emanuele 3 1 0-0 9, Chris Verdini 0 0 3-4 3, Mike Arpas 3 1 2-4 11, Ben Erdeljac 0 0 1-2 1, Chris Toliver 3 0 1-2 7, Jeremy Noonan 1 1 0-0 5, Jeff Porter 5 0 5-8 15, John Hart 5 0 3-7 13.

Totals 20 3 16-29 65.

Girls summary

East 27 47 — 74

West 29 39 — 68

East: Abbey Wengerd 5 0 2-4 12, Shannon Solkovy 2 0 5-8 9, Sarah Salvaterra 3 0 1-2 7, Tykia Jones 3 0 2-4 8, Ryann Barr 3 0 1-4 7, Emily McKim 2 0 2-2 6, Cristin Cousins 3 0 0-1 6, Stacy Kissel 1 0 2-2 4, Stephanie Pencak 4 0 2-4 10, Jennifer Rowe 2 0 1-2 5. Totals: 28 0 18-33 74.

West: Susan Kreminski 1 0 0-2 2, Mandy Fraser 2 0 0-3 4, Eve Semins 1 0 1-4 3, Jill Frederick 2 0 1-2 5, Daashia Fish 5 3 5-8 24, Jessica Robinson 3 0 2-2 8, Sandy Stephenson 0 0 0-1 0, Heather Gottshall 7 0 4-4 18, Mary Beth Quigley 0 0 0-0 0, Melissa Samay 2 0 0-1 4. Totals: 23 3 13-27 68.

1998

Results: Boys — East 88, West 87; Girls — West 71, East 68.

MVPs: Boys — Justin Miller, Plum (East)/Aaron Faulx, Knoch (West); Girls — Mindy Valdiserri, Apollo-Ridge (East)/Meg Garrison, Fox Chapel (West).

Coaches: Boys — Larry Ondako, Leechburg (East)/Garrie Davies, Freeport (West); Girls — Pam Hobaugh, Ford City (East)/Todd Durand, Knoch (West).

Highlights: The Fox Chapel duo of Meg Garrison and Meg Babst combined for 27 points to lead the West girls. ... Hampton's Neill Feather, thought to be out for the year with a knee injury, made a surprise appearance and scored six points for the West in a losing effort. Knoch's Aaron Faulx had 20 points for the West.

Boys summary

East 53 35 — 88

West 39 48 — 87

East: Chad Logero 2 1 1-4 8, Ben Contrucci 1 0 2-2 4, Josh Toney 3 0 2-2 8, Wes Perman 0 0 0-0 0, Justin Dudczak 3 1 0-0 9, Eric Radebach 3 1 0-0 9, Jim Richardson 3 0 0-0 6, Ben Bower 1 0 0-0 2, Matt Molinaro 2 1 1-2 8, Brice Flenory 0 0 0-0 0, Ryan Conroy 3 3 8-10 14, Justin Miller 9 0-3 18, Allan Voltz 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 31 4 14-23 68.

West: Jeff Durkt 1 0 0-0 2, Justin Miller 0 3 0-0 9, Allan Voltz 1 0 0-0 2, Kent Crytzer 5 0 0-2 10, Mike McMahon 0 1 0-0 3, Neill Feather 3 0 0-0 6, Kevin Muempfer 3 0 1-2 7, Mike Jeckavitch 3 0 2-5 8, Andrew Ross 1 0 1-2 3, Aaron Faulx 6 1 5-6 20, Adam Hawkins 7 0 3-6 17, Matt Schmitt 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 30 5 12-23 87.

Girls summary

West 34 37 — 71

East 28 40— 68

West: Kristy Lasko 2 0 0-0 4, Krissy Wisse 3 0 7-9 13, Lindsay Slomer 3 0 1-3 7, Meg Garrison 9 0 0-0 18, Katie George 1 0 0-0 2, Marie Sekeras 0 0 0-0 0, Jill Lipman 0 3 0-0 9, Nicki Gatto 0 0 0-0 0, Eve Van Dyke 1 0 2-2 4, Julie Bajuszik 2 0 1-2 5, Dana Yakimczyk 0 0-0 0, Meg Babst 4 0 1-4 9. Totals: 25 3 12-20.

East: Tara Chierici 2 0 0-0 4, Lindsay Flinn 1 0 2-4 4, Kristi Helfer 1 0 0-0 2, Kelly Morda 4 1 2-8 13, Sarah Coulson 0 0 0-0 0, Kate Costanzo 1 0 1-2 3, Amy Kollar 5 0 2-4 12, Stacey Jastrzembski 2 0 2-2 6, Molly Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Jessica Thompson 2 1 0-0 7, Mindy Valdiserri 6 0 5-10 17. Totals: 24 2 14-30 68.

1999

Results: Boys — West 100, East 89; Girls — East 83, West 72.

MVPs: Boys — Walt Hill, Burrell (East)/Quincy Curry, Shady Side Academy (West); Girls — Michelle Sodini, Fox Chapel (East)/Stephanie Stewart, Highlands (West).

Coaches: Boys — Ron McNabb, Burrell (East)/Les Shoop, Knoch (West); Girls — Dan Ross, Fox Chapel (East)/Deanna Riddle, Springdale (West).

Highlights: East girls coach Dan Ross, and two of his players, Michelle Sodini and Chrissy Brunk, played in a state playoff game one night, and the Cager the next. ... West 6-5 forward Quincy Curry of Shady Side Academy had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the West hit the 100-point mark. ... Springdale's Deanna Riddle, who coached the West girls and was respected throughout the A-K basketball community, died of leukemia in 2006. She was 58.

Boys summary

West 47 53 — 100

East 56 33 — 89

West: Zack Olare 0 1 4-6 7, Jason Rezak 4 1 0-0 11, Alan Bauman 1 0 2-2 4, Chris Karlo 0 2 2-2 8, T.J. Meanor 0 1 4-4 7, Pete Nicholas 2 0 2-3 6, Alan George 2 0 0-2 4, Justin Bracco 1 3 0-0 11, Anthony Zurisko 1 0 2-6 4, Neil Sullivan 1 0 0-0 2, Quincy Curry 8 0 3-10 19, Matt Beacom 7 0 3-3 17. Totals: 27 8 22-38 100.

East: Marc Tata 2 1 2-2 9, Andrew Cortileso 2 0 1-2 5, Adam Blythe 1 3 0-0 11, Brandon Crusan 2 1 3-7 10, Joe Gourley 2 0 5-8 9, Jonathan Kowalski 2 1 0-2 7, Joe John 0 1 0-0 3, Walt Hill 5 0 4-4 14, Garold Mobley 1 2 0-0 8, Joe Troyan 1 1 0-0 5, Aaron Steffey 2 0 0-3 4, Dan Klipa 1 0 2-4 4. Totals: 21 10 17-32 89.

Girls summary

East 37 46 — 83

West 36 36 — 72

East: Becky Abaray 1 3 0-0 11, Danielle Reinke 0 0 0-0 0, April Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Jill Markowski 2 0 5-9 9, Michelle Sodini 3 1 3-4 12, Aaron Haney 3 0 2-2 8, Jessica Trzeciak 3 0 1-1 7, Kylee Hornack 2 0 1-2 5, Jennifer Vallies 1 0 0-0 2, Cassandra Cutts 4 0 6-8 14, Amber Chambers 2 0 0-1 4, Chrissy Brunck 3 1 2-2 11. Totals: 24 5 20-29 83.

West: Dana Edwards 1 1 2-5 7, Meghan Hahn 1 0 0-2 2, Meghan Keeney 2 0 0-0 4, Brandi Bargerstock 4 1 4-7 15, Jamie Lynn 0 3 3-612, Laura Raible 0 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Haller 0 1 5-6 8, Stephanie Stewart 4 0 2-4 10, Sarah Haynes 4 0 1-2 9, Chrissy McCurdy 0 1 2-5 5. Totals: 16 7 19-37 72.

2000

Results: Boys — East 99, West 79; Girls — West 93, East 67.

MVPs: Boys — Justin Robinson, St. Joseph (West)/Carlo Dorazio, Plum (East); Girls — Valerie Rodgers, Mars (West)/Jessica Kankowski, Fox Chapel (East).

Coaches: Boys — Tom Myers, Valley (East)/Joe Lafko, Hampton (West); Girls — Don Favero, Leechburg (East)/Chris Scherer, Pine-Richland (West).

Highlights: Future Pitt walk-on and Plum standout Carlo Dorazio hit a 3-pointer and made several key steals to help the East prevail after a 17-point lead was cut to five with 11 minutes left. Dorazio finished with 24 points. ... In the girls' game, Fox Chapel's all-time leading scorer, Jessica Kankoski, scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a losing cause.

Boys summary

East 47 52 — 99

West 30 49 — 79

East: Bryan Blystone 2 0 0-0 4, Andrew Tsai 0 2 2-2 8, Jason Long 0 0 0-0 0, Chris Abaray 1 2 2-3 10, Carlo Dorazio 7 3 1-2 24, Germar Ballard 5 1 1-2 14, Scott McKernan 0 1 0-0 3, Andrew Golembiesky 0 0 0-0 0, Matt Magnusen 4 1 5-10 16, Scott Smith 0 1 0-0 3, Aaron Waters 6 0 0-2 12, Dan Jageman 1 1 0-0 5. Totals: 26 12 11-21 99.

West: Cliff Foster 3 2 2-2 14, Jeremy Weinberg 0 0 0-0 0, John Collinger 1 0 0-0 2, Jordan Babinsack 1 0 0-1 2, Corey Utz 1 0 1-2 3, Ricky Watenpool 3 1 0-0 9, J.J. Wilson 1 3 0-0 11, David Richey 3 0 1-2 7, Sean O'Donnell 2 1 0-0 7, Mike Katic 3 1 0-0 9, Scott Glomb 2 0 0-1 4, Justin Robinson 4 0 3-4 11. Totals: 24 8 7-12 79.

Girls summary

West 50 43 — 93

East 27 40 — 67

West: Melissa Berdine 3 0 5-6 11, Kristin Kramarik 4 1 0-0 11, Carolyn Kotlinski 0 0 0-0 0, Teresa Lettrich 0 0 1-2 1, Michelle Smith 2 2 0-1 10, Tara Ballintine 2 0 1-2 5, Abbey Beresik 0 1 0-0 3, Crystal Barr 3 1 4-6 13, Emily Hagins 2 0 3-4 7, Beth Antkowiak 3 0 1-1 7, Carrie Walker 3 1 0-1 9, Valerie Rodgers 6 0 4-5 16. Totals: 28 6 19-28 93.

East: Stephanie Ceraso 2 0 1-1 5, Jordan Moore 3 0 4-5 10, Laura Yedlowski 1 0 0-0 2, Lisa Klingensmith 1 0 1-4 3, Mary Jane Lerza 1 0 0-0 2, Tasha Dodd 1 0 0-2 2, Jessica Kankoski 7 1 4-5 21, Veronica Brestensky 1 2 1-2 9, Kim Keeley 2 0 0-0 4, Amanda Kole 0 0 1-2 1, Amy Yachup 3 0 2-4 8, Kelly Jeffery 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 3 14-25 67.

2001

Results: Boys — West 110, East 87; Girls — West 69, East 62.

MVPs: Boys — Jason Kerr, Ford City (East)/John Driscoll, Deer Lakes (West); Girls — Tera Stewart, Ford City (East)/ Kelly Quigley, Hampton (West).

Coaches: Boys — Brian Kovolovsky, Ford City (East)/Kelly Robinson, St. Joseph (West); Girls — Mark Ziemianski, Burrell (East)/Tom Saulle, Freeport (West).

Highlights: John Driscoll of Deer Lakes set a Cager scoring record with 26 points as the West boys cruised. The West scored 62 points in the second half. Freeport's Bobby Woods added 19 points. ... Akron softball recruit Kelly Quigley of Hampton took MVP honors for the West girls with 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Tera Stewart of Ford City had 19 points for the East.

Boys summary

West 48 62 — 110

East 36 51 — 87

West: Aaron Smith 1 0 1-4 3, Justin Bouch 5 1 0-0 13, Nathan Conroy 1 1 1-4 6, Jason Dolmayer 2 1 2-2 9, Mike Baumgartel 0 0 0-0 0, Brendan Malone 0 0 0-0 0, John Driscoll 7 3 3-5 26, John Katich 1 1 1-3 6, Dane Cardone 5 0 3-3 13, David Deal 2 0 2-2 6, Bobby Woods 7 0 5-6 19, Matt Small 4 0 1-4 9. Totals: 35 7 19-33 110.

East: Zach Ogden 1 3 5-6 16, Jarod Grafton 0 0 1-3 1, Michael Gross 0 2 1-2 7, Jason Kerr 3 4 0-0 18, Omar Alvarado 0 0 0-0 0, Bob Reifschneider 3 0 0-0 6, Reno Papale 4 2 1-1 15, Jeff Schultz 0 0 0-0 0, Ian Pearson 4 0 0-0 8, Mike Atwood 0 0 1-1 1, Kellen Thompson 1 1 0-0 5, Bill Ferguson 4 0 2-4 10. Totals: 20 12 11-16 87.

Girls summary

West 27 42 — 69

East 31 31 — 62

West: Kerry McKinney 0 0 2-3 2, Ali Wolf 6 0 1-3 13, Erin Gillette 2 0 1-1 5, Lizzy Demor 0 0 1-2 1, Tara Malecki 1 1 0-0 5, Nicole Fisher 4 1 0-0 11, Allison Leuthold 0 0 0-0 0, Kelly Busch 0 0 1-2 1, Kelly Quigley 5 0 0-2 10, Melissa Lewetag 1 1 0-0 5, Laura McMeken 3 0 3-4 9, Courtney Haynes 3 0 1-2 7. Totals: 25 3 10-19 69.

East: Melissa Megats 0 0 0-0 0, Jessica Witchey 3 0 2-4 8, Kristin Myers 2 0 1-1 5, Sarah Brady 2 0 0-0 4, Andrea Kolakowski 6 0 0-1 12, Kayla Hornack 1 1 0-0 5, Amy Ploskunak 0 1 0-0 3, Tera Stewart 7 0 5-6 19, Marcie Hepler 0 0 0-0 0, Lia Wyland 3 0 0-0 6, Shala Jones 0 0 0-0 0, Edana Gallagher 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 2 8-12 62.

2002

Results: Boys — West 101, East 93; Girls — East 64, West 61.

MVPs: Boys — Corey Smith, Kiski Area (East)/Matt Bonislawski, Highlands (West); Girls — Marissa Smith, Valley (East)/Caitlin Ward, Hampton (West).

Coaches: Boys — Larry Rupert, Kiski Area (East)/Harry Jenkins, Fox Chapel (West); Girls — John Cope, Valley (East)/Dana Petruska, Mars (West).

Highlights: Future Highlands athletic director and Connecticut quarterback Matt Bonislawski's double-double powered the West to its fourth win in six years. Bonislawski had 10 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. The East's Corey Smith of Kiski Area had a game-high 19 points. ... Valley's Marisa Smith scored 14 points to lead the East before heading off to play at Bowling Green and later, Duquesne. Twin sisters Jaime and Jodie Vick of Kiski Area also played for the East.

Boys summary

West 45 56 — 101

East 31 62 — 93

West: Mike Acre 4 0 4-8 12, Adam Bauman 0 1 2-2 5, Brian Utz 1 2 1-2 9, Andrew Perlmutter 3 1 1-1 10, Matt Brunck 3 1 0-0 9, Matt Bonislawski 5 0 0-2 10, Dan Obermeier 1 1 0-0 5, Brad Witucki 0 2 4-7 10, Joe O'Donnell 1 0 1-2 3, Larry Rommes 2 0 2-2 6, Bill Zopf 4 1 1-2 12, Matt Bazzani 0 3 1-3 10. Totals: 24 12 17-31 101

East: Tye Desiderio 2 1 1-2 8, Corey Smith 8 0 3-6 19, Mike Sober 3 0 0-0 6, Curtis Cutts 3 0 4-10 10, Billy Pish 2 0 0-0 4, Tim Eckman 2 0 3-7 7, Caleb Altmire 1 0 0-0 2, Cal Santucci 0 1 0-0 3, Cliff Tielsch 5 1 0-0 13, Dave Lochrane 6 0 3-3 9, Ben Davis 2 0 3-7 7, R.J. Hurt 1 1 0-0 5. Totals: 35 4 16-34 93

Girls summary

East 36 28 — 64

West 31 30 — 61

East: Shea Truby 1 0 3-4 5, Marisa Smith 4 2 0-0 14, Nicole Giunta 4 0 2-2 10, Michelle Leiberton 3 0 0-0 6, Stephanie Rizzo 0 0 0-0 0, Andrea Tardivo 0 1 3-4 6, Heather Abate 0 2 2-2 8, Jessica Burns 0 0 0-0 0, Jaime Vick 1 0 0-0 2, Kim Strickland 1 0 0-0 2, Katie Wheeler 1 0 0-0 2, Jodie 3 1 0-0 9. Totals: 18 6 10-12 64.

West: Melissa Lazar 0 0 0-0 0, Becky Galie 1 0 0-0 2, Caitlin Ward 4 0 11-15 19, Theresa Hrnciar 0 2 0-0 6, Kristen Medica 1 0 0-0 2, Lindsey Weber 1 1 0-0 5, Leslie Pinkerton 0 1 4-5 7, Sara Kinter 1 0 0-0 2, Rachel Moore 0 0 0-0 0, Jackie Richards 3 0 6-8 12, Jill Florentine 0 0 0-0 0, Allyson Shogan 1 1 1-2 6. Totals: 12 5 22-30.

2003

Results: Boys — East 101, West 95; Girls — East 71, West 55.

MVPs: Boys — Jon Koch, Plum (East)/Ryan Hauck, Hampton (West); Girls — Gerria Ballard, Valley (East)/Constance Dorzak, Pine-Richland (West).

Coaches: Boys — Greg Fox, Apollo-Ridge (East)/Rob Carmondy, Mars (West); Girls — Paul Sylba, Riverview (East)/Tim Kazmarek, Deer Lakes (West).

Highlights: Future Washington & Jefferson star Jon Koch (Plum) had a team-high 15 points for the East. Hampton's Ryan Hauck scored 21 for the West. ... Valley standout point guard Gerria Ballard scored 17 points to earn MVP honors for the East in a runaway win. Riverview's all-time leading scorer, Emily Alcorn, added 16 in the victory. Alcorn swept the skills contests.

Boys summary

East 47 54 — 101

West 40 55 — 95

East: Greg Hutcherson 1 2 0-0 8, Eric Jackson 3 1 0-0 9, Bryan Teschke 3 1 0-0 9, Cody Flanders 3 0 2-4 8, Bryan Yuhas 1 0 0-0 2, Luke Hill 1 0 2-2 4, Jon Koch 6 1 0-0 15, Dave Thomas 1 1 0-0 5, Tony Canzano 2 1 5-7 12, Vilonte McCloud 5 0 3-3 13, Steve Luff 4 0 0-0 8, Karl Walker 1 2 0-0 8. Totals: 31 9 12-16 101.

West: Matt Polino 0 1 0-0 3, Matt Andrle 0 0 0-0 0, Ryan Hauch 4 4 1-1 21, Zach Ferguson 3 0 3-4 9, Ryan Leonberg 2 0 4-4 8, Calvin Carter 0 1 0-0 3, John Weinberg 4 1 3-3 14, Grey Fryman 4 0 0-0 8, Steve Nogan 1 1 2-4 7, Clark Witucki 6 1 1-3 16, Mark Sadler 3 0 0-1 6, Matt Koren 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 9 14-20 95.

Girls summary

East 30 41 — 71

West 31 24 — 55

East: Gerria Ballard 5 0 7-8 17, Kristina Kish 0 0 0-0 0, Stefanie Morante 5 0 0-1 10, Emily Alcorn 1 4 2-3 16, Janelle Saunders 1 0 0-2 2, Allison Bundy 0 0 1-2 1, Katie Hamilton 2 0 2-2 6, Noelle Tresco 1 0 1-2 3, Nikki Metal 0 0 0-0 0, Kara Grafton 2 0 0-0 4, Amanda Booker 3 0 0-2 6, Elizabeth Culleiton 3 0 0-0 6. Totals: 23 4 13-22 71.

West: Haley Wojdowski 0 2 0-0 6, April Andriscin 1 0 0-0 2, Autumn Hawk 0 0 0-0 0, Kate Lamb 1 0 5-6 7, Meghan Orie 1 1 2-5 7, Constance Derzack 1 1 4-6 9, Mindy Beale 1 0 2-5 4, Jen Voltz 0 1 0-0 3, Elizabeth Natale 0 0 0-0 0, Kellee Beresik 3 0 2-2 8, Jen Latronica 2 0 1-3 5, Trudie Burns 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 12 5 16-27 55.

2004

Results: Boys — West 105, East 92; Girls — West 74, East 64.

MVPs: Boys — Andre Matthews, Valley (East)/Nate Davis, Cheswick Christian Academy (West); Girls — Ashley Bean, Mars (East)/Meagan Cowher, Fox Chapel (West).

Coaches: Boys — Kevin Krajca, Riverview (East)/Kevin Smetak, Deer Lakes (West); Girls — Tom Pipkins, Kiski Area (East)/Larry Barkowski, St. Joseph (West).

Highlights: Despite a Cager-record 29 points by Fox Chapel's Meagan Cowher, the daughter of former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, the West couldn't rally. Cowher, who went on to play at Princeton, added six rebounds and four steals. ... The West boys put up 100 points for the fourth time as Cheswick Christian's Nate Davis, who later played at La Roche, had 20 points. Sharp-shooting Pat Brannigan (Fox Chapel) scored 18 for the East.

Boys summary

West 53 52 — 105

East 46 46 — 92

West: Brent Ferko 5 0 0-0 10, Mark Rupert 4 1 0-0 11, David Bauman 0 0 0-0 0, Jerod Smith 0 0 2-2 2, Nate Davis 10 0 0-0 20, Bill Kuhnert 1 0 0-0 2, Colin Zedrick 5 0 1-2 11, Blake Schmitt 3 0 1-1 7, Kyle Witucki 6 1 0-0 15, Frank Emmerling 2 0 2-7 6, Bob Smith 2 3 0-0 13, Lucas Cox 3 0 2-4 8. Totals: 41 5 8-16 105.

East: Chris Miller 4 1 3-4 14, Sean Crissman 1 0 0-2 2, Rob Klingensmith 1 0 2-2 4, Rob Polka 2 0 2-3 6, Brandon Cochran 3 0 0-0 6, Eric McGough 0 1 0-0 3, Mike Fantuzzo 1 0 3-4 5, Andre Matthews 3 1 3-4 12, Brett Bowser 2 0 0-0 4, Patrick Brannigan 6 1 3-3 18, C.J. Confer 5 0 0-0 10, Jeremy Hurt 3 0 2-2 8. Totals: 31 4 18-24 92.

Girls summary

East 33 41 —74

West 29 35 — 64

West: Melissa McKamish 2 0 0-0 4, Amie Klingensmith 1 0 0-0 2, Natalie Caratelli 0 0 0-0 0, Shannon Guthrie 1 0 0-0 2, Lauren Porterfield 2 0 0-0 4, Mary Hahn 1 0 0-0 2, Meagan Cowher 11 0 7-11 29, Christina Smith 2 0 0-0 4, Miki Bigley 1 0 0-0 2, Allison McCartney 0 0 0-2 0, Brittany Bradburn 0 0 0-0 0, Kelly Sieczkowski 1 2 4-4 12. Totals: 22 3 11-17 64.

East: Maria Lutz 3 0 0-0 6, Jessica Pappas 2 1 2-5 9, Nicole Beggs 2 0 4-6 8, Brittany Ann Pikur 1 0 0-0 2, Melissa Marie Camerota 1 0 0-0 2, Ashley Bean 6 0 2-4 14, Emily Wolf 4 0 1-2 9, Abby Bodenlos 2 1 3-4 10, Malorye Waite 4 0 0-0 8, Amber Long 1 0 0-2 2, April Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Laura Dittman 0 0 2-6 2. Totals: 27 2 12-29 74.

2005

Results: Boys — West 94, East 88; Girls — West 82, East 80.

MVPs: Boys — Josh Rulnick, Plum (East)/Chris Conroy, St. Joseph (West). Girls — Lauren Reilly, Apollo-Ridge (East); Kylie Miller, Pine-Richland (West).

Coaches: Boys — Damian Davies, Leechburg (East)/Kelly Robinson, St. Joseph (West); Girls — Ray Bartha, Apollo-Ridge (East)/Joe Lucchino, Highlands (West).

Highlights: Point guard Kylie Miller of Pine-Richland played a superb game for the West with 26 points (9 for 10 FGs), six steals, six rebounds and six assists in a narrow victory. East MVP Lauren Reilly, a St. Vincent recruit, had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. A-K all-time leading scorer Lizzie Suwala of Ford City did not play because of injury. ... Chris Conroy, the boys' West MVP with 15 points, went on to a career in film.

Boys summary

West 37 57 — 94

East 41 47 — 88

West: Joe Young 2 0 0-0 4, Josh Robinson 3 0 0-1 6, Ryan Ziacik 1 2 0-0 8, John Ward 1 4 0-0 14, Chris Plocki 3 0 0-0 6, Chris McIntyre 2 1 0-0 7, Nick Gentile 1 0 0-0 2, Chris Conroy 7 0 1-5 15, Bill Massaro 1 0 0-0 2, Joe Lucchino 3 0 0-0 6, Sean Gallagher 6 0 2-2 14, Ryan Hollihan 3 0 4-6 10. Totals: 33 7 7-14 94.

East: Erik Carlberg 2 0 1-3 5, Nate Whitlinger 7 0 3-5 17, Mark Bigenho 2 1 1-2 8, Adam Abu-Elmagd 4 1 1-1 12, Adam Yingling 5 0 1-3 11, Alex Bonelli 0 1 2-2 5, Mark Troyan 0 1 0-0 3, Marty Bertolino 0 1 2-2 5, Bob Johnston 2 0 0-2 4, Philip Stolitza 0 0 0-0 0, Jonathan Stuck 0 0 0-0 0, Josh Rulnick 4 3 1-2 18. Totals: 26 8 12-22 84.

Girls summary

West 40 42 — 82

East 34 46 — 80

West: Laney Pastoria 1 1 0-0 5, Nicole Reiser 3 1 1-2 10, Kylie Miller 9 0 8-10 26, Melissa Fryman 1 0 0-0 2, Maria Milfeit 2 1 8-11 15, Chelsey Grabigel 1 1 3-7 8, Stephanie Shultheis 0 0 0-0 0, Kristen Garrett 2 0 3-6 7, Maria Frey 1 0 1-3 3, Megan Weleski 0 2 0-0 6, Lindsay Yaworski 0 0 0-2 0, Taryn Adamski 0 0 0-2 0. Totals: 20 6 24-43 82.

East: Saundra Wesley 1 1 2-4 7, Lindsey Kuruc 7 0 2-3 16, Mende Hicks 3 0 2-2 8, Sara Bradbury 2 0 1-2 5, Shannon Atwood 0 0 0-0 0, Veronica Kust 4 0 0-0 8, Amanda Lydic 0 0 0-0 0, Lizzie Suwala 0 0 0-0 0, Nicole Burdett 0 0 2-4 2, Amber Clites 5 0 4-6 14, Abydee Butler 0 0 0-0 0, Lauren Reilly 9 0 2-6 20. Totals: 31 1 15-27 80.

2006

Results: Boys — East 113, West 95; Girls — East 79, West 72 (OT).

MVPs: Boys — Ian Benson, Valley (East)/Rob Tenenini, Fox Chapel (West); Girls — Lauren Lambert, Kittanning (East)/Lauren Cowher, Fox Chapel (West).

Coaches: Boys — Vern Benson, Valley (East)/Les Shoop, Knoch (West); Girls — Al Davis, Ford City (East)/Doug Rodgers, Deer Lakes (West).

Highlights: In the 10th annual Cager, Steeler daughters won MVP awards as Lauren Cowher and Lauren Lambert battled in the event's first and only overtime game. Cowher, the daughter of Bill, who won a Super Bowl a month earlier, joined her sister, Meagan, as a former MVP. Lambert, the daughter of star linebacker Jack, helped lead a taller East team. ... The East boys won as Valley guard Ian Benson had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He led six players in double figures. His father, Vern, was the winning coach. ... The boys game also marked the final game for Knoch/West coach Les Shoop, who retired after 37 years.

Boys summary

East 50 61 — 111

West 41 54 — 95

East: Michael Fisher 0 3 0-0 9, Tyler Guthrie 2 1 3-4 10, Ian Benson 6 1 0-0 15, Charlie Robinson 1 0 0-0 2, Dylan Grazier 1 0 0-1 2, Tyler Henderson 3 0 0-0 6, Joe Marzullo 7 0 0-1 14, Andy Tressler 6 1 1-1 16, Mychal Skinner 7 0 2-4 16, Dennis Jackson 2 0 1-4 5, Joel Metz 1 0 0-0 2, Greg Clever 7 0 0-0 14. Totals: 43 6 5-13 111.

West: Greg Andrle 1 0 0-0 2, Jordan Shoop 3 0 0-0 6, Brian Dandrea 3 1 0-0 9, Robby Herold 2 0 1-1 5, Jesse Shepherd 0 0 0-0 0, Chris Marsili 3 2 3-4 15, J.J. Gourley 0 1 0-0 3, Bill Holtz 2 0 0-0 4, Elliott 2 0 0-0 4, Rob Tenenini 2 5 0-0 19, Nick Rutkowski 6 0 1-2 13, Wade Edwards 2 3 2-2 15. Totals: 26 12 7-9 95.

Girls summary

East 39 31 9 — 79

West 39 31 2 — 72

East: Katie Zambottie 2 0 0-0 4, Sara Brown 1 0 0-0 2, Elise Crummie 1 0 5-6 7, Ashley Ambroffi 2 0 1-2 5, Marissa Reinhard 1 0 3-6 5, Caitlin Noble 6 0 2-3 14, Lauren Lambert 3 0 4-8 10, Casey Sawhook 0 2 3-4 9, Haley Bradbury 1 0 0-1 2, Danielle Maloney 0 0 4-4 4, Jennifer Emberg 5 0 3-4 13, Katie McLay 2 0 0-1 4. Totals: 24 2 25-39 79.

West: Emily Ferko 1 1 0-0 5, Ashley Baranowski 0 0 0-0 0, Bethany Lauer 0 0 3-4 3, Brandi Lockerman 2 0 0-0 4, Lauren Cowher 4 0 3-5 11, Ashley Florijan 3 1 4-5 13, Kristin Robb 2 0 0-0 4, Kelsey Hardaway 2 0 0-0 4, Amanda Reed 1 0 2-2 4, Brittany Lockerman 1 3 0-0 11, Katie Norris 3 0 7-8 13, Julie Utz 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 5 19-24 72.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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