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Kalin, Kotchman, Breen earn state Player of the Year honors

Bill Hartlep
| Saturday, April 15, 2017, 12:24 p.m.
Pine-Richland's Amanda Kalin dribbles against North Allegheny's Piper Morningstar during their game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Pine-Richland's Amanda Kalin dribbles against North Allegheny's Piper Morningstar during their game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Trinity's Sierra Kotchman
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Trinity's Sierra Kotchman
Blackhawk's players try to block a shot by Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Sam Breen during the WPIAL 4A girls basketball championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
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Blackhawk's players try to block a shot by Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Sam Breen during the WPIAL 4A girls basketball championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers-Houston's Jala Walker battles Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace for a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 2-A Girl Basketball quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Northgate High School. Chartiers-Houston defeated Leechburg 60-44.
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Chartiers-Houston's Jala Walker battles Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace for a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 2-A Girl Basketball quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Northgate High School. Chartiers-Houston defeated Leechburg 60-44.

Three of the top girls basketball players in the state compete in the WPIAL, according a group of Pennsylvania sports writers.

Pine-Richland senior Amanda Kalin (Class 6A), Trinity senior Sierra Kotchman (5A) and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic senior Sam Breen (4A) all were selected Saturday as their classification's state Player of the Year by a panel of sports writers from across the state.

Kalin, a Duquesne recruit, averaged 23 points for the Rams. Kotchman, a Fairmont State recruit, averaged 19 points and led her team to a PIAA runner-up finish. And Breen, who recently was granted a release from her commitment to Dayton, averaged 23 points for the WPIAL champion Trojanettes. She was recently lauded as the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year.

Other first-team selections from WPIAL and City League schools included: Penn Hills senior Desiree Oliver (Class 6A); McKeesport senior Johnasia Cash and Obama Academy senior Michaela Porter (5A); East Allegheny junior Amani Johnson (3A); Chartiers-Houston junior Alexa Williamson (2A); and Cornell senior Daeja Quick and Winchester Thurston junior Ayanna Townsend (A).

Area second-team honorees were Chartiers Valley freshman Megan McConnell (5A), Blackhawk sophomore Molly Aulbach and Beaver junior Bella Posset (4A), Bishop Canevin junior Brionna Allen (3A), and Winchester Thurston junior Gia Thorpe (A).

Third-team selections included North Allegheny sophomore Rachel Martindale and senior Hailey Zeise (6A), Leechburg junior Mikayla Lovelace and Jeannette senior Olivia Sirnic (2A), and West Greene sophomore Madison Lampe (A).

The boys basketball all-state teams were released Friday.

Bill Hartlep is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bhartlep@tribweb.com.

Girls basketball all-state team

The 2016-17 Pennsylvania Sports Writers all-state girls basketball team, including each player's school, height, class and scoring average.

CLASS 6A

First team

Katie Jekot, Cumberland Valley, 5-9, Sr., 14.5

Amanda Kalin, Pine-Richland, 5-7, Sr., 23.0

Abby Kapp, Boyertown, 6-0, Sr., 15.5

Taylor O'Brien, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 5-10, Jr., 22.1

Desiree Oliver, Penn Hills, 5-8, Sr., 18.0

Second team

Aja Blount, Northampton, 5-11, Sr., 22.0

Tessa Brugler, Nazareth, 5-10, Sr., 17.4

Hannah Nihill, Cardinal O'Hara, 5-5, Sr., 13.0

Lizzie Oleary, Abington, 6-2, Sr., 13.9

Kiyea White, Emmaus, 6-0, Sr., 14.6

Third team

Sam Carangi, North Penn, 5-9., Sr., 7.7

Kate Connolly, Souderton, 6-2, Jr., 10.8

Kenzie Gardler, Cardinal O'Hara, 5-6, Sr., 8.8

Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny, 5-8., So., 13.0

Mary Sheehan, Cardinal O'Hara, 5-11, Sr., 12.7

Hailey Zeise, North Allegheny, 5-11, Sr., 10.0

Player of the year — Amanda Kalin, Pine-Richland

Coach of the year — Jason Bieber, Boyertown

CLASS 5A

First team

Johnasia Cash, McKeesport, 6-1, Sr., 18.0

Jenay Faulkner, Greencastle-Antrim, 5-11, Sr., 18.9

Sierra Kotchman, Washington Trinity, 5-7, Jr., 19.0

Katie May, Archbishop Wood, 5-11, Jr., 9.5

Michaela Porter, Obama, 5-11., Sr., 15.0

Second team

Rajah Fink, Dover, 5-10, Jr., 19.5

Erin Gibbons, Wyoming Valley West, 5-8, Sr., 15.6

Megan McConnell, Chartiers Valley, 5-5, Fr., 15.0

Amanda Mobley, Southern Lehigh, 5-7, Jr., 12.4

Cassie Sebold, Archbishop Wood, 5-6, Sr., 8.8

Third team

Dajahnae Brannon, Harrisburg, 5-10, So., 16.3

Ashley Hallowell, DuBois, 6-1, Jr., 16.8

Olivia Snyder, Southern Lehigh, 5-10, So., 15.5

Shannon May, Archbishop Wood, 5-5, Sr., 7.1

Courtney Warley, Bishop Shanahan, 6-2, Sr., 17.0

Kaylee Young, Fort LeBoeuf, 5-7, Sr., 21.5

Player of the year — Sierra Kotchman, Washington Trinity

Coach of the year — Mike McDonald, Archbishop Wood

CLASS 4A

First team

Sam Breen, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 6-1, Sr., 23.0

Courtney Cecere, Forest Hills, 5-9, Sr., 17.5

Madison Demski, Erie Villa Maria. 6-2, Jr., 12.5

Kiki Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic, 5-11, So., 22.1

Neila Luma, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-0, Sr., 10.2

Second team

Molly Aulbach, Blackhawk, 5-5, So., 14.0

Bella Posset, Beaver, 5-7, Jr., 20.0

Lisa Marchioni, Montoursville, 5-7, Sr., 14.4

Molly Mraz, Erie Villa Maria, 5-8, Jr., 9.2

Zoe Zerman, Northern Lebanon, 5-9, Sr., 13.1

Third team

Kayla Aufiero, Nanticoke, 5-7, Sr., 16.2

Sunshine McCrae, East Pennsboro, 6-2, So., 16.2

Taylor Medina, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-0, Fr., 10.8

Leah Miller, Punxsutawney, 6-0, Jr., 16.3

Emily Shopene, Mercyhurst Prep, 5-7, Sr., 9.3

Allison Shuke, Bedford, 5-9, Sr., 19.5

Player of the year — Sam Breen, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Coach of the year — Jose Medina, Bethlehem Catholic

CLASS 3A

First team

Kate Balhauf, York Catholic, 5-7, Jr., 23.2

Amani Johnson, East Allegheny, 5-5, Jr., 31.0

Ashley Jones, Neumann-Goretti, 4-5, Sr., 17.0

Kaley Kovac, Jim Thorpe, 5-10, Jr., 26.0

Chyna Nixon, Neumann-Goretti, 5-10, Sr., 16.0

Second team

Brionna Allen, Bishop Canevin, 5-7, Jr., 14.0

Morgan Gentile, Troy, 5-11, Fr., 23.8

Halle Herrington, Philipsburg-Osceola, 5-4, So., 30.3

Natalie Kucowski, St. Basil, 6-3, Sr., 16.2

Maddie Martin, Dunmore, 5-6, Sr., 16.1

Third team

Abby Anderson, Holy Cross, 5-11, Sr., 19.1

Alana Davidson, New Hope-Solebury, 5-2, Sr., 13.1

Kasey Engle, Tyrone, 5-7, Sr., 19.2

Olivia Fusaro, West Shamokin, 5-8, Jr., 18.4

Alexa Naessens, Germantown Academy, 6-2, Jr., 9.4

Nicole Varano, Mount Carmel, 5-7, Sr., 18.6

Player of the year — Chyna Nixon, Neumann-Goretti

Coach of the year — Frank Nagy, West Shamokin

CLASS 2A

First team

Lili Benzel, Bishop Guilfoyle, 5-8, Sr., 19.1

Diamond Bragg, Camp Hill, 5-8, Jr., 21.4

Karson Swogger, Bellwood-Antis, 5-8, Sr., 26.7

Haley Thomas, Bishop McCort, 5-10, Sr., 23.5

Alexa Williamson, Chartiers-Houston, 6-1, Jr., 23.5

Second team

Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis, 5-11, Fr., 17.6

Rena Enterline, Blairsville, 5-7, Jr., 18.2

Adrienne Kroznuskie, Minersville, 5-8, Sr., 16.1

Bronwyne Mellott, McConnellsburg, 5-10, Sr., 26.3

Abby Schoffstall, Minersville, 5-7, Sr., 11.4

Third team

Megan Bisco, Mahanony Area, 5-9, Jr., 11.6

Mikayla Lovelace, Leechburg, 5-10, Jr., 23.5

Emily Mealy, Minersville, 6-0, Sr., 11.2

Olivia Sirnic, Jeannette, 5-7, Sr., 21.1

Maggie Wigoda, Minersville, 5-10, Jr., 12.4

Jade Young, Abington Friends, 5-10, Sr., 13.7

Player of the year — Haley Thomas, Bishop McCort

Coach of the year — Jared Homa, Minersville

CLASS A

First team

Carmella Bickel, Lourdes Regional, 5-5, Sr., 15.8

Daeja Quick, Cornell, 5-8, Sr., 22.9

Alexis Hill, Lebanon Catholic, 5-10, Jr., 19.2

Tori Obenrader, North Clarion, 5-11, Jr., 23.5

Ayanna Townsend, Winchester Thurston, 6-2, Jr., 19.2

Second team

Laura Barhacs, Williamsburg, 6-2, Sr., 20.2

Ashley Forker, Faith Christian, 5-10, Sr., 15.9

Alyssa Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 5-9, Jr., 16.6

Olivia Mottern, Southern Fulton, 5-9, Sr., 17.9

Gia Thorpe, Winchester Thurston, 5-9, Jr., 20.3

Third team

Madison Lampe, West Greene, 5-5, So., 18.0

Shayna McNamee, St. John Neumann, 5-7, Jr., 17.3

Sarah Parrish, Sullivan County, 6-3, Sr., 11.4

Halee Smith, Juniata Valley, 5-10, Fr., 14.8

Camryn Thomas, Otto-Eldred, 6-0, Jr., 16.0

Emily Zocsin, Weatherly, 5-8, So., 19.3

Player of the year — Alexis Hill, Lebanon Catholic

Coach of the year — Rachelle Hopsicker, Juniata Valley

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