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Ward, Slagus reap All-State honors

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Belle Vernon Area's Jessica Slagus, who is closing in on 1,000 career points, is attracting lots of college attention. Paul Saunders photo
Monessen's #3 Mariah Ward gets pasts Jeannette's #20 Monique Redman at the Monessen High. Jim Ference | The Valley Independent

The honors keep coming in for Monessen's Mariah Ward and Belle Vernon Area's Jessica Slagus as both were named to the 2013 Pennsylvania Girls All-State List.

Ward, a 5-7 senior, was named second team in Class A, while Slagus, a 6-0 senior, was named third team in Class AAA.

Ward averaged 18.4 points per game for the Lady Greyhounds as she closed her career with 1,476 points, ranking her sixth on the school's all-time list.

Slagus averaged 19.6 points for the Lady Leps and also went over 1,000 points, finishing with 1,133 for her stellar career.

Both Ward and Slagus will be playing in the 2013 Roundball Classic, a boys/girls quadrupleheader scheduled for April 20 at Geneva College.

Ward and Slagus were the only two area players to be named all-state.

In AAA, the first team was composed of South Park's Shelby Lindsay (17.8 ppg), Blackhawk's Chassidy Omogrosso (22.4 ppg), Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (28.3 ppg), Notre Dame de Namur's Megan McGurk (19.0 ppg) and Bethlehem Catholic's Kalista Walters (19.4 ppg).

No other WPIAL players were named in Class AAA as Walker Kimbrough was named Player of the Year in AAA and South Park's Reggie Wells won Coach of the Year.

In Class A, the first team was composed of Vincentian's Brenna Wise (22.3 ppg), Bishop Guilfoyle's Halee Adams (16.1 ppg), Malia Tate-DeFreitas (34.8 ppg) of Steelton-Highspire, Tri-Valley's Tara Nahodil (18.5 ppg), Kennedy Catholic's Alex Ricketts (17.5 ppg) and Tri-Valley's Juli Weber (14.8 ppg).

Other WPIAL players honored in Class A included North Catholic's Lauren Wolosik (26.0 ppg), who made second team with Ward, and Carmichaels' Morgan Berardi (17.3 ppg), who made the third team.

Tate-DeFreitas was named Player of the Year while Tri-Valley's Bob Feity was named Coach of the Year.

In Class AAAA, Fox Chapel's Erin Mathias (17.1 ppg) made the first team while Bethel Park's Megan Marecic (15.8 ppg) made second team.

In Class AA, Seton-La Salle's Naje Gibson (13.5 ppg), Jeannette's Ciara Gregory (30.4 ppg) and Bishop Canevin's Erin Waskowiak (15.6 ppg) made first team. Canevin's Carly Forse (13.8 ppg) and McGuffey's Sammie Weiss (26.6 ppg) were named to the second team.

Canevin's Tim Joyce was named Coach of the Year.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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