Fox Chapel's Mathias named state's player of the year
Fox Chapel 6-foot-3 center Erin Mathias capped a remarkable senior season with yet another honor Friday as she was named the Pennsylvania Sports Writers' Class AAAA girls basketball player of the year.
Mathias earlier was picked as the Gatorade player of the year for Pennsylvania.
A Duke recruit who committed when she was a freshman, Mathias averaged 16.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game this season as she helped the Foxes reach the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA second round.
Mathias also was a first-team all-state pick.
Burrell junior Sydney Bordonaro was named to the Class AA all-state first team. The Pepperdine recruit posted 16.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 steals and shot 47 percent from 3-point range. She also broke Burrell's scoring record during the Bucs' run to the WPIAL championship game and state semifinals. Burrell finished 28-2, the best record in school history.
St. Joseph senior forward Mallory Heinle was selected to the Class A third team. The 6-1 Slippery Rock recruit led WPIAL Class A in scoring at 23.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as the Spartans reached the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The WPIAL dominated the all-state honors. Of the eight players of the year, six were from the WPIAL, including all four girls. In all, 26 WPIAL players made the teams.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.