High school notebook: Serra Catholic hires football coach
Serra Catholic athletic director Bill Cleary made sure that each of the eight applicants he interviewed for the vacant football coaching job knew one thing about the program.
“I made all of them well aware of where we are,” Cleary said.
And still, Tony St. Angelo wanted the job.
Serra hired St. Angelo on Friday to take over a program that is miles away from the team that won the WPIAL Class A title and was state runner-up six years ago.
St. Angelo, 35, was Elizabeth Forward's offensive coordinator the past two years. He also has been an assistant coach at Duquesne, South Allegheny, Clairton and McKeesport. Jamie Eckels resigned in November after a three-year stint in which the Eagles went 5-23.
“It was a job that I thought I could get, and it was a step up,” St. Angelo said. “I wasn't interested in any other school, even though Serra isn't in the best of situations right now.”
WPIAL teams still with a coaching vacancy include California, Canon-McMillan, Gateway, Hollidaysburg, Northgate and Seton-La Salle.
Time change at Edinboro
To say a big crowd is expected Saturday afternoon at Edinboro would be an understatement. The PIAA boys basketball doubleheader will match two of the top teams from the WPIAL against a pair of District 10 squads.
New Castle will play Erie Cathedral Prep in a Class AAAA game at 1 p.m., followed by a Class AA showdown between Beaver Falls and Lakeview.
Even with a capacity about 3,000, tickets are at a premium, so much so that organizers moved the time of the second game from 3 p.m. to 4:30 to clear the gym and allow another sellout crowd in for the AA game.
The PIAA title games will all be played at Giant Center in Hershey after being housed at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center the past six seasons.
The March 22 games will be at noon (AA girls), 2 p.m. (A boys), 6 p.m. (AAAA girls) and 8 p.m. (AAA boys). The March 23 games are at noon (A girls), 2 p.m. (AA boys), 6 p.m. (AAA girls) and 8 p.m. (AAAA boys). All PIAA semifinal games will be played Tuesday.
Hempfield's Justyne Falbo, who won the Western Regional high school bowling title last week, became a state champion Friday when she defeated Gateway's Victoria Smith, 234-187, in the finals of the Pennsylvania tournament at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata.
Falbo averaged 214 in the six-game qualifying round, including a 244 high game.
Wilson Christian Academy's Brendan Schink, who averaged 219.5 and threw a 300 game in the qualifying rounds, won the boys state title after beating Milton's Mark Artley, 194-184.
County bragging rights
An all-star team of senior wrestlers from Allegheny County topped a group of Westmoreland County all-stars, 33-17, earlier this week, taking a 4-1 lead in the series.
Winners for Allegheny included North Hills' Tyler Walker (126), Drew Walker (132) and Alan Turcinhodzic (220); Central Catholic's Justin Alexander (138); Allderdice's Brian Estep (152); North Allegheny's Alex DeCiantis (182); and Hampton's Jake Hart (195) and Noah Shulman (285).
Westmoreland winners were Valley's Josiah Hughes (113), Ligonier Valley's Josh Patrick (120), Kiski Area's Cole Landowski (145), Penn-Trafford's Craig Slepsky (160) and Hempfield's Dom Nania (170).
Nania and Shulman were named outstanding wrestlers.
Player of the year
Peters Township junior Veronica Latsko was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second straight season.
The Virginia recruit, who is a two-time Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year, led the Indians to a third straight PIAA Class AAA title and a 24-1 record. She scored 36 goals and had 11 assists last fall and holds the school record with 107 career goals.