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High school notebook: Montour's Wilson decides on Virginia Tech

| Monday, April 15, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Montour's Devin Wilson drives past General McLane's Lukas Hallett during the third quarter of their PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal Friday, March 15, 2013, at New Castle High School.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Running back Rushel Shell, a Hopewell product, made the decision to transfer from Pitt, a heady decision for a 19-year-old.

Montour senior Devin Wilson committed Monday to Virginia Tech, choosing the Hokies over scholarship offers from St. Joseph's and George Mason, among others. The 6-foot-4 point guard liked the Blacksburg, Va., campus and saw an opportunity to maybe play there as a freshman.

“Their one and two spots (at point guard) are now wide open,” Wilson said. “I feel like that's a great opportunity in an ACC school.”

Wilson, who averaged 16.4 points and was the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year, also had drawn football offers, but instead chose basketball.

“The campus is beautiful and second to none,” Montour coach Adam Kaufman said. “Academically, the place speaks for itself. It's tremendous. It's one of the best public universities in the country. And they're in the best conference in the country. What more could you ask for?”

More recruiting

Mars senior Josh Goetz, a 6-foot-8 center, has committed to play basketball at the Naval Academy. Goetz, who averaged a double-double for the Planets this season and also considered Air Force, will join New Castle's Shawn Anderson at the Naval Academy Prep School.

“It's hard to teach that size and the way he runs the floor,” coach Rob Carmody said. “I really expect him to have a great career there.”

Gateway football

Gateway school district personnel director Bob Reger Monday night said board members expect to hire a football coach at their next meeting April 24. The board has narrowed down to three candidates, including a former NFL player, Reger said.

Terry Smith, who was 101-30 in 11 seasons at Gateway, resigned Jan. 20 to take an assistant coaching position at Temple.

Canon-McMillan, Greensburg Salem, Hollidaysburg and West Greene also are still without head football coaches.

Coaching hopeful

Thirteen years after graduating from Penn Hills as the WPIAL's sixth all-time leading scorer in boys basketball, Drew Schifino is seeking a return to the high school arena.

Schifino, who scored 2,320 points at Penn Hills and set a WPIAL single-season playoff record with 147 points in four games, is hoping to land a coaching job.

“I've played the game at all levels and I know the fundamentals inside and out,” said Schifino, 31, who retired from professional basketball in 2012 after playing for five years in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Poland and Switzerland.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard said his only coaching experience is at the AAU level.

“I love working with kids and I would love to have the chance to help kids improve on their fundamentals,” said Schifino, an explosive scorer wherever he played.

Schifino averaged 30 points per game as a high school senior in 2000, leading Penn Hills to a Class AAAA championship and a spot in the PIAA semifinals.

He went on to play at Bridgton (Conn.) Academy before moving on to West Virginia and then California (Pa.).”

Kiski Area basketball

An assistant the past six seasons, Joey Tutchstone ascended to the top coaching spot at Kiski Area after the school board approved him for the position Monday night.

Tutchstone, 29, of Vandergrift, graduated from Kiski Area in 2002. As a senior, he averaged 19 points. Tutchstone, who continued his career at Charleston and later at Pitt-Johnstown, replaces Harry Rideout, who led the Cavaliers the past four seasons.

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