Bishop Canevin hoops duo commits to Point Park
Bishop Canevin senior basketball players Carly Forse and Celina DiPietro signed their letters of intent last week to continue their playing careers at Point Park.
It was a fitting end to a whirlwind season.
“It couldn't have been more perfect,” DiPietro said.
The duo was a major part of Bishop Canevin's 27-4 season that saw the Crusaders defeat Seton-La Salle, 56-47, for the WPIAL Class AA title and York Catholic, 45-38, for the PIAA title.
Forse averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds, and DiPietro added 12 ppg.
All three seniors will continue their playing careers at the next level. Erin Waskowiak — Bishop Canevin's other senior — is going to Duquesne.
Point Park seemed to be a perfect fit for both players. DiPietro and Forse praised the academics and campus as major drawing factors.
“I wanted to be close to home, and it was a good school to go to,” Forse said.
DiPietro said she will study civil engineering, and Forse is undecided of her major.
While the Point Park coaching staff followed Forse closely throughout the season, its interest in DiPietro came later. Thanks to some big performances in the postseason, DiPietro was seen as a solution to a glaring weakness.
“I got to see Bishop Canevin play about five or six times,” Point Park coach Tony Grenek said. “The first time was when they played Oakland Catholic early in the year. As the season went on, you could see how the overall team improved. Then you see (DiPietro) hitting those 3-pointers in that state playoff games.
“That has been our one weakness the last two years. We have played some great ‘D,' and we're good in the post but we lacked outside shooting. (DiPietro) brings that to the table.”
Grenek just completed his second season with Point Park and has a 48-14 record. He led the Pioneers to their first appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament in 2011-12.
He led the team to the tournament again this season as Point Park finished with a 25-7 record.
“I like Coach Grenek,” DiPietro said. “He really seems to know what he's doing.”
The pair agreed that going to Point Park together will help the transition into playing at the college level. They have played together for four yearsat Bishop Canevin and have a good understanding of how each other play.
“Going into that environment with someone I am used to will help me feel more comfortable on the court,” Forse said. “We are really excited to play with each other in college.”
Grenek said the Pioneers will use whatever system best fits the players. In his first season with the squad, the team had good size, allowing it to press and fall back into a zone. In Year 2, the team was smaller and suffered some injuries, so it used a half-court, man-to-man scheme.
No matter what the coaching staff decides to run, Grenek said the two Bishop Canevin commits will fit in.
“These two girls have high basketball IQs and come from a great high school program,” Grenek said. “Whatever system we decide to implement, they will be able to adapt.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.