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High school notebook: KA's Antone has options in recruiting realm

Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Kenzie Young prepares to catch the ball as Kiski Area's Maddie Antone slides safely into second base during a softball game in Gilpin on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

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Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 11:42 p.m.
 

Kiski Area three-sport standout Maddie Antone has plenty of time to make her college decision, although she may have to decide on a sport first.

The senior has made teams in basketball, softball and volleyball significantly better since she was a ninth-grader. Colleges have taken notice in all three sports, although it appears Antone is leaning toward basketball and softball.

The 5-foot-10 Antone has Division I attention from Cleveland State in basketball and Winthrop in softball.

She believes more schools may come calling in hoops if she debunks scouting reports that call her one-dimensional. She expects to play more small forward or guard this season after spending her entire prep career on the low block.

“I'm small compared to a lot of these other girls,” Antone said. “Colleges see 5-10 and they want you to play guard. I haven't had much of a chance to do that.”

Antone has not ruled out the possibility of playing two sports in college. St. Vincent, Clarion and Wheeling-Jesuit have inquired about her pulling double-duty.

“I want to be patient and see if I can get a full ride,” Antone said. “We'll see what happens from there.”

Two that got away

Deer Lakes football fans probably cringed again when they saw two former players make impacts at other programs. It has become a disheartening trend.

Josh Loper, a senior, went to Shady Side Academy, where he anchored the Indians' defense. Loper, a 6-foot, 195-pound defensive end, was named the Class AA Allegheny Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

North Allegheny standout defensive lineman Jeremy Gonzales helped lead the Tigers to a WPIAL Class AAAA championship. The 6-2, 220-pounder had 11 sacks this season through 11 games for the Tigers.

Both players played youth football at Deer Lakes but left the district after eighth grade.

A Deer Lakes Bucks youth team from 2003 featured Loper, Gonzales and former Shaler star J.P. Holtz, a Pitt recruit. Who knows how good Deer Lakes' varsity would have been with those players in the lineup? Lancers fans might have been Mapquesting directions to Heinz Field.

Bush league

No shocker here: Burrell senior running back Cole Bush was named Allegheny Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Bush ran for 1,794 yards and scored 33 touchdowns — both single-season school records — as the Bucs went 8-2 and shared the conference title with Freeport.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-224-2696 or bbeckner@tribweb.com.

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