Year in review 2012
By Jerry Clark
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
It's hard to believe 2012 now behind us. With wishes of a 2013 that will be good and prosperous, the staff at the Pine Creek Journal takes a look back at the top moments of the year gone by.
Shaler football star J.P. Holtz was invited to the Big 33 Football Classic Game. The Division I recruit was asked to play tight end.
The 2012 wrestling season was a memorable one for Hampton wrestling fans. Talbots coach Joe Bursick tallied win number 200, and the team beat powerhouse North Allegheny for the section championship.
It's always great to be a trail blazer, and Shaler's Elizabeth Casertano forged a path as the first Lady Titans lacrosse player to earn a Division I scholarship when she signed her national letter of intent to attend the University of Oregon.
Pine-Richland senior basketball player Andy Andrle surpassed 1,000 points for his career.
Pine-Richland's diving team lived up to expectations as diver Lauren Lamendola captured her second WPIAL diving title. Teammate Dom Giordano won the gold for the boys.
In arguably the toughest section in Class AAA wrestling, five local wrestlers won gold. Pine-Richland's Ben Balish won the gold in the 220-pound class, and four Hampton Talbots — Jake Hart (195); Brian Estep (145); Kevin Synan (138) and Peter Craig (126) — won their respective classes.
The Vincentian Lady Royals won the WPIAL Class A basketball championship for the second time in three seasons by erasing a 10-point deficit against defending champion North Catholic. The deficit was erased by Vincentian's senior guard Laura Primyon. Primyon hit three 3-point baskets, the last of which came at the 1:16 mark in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 50. Vincentian won, 54-50.
The Hampton boys basketball team made its third trip to the WPIAL finals in the past four seasons, but the Talbots lost to New Castle, 57-44.
Hampton wrestler Jake Hart earned a PIAA silver medal, capping off a stellar junior season. Pine-Richland diver Lauren Lamendola made her final dive as a high school athlete count. The senior hit her final dive to earn a PIAA gold medal. Teammate Kristen Murslack took silver medals in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke events.
Shaler's Ryan Mincher was a three-sport star as he played quarterback for the football team, guard for the basketball team and shortstop for the baseball team. Mincher could have played any sport in college, but chose to play baseball at Penn.
Pine-Richland softball pitcher Hayley Morgan signed with Seton Hill to play college softball.
La Roche softball coach Orie Gentile recorded career win number 300 with a 6-4 win over Ursuline College.
Shaler lacrosse player Tim Schreiber may have had his senior season cut short with an injury, but he was assured of playing the following season when he signed with Seton Hill to play lacrosse in college.
Vincentian catcher Bridget Melvin signed her national letter of intent to play at Dartmouth.
The Hampton boys tennis team won its third WPIAL silver medal in a row.
Shaler girls soccer player Kristie Hamilton signed her national letter of intent to play for Robert Morris, and classmate and cross country runner Meagan Carter signed with Seton Hill.
Pine-Richland's girls lacrosse team made it to the WPIAL finals but fell to Peters Township in a close, 21-18 game to earn the WPIAL silver medal.
The Hampton boys varsity lacrosse team earned its third WPIAL championship in four years with a 16-7 win over Greensburg Central Catholic.
Former Pine-Richland girls soccer player Meghan Klingenberg made the United States women's soccer team as an alternate when the team traveled to London.
NFL offensive lineman Brandon Fusco of the Minnesota Vikings stopped by Pine-Richland's football stadium and the EK football camp to talk to campers about football and life.
Troy Letters, a two-time PIAA champion wrestler at Shaler, accepted the coaching position at Clarion.
Pine-Richland's Tommy Reinhart won the California (Pa.) cross country invitational, becoming the first Pine-Richland runner to so since 1996.
Hampton wrestler Jake Hart gave his verbal commitment to Edinboro University.
Shaler cross country runner Biranna Schwartz won the Tri-State Invitational at Cooper's Lake with a time of 18 minutes, 10 seconds.
The CCAC North men's golf team won its eighth state championship.
Shaler's Brianna Schwartz won the WPIAL championship at Cooper's Lake with a time of 18:32. Ryan Archer of Vincentian Academy also won a gold medal with a time of 16:34.
To end a career that may never be rivaled, Hampton Lady Talbots soccer coach Frank Christy retired. The coach was regarded as one of the best in the business by his peers. Through 24 years at Hampton, he owned a streak of 20 consecutive playoff appearances, won more than 400 games, 15 section titles and two WPIAL championships.
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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