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High school notebook: Cager Classic All-Star rosters released

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 3:03 p.m.

Coaches and teams and have been chosen for the 17th annual Cager Classic All-Star basketball games set for March 23 at Highlands High School.

The main change this season is the addition of West Shamokin players and coaches. That school replaces Shady Side Academy, which has had fewer participation in recent years.

Coaches are Mars' Tony Howard (West girls), Deer Lakes' Jon McKay (West boys), West Shamokin's Judd McCullough (East girls) and West Shamokin's Mike Nagy (East boys).

Rosters are as follows:

West boys: Anthone Jones (Highlands), Richard Ford (Hampton), Brendan Lynch (Freeport), Marc Vaughan (Knoch), John Arcuri (St. Joseph), Josh Goetz (Mars), Matt Getsy (Mars), Tim Jaczesko (Deer Lakes), J.J. Kowalkowski (Deer Lakes), Nate Huwar (Fox Chapel), Charlie Guy (Springdale) and Tyler Knupp (Cheswick Christian Academy).

West girls: Nikki Misejka (Highlands), Heather Screcengost (St. Joseph), Jessica Aulicino (Freeport), Sam Logan (Knoch), Brianna Intrieri (Hampton), Sara Pilarski (Hampton), Teresa Dallatore (Mars), Becca Babincak (Deer Lakes), Danielle Kearns (Deer Lakes), Nichole Kearns (Deer Lakes), Maddy Glamp (Springdale), Natalie Merola (Cheswick Christian Academy).

East boys: Nick Stone (Kiski Area), Adam Robison (Kiski Area), Devin Whitman (Valley), Pete Spagnolo (Burrell), Griffin Myers (Plum), Sam Gonsowski (Riverview), Sterling Henry (Kittanning), Vince Mead (Kittanning), Chris Swank (Leechburg), Dave Lattanzio (Ford City), Josh Reynolds (Apollo-Ridge), Anthony Rocco (West Shamokin).

East girls: Maddie Antone (Kiski Area), Tara Stolarski (Kiski Area), Kristea Smith (Valley), Ange Borriello (Plum), Ashley Bruni (Riverview), Taylor Patterson (Kittanning), Beth Mort (Leechburg), Alexa Yaksich (Fox Chapel), Rachel Ranii (Fox Chapel), Kirsta Klukan (Ford City), Sarah Bonelli (Apollo-Ridge), Jill Glover (West Shamokin).

The annual skills competition will be 7 p.m. March 22 with the games at 6 p.m. and 8 the following night.

Tipton to be tested

Apollo-Ridge sophomore guard Tipton will undergo a concussion test Wednesday before the Vikings' boys basketball team plays Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals.

Tipton hit his head on the court at Highlands on Saturday while attempting to make a defensive play late in Apollo-Ridge's 66-64 preliminary-round win over Neshannock.

Vikings coach Matt Gourley believes Tipton is fine and should be able to play.

Cratsenberg offered

Highlands junior linebacker Allan Cratsenberg has his first Division I-FCS scholarship offer. St. Francis (Pa.), which recently signed Burrell star running back/linebacker Cole Bush, has offered Cratsenberg, one of the top returning linebackers in the WPIAL.

Pitt and Penn State also have shown interest in Cratsenberg.

PIAA qualifiers

The WPIAL will use its follow-the-winner format for qualification in the PIAA basketball tournaments.

The league will send four boys teams and four girls teams from Class AAAA, seven each in Class AAA, six each in Class AA and five each in Class A.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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