High school notebook: McCutcheon picked for wrestling 'Dream Team'
Kiski Area standout wrestler Matt McCutcheon has a strong opinion on the IOC's decision to drop wrestling in the future from the Olympics.
“I am pretty disappointed,” he said. “It was one of my goals, but I'm sure it will be back.”
McCutcheon, however, still will get a chance to wrestle for his country — albeit on a much smaller stage — in April.
He was chosen to compete for the USA Wrestling Magazine “Dream Team.” The team will wrestle April 20 in Chicago. Other Pennsylvania selections include Canon-McMillan's Cody Wiercioch and Benton's Zarn Retherford.
The WPIAL Class AA boys basketball final between Burrell and Beaver Falls will be a rematch of the 1979 final, the last time Burrell was in the title game.
But the schools have met for a championship more recently in another sport. The game will be a rematch of the Class AA baseball championship, which Beaver Falls won, 7-0.
Light the candles
Burrell could make Saturday a special day for senior guard Pete Spagnolo should it win the WPIAL boys basketball championship. Saturday is Spagnolo's birthday.
Friday and Saturday's WPIAL basketball championship games from Palumbo Center will not be shown on live television, but all eight games, including Burrell-Beaver Falls, will be available early next week via Comcast's Xfinity on Demand.
The games will be free to watch. Comcast has been showing replays of the title games for eight years.
Knepshield takes third
Wrestler Addison Knepshield, a native of Manor Township, near Ford City, and a senior at Blair Academy, a private school in New Jersey, took third place in the National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh.
A Virginia recruit, Knepshield took fourth as a sophomore at 170.
Three Apollo-Ridge students — Tanner Baylor, Mike DeMeno and Zach Jones — play for the Indiana hockey team (18-2-1), which entered the PIHL Chiefs Cup playoffs as the No. 2 seed and lost to Ford City in the Chiefs Cup final.
Apollo-Ridge has a co-op with Indiana.
Baylor finished sixth among the Little Indians in regular-season points with 26 (10 goals, 16 assists). DeMeno had five points during the regular season (one goal, four assists), and Jones had six, all on assists.
Bill West contributed to this report. Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.