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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Kiski Area wrestler focused on recruiting

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Central QB commits

Central Catholic junior quarterback J.J. Cosentino verbally committed to Florida State, he confirmed Monday.

A 6-foot-4, 218-pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, Cosentino passed for 552 yards and three touchdowns last season after winning the starting job in Week 3. He played at Kiski Area as a freshman but missed most of his sophomore season with a torn ACL before transferring to Central.

Cosentino is the second WPIAL player from the Class of 2014 to commit to a Division I school. Gateway receiver Ricky Rogers committed to West Virginia in November.

— Kevin Gorman

Top high school sports
By Bill Beckner Jr. and Bill West
Monday, March 18, 2013, 11:15 p.m.

With the PIAA wrestling season completed, Kiski Area junior Shane Kuhn suddenly has time to sort through all the emails he's received in the past few weeks from college coaches — for his abilities on the mat and on the football field.

“Now that it's over, I'm going to hit the recruiting process pretty hard and try to make my decision on what to do,” said Kuhn, a heavyweight who improved to 106-18 for his career and added a second PIAA Class AAA top-four finish by placing third. “My email is full. I can't even think of all of (the schools) right now.”

Among the schools who expressed interest in him as a wrestler: Pitt and Rutgers, Kuhn recalled. For football, he's heard from Tennessee, Michigan State, Rutgers and Illinois, among others, he said. Kiski Area has used Kuhn as a tight end and defensive lineman.

Wrestling and football remain equally important to Kuhn, who said he's torn on which sport to pursue.

Deer Lakes basketball star to Point Park

Deer Lakes senior basketball standout Becca Babincak committed to NAIA Division II Point Park. She said she will sign next week.

Babincak, a three-year starter who scored more than 1,000 career points, also considered St. Vincent.

Springdale lineman to Seton Hill

Springdale senior offensive lineman James Murray made a verbal commitment to play at Division II Seton Hill.

A first-team All-Eastern Conference offensive lineman, Murray helped the Dynamos reach the WPIAL Class A playoffs for the 11th straight season and senior running back Sean Dugan eclipse the 4,000-yard rushing mark.

Deer Lakes football player commits

Deer Lakes senior Cody Keenan verbally committed to continue his football career at Division III Kenyon.

A running back and linebacker, Keenan led the Lancers in rushing and tackles the past two seasons and was named to the All-Allegheny Conference team on offense and defense two years in a row.

More recruiting

Valley senior football player Brandon VanTine committed to Division III Waynesburg.

He was a two-year starter on both lines for the Vikings.

• Ford City baseball player Justin Retzer committed to West Liberty (W.Va.). A shortstop/pitcher, Retzer led the Sabers in batting average (.483), runs (22) and hits (29) and had 13 RBI as a junior.

Leri recovering

Highlands sophomore Blake Leri, the school's quarterback last season, is going to physical-therapy sessions following knee surgery about four months ago.

He tore his ACL in the regular-season finale last season against Knoch but expects to be back under center next season.

Bill Beckner Jr. and Bill West are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Reach Beckner at and West at or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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