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High school notebook: Hempfield hires boys basketball coach

| Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7:21 p.m.

The Hempfield Area School Board on Monday hired Mark Marino, an assistant basketball coach at NCAA Division III Lycoming College in Williamsport the past five years, as the district's new boys basketball coach at a salary of $7,955.

Marino, 34, replaces Jim Nesser, whose contract was not renewed after he compiled a 58-32 record in four seasons.

“I'm extremely excited,” said Marino, who also was head boys basketball coach for one season at District 4 Warrior Run High School in Turbotville. “It's a tremendous basketball tradition in the WPIAL. I have a great fondness and respect for the WPIAL. We've recruited players there each year. The competition level there is great.”

Marino plans to be in town Wednesday to see Hempfield play in a summer league game. He also hopes to plan team camps to prepare for the 2013-14 season.

“He came highly recommended,” Hempfield athletic director Greg Meisner said. “He has some new ideas that he plans to implement that we like.”

Superintendent Andrew Leopold said Marino will bring youth and energy to the position. Marino was hired by a 7-2 vote, following an executive session, with directors Diane Ciabbatoni and Mike Kusma dissenting.

Carmichaels hires football coach

Ryan Krull was hired last week by the Carmichaels School board to replace his father-in-law, John Menhart, as the school's head football coach. Krull was the team's offensive coordinator the past two seasons.

Menhart, who will stay on as an assistant coach, resigned in May after going 21-18 in four seasons with the Mighty Mikes. He also coached Carmichaels from 1989-2002.

Krull will be one of 22 new head football coaches in the WPIAL this fall.

The other new hires include Mark Adams (Southmoreland), Tony St. Angelo (Serra Catholic), Jason Bell (Imani Christian), Bob Petrella (Geibel), Pat Carey (North Hills), Ron Coder (Canon-McMillan), Homer DeLattre (Hollidaysburg), Tim Dubovi (Freedom), Eric Kasperowicz (Pine-Richland), Dave Keefer (Greensburg Salem), Brandon LeDonne (Northgate), Neil Loebig (Chartiers Valley), Donnie Militzer (Gateway), Jon McCullough (West Shamokin), Matt Morgan (Plum), Dominic Pecora (East Allegheny), Darren Schoppe (Bishop Canevin), George Smith (McKeesport), Bo Teets (California), Pete Wagner (Baldwin) and T.J. Wiley (Deer Lakes).


Blackhawk senior tight end/defensive end Andrew Podbielski (6-5, 240), who caught 14 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns last season, made a verbal commitment to Bowling Green last week, adding to a growing list of prospects from the Class of 2014 who have made their Division I college decisions.

The group includes Mt. Lebanon wide receiver Troy Apke (Penn State), Shady Side Academy running back Dennis Briggs (Pitt), Central Catholic quarterback J.J. Cosentino (Florida State), Bethel Park lineman Mike Grimm (Pitt), Blackhawk quarterback Chandler Kincade (Akron), Gateway wide receiver Delvon Randall (Temple), Gateway wide receiver Ricky Rodgers (West Virginia), Gateway end/linebacker Brenon Thrift (Temple), Fox Chapel linebacker Quintin Wirginis (Pitt) and Thomas Jefferson linebacker Chase Winovich (Michigan).

More commitments

• Recent Bethel Park graduate Wyatt Hagerty, a 6-foot-11 center for the basketball team, signed with Division I Colgate on Tuesday, deciding against playing at IMG Academy in Florida.

“Colgate was his No. 1 from the start,” Bethel Park coach Ben O'Connor said. “For whatever reason, there wasn't a scholarship available (until now). They didn't know until the last second. He was waiting for them all year.”

• Bethel Park guard Megan Marecic also made her college decision Tuesday, signing with Division I Drexel, according to coach Jonna Burke.

• Trinity shortstop Olivia Gray, who just wrapped up a stellar sophomore season, has made a verbal commitment to Pitt. She was an all-state player as a freshman and hit .554 with 23 RBI this year for the Hillers.

• Also, Knoch rising senior Gabi Lassinger, who has 40 career goals, made a verbal commitment to continue her soccer career at Division I Lafayette College in Easton. She also had offers from Kent State, Canisius and Rider.

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