Alle-Kiski notebook: Recruiting picking up for Petrishen
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Lower Burrell native Johnny Petrishen, a junior wide receiver and safety at Central Catholic, is attracting a wealth of college attention heading into his senior season.
Petrishen (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), who has started since his freshman year, has 11 college offers from Division I schools.
Those that have offered include: Yale, Penn, Cornell, Bucknell, Lafayette, Holy Cross, James Madison, Wofford, Albany, Duquesne and Brown.
He is being recruited mostly as an athlete, meaning he could see time on offense or defense. Ivy League schools don't offer athletic scholarships but can promise recruits spots on teams.
Petrishen, who helped Central win a WPIAL title and finish 15-1 last season, does not have a timetable for a decision.
“I always see myself committing after the season, but if I feel I'm ready by the time I make my visits in the summer, maybe I'll choose then. Opportunities might come during the season as well. ... We'll see.”
Riverview softball standout Sadie Buchser is known for her hitting and defensive abilities at shortstop. But last week, Riverview changed things and put the sophomore on the mound.
Buchser struck out four and picked up a 12-7 win over Springdale in her first career start. Two days later, she struck out 10 in a 10-9 victory over Brentwood.
She had not pitched since 12-under recreation softball.
“It had been years, so it was definitely different,” Buchser said.
Buchser hasn't been pitching long, but she's thinking about an arsenal of pitches — maybe for next season.
“I have just been throwing fastball and changeups, she said. “I used to throw screwballs and drops, so I'll have to get back into those eventually.”
Fox Chapel basketball star and Duke recruit Erin Mathias will have her game jersey displayed at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
The hall of fame displays jerseys of dozens of the country's top college and high school players in the “Ring of Honor” in its North Rotunda.
Mathias' No. 35 jersey will hang there for a year. She was this year's Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year and the Associated Press state Class AAAA Player of the Year.
Open for business
Two local senior golf standouts will play in a U.S. Open local qualifier May 14 at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray.
Leechburg's Matt Barto and Fox Chapel's Patrick Sheerer are in the 78-player field, which will play 18 holes for four qualifying spots. Both players will be college golfers, Barto at Gannon, Sheerer at St. Bonaventure.
Fox Chapel girls soccer coach Erik Duffy has resigned after seven seasons. Duffy is taking a job out of state.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at email@example.com.
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