High school notebook: All-state soccer teams announced
The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association announced its all-state teams, and several players from the WPIAL and City League were recognized.
For the boys, 12 players were honored, including the state's player of the year, Abe Kouyate from Obama Academy. The Penn State recruit and Upper St. Clair's Robbie Mertz (Michigan) were named to the Region II All-America team.
South Park's Brandon Walbert (Duquesne) and Franklin Regional's Jake Roberge (Northwestern) joined the pair on the All-East Region team.
Nine girls from the WPIAL were named to the all-state list, including keeper Kyra Murphy (Duquesne) from PIAA runner-up Canon-McMillan.
Peters Township's Bob Dyer and Canon-McMillan's Dave Derrico were the Class AAA boys and girls coaches of the year, respectively.
WPSCA All-Star game
Highmark Stadium hosted three games featuring 94 senior boys soccer players as part of the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-Star game on Saturday.
Winchester Thurston's Adrian Bayemi scored two goals and was named MVP of the Class A game. Kouyate had two goals and an assist and was the MVP of the Class AA game, and Upper St. Clair's Shane Sibley scored a goal and added an assist to earn MVP honors in the Class AAA game.
Peters Township senior quarterback Cory Owen made a verbal commitment to New Hampshire on Monday, according to coach Rich Piccinni.
Owen, who threw for 1,212 yards and ran for 487 yards this season, also had offers from Albany, Buffalo, James Madison and Toledo.
New Hampshire is ranked No. 1 in Division I FCS.
• Norwin junior Alayna Gribble committed to play basketball at William & Mary. Gribble, a 6-foot guard/forward, averaged 16.9 points as a sophomore.
Whitehead moves up
Central Valley running back/defensive back Jordan Whitehead made a large jump in the Rivals.com rankings, moving from the 248th ranked senior to 90th in the nation.
The Pitt recruit has scored 16 touchdowns this postseason.
Hoak's grandson impresses
Camp Hill quarterback Michael Shuster, the grandson of former Jeannette star and Penn State/Steelers football player Dick Hoak, just completed an impressive junior season, throwing for 3,514 yards and 42 touchdowns. He helped Camp Hill to a 10-3 record and a District 3-A title. Camp Hill lost to Bishop Guilfoyle, 62-21, in the PIAA quarterfinals.
Season starts Friday
The winter sports season kicks off Friday with basketball tip-off tournaments throughout Western Pennsylvania.
There also will be a pair of two-day wrestling events to kick off the season — the 23-team Chartiers-Houston Tournament and the 22-team Eastern Area Invitational at Gateway.