Greensburg Central Catholic's Frannie Crouse, Ringgold's Nick Cichon named Greensburg Tribune-Review players of the year
By Bill Hartlep
Published: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 10:54 p.m.
2012 BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nick Cichon made history this season. The Ringgold senior striker scored 25 goals and had 21 assists to lead the Rams to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
He was named to the all-section and all-WPIAL teams for his scoring success.
And as the season came to a close, one more honor was bestowed — an honor just one Ringgold player has received.
Cichon was selected to the all-state boys soccer team, joining 1998 graduate Tom Cameron as the only Rams to accomplish the feat.
“It feels great,” he said. “It's an honor to be named all-state. I never would have expected it.”
Although he did not expect the honor, many who played against him did. Cichon upped his scoring totals significantly this season after tallying 11 goals as a junior.
Ringgold coach Frank Perez called Cichon “very coachable and dedicated to the game.” Those two attributes helped him thrive in the Rams system and constantly put his name on the score sheet.
For his performance this season, Cichon is the Tribune-Review player of the year.
What are your thoughts on the season you had?
It was a great season. I got more than what I expected, including winning the section and going to the playoffs. I expected to have a decent season, but not all the awards.
What do you attribute all your scoring to this year?
I just felt like I needed to step up this year because it was my senior year.
What are your college plans?
I'm leaning toward Cal. U for soccer. I plan to major in chemistry and transfer to a pharmacy school. I've talked to (Cal. U coach) Mr. (Dennis) Laskey, and we've been in touch. He wants me to play forward there.
What are your strengths on the field?
I'm not the fastest on my team. I was able to keep up, I guess. I'm creative, I've been told. My shooting is good. That's probably one of my stronger assets, and finishing.
Who are your soccer role models?
A big factor was my brother (Marty). He graduated in 2009. He helped me through everything with soccer. I always practiced with his team (at Ringgold) when I was in middle school.
Do you play for a club team?
I used to play for Victory Express. More recently I played for Washington United.
What do you do outside of soccer?
I think I'm going to do outdoor track this year.
2012 BOYS SOCCER ALL-STARS
Upper St. Clair, Sr.
A team captain and three-year starter, he scored three goals and had five assists. He also was named Section 5's player of the year and was picked to the all-state team.
Upper St. Clair, Sr.
A two-time Tribune-Review all-star, he posted 16 shutouts and allowed just nine goals this season for the PIAA champion Panthers.
The Northwestern recruit is a two-time all-state defender. He also was the kicker for the Spartans football team.
West Allegheny, Jr.
An all-state selection, he is considered one of the top defenders in the area for his ability to control play from the back. He also was the kicker for the football team.
An all-WPIAL selection, Hathaway led Canon-McMillan to the WPIAL championship. He posted 12 shutouts, including four in the postseason.
A team captain who scored six goals and had four assists, he is considering playing professionally overseas. He was an all-WPIAL and all-state selection.
Sewickley Acad., Jr.
An All-WPIAL and all-state honoree, he scored nine goals and added 23 assists in leading Sewickley Academy to the PIAA playoffs.
South Park, Sr.
After scoring 22 goals and posting 13 assists this year, he was selected to the NSCAA All-Region team in addition to being all-state the past two seasons.
Quaker Valley, Sr.
The Lafayette recruit is a two-time all-state selection who scored 17 goals this season and led the Quakers to the WPIAL championship.
Seneca Valley, Sr.
The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association player of the year had 11 goals and six assists. A Xavier recruit, he is a two-time all-state selection.
2012 GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Frannie Crouse's numbers are staggering. She scored 55 goals and had 21 assists this season as the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team captured WPIAL and PIAA championships. Her video game-like totals for career goals (142) and career assists (70) are quite eye-opening, yet she is the first to admit that her success is a direct result of the work of her teammates.
The Penn State recruit played a major role in the Centurions' run to the state title and was named to the all-state team for her efforts.
But with outstanding contributions from the midfielders, defenders and goalkeeper, as well, GCC became a team that could not be defeated, winning its final 23 games after a season-opening loss to Fox Chapel.
“We all put aside our differences and played as a team,” Crouse said. “Everyone is important and that's what kept the team going. We all had to play every position.”
For her individual performance on a team of champions, Crouse is the Tribune-Review player of the year for the third straight season, just another unbelievable statistic in an already decorated career for the junior striker.
Now that you've had some time to reflect on the season, what can you say about what this team accomplished?
We accomplished everything we hoped for and all our goals from the beginning of the season. I'm so proud of our team. We couldn't have asked for a better season.
What do you attribute the talent level to at GCC?
Every player we have, either new or old, continued to want to be better. That's what helps us be a good program.
What will it take to finish your high school career with another state title?
Hopefully, everyone comes back next year and new players come in since we're losing three seniors. That will hurt our team in some ways. I think next year, if we get a couple players, we'll be good. We just need to continue winning.
How do you think you will be remembered at GCC, given your soccer success the past three years?
I would like to be known as a good soccer player and good person and teammate. That's what's most important. I'm happy I'm the player I am, but I am happy people can look up to me and be friends with me. I want to be known as someone who is friends with everyone and not just a soccer player.
Who do you see as your soccer role models?
For sure, Mia Hamm for all she's accomplished in women's soccer and the opportunities she created for women.
What's your offseason schedule look like with Beadling soccer?
We start next weekend. I had a couple weeks' break, which I was super glad for. I'm still training and staying fit all offseason.
Have you heard from the Penn State coaches since the PIAA title game?
They congratulated me. They were at a tournament, so they didn't have much time to talk.
Why did you decide on Penn State?
The coaching staff is amazing. When I went to campus, I just loved it and the atmosphere.
How much are you looking forward to getting to Penn State, even with another year of high school remaining?
I'm definitely excited. I'm nervous because of the past season they had and how good they are. This next year will be long, but I'll wait it out.
2012 GIRLS SOCCER ALL-STARS
Bethel Park, Sr.
A Duquesne recruit, Baroffio scored 35 goals and added 13 assists in an all-state campaign. She scored 71 goals since her sophomore season.
Upper St. Clair, Sr.
A two-time Tribune-Review all-star and two-time all-state selection, the four-year starter had 22 goals and 20 assists in 2011 and followed that with 13 goals and 22 assists this season.
Greensburg C.C., Jr.
The Pitt recruit and all-state honoree scored 36 goals and had 32 assists for the PIAA champs and has 106 goals and 87 assists in her career.
Grese scored 12 goals in the postseason, including the winning goal in the PIAA title game. The two-time all-state selection had 29 goals and 38 assists.
Peters Township, Jr.
Last year's Pennsylvania player of the year, the Virginia recruit scored 36 goals and had 11 assists for the three-time defending state champs. She has 107 career goals.
South Fayette, Sr.
A two-time all-state honoree, the four-year starter scored 34 goals this year and had 112 goals and 34 assists in her career.
The two-time Tribune-Review all-star scored 38 goals and had 27 assists for the WPIAL champion Planets. She also was named all-WPIAL.
An all-state selection, the four-year starter scored 20 goals and had 24 assists for the WPIAL champion Planets.
Peters Twp., Sr.
A Duquesne recruit named to the NSCAA All-Region team, she scored 81 career goals, including 37 this year, for the PIAA champs.
The Pitt recruit was a four-year starter for the Gators. She scored 23 goals this season and was named All-WPIAL and all-state for the second straight season.
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