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Thomas Jefferson gridders receive accolades following WPIAL finals

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Brendan Cusick
Thiel athletics | for the tribune-review
Brendan Cusick

Did you know that:

• Thomas Jefferson senior RB Quinton Hill was lauded last week as a Tribune-Review athlete of the week?

Hill rushed for 248 yards and three scores as the Jaguars won their second consecutive WPIAL title with a 42-0 win over New Castle in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game at Heinz Field.

“The line dominated from the first play to the last all night,” Hill said. “You have to win the battle up front to win a lot of football games.”

• Noah Palmer's 20-yard touchdown on an interception return against New Castle in the WPIAL championship game was selected as a “play of the week” by MSA Sports Network?

Palmer is a junior tight end/defensive end in the Thomas Jefferson football program.

• Brendan Cusick, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, is a sophomore defensive back in the Thiel football program?

Other TJ graduates who have continued their football careers in college include Chase Winovich (Michigan), Pat Hall (Princeton), Ryan Scanlon (John Carroll), T.J. Matrascia (Charleston, W.VA.), Braden Pahanish (California, Pa.) Bruno Natter (Mercyhurst), Adam Staudt (Clarion), Colton Booher (Geneva), Joe Carroll (RMU), Harrison Everley (RMU), Zach Schademan (West Virginia Wesleyan), Christian Breisinger (Waynesburg), Austin Kemp (Washington & Jefferson) and Josh Schmidt (Edinboro).

Dalton Dietrich, Peter Metro, DylanVissari, Luke Deanovich and Anthony Sestito also are St. Vincent teammates.

• Seton-La Salle's boys' soccer team, which lost a 2-0 decision to Sewickley Academy in the PIAA semfinals, finished with a 22-3 record this season?

The Rebels' leading scorers were Darryl Daniels (41 goals, 7 assists), Chris Stack (23 goals, 18 assists), Zach Straub (6 goals, 2 assists), Mike Allen (5 goals, 12 assists), Ryan Kendrick (5 goals, 6 assists), Kellen Krebs (3 goals, 13 assists) and Ethan Gardner (3 goals, 2 assists).

Daniels was named WPIAL and section Player of the Year in Class A, and recently was voted as the MSA/ProGrass Turf Athlete of the Month. Daniels and Stack were honored as all-state selections.

Stack, Krebs and Jared Capozza also landed All-WPIAL accolades. Daniels, Stack, Krebs, Capozza, Luke Mallon and Kendrick were chosen all-section.

• Seton-La Salle had all-state players in boys' soccer for the first time since 2008, when David DelGreco and Alex Fischetti were honored?

• Seton-La Salle senior GK Jake Gigliotti posted 10 shutouts in 2016, and held nine other teams to one goal?

• A total of 16 players scored points for the TJ football team in 2016?

Hill led the scoring parade with 175 points, followed by Zane Zandier (128), Tommy Campbell (78), Jonathan Muehlbauer (74), Justin Vigna (42), Nick Territ (18), Palmer (14), Jake Giegerich (12) and Shane Stump (12).

Bobby Kelley, Zach Wagner, Garret Fairman, Luke Petruzzi, Nick Urbanowicz and Sean Bell all scored one touchdown apiece. Logan Danielson was credited with a two-point safety.

• There are four former players in the Baldwin boys' basketball program who are continuing their careers in college?

They are Arnes Bajgora (La Roche), Sven Zepic (W&J), Alex Richards (W&J) and Jon DeGregorio (Chatham).

• Baldwin's Maddi Sgattoni, a senior outside hitter, has been named All-WPIAL for three consecutive seasons?

Baldwin finished as the WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up this season, and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinal round.

The Lady Highlanders lost a 3-2 decision to Garnet Valley, after blanking Allderdice, 3-0, in the state tournament.

Sgattoni and three teammates — senior libero Abby Wagner, senior outside hitter Sydney Yanchik and freshman midle hitter Allison Murray — were recognized as all-section selections.

Murray was one of four freshmen chosen to the all-section team.

• Seven former athletes in the Baldwin girls' basketball program are continuing their careers in college?

They consist of Tori and Mandi Johnston, at Penn State Greater Allegheny; Taylor Wenzel (Rider), Taylor Duchon (Thiel), Taylor Letender (Shippensburg), Carly Lutz (Slippery Rock) and Alex Barr (Waynesburg).

• Petruzzi and Giegerich, both senior linebackers, finished one-two in the tackles department on the Thomas Jefferson football team this year?

Other leading tacklers included Logan Burnsworth, Fairman, Palmer, Devin Danielson, Zandier, Hill, Jimbo Nassida, Jared Collington, Muehlbauer, Stump and Bell.

• There were three Thomas brothers on the Brentwood football team this season?

The trio consisted of Jacob, a senior WR/LB; Jared, a sophomore WR/DB; and Ian, a freshman RB/LB.

Ray Fisher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or

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