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Underclassmen serve their teams well

| Sunday, June 10, 2012, 9:23 a.m.

Ringgold High School graduate Emily Schartner completed her sophomore season with New Jersey Institute of Technology's women's basketball team.

The 5-foot-10-inch guard appeared in 26 of the Highlanders' 28 games and made four starts. Schartner averaged 17 minutes per game and finished with 73 points.

She finished fifth among team leaders in assists, blocks and steals.

During her freshman season, she averaged eight minutes a game and played in all 29 of the Highlanders' bouts with four starts.

The Finleyville native was a two-time All-Section player and four-year starter at Ringgold.

The Highlanders were coached by fourth-year leader Margaret McKeon and finished with a 7-21 overall record in 2010-2011 and 3-9 mark in the Great West Conference.

A daughter of Joe and Brenda Schartner, Schartner is majoring in industrial engineering at NJIT

"Emily is a solid halfcourt player who makes open shots and has three-point range," McKeon said. "She's long and gets her hands on a lot of things defensively. She is a model student-athlete."

Guard's winning season

Josh Pohlot, a 6-foot-4-inch, 185-pound freshman forward-guard, helped Point Park University's men's basketball team achieve a winning season.

The Belle Vernon Area High School graduate appeared in 25 of the Pioneers' 27 games and made two starts. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 12 minutes per game. He netted two 3-point baskets, along with seven assists and 10 steals.

Point Park and 22nd-year Head Coach Bob Rager finished 2010-2011 with a 15-12 overall record and 9-9 mark in the NAIA's American Mideast Conference.

Pohlot was a 1,000-points scorer and honor students during his scholastic days at Belle Vernon Area.

Before coming to Point Park, Pohlot played in the Kenny Durrett All-Star Game and the Mid-States Roundball Classic, where he led all scorers with 16 points. His effort helped propel Pennsylvania to a 102-99 win over Maryland.

A son of Mike and Andrea Pohlot, he is majoring in sports, arts and entertainment management.

"Obviously with Josh -- and any freshman -- the key the first year was his adjustment to the college game, particularly from a physical stand point," Rager said. "He came along and possesses a long wing span and good jumping ability that allow him to be a factor on interior defense and on the offensive boards."

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