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Cash prepping for All-Star debut

| Thursday, July 10, 2003

Former McKeesport and University of Connecticut star Swin Cash, a forward with the Detroit Shock, will make her first WNBA All-Star game appearance 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Cash was named as a reserve to the Eastern Conference team for the game, which will be televised on ABC.

Cash is in her second season with the Shock after being the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. She is currently sixth in the league in scoring with 17.4 points per game, and averages 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. She was the WNBA's Player of the Week for June 16-22.

Detroit struggled a year ago, but is 9-4 so far this season, atop the Eastern Conference standings.

PENN HILLS HIRES STEVENS

Justin Stevens will replace Jennifer Bruce-Scott as the girls basketball coach at Penn Hills.

The 24-year-old Gateway High School and Juniata College graduate coached the ninth-grade boys team at Gateway last season and the middle school team there the two seasons before that.

Bruce-Scott compiled a record of 25-71 in four seasons at Penn Hills before stepping down from the job. She could be in the mix to replace Chuck Riley as the girls basketball coach at Gateway, where her daughter will be a freshman this coming season.

Penn Hills, which has struggled recently, was one of the dominant programs in the WPIAL just more than a decade ago, winning seven consecutive district championships from 1986-92 and another in 1995.

SHORT TO PENN STATE

West Mifflin graduate Gideon Short is one of four late-recruiting-period additions to the Penn State wrestling program.

Short was 32-6 as a senior, finishing second in the PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional finals at 189 pounds.

HALL WITH MARINERS FARM TEAM

Allderdice graduate Vance Hall spent much of last summer with the Swissvale Legion baseball team despite being drafted by the Seattle Mariners, but he is pitching professionally this summer.

The 19-year-old lefty is with the Mariners' rookie team in Peoria, though he is off to a slow start. Hall is 0-1 in three starts with a 12.50 ERA, though he does have 10 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched.

TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

McKeesport's Jackie Hughes reached the quarterfinals of the Collegiate Clay Court/West Penn Championships last week before losing to Jessica Johnson, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.

Hughes had a first-round bye, then defeated Courtney Michels, 6-1, 6-2

In the men's singles, Woodland Hills' Ben Graham won two matches before walking off in the quarterfinals against Jeremiah Fuller.

Graham defeated Matt McKeown, 7-5, 6-2, then Ryan Weisband, 3-0, retired

BEADLING MAKES REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

The PA West champion 18-under Beadling boys soccer team made the semifinals of the Snickers Region I Championships last week at the University of Rhode Island.

The team featured some of the top players in the East suburbs, including former East Allegheny goaltender Josh Miller, Allderdice midfielder Eli Meyers and midfielders Josh Fillnow and Jeremy Gillespie of Penn Hills.

Beadling beat Rhode Island, 2-1, Vermont, 1-0, and Massachusetts, 3-0, to win group B, but lost to Connecticut, 2-1, on penalty kicks.

REGION 7 LEGION ALL-STARS

Two local baseball players -- shortstop Jarred Shaffer of Kiski Valley and outfielder Cyril Haponski of Armstrong Central -- advanced from Region 7 to the All-West All-Star game at PNC Park July 21.

USATF THREE RIVERS FINALS

Some of the top track-and-field performers in the WPIAL turned in strong showings at the Three Rivers Association championships June 29 at Indiana (Pa.). The top competitors there advanced to the USA Track and Field regional championships July 10-13 at Stockton College in Pomona, N.J.

Central Catholic graduate Kareem Cousar, running with the River City Elite, won the 400 meters in the Young Men's division with a time of 50 seconds and finished second to Andrew Johnson in the 200.

Monroeville's Justin King won the Intermediate division 100-meter dash in 11.23 seconds.

Raquel Bender of Penn Hills won the 200 meters in the Young Women's division in 25 seconds.

Schenley's Kaetlyn Brown won the 400 and 200 and finished third in the 100 in the Intermediate girls division. Her 400 time of 56.64 seconds was a new meet record.

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