Notebook: Morrisey looking for respect
Ligonier Valley High School senior Chris Morrisey earned the boys Most Valuable Player honor at the 82nd annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association track and field championships Thursday at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium.
He won the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events and placed third in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet.
Morrisey said he wasn't surprised that he did so well in the hurdle events. He was, however, disappointed with his effort in the high jump.
"I've jumped 6-7 and 6-5 this season," Morrisey said. "I should have done better."
Morrisey refused to blame the rainy conditions for his performance in the high jump. He said that he just didn't have a good night.
What Morrisey was happy with was the competition level he went against. He said being from Ligonier Valley, he doesn't always get the competition he needs to improve.
Last year, Morrisey battled PIAA winner and former teammate Caleb Hood in the hurdles. He said the battles in practice made him better.
"I have great teammates, but the competition in District 6 isn't as good as I'd like," Morrisey said. "We don't get much respect in District 6. But I got to judge myself against some excellent competition."
Others who had a big night included Mycaiah Clemons of Valley, Lauren Donahoe of Greensburg Central Catholic, Noelle Lyons of Norwin, Caitlin Hewitt, Mack Brickley, Christine Gettemy and Elizabeth Brickley of Greater Latrobe, and Lauren Golembiewski of Kiski Area.
Clemons and Hewitt each won three events and placed second in another. Donahoe won the high jump and placed third in the long jump and 100-meter dash. Lyons won the 400 and was the anchor on the winning 1,600-meter relay team. She placed third in the 200.
Gettemy won the 800 and was on the winning 3,200-meter relay team, and Golembiewski won the discus and placed second in the shot put.
Other winners were Justin Wray of Kiski Area (100), Alex Krupey of Greensburg Central Catholic (400), Elijah Defassio of Greensburg Salem (3,200), Anthony Cellitti of Kiski Area (200), Brian Dell of Hempfield Area (shot put), Ryan Miller of Greater Latrobe (discus), Justin Moose of Norwin (javelin), Jordan Skwirut of Kiski Area (long jump), Matt Clayton of Derry Area (triple jump), Alex Bue of Kiski Area (high jump), Dave Craven of Norwin (pole vault), Winter Bey-Hall of Jeannette (shot put), Danielle Gray of Kiski Area (triple jump) and Ashley Argenta of Greater Latrobe (pole vault).
The only negative thing that occurred at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association track and field championships was the late hour that the meet ended.
The final event of the meet, the 1,600-meter relay, didn't end until 11 p.m. Some coaches said that maybe the WCCA should consider moving the event to a Saturday so it wouldn't interfere with students on a school night.
Gary Garrison, retired athletic director at Greater Latrobe, said he remembers when the meet was held Saturdays.
He said the meet was well attended and held during the daylight.
Ringgold and California Area hired new boys basketball coaches this week. Phil Pergola, who resigned at Ringgold after the season, was hired at California.
Ringgold originally voted to hire West Allegheny boys basketball coach Dave Krakoff to replace Pergola as coach. He was also hired as the school's athletic director.
But Krakoff turned the jobs down and Ringgold then hired Mark Gaither, a Sewickley Academy assistant coach, as its basketball coach.
Running back Blaise Abramovitz, of Penn-Trafford, will attend Washington & Jefferson College this fall. Abramovitz was the starting running back for the Warriors, but an injury limited his action. He was the team's leading rusher as a junior.