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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review basketball Terrific Ten

| Sunday, April 5, 2009

TODD THOMAS

Beaver Falls Sr. 6-3 F

NOTABLE: Football is his game of choice, and he has signed to play wide receiver at Pitt. But Thomas is a second-team selection to The Associated Press all-state Class AA basketball team after averaging 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. He totaled 2,063 career points.

T.J. MCCONNELL

Chartiers Valley Jr. 6-0 G

NOTABLE: McConnell, a second-team Class AAA all-state pick, averaged 22.3 PPG, hit 93 of 174 3-pointers (53.4 percent) and has totaled 1,344 career points in two seasons. ... Next season, he has a shot at the school scoring record (2,022, Mike Colbert, 1998).

EVAN PIERCE

Mt. Lebanon Jr. 6-2 G

NOTABLE: Pierce, who is getting Division I interest, averaged 17.5 PPG and is second team all-state in AAAA. ... Two years ago, his family moved from Indianapolis and chose Mt. Lebanon from among several top basketball schools.

TOM DRONEY

Sewickley Academy Jr. 6-6 G/F

NOTABLE: A first-team all-state selection in Class A, Droney has averaged 15.0, 21.6 and 23.7 points per game the past three seasons. ... He has yet to choose a college from among his final three -- Pitt, Notre Dame and Davidson -- but he is close to announcing a decision.

MATT MADIA

Hampton Sr. 6-0 G

NOTABLE: A second-team all-state selection in Class AAA, Madia is the only senior on Hampton's first WPIAL championship team, and averaged 19.6 PPG. ... He hopes to continue his basketball career, and is looking at Allegheny, Westminster and Waynesburg.

T.J. HEATHERINGTON

Serra Catholic Sr. 5-10 G

NOTABLE: A first-team all-state choice in Class A, Heatherington will take his game to Point Park next season. He averaged 25 PPG at Serra Catholic, including one amazing night when he scored a WPIAL-playoff record 50 against Neshannock in a semifinal game.

C.J. BROWN

Seneca Valley Sr. 6-4 G/F

NOTABLE: Brown carried Seneca Valley to the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs and the first section title in school history, averaging 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. ... After the season, he conducted a youth basketball clinic for his senior project and raised $500 for two charitable causes.

NICK WILCOX

Peters Township Sr. 6-3 G

NOTABLE: Wilcox scored 32 points in a 58-52 victory over Seneca Valley in the WPIAL semifinals. His 20.8 scoring average helped Peters Township win the school's first WPIAL championship and earned him third-team status on the AAAA all-state team.

HENRY PWONO

North Catholic Sr. 6-5 C

NOTABLE: Pwono started playing basketball at age 6 with his older brother, Hussein, in Mellon Park and moved on to Central Catholic before transfering two years ago. He led North Catholic to a WPIAL title and PIAA Class AA runner-up finish, averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds.

CHRIS KLIMCHOCK

Greensburg Salem Sr. 5-9 G

NOTABLE: In three consecutive state playoff games, Klimchock hit two game-winning shots and four decisive free throws in the final minute, leading his team to the PIAA title game. ... Second-team all-state, he averaged 17.7 PPG, including 30 in a PIAA playoff victory over Chartiers Valley.

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CARLY VENDEMIA

Beaver Sr. 6-1 F

NOTABLE: Vendemia, second-team all-state, averaged impressive totals of 24.5 points and 14 rebounds in her final season as a four-year starter for Beaver. ... She will attend Duquesne because, in part, she said, "I am a stay-at-home kind of girl."

LILY GRENCI

Mars Sr. 6-1 F

NOTABLE: First-team all-state, Grenci averaged a double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds) for WPIAL and PIAA qualifier Mars this season. She has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Siena, but she also attracted attention from Lehigh and Akron.

EMILY MILLER

Mt. Lebanon Sr. 5-11 G/F

NOTABLE: Miller averaged 12.5 PPG for Mt. Lebanon's 31-0 WPIAL and PIAA championship team. Second-team all-state, she found time to earn a 4.8 GPA, occasionally studying into the wee hours of the morning, she said. She won't play basketball in college but will study biomedical engineering.

EMILY CORREAL

Peters Township Sr. 6-3 C

NOTABLE: Correal was as consistent as any player in the WPIAL over the past four seasons. A four-year starter, she averaged a double-double each season: 14 points, 11 rebounds as a freshman, followed by 16.5-12, 21-11 and 20.5-11. First-team all-state, she has committed to William & Mary.

JOCELYN FLOYD

Washington Sr. 5-6 G

NOTABLE: Floyd did what her position -- shooting guard -- requires. She finished with a 20.8 points-per-game average for Washington, which qualified for the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs and had a two-game run in each. A second-team all-state choice, she has committed to Duquesne.

LAUREN SAVULCHAK

North Catholic Sr. 6-0 G/F

NOTABLE: Part of an all-state family that includes uncle Dave Long, the Class AA coach of the year, and cousin Jesse Long, third-team all-state, Savulchak is a first-team Class A all-stater, with an average of 19 PPG for the WPIAL champion Trojanettes.

OLIVIA BRESNAHAN

Butler Jr. 5-11 PG

NOTABLE: Bresnahan averaged 19 PPG, drawing the attention of Vanderbilt, Pitt and Connecticut, where she visited with coach Geno Auriemma. ... She is undecided about college, but her first-team all-state status in Class AAAA won't hurt her profile.

MARISA WOLFE

Ford City Sr. 6-3 G-F

NOTABLE: Penn State recruit and third-team all-state, Wolfe scored 1,542 career points, third all-time at Ford City. ... She also led the team in rebounds and blocked shots and averaged 18.2 PPG. ... She helped Ford City to a 20-3 record, including two nine-game winning streaks.

KERRY CONNOLLY

Sto-Rox Sr. 5-6 G

NOTABLE: Connolly, who has committed to Edinboro, is third-team Class AA all-state and the best girls basketball player in Sto-Rox history. She finished as the leader in career (1,154) and single-season points (417 this year) and career steals (371) and assists (366). She also averaged 11.0, 10.6, 13.8 and 14.9 per game each season as a four-year starter. Throw in a 3.9 grade-point average (No. 5 in the senior class).

MARKEL WALKER

Schenley Sr. 6-2 F

NOTABLE: Walker averaged 25.6 points for Schenley after moving to Pittsburgh with her mother to be closer to her sister, former Pitt star Marcedes. ... Walker, who signed with UCLA, was a starter in the McDonald's All-American Game, where she scored four points and had six rebounds.

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