Norwin Star notebook: Adam Bilinsky springs into action on hardwood
Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 11:01 AM
Adam Bilinsky can fly.
He proved it during AAU basketball season in social media videos that showed him slam-dunking over defenders with ease.
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But the Norwin junior’s newfound leaping ability didn’t just happen overnight. He worked at it.
Let’s just say when the covid pandemic sealed people indoors last year, Bilinsky got a jump on his game in the weight room.
“I was at my friend (Ryan Edwards’) house, and I dunked for the first time,” Bilinsky said. “It was pretty cool. I had been working out and getting stronger. I was working on my legs a few times a week.”
He had encouragement from his father, Allan, and his grandfather, “Bo.”
“My pap really pushed me to work out every day,” Adam Bilinsky said. “He’s a big reason why I can do what I do.
“I hope to get some dunks this year in games.”
Bilinsky is a player to watch this season for the Knights, now under the leadership of former West Mifflin coach Lance Maha. Highlight dunks might be a regular thing for the 6-foot-3 guard, who has been given a nickname by a member of the media.
“Springs” Bilinsky displayed one- and two-handed jams both on fast breaks and in the lane. But he is far from one-dimensional as he continues to develop other skills.
He came back from an ankle injury he sustained in a summer league to lead the Knights early in the season. Norwin was set to open the season at the St. Joseph Tournament in Natrona Heights.
“Adam is just a good, all-around player,” Maha said. “He guards well, he rebounds, and he gets to the rim. I like his game.”
Bilinsky has growing Division II interest. He has an offer from Pitt-Johnstown, where his brother, Ty, is a freshman guard. West Liberty also is interested.
Norwin hockey was second in PIHL Class A in goals with 47, just three behind Fox Chapel, which had played two more games.
The Southeast Division-leading Knights (6-1) had a four-game winning streak halted with a 7-6 loss to Chartiers Valley in overtime, part of a recent three-point week. Their other loss — to North Hills — also was by one goal (5-4).
Norwin was two points ahead of Kiski in the standings.
Senior defenseman Jake Meier was leading balanced Norwin in scoring with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists), while senior forward Logan Fear had 13 points (8-5), senior forward Ty Shigo 12 (6-6) and sophomore forward Mario Cavallaro 11 (7-4).
A pair of Norwin football players have opportunities to play at the next level. Senior lineman Jacob Young picked up a scholarship offer from Division II West Liberty, while senior Nate Kadosh-Harris was offered a spot at Division III Grove City.
Norwin college scene
• St. Joseph’s women’s basketball player Alayna Gribble had 12 points, including three 3-pointers, but the Hawks fell to Ball State, 73-67. Gribble, a grad guard who also played at Pitt, was averaging 8.6 points, second on the team, to go with 5.1 rebounds, and had made a team-high 11 3-pointers. Her 30.1 minutes also were leading the Hawks.
• Sophomore guard Olivia Gribble was averaging 6.8 points over five games, all starts, with Division III Marietta.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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