TJ notebook: Alyssa DeAngelo hits 1,000-point milestone
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 11:13 AM
Thomas Jefferson senior Alyssa DeAngelo scored her 1,000th career point Jan. 13 in a section game at Trinity.
DeAngelo, a multiple-year starter who averages 18 points per game, reached the milestone with 2 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter of her team’s 61-50 loss to the Hillers.
After high school, she plans to continue her career and major in nursing at Fairmont State.
“It sounds cliche, but from the moment I stepped onto campus, I knew it was where I was meant to be,” DeAngelo said. “The coaches knew they wanted me from the start and never had any doubts about me as a person or a player. It was also the perfect fit for my major.”
TJ girls making strides
As might have been expected, the Thomas Jefferson girls basketball team started slowly this season.
Three senior backcourt players from last year’s WPIAL runner-up squad — Jenna Clark, another 1,000-point career scorer and Yale recruit, Shaylor Williams and Julia Shearn — graduated.
The Jaguars lost a 57-45 decision to Peters Township in a tip-off tournament, then won six in a row and nine of their next 10 games.
“I feel we are starting to get into a rhythm, and we are getting better each game,” senior forward Dalaney Ranallo said. “We just have to minimize the mental mistakes and turnovers. There is a long way to go this season.”
DeAngelo said the Jaguars have shown progress since the start of the season.
“We had a rough game in the tip-off, but it made us stronger as a team,” she said. “There’s definitely been some growing pains, but I feel we’ve prepared ourselves for the games ahead.”
TJ boys handle schedule
The boys basketball team played four games in eight days at the start of 2020.
The Jaguars won all four, defeating Montour, 57-54; Trinity, 64-61; Ringgold, 64-58; and Moon, 59-50, to climb the ranks in Section 2-5A.
“We finally got a day off (on Jan. 11),” coach Dom DeCicco said. “Our kids have been battling every game. I think what has been our constant has been our defense. Even when we are struggling offensively, our defense has shown up every night. When you play good defense, you always have a chance.”
Senior G/F Isaac McNeil scored in double figures in all four games, 49 points total. Shane Stump, also a senior G/F, scored 26 against Trinity, 17 against Ringgold and 14 against Montour.
Senior guard Noah Pierce also had three double-digit games, including a team-high 18-point performance against Moon. Junior guard Jake Pugh chipped in with 10 at Montour.
Stump’s final numbers
Senior QB Shane Stump attempted 223 passes for the WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A champions in 2019, completing 130 for 2,664 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Stump threw just one interception, in the season-opener at Canon-McMillan. (He hit on 11 of 23 passes for 294 yards and four TDs in that game).
Over the next 15 games — all wins — Stump attempted 200 consecutive passes without tossing an interception.
For his career, Stump, the Big 8 Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, completed 303 of 556 passes for 6,105 yards and 84 touchdowns.
He broke team records for yards passing in a season (2,664), career passing yards (6,105), career touchdown passes (84) and, possibly, three others: career pass completions (303), career pass attempts (556) and fewest interceptions in a season (1).
Five players from the TJ hockey team were chosen to participate in the PIHL All-Star Game: goaltender Luke Ripepi and forwards Hunter Fairman, Eddie Pazo, Riley Holzer and Will O’Brien. All five are juniors.
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