Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Greensburg CC lauded for fall sports success
Saturday, January 30, 2021 | 6:29 PM
Sunday is the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, and the Diocese of Greensburg is recognizing the remarkable fall sports season Greensburg Central Catholic had in 2020.
While tiptoeing around a global pandemic and growing covid-19 numbers in Westmoreland County, GCC managed three WPIAL championships, a WPIAL runner-up and a trio of PIAA second-place finishes.
The girls golf team won its sixth straight WPIAL Class AA title, and the boys and girls soccer teams won district titles in Class A. All three finished second in the state tournaments.
Girls volleyball was second in WPIAL Class A.
“There was a lot of pride, pride in our school, pride in our student-athletes” GCC athletic director Dan Mahoney told the Diocese. “I always say we’re small number-wise, but our kids’ work ethic really shows academically and on the field. That work ethic that they have in the classroom really carries over to whatever sport they’re playing, and I really think that’s why we have so many successful programs.”
Three rising stars in the WPIAL Class of 2024 were named to the MaxPreps All-America Freshman football team.
Belle Vernon running back, receiver and defensive back Quinton Martin, Central Catholic tight end/linebacker Anthony Speca and Jeannette quarterback Brad Birch were among the 48 national selections for offense and defense.
All three are Division I prospects. Martin and Speca were first-team selections.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Martin made it as a defensive back. He already has a scholarship offer from Pitt.
Speca, a 6-3, 215-pounder, was a run-stopper for Central Catholic, which won its second straight WPIAL Class 6A title. He had an interception in the championship game.
Birch made it as a second-team all-purpose player after throwing for 1,676 yards and 30 touchdowns. He is the first ninth-grade starting quarterback at Jeannette.
No train, no gain
Former Hempfield and Fort Wayne basketball standout Kason Harrell and his father, Louis, have started a local training business called “3 B’s Basketball Training.”
The B’s stand for bible, book and ball. Louis Harrell said if kids have one of those three in their hands — he prefers all three — they “can’t go wrong.”
Sessions, for up to six players, run from $300 (six sessions) to $384 (16 sessions).
Private, two-hour sessions are available for $50 an hour.
Contact Louis Harrell at 412-973-6788 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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