WPIAL Girls Basketball – 2013-2014 Preview

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Friday, December 6, 2013 | 4:47 PM


With the exception of Vincentian Academy in Class A, repeating for the 2012-2013 WPIAL girls basketball champions could be a steep up hill climb. Sure, bethel Park, South park and Bishop Canevin are going to be competitors and will be tough outs once the district playoffs start in mid-February, but graduation and injuries have hit those three defending champs hard, possibly leaving the door open for some new faces raising the gold in March. Here is a rundown of WPIAL girls basketball Players to Watch and the Preseason Top Ten in all four classifications.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Players to Watch:

Monica Burns – Hempfield

Maria Palarino – Penn-Trafford

Alayna Gribble – Norwin

Erin Mathias – Fox Chapel

Krista Pietropola – Plum

Abby Gonzales – North Allegheny

Andi Lydon – Shaler

Megan Marecic – Bethel Park (injured)

Christine Ehland – Mount Lebanon

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Top Ten:

1.     North Allegheny Tigers

2.     Baldwin Highlanders

3.     Mount Lebanon Blue Devils

4.     Fox Chapel Foxes

5.     Hempfield Spartans

6.     Plum Mustangs

7.     Upper St. Clair Panthers

8.     Shaler Titans

9.     Gateway Gators

10.   Chartiers Valley Colts

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WPIAL CLASS AAA Players to Watch:

Sara Getsy – Mars

Ali Goetz – Mars

Chassidy Omogrosso – Blackhawk

Seairra Barrett – Central Valley

Claire Oberdorf – Greensburg-Salem

Taylor Thomas – West Mifflin

Alexis Yanief – Thomas Jefferson

Natalie Fekula – Elizabeth Forward

Halie Torris – South Park

Allison McGrath – South Park

Maryssa Agurs – Keystone Oaks

WPIAL CLASS AAA Top Ten:

1.     South Park Eagles

2.     Blackhawk Cougars

3.     Mars Fighting Planets

4.     Elizabeth Forward Warriors

5.     Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions

6.     West Mifflin Titans

7.     Hampton Talbots

8.     Indiana Little Indians

9.     Central Valley Warriors

10.   Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles

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WPIAL CLASS AA Players to Watch:

Sydney Bordonaro – Burrell

Allyson Cujas – Ford City

Madison McHale – Neshannock

Carolyn Appleby – Greensburg Central Catholic

Monique Redman – Jeannette

Naje Gibson – Seton-LaSalle

Yacine Diop – Seton-LaSalle

Sammie Weiss – McGuffey

Mya Gordon – Washington

Anna Bartman – Beth-Center

Mia Woytovich – Charleroi

Lexi Posset – Beaver

MacKenzie Mayernik – Avonworth

Bri Van Volkenburg – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Tia Scuilli – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Hannah Murray – Carlynton

Jordan Melko – Carlynton

WPIAL CLASS AA Top Ten:

1.     Seton-LaSalle Rebels

2.     Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers

3.     Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions

4.     Neshannock Lancers

5.     Burrell Buccaneers

6.     McGuffey Highlanders

7.     Bishop Canevin Crusaders

8.     Beaver Bobcats

9.     Avonworth Antelopes

10.   Jeannette Jayhawks

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WPIAL CLASS A Players to Watch:

Kristen Jackson – Quigley Catholic

Demi McFrazier – Rochester

Brenna Wise – Vincentian Academy

Mallory Heinle – St. Joseph

Amanda Brown – Carmichaels

Megan Sieg – Serra Catholic

WPIAL CLASS A Top Ten:

1.     Vincentian Academy Royals

2.     Serra Catholic Eagles

3.     Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans

4.     Quigley Catholic Spartans

5.     St. Joseph Spartans

6.     Winchester Thurston Bears

7.     Carmichaels Mighty Mikes

8.     Avella Eagles

9.     Monessen Greyhounds

10.   West Greene Pioneers

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