WPIAL players make TopDrawerSoccer all-region, all-state teams
By: Bill Beckner Jr.
Friday, July 26, 2019 | 3:30 PM
The all-things-soccer website, TopDrawerSoccer, which covers recruiting and ranks teams on a nationwide scale, released its high school all-region and all-state teams for the 2018 fall season.
The WPIAL was well-represented on the boys and girls teams.
Four district players made the site’s All-Mid-Atlantic Region teams: West Allegheny graduate and incoming Duquesne freshman Nathan Dragisich, who also was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year; and graduate Alex Gordon of Sewickley Academy, a Northwestern recruit.
On the girls side, all-region selections are incoming Pine-Richland junior Megan Donnelly, and Upper St. Clair grad and Dayton recruit Landy Mertz.
The Mid-Atlantic Region for boys covers Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The same schools are included for girls, minus Delaware.
WPIAL players on the boys all-state team include: Dragisich and Gordon; Belle Vernon grad and Duquesne recruit Markello Apodiakos; Norwin grad Carter Breen (Duquesne); Deer Lakes’ grad Jesse Greyshock; Incoming North Catholic senior Joe Kearney; Franklin Regional grad Auston Kranick (Oakland); Seton La Salle grad Kellen Krebs; Pine-Richland grad Brian McCarthy; Thomas Jefferson grad A.J. Meshanko; Butler grad Tate Mohney; Incoming Pitt freshman Luke Mort of Greensburg Central Catholic; South Park grad Zak Schwarezel; Freedom grad Brad Turocy; and Springdale grad Michael Zolnierczyk.
Girls all-state picks: Donnelly and Mertz; Alexandria Adams, a North Allegheny grad; Mt. Lebanon grad Ariana Caminos (NJIT); Incoming Akron freshman Emily Clopp of Canon-McMillan; Valparaiso freshman Kiley Dugan of Penn-Trafford; South Park grad Haleigh Finale (Robert Morris); Norwin senior Eva Frankovic, a Pitt commit; Norwin grad Maddie Genicola (Duquesne); Norwin grad Lexi Gray; Upper St. Clair grad Nikki Gibbons; Sophomore Tatum Gretz of Greensburg Central Catholic, a Villanova commit; Mars senior Taylor Hamlett; Alaina Kalin, a Pine-Richland grad (Indiana); Mt. Lebanon grad Julia Lalama (Lehigh); Peters Township grad Regan LaVigna (Youngstown State); Penn-Trafford grad Jordan Lawrence; Shady Side Academy grad Krystyna Rytel (Pitt); Sarah Schupansky, an incoming junior at North Allegheny; Sophomore Jayden Sharpless of Freedom; Canon-McMillan grad Sydney Snyder (Canisius); Peters Township grad Hannah Stuck (Bucknell); Pine-Richland grad Caroline Swan (Seton Hall); and Seneca Valley rising senior Breana Valentovish.
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Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .