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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Local athletes shatter school football records

Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton and Kittanning’s Nick Bowers, both Pitt recruits, would seem to be locks for the Big 33 All-Star football game but neither have been contacted nor invited to the game.

The Big 33 has posted several prospect lists for potential players, but Tipton and Bowers have not been on any. The game is taking nominations this year via Twitter.

Only one local player is on the prospect list: Freeport quarterback Andrew Romanchak.

The Big 33 is June 20 in Hershey.

Romanchak had a record-shattering senior season. He has records for single-season yards (1,922) and single-game yards (442).

He finished second to Brendan Lynch in career yards (2,251) and touchdown passes (18).

Lynch threw for 2,556 yards and 28 scores before moving on to play receiver at Case Western.

Tipton and Bowers also had record-breaking careers. Tipton played quarterback for most of this season, but he leaves the program with three receiving records: receptions (110), yards (1,981) and touchdowns (32).

Bowers was record-breaking quarterback Braydon Toy’s top target the past few seasons, and the numbers prove it. Bowers finished with school records of 94 catches, 1,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Tipton and Bowers were invited to the NUC All-American Game on Dec. 30 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Bowers declined, and Tipton is weighing his options with other invites still possible. The NUC game costs senior players $250 to play.

Greiser hired

Former Yough boys basketball coach Wayne Greiser was hired as an assistant at Freeport, his alma mater.

Greiser, who also was an assistant at Valley, led Yough to a playoff appearance last season for the first time since 2006-07. He wanted to be closer to home for family reasons and considered joining Mike Beale’s staff a viable option after nothing panned out as a head coach.

Edwards drawing interest

Deer Lakes all-state softball pitcher Tiffany Edwards said she would like to have her college chosen before her senior season starts.

Edwards said Point Park and Seton Hill have been strong pursuers, and West Virginia Wesleyan also has shown interest, along with several Division III schools. Seton Hill and West Virginia Wesleyan are Division II programs, and Point Park is in NAIA Division II.

Edwards is 43-4 in her career. Last season, she went 17-2 with a 1.87 ERA and 120 strikeouts.

Double trouble

Fox Chapel junior Laurel Shymansky has been successful in the tennis doubles postseason, but more impressive than her gold medals is how she adjusted to playing with a new teammate.

Shymansky won section, WPIAL and PIAA titles last season with then-sophomore Lacy Cohen. But Cohen didn’t play this season, so Shymansky was paired with rising freshman Amanda Nord. Not only did she help the newcomer with her adjustment to Class AAA varsity tennis, but the pair also went won the section and WPIAL and finished second in the state.

Shymansky would have had an interesting dilemma if she fared better in the WPIAL singles tournament, where she finished fourth.

The top three finishers make states and the singles and doubles happen simultaneously in Hershey, so she would have had to choose between singles and doubles.

Shymansky has three straight section titles, two with Cohen.

Winter season

Official practices open Monday for basketball, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics and rifle. The first play date for rifle is Dec. 1, and the other sports can begin playing games on Dec. 5.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.


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