Junior Roya Fashandi steps up for Riverview
With its normal kicker, Cory Bickert, hampered slightly by an injury, Riverview’s football team turned to its backup in Friday night’s season-opening win over Wilkinsburg.
And she did well.
Junior Roya Fashandi, one of Riverview’s top girls soccer players, converted 1 of 2 extra-point tries in the 27-6 victory.
“I was nervous, and at the same time it was exciting,” said Fashandi, an all-section midfielder who led Riverview with 13 goals as a sophomore. “It’s just like a penalty kick (in soccer),” she said.
Riverview also went for a pair of two-point conversions. Fashandi came into the game in the second half.
Fashandi said her parents had some reservations about her playing football.
“They support it, but they’re a little nervous about the tackling and the pads,” she said.
Valley has been known for producing female kickers. The Vikings have had two girls kick since 2007 — Alexis Claassen and Mary Bertocki.
Bickert played in Friday’s game and kicked off. He also caught a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Three football teams showed big-play potential between quarterbacks and receivers Friday night.
Valley quarterback Ty Matthews and wideout Von McMillan hooked up three times for 90 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown. The pair also had two long pass plays called back because of penalties — including a 90-yard reception — in a 23-16 overtime loss.
Another scoring play, between Matthews and Dom Johnson, also was negated by a flag.
Highlands’ wideout Jerrail Carver caught all three of QB Gage Clark’s passes for 50 yards, including and an 11-yard touchdown in a 10-6 win over Freeport.
Kiski Area’s J.J. Cosentino completed four passes for Joey Brungo for 87 yards, including a 32-yard score in a 42-14 loss to Bethel Park.
Valley’s Cody Schrecengost had an eventful Friday. He played in a soccer game after school, then suited up for the football team at night.
Schrecengost scored a goal in a 6-1 loss to Knoch, then handled the kickoff duties for the Vikings in a 23-16 overtime loss to Burrell.
Basketball season is more than two months away, but Alle-Kiski fans can look forward to watching a pair of Division I recruits play.
Plum’s Nolan Cressler verbally committed to Cornell last week, joining another local standout, Highlands’ Micah Mason, a Drake recruit.
The Valley hasn’t had two Division I recruits heading into a season since 2004, when Freeport’s Dave Bauman committed to Albany and Plum’s Mike McKee picked Kent State.
Cressler narrowed his list of five offers to Cornell and Yale.
“Cornell is the place I will be the happiest,” said Cressler, who averaged 25.5 points per game last season.
Mason was the WPIAL’s top scorer, at 33.3 points. He is awaiting medical clearance to return to competitive basketball. He was diagnosed with POTS Syndrome and spinal cord meningeal compression, which has caused varying symptoms, such as irregular heartbeat, dizziness and digestive problems.
Altmire event a success
The first Caleb E. Altmire Memorial Basketball Tournament raised more than $4,000 to go into a trust fund in the late Apollo-Ridge athlete’s name.
The 3-on-3 tournament was held May 14 at the Apollo-Ridge elementary, middle and high school gymnasiums.
Eean Smith, a three-sport athlete, was the first recipient of the $1,000 Caleb E. Altmire Scholarship, to be given each year to a deserving senior student-athlete at Apollo-Ridge.
Organizer Greg Fox said 32 teams competed, with 24 playing in the 18-and-older division.
“We’ll probably just limit it to that (division) next year,” Fox said. “Overall, we had a great turnout and everyone said they’d be back again.”
Altmire, a former basketball and track athlete, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2010. He was 26.