Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It Should Be Starry Day ? and Night for Pihl

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It Should Be Starry Day ? and Night for Pihl

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The PIHL announced its all-star selections this week and judging by the rosters, at any given moment, the Class AA game could be impacted by a player from Latrobe.

Of teams in all four of the PIHL's classifications, none had more representation on an all-star roster than Latrobe. The Wildcats had the maximum five selections allowed, and coach Geno Ray is an assistant for the Class AA Northeast Conference team.

No school in any classification had at least one forward, a defenseman, a goalie and a coach named to participate in any of the quadrupleheader of games beginning 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at Rostraver Ice Garden.

"To be able to have our boys represented from Latrobe obviously says something about them and the games they're playing right now," Ray said. "It's pretty exciting, absolutely -- especially this year because there are so many good teams in Double-A. The parity across the league is incredibly strong."

Latrobe forwards Josh Singley, Brandon Harris and Jacob Koluder, defenseman Robert Vasinko and goalie Shane Brudnok were picked via coaches' vote last weekend.

Class AA's Pine-Richland and Bishop Canevin and Serra Catholic of Class A also each had five players selected as all-stars.

Serra had forwards Zach Schindler, Garner Kraemer and Tyler Speis and defensemen R.J. Kendi and Tyler Kresl. Also, coach Brian Boehm will be a Southwest Conference assistant.

Defending Class AA state champion Bishop Canevin not only has five players invited to the game, the Crusaders also have an alternate in defenseman Matthew Bilski.

"A lot of these guys are playing together anyway with travel teams, so they all carry a real heavy mutual respect for one another," Ray said. "They've all been playing against each other or on the same team with one another for probably a handful of years.

"The [all-star game] is a pretty good thing. The boys were excited to hear [they were selected] when I let them know."


It's not uncommon, of course, for pairs of siblings to play for the same high school sports team -- be it at the same time, or a few years later. …

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