Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Craig's List' Closes Curtain on a Fine Year

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Craig's List' Closes Curtain on a Fine Year

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With the conclusion of the PIAA playoffs last week in Hershey, the high school basketball season has ended for even the most talented of local teams, many of which happen to reside in the Post- Gazette's West Xtra region.

With that in mind, here is one guy's opinion on who should receive recognition for a job well done. Without further adieu, here is the 2013 "Craig's List" for basketball excellence:

Offensive Player of the Year

Boys: Tie: Elijah Cottrill, Beaver Falls; Devin Wilson, Montour

Most sports fans at any level have it ingrained in them to detest everything about ties, but in some cases, it's merited. This happens to be such an instance, as two of the top players in the WPIAL happened to come from the same region and honoring one would mean slighting the other. Both players were stars on wildly successful teams, all while putting up some big offensive numbers. Wilson averaged 17 points per game in the regular season as the Spartans went 25-5 and won the WPIAL Class AAA championship before falling short in the PIAA semifinals against Archbishop Carroll. Cottrill was the leading scorer on a state championship Tigers team, averaging 16.3 points per game in the regular season for a roster that featured another go-to-scorer in Drew Cook.

Girls: Tie: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell; Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk

Yes, another tie, but this one comes for a different, and equally understandable, reason. From a pure scoring standpoint, Walker- Kimbrough is the clear choice as she averaged 5.5 more points per game than Omogrosso, but Omogrosso averaged 22 points per game in the regular season while playing for a very balanced offensive team that had five players averaging double figures in scoring. Walker- Kimbrough, a three-sport star who averaged 27.5 points per game (trailing only Jeannette's Ciara Gregory among WPIAL scoring leaders), will be playing next season at Maryland. Just a sophomore, Omogrosso has already committed to play at Pitt.

Team of the Year

Boys: Beaver Falls

It might seem a bit repetitive to have Beaver Falls represented more than once, but this team and its players were simply that good this season. …

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