Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Scholar-Athletes Honored

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Scholar-Athletes Honored

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College basketball coach Darcie Vincent, who led her California State University of Pennsylvania womens team to an NCAA championship last month, will be the featured speaker for the 48th annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete dinner.

Under Vincent's direction, the Lady Vulcans defeated Drury University, 75-72, in the nationally televised National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II championship game in St. Joseph, MO.

She will speak at the annual dinner that recognizes outstanding Westmoreland County students with Excellence Awards for their scholastic, as well as athletic, achievements. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Bill Priatko will serve as master of ceremonies at the event, scheduled for April 27 at Ferrante's Lakeview Restaurant near Greensburg. The restaurant and Westmoreland Health System co- sponsor the dinner.

A selection committee chaired by Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge John J. Driscoll chose 12 finalists from among 38 nominees representing the county's 19 high schools.

From that 12, a top male and female winner were chosen by the committee, which included 19 scholastic athletic directors and several prominent residents who have been associated with county athletics.

"When I look at the athletic achievements of these young men and women, I'm always amazed that they can find time to excel academically," Driscoll said.

"And we're talking accomplishments like being voted a scholastic All-American and winning individual WPIAL and state championships. It gets tougher every year to select a male and female as Excellence Award winners. I'm impressed. All of the nominees are deserving, in addition to being a credit to the schools they represent."

Also being honored at the dinner will be retired East Allegheny High School athletic director and track coach Bob Trautwine. He'll receive the annual Mike Ferrante Memorial Award for his contributions to sports over the years.

Several individual PIAA state champions also will be recognized, including Franklin Regional's Andrew Cohen (discus), Greensburg Salem's Donnie Jones (wrestling), Valley's Mycah Clemons (long jump and 100-meter hurdles), Greensburg Central Catholic's Giancario Marangi (110-meter hurdles), Greater Latrobe's Michaela Kissel (tennis) and Ligonier Valley's Caleb Hood (300-meter hurdles). …

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