WPIAL Board of Control hearings set for March 18 on Trinity transfers
The Trinity School District will contest a pair of recent transfers involving student-athletes, though superintendent Paul Kasunich declined to elaborate on cases involving football player Patrick Frey or softball player Toni Spossey when reached by phone Thursday morning.
“We’re not going to comment on either case,” Kasunich said.
Trinity contesting the transfers means the district believes both were done with “athletic intent,” a point that will be argued during a pair of hearings before the WPIAL Board of Control.
The hearings will take place the same day as the board’s next meeting, which is Monday, March 18. Spossey’s hearing will start at 4:15 p.m., Frey’s at 5.
Frey recently transferred from Trinity to McGuffey, starting classes at his new school Feb. 27.
Frey gained 940 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior running back for Trinity’s football team in 2012, though his father, Patrick Frey Sr., insisted the transfer was related to his son’s interest in McGuffey vocational agricultural program.
Trinity does not offer such a program.
Spossey was the Trinity softball team’s starting pitcher as a freshman a season ago but began classes at Chartiers-Houston Jan. 22, the start of the second semester.
“We’re going to let it work through the system,” Kasunich said. “No one from the district is going to comment on the proceedings. I just think that’s the appropriate way to handle it moving forward.”
The Washington-Greene boys and girls basketball doubleheader will be held March 29 at Washington High School. Start times are 6 p.m. for the girls and 8 p.m. for the boys.
Chartiers-Houston’s Eugene Briggs will coordinate the boys team, McGuffey’s Amanda Burchett the girls.
Boys tryouts will be held March 25-26 from 7-9 p.m. at Wash High, with a practice for those who make the team the same time and place on March 27.
Tryouts for the girls game will be March 25-26 from 6-8 p.m. at Washington Park Elementary. Practice will be 6-8 p.m. March 27, also at Washington Park Elementary.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Washington Rotary Club.
Canon-McMillan should again be one of the WPIAL’s top softball teams after winning its first Class AAAA title last spring, but the Big Macs did suffer one loss to their strong group of returning starters when shortstop Veronica Rothka tore her ACL playing indoor soccer.
Rothka, a West Liberty University soccer recruit who had 25 goals this past fall for Canon-Mac, started a four-month rehab process yesterday. She expects to make a full recovery by August.
“It’s going to be hard watching from the sidelines,” Rothka said. “But (head coach Michele Moeller) said I will help out with the younger players, almost like a ‘mini coach.’ ”
Rothka hit .329 last year and scored 17 runs. She went 3 for 4 and finished a home run shy of the cycle during a 5-4 loss to Bishop Shanahan in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals.
Washington High School running back Shai McKenzie has picked up four scholarship offers this week, bringing his gaudy total to 26.
Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma and North Carolina all offered McKenzie, who rushed for 2,689 yards and 41 touchdowns this past season to lead the WPIAL.
McKenzie, though, remains in no hurry commit and reiterated as much in a text message exchange Wednesday.
Bentworth offensive lineman John Bizet will play football at NCAA Division II Alderson-Broaddus. He joins Ringgold’s Jeremy Saternos and Austin Young at the startup program.