Tired of hearing about shootings and bickering on Washington City Council, Stephen Woods decided to do something about it and put together the Washington High School All-Star Alumni Basketball Classic.
The game will be held Saturday, and it will include 32 players dating as far back as the Class of 1973.
Tickets are $5 for all ages and can be purchased at the door. No tickets will be sold before the day of the event. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and tip is at 7.
“I wake up in the morning and see our city in disarray in city council,” Woods said. “We have so much going on that’s negative in Washington that we want to embrace something positive.
“I can’t change the whole community, but I can do my part.”
Woods said the focal point of the event will be the halftime speech of David Sadler, who, like Woods, graduated from Wash High in 1993. According to Woods, Sadler owns his own business in Alabama and won an award from the NAACP for minority-owned businesses in 2010. He also works a motivational speaker.
“His message is going to be about community,” Woods said of Sadler, who will also be presenting a pair of college scholarships. “That’s the reason I want people to be together, so they can hear his message. It’s time for us to take a stand and do something about our community.”
Robert Anderson Sr., a 1973 graduate, will play in the game alongside his son, Robert Jr., a 2009 graduate. Homer Washington Jr., Freemont Catlin and Ron Moore are a few of the other names Woods offered. For a complete list, please see C2.
Zeremenko back at full force for C-M
Giorgiana Zeremenko missed roughly six weeks with a shoulder injury, so Canon-McMillan softball coach Michele Moeller knew it would take time for her to adjust to live pitching and regain her powerful stroke.
Just not very much of it.
Zeremenko hit her first home run of the season during a 12-1 win over Peters Township Thursday, and it was the first time Moeller has seen Zeremenko swing like she did last year, when she hit .475 with seven home runs and a team-high 31 RBI.
“In all honesty, she missed a month and a half,” Moeller said. “It’s going to take some time to get her live at-bats. She was always one who sees the ball so well. She always was able to adjust to pitches, and that’s why her strikeout total has been so low.
“I don’t think she’s where she needs to be. It’s like the beginning of the season for her. But I’m sure that helped her confidence.”
Add Zeremenko to a ridiculous bevy of talent for the Big Macs, who went 14-0 to win the Section 4-AAAA title, 15-1 overall.
Sophomore right fielder/catcher Abby McCartney is hitting .565 with three home runs and 22 RBI. Junior third baseman Olivia Lorusso is at .444 with eight doubles, four homers and 24 RBI.
Taylor Bruno (.400), Maddie Engel (.388) and Tara Fowler (.412) have all been consistently productive. And pitcher Alayna Astuto is 14-0 with a 1.45 earned-run average and 72 strikeouts in 77 innings.
Locals have strong showing at Baldwin
California’s Kailyn Clancy placed in the top five in a pair of throwing events to lead the local contingent at the 40th Annual Baldwin Invitational Friday.
Clancy, who won the shot put title at the Mid-Mon Classic, took third at Baldwin with a throw of 42 feet, 1 inch – nearly three feet between than her Mid-Mon throw. She was fifth in the discus with a toss of 112-9.
Other top finishes included Chartiers-Houston’s Amanda Balzer, who was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 15.50 seconds. Waynesburg’s Richelle Tharp took fourth in the javelin with a throw of 127-4.
The Peters Township girls had a pair of relay teams do well. The 1,600 relay team of Kristen Cjakowski, Cassy Seccunda, Kaitlyn Janusey, Mallory Finch and Angela Heisinger was fifth in 4:09.79. The 3,200 team of Cjakowski, Nicole Hume, Carly Johns, Kylie Knavish, Emma Stark and Cricket Watson was fourth in 9:50.67.
Ringgold’s Bailey Cooper took fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.20 seconds.
On the boys side, South Fayette’s Mitch Valko finished fifth in the 110 hurdles in 15.19 seconds.
Peters Township tennis advances
The Peters Township boys tennis team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament’s quarterfinal round with a 4-1 win over Allderdice on Friday.
Mitch Kreider beat Nik Vidic at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1. Brenden Dollard topped Adam Somers 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and Jake Floyd made it a singles sweep with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Josh Somers.
Peters Township’s No. 2 doubles pair of Austin Chappell and Jordan Dollard accounted for the fourth win with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Ben Stern and Vinad Rajakumar.
The Indians will travel to Upper St. Clair Monday for a 3:30 p.m. quarterfinal match.
Peters Township lost to Butler, 3-2, in the first round of this event last season.