10 to be honored by Tri-County ADs

April 18, 2014

Each year, the Tri-County Athletic Directors Association honors 10 student-athletes with scholarships. These athletes have not only performed well on the athletic fields but also excelled in the classroom.

This year, 10 student-athletes – five boys and five girls – will be honored at the Coach of the Year Banquet, which will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Meadow Lands.

Tickets for the banquet are $35 each and are on sale at Washington High School, 201 Allison Ave., Washington, PA, 15301. Reservations can be made by calling athletic director Joe Nicolella at 724-223-5085, ext. 2091.

All proceeds from the banquet benefit Special Olympics.

The following is a brief bio of each honoree:

Matthew Vickless Bentworth High School

With a grade-point average above 4.0, Vickless is excited about attending the University of Dayton next fall. The senior competed on the wrestling team, the golf team and played baseball.

Vickless is a member of the National Honor Society and the Academic League.

Matthew Heslin Fort Cherry High School

Heslin played football and was on the baseball and basketball teams for the Rangers. A senior with a 3.87 GPA, Heslin is headed to Washington & Jefferson next fall.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Chess Club and received the President’s Award for High Honors.

Alec Rideout Canon-McMillan H.S. Rideout is a three-sport star for Canon-McMillan, participating in football, track and wrestling. He carries a 3.3 GPA and is undecided on his college choice.

The senior is a member of the Latin National Honor Society and is a part of the Canon-McMillan Mentor Program.

Justin Watson South Fayette H.S.

As a defensive back and wide receiver, Watson helped the Lions to a PIAA Class AA football title in the fall. He spent his winter playing on the South Fayette basketball team.

A senior with a 4.1 GPA, Watson will attend the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and was named to the Pro Football News Gold All-Academic Team, and Honors English Student of the Year.

Dalton Wildman

West Greene High School

A three-sport athlete for the Pioneers, Wildman could be found on the football field in the fall, the gymnasium during wrestling season and on the diamond during baseball season.

A senior with a 3.42 GPA, Wildman will attend Washington & Jefferson in the fall. He is a member of the Chemistry Club and Science Club and was named Lions Club Student of the Month in Greene County.

Jenna Lucas

Fort Cherry High School

Lucas, a senior, is a four-sport athlete for the Rangers. She is on the golf team, plays volleyball, basketball and runs track. She won a WPIAL and PIAA title in the javelin in 2013, and a 3.7 GPA got her a scholarship to Central Florida.

Lucas is a member of the Student Council, the Ping Pong Club and Chess Club. As a junior, she was named Student of the Month.

Kailyn Clancy

California High School

A 4.0 student who has yet to decide on a college, Clancy won a WPIAL title and a state title in the shot put last season. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Leo Club.

Olivia Lorusso

Canon-McMillan High School

Lorusso is a three-sport athlete for the Big Macs, playing softball, volleyball and basketball. The senior accepted a scholarship to Robert Morris University.

Lorusso carries a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the Latin National Honor Society and the Life Club.

Mia Woytovich

Charleroi High School

Woytovich has been a first-team selection to the All-Section team for the past three seasons in volleyball and was named to the Observer-Reporter All-District Basketball Team for three consecutive seasons. She scored 1,103 career points and participated in the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic.

Woytovich is treasurer in the National Honor Society, class president and carries a 4.2 GPA.

Allyson Younken

Waynesburg High School

Younken, a senior, ran cross country and track and field for Waynesburg. The senior carries a 3.9 GPA and will attend Penn State next fall.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, president of the Ski Club, a member of the Relay for Life, Spanish Club, SADD and 4-H. She was named November Student of the Month by the Lions Club and received a President’s Scholarship for Christian Athletes. Younken was named a Fall Athlete Scholar by the Herald-Standard of Uniontown.

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.

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