Washington to host second alumni basketball game

May 14, 2014

Washington High School boys basketball fans will not have to wait until the winter to see Ron Faust return to the school’s gymnasium for a game.

Faust, who led the Prexies to four WPIAL Class AAA championships and two PIAA titles, will be honored prior to the second annual Wash High Alumni Basketball Classic, which will be played Saturday at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:20 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Many of Faust’s former players will be participating in the event, which will include two scholarships being given to local high school students. Thirty-three players will be divided into two teams with many of them being members of Faust’s championship teams in the 1980s.

The Prerxies’ 1984 and 1986 PIAA Class AA championship teams also will be honored.

The event began last year when local businessman Steve Woods, a 1993 graduate of Wash High, decided organize an alumni game. Woods wanted to give the children of the community a peek into the illustrious past of Prexies basketball.

“I was tired of seeing a lack of positive activities in Washington,” Woods said. “There was no availability of positive events and kids do not have as many options. With the success we had last year, it was obvious that fans, players and members of the community love it.”

David Sadler, a 1990 graduate, moved to Alabama after he received his degree from Edinboro University. He started a business and was named the 2010 NAACP Minority Business Owner of the Year. When learned of the event, Sadler decided to help. Sadler will provide a scholarship to a senior at Wash High.

Malik Washington, whose father, Homer, participated in last year’s game prior to his death, is commissioning a fellowship for students that will include a year-long internship for rising and graduating seniors who plan to stay in the area. The fellowship will be given to a current high school senior in Washington County.

Winners of the awards will be announced at halftime.

After last year’s event drew 400 fans, Woods decided it had to become a mainstay in the community.

“This is using basketball as a tool to bring people together and get a message out to everyone about what is going on,” Woods said. “The guys who played in last year’s game had a lot of fun and appreciated the fact that we organized the event.”

Woods, who owns Uptown Entertainment, recalls the pride the city had during Faust’s tenure and hopes that bringing former players together for a fun event will help the community.

“Washington loves sports,” Woods said. “This district is crazy about sports, which makes this a perfect way to hold a positive event for a good cause.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting Woods through Uptown Entertainment’s Facebook page.

Shade, Hanley make decisions

Chartiers-Houston boys basketball’s banner year, which included a WPIAL Class AA playoff victory over Charleroi and the most wins in program history, was capped last week when two of its leading scorers made decisions to play college basketball.

Forward Kodie Hanley, an Observer-Reporter First-Team All-District selection who averaged 14 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, will attend Washington & Jefferson.

Ben Shade, who terrorized opposing post players this season when averaging 8.2 points, 6.8 points and 1.5 blocks per game, will attend Penn State-Behrend.

All-star baseball

The WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association released rosters for its 11th annual all-star event, which will be held June 8 at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.

The first game, pitting Class A against Class AA, will start at 1 p.m., with the game between Class AAA and Class AAAA players set for 4 p.m.

Local players participating include Teagan Piechnick of Canon-McMillan and Phil Pisarcik and Tyler Schmidt of Peters Township in Class AAA; Tyler Godwin of South Fayette in Class AAA; Tyler Day of Chartiers-Houston and Seth Hvizda of Beth-Center in Class AA; and California’s Ronnie Baron, Jake Columbus and Josh Luko, Carmichaels’ Brandon Lawless and Ty Cole, Avella’s Tim Frayser and Monessen’s Justice Rawlins in Class A.

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