Mike White | Thursday, April 24, 8:45 p.m.
Can anyone remember the last player from a Western Pennsylvania high school to play football at USC? I can't.
But the Trojans will have a former Western Pennsylvania player next year.
Brice Schwab played at Moniteau High School. Moniteau is not in the WPIAL, but it is in Western Pennsylvania, near Butler. Schwab, an offensive lineman, graduated from Moniteau last June, moved to San Diego and enrolled at Palomar Community College, a junior college in San Marcos, Calif. Schwab played for Palomar this season and ended up with a number of Division I scholarships. USC offered and Schwab recently made a verbal commitment to the Trojans. He will have three years of eligibility.
Schwab is 6-8, 320 pounds and also had scholarship offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Arizona and Washington, among others.
Roundball Classic Saturday
Most of the best basketball players in the WPIAL and City League will play in the Roundball Classic Saturday at Geneva College. This game has nothing to do with the defunct Dapper Dan Roundball Classic that used to play at the Civic Arena. But Allen Deep, who organizes this Roundball, has tried to make this a big event and it is now viewed as the top all-star game in the area. DeJuan Blair played it in a few years ago and Deep says Blair's presence helped the Roundball's reputation immensely. This year, Deep has just about every top player - boys and girls. About the only big name from the WPIAL or City League not in it is Schenley girls' player Markel Walker. She couldn't play because she had already played in two national all-star games and, under NCAA rules, high school players can play in only two all-star games.
Deep had played one boys' and one girls' all-star game in previous years. This year, he changed to two boys' games and one girls' game. The girls' game begins at 4 p.m. The first boys' game at 6 p.m. matches the Class AAAA All-Stars against Class AAA. The second boys' game pits the Class AA All-Stars against Class A. Tickets can be bought at the door the night of the games.
Some small-college coaches were on hand at Roundball practices Wednesday night and will also be at the game. One of the most impressive players at the practices was Plum guard-forward Andrew Cressler. He has not decided on a college yet, but might attend a prep school.
Here are the rosters for each of the three Roundball games. A banquet honoring the players and coaches will be tomorrow night.
Boys’ Class AAAA — Zeke Marshall, McKeesport; Nick Novak, Franklin Regional; Lucas Mickens, Central Catholic; Cody Patton, North Hills, Harrison Smith, Fox Chapel; Christian Shea, Upper St. Clair; Sean White, North Hills; Nick Wilcox, Peters Township; Jeff Yunetz, Latrobe; Andrew Cressler, Plum; Pete Serio, Upper St. Clair; Jason Jacobs, Moon; James Barton, Bethel Park.
Boys’ Class AAA - Corey Bellovich, Keystone Oaks; Brock DeCicco, Thomas Jefferson; Drew Falletta, Hopewell; Tyrone Steals, New Castle; Damon Cotton, Center; Troy Hill, Valley; Vaughn Morgan, Perry; Matt Madia, Hampton; Ben Rawding, Blackhawk; Chris Klimchock, Greensburg Salem; Derek Brown, Ambridge; D.J. Damazo, Blackhawk; John Wetzel, Brashear; Embry Williams, Schenley.
Boys’ Class AA — Jordan Hall, Jeannette; Todd Thomas, Beaver Falls; Adam Palcic, Greensburg Central Catholic; Nick Bryant, Washington; D.J. Pearson, New Brighton; Keith Banichar, Summit Academy; Matt Lorello, Mohawk; Shane Rusnock, Riverside; Rich Gaston, Shenango; Henry Pwono, North Catholic; Moziah Harris, Jeannette; Cody Morgan, Freedom; Mike Murcko, Shenango; Matt Long, North Catholic.
Boys’ Class A — David McCauley, Lincoln Park; Kyle Randall, Kennedy Catholic; T.J. Heatherington, Serra; Marsell Holden, Farrell; Tony Kirkwood, Neshannock; Zach Bellhy, Fort Cherry; Anthony Scappe, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Justin Hosack, Lincoln Park; Jason Burkes, Union; Cole Heckman, Avella; Ryne Niemiec, Beth-Center; Greg Arch, Springdale; Matt Mastrofrancesco, South Side Beaver.
Girls’ Black — Emily Correal, Peters Township; Lauren Savulchak, North Catholic; Colleen Kiss, Oakland Catholic; Shalonda Winton, Westinghouse; Emily Schartner, Ringgold; Maria Montini, Hempfield; Olivia DiNucci, Shaler; Lindsay Primyon, Vincentian; Nicole Doria, South Park; Jade Stewart, Serra; Emily Mueller, Upper St. Clair; Laurel Hanson, Hampton; Clare Berenato, Oakland Catholic; Brooke Mulneix, Riverside.
Girls’ Gold — Lily Grenci, Mars; Michelle Walker, West Allegheny; Carly Vendemia, Beaver; Emily Miller, Mt. Lebanon; Jocelyn Floyd, Washington; Shelby Rodgers, New Castle; Amy Gatnarek, Riverside; Megan DePrimio, Greensburg Central Catholic; Devin McGrath, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Kerry Connolly, Sto-Rox; Kayla Taormina, Quigley; Jen Cantella, Freedom; Kristland McCracken, Beaver County Christian; Leah Prisuta, Riverside.