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Athletes of the Year Greater Pittsburgh

5/13/2009

BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

DAVID DEL GRECO
Seton-La Salle / Soccer
Del Greco's astonishing senior campaign — 60 goals, a number of school
records and a PIAA Class A state title — was enough to earn the senior plenty
of accolades. Among them, the forward was named the Pittsburgh Tribune-
Review Boys' Soccer Player of the Year. Del Greco finished his career with 110
goals and nearly eclipsed his school's career goals record of 68 in just one
season. Del Greco scored more goals than anyone in the nation during the
fall season — the next-closest scorer had 41.

OTHER FINALISTS

DORIAN BELL
Gateway / Football
Teams often designed plays specifically to avoid the wrath of Bell, and yet the
senior Ohio State recruit made his mark anyway. Bell, primarily a linebacker,
recorded 113 tackles, seven sacks and four forced fumbles.

JAKE KEMERER
Hempfield / Wrestling
Kemerer earned his second consecutive state title this year, besting Kenny
Courts of Central Dauphin in the 160-pound division. The senior Oklahoma
recruit finished his season unbeaten at 48-0.

T.J. McCONNELL
Chartiers Valley / Basketball
McConnell is one season and 61 3-pointers away from being the best longrange
shooter in WPIAL history. The junior Duquesne recruit averaged 22.1
points per game and scored 52 points in one contest this year.

GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

NICOLE DORIA
South Park / Soccer + Basketball
Doria earned All-State honors in her fourth year starting for South Park. The
senior forward scored 30 goals during the soccer season, leading the Eagles
to a WPIAL title as well as the PIAA Class AA state title game. Doria finished
her soccer career with 100 career goals. During basketball season, Doria was
equally as impressive — she averaged 18 points per game while helping
South Park to the WPIAL semifinals and a berth in the PIAA Class AAA tournament.
Doria is also a talented softball player.

OTHER FINALISTS

KARI FALK
Riverside / Softball
Falk's continued dominance of hitters in Class AA has earned her plenty of
wins and accolades. The senior Edinboro recruit was one of two returning
players from last year's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Area softball team.

SAMANTHA PICKENS
Franklin Regional / Diving
Pickens, a junior, won her second consecutive one-meter diving titles in both
the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA swimming championships. Her score of 506.65
at the state meet challenged but fell just short of the state record of 517.20.

MARKEL WALKER
Schenley / Basketball
Walker, a senior UCLA recruit and the nation's No. 4 recruit in the ESPNU
HoopGurlz 100, averaged 28.1 points per game, helping Schenley to the PIAA
Class AAAA tournament. Walker was named to the AP All-State first team.