Westmoreland Notebook: Belle Vernon slugger Maren Metikosh softball class 4A
Saturday July 2, 2022 | 5:44 p.m.
Maren Metikosh has a name that sticks out of the tongue. This is pure alliteration for broadcasters and announcers of Belle Vernon softball games.
His swing is even smoother.
The rising eldest had a memorable season for the Leopards as she threw home runs from the Dairy Queen backboard into left field at her home park, ripped doubles into the gaps and helped hold the pedal down. offensive accelerator for the young but talented Belle Vernon.
The media and opposing coaches saw fit to recognize the standout outfielder with a prestigious honor: the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association Class 4A Player of the Year.
Yes, she was declared the best player in all of Quad-A, much to her surprise.
“I had high expectations for myself at the start of the season, but receiving Player of the Year was not one of them,” Metikosh said. “This award means the world to me. I am extremely humbled and honored to be recognized along with so many other great players that I have met or spent time with to create fond memories. This award does not not only brought success, but it also brought me competition.
“Next season I will have to fill my own shoes.”
His junior season included a .557 batting average, 14 doubles, five home runs, 32 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
Her slugging percentage was just north of .800 and she hit three times in 70 at-bats.
Metikosh was also part of the first class 4A team.
“The countless hours I spent training or hitting the nets affected my performance,” Metikosh said. “Hopefully this mindset and this message will inspire some young players to believe in themselves and pursue whatever they desire.”
Several other local players have made all-state teams.
Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith and Latrobe third baseman Jenna Tallman were selected to the Class 5A first team, while Brynn Charnesky of Southmoreland (2B) and Katie Hutter of Mt. Pleasant (SS) is part of the first 3A team. Pitcher Maddie Griffin was a first-team 2A. Second-team selections from Westmoreland County teams included Penn-Trafford third baseman Cam Ponko, pitcher Katie Armstrong of Burrell (4A), and third baseman Tyson Martin of Southmoreland (3A).
LV joins the unified league
Ligonier Valley has been accepted into the Special Olympics Unified Bocce program for 2022-23.
The Rams join area schools Franklin Regional and Norwin as co-ed league members.
Pitt-Greensburg has welcomed a number of local players into its women’s soccer program.
Among his 2022 recruiting class are stealth scorers in Greensburg Salem’s Kylie Smith and Southmoreland’s Taylor Klingensmith.
Hempfield alum Ashleigh Van Horn also joined the team as a transfer from Pitt-Johnstown.
• Norwin’s eldest, Faith Steen, will play college soccer in Saint Vincent.
• Hempfield senior soccer player Ian Tuffs has received a Division II offer from West Virginia Wesleyan. He is a wide receiver and defensive back.
• Jaydin Canady, senior football player at Greensburg Central Catholic, was offered by Notre Dame College (Ohio).
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