Saturday June 11, 2022 | 4:44 p.m
Norwin senior Sebastian Rosado Guindin knew he was in the running for a unique award, but was a little surprised when his name was called.
“Yes, I was surprised when I won,” he said.
Rosado Guindin was named Sports Most Valuable Player by the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is now eligible for a scholarship.
He was announced as the winner during the third annual chamber celebrity basketball event in April at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Rosado Guindin arrived in North Huntingdon from Puerto Rico in 2017 when Hurricane Maria chased him from his home country.
A baseball and football player for the Knights – he goes to the IUP on a baseball scholarship – Rosado Guindin accepted his award with pride.
“I’m grateful for many reasons,” he said. “Pittsburgh’s Hispanic community is serving young people. They recognize the importance of higher education.
“My teammates came to support me and my culture. It is important to my parents and my family that I receive an education and advance my sporting and academic career.”
Celebrity players at the basketball event included Derek F. and Josh Martinez of the CBS show Big Brother, Brandon Gomes and Garrett Miller of MTV’s Siesta Keys, Nate Walker of American Idol, and Harlem Globetrotters Sarge and Skywalker .
Augustine receives a scholarship
Young senior softball pitcher Emma Augustine, who had her best prep season, was awarded the Allie V. Markle Scholarship, awarded annually to the top senior player at Yough.
The $1,000 grant is in the name of Markle, the late grandmother of youth coach Art “Dutch” Harvey. She died in 2020 at the age of 101.
“She hasn’t missed a game since I came here to train,” Harvey said. “She used to be in my aunt Ruth Ann’s car at the top of the hill. My aunt still comes to the games to support the girls. She loves the game.”
Augustine, who went 13-3 and batted 155 for the WPIAL 4A quarterfinalist Cougars, has no plans to play softball in college. She wants to get into cosmetics.
Ice hockey for girls
Westmoreland County was well represented in the first semifinal of PIHL girls’ hockey.
Team East beat Team West 5-4 in triple overtime Wednesday night at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Get that: Sophomore goalkeeper Corinne Brunetto (Latrobe) made 76 saves for the East.
Several teammates also contributed to the win. Newcomer Kylie McKenzie (Penn-Trafford) assisted with 3 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the third OT for the winning goal and also scored a goal, newcomers Kira Florek (Latrobe) and Ashlynn Rose LeBlanc (Latrobe) each had a goal and senior Olivia Knoechel (Norwin ) recorded an assist.
For the second straight year, Penn Trafford junior field hockey player Ava Hershberger will compete in the Nexus Field Hockey Championships, scheduled June 23-30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
She will play in the U-16 Rise Division.
Hershberger is expected to catch the attention of Division I College. Her sister Gwendolyn goes to Ohio University. The elder Hershberger was the Warriors’ goaltender last season.
New LV trainer
Ligonier Valley hired Tyler Kocsis as a girls’ golf coach. A substitute teacher at the school, Kocsis is a 2017 graduate of Richland, where he was a District 6 tennis champion and also played on the golf team.
Belle Vernon’s sophomore soccer star Quinton Martin added another Big Ten scholarship offering. Michigan State was the latest Power 5 program to offer Martin (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), who played running back and defensive back for the Leopards last season.
• Hempfield junior footballer Jake Phillips received a Division II scholarship offer to play at Lake Erie College. Phillips is a 6-2, 195-pound quarterback. He also plays lacrosse for the Spartans.
• Penn Trafford junior Daniel Tarabrella added a football offer from Notre Dame College, a Division II program in Ohio. A 6-3, 210-pound wide receiver and linebacker, he has had offers from St. Francis (Pa.) and Duquesne.
• Hempfield two-way lineman Willie Nelson (6-2, 250) received an offer from Division II Wheeling.
• Another Hempfield junior, linebacker/halfback/tight end Eli Binakonsky, was offered by two PSAC schools in Gannon and Clarion. Binakonsky (6-1, 215), one of the team’s top tacklers last season, also wrestles for the Spartans.
• Clarion, another Division II PSAC school, offered Franklin regional junior lineman Max Leven – all 6-8, 290 pounds from him.
• Amari Mack, a junior at Greensburg Central Catholic, also has a football offer from Clarion. As a wide receiver and fullback, Mack is recruited as an athlete.
• Norwin footballer Grace Ketler has signed on to play at Mercyhurst.
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