Sarah Spencer reports that Sewickley Academy's Win Palmer was named Class 2A state coach of the year Friday, and more than two dozen WPIAL players were named to all-state teams.
"After Sewickley Academy defeated Constitution, 68-63, in the PIAA Class 2A boys basketball title game in Hershey, Pa., coach Win Palmer was named coach of the year Friday by the panel of Pennsylvania sports writers that selected the 2016-17 all-state teams.
Several WPIAL players were named to first, second or third all-state teams, including Sewickley Academy's Chris Groetch (14.3 points per game) and Nate Ridgeway (17.3 ppg) who made the Class 2A first team, and Justin Pryor (14.3 ppg), who made the second team. The Panthers defeated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 71-60, in the WPIAL 2A title game.
In 6A, Pine-Richland's Andrew Petcash (21 ppg) and North Hills' Nick Smith (26 ppg), who were named to the Post-Gazette's Fabulous 5, made the first team. Pine-Richland went 28-2, won a 6A WPIAL title before falling to Reading in the PIAA championship, 64-60."