Basketball: McKeesport's Cash begins new phase of basketball career

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer profiles former McKeesport and WNBA star Swin Cash, who is in her first season as the director of franchise development for the New York Liberty.

"People laugh at Swin Cash when she says it, even to this day, but her belief has never lacked sincerity or seriousness — the former basketball star began planning for her retirement the day she was drafted into the WNBA.

Even while she excelled on the court, her mind would occasionally drift to her life away from it. She thought of how much she was putting into her 401K. There were her aspirations of one day working in television, perhaps even hosting her own show. When presented with opportunities to play abroad during the offseason, she would turn down the lucrative offers, opting instead to remain stateside and pursue ventures that prepared her for a life away from the sport.

That life may have been far in the distance, but to Cash, it always seemed much closer. And after years of visualizing it, that proverbial next step has arrived.

Following a 15-year professional career, Cash, a McKeesport native, is in her first season as the director of franchise development for the New York Liberty, a first-of-its-kind position in the league catered to a one-of-a-kind individual. In her new role, and in a different phase of her life and career, Cash is approaching her work in the same way she did on the court."


Alumni Update - Vanessa Falce (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Six Tomcats were named to All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Teams MondayFalce Thiel afternoon.

Vanessa Falce, a freshman third baseman, was named to the First Team. She hit 14 doubles on the season, the third most in the league.

Falce, a McKeesport graduate, ranked eighth in the conference in runs scored (28), ninth in hits (48) and 10th in RBIs (27), batting average (.397) and slugging percentage (.545).



Boys Basketball: McKeesport's Grayson signs with Alderson Broaddus

Written by Drew Karpen on .

McKeesport’s John Grayson signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia on April 12.

The Battlers are a Division II program competing in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).


The 6-foot-4 senior forward played two years on the Tigers basketball team. In his senior season, he made Class 5A Section 1 first-team. He also led the Tigers to a section championships with a 18-5 overall record and 11-1 mark in the section. McKeesport advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.


Grayson received an invitation to compete in the Roundball Classic.


He also played on the football team who advanced to the Class 5A WPIAL championship.


Wrestling: All-Time Teams - McKeesport

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 72 high schools from the WPIAL.

The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6 or 7 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 10 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.


Girls Basketball: McKeesport reaches playoffs on shoulders of close games

Written by Joe Koch on .

The McKeesport girls basketball team has had plenty of close calls as befits a team which has an overall record of 11-10. But when the Tigers had to come through under pressure, they did so against section rivals where they finished play in Class 5A Section 2 with a 7-3 record that earned them a second-place finish.

Against all 21 competitors going into Thursday's regular-season finale against visiting 6A rival Shaler, the Tigers were outscoring opponents by a scant margin of 45.7 points to 43 points per game. But against section rivals, the margin was better on both counts: the Tigers were outscoring opponents by a margin of 49.4 points to 42.8 points per game.

Close games defined the Tigers' season in both wins and losses. In their second game against section champion Oakland Catholic, the Tigers fell, 49-44. The first time the teams played, Oakland Catholic's Eagles rolled to a 55-34 victory. McKeesport swept Gateway by scores of 38-35 and 43-32. That turned out to be a prudent result for the Tigers as they edged Gateway for second place by one game. Typically, the closer a team finishes to the top of the section, the shorter the trip to the playoff venue.

Where the Tigers really showed their mettle was down the stretch of section play where they earned successive victories over Gateway, 43-32; West Mifflin, 54-37; Woodland Hills, 68-31; and Thomas Jefferson, 53-46. The victory over Thomas Jefferson in the section finale was a particularly sweet one as it avenged an earlier 65-55 loss to the Jaguars.