Football: Wash High standout headed to Division I school

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A kid with one of the coolest names in the WPIAL has made his college decision.

Washington's Isaiah Schoonmaker verbally committed to Miami (Ohio) earlier this week. He chose the RedHawks over offers from Toledo, Temple, Kent State and Ohio.

Schoonmaker, a rising senior, was a two-way star for Wash High his junior season. He primarily played wide receiver on offense and linebacker on defense. Schoonmaker (6-2, 190) had 38 catches for 395 yards and six touchdowns. He was also one of the team's leading tacklers. He was named all-Century Conference and helped the Little Prexies go 11-1 and reach the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals.

Schoonmaker is a three-sport athlete at Wash High. He was a starter on the basketball team and also competed in track and field.


Track: Washington’s Robinson the state runner-up in the triple jump

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Another big meet, another big finish for one of the top triple jumpers in the state.

Sure, Washington's Isaiah Robinson would have liked to have won the gold medal at the PIAA Class 2A championships, but leaving with a silver medal wasn't that bad of a consolation prize.

As usual, Robinson's top competition was New Brighton's Anthony Milliner. The latter has been a thorn in Robinson's side -- well, in the sides of all triple jumpers in the state, actually -- for the last two years. Milliner was on point again, winning his second consecutive title after leaping 47-5 ¾. Robinson was second with a top jump of 46-0 ½.

It marked the fourth consecutive postseason meet that Robinson finished either second or third to Milliner. Robinson was the WPIAL runner-up last season and this season and placed third at the PIAA championships a year ago. Milliner won titles in all four of those meets.


Alumni Update - Jonathan Spina (La Roche)

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La Roche baseball centerfielder Jon Spina and starting pitcher Ethan Lewis have been named to D3Baseball's National Team ofSpina LRC the Week! This is the first time that the Redhawks received two nominees in one week.

Spina, a Washington graduate, hit .692 (9-for-13) as the Redhawks picked up three top 25 wins and went 4-0, finishing the week with six runs, four RBI, three walks, three doubles, a triple and a stolen base. 


(photo courtesy of La Roche College)


Boys Basketball: Washington's Popeck stays local, chooses Waynesburg

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The Waynesburg University men’s basketball team went 6-19 last year and 4-14 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

With the commitment of Washington’s Matt Popeck on April 5, it is all but guaranteed the Yellow Jackets win total will increase next year.


Popeck finished his career as the all-time leading scorer at Washington with 1,488 points. In his senior season, he averaged 25.3 points per game in the regular season, which was 10th best in the WPIAL.


He led the Prexies to a Class 3A Section 4 regular season championship with a 22-6, 12-0 record. Washington advanced to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals.


Popeck made 50 percent of his shots from three-point range and 80-percent from the free-throw line last year.


Baseball: Wash High’s Bedillion dominant in early start

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As quarterback of the Wash High football team, Connor Bedillion helped the Little Prexies reach the WPIAL semifinals last fall.

Bedillion would love to help the baseball team make a similar run this spring.

If first impressions mean anything, Bedillion could be headed for a big senior season. He was terrific in Washington's season-opening win against Beth-Center last Monday. In five innings of work, Bedillion gave up just one hit and finished with 10 strikeouts. He was the winning pitcher as the Little Prexies blanked Beth-Center, 3-0.

Bedillion led Washington in wins and strikeouts last season. However, the Little Prexies finished just 4-11. They fell to 1-1 this season after losing to Carlynton, 8-3, last Wednesday, and played their Class 3A Section 3 opener Monday against Charleroi.