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Basketball: At 32, West Mifflin grad embarks on a 12th WNBA season

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles West Mifflin graduate and WNBA standout Tanisha Wright.

"The specter of retirement confronted Tanisha Wright in the winter of 2015. Having recently parted ways with the WNBA's Seattle Storm after 10 years, the former West Mifflin star was at a crossroads.

She was forced to decide if it was the appropriate time to sever ties with a sport that brought incredible stardom at the WPIAL, collegiate (Penn State) and professional levels or to stick it out.

"It was hard, but Seattle was home and I just didn't know if I was going to stop playing or take a year off," Wright said. "I really didn't know."

An offer from the New York Liberty changed everything for the 5-foot-11 guard. Wright reached an agreement with the franchise and went on to start all 34 games in 2015, earning second-team WNBA All-Defensive Team honors. The Liberty finished 23-11 and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals."

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Track: West Mifflin’s Killins claims gold at Baldwin Invitational

Written by Brad Everett on .

Chandler Killins has had a target on her back this season, this after winning a gold medal in the triple jump at last year's WPIAL Class AAA championships.

Last Friday at the Baldwin Invitational, the West Mifflin standout showed she hasn't lost her golden touch.

Killins, a senior, claimed top honors at the meet, which usually serves as a good barometer as to which athletes will be in the mix for titles when the WPIAL championships are held at the same track next Thursday. Killins posted a winning jump of 36 feet, 11 inches. Hempfield's Gabby Holmberg (36-1 ½) was the runner-up and Plum's Ana Benitez (36-0 ¾) finished third.

Killins, Holmberg and Benitez own three of the four best jumps in Class AAA this season. Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard has jumped a WPIAL best 39-2 ½. Killins is second at 37-7 ½.

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Track: West Mifflin’s Watts charges to another strong performance

Written by Brad Everett on .

Another big invitational, another big performance for West Mifflin standout Micah Watts.

Watts won the 100 and placed in the top three in three other events at last Friday's Butler Invitational. No other athlete had as much success in that many events.

A senior, Watts ran an 11.08 in the 100. Runner-up Alex Trower of Penn Hills finished in 11.30. Watts placed second in the 200 with a time of 22.46 (Central Catholic's Ron George won the title), finished second in the 400 with a mark of 50.66 (Penn Hills' Brennon Hill claimed the title) and came in third in the long jump with a leap of 21-8 ½ (Erie McDowell's Matt Kelly was the winner).

One week earlier, Watts won the 100 and 200 and finished second in the long jump at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Championships. He captured the long jump title at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships earlier this year.

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Track: South Feature Athlete - West Mifflin’s Micah Watts

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Micah Watts
High School: West Mifflin
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and field
Events: 100, 200, long jump

Background: Watts won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Championships last Saturday at West Mifflin. Watts set personal records in both events, running the 100 in 10.97 and 200 in 22.69. He was also the runner-up in the long jump after leaping 21-4. Watts won the long jump title at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships earlier this year. Watts attends Propel Andrew Street in Munhall, a charter school that does not have a track and field team. A West Mifflin resident, Watts is receiving Division I interest and plans to make a visit to Youngstown State this weekend.

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Alumni Update - Dwight Nelson (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Washington & Jefferson's Men's and Women's Track & Field teams traveled to Bethany, W.Va. to compete in theNelson WJ Bethany Invitational where the men scored fourth of ten teams and the women finished fifth of ten.

Dwight Nelson, a West Mifflin graduate, finished first in two events, capturing the 400-meter hurdles at 58.12 seconds and throwing 48.64 meters in the javelin.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)