Saturday June 11, 2022 | 4:44 p.m.
Norwin’s eldest, Sebastian Rosado Guindin, knew he was in the running for a single award, but was a little taken aback when his name was called.
“Yes, I was surprised when I won,” he said.
Rosado Guindin won the Most Valuable Player in Sports award from the Hispanic Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Chamber of Commerce and is now eligible for a scholarship.
He was announced the winner at the Third Annual Chamber Celebrity Basketball Event in April at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Rosado Guindin came to North Huntingdon from Puerto Rico in 2017 when Hurricane Maria drove him from his home country.
A baseball and football player for the Knights — he’s headed to IUP on a baseball scholarship — Rosado Guindin proudly accepted his award.
“I’m grateful for many reasons,” he said. “The Hispanic community of Pittsburgh helps young people. They recognize the importance of higher education.
“My teammates came out to support me and my culture. It is important for my parents and my family that I study and that I continue my sports and university career.
Famous players at the basketball event included Derek F. and Josh Martinez of CBS’ “Big Brother,” Brandon Gomes and Garrett Miller of MTV’s “Siesta Keys,” Nate Walker of “American Idol and Harlem Globetrotters Sarge and Skywalker.
Augustine wins a scholarship
Young senior softball pitcher Emma Augustine, who had her best prep season, received the Allie V. Markle Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to the top senior Yough player.
The $1,000 scholarship is in the name of Markle, the late grandmother of Young Art coach “Dutch” Harvey. She died in 2020 at the age of 101.
“She’s never missed a game since I came here to coach,” Harvey said. “She always sat in my Aunt Ruth Ann’s car on the hill. My aunt always comes to the games to support the girls. She loves the game.”
Augustine, who went 13-3 and struck out 155 for the WPIAL 4A quarter-finalist Cougars, has no plans to play softball in college. She wants to go into cosmetology.
Westmoreland County was well represented in the first PIHL Women’s Hockey Semi-Finals.
Team East defeated Team West, 5-4, in triple overtime Wednesday night at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Get this: Sophomore goaltender Corinne Brunetto (Latrobe) made 76 saves for the East.
Several teammates also contributed to the victory. Rookie Kylie McKenzie (Penn-Trafford) assisted on the winning goal with 3 minutes and 36 seconds left in the third OT and also scored a goal, rookies Kira Florek (Latrobe) and Ashlynn Rose LeBlanc (Latrobe) each had a goal and senior Olivia Knoechel (Norwin) registered an assist.
For the second year in a row, Penn-Trafford junior field hockey player Ava Hershberger will compete in the Nexus Field Hockey Championships taking place June 23-30 in Virginia Beach, Va.
She will be in the U-16 Rise division.
Hershberger is expected to catch the eye of Division I colleges. His sister, Gwendolyn, is headed to Ohio University. The former Hershberger was the Warriors goaltender last season.
New BT coach
Ligonier Valley has hired Tyler Kocsis as their girls golf coach. A substitute teacher at the school, Kocsis graduated from Richland in 2017, where he was District 6 tennis champion and also played on the golf team.
Belle Vernon sophomore football player Quinton Martin added another Big Ten scholarship offer. Michigan State became the latest Power 5 program to offer Martin (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), who played running back and defensive back last season for the Leopards.
• Hempfield junior football player Jake Phillips has been offered a Division II scholarship to play at Lake Erie College. Phillips is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback. He also plays lacrosse for the Spartans.
• Penn-Trafford junior Daniel Tarabrella has added a football offer from Notre Dame College, a Division II program in Ohio. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver and linebacker, he had previously received offers from St. Francis (Pennsylvania) and Duquesne.
• Hempfield two-way lineman Willie Nelson (6-2, 250) has been offered an offer from Division II Wheeling.
• Another Hempfield junior, linebacker/halfback/tight end Eli Binakonsky, has been offered by two PSAC schools in Gannon and Clarion. Binakonsky (6-1, 215), one of the team’s top tacklers last season, also struggles for the Spartans.
• Clarion, another PSAC Division II 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. Wide receiver and defensive back, Mack is recruited as an athlete.
• Norwin footballer Grace Ketler has signed up to play at Mercyhurst.
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