The Oscars took place in February and the Emmys aren't until September, so to help fill the long award-show void, we present you with the best of the 2013 WPIAL basketball season.
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Here is one writer's take on who provided the best performances among South Xtra area schools.
Player of the Year -- Spencer Casson, Chartiers Valley. Casson was sort of an enigma his junior season, showing flashes of his potential, but never fully putting it together. It turns out Casson was saving his best for last. If there was a Most Improved Player award, Casson would win that, too. A 6-foot-6 senior center, Casson was not only a difference-maker defensively, but also offensively for the Colts. He flirted with averaging a "triple double" with 11.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 7.6 blocked shots per game.
Coach of the Year -- Matt Geletko, Clairton. After spending the previous 14 seasons as an assistant, including 12 at Serra Catholic, his alma mater, Geletko took over as Clairton's head coach this season and guided the Bears to the WPIAL Class A title game for the first time since 2003. Clairton started its season two weeks late because the school's championship football team didn't finish up until mid-December (virtually the entire basketball roster were also football players), but by the second half of the season, Geletko had his squad playing its best ball.
Pick Five -- (Michael Boulos, Chartiers Valley; Spencer Casson, Chartiers Valley; JaQuan Davidson, Elizabeth Forward; Jordan Grabowski, Upper St. Clair; Josh Wise, Washington) While Casson was having his way down low, Boulos (17.9 ppg) provided the perfect complement at guard with his athleticism and ability to get to the basket. Davidson, a 6-4 guard and transfer from McKeesport, was dynamite in his first season at Elizabeth Forward, averaging 22 points per game. Grabowski (16.7 ppg) was the top player in Class AAAA Section 4, leading Upper St. Clair to the section title and a 17-game winning streak. Wise, one of the WPIAL's best all-around athletes, averaged 22 points per game after playing quarterback on Washington's WPIAL runner-up football team.
Best Game -- Clairton 71, Lincoln Park 70 (WPIAL Class A semifinal on Feb. 26). A spot in the WPIAL Class A championship was on the line. There was plenty of talent on both sides. And the vibe inside the packed gym at Keystone Oaks was electric. It was Clairton's "athletes" against a tall and talented Lincoln Park team that was the odds-on favorite to win the WPIAL title. Clairton trailed by 11 points after three quarters, before rallying to earn its school yet another huge athletic win.
And for the girls ...
Player of the Year -- Shelby Lindsay, South Park. A four-year starting guard, Lindsay helped the Eagles win 86 games during her career. This season, she played the leading role in South Park earning some of the biggest wins in school history. Lindsay averaged 17.9 points per game and led the Eagles to the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships. The WPIAL title was the school's third and the PIAA title the school's first.
Coach of the Year -- Tim Joyce, Bishop Canevin. Sure, Bishop Canevin came into the season with high hopes, but playing in the same section and classification as Class AA power Seton-LaSalle was supposed to relegate the Crusaders to nothing more than an "also-ran" status. As it turned out, Bishop Canevin had the best season in school history, winning WPIAL and PIAA championships.
Pick Five - (Megan Marecic, Bethel Park; Erin Waskowiak, Bishop Canevin; Mariah Wells, Chartiers Valley; Naje Gibson, Seton-LaSalle; Shelby Lindsay, South Park). Marecic (15.8 ppg), one of the area's top juniors, played a big role in Bethel Park winning its first WPIAL championship. The Black Hawks beat Chartiers Valley and Wells (13.3 ppg) in the WPIAL Class AAAA title game, but that didn't take anything away from the excellent season Wells had. She helped the Colts reach the WPIAL championship game for the first time. Waskowiak (14.2 ppg), a Duquesne recruit, led Bishop Canevin in scoring. Naje Gibson, a junior forward, was Seton-LaSalle's top interior threat and averaged 13.3 points a game.
Best Game -- Elizabeth Forward 78, Blackhawk 64 (WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Feb. 27). This one didn't include a fantastic finish and it actually wasn't even that close for the majority of the game, but the outcome was stunning. Blackhawk entered this WPIAL Class AAA semifinal as the No. 1 seed and the WPIAL's lone unbeaten team, but the Cougars left with their first blemish.