Danielle Gratton, Bethel Park / Coleman Scott, Waynesburg
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SCHOOL: Bethel Park
WHO IS SHE? A 6-foot junior guard-forward on the Black Hawks' girls' basketball team.
THIS WEEK: Gratton scored 20 points and scored the winning basket in the final seconds of Bethel Park's 45-43 victory Tuesday against New Castle in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round game. New Castle is the WPIAL champion.
POINTING TOWARD SUCCESS: Gratton has played the '3' position (small forward) all season. But against New Castle, Bethel Park coach Jonna Burke moved Gratton to point guard because Bethel Park had trouble with New Castle's defense in losing, 45-33, in the WPIAL semifinals.
"I had to look more to run the offense rather than execute the offense," Gratton said of her position switch. "Point guards usually don't score that much but I didn't have to force things. I got some fastbreak baskets, my teammates were setting screens for me and I was able to post up some."
Playing the point guard is another example of Gratton's versatility. She played point guard as a freshman and center as a sophomore.
SISTER ACT: Gratton's sister, April, also is on Bethel Park's team.
THE OTHER SPORT: Danielle Gratton is a talented volleyball player and was a second-team all-WPIAL selection this past season. "I definitely like basketball better," she said. "I guess it's just a love for the game. I guess because it's a contact sport, too. Nothing against volleyball, but basketball is just a better-paced game."
THE FUTURE: Gratton is a Division I college basketball prospect for next season. She would become the third Gratton girl to play college basketball. April has a scholarship to James Madison University. Oldest sister, Nicole, played at Wheeling Jesuit.
-- By Mike White
WHO IS HE? A 125-pound wrestler and winner of four WPIAL and three PIAA championships.
THE PAST WEEK: Scott defeated Charles Griffin of Reading, 7-3, for the PIAA Class AAA title Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Griffin was the defending champion at that weight. Scott moved up two weight classes this season . In the title match, he had a 2-0 lead after one period, was tied, 2-2, after two, then scored five points in the final 16 seconds to secure his gold medal.
CAREER: A senior, Scott went 43-0 this season and won his third consecutive PIAA crown. He won at 112 pounds last year and at 103 as a sophomore. Scott's overall record was 156-12, more victories than anyone else at Waynesburg .
GREAT SCOTT: Waynesburg coach John Yates remembers having Scott in his eighth-grade science class. The teacher was impressed. "What's remarkable about him is how down to earth and humble he is. You'd think a three-time state champ with 156 victories might be arrogant, but that couldn't be further from the truth."
OTHER SPORT: Scott wrestles in the spring and summer and has won national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman. The past four autumns, though, he played varsity soccer at Waynesburg.
FUTURE: An honor student with a 3.7 grade point average, Scott committed before the season to Oklahoma State, one of the top college programs in the nation.
-- By Rick Shrum
First Published March 11, 2004 12:00 am