By Philip Cmor

The Altoona Mirror

York Catholic stopped Meredith Cox’s bid for a fourth consecutive PIAA championship. That doesn’t mean the Delone Catholic point guard was halted from adding to her already impressive list of accomplishments.

And no matter the opponent, there was no stopping Coatesville’s Amber White.

Cox and White headline The Associated Press Pennsylvania girls all-state high school basketball teams for 2006. Cox was selected as the Class AA player of the year for the second straight season by a wide margin in a statewide media vote. White was the runaway winner for the Class AAAA player of the year award.

From Mercer County, Lakeview’s Sheena Aden (Class AA) and Kennedy Catholic’s Kendra Radkowski (Class A) were both named to first-team berths for the second year in a row, while Grove City’s Julie Molloy (Class AAA) earned a second-team spot.

The 5-foot-10 Cox makes her fourth appearance on the all-state team and her third in a row on the first team. In her career, she led the Squirettes to a 117-21 record. Eleven losses came this season — seven in Delone’s first 14 games — as Cox meshed with a supporting cast that included three first-year starters.

Still, Delone came within one win of making a fourth straight trip to the PIAA finals before losing to eventual champion York Catholic. Cox averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals and finished her career with 2,097 points.

Cox has been signed by Georgetown, where she will join former all-state pick Kieraah Marlow. Marlow had been Coatesville’s career scoring leader before White surpassed her mark of 2,416 points in January.

The 5-6 White is headed to North Carolina State after scoring 2,529 points in her career.

White also had more than 1,000 assists and 600 steals and nearly 500 rebounds. A second-team pick last year, she averaged 25.6 points this season and was named to the McDonald’s All-America team.

White is joined on the Class AAAA first team by two other repeat all-staters: Cardinal O’Hara center Heather Scanlon, who was on the second team last year, and Red Lion guard Meggan Quinn, a third-team pick last season. Scanlon has signed with Villanova and Quinn is headed to Penn State.

Rounding out the first team are Oakland Catholic senior guard Aysha Jones, a Charlotte signee, and New Castle junior forward Jaleesa Sams. Patti Heffner, who led Parkland to the PIAA championship, edged Bethlehem Freedom’s Kelly Mikulski for coach of the year award.

While Sams was the lone underclassman to make the first team in the states largest-school classification, the Class AAA and AA teams are dominated by players with eligibility remaining.

In Class AAA, juniors Erika Barron of Tamaqua, Ali Byorick of Nanticoke, Jence Rhoads of Slippery Rock and Joyce Novacek of PIAA champion Hopewell join Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt senior Breann Hill. Byorick and Rhoads were on the third team last year.

Hill not only moved up from the second team, she was chosen as the Class AAA player of the year after averaging 23.1 points and surpassing the 2,000-point plateau for her career. Barron was one of the state’s best long-0range shooters, with 111 3-pointers.

Grove City’s Molloy, who tallied 499 points this past year and is a 1,000-points plus career scorer, made the second team.

Hopewell’s Chris Raso won the coach of the year award.

Cox and Fairfield’s Lauren Beckley are the only seniors on the Class AA first team. Three juniors — returning first-teamer Aden of Lakeview, Westmont Hilltop’s Kelly Britcher and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ashley Henderson — and Germantown Academy sophomore Caroline Doty also made the team.

Henderson, who has committed to Pitt, and Britcher were on the second team a year ago.

Aden, a junior, is on track to become the all-time Mercer County scoring leader. She scored 689 points this past season to bring her to 1,883 for her career. The country record is 2,106, held by former Sharon great Wanda Holloway, the only four-time, first-team all-state player in any sport in county history.

Andy Bria, who took a York Catholic team that finished 0-23 three years ago to the PIAA championship, was chosen as the coach of the year in a landslide vote.

Five seniors make up the Class A first team. Samantha Pollino, a Duquesne recruit who led Conemaugh Valley to its first PIAA final appearance, is the player of the year, beating out last year’s winner, Laura Grimm of Serra Catholic.

Kennedy Catholic’s Radkowski, Bishop O’Reilly’s Erin Chesnavich and Marian Catholic’s Jody Searfoss round out the first team. Radkowski is a repeat first-team selection and led the Golden Eagles to another District 10 title, scoring 349 points her senior year. She scored , while Chesnavich was on the second team as a junior. First-year Nativity B.V.M. coach George Forney was chosen as the coach of the year.


Girls All-State List

The Associated Press 2006 Pennsylvania girls all-state high school basketball teams, as selected in statewide media balloting. (Name, school, height, class, scoring average).


First Team

Aysha Jones, Oakland Catholic, 5-7, Sr., 14.1

Meggan Quinn, Red Lion, 5-9, Sr., 19.5

Heather Scanlon, Cardinal O’Hara, 6-3, Sr., 14.0

Jaleesa Sams, New Castle, 5-9, Jr., 19.2

Amber White, Coatesville, 5-6, Sr., 25.6

Second Team

Ashley Gale, Cheltenham, 6-0, Jr., 18.3

Amy Johns, McKeesport, 5-6, Sr., 25.6

Addie Micir, Council Rock North, 6-0, Jr., 14.0

Dana Mitchell, Pennsbury, 6-0, Sr., 24.1

Jamie Walsh, Downingtown East, 5-9, Sr., 21.8

Third Team

Madina Ali, Williamsport, 6-1, Sr., 19.0

Erin Anthony, Parkland, 6-1, Jr., 11.0

Meghan Gardler, Cardinal O’Hara, 6-0, Sr., 14.2

DeAnna Rayam, Bethlehem Freedom, 5-9, Sr., 14.4

Shayla Scott, Gateway, 6-0, Sr., 15.4

Ashley Zuber, Parkland, 5-3, Sr., 6.9

Coach of Year—Patti Heffner, Parkland

Player of Year—Amber White, Coatesville



First Team

Erika Barron, Tamaqua, 5-1, Jr., 27.3

Aly Byorick, Nanticoke, 5-11, Jr., 20.2

Breann Hill, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 5-11, Sr., 23.1

Joyce Novacek, Hopewell, 6-2, Jr., 15.7

Jence Rhoads, Slippery Rock, 5-10, Jr., 21.8

Second Team

Kristen Folk, Scranton Prep, 6-4, Sr., 16.5

Beth Holt, Lancaster Catholic, 5-7, Sr., 15.5

Julie Molloy, Grove City, 5-9, Sr., 20.8

Becky Novacek, Hopewell, 6-2, Jr., 12.9

Ashley Palmer, Oxford, 5-10, Jr., 21.4

Andrea Walker, West Allegheny, 6-4, Sr., 17.3

Third Team

Vanessa Abel, Southmoreland, 5-6, Jr., 29.2

Sarah Acker, Nanticoke, 6-3, Jr., 18.6

Jenna Craig, Lewistown, 6-1, Sr., 16.8

Allie Fedorowicz, St. Basil Academy, 5-10, Sr., 18.0

Kelli McIntyre, Blue Mountain, 5-8, Sr., 15.5

Julia Trogele, Villa Maria Academy, 6-2, Jr., 16.6

Coach of Year—Chris Raso, Hopewell

Player of Year—Breann Hill, Bishop McDevitt



First Team

Sheena Aden, Lakeview, 5-9, Jr., 22.6

Lauren Beckley, Fairfield, 6-0, Sr., 24.5

Kelly Britcher, Westmont Hilltop, 6-0, Jr., 14.2

Meredith Cox, Delone Catholic, 5-10, Sr., 18.1

Caroline Doty, Germantown Academy, 5-10 Soph., 14.5

Ashley Henderson, Greensburg Central Catholic, 5-11, Jr., 16.9

Second Team

Lacie Becher, Pine Grove, 6-1, Sr., 18.3

Vanessa Davison, Washington, 6-0, Sr., 17.3

Katie Lintner, Westmont Hilltop, 5-11, Sr., 14.8

Megan Stewart, York Catholic, 5-5, Jr., 14.4

Amanda Weaver, York Catholic, 6-0, Jr., 14.6

Third Team

Amber Dubyak, Cambria Heights, 5-9, Jr., 18.6

Elisha Jones, Eisenhower, 6-0, Jr., 17.2

Caitlin Miller, Northwestern Lehigh, 5-10, Sr., 12.5

Corielle Yarde, Schuylkill Valley, 5-7, Soph., 19.9

Maggie Gibson, Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-1, Sr., 13.0

Coach of Year—Andy Bria, York Catholic

Player of Year—Meredith Cox, Delone Catholic



First Team

Erin Chesnavich, Bishop O’Reilly, 6-2, Sr., 23.3

Laura Grimm, Serra Catholic, 5-8, Sr., 17.7

Samantha Pollino, Conemaugh Valley, 5-11, Sr., 19.3

Kendra Radkowski, Kennedy Catholic, 5-11, Sr., 12.3

Jody Searfoss, Marian Catholic, 5-10, Sr., 12.2

Second Team

Angela Altemose, Pottsville Nativity B.V.M., 5-11, Soph., 11.6

Lacey Claar, Claysburg-Kimmel, 5-7, Jr., 17.1

Krystina Durako, Seton Catholic, 5-10, Sr., 21.2

Tesia Kaczynski, Mansfield, 5-7, Jr., 18.8

Perrial Pearson, Monessen, 5-11, Sr., 16.9

Markel Walker, Girard College, 6-1, Fr., 14.9

Third Team

Lorena Babbitt, Cochranton, 5-11, Sr., 17.3

Samantha Jansson, Pottsville Nativity B.V.M., 5-10, Sr., 12.0

Bethany Koch, Union Rimersburg, 5-8, Sr., 17.3

Kaitlyn March, Rochester, 5-9, Sr., 14.7

Andrea Mortimer, Union Rimersburg, 5-6, Sr., 16.8

Angie Rapchinski, Lititz Christian, 6-0, Jr., 21.9

Coach of Year—George Forney, Nativity B.V.M.

Player of Year—Samantha Pollino, Conemaugh Valley