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October 14, 2013

College Basketball: New Castle star to play at West Virginia Wesleyan

NEW CASTLE — New Castle High boys basketball standout Anthony Richards is taking his talents to the next level.

Richards, a starting point guard on two consecutive WPIAL championship teams, will continue his basketball and academic careers at West Virginia Wesleyan. He is entering his senior season.

Last year, Richards averaged 9.9 points a game with a county-best 81 3-pointers in leading the Red Hurricane to a 29-1 mark and a berth in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals. The district title was the ninth in the program’s history.

Lower Merion ended New Castle’s bid for a state championship with a 67-63 verdict.

Richards has 740 career points and 203 3-pointers. He’s just four 3-pointers behind Brandon Domenick’s career mark of 207 triples. Domenick, a 2013 graduate, will compete at Gannon this year.

Richards also handed out 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals a contest.

New Castle enters the 2013-2014 season on a 46-game regular-season winning streak. The ’Canes’ last loss in the regular season was 58-54 at Blackhawk on Feb. 8, 2011.

West Virginia Wesleyan is a member of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference. The Bobcats, who are coached by Patrick Beilein, are coming off a 12-15 campaign. Beilein is the son of University of Michigan head coach John Beilein.

Richards’ older brother, David, is entering his first season as an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan after spending the last four seasons at Robert Morris — two as director of basketball operations and two as video coordinator.


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