New Castle News


July 2, 2013

Athletes of the Year Nominees: Today, meet the female standouts from Lawrence County



Falvo proved her abilities were medal-worthy.

The track and field star for Wilmington delivered on the big stage, taking first in the District 10 Class AA Championships and third in the PIAA competition in the discus.

Her first-place finish in the D-10 finals came with a distance of 127-4. Falvo also performed well in the shot put placing third at 37-7 3/4, a state-qualifying standard.  

With gold already in her trophy case, Falvo wasn’t done, adding bronze in the discus at the state meet with a distance of 130-3, a personal record that was nearly three feet better than her district mark.

She also had a strong showing in the shot put, earning seventh with a heave of 38-6, another personal record.

The junior also played for the Lady Greyhounds volleyball team that went 10-6 overall.


Fischer is a star on the rise in Lawrence County.

She had her coming-out party for the Neshannock softball team in the team’s recent run to a second consecutive PIAA championship game appearance.

In the three games leading up to the finals against Williams Valley, Fischer went 6 for 9 at the plate, drilling three triples, two doubles and four RBIs.

For the season, the all-star batted .492 with a team-high 11 doubles and six triples.

Fischer also was able to utilize her 5-11 frame on the basketball court for the Lady Lancers. She flirted with the county leaderboard in scoring with 8.9 points a contest. She finished 10th in free-throw accuracy going 58 for 93 (62.3) and her 19 3-pointers was 11th best.

Fischer racked up a season-high 21 points in a 64-42 early-season loss at Riverside.   


Furst was a pace-setter in a pair of sports.

Batting leadoff in softball, she led all Neshannock batters with a .568 average and 40 runs. Her average also topped all girls in Lawrence County.  

Furst also was a formidable center fielder with speed to burn and the technique of a four-year starter.

Her talents will land her on the softball team of Division I Robert Morris University next spring.

The Lady Lancers made two consecutive PIAA championship game appearances with Furst being an all-star in both seasons. She was rewarded co-MVP honors by the New Castle News sports staff in softball this season.

 Her older sister, Amanda, was the starter from the circle in the Lady Lancers first state title in school history, a 4-3 win over Warrior Run, last season and also won a co-MVP nod.

Neshannock failed to repeat this year after a 13-0 loss to Williams Valley.

Rayanna wasn’t limited to just softball, as she also was a WPIAL Section 1-A first-team selection in volleyball.    

From the outside/middle hitter position, Furst finished with 137 kills, a 63.7 kill percentage, 44 aces and 133 total points.

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