New Castle News


April 18, 2013

High School Basketball: Meet the Section 1-A boys all-stars

NEW CASTLE — The Union High boys basketball team’s season ended with a loss to Clairton.

Of course, that’s how it went for a lot of football and basketball teams in recent years.

Many of the Bears responsible for the 63-straight football wins played basketball, too. They knocked off WPIAL Section 1-A champ Lincoln Park as well before falling in the district championship game.

Nevertheless, the Scotties racked up a successful season and senior Markel Peace helped lead the way. He was named the all-section first team along with Lincoln Park’s Elijah Minnie and Maverick Rowan, Western Beaver’s Nick Miller and Cornell’s Dane Jackson.

Peace average 18.9 points per game, which ranked third in Lawrence County. He added a team-best 41 3-pointers.

“It is a well-deserved honor for Markel,” Union coach Dave Smialowski said. “Markel had a very solid year for us. He led us in scoring. He did a lot of good things. Markel has put a lot of time in and he deserves what he got. He improved his shooting a lot. He put the time in.”

Union (17-6) finished tied for second in the section with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at 7-3. The Scotties beat Quigley Catholic, 78-60, to open the WPIAL tournament, but dropped a 66-55 decision to Clairton in the quarterfinals.

“Clairton was good. Obviously, they showed it by beating Lincoln Park. It was a very solid year for us. This senior group worked hard and worked hard to get where they were,” Smialowski said. “We’re definitely taking a hit (with graduation), there’s no doubt about it. These kids work hard, though. The cupboard definitely isn’t bare. It’s going to be tough with OLSH and Lincoln Park back in the section next year. A goal for us is to get back to the playoffs.”

Section 1-A All-Stars

First Team

Elijah Minnie, Lincoln Park, Jr.

Markel Peace, Union, Sr.

Nick Miller, Western Beaver, Jr.

Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park, Fr.

Dane Jackson, Cornell, Soph.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Wheaton.jpg Steelers' Wheaton eyeing chance after tough rookie year

    Markus Wheaton realizes the pressure is there, but he doesn’t mind.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Polanco.jpg Harrison’s four hits leads Pirates past Rockies, 7-5

    Josh Harrison had four hits, including a tiebreaking homer, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Sunday. Gregory Polanco and Travis Snider also went deep for the Pirates, who avoided being swept in Colorado for the second straight season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates Rockies Baseb_Fusc.jpg Anderson leads Rockies over Pirates 8-1

    Brett Anderson pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than a year and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Friday night.


    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • MANGINO.jpg Mangino finding new home at Iowa State

     The first time Iowa State defensive end Cory Morrissey saw Mark Mangino, the former Kansas coach and current ISU offensive coordinator stopped him in his tracks.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates.jpg Pirates jump on Haren early, top Dodgers 6-1

    Josh Harrison had two hits with two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped on Dan Haren early in a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Aloi.jpg Aloi's PIAA eligibility hearing postponed

    The wait continues for Nick Aloi. Aloi, who transferred from Ellwood City Lincoln High to Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School on Jan. 21, still does not know if he will get to play a full season for the Leopards’ basketball team

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates.jpg Polanco, Walker lift Pirates over Dodgers 12-7

    Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • ManzielJersey.jpg Manziel scores as NFL’s top-selling jersey

    Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huston.jpg Greg Huston: Pedro, Steelers' Training Camp and LeBron

    Pedro Alvarez’s throwing woes have not subsided after the All-Star break and he has become a defensive liability, especially late in games.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates.jpg Pirates beat Rockies 5-3 for 3-game sweep

    Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsbur‘gh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Shoot For 2
House Ads
Photo of the Day