County's best state their case for boys athlete of the year

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Boys athlete of the year candidates

Boys athlete of the year candidates

The 2018-2019 high school sports campaign was an impressive one around Lawrence County for male athletes.

The county witnessed teams and individuals win championships. Individuals also received high honors from their league as well as all-state for their performances as well.

Though many individuals stood out, 12 separated themselves from the rest and are in the running for the 2018-2019 Lawrence County Male Athlete of the Year award selected by the New Castle News.

The final 12 were narrowed down from a large group of candidates and represent the best of the best around the county from the gridiron, to the pool, to the hardwood and to the baseball diamonds.

The Male Athlete of the Year winner will be announced in tomorrow’s edition.

Individuals who competed in one sport are up for consideration, but special consideration is given to those athletes who competed in multiple sports.

Here are the athletes in alphabetical order:


Mohawk's Braydon Cameron


Cameron played football, basketball and baseball at Mohawk.

A senior, Cameron earned Midwestern Athletic Conference Top 22 honors at running back and was a unanimous choice at linebacker as well. He finished the season with a county-best 1,651 yards rushing on 256 carries. That put him at 3,128 yards for his career. He added 19 touchdowns during his senior campaign.

Mohawk finished 6-1 in the MAC. The Warriors hosted and won their second-ever playoff game, a 48-0 decision over Seton-LaSalle. Mohawk’s run ended at 9-3 with a 42-13 setback to Charleroi in the quarterfinals.

In basketball, Cameron averaged 12.9 points a game to rank second on the team. He drained 34 3-pointers as well. The Warriors finished 5-17 overall.

Cameron batted .215 for the Mohawk baseball team with 11 hits, five RBIs and eight runs scored. The Warriors were 9-9, reaching the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs. They lost in the first round to Seton-LaSalle.

Brayden Cartwright

New Castle's Brayden Cartwright


Cartwright played football and baseball at New Castle.

A senior, Cartwright earned second-team status on the all-Northwest Eight squad at kicker. Cartwright kicked four field goals (27, 31, 31, 30) and made 26 extra points for 38 total points.

New Castle finished 5-6, falling to Thomas Jefferson in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

On the diamond, Cartwright collected a .364 batting average with 24 hits, two home runs and 13 RBIs. He helped guide the Red Hurricane to a 12-11 record. New Castle reached the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals, losing to Blackhawk in the semifinals before topping Yough in the consolation game. The ‘Canes reached the state quarterfinals, but they were eliminated by Beaver.

Cartwright grabbed a spot on the county’s baseball all-star team.

Cameron Marett

Wilmington's Cameron Marett


Marett was a three-sport standout at Wilmington, competing in football, basketball and baseball.

On the gridiron, Marett earned District 10, Region 4-2A first-team honors at running back and defensive back.

Marett, a senior, led the county with 1,770 yards rushing on 213 carries. He added 22 catches for 329 yards. Marett paced the county with 31 touchdowns and added a pair of two-point conversions for 190 points scored.

With 3,835 career yards on 455 carries, Marett finished third in program history in rushing. He trails only Blair Sweet (4,451 yards) and Chris Burns (3,991).

In addition, Marett was named the region’s player of the year for the second consecutive season. Marett also earned all-state mention at defensive back.

Wilmington fashioned a 14-2 overall record, winning the District 10, Class 2A championship and falling to Southern Columbia in the title tilt, 49-14.

Marett netted 87 points in 24 games. The Greyhounds finished 17-9, losing to Farrell in the District 10 championship game and to Ridgway in the second round of the state playoffs.

On the diamond, Marett notched a .567 average with 38 hits and one home run. He rolled up 29 RBIs, 28 runs scored and 23 stolen bases. Wilmington recorded a 16-4 record. The Greyhounds were eliminated by Sharpsville in the District 10 semifinals.

Marett was a Lawrence County baseball all-star as well.

Conner McBeth

Conner McBeth 


McBeth, a sophomore, excelled as a swimmer at Neshannock.

McBeth won the WPIAL boys Class 2A 50-yard freestyle championship with a time of 21.26 at the district swim championships at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees pool. He also swam to a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.80.

McBeth scored silver and bronze medals at the PIAA Class 2A Swimming Championship, held at Bucknell University.

McBeth captured the silver medal in the 50 freestyle at the state meet with a time of 21.26 seconds. He placed third in the 100 freestyle in 45.98.

Jake McCormick

Neshannock's Jake McCormick


McCormick played football and basketball at Neshannock.

McCormick, a senior quarterback, was 87 for 187 through the air for 1,005 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 330 yards on 75 carries, while adding six touchdowns.

McCormick was named to the honorable mention team at quarterback for the Midwestern Athletic Conference Top 22.

The Lancers finished 4-6 and just missed the playoffs.

In basketball, McCormick was a first-team Section 1-3A selection. McCormick averaged a team-best 16.3 points a game.

Neshannock reached the WPIAL playoffs and finished 18-6, dropping a matchup to Aliquippa in the district quarterfinals.

Mitch Miles

Laurel's Mitch Miles


Miles competed in football, wrestling and track and field at Laurel.

A sophomore, Miles earned first-team all-Big Seven honors on the offensive and defensive lines, in addition to his co-lineman of the year nod.

Miles posted a 31-5 mark for the Spartans’ wrestling team, competing in the 285-pound weight class. He captured the Midwestern Athletic Conference championship in the 285-pound weight category.

Miles went 1-2 in the WPIAL Southwest Regional Class 2A tournament in an attempt to advance to the state tournament.

Miles finished 14th in the PIAA Class 2A Track and Field Championships in the shot put with a toss of 47-103/4.

Miles reached the state championship meet by placing fifth in the WPIAL Class 2A Championships with a toss of 41-111/4 in the shot put.

Ryan Perretti

Shenango's Ryan Perretti


Perretti played basketball and baseball at Shenango.

Perretti, a senior, was a perimeter standout for the Wildcats. He averaged 10 points a game, while draining 36 3-pointers.

Shenango compiled an 11-14 record, reaching the WPIAL playoffs. The Wildcats were ousted in the district quarterfinals by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. But they still advanced to the state playoffs, losing to Farrell in the first round.

Perretti captured the county’s MVP award in baseball. He batted .514 with 38 hits, 46 RBIs, 25 runs scored, 10 doubles and six home runs.

Shenango rolled to a 19-3 record, sharing the Section 2-2A title with Neshannock. The Wildcats were the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs, but their season ended abruptly with a 4-2 setback to league foe Laurel.

Seth Pinkerton

Union's Seth Pinkerton


Pinkerton played basketball and baseball at Union.

A senior, Pinkerton produced 15.6 points per game for the Scotties. He drained 10 3-pointers as well.

Union finished 17-8, reaching the WPIAL and PIAA Class 1A playoffs. The Scotties were bounced in the district quarterfinals by Nazareth Prep and by Shade in the opening round of the state playoffs.

In baseball, Pinkerton batted .472 with 34 hits and 12 RBIs. He scored 23 runs, while adding five doubles, two triples and 24 stolen bases in earning a spot on the Lawrence County baseball all-star team.

Union compiled a 15-5 record on the diamond. The Scotties advanced to the WPIAL Class 1A championship game, falling to Carmichaels, 9-6. Union’s season came to an end in the first round of the state playoffs by Bishop McCort, 2-1.

Rick Petrelli

Ellwood City Lincoln's Rick Petrelli


Rick Pitrelli competed in football, basketball and baseball at Ellwood City Lincoln.

Pitrelli, a senior, earned Midwestern Athletic Conference Top 22 recognition at linebacker and punter. He rolled up 516 rushing yards on 124 carries, while hauling in 16 aerials for 189 yards. Pitrelli added nine touchdowns and a two-point conversion.

Ellwood City finished 3-7.

Pitrelli produced 6.5 points a game, while draining 26 3-pointers. The Wolverines were 6-16 on the hardwood.

Pitrelli paced Ellwood City’s baseball team with a .523 average. He drove in 13 runs and scored 24. Pitrelli stole 11 bases as well, earning recognition on the county’s all-star team.

The Wolverines finished 8-10 and lost in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals to Keystone Oaks.

Robert Pontius

Wilmington's Robert Pontius 


Pontius played football, basketball and baseball at Wilmington.

A senior, Pontius earned first-team District 10 accolades at quarterback and defensive back for the football team. He was second in the county with 1,252 yards passing and 15 touchdowns. Pontius ran the ball 95 times for 647 yards as well. He added two catches for 62 yards.

Pontius also tied for second in the county with 19 touchdowns and was third with 114 points.

In addition, Pontius racked up all-state mention as an athlete.

Pontius scored 8.8 points a game with 25 3-pointers for the Greyhounds’ basketball team.

Pontius batted .364 with 24 hits, 23 RBIs and 16 runs scored for the baseball team. He was a county all-star as well.

Colton Richards

Wilmington's Colton Richards


Richards participated in football and basketball at Wilmington.

Richards, a senior, captured first-team honors as an offensive lineman and at linebacker for the Greyhounds. He scored a touchdown on a one-yard run in the District 10, Class 2A championship game, a 50-7 win over Sharpsville.

Richards was named to the District 10, Region 4 first team at offensive line and linebacker. He also collected all-state honors at linebacker.

On the hardwood, Richards averaged 8.2 points a game. He drained 12 3-pointers as well.

Dom Wade

Laurel's Dom Wade


Wade, a junior, earned first-team all-Big Seven honors at linebacker.

Wade scored 97 points on Laurel’s boys basketball team. The Spartans posted a 6-16 record.

Laurel’s baseball team compiled a 13-8 record, falling in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals and the PIAA quarterfinals. Wade competed at catcher for the Spartans, compiling a .552 batting average with 37 hits, three home runs, 22 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

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