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County's female athletes enjoyed a banner year

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Girls athlete of the year candidates

Girls athlete of the year candidates

Female athletes thrived in Lawrence County during the 2018-19 sports season.

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

The final of 12 was narrowed down from a large group of candidates and represent the best of the best around the county.

The Female Athlete of the Year winner will be announced in Thursday'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:

Brooke Atkins

Laurel's Brooke Atkins


The Laurel senior was a multisport standout, but made her biggest contributions on the softball field. She helped lead the Lady Spartans to their second straight WPIAL Class 2A softball title this spring. She led all county girls in hits (56), runs scored (51) and triples (6). She ranked second in batting average (.629). She added seven doubles and three home runs.

Atkins ran track the previous two springs for Laurel as well, but a knee injury in volleyball season relegated her to just softball this spring. She helped guide the Lady Spartans to a 21-3 record on the softball diamond. The team’s season ended with a 7-6 loss to Cranberry in the PIAA quarterfinals.

Bella Burrelli

Neshannock's Bella Burrelli


Like Atkins, Burrelli is a finalist for the third year in a row. The Neshannock standout was a dominant force on the volleyball and basketball courts.

An Edinboro volleyball recruit, the senior outside hitter was once again named to the WPIAL Section 1-2A first team during the fall. She was named to the WPIAL Class 2A all-star team and Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team for the second year in a row.

For her career, she had 663 kills, averaging 9.3 per match, and also career marks of 193 aces, 56 blocks and 202 digs.

She helped guide Neshannock to its first WPIAL girls basketball title when it claimed the Class 3A crown. Burrelli earned Section 1 MVP honors for the third year in a row and averaged 16.4 points per game. She had 1,440 points and 886 rebounds for her career.

Taylor Dlugozima

Wilmington's Taylor Dlugozima


Dlugozima, a sophomore, was a key part of the tennis and softball teams at Wilmington.

In the fall, she teamed up with Maggie Milton to earn Region 1 tennis all-star honors at first doubles as the Lady ‘Hounds captured the region team title.

As a catcher, Dlugozima helped Wilmington reach the District 10 Class 2A title game. She hit .521 with nine doubles, six home runs and a triple. She added 28 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Lindsay Frabotta

New Castle's Lindsay Frabotta


A guard/forward, Frabotta, a New Castle standout, will play basketball at Slippery Rock University this winter.

She led the Lady ’Canes in scoring during the winter as the team finished 9-13 overall. Frabotta was a member of the track and field team in the spring. She qualified for the WPIAL Class 3A championship meet in the javelin and participated in all the jumping events for the Lady ’Canes as well.

Caroline Gibson

Laurel's Caroline Gibson


For the second year in a row, Gibson was named a finalist as a volleyball and basketball standout.

The Laurel standout, who will play basketball at Slippery Rock University this winter, helped the Lady Spartans to a program-best 20-6 record as well as 14 consecutive wins. She scored 19.3 points per game, pulled down 5.2 rebounds, handed out 5.1 assists and came up with 4.7 steals. She was a Roundball Classic selection.

She holds program records for career points (1,214 points), season points (503), season free-throw percentage (82.0), career assists (341), season assists (133), career steals (316), season steals (136) and season game steals (13).

In the fall, she was a Section 1-2A second team selection for Laurel’s volleyball squad.

Natalia Greco

Ellwood City Lincoln's Natalia Greco


As a senior, Greco shined once again for Ellwood City in the fall, winter and spring.

In volleyball, she helped the Lady Wolverines reach the WPIAL Class 2A tournament. She was named to the Section 1 first team as a middle hitter. In the winter, she helped Ellwood City’s basketball team reach the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs. However, the team fell to Carlynton in the first round.

During the spring season, Greco helped Ellwood City’s softball squad reach the WPIAL semifinals. A four-year starter, she hit .429 for the Lady Wolverines and finished with 27 hits, eight doubles, three triples and two home runs. She added 26 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Mohawk's Nadia Lape

Mohawk's Nadia Lape


As a sophomore, Lape had a big impact for the Mohawk basketball and track and field teams.

In the winter, Lape helped the injury-plagued Lady Warriors reach the WPIAL Class 3A basketball playoffs. She averaged 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She added 34 steals and 34 assists on the season.

During the spring, Lape advanced to the WPIAL Class 2A track and field championship meet. She finished fourth in the triple jump and joined Kelly Clark, Paige Julian and Hannah McDanel on the 400 relay squad that finished second. At the PIAA championship meet, Lape finished sixth in the triple jump and the 400 relay team was sixth.

Grace Mason

Wilmington's Grace Mason


The sophomore made some history for Wilmington in the fall.

Mason captured a gold medal in the District 10 Class A cross country championship meet. She followed that up with a bronze medal at the PIAA championships. It was the best state meet result in Wilmington program history since it restarted in 2006.

In the spring, Mason brought home three District 10 Class 2A gold medals. She claimed the 800 and was part of the victorious 1600 relay team with Elizabeth Miles, Lena Welker and Becka Book and winning 3200 relay team with Elise Hilton, Welker and Book. At the PIAA championship meet, Mason placed 10th in the 800, while the 1600 relay team finished fifth.

Carmen Medvit

Shenango's Carmen Medvit


The Shenango sophomore enjoyed another successful campaign in cross country and track.

In the fall, Medvit captured the WPIAL Class A cross country championship in a time of 19:55. She followed that with a fifth-place finish at the PIAA championship meet.

Medvit continued to shine during track and field season. She qualified for the WPIAL Class 2A championship meet in the 1600 and 3200. She placed ninth in the 1600 and second in the 3200. At the PIAA championship meet, Medvit placed seventh in the 3200.

Neleh Nogay

Neshannock's Neleh Nogay


The freshman burst onto the scene for Neshannock as she starred in basketball, softball and track and field.

In the winter, she started at guard for the Lady Lancers’ basketball team and helped the squad capture the program’s first WPIAL championship. She was a Section 1-3A all-star. She averaged 12.7 points per game. She added 91 steals, 79 assists and 51 rebounds.

She had a busy spring as a key member of Neshannock’s softball and track and field squads. In softball, she led the county with a .653 batting average. She finished with 32 hits, a triple, a home run and 27 runs scored. She stole nine bases.

On the track, Nogay was named the track MVP at the MAC Invitational. She qualified for the WPIAL Class 2A championship in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. She finished fourth in the 200 and 400 fifth in the 100. At the PIAA championship meet, she placed 14th in the 200.

Lena Welker

Wilmington's Lena Welker 


The Wilmington senior carried on a long tradition on the soccer field last fall.

The midfielder was named the District 10 Region 1 player of the year, an honor the Lady ‘Hounds have claimed in 15 of the past 18 seasons. She guided Wilmington to its seventh D-10 crown in the past nine seasons and a PIAA Class A quarterfinal berth.

In the spring, she was part of the Lady ‘Hounds’ track and field team. She was part of two D-10 championship relay squads. She joined Elizabeth Miles, Grace Mason and Becka Book on the winning 1600 relay squad and joined Elise Hilton, Mason and Book on the victorious 3200 relay team. Welker finished tied for 18th in the triple jump. At the PIAA championship meet, Welker was part of the 1600 relay team finished that finished fifth.

Madison Wynn

Union's Madison Wynn


The Union junior was a consistent performer throughout the school year.

In the fall, Wynn was named to the WPIAL Section 1-A all-star team for volleyball. She helped guide the Lady Scots to the WPIAL tournament.

Wynn, who played basketball in the winter, advanced to the WPIAL Class 2A track and field championship meet in the spring in the shot put. She finished third at that event and qualified for the PIAA championship meet. She placed seventh and earned a medal.

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