Courier All City Sports Awards Luncheon adds Track & Field Stars

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by Malik Vincent

The New Pittsburgh Courier has added something new this year to it’s 2011 All-City Awards Luncheon. The June 4 event will now include and honor all of the winners of the City League Track and Field championships that were held on May 14.

Schenley swept the boys and girls overall titles this year led by Elizabeth Rose, Kaleah Rose, and DeAndre Black who combined to win eight events for the Spartans.

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CLEARING THE BAR—Will Graham of Allderdice cleared the High Jump bar at 6’ 5” to win the event. Graham also won the Triple Jump.

The annual Luncheon will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, located at 7310 Frankstown Ave. in the Homewood section of the city. More than 100 boys and girls athletes will be honored for football and basketball, in addition to the new Track and Field category.

Perry seniors Greg McGhee and Ray Taylor will be honored as the Offensive and Defensive MVPs of City League football. Bill Gallagher garnered Coach of the Year honors for the 2011 champion Commodores.

Allderdice swept the boys and girls titles in basketball; thus, they took the Most Valuable Player awards, as well. Junior guard Justin Dobbs topped the boys’ list and Senior Janay Bottoms will represent the girls.

Carrick’s Walt Malinski ousted the coaches of the top two programs in the City League as the top vote getter for the boys basketball Coach of the Year honors. As for the girls, there is an even split for top honors, as Westinghouse’s Phyllis Jones and Allderdice’s Dave Walchesky were named Co-Coaches of the Year.

This year’s keynote speaker will be former Pitt Basketball star Jason Matthews. He distinguished himself on the court from 1987-91 as the all-time leading three-point scorer (259) and led the Panthers in three-point percentage (.457). He is now an entrepreneur in several ventures around Pittsburgh.

Charles Sanders Charities is the Platinum (Presenting) Sponsor for this year’s event. Other sponsors include H. J. Heinz Co., Trolley Station Oral History Center and Jim Rice Enterprises (McDonald’s).

Tickets for the event are priced at $25 for the guests and family members of the athletes. To make reservations, contact 412-481-8302 ext. 136.

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