Hundreds of the best senior-to-be girls' lacrosse players will participate tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday in the fourth annual All-American Showcase at the United Sports Training Center, 1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd., Downingtown.
For the second year, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association will participate in the showcase weekend by staging its annual North-South all-star games for Division I, II and III colleges.
Players from 19 states, including California, Texas and Colorado, are expected for the high school showcase.
"These are all the rising seniors, and they're coming from all over," said Kim Basner, chief operating officer of the center.
In all, Basner expects players from nearly 200 teams - there will be associated events for players ranging in age from middle school to post-college - to participate. Play will begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow and run through mid-afternoon Sunday.
The event will use fields at the training center as well as those of Downingtown Middle School, the West Bradford Youth Association, and West Chester University.
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Avon Grove graduate Eric Carmichael and West Chester University baseball teammate Matt Cotellese have been named Division II all-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association.
Boyertown grad Cotellese, a junior outfielder, made the first team, and Carmichael, a sophomore relief pitcher, was named to the third team. Two other West Chester players, Jason Bowman and Drew Pare, earned honorable mention.
Cotellese batted .415, set a school record of 90 hits, and tied the record for home runs with 12. Carmichael set a school record for saves in a season with 11. The Rams' only lefthander had a staff-best 1.03 ERA, striking out 48, in 432/3 innings.
Bowman, a 2005 graduate of Downingtown West, tied the university record for victories in season with 10. Pare, a Lancaster County resident, batted .322 with 17 doubles and six home runs and was the designated hitter for the Rams, who just missed another trip to the Division II World Series.
Three Chester County residents were recently honored for sports achievements during the last school year at Kutztown University.
Coatesville graduate David Ben was named most valuable player on the men's basketball team. Molly Brown, a Kennett graduate, and Janice Kinney, an Owen J. Roberts grad, received coaches' awards in their sports.
Brown, a senior, was presented the coaches' award for women's basketball. In making the presentation, coach Janet Malouf said: "Molly wins this award because of her hard work on the court and in the classroom."
Kinney, a sophomore, received the lacrosse coaches' award. She scored 13 goals this season for the Golden Bears, who resumed the sport after an 18-year hiatus.
"Janice is the kind of player who makes a program worth starting," coach Sarah Greer said. "She is a dedicated leader, passionate player, and upstanding young lady."
Ben, a junior, led Kutztown to a second straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division title in the winter. The 1,000-point-plus career scorer averaged 17 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Alyssa Gallen, a lacrosse and field hockey standout at Bayard Rustin, is among a five-member recruiting class scheduled to play Division I field hockey at West Chester University next season.
Gallen helped make Rustin very competitive in both sports, although the school opened only two years ago. The Golden Knights (17-3) - ranked third, behind Radnor (23-0) and Springfield (Delco), by LaxPower.com - lost to the Red Raiders in the District 1 Class AAA final.
West Chester coach Kath Krannebitter expects Gallen to compete for playing time right away because of the graduation of Sara Conrad and Shelly Brooks, who accounted for 18 goals last season.
"Gallen has a knack for scoring goals," Krannebitter said.