Senior running back

Brian Baldridge

, whose Thomas Jefferson High squad beat Archbishop Wood last week for the PIAA Class AAA state football title, was named the

Associated Press

Class AAA player of the year award in voting by sports writers and broadcasters.

Local players named to the all-state team include Archbishop Wood offensive lineman Adam Citko, Owen J. Roberts running back Ryan Brumfield, Pottsgrove linebacker Preston Hamlette and Strath Haven linebacker David Alayankian.

Named to the second team were Wood running back Sean Cunningham, Upper Moreland running back Chris Smallwood, special-teamer Rondell White of Bayard Rustin, Academy Park defensive lineman Rick Crane and Strath Haven special-teamer Lonnie Richardson.

The AAA coach of the year is Selinsgrove's Dave Hess, who led his team to a 13-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals despite only three returning offensive starters.

Baldridge rushed for a school-record 2,312 yards and 34 touchdowns, including 120 yards in the 34-7 win over Wood. He's drawing interest from Villanova.


* Seve Ballesteros has returned to his home in northern Spain to begin chemotherapy treatment following recent surgery on a brain tumor. Ballesteros said he would provide more news on his condition next month.

* Fred Couples, the oldest competitor at the Chevron World Challenge at 49, had a 3-under 69 to finish three shots behind Jim Furyk and keep in the mix going into the weekend of Tiger Woods' event in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

* France's Michael Lorenzo-Vera had five birdies in six holes to shoot a second-round 65 and take a two-shot lead at the South African Open in Paarl, South Africa.

Philly File

* Midfielder Carli Lloyd, of Delran, N.J., was picked as the top as U.S. soccer female athlete of the year. Online votes accounted for 50 percent of the balloting, with the remainder cast by media, coaches and the U.S. Soccer Federation's board of directors. Lloyd scored as the United States beat Brazil, 1-0, in overtime of the gold-medal game of the Beijing Olympics. Goalie Tim Howard was selected as the top male athlete. *

Sport Stops

* A woman has pleaded no contest to stalking Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Stacy Elizabeth Beshear, 35, of El Segundo, was sentenced to 3 years' probation. *