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Lydia Betz Earns All-WPIAL Honors, Three Selected To Roundball Classic

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North Allegheny senior forward Lydia Betz was named All-WPIAL in Class 6A by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday. The Goldey-Beacom commit averaged 12 points per game this season. For a look at the PG All-WPIAL teams, click here. 

Betz is one of three Tigers tabbed for the annual Roundball Classic in the Class 6A vs. Class 5A matchup, which will be played at North Allegheny on May 26 at 6:00 p.m.  Betz will be joined by fellow seniors Caroline Henderson and Kellie McConnell. Henderson will be playing collegiately at Rochester Institute of Technology and McConnell will play at the next level with Duquesne University. For a look at the Roundball Classic rosters, click here. 

All three players will pivotal in North Allegheny’s 23-4 season and trip to the WPIAL championship game and PIAA playoffs.

Big 56 Conference Tabs Four Tigers To All-Section Teams

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Four members of the North Allegheny girls’ basketball team were recognized as All-Section performers by the Big 56 Conference on Friday.

First-team accolades went to senior forward Lydia Betz and senior guard Kellie McConnell. Second-team laurels were garnered by senior guards Caroline Henderson and Grace Heliger. For a look at the entire list of all-section players by the Big 56, click here.

The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team will return to action in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals on Thursday night with a home date against the Upper St. Clair Panthers for a rematch of last year’s Class 6A championship game. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Four Lady Tigers Sign LOI’s

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Four members of the North Allegheny girls’ basketball team made their college choices official on National Signing Day. Seniors Lydia Betz (Goldey-Beacom College), Grace Heliger (Baldwin Wallace), Caroline Henderson (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Kellie McConnell (Duquesne University) all signed their letters of intent on Wednesday.

Betz will play for NCAA Division II Goldey-Beacom, in Pine Creek Valley, Delaware. Betz is a two-time Big 56 Conference all-section selection, including first-team laurels as a junior last season. She is undecided in her major.

Heliger will play for an NCAA Division III powerhouse at Baldwin Wallace. The Yellow Jackets, members of the Ohio Athletic Conference, went 22-6 and qualified for the National Tournament for a fourth consecutive season during the 2022-2023 campaign. Of their 22 wins, the Yellow Jackets defeated No. 2-ranked Trine University and 10th-ranked Ohio Northern. Heliger is undecided in her major.

Henderson is a valuable perimeter shooter for North Allegheny and earned second-team all-section accolades last season. The sharpshooter drained a trio of 3-pointers in North Allegheny’s 71-45 win over Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game. Henderson will major in Engineering at RIT.

McConnell made a triumphant return to the court this season after missing all of her sophomore year with a knee injury. McConnell earned second-team all-section honors as a junior and Big 56 honorable mention recognition as a freshman. She will major in Education at Duquesne University.

All four players helped the Tigers to a 22-6 record last season and a WPIAL Class 6A championship.

Kellie McConnell Chooses Duquesne University For College Hoops

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North Allegheny incoming senior, Kellie McConnell, will continue her athletic and academic career at Duquesne University. McConnell announced her decision via social media on Thursday.

McConnell made a splash as a freshman on North Allegheny’s 2021 state championship team and was a Big 56 Conference All-Section honorable mention. Beset by a knee injury that kept her off the hardwood as a sophomore, McConnell made a triumphant return last season and helped the Tigers to a 22-6 record and another WPIAL Class 6A championship. She was named second-team all-section by the Big 56 Conference for her successful junior campaign.

At Duquesne University, McConnell will play alongside her cousin, Megan, who will be a junior with the Dukes this upcoming season. Continuing the family affair, McConnell will follow in her mother’s foot steps in calling “The Bluff” home. Sherri (Hannan) McConnell started all four years of her collegiate career 1995-1999 and led the Dukes in assists, steals and foul shooting percentage. Sherri still ranks ninth all-time in steals (205) and 10th all-time in assists (392) at Duquesne.

Her older cousin, T.J. McConnell, played men’s basketball at Duquesne as well. He just finished the eighth season of his NBA career, capping year four with the Indiana Pacers.

In 2022-23, the Dukes, led by head coach Dan Burt, went 19-12 and reached the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.