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Zach Batteer, Mt. Lebanon Sr.
Zach Batteer came into the season with a big reputation. His play only enhanced that reputation. Batteer did a little of everything for Mt. Lebanon and is the Post-Gazette Player of the Year for a second consecutive year. The award takes into consideration all WPIAL and City League players. Batteer, a senior forward, had 28 goals and 12 assists for a Mt. Lebanon team that made it to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. He finished his career with 72 goals, second in school history. Batteer was a Parade All-American as a junior and has signed to play next season at Stanford.
Jimmy Belack, Upper St. Clair SR.
Belack was a strong, physical player who scored six goals and added six assists this season. A senior forward, he was a three-year starter and two-time captain for the Panthers.
Ryan Byers, Southmoreland SR.
This senior midfielder was a four-year starter for the Scotties and helped the team win a section co-championship this season. He had 16 goals and 17 assists and will play at the college level next season at Saint Francis, Pa.
Andrea Conte, Fox Chapel SR.
Conte is a senior forward who showed excellent quickness and explosiveness with the ball. He was the team’s leading scorer with 18 goals and helped Fox Chapel to the WPIAL playoffs while also earning all-state recognition.
Rob Heuler, Bethel Park SR.
A speedy senior, Heuler was one of the best midfielders in the WPIAL. A three-year starter and also a member of the wrestling team, he had 12 goals and 16 assists this season.
Drew Klingenberg, Pine-Richland JR.
Brother of former Post-Gazette girls’ Player of the Year Meghan Klingenberg. Drew, a junior midfielder, has made a name for himself with his play. A starter since his freshman year, Klingenberg had 10 goals and six assists for the Rams
Austin Lange, Kiski Area SR.
Lange tied Kiski Area’s single-season goal-scoring record with 35. A four-year starter, he finished his career with 84 goals. A few NCAA Division I colleges are interested.
Brandon Peck, Central Catholic SR.
Peck, a senior defender, anchored a Central Catholic defense that had 14 shutouts and allowed only 17 goals all season. He helped the team reach the WPIAL championship game. Peck also had seven goals and 15 assists en route to making the all-WPIAL team for a second time.
Josh Turnley, Beaver JR.
his junior forward was the WPIAL’s leading goal scorer in the regular season with 42 and finished the year with 43 to go along with 11 assists. He led the Bobcats to their second consecutive WPIAL playoff appearance.
Matt Venanzi, Peters Township JR.
Venanzi’s play helped the Indians win the WPIAL Class AAA title. A junior midfielder, he finished with 13 goals and 25 assists. He has been a starter since his freshman year.
Matt Walbert, South Park SR.
Walbert, a midfielder, helped South Park to the WPIAL playoffs all four years he was a starter. He had 13 goals and 15 assists this season and finished his career with 41 goals and 56 assists.
Jack Weber, Chartiers Valley SR.
A senior midfielder, Weber was hard to deal with because of his 6-foot-1 stature. He was a three-year starter who had seven goals and 10 assists this season.