3/29/2005
3 WVC players selected to all-state squads
By: Matt Engel , Staff Writer

Three Wyoming Valley Conference girls' basketball players were honored Monday, making the Associated Press all-state teams for the 2004-05 season.In Class A, Bishop O'Reilly junior center Erin Chesnavich was selected to the second team.

In AAA, Berwick senior guard Lara Dellegrotti was named to the second team. Nanticoke Area sophomore forward Aly Byorick was on the third team.

"Aly deserves the honor," said Trojanette coach Jack Rentko. "She's already a 1,000-point scorer. Making third team all-state is a great accomplishment."

Nanticoke went 26-4, losing to Saint Basil, 48-32 in the Eastern semifinals of the PIAA playoffs. The only other blemishes came to Bishop McDevitt, Hazleton Area and North Pocono.

Byorick scored 571 points and averaged eight boards this year. She shot 40 percent from three-point land, 62 percent from the field and 78 percent from the foul line.

For her career, Byorick has 1,034 points, 506 rebounds, 138 assists and 128 steals.

She broke the single-season school scoring mark in 2004-05.

It was previously held by Holly Kozlowski, a member of the 1990 state championship squad coached by Rose Volpicelli.

"Our team played well," said Byorick. "My team helped me achieve the honor. We lose only two seniors so we'll work hard next season and make it further in the playoffs than we did this year."

Chesnavich, 6-foot, averaged 21 ppg. for coach Paul Appel. Dellegrotti, 5-5, hit for 23.8 and Byorick, 5-11, averaged 21 ppg.

Dellegrotti made third team honors last season. She finished with 1,985 career points, averaged four steals and four assists per contest. Her career scoring clip was 18.2.

She made 78 percent of her free throws as a Bulldog and set a school mark with 191 career three-pointers.

"We're really proud of Lara," said her father, coach Lou Dellegrotti. "She worked really hard this season. We're proud of the honor. It's good that someone appreciates how hard she works."

The Lady Bulldogs went 21-8 and lost to Scranton Prep, 43-37 in the District 2 Class AAA third-place game.

"It's a big honor," Lara said. "It's an improvement from last year. It shows what you can do if you work hard."
Dellegrotti scored 42 on Jan. 8 in a 68-23 win over Coughlin. She fired in 39 against Valley West on Dec. 20 in a 65-51 conquest. She had 31 against Hazleton Area on Jan. 13, a 54-43 win. She poured in 30 versus Wyoming Area on Jan. 25, a 83-26 win.

"We're thrilled for Erin," noted O'Reilly coach Paul Appel. "She's worked hard. She's a hard worker, is very intelligent and comes to work every day."

Chesnavich averaged 12.5 rebounds and four blocks. O'Reilly went 22-6 after winning the District 2 crown. The Queenswomen were eliminated in the opening round of states by Cardinal Brennan, 32-29 in overtime.

"My dad told me about making all-state," Erin said. "I said, 'wow!' It's a big honor. I was really surprised. We'll strive to improve as a team next year."

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