Monday, August 16, 2021 | 4:02 pm
The Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award honors the best WPIAL girl soccer player, “whose game, leadership and passion for the game are modeled on that of the award’s namesake”.
Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel was a stellar footballer at Ringgold who was about to embark on a college career in West Virginia Wesleyan when she was killed by lightning strikes in Mammoth Park in the summer of 2019.
A foundation was established in her name, along with the Player of the Year award and a scholarship. The Top Player Award has already been given twice and a third player will win it in 2021.
A watchlist was released this week and will be used by a panel of foundation officials, coaches and media members as a guide for player nominations this fall. Nominations will be limited to three finalists and then to Player of the Year.
Previous winners were Ellie Coffield from Mars (2019) and Sarah Schupansky from North Allegheny (2020).
Here is the watch list for 2021:
Eva Blatz, Junior, Bethel Park
Ava Boyd, Senior, Pine-Richland
Ella Bulava, Sophomore, Latrobe
Olivia Cernuto, Junior, Southmoreland
Alyssa Clutter, Sr., Trinity
Sofia DeCerb, Junior, Latrobe
Morgan Einodshofer, Sr., Belle Vernon
Sara Felder, Junior, Greensburg Central Catholic
Natalie Gilbert, senior, Upper St. Clair
Tatum Gretz, Senior, Greensburg Central Catholic
Adelina Guess, senior, Belle Vernon
Gwen Howell, Junior, Mars
Malia Kearns, senior, Penn-Trafford
Kaitlyn Killinger, Junior, Plum
Mary Kate Lape, Elderly, Connellsville
Sydney Lindeman, Junior, Franklin Regional
Hailey Longwell, Sr., Moon
Jillian Marvin, senior, Peters Township
Samantha Miller, junior, butler
Renae Mohrbacher, senior, freedom
Grace Nellas, Junior, Mt. Lebanon
Brooke Opferman, Junior, Peters Township
Sophia Palermo, Junior, North Allegheny
McKenzie Pritts, Junior, Yough
Farrah Reader, Junior, Belle Vernon
Regan Reilly, sophomore, Latrobe
Kelsey Salopek, Senior, Steel Valley
Jayden Sharpless, Senior, Northern Catholic
Ella Shorkey, Junior, Allderdice
Paloma Swankler, Senior, Norwin
Sara Weigle, Junior, Central Valley
Chloe Weiland, senior, butler
Lucia Wells, Junior, North Allegheny
Abby Whaley, Junior, Ringgold
Congratulations to the young women nominated for the Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year 2021 Watch List
We can’t wait to see everyone compete against each other this fall
Further information on the Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award can be found at https://t.co/rdYsnj1pJo # moe86 pic.twitter.com/oafwf2qyv4
– Kaitlyn Moe Rosensteel Scholarship Foundation (@MoeRosensteel) August 15, 2021
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter.