Teams of the Year Greater Pittsburgh

Updated: May 13, 2009, 4:25 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

THOMAS JEFFERSON
Football
The Jaguars won their third consecutive Class AAA state championship with a 34-7 victory over Archbishop Wood, making Thomas Jefferson one of the most dominant teams of the decade. To date, the Jaguars have claimed every state title since 2000 except for 2005  a run of eight titles in nine years. A total of 10 players earned Pennsylvania Football News All-State honors, including three seniors who earned first team selections offensive lineman Pat Eger, running back Brian Balridge and tight end Brock DeCicco.

OTHER FINALISTS

LATROBE
Ice Hockey
The Wildcats capped a perfect season by defending their Class AA Pennsylvania Cup title in a thrilling 3-2 win over Council Rock North. Seniors Dillon Hunter and Tyler Berger scored in the final five minutes to clinch the win.

NORTH ALLEGHENY
Swimming
North Allegheny earned only one individual victory but still claimed the Class AAA state title, beating second place Emmaus, 243-208. Sophomore diver Connor Kuremsky was the only winner for the Tigers.

SHADY SIDE
Wrestling
Bolstered by two wrestlers who claimed individual state titles, Shady Side became the first WPIAL school in Class AA to win a PIAA wrestling title. Seniors Dane Johnson and Roman San Doval each won individual championships.

GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

MOUNT LEBANON
Basketball
Facing Cardinal O'Hara, an overwhelming favorite and former national No. 1 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50, the Blue Devils didn't flinch. Instead, the team completed its perfect season with a 67-58 win in the Class AAAA state title game. Senior Emily Miller scored a game-high 21 points in the contest while sophomore guard Madison Cable added 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Blue Devils finished their season with a 31-0 record. Juniors Lauren Arborgast, Jessica Babe and Chelsea Apke also contributed for the state champs.

OTHER FINALISTS

CENTRAL CAMBRIA
Cross Country
With two Top-10 scorers  junior Kelsey Seymour and senior Annie Cekada were sixth and seventh, respectively  the Red Devils edged West Middlesex by four points to defend their PIAA Class AA state crown.

OAKLAND CATHOLIC
Swimming
The Eagles edged Shady Side by 30 points to win the PIAA Class AA state title. Oakland Catholic did not have an individual winner, but junior Aileen Smith was second in the 500 free, while the 400 free relay placed third.

SHADY SIDE
Golf
Led by freshman Kendall Allen, Shady Side nipped Mount St. Joseph by three strokes to take the PIAA state title. Senior Brittany Andrews, freshman Michelle Bucklew and junior Lauren Laufe rounded out the scoring for the Indians.