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Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Rowan, Minnie lead Lincoln Park to Class A title

February 28, 2014

Times photo by Sally Maxson

From left, Elijah Minnie, Ryan Skovranko, Maverick Rowan, Antonio Kellem clebrate near the end of Lincoln Park's WPIAL championship game against Monesson on Friday, February 28, 2014, at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo Center.

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2014 1:39 pm

WPIAL basketball: Rowan and Minnie lead Lincoln Park to Class A title                                                        By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com                                                                                          |

PITTSBURGH – Lincoln Park won its second WPIAL Class A championship in the school's seven-year history Friday by crushing Monessen, 85-41.

That 44-point margin of victory at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo Center was the largest ever in a WPIAL Class A final.

"People know what we have. We have length. We have great athleticism," coach Mark Javens said. "We're going to come at you with everything we have, offensively and defensively."

As they have all season, the Leopards (25-1) were led by Maverick Rowan, a 6-foot-7 sophomore guard, and Elijah Minnie, a 6-9 senior forward.

Rowan, a Pitt recruit, scored a game-high 26 points.

"Great game on our part," said Rowan. "We came to win and we did."

Minnie, who already has several NCAA Division I offers on the table, had a triple double with 20 points, 16 rebounds and 13 blocked shots.

"I thought this game would be a lot closer," said Minnie, who lives in Monessen and played for the Greyhounds as a freshman. "But we just stepped up and played Lincoln Park basketball the way we're supposed to."

Also scoring in double figures for Lincoln Park were junior guard Antonio Kellem (16) and senior forward Ryan Skovranko (11).

The Leopards also won the WPIAL title in 2012 when it beat Cornell, 74-57.

"This is amazing. I really can't explain the feeling," Kellem said. "Winning the first WPIAL (title) two years ago was great. But this was just as great if not greater."

Lincoln Park and Monessen (20-6) will both play a first-round game in the PIAA playoffs on Friday, March 7.

Before Lincoln Park's 44-point romp over Monessen, the most lopsided Class A final was Clairton's 86-61 win over Vincentian in 1998.

Lincoln Park 85, Monessen 41

Lincoln Park Kellem 7 2-2 16, Cummings 2 2-2 6, Minnie 8 3-6 20, Skovranko 5 0-0 11, Rowan 10 6-8 26, Pipkin 2 0-0 4, Welling 0 0-0 0, Lipke 0 0-0 0, Craft 0 0-0 0, Tomasetti 0 0-0 0, McCune 1 0-0 2. Totals 35

Monessen Gillaspie 1 4-4 7, Rice 2 0-0 4, Brown 5 0-0 10, Altomore 4 1-1 9, Rullo 1 0-0 3, Yuille 0 1-2 1, Jackson 1 1-3 3, Clepley 0 0-0 0, Lenhart 0 0-0 0, Duncan 0 0-0 0, Rawlins 2 0-2 4. Totals 16 7-12 41.

Lincoln Park 22 25 21 16 – 85

Monessen 16 5 14 6 – 41

3-point goals: Lincoln Park 2 (Minnie 1, Skovranko 1); Monessen 2 (Rullo 1, Gillaspie 1).

About Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (www.lppacs.org) is a Pennsylvania public school providing a state-approved academic program and pre-professional training for grades 7-12 in music, theater, dance, creative writing, health science arts and media arts. The school enrolls students from more than 65 surrounding school districts.

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