Local roundup: Ali hired as Lyco hoops assistant
Madina Ali, a former player at West Virginia and the all-time leading scorer at Williamsport High School, has joined the Lycoming College women’s basketball team coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Ali has served as the head coach of the eighth-grade girls’ basketball team at Williamsport Area Middle School for the past two years. She also spent two years as a graduate assistant with West Virginia from 2012-14, where she helped coordinate the men’s practice squad, did administrative recruiting and scouting work, as well as assisting in the office’s day-to-day operations.
Ali played at West Virginia from 2008-11, developing into a Second Team All-Big East selection as a senior when she averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds while leading the team to the Sweet 16. She was a two-time winner of the Mountaineers’ Leland Byrd Basketball Leadership Award. Before that, Ali was a Second Team All-American and the 2008 Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year at Daytona State, where she averaged 19.9 points and 12.2 rebounds as a freshman before averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in her second year with the program.
At Williamsport, Ali completed one of the most accomplished prep careers in the history of District 4, where she finished her career with 1,702 points and 1,359 rebounds in four years with the squad, earning all-state honors as a senior in 2006.
Bucknell’s Kaitlyn Slagus has been voted The Rock Patriot League Player of the Week after registering a pair of double-doubles and leading the Bison to wins over Rider and Akron over the weekend. Slagus, who posted the 14th and 15th double-doubles of her career, has now been named the Patriot League Player of the Week five times in her first three seasons.
• In men’s basketball, following two outstanding performances on the road to start the season, Bucknell senior Zach Thomas has been named Patriot League The Rock Player of the Week. Thomas began the campaign by setting career highs with 31 points and 16 rebounds in a 79-78 loss at Monmouth on Friday. He followed that up with 24 points and 10 boards in Sunday’s setback at Arkansas. Thomas had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone against Monmouth.
• In college wrestling, Chance Marsteller of Lock Haven has been named both the Eastern Wrestling League and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week. Marsteller, the Bald Eagles nationally-ranked 165-pounder, is 8-0 on the season.