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Adidas High School Players of the Week: Izzy Laurita and Jake Sepesky (Belle Vernon)

Here are our week six Adidas High School Players of the Week, both from Belle Vernon Area High School: Izzy Laurita and Jake Sepesky.

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Izzy Laurita

Belle Vernon, Sophomore

Laurita has been absolutely destroying defenses in her section with 12 goals in last three games.

She scored four goals in last week’s win to clinch a section title. For the year, Laurita has accumulated an impressive 29 goals and 19 assists. Laurita is a sophomore at Belle Vernon Area High School and plays for the Riverhounds Academy 03 team.

The Lady Leps are currently 10-2 overall and 9-0 in their section. Against Ringgold on Monday, she added to her impressive totals with three goals and an assist in a 4-0 win.


Jake Sepesky

Belle Vernon, senior

In early September, Jake suffered a head injury in a match, and for a while it seemed unlikely that he’d ever set foot on a soccer field again.

The injury occurred in BVA’s section opener against Ringgold, as Sepesky collided head-to-head with Ringgold senior Jeff Soles.

Initially, it was thought Sepesky had a concussion, but it was later discovered the forward had a fractured skull. As a result of the injury, Sepesky had reconstructive surgery on the front part of his skull.

Fast-forward more than a month later, on Tuesday night, and on Senior Night at Belle Vernon, Jake was not only introduced as one of the 11 starters, but he also played for about two minutes at the start of the match.  Sepesky was subbed out and then subbed back in with about three minutes left in the game, then came off with all seniors with about two minutes left in the game.

Jake’s recovery is going well, he’s back in school with no long term restrictions and no issues, hoping to be fully cleared for basketball season. According to Coach Rob Meile, Jake and his family are very grateful for all the support he was given when he was first injured,  as it really meant a lot during that time of uncertainty.


Week 1 – Colton Spence (Deer Lakes) / Candi Kossel (Bentworth)

Week 2 – Evan Blunkowsky (West Allegheny) / Bailey Fudala (Waynesburg)

Week 3 – Jocelyn Timlin & Paige Marshalek (Bentworth) / Ryan Vargo (Keystone Oaks)

Week 4 – Sydney Urbine (Beth-Center) / Andrew Smith (Keystone Oaks)

Week 5 – Preston Lutz (Thomas Jefferson) / Michaela Watkins (Freedom)
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John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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