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West Allegheny’s Dragisich earns Gatorade PA Player of the Year honors

To say that Nathan Dragisich had a pretty good senior year would be an understatement.

This week, in addition to celebrating his graduation from West Allegheny High School, Dragisich was named the Gatorade Player of Year for Pennsylvania on Thursday. He will get $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choosing.

In addition to Gatorade Player of the Year honors, Dragisich also earned WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year and was tabbed a NSCAA Region I All-American.

The Duquesne-bound midfielder scored 44 goals and distributed 20 assists during the fall season for West Allegheny, setting team records along the way with 86 career goals and 52 assists.

Dragisich helped lead the Indians to its first-ever PIAA Class AAA boys soccer title, including scoring three goals in a 4-0 win in the PIAA at Hershey in November. West Allegheny (23-2) scored 123 goals on the way to winning the PIAA Class AAA championship and finishing as a WPIAL Runner-up.

Dragisich, who also has played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy, is set to enroll at Duquesne University in the Fall, where he will play for Chase Brooks’ Dukes squad.

The most recent Boys Gatorade Player of the Year from Western PA was David Egbo, who’s been a standout at Akron University, which has made the College Cup the past two years.

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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