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Monday, January 9, 2023 | 12:01 AM
There are a lot of highschool athletes who excel in multiple sport through the faculty 12 months.
Then Joe Roth.
His story has grow to be acquainted since he started his scholastic profession two years in the past.
The Ellwood Metropolis junior excelled in each sports activities in the identical season.
When you’ve got a search celebration searching for him, verify the native pool or hardwood.
In swimming, Roth received gold within the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, together with serving to his group end first within the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay races. Roth broke the PIAA document within the 100-yard backstroke final March.
In basketball, Joe Roth and his brother Alex have been a giant a part of serving to the Wolverines to a shock run to the WPIAL 3A basketball championship two years in the past.
“To play two video games on the stage he did is spectacular,” Ellwood Metropolis basketball coach Scott Dibble stated. “The truth that he goes to 2 practices every single day with video games and meets in between is hard. It have to be taxing. However he is taking all of it in stride.”
Up to now this season, Roth has helped Ellwood Metropolis get off to an 11-2 begin via the primary week of January. The Wolverines are in second place, one sport behind Neshannock in Part 1-3A.
Roth averaged almost 30 factors per sport and tallied 80 factors in part wins for Ellwood Metropolis over Mohawk and Freedom final week.
“He can do all of it,” Dibble stated. “He can shoot the ball from deep. He can deal with the strain as a result of he can see it. He can put it on the ground and get to the rim. He has the flexibility to put up at his measurement (6-foot-6). He’s an excellent rebounder defensively, his presence alone makes it troublesome for folks to shoot him.
“He is a particular expertise.”
Final month, he surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for his basketball profession.
Though he’s solely a junior, he has taken on a management function for a younger Wolverines group.
“I am simply attempting to be one of the best participant I will be,” Roth stated. “We misplaced lots of people from final 12 months, so I’ve to step up and present all of the younger (gamers) tips on how to put together and play at this stage.”
Roth stated he has by no means been requested to decide on one sport over the opposite and nonetheless enjoys taking part in each, even when it eats up most of his free time.
“Basketball got here earlier than swimming,” Roth stated. “I have been swimming for 10 years and doubtless performed basketball my complete life. Rising up, I did them on the similar time. “
Like most groups, the Wolverines have a two-sided sport left within the first half of the season.
“We performed fairly nicely,” Dibble stated. “We nonetheless have plenty of issues we are able to enhance; nonetheless, up to now, so good.
Roth injured his ankle in observe on Saturday and missed the nonsection sport towards Slippery Rock on Monday. The damage doesn’t look like critical, and he needs to be able to go when Ellwood Metropolis visits Beaver Falls on Friday.
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