State honors Lees, Britcher

It was quite a day for Westmont Hilltop’s Kelly Britcher on Wednesday. On the same day she signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Duquesne, Britcher found out that she was named to the girls all-state soccer team.

And she’s not alone in the honor. Richland’s Troy Lees was named to the boys all-state team, an honor gained after scoring 41 goals in 23 games for the Rams.

“I was surprised by it and was pleased that I was even nominated,” Lees said. “We have just had trouble finishing the ball the last couple of years and I just have been able to finish more than other players. I guess I was just there at the right time.”

Lees credited playing with his twin brother, Travis, and the Rams corps of seniors for his success, and also for providing him with lasting memories.

“We’ve been playing together since we were 6 years old,” said Lees, whose Rams lost 4-1 to Seton-LaSalle in the PIAA tournament on Tuesday. “We’ve played 10 years together on travel teams over the summer. We wish we could have gone farther, but we had a tough game in the state playoffs.”

Britcher, like Lees, plays at the forward position and was also surprised at the honor.

“It means a lot,” Britcher said. “I really wasn’t expecting it. When I heard that I got it I was really excited.”

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