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St. Joe's in Verona wins Class B diocesan championship

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 11:39 a.m.
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Above, St. Joseph School basketball players and coaching staff celebrate their Class B Championship after beating Christ the Divine Teacher, 57-40.

St. Joseph School in Verona has captured the first Diocese of Pittsburgh Varsity Class B boys' basketball championship in the school's 130-year history.

The Chargers beat out Christ the Divine Teacher, of Aspinwall, 57-40 in the championship game, which took place March 17.

St. Joe's Athletic Director Robert Hensler said he is impressed with the team's performance.

“Considering that St. Joe's is a small school — we have about 150 kids — and being limited as far as the talent pool from which we can draw, I think it's a real accomplishment to go that far this year,” Hensler said.

This marks the second basketball championship that St. Joe's players have brought home in the past three years: the girls' varsity team won the championship two years ago, Hensler said.

The St. Bartholomew Bruins team also made the postseason, but lost to Christ the Divine Teacher in the third round of the playoffs.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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