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Seneca Valley, Mars, Butler girls basketball programs come together for summer drills

By Jerry Clark
They are rivals geographically, but getting better at basketball and having some fun doing it trumped all else for the Seneca Valley, Mars and Butler …

Belle Vernon girls basketball standout Slagus will play at Bucknell
By Bill Hughes
As a sophomore two years ago on the Belle Vernon Area girls’ basketball team, Kaitlyn Slagus saw first hand what the recruiting process was like …
New coach to lead Greensburg Salem girls basketball
By Brian Graham
The Greensburg Salem girls basketball team will head a different direction this season under the watch of Lisa Mankins. After opening the position in the early summer, the Greensburg Salem school board hired Mankins based on her collegiate playing experience, previous coaching experience and her willingness to develop the program …
No summer vacation for Mars boys basketball team
By Joe Sager
The momentum continues for the Mars boys basketball team. With four new starters and a young roster, the Planets reached the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals …
Belle Vernon coach’s family bonds through basketball
By Ed Phillipps
When Ed Manfredi decided to come out of retirement and accept a position as an assistant girls’ varsity basketball coach at Belle Vernon, it wasn’t …
Griffin takes over Keystone Oaks girls basketball team
By Nathan Smith
After one of his first voluntary practices with his new team last week, Keystone Oaks girls basketball coach Rich Griffin laid out the three goals …
McKeesport caps girls summer league season
By Dave Mackall
A regular-season schedule of nine games each for 26 high school teams was just enough to keep the contenders sharp in the McKeesport Girls Basketball Summer League. The intensity picked up in the playoffs. Norwin defeated WPIAL Class AAAA champion Penn-Trafford, 53-41, in the title game Tuesday at McKeesport High …
EF coach excited for return to boys game
By Dave Mackall
For the past three years, Elizabeth Forward has known Sam Kosanovich as its highly successful girls basketball coach. Come next season, Kosanovich will lead the …
Quaker Valley boys basketball team develops in summer league circuit
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team has been doing its best impression of the most recent NBA champion this summer. Like the San Antonio Spurs, …
Bosnic resigns as Connellsville boys coach
By Jason Black
Citing personal reasons, Dan Bosnic resigned as coach of the Connellsville boys basketball team. The Connellsville School Board is expected to accept Bosnic’s resignation at …
EF names Kosanovich boys head coach
By Staff Report
Elizabeth Forward School Board named Sam Kosanovich head coach of the boys varsity basketball team Wednesday. Kosanovich coached the EF girls for the past three seasons, compiling a 64-15 record with three trips to the PIAA tournament. His assistant coach, Krystal Gibbs, was named the EF girls head coach Wednesday. …
Norwin girls basketball team already working for next season
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin girls basketball team didn’t take much time to reflect on the end of its most recent season before beginning to prepare for the …
Norwin boys basketball team getting experience over summer
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin boys basketball team will feature many new players in 2014-15, and they’re getting their first taste of the varsity level this summer. Although …
Franklin Regional boys gaining experience over summer
By Doug Gulasy
Next season’s Franklin Regional boys basketball team will count heavily on newcomers, but those players are already getting their first taste of the varsity level …
Penn-Trafford boys continuing to grow
By Doug Gulasy
The growing process that began last season for the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team is continuing over the summer, and coach Ryan Yarosik counts himself pleased …
Ligonier Valley boys basketball benefits from summer league
By Alex Oltmanns
While official team practices don’t begin for several months, the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team spent the last several weeks refining its skills. Competing in the Richland Varsity Summer Basketball League at Richland High School, the Rams went up against teams from various leagues such as the WestPAC, Laurel Highlands …
WPIAL confirms basketball title games moving in 2015
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL basketball championships will move to Petersen Events Center next season, not a year later as the Board of Control incorrectly stated Monday. The WPIAL agenda and meeting discussion included 2015-16 and 2016-17 for leaving Palumbo Center. “That was wrong,” said WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley, listing the correct …
Penn-Trafford girls basketball squad not resting after first title
By Doug Gulasy
Three months after winning the first WPIAL championship in program history, the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team is working on its title defense. Even with the …
Plum league helps basketball players stay sharp, make their mark
By Michael Love
In a sweltering auxiliary gym Monday night at Plum High School, players from the Gateway and Valley varsity boys basketball teams battled for 40 minutes. …
Plum, Gateway girls hoops teams make most of summer time on court
By Michael Love
The 2013-14 high school basketball season for the Plum and Gateway girls squads ended four months ago, and preseason practices for the 2014-15 campaign don’t …
Franklin Regional girls dealing with injuries in summer league play
By Doug Gulasy
Injuries can cause problems for teams during the regular season, but the Franklin Regional girls basketball team is experiencing some health-related misfortune during the summer. …
High school notebook: WPIAL basketball championships moving to Petersen Events Center
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL basketball championships are leaving Palumbo Center. The Board of Control voted Monday to move the boys and girls finals to Pitt’s Petersen Events …
Father figure: Farrell looks to restore winning ways at Riverview
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Joe Farrell isn’t quitting his day job, he’s just making his extended family larger. Riverview’s new boys basketball coach is proud to say he’s a …
Chartiers Valley boys basketball using summer league to prepare for jump to AAAA
By Nathan Smith
It might only be the summer but the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team looks to be in mid-season form. The Colts have jumped out to …
Penn-Trafford girls athlete of the year: Maria Palarino
By Doug Gulasy
Maria Palarino helped bring the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team to new heights in 2013-14. Behind Palarino’s big-time WPIAL playoff performance — the junior guard/forward averaged …
Plum assistant Gillis hired as girls basketball coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Eric Gillis knew he wanted to be a basketball coach, he just wasn’t sure when or where. But then the Plum girls varsity position opened, …
Grebb summer loop gearing up for sixth season
By Jeff Oliver
Plans are under way for the sixth season of the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League. For the second year, there will be divisions …
Copeman looks to lead boys basketball resurgence at Yough
By Dave Mackall
Yough basketball fans wondering when the Cougars might return to the glory days of Ben McCauley will have to settle for Casey Copeman for now. “Hey, we won a section title in 1996 when I played,” Copeman said. It was the school’s first and came six years before McCauley was …
Mt. Pleasant hires basketball coach
By Rachel Basinger
Mt. Pleasant School Board members voted 7-1 to approve Bill Swan as head boys basketball coach for the 2014-15 season. Swan, former head coach at Connellsville and Hempfield and assistant at Greensburg Central Catholic, was one of the three finalists for the job. Superintendent Tim Gabauer said the interview panel …
Grayson named McKeesport coach
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport and Gerald “Puddin” Grayson will reunite next season on the basketball floor. Only this time, the former city football star and longtime McKeesport girls …
Plum boys assistant Gillis to coach to girls basketball team
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Plum hired Eric Gillis as its girls basketball coach Tuesday Gillis, a Plum graduate, replaces Bernie Pucka, who resigned after seven seasons. Gillis has been a Plum boys basketball assistant coach under Ron Richards. He also was a Fox Chapel girls basketball assistant when the team reached the WPIAL Class …
Top Level AAU basketball program making big strides
By Bill Beckner Jr.
What began as an idea four years ago has grown into a brand name in Pennsylvania AAU basketball circles. The Top Level All-Stars program started …
Montour AD expects boys basketball coach to leave for Moon
By Chris Harlan
Montour athletic director Lou Cerro said Saturday he expected boys basketball coach Adam Kaufman to accept a job offer from Moon. Kaufman, a 1997 Montour graduate, coached the Spartans for six seasons, won two WPIAL titles and reached the state final twice.  At Moon, he would replace Jeff Ackermann, who was recently ousted after …
WPIAL revises date of Lincoln Park transfer’s ineligibility period
By Chris Harlan
Lincoln Park transfer Nick Aloi won’t miss his entire junior basketball season after all. On the advice of the PIAA’s attorney, the WPIAL Board of Control reconsidered the start date it set for the sophomore’s one year of ineligibility, said executive director Tim O’Malley. The WPIAL board had decided that …
Buzzer-beater lifts Quad-A girls all-stars
By Michael Love
When Gateway’s Jada Epps and Plum’s Krista Pietropola joined forces with other top senior players from WPIAL Quad-A at the Roundball Classic on April 12, their game went down to the wire against a group of stars from WPIAL Class AAA and District 10. Quad-A was able to hold on …
High-scoring Fox Chapel duo D’Amico, Papich make college decisions
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel Area High School’s high-scoring duo of Matt D’Amico and Brian Papich will be taking their considerable basketball talents to separate venues next fall. …