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‘Hoops for a Cure’ rosters announced

By Nathan Smith
The 19th annual “Hoops for a Cure” is a who’s who of WPIAL basketball. The event will start at 3 p.m. on April 26 at Chartiers Valley with a game between the Class A and AA girls. The boys Class A and AA game will tip at 4:30 and will …

Roundball roundup: Hooker leads Quad-A stars to win
By Staff Reports
Malik Hooker, an Ohio State football recruit from undefeated state champion New Castle, took home MVP honors as the Class AAAA all-stars defeated the Class A/City team, 130-125, in the 11th annual Roundball Classic at Geneva College. Hooker scored 23 to lead Class AAAA. Elijah Minnie from state champion Lincoln …
Vincentian basketball star Wise beyond her years
By Jerry Clark
Every athlete dreams of being a prominent player on a championship team. Accomplishing that feat once is difficult let alone doing it multiple times. This …
Alle-Kiski Roundball Classic notebook: Luther twins playing last games together
By George Guido
Hampton twins Ryan and Collin Luther have been playing together since they first touched a basketball. But the combination will come to an end soon. Ryan is headed for Pitt, and Collin remains undecided about which college he will attend. Saturday night at the 11th annual Roundball Classic, the twins …
Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton, Kittanning’s Knepshield named Leader Times Basketball Players of the Year
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton, Kittanning’s Emily Knepshield named Leader Times Basketball Players of the Year Boys player of the year Tre Tipton Apollo-Ridge Junior, Guard Of …
Penn-Trafford’s Palarino named to all-state team
By Doug Gulasy
Maria Palarino helped the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team win the first WPIAL title in program history this season. For her part in doing so, Palarino …
Bishop Canevin puts trust in new boys basketball coach Trost
By Nathan Smith
For Kevin Trost, a chance to re-enter the head coaching ranks at Bishop Canevin was too good to pass up. “It is exciting to be able to coach the type of kids Canevin has with their work ethic,” Trost said. “It is a really exciting opportunity.” Trost — who coached …
Gateway and Plum seniors gearing up for Roundball Classic
By Michael Love
Saturday’s Roundball Classic already had veteran organizer Allen Deep exciting, considering the amount of talent assembled for both teams and the basketball knowledge of the …
Geibel, Frazier players earn Section 4-A honors
By Staff Report
Geibel junior Karly Judy earned player of the year honors in Section 4-A for her performance during the 2013-14 girls basketball season. Judy, a guard, averaged 17.2 points per game. She also earned All-Fayette County honors this past season. In addition to her scoring, Judy averaged five steals and six …
New Castle’s Hooker, Vincentian’s Wise named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball Players of the Year
By Chris Harlan
New Castle’s Malik Hooker and Vincentian Academy’s Brenna Wise are the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball Players of the Year. Boys player of the year Malik Hooker …
Hempfield’s Harrell, Burns named Greensburg Tribune-Review basketball players of the year
By Jason Mackey and Paul Schofield
Hempfield’s Kason Harrell and Monica Burns are the 2014 Tribune-Review Basketball Players of the Year. Boys player of the year Kason Harrell Hempfield 6-3, Junior, …
Kiski Area’s Simmons, Burrell’s Bordonaro named Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kiski Area’s Mike Simmons and Burrell’s Sydney Bordonaro have been selected as the Valley News Dispatch Basketball Players of the Year Boys player of the …
High school notebook: Hampton’s Luther edges New Castle’s Hooker in all-state player of the year voting
By Chris Harlan
Despite four head-to-head losses, Hampton senior Ryan Luther was chosen over New Castle’s Malik Hooker as the state’s Class AAAA boys basketball player of the …
Trio of Connellsville-area players set to showcase skills in Roundball Classic
By Jason Black
The 2014 Roundball Classic will have a local flavor to it as several area seniors will compete in the annual event that brings some of …
Fox Chapel’s Mathias named state’s player of the year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel 6-foot-3 center Erin Mathias capped a remarkable senior season with yet another honor Friday as she was named the Pennsylvania Sports Writers’ Class …
PIAA looking to limit athletics at charter schools with proposal
By Chris Harlan
A PIAA plan, that would make charter school athletes play sports on public-school teams in their home districts has little chance for success, Lincoln Park …
Local flavor highlights Roundball Classic
By Jeff Oliver
The Annual Roundball Classic boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will have a distinct local flavor this year. The event for high school seniors, which …
TJ senior Scharbo named Daily News boys basketball player of year
By Mark Kaboly
For the first 20 games of Charlie Scharbo’s junior season, he sat on the bench and watched. Sure, Scharbo got the occasional “garbage time” at …
Norwin sophomore named Daily News player of year
By Dave Mackall
Though she’s only a high school sophomore, 6-foot Norwin guard Alayna Gribble already is developing a reputation for scoring. Gribble has led the Knights in …
Diop’s athleticism, energy provided Seton-La Salle girls a season-long spark
By Justin Criado
Before Seton-La Salle even took the court this season, there were expectations. With three Division I prospects, the Lady Rebels were the favorites to win …
TJ’s Dom DeCicco named 2013-14 Daily News Coach of the Year
By Mark Kaboly
When Dom DeCicco looks back on it now, the list of achievements that his basketball team was able to accomplish this season was a bit …
West Mifflin’s Stephenson named Daily News girls basketball coach of the year
By Dave Mackall
After just one glorious season as girls basketball coach at West Mifflin, Scott Stephenson says he has no plans to leave the program anytime soon. …
TJ hoopsters string together highly successful two-year run
By Ray Fisher
The senior members of the Thomas Jefferson boys’ basketball program helped string together highly successful back-to-back seasons at the WPIAL Class AAA level. The Jaguars won a school-record 23 games this season, and compiled a 40-12 overall record the past two years. Led by a strong senior class — there …
Seton-La Salle girls state champs again
By Ray Fisher
The Seton-La Salle Lady Rebels won their third PIAA basketball title in school history with a thrilling 58-50 win over Neumann-Goretti on Friday at Giant …
Seton-La Salle boys finish as Class AA state runner-up
By Ray Fisher
It was a longer-than-anticipated ride home for the Seton-La Salle boys’ basketball team. The Rebels were edged by Constitution, 61-59, on Saturday in the PIAA …
Fox Chapel hoops stars shine in Cager Classic
By Marty Stewart
The Cager Classic weekend began with the skills competition Friday at Highlands, and Fox Chapel’s Brian Papich had to hurry to get there. He ran …
Gateway duo picked for Roundball teams
By Michael Love
Tommy Kromka was at Geneva College in 2010 to watch his older brother, Mike, take to the court at the annual Roundball Classic all-star basketball game. “I kept thinking, ‘These guys are really good. There’s no way I could play in this game,’” he said. But hard work and determination …
Roundball Classic rosters loaded with Daily News area players
By Staff Reports
The Roundball Classic All-Star basketball game will have a distinct local flavor this year. Six girls and seven boys have been selected to take part in the annual event scheduled for April 12 at Geneva College. Thomas Jefferson’s Charlie Scharbo, Steel Valley’s Ajan Smith, Elizabeth Forward’s Jaquaun Davidson and West …
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning’s Knepshield gets Roundball Classic invite
By Staff Reports
Kittanning’s 1,000-point girl is getting one more game. Wildcats senior Emily Knepshield was named to the Class AAA team for the Roundball Classic all-star games April 12 at Geneva College’s Metheny Fieldhouse in Beaver Falls. It is the second all-star game selection for Knepshield, who played in last weekend’s Cager …
High school notebook: McNabbs enjoy ‘priceless’ moments at Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Ron McNabb enjoyed the brevity of an otherwise good-natured exchange with his father, an 80-year-old referee. Most people in attendance didn’t see the subtle-yet-innocent jawing …
Daily News Fabulous 15: Local boys basketball blessed with versatile stars
By Mark Kaboly
You had big guys. You had guys who could shoot lights-out. You had guys who could take it from one end of the court to …
Payne enjoyed good year at N.C. school
By Jeff Oliver
The Monessen Greyhounds and Nicodemus Payne both played in a championship high school basketball game this season. However, the games were played in different states. While the Greyhounds were losing to Lincoln Park in the WPIAL Class A championship game, Payne was playing for Concord First Assembly Christian School in …
New Castle caps unbeaten season by winning PIAA Class AAAA title
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — New Castle can finally add a state title to its bundle of WPIAL championships.   Malik Hooker and Drew Allen each had 13 …
Fabulous 15: PIAA qualifiers Serra, Elizabeth Forward well-represented
By Mark Kaboly
It wasn’t really a banner year for girls basketball in the area when considering the storied past of the sport in the Mon-Yough area. There …
Blackhawk girls nab PIAA Class AAA title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Blackhawk junior guard Chassidy Omogrosso felt the momentum change early in the third quarter. Her team was trailing the entire game to District …
Vincentian Academy claims PIAA Class A girls basketball title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Vincentian Academy junior Brenna Wise wasn’t about to let history repeat itself. The 6-foot-1 forward made sure the gold trophy headed back to …