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High school notebook: Riverview boys basketball coach steps down

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Joe Farrell said his coaching schedule became so hectic and constricting at times that he couldn’t perform his day job — and he’s a stay-at-home ...

Baldwin boys basketball team to be led by solid senior leadership in 2015-16
By Ray Fisher 9:00 p.m.
The Baldwin boys’ basketball team posted a 5-2 record at the recent weekend team camp at Pitt. Both losses were close games, and the Highlanders defeated WPIAL opponents Shaler and Central Valley. Bailey Travers and Anthony Starzynski, who will be senior guards at Baldwin in 2015-16, said the team thoroughly ...
Young Penn-Trafford girls basketball team using summer league to improve
By Nathan Smith 9:00 p.m.
There is a youth movement going through the Penn-Trafford girls basketball program. After losing four seniors to graduation, the Warriors will now rely on a group ...
Gateway girls basketball coach to take over Shaler
By Michael Love 9:00 p.m.
Eight years ago, Cornelius Nesbit arrived at Gateway hoping to maintain and build upon an already strong girls basketball program. With winning records, section championships and strong playoff runs in the books during his tenure with the Gators, Nesbit said he was happy with the way things turned out for the ...
Gateway boys basketball making most of summer work
By Michael Love 9:00 p.m.
Gateway varsity boys basketball head coach Daryn Freedman has kept his players busy this summer, and, he said, they have responded well to the heavy ...
Sarra has made a career out of achieving
By Jeff Oliver
Bernie Sarra has come a long way from his days as a smiling, happy-go-lucky kid in Monessen. As a youngster, he was a manager for Monessen’s ...
Quaker Valley boys basketball puts in summer work
By Matt Grubba
Sections and classifications don’t regulate summer basketball, and Quaker Valley coach Mike Mastroianni is happy to take advantage of his scheduling freedom. The Quakers, as they ...
Plum Mustangs hoops squads take advantage of summer gym time
By Michael Love
It’s been three weeks since the end of the 2014-15 academic year at Plum, but for the varsity boys and girls basketball programs, June hasn’t ...
Norwin girls basketball win McKeesport summer league
By Nathan Smith
The Norwin girls basketball team has continued its winning ways into the summer season. Months after the Knights claimed the first WPIAL title in school history ...
Rain halts Grebb League openers
By Jeff Oliver
The worst nightmare for an outdoor basketball league cropped up Monday for the opening night of the girls’ division of the J. Budd Grebb Memorial ...
Shady Side Academy’s Groff brothers set for Maccabi Games
By Marty Stewart
Dylan Groff, a 2015 Shady Side Academy graduate, and his brother, Etai, a junior at SSA are preparing to head to Berlin at the end ...
Seneca Valley summer basketball camp proves successful
By Jerry Clark
When Rob Lombardo came to Seneca Valley to coach the girls basketball team, his goal was to build a program, not just a team. While ...
WPIAL champion Norwin girls claim McKeesport Summer League title
By Dave Mackall
Some lesser-known players helped Norwin Gold come away with the Varsity Division title at the McKeesport Girls Basketball Summer League, but it was a familiar face the Knights looked to for the winning basket. Alayna Gribble’s driving layup counted just before the final buzzer, breaking a tie and lifting Norwin Gold ...
Chartiers Valley basketball already preparing for WPIAL title defense
By Nathan Smith
For some, the summer is about rest and relaxation. But for the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team, summer is the time to lay the building blocks ...
New coach excited to get started with Penn-Trafford boys basketball
By Nathan Smith
There is no denying that Jim Rocco has a solid resume – he guided Penn Hills to 257 wins, two WPIAL titles and a PIAA crown. He will look to build the same success at Penn-Trafford. After being named the new head coach of the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team last month, Rocco ...
Callas named new Franklin Regional girls hoops coach
By Michael Love
Courtney Callas knows what it takes to be successful in basketball at the high school varsity level. She was a multiyear letterman at Freeport High School, ...
Franklin Regional boys basketball coach likes team’s summer focus
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys basketball team finished the 2014-15 season 7-15 overall and 3-9 in Section 2-AAAA play. The Panthers were a young squad, as ...
Deer Lakes hires boys basketball coach
By Staff Report
Deer Lakes filled its boys basketball coaching vacancy Tuesday night by hiring former Shady Side Academy coach Terence Parham to replace Jon McKay. Parham coached at Shady Side Academy, his alma mater, from 2004-12, and he led the Indians to a 129-69 record and eight consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances. Shady Side ...
Grimm puts away coach’s whistle, eyes new post
By Jeff Oliver
When Ringgold played its final game Monday in the McKeesport Girls’ Summer League, Laura Grimm felt herself get a little emotional. No, it wasn’t because the ...
Big players go first in Grebb League drafts
By Jeff Oliver
Last year, both commissioners for the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League boasted about the large number of school districts represented among the six ...
McKeesport girls summer hoops league primed for playoffs
By Dave Mackall
When Eric Smith started the McKeesport Girls Basketball Summer League eight years ago, he didn’t imagine how it would grow. Nor the increased workload and responsibility that comes with an expanded field. “When we started it, there were 12 teams,” said Smith, the McKeesport High School girls coach. “We’ve seen lately ...
Baldwin boys basketball posts 3-1 record at Navy basketball camp
By Ray Fisher
If the question, “How did you spend your summer vacation?” is presented to players in the Baldwin boys’ basketball program, they have a united answer. The Highlanders began their 2015 summer vacation by traveling to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., last weekend to compete in the Navy team camp. A ...
Pergola in rare air as an active Hall of Famer
By Bill Hughes
This is the last in a series of seven profiles about the inductees in the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Class of ...
Butler Area votes to keep girls varsity basketball coach
By Rick Wills
Butler Area’s longtime girls varsity basketball coach is keeping her job. In a 6-2 vote Monday, school board members kept coach Dorothea Epps for the next season. Board members Jim Keffalas and Karen Callihan were opposed. Member Carmen Bianco was absent. The lengthy and costly process of investigating Epps frustrated school board ...
Basketball camp teaches more than hoops
By Gary Horvath
The fourth annual Hard Work Pays Off youth basketball camp has held up to its name this week. For two hours each day, 127 second through ...
Grebb League sets sights on new season
By Jeff Oliver
Things continue to get bigger and better for the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League. The summer hoops league for players entering grades 9 to ...
Gorman: Some advice for Monessen’s Salvino
By Kevin Gorman
Mike Zmijanac has words of wisdom for Joe Salvino taking on double duty as head coach of Monessen’s football and basketball teams. “Get lots of ...
Gorman: Penn Hills pride needed
By Kevin Gorman
With Jim Rocco leaving Penn Hills for Penn-Trafford, one of the WPIAL’s most prominent boys basketball programs is looking for a new head coach. “I’ve been receiving phone calls all day,” Penn Hills athletic director John Peterman said Tuesday. “It’s good that people are interested in the job.” Penn Hills was ...
Logan set to lead East Allegheny basketball
By Dave Mackall
After a two-year layoff, East Allegheny boys basketball coach Pete Logan said he’s raring to return to the bench. He’ll meet Monday with players, boosters and school administrators before setting up open-gym workouts. The Wildcats, who last won a WPIAL section title in 1967, when the school was known as Westinghouse Memorial, ...
Vincentian’s Nee transferring to Highlands
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jamison Nee is coming home. The standout basketball player from Harrison Township is transferring from Vincentian Academy to Highlands. Highlands athletic director Chuck Debor said ...
Familiar faces to lead West Shamokin basketball teams
By Matt Grubba
West Shamokin stayed close to home in hiring two new basketball coaches. Judd McCullough is the Wolves’ new boys basketball coach, and Frank Nagy takes over the girls program after both were approved unanimously Monday by the Armstrong School Board. McCullough was the girls basketball coach at West Shamokin the last three ...
New Latrobe girls basketball coach wants team to compete with ‘upper echelon’
By Kevin Ritchart
The past few seasons have ended the same way for the Latrobe girls basketball team. The Wildcats have finished in the middle of the pack in Section 1-AAAA and been eliminated in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs three years in a row. New coach Mark Burkardt, who was hired ...
Mt. Lebanon coach Oldaker to coach USA U16 girls team
By The Associated Press
Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker will coach the USA Basketball women’s U16 national team at the FIBA Americas U16 championship June 24-28 in Mexico. Oldaker previously helped lead the USA to gold and a 13-0 record as coach of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games women’s 3-on-3 basketball team. “This ...
Roundball Classic roundup: Small-school boys teams engage in shootout
By George Guido
It was a breakneck pace in the Roundball Classic game between the smaller boys schools Saturday. The Class AA all-star team outscored the Class A squad ...
Deer Lakes boys basketball coach resigns
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jon McKay doesn’t do things in a halfhearted fashion, especially when it comes to coaching basketball. So when he felt like he was “becoming someone ...