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West Mifflin edges late-charging Steel Valley in Section 4 contest

By Dave Mackall
It was a playoff atmosphere in December at West Mifflin. Expect anything when the Titans and Steel Valley get together for boys basketball. West Mifflin ...

Hot-shooting Charleroi blitzes Waynesburg
By Jeremy Sellew
A player with a hot shooting hand is tough to defend. It’s even harder when that player is joined by another, and another. Charleroi Area boys’ ...
Valley Independent roundup: Elizabeth Forward edges Ringgold in Section 4-AAA clash
By The Valley Independent
Elizabeth Forward picked up its first win in Section 4-AAA with a 64-48 home victory over Ringgold Friday. The Warriors jumped to a 19-8 lead at ...
Shady Side Academy torments Apollo-Ridge, moves to 3-0
By Matt Grubba
Shady Side Academy coach David Vadnais summed up the win that kept his team atop Section 2-AA with one word e_SEmD effort. Louis Berry scored 19 points and had six of his team’s 13 steals, and Shady Side Academy pulled away from Apollo-Ridge, 70-52, on Friday in Fox Chapel. Michael Ware added ...
Plum’s defense seals win over McKeesport
By George Guido
Plum trailed McKeesport by six points at the end of three quarters. That signaled it was time for the Mustangs’ top-rated defense to clamp down. The Mustangs ...
Leader Times roundup: West Shamokin boys basketball team rolls over Mt. Pleasant
By Staff Reports
The West Shamokin boys basketball team had a pleasant Friday road trip. Ryan Dean led all scorers with 18 points, and Zac Horner added 11 for the Wolves in a 56-43 Section 3-AAA win at Mt. Pleasant. West Shamokin had a 32-14 lead at halftime, and six players scored at least six ...
A-K Valley roundup: Late surge lifts Knoch past Valley
By Staff Reports
Knoch and Valley were deadlocked entering the fourth quarter of their Section 1-AAA matchup Friday night. One run made the difference for the Knights. An ...
Several A-K Valley basketball schools face new surroundings this season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Some basketball coaches get an uneasy feeling when they eyeball the WPIAL’s biannual realignment. That is because their place in the WPIAL pecking order mostly ...
Daily News roundup: Plum deals McKeesport girls first loss
By Staff Reports
The McKeesport girls basketball team fell behind in the final seconds before losing its first game of the season to Plum, 42-41, on Friday night. The Mustangs’ Mandy Majocha had a steal before hitting the winning free throw with 3.2 seconds left to give Plum (3-1, 1-1) the Section ...
High school roundup: No. 4 Bethel Park boys edge Upper St. Clair
By Staff Reports 12:45 p.m.
After a slow beginning to the second half, Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair battled down the stretch before the Black Hawks earned a 52-47 win in Section 4-AAAA on Friday night. Joey Mascaro netted a game-high 19 points, while Anthony Bomar and Jacob Dixon added 12 points apiece for ...
Greensburg high school roundup: Hempfield downs Penn-Trafford to stay unbeaten
By Staff Reports
A strong performance from the free-throw line helped the Hempfield boys remain unbeaten Friday night with a 52-39 Section 1-AAAA win over Penn-Trafford. The Spartans connected on 20 of 22 free throws to pull away. Kason Harrell recorded a game-high 17 points, and Tony Pilato contributed 11 for the third-ranked ...
Young Charleroi races past Waynesburg
By Jeff Oliver
The Charleroi girls’ basketball team may have one of the youngest lineups in Section 4-AA, but don’t expect the Cougars to play like it. Youthful Charleroi ...
Roundup: Cal turns showdown into 63-36 blowout
By The Valley Independent
On paper, it was an early-season showdown for first place in Section 3-A. On the court, it was a mismatch as California Area ran away from ...
Greensburg Salem’s Oberdorf on early-season scoring binge
By Alex Oltmanns
Five games into the 2014-15 season, it’s evident whom opposing teams are going to have to game plan against when preparing to play the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team. With 41, 28 and 35 points in her first three games, respectively, Golden Lions senior Claire Oberdorf is off to a torrid ...
GCC girls expect more after reaching WPIAL semifinals last year
By Andrew John
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team reached the WPIAL Class AA final four a season ago without any seniors on the roster. Needless to say, ...
Trib Cup: Winchester Thurston boys basketball motivated by playoff run
By Brian Graham
The Winchester Thurston boys basketball team got its first taste of WPIAL postseason play last season. That experience has been the fuel for this year’s Bears team. Coach Brian Brenneman has seen a sense of hunger and urgency early on this year that’s led him to believe there’s a different ...
High school roundup: No. 2 CW North Catholic cruises past No. 4 Riverview
By Staff Reports
Sam Breen had 15 points and led four players in double-figures as Class A No. 2 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic earned a 60-34 win over ...
Greensburg high school roundup: No. 3 Norwin girls take down No. 1 North Allegheny
By Staff Reports
Alayna Gribble scored 21 points to lead Class AAAA No. 3 Norwin (5-1) to a 50-48 upset victory over No. 1 North Allegheny in nonsection ...
Daily News high school roundup: Serra Catholic girls earn nonsection win
By Staff Report
Serra Catholic freshman Rylan German scored 16 points to lead the Eagles to a 63-50 victory over Sewickley Academy in a nonsection matchup Thursday night. Katie Sieg added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Serra Catholic (3-3, 2-0). Maddy Casale and Kayla Guerin combined for 32 points for Sewickley Academy (3-4, ...
High school basketball notebook: Plum grad Cressler returns as volunteer assistant for Knoch
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Former Plum swingman Andrew Cressler, who played college basketball at Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown, is a volunteer assistant this season at Knoch. Cressler finished playing ...
Junior forward Beale scores 30 points as Freeport wins 4th straight
By Matt Grubba
Josh Beale’s big night extended Freeport’s strong start to the season. The junior forward scored a game-high 30 points, and the Yellowjackets extended their winning streak to four games with a nonsection win over Karns City, 61-50, at Freeport on Wednesday. Mason Eddinger added 13 points and nine rebounds for Freeport (5-1), ...
Ringgold girls escape with 41-35 win over Brownsville
By The Valley Independent
Ringgold was nearly all fouled up in its 41-35 Section 4-AAA win over host Brownsville Wednesday night. The Rams (4-3, 2-1) had three starters with four fouls in the third quarter and watched as the Falcons (3-3, 0-3) shot 23 fouls while Ringgold went to the line just five times the ...
Chartiers Valley boys basketball competes, bonds in Arizona
By Nathan Smith
Last week, the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team scored a 79-51 win over Canon-McMillan to open section play. Less than 24 hours later, the Colts were on a plane for Arizona. Chartiers Valley took its yearly trip, this time to Tucson. Past trips included Florida, California and the Bahamas. Tucson had extra ...
Perz providing Norwin boys basketball a scoring spark
By Nathan Smith
When describing the importance of senior guard Curtis Perz to his team, Norwin boys basketball coach Lynn Washowich doesn’t mince words. “There are no words to ...
Harris develops into team leader for Gateway boys
By Alex Oltmanns
For Daylon Harris, the attention is in the details. Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 195 pounds, Harris is one of the most athletic players in the ...
Plum grad Cressler makes coaching debut
By Michael Love
On Dec. 5 at the season-opening Plum boys basketball tournament, Andrew Cressler was on the bench at Plum High School and his team was facing ...
Injuries won’t dash South Fayette girls basketball’s hopes
By Gary Horvath
If there’s one thing that South Fayette girls basketball coach Matt Bacco wishes he wasn’t so used to, it’s seeing his starters get injured. This ...
Fox Chapel’s Urso adjusts quickly between football, basketball
By Marty Stewart
Taking off the shoulder pads in favor of sneakers and shorts is a ritual that Fox Chapel senior Billy Urso is accustomed to. He began ...
Uptempo style of play leads to strong start for Bishop Canevin boys
By Nathan Smith
Last week, an 85-70 win over Chartiers-Houston improved the Bishop Canevin boys basketball team’s record to 4-0. Not a bad start for a team that won ...
Plum boys win section opener, girls fall to Fox Chapel
By Ed Phillipps
The Plum boys and girls basketball squads each found themselves in tight section openers Friday night, but only one team emerged victorious. The Plum boys ...
Gateway girls roll to victory in Section 2 opener
By Alex Oltmanns
The Gateway girls basketball team’s Section 2-AAAA opener could not have started out any better. Coming off a 42-26 loss in the season opener to defending ...
Franklin Regional boys weather tough losses
By Kevin Lohman
Coming off of back-to-back agonizing losses in which his team lost in the final minutes, Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Brad Midgely isn’t dwelling on the results. Instead, Midgely is looking at the big picture and how challenges like these losses will force his team to develop. “All this stuff that ...
Franklin Regional girls looking for consistency
By Kevin Lohman
The Franklin Regional girls basketball team has found success early on this season by setting out to play fast on offense and aggressive on defense. Coach ...
Sewickley Academy boys basketball off to fast start
By Gary Horvath
Just a week into the season, the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team is turning heads. Thanks to a 3-0 sweep of their opening week of ...
Stinelli developing into scoring threat for Penn-Trafford boys hoops
By Kevin Richart
Sean Stinelli isn’t sneaking up on anybody this year. The junior guard is leading the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team in scoring at 19.5 points per game, ...
Quaker Valley girls basketball poised to win now
By Gary Horvath
Karen Pugh has begun to see the results of all the work the Quaker Valley girls basketball team put in since the beginning of last ...