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Breen’s long passes key to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s fast break

By Bill West 2:18 p.m.
At 6-foot-2, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic sophomore forward Sam Breen sees the court from a different vantage point than her teammates and opponents. And when Breen, ...

BVA girls clinch playoffs, keep 4-AAA hopes alive
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area stayed two games behind front-running Elizabeth Forward in Section 4-AAA girls’ basketball with a 53-46 win over host Thomas Jefferson Wednesday night. The victory clinched a playoff spot for coach Lisa Fairman’s team. The Leopards (12-6, 6-3) kept their hopes of winning the section alive with the hard-earned victory. ...
Norwin’s Perz scores 32 in nonsection win over McKeesport
By Dave Mackall
It wasn’t a section game, but Norwin coach Lynn Washowich placed great emphasis on playing with passion against McKeesport. That included limiting silly mistakes one night after losing a 10-point decision at Latrobe in a Section 1-AAAA game. The Knights responded favorably Wednesday night as Curtis Perz scored 32 points, and Norwin ...
Frazier girls making final push to claim program’s 2nd section championship
By Karen Price
Frazier girls basketball coach Ken Poling makes it a point to not bring up the possibility of winning a Section 4-AA title with his players. ...
HS highlight reel: PIAA approves Clairton sanctions
By Tribune-Review
Clairton football coach Wayne Wade will miss one game next season and his team will be on probation for a year as part of a punishment approved by the PIAA Board of Directors on Wednesday. As proposed by the school district, Wade will be suspended for the first game after ...
Seton-La Salle girls gear for strong playoff performance
By Ray Fisher
The Seton-La Salle girls’ basketball team hasn’t lost a section game in five years. The Lady Rebels extended their 2014-15 section record to 8-0 with a ...
South Fayette boys basketball focused on section title
By Gary Horvath
Members of the South Fayette boys basketball team have made it clear that they are focused on one thing this season. “Our first goal is ...
Jeannette boys ready for next step after section championship
By Dave Moio
Jeannette boys basketball head coach Adrian Batts finally has something that eluded him in his first five seasons at the helm — a section championship. Jeannette ...
Quaker Valley boys basketball seniors feeling urgency
By Gary Horvath
Tyler Garbee can see the end drawing near. The Quaker Valley forward has just two weeks left of regular season basketball for his senior year, and ...
Dwindling numbers no excuse for Sewickley Academy girls basketball
By Gary Horvath
Kathi Stoddard has been forced to get creative in her first season as coach of the Sewickley Academy girls basketball team, Sewickley Academy’s roster was ...
Penn-Trafford girls continue to improve late in season
By Kevin Ritchart
As the 2014-15 season hits the stretch run, the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team is firing on all cylinders. But despite suffering just one loss in ...
Jeannette sophomore thriving at guard
By Kristie Linden
Michael Pompei, a sophomore at Jeannette High School, is a first-time student athlete of the week. “It’s a big accomplishment,” said Pompei. “I don’t really think ...
Norwin guard DelleFemine suffering no sophomore slump
By Nathan Smith
There has been no ‘sophomore slump’ for Norwin’s Anthony DelleFemine. The underclassman was tasked the role of playing point guard for the Knights heading into the ...
Plum boys hope to avenge OT loss to Penn Hills
By Michael Love
On Friday, the Plum varsity boys basketball team returns to the site of last year’s tough 50-40 loss to Kiski Area in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. With a ton still on the line in the race for the Section 2-AAAA title, the Mustangs are hoping for better things ...
Kromka enjoying breakout season with Gateway boys basketball
By Michael Love
Like a number of his siblings before him, freshman John Paul Kromka was called upon to be a factor early in his Gateway varsity basketball ...
Gateway girls hoping to be in playoff mode
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls basketball team began the week at 6-2 in Section 2-AAAA and on the cusp of clinching a WPIAL Quad-A playoff spot for the fifth year in a row. Head coach Cornelius Nesbit said he wants his players to be in playoff mode now and play with that ...
Daily News roundup: PIAA approves punishment for Clairton football
By Staff Reports
Clairton coach Wayne Wade will miss one game next season and his team will be on probation for a year as part of a punishment approved by the PIAA Board of Directors on Wednesday. As proposed by the school district, Wade will be suspended for the first game after his team ...
Gorman: Quips finding victory amid great loss
By Kevin Gorman
Nick Lackovich has Aliquippa undefeated, restoring his alma mater as a WPIAL boys basketball powerhouse in his second season as Quips coach. It’s deeply personal ...
Cold-shooting Monessen suffers costly loss to Fort Cherry
By Jeff Oliver
Some losses are tough. For Monessen’s girls’ basketball team, Tuesday’s defeat could be tougher than any the program suffered in the last quarter century. Monessen bowed to ...
Charleroi preps for showdown
By The Valley Independent
Charleroi Area prepped for Friday’s Section 4-AA showdown at Brownsville by beating visiting Carmichaels, 62-44, Tuesday night. The Cougars (11-6, 9-1) could clinch the section title ...
No. 5 Jeannette overcomes 18-point deficit, edges Serra Catholic
By Dave Mackall
Jeannette’s undefeated section record was in serious jeopardy Tuesday night before the Jayhawks finally got around to protecting it. Mike Pompei scored 17 points, and Julian ...
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning boys keep playoff hopes alive
By Staff Reports
The Wildcats haven’t given up on their final boys basketball season. Noah Kunst scored a game-high 27 points, and Kittanning won for the second time in three games with a Section 3-AAA win over visiting Yough, 61-49, on Tuesday. Noah Spang added 13 points, and James Webb had 11 for the Wildcats ...
Daily News roundup: West Mifflin takes down Laurel Highlands
By Staff Reports
Tony Hill scored 21 points to lead West Mifflin to a 67-65 win over Laurel Highlands (11-8, 6-5) in Section 4-AAA boys basketball Tuesday. Josh Long finished with 16 points for West Mifflin (15-2, 10-1). Latrobe 76, Norwin 66 — Austin Butler scored a game-high 31 points to ...
Hampton girls basketball team hustles past Ford City, 53-31
By Matt Grubba
What was a battle for second ended up not being much of a fight. Hampton scored the last eight points of the first quarter and continued to pull away throughout the game for a Section 1-AAA win over visiting Ford City, 53-31, on Tuesday. Jenn Lafko scored 12 points, and Laryn Edwards ...
Valley routs Freeport to keep playoff hopes alive
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There were technical problems with the national anthem at the start of the game, but Valley had no such on-court issues by the end of ...
Chartiers Valley displays shooting touch in blowout win over USC
By Chris Harlan
Chartiers Valley’s Tim McConnell ranks this season’s lineup among the best shooting teams he’s ever coached. Certainly top five. Maybe top three. That shooter’s touch showed ...
Butler’s 31-point night carries Latrobe past Norwin
By Paul Schofield
Latrobe sophomore Austin Butler hit his first three shots of the game Tuesday night against Norwin. Then he sort of disappeared in the second quarter. Norwin ...
No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic ends top-ranked Burrell’s section winning streak
By Bill West
A sheet of paper with the score from the last game between Burrell and Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls basketball teams hung on the front of ...
Ligonier Valley’s 3-sports standout nearing 1,000 career points
By Andrew John
In the age of sports specialization, it’s difficult to find a high school athlete who is successful in three sports. Ligonier Valley senior Jordan Jones is ...
High school roundup: Bethel Park downs No. 4 Mt. Lebanon in Section 4-AAAA
By Staff Reports
Joey Mascaro scored 20 points to lead Bethel Park to a 58-49 upset victory over Class AAAA No. 4 Mt. Lebanon (14-5, 9-2) in Section 4 boys basketball action Tuesday night. Levi Metheny scored 14 points in the win, while Joshua Duda added 10 points for Bethel Park (11-6, 7-3). Jonny ...
Greensburg high school roundup: Jeannette tops Serra Catholic in Section 4-A
By Staff Reports
Mike Pompei scored 17 points and Julian Batts scored 11 of his 15 points during a 32-point fourth quarter to lifted No. 5 Jeannette to a 70-66 win over host Serra Catholic (6-12, 3-5) in a Section 4-A game Tuesday night. Jeannette (10-7, 8-0) overcame an 18-point deficit in the ...
Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team defeats Southmoreland, 67-30
By Jason Black
For the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team to make a nice run in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, it likely will need strong performances from ...
East Allegheny girls getting used to winning with underclassmen
By Dave Mackall
Girls basketball means something special this season at East Allegheny, where the Wildcats’ 11-6 record has produced nearly twice as many victories as the past ...
Playoff tickets punched for some local hoop teams
By Jeff Oliver
At the three-quarter pole of the high school basketball season, several area teams have already wrapped up WPIAL playoff berths. On the boys’ side, those who ...
HS highlight reel: Moon names new football coach
By Tribune-Review
Slippery Rock High School football coach Brendan Hathaway, 35, was unanimously approved Monday and hired as Moon’s new head coach. Hathaway replaces Mark Washington, who ...
High school roundup: Greensburg Salem tops Mt. Lebanon
By Staff Reports
Greensburg Salem used eight pins Monday to rally for a 56-19 victory against Mt. Lebanon in a WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round wrestling match. Mt. Lebanon ...