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Likely hoops coach wants to bring pride back to Penn Hills

By Ed Phillipps
Dan DeRose knows all about Penn Hills basketball. As a college coach, he watched the Indians from a distance and wondered what he could do with a team full of talented players like Penn Hills provides. DeRose is about to find out. Pending school board approval Monday, an assumed formality, ...

Deer Lakes’ Petruska resigns to coach hoops at Mars
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Dana Petruska resigned as girls basketball coach at Deer Lakes and accepted the same position at Mars. Petruska coached at Mars from 1986-2005 and won 286 ...
WPIAL board rules Highlands’ Nee, Valley’s Banko eligible
By Chris Harlan
Highlands basketball player Jamison Nee and Valley wrestler Nicholas Banko were ruled athletically eligible Monday in separate hearings with the WPIAL Board of Directors. Nee, ...
Ringgold still looking for girls basketball, baseball, softball coaches
By Jeff Oliver
The “Help Wanted” sign for coaches at Ringgold is getting dusted off yet again and is on display as the district is still seeking new coaches for girls’ basketball, baseball and softball. The district will be advertising for a third time to find a girls’ basketball coach to replace Laura ...
Presto’s passion for basketball, coaching emerges at Baldwin
By Ray Fisher
There probably won’t be a more enthusiastic coach in the Section 4-AAAA girls’ basketball ranks next season. Nikki Presto was chosen to replace Gavin Prosser, who ...
Road trip helps Armstrong basketball players build bond
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Taking turns dashing down water slides, from the Big Kahuna to the Shark Attack to the Maui Wowie, basketball players from once-rival schools bonded on ...
Riverview coach Sapotichne returns to roots
By Doug Gulasy
Paul Sapotichne doesn’t know if fate or just a strong coincidence led to his return to coaching. But the longtime Greensburg Salem boys basketball coach ...
Armstrong girls basketball squad clicking on court
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kirk Lorigan is not a mean guy, but when it comes to his expectations for the girls basketball program at Armstrong, he makes demands like ...
Harlan: Carmody ‘a little awestruck’ by early offers
By Chris Harlan
Mars sophomore Robby Carmody traveled hundreds of miles to play basketball this summer and now has two college coaches interested in keeping him close to home. Duquesne coach Jim Ferry and Penn State’s Pat Chambers were the first to offer Carmody a scholarship after watching the 6-foot-4 guard compete out ...
Penn Hills graduate looks forward to playing basketball at Cheyney
By Ed Phillipps
For the past three basketball seasons, Marlon Herring has heard her stepfather and Penn Hills coach John Tate preach: “Do more than you think you ...
Riverview hires Sapotichne to coach boys basketball
By Doug Gulasy
Riverview will turn to a coach with an “outstanding” resume to take over its boys basketball program. The school board voted Monday night to hire longtime Greensburg Salem coach Paul Sapotichne. He replaces Joe Farrell and will be Riverview’s third coach in as many seasons. A 1971 Springdale graduate, Sapotichne …
Knoch’s Hannes already testing surgically repaired knee
By William Whalen
It’s in Knoch basketball standout Austin Hannes’ character to be early in most everything he does, which is why nobody is surprised that the junior ...
Decision to leave Seton-La Salle ‘tough’ for new North Allegheny girls basketball coach
By Ed Phillipps
Spencer Stefko’s two seasons leading the Seton-La Salle girls’ basketball team were about as good as it gets. Twice, he led Seton-La Salle to the PIAA ...
Springdale hires veteran assistant for girls basketball post
By Doug Gulasy
Springdale filled its girls basketball coaching vacancy Tuesday night, as the Allegheny Valley School Board hired John Broderick to replace George Vlassich by a 9-0 vote. Broderick was a girls basketball assistant under Neal Martin at Shaler the past two seasons. The Titans advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals in ...
Mars boys hoops squad keeps busy with competitive summer schedule
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys basketball team had a busy postseason. The Fightin’ Planets are having an even busier offseason. Mars, which reached 20 wins in the regular ...
Seton-La Salle girls basketball coach headed to North Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
Girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko, who led Seton-La Salle to consecutive state finals, is headed to North Allegheny, NA athletic director Bob Bozzuto said. Stefko accepted ...
Quaker Valley boys basketball takes PBC summer crown
By Ed Phillipps
Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni said his main objective this summer was to see his team make progress. It’s safe to say the ...
Southmoreland girls win summer league hoops title
By Paul Paterra
It is often said about sports that success and championships are built in the offseason. The Southmoreland High School girls basketball team is hoping to point in that direction. They squad got a taste of success and a championship in the offseason by going 12-0 and capturing the title of the ...
Alum named assistant Jeannette girls basketball coach
By Brian Knavish
It’s been more than five years since Kirstie Cortazzo has been a part of a sports team at Jeannette High School. Late this fall, that will change. Cortazzo, a former standout softball and basketball player with the Jayhawks, has been hired as a varsity assistant coach with the Jeannette girls basketball ...
Sarber to join to 2 former Thomas Jefferson teammates at Carlow
By Ed Phillipps
When Cameron Sarber first walked into an open gym at Thomas Jefferson as a freshman, head coach Dom DeCicco had a simple message for him. ...
New Deer Lakes boys basketball coach Parham is eager to get going
By Doug Gulasy 11:59 p.m.
Terence Parham likes to tell people he’s undefeated as a trainer. That unblemished record will take a hit soon enough, but Parham doesn’t mind. Parham, who coached ...
No lack of scoring in Grebb boys’ action
By Jeff Oliver
Thursday was a night for shootouts in the boys’ division of the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League. And the biggest losers at the Mechanic ...
Baldwin boys basketball team to be led by solid senior leadership in 2015-16
By Ray Fisher
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 ...
Monessen’s Brown coaching in J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League
By Jeff Oliver
When Javon Brown ran the point for Monessen’s boys’ basketball team for two seasons in 2012-14, Greyhound coach Joe Salvino used to say that having ...
Young Penn-Trafford girls basketball team using summer league to improve
By Nathan Smith
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...