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Montgomery’s 3s help team to Cager Classic win

By George Guido
Coming down the stretch in the Cager Classic girls all-star event at Highlands High School on Saturday night, the East team needed a lift to ...

Grodz resigns as Charleroi Area coach
By Jeff Oliver
In three years as Charleroi Area’s girls’ basketball coach. Joe Grodz had one of the highest winning percentages in the school’s history. His teams won 48 ...
Teams set mark for 3-pointers as East boys nip West, 110-109, in Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Playing with intensity down the stretch, the East boys outlasted the West, 110-109, to win the 19th annual Cager Classic on Saturday night at Highlands. More ...
Bordonaro boosts East girls to 79-72 victory in Cager Classic
By George Guido
It took Sydney Bordonaro and her East teammates one half of play to get into gear. But when they did, it resulted in a spectacular second ...
Kittanning senior Kunst shoots lights out at Cager Classic skills event
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Noah Kunst came into the Alle-Kiski Valley’s basketball all-star weekend with extra motivation. It wasn’t a chip on his shoulder; more like pride on his ...
Cager Classic notebook: Highlands, Mars players bury hatchet for the weekend
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands and Mars played three times this season in boys basketball. Mars won all three pressure-packed games, by a combined 10 points. The Planets posted 60-55 ...
Gorman: Multiplying a hoops issue
By Kevin Gorman
We can go round and round on the problems that persist within PIAA athletics, but one has proof on paper. Make that the scoreboard. Private schools are dominating girls basketball to the degree that they’re making a mockery of our championship events. We saw record blowouts in back-to-back days at the PIAA ...
PIAA committee wants to revive western final
By Chris Harlan
No longer could two Philadelphia teams meet in the state basketball finals, if the PIAA basketball steering committee gets its way. The committee recommended that the state tournament brackets return to a true east vs. west format in 2016-17, said Dan O’Neil, the WPIAL’s representative. The recommendation, which passed ...
Tough seasons to end on high note for girls at Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Senior Rachel McKaveney enjoyed plenty of success with the Springdale girls soccer team, which never is left out of the WPIAL playoff conversation. But basketball season ...
Gorman: Public v. private debate rages on
By Kevin Gorman
Amid the biggest blowout in PIAA girls basketball finals history, Old Forge students started chanting, “Public school champs ... and we don’t recruit!” That a private school, Vincentian, handed Old Forge a 48-point loss in the Class A championship game didn’t sit well with the small town of 8,000. “When you ...
Ford City, Kittanning making final appearances at Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Greg Hutcherson knows better than to try to turn the Cager Classic into a Ford City game. Half-court, slow-down basketball with zone defense packed into the ...
Seton-La Salle girls basketball team peaks with 8-game playoff run
By Ed Phillipps
There was a point early in the girls’ basketball season when Seton-La Salle, considered the top team in Class AA, didn’t even look like a ...
High school basketball notebook: Aliquippa motivated by loss in PIAA title game
By Kevin Gorman  and Chris Harlan
In the moments after its first loss in 30 games, Aliquippa’s junior-heavy lineup promised to find motivation in Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia’s Conwell-Egan Catholic in ...
Plum seniors look forward to Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While the Cager Classic annually marks the end of high school basketball season in the Alle-Kiski Valley, the all-star event also carries with it an ...
Gorman: We will miss Omogrosso
By Kevin Gorman
Chassidy Omogrosso laughed at the little white lie, the one that has her listed at 5-foot-5 on Blackhawk’s roster. “I’m a good 5-3½, maybe 5-4,” Omogrosso said with a smile. “I really try not to let my height get to me. If you want to score, you find a way ...
Seton-La Salle coach’s system validated with back-to-back berths in WPIAL finals
By Ed Phillipps
The seniors on this year’s Seton-La Salle boys’ basketball team were freshman athletes when Mark Walsh took over as head coach. When Walsh first stood in front of his new team, he stressed that if players bought into the system, worked together, and had fun, good things would happen. After advancing to ...
Division I-bound duo to lead East girls team at Cager Classic
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Local basketball fans have been served up Division I basketball talent many times before at the annual Cager Classic all-star games. Many top-level players have dueled ...
Basketball all-stars delay hanging up sneakers
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While the Cager Classic annually marks the end of high school basketball season in the Alle-Kiski Valley, the all-star event also carries with it an ...
Blackhawk girls beat Archbishop Wood, defend PIAA hoops title
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — Blackhawk senior Chassidy Omogrosso scored 23 points, senior Courtney Vannoy had 17 and the Cougars defended their state title with a 46-40 ...
Aliquippa boys’ bid for undefeated season ends with loss in PIAA Class AA title game
By Chris Harlan
Aliquippa celebrated 29 victories, mourned a heartbreaking death and cherished a district title in a four-month season stretched as far as possible. But this last ...
Gorman: Aliquippa not perfect, but proud
By Kevin Gorman
A dejected Darrien Fields was the last player to enter the Aliquippa locker room, carrying the PIAA Class AA runner-up trophy upside down. The Quips didn’t get the perfect ending they wanted. A 62-51 loss to Philadelphia’s Conwell-Egan Catholic Saturday spoiled Aliquippa’s bid to become only the 13th team in ...
Wise’s triple-double leads Vincentian to PIAA Class A girls title
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — Brenna Wise ended her illustrious career in the sweetest way, with an exclamation point that led Vincentian to its second consecutive PIAA Class ...
Seton-La Salle girls fall short in Class AA final
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — Neumann-Goretti certainly played like the best team in the country. With a roster heavy in college recruits and ranked No. 1 nationally by ...
Gorman: Seton-La Salle will go down in history
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY A tear trickled down Spencer Stefko’s cheek, knowing he had coached Seton-La Salle’s seven seniors for the final time. “It would’ve felt this bad even if we would’ve won,” Stefko said. Maybe not, but Stefko’s sentiment is understandable. This was the first team to play for a state title in ...
High school roundup: Constitution downs Farrell boys in Class A
By Staff and Wire Reports
Getting 28 points from Ahmad Gilbert and 20 from Kimar Williams, Constitution wheeled past Farrell, 85-53, in the PIAA Class A boys basketball title game Friday at Giant Center. Chad Andrews-Fulton added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Generals (24-8), who captured the Class AA title last season. Malik ...
Aliquippa looks to add to decorated basketball history
By Chris Harlan
While celebrating a trip to the state championship, Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich called this season “probably” the best in school history. But in ...
Defending champs Blackhawk, Seton-La Salle, Vincentian to face familiar foes in PIAA title games
By Chris Harlan
When everyone else had eyes on the top-ranked girls team in the country, Neumann-Goretti turned its attention to Seton-La Salle. “We have some unfinished business from ...
Gorman: Philly takes over PIAAs
By Kevin Gorman
There was a time when it was insisted that the PIAA championships weren’t true state titles because of the exclusion of Philadelphia schools. Now, the opposite is true. With eight Philadelphia teams among the 16 PIAA basketball finalists this weekend in Hershey — including six of the eight boys’ teams and ...
Trib Cup: Allderdice reflects on fairy-tale season
By Brian Graham
Allderdice’s fairy-tale season came to an abrupt halt at the hands of Martin Luther King High School on Tuesday night in Chambersburg. The Dragons lost 48-35 in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals, but coach Buddy Valinsky said those involved both within the program and outside of it have can have plenty ...
Thomas Jefferson product Holzer named section coach of the year
By Ed Phillipps
After the graduation of five starters among a total of seven seniors, prognosticating the Upper St. Clair boys’ basketball season for 2014-15 seemed to be ...
Motivated by pregame speech, Aliquippa ‘rings’ up victory
By Chris Harlan
Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich delivered many other pregame speeches this season to an undefeated Quips locker room, but this one had a familiar ring. ...
Seton-La Salle girls win, reach PIAA title game
By Nathan Smith
For the fourth time this season, the Bishop Canevin and Seton-La Salle girls basketball teams brought their holy war to the court. But the script didn’t ...
Norwin girls upended in PIAA West Region final
By Dave Mackall
ALTOONA — Norwin senior Laura Buchanan wiped the tears away while she and her teammates consoled one another Tuesday night after the WPIAL champion Knights ...
Vincentian girls headed back to PIAA finals
By Karen Price
Just one more team stands between the Vincentian Academy girls and a second consecutive PIAA Class A championship. Spurred by a big third quarter, the ...
Gorman: A rivalry like none other
By Kevin Gorman
Spencer Stefko was stunned by the lack of emotion and energy inside the Seton-La Salle locker room at halftime of its PIAA Class AA semifinal. “I asked, ‘Do you realize we’re in the Western finals?’ ” Stefko said. “Then again, some have never played or coached in it. These girls ...
Butler Area school board OKs investigation of girls basketball coach
By Rick Wills
The Butler Area School District has hired a lawyer to investigate the behavior of the girls’ high school basketball coach toward her players, a school board member said. “We have some parents who are saying she is a great coach, and some parents who say she is harming kids,” school ...