Basketball

Pine-Richland clears hurdle to advance in WPIAL boys basketball playoffs

Pine-Richland aspires to win the school's first WPIAL basketball title this season but will cherish this first-round win as well. For this year's roster, it also ...

Community rallies around Waynesburg girls basketball player who suffered stroke on court

Almost three weeks ago, Waynesburg's Morgan McDowell underwent emergency surgery after suffering a stroke during a basketball game. Since then, her mother said, she has ...

Ellis School girls basketball team holds off Leechburg in 2-OT thriller

Ellis School and Leechburg sought school history in their WPIAL Class A playoff opener Saturday afternoon. It seemed fitting, then, that the teams played a game ...

Highlands' effort to win playoff game thwarted by Keystone Oaks

Highlands poked and prodded at Keystone Oaks' lead. But every time the Golden Rams got close, the Eagles did something to keep momentum on their side. That ...

Deer Lakes girls basketball team uses defense to oust Greensburg Salem from WPIAL playoffs

Early defensive pressure and strong outside shooting by Deer Lakes led the Lancers to a 62-54 victory Saturday in a preliminary-round contest over Greensburg Salem ...

High school roundup: No. 6 Plum topples Penn-Trafford in OT

Senior Jack Marold buried a 3-pointer with 23 seconds to go in overtime and Kevin Brown added a pair of free throws to help No. ...

Jeannette rebounds from slow start to top Cornell in opening round

It might've been the four-day layoff between Jeannette's final game of the regular season and its WPIAL Class A first-round game against Cornell, and it ...

Bonelli, Vikings make big points in playoff rematch with Frazier

Megan Bonelli not only is a senior leader on the basketball court for Apollo-Ridge, but she also has been a standout kicker for the football ...

Bushee helps power Mt. Lebanon girls past North Hills

From the opening tipoff, Mt. Lebanon's McKenzie Bushee walked on the court, standing head and shoulders above the rest. For 32 minutes on the court, she ...

Montour's outside shooting too much for Knoch

Through three quarters, Knoch found itself in the grind-it-out style of game it thrives on. But Montour's 3-point shooting took over in the fourth and ...

High school roundup: No. 1 Norwin opens with convincing win

Dominique Petach scored 15 points and Alayna Gribble added 13 as the No. 1-seeded Norwin girls basketball opened the postseason with a 66-33 victory over ...

Shady Side Academy girls fall short of postseason goals

The Shady Side Academy girls basketball team ended the season with an overall record of 8-12, with a section mark of 5-8. This left the ...

Fox Chapel boys reflect on narrow losses

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll once said that coming close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The Fox Chapel boys basketball team can ...

Led by 9 seniors, No. 5 Central Catholic hopes to contend for WPIAL title

Central Catholic coach Chuck Crummie has maybe five or six seniors on his boys basketball roster most seasons. This year's has nine, his ...

Gorman: My choice for the Class 2A, A finals

Now that the two smallest classifications have been left out of the WPIAL football finals at Heinz Field, it raises a big question. Where ...

Trib Cup: Breen leads top-seeded CWNC girls into postseason

When the playoff brackets were announced at Tuesday's WPIAL basketball pairings meeting, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team was named as the top ...

No. 4 GCC boys look to turn regular-season success into championship

Greensburg Central Catholic knows how to win. With the WPIAL playoffs at hand, the Centurions are among a elite group of five high school boys ...

Under coach Bears, Bethel Park boys roll into playoffs

Trailing by two points against McKeesport with 2 seconds left Saturday, Bethel Park boys basketball coach Josh Bears called timeout and devised a play that ...

Trio of A-K Valley basketball teams make long-awaited return to postseason

Leechburg's girls basketball team has heard about the WPIAL playoffs. The larger crowds. The increased sense of urgency. The bracket-busting upsets. But the Blue Devils finally ...

Section champion West Allegheny looks to maintain momentum in playoffs

This wasn't supposed to be the team that ended the section title drought for the West Allegheny boys basketball team. After losing his top eight ...

Improbable run gives hope to Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team

At Mt. Pleasant, they have been talking about West Allegheny's improbable run to a WPIAL boys basketball championship in 2007 as a No. 16 seed. The ...

Alle-Kiski girls basketball playoff capsules

Class AAA Preliminary round Deer Lakes (14-8) vs. Greensburg Salem (7-15) 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Winner gets: No. 4 Blackhawk (16-6), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at ...

Greensburg Salem girls hitting their peak

The Greensburg Salem girls basketball team finished the regular season strong, winning four of its last six games to qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA ...

Gorman: Leechburg goes silent

The Leechburg boys basketball program dealt with two very different meetings Tuesday night about the same subject. While the Leechburg school board discussed whether the ...

Latrobe girls use section success to prepare for postseason

Latrobe girls basketball coach Mark Burkhardt came into his first season at the helm of the Wildcats with two goals for his new team. The ...

Stang leads Riverside girls into playoffs

In the waning moments of his team's 65-22 trouncing of New Brighton on Feb. 4, Riverside girls basketball coach John Wolf looked around the court ...

Jefferson-Morgan girls out to make history

Kayla Yorko wants to help the Jefferson-Morgan girls basketball team steal headlines. The 5-foot-9 senior guard's dual role at the school gives her that opportunity. ...

A-K Valley playoff basketball capsules

Boys Class AAA Preliminary round Knoch (14-7) vs. Montour (12-9) 8 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Winner gets: No. 1 New Castle (21-1) at ...

Gorman: Pair perfect for playoffs

Aliquippa acknowledged the elephant in the room, only for Nick Lackovich to use it as a chance to crack a joke. With New Castle losing ...

Latrobe boys, Norwin girls earn top seeds for WPIAL playoffs

Latrobe basketball coach Brad Wetzel had never been in this position before. As he sat at the WPIAL basketball pairings meeting Tuesday at the Green Tree ...

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