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Late-blooming Penn Hills girls restoring WPIAL championship glory

By Bill West
At the start of the playoffs and even after two upset wins in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs, Penn Hills girls basketball coach John Tate ...

Monessen-Jeannette: Who gets the gold?
By Jeff Oliver 12:01 a.m.
At the start of the basketball season, Monessen coach Joe Salvino and Jeannette mentor Adrian Batts both felt their teams were good enough to reach ...
Big start carries Cal into state playoffs
By Jeff Oliver 12:01 a.m.
If it is true that one man’s treasure is another man’s trash, then the start of Thursday night’s WPIAL Class A play-in bracket final between California Area and Serra Catholic was Bill Cleary’s nightmare and Chris Minerd’s fantasy. That’s because Cleary’s Eagles had an awful start to the game while Minerd’s ...
Nine Leps still alive in WPIAL championships
By Jason Black 12:01 a.m.
Although only a freshman, Belle Vernon Area’s Zachary Hartman was hardly intimidated by the atmosphere or the competition at the WPIAL Class AAA Championships/PIAA Southwest ...
Highlands can’t recover from turnovers in playoff loss to South Fayette
By Bill Beckner Jr. 12:35 a.m.
With five playoff games, Highlands got a strong taste of the WPIAL’s new play-in format to determine state playoff spots. All told, though, the Golden Rams ...
Sophomore stars carry Beaver Falls to 3rd finals appearance in 4 seasons
By Chris Harlan
Beaver Falls sophomore Donovan Jeter can laugh at it now, thinking back on his first varsity start. The gym was full last winter for a ...
WPIAL finalists feature skilled scorers, playmakers on perimeter
By Kevin Gorman 12:20 a.m.
After a scrimmage with Aliquippa and Beaver Falls on the eve of the WPIAL playoff pairings meeting, Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell was so impressed ...
Gorman: Constantino clutch for NA
By Kevin Gorman 12:20 a.m.
Cole Constantino knows the disappointment of defeat in the WPIAL semifinals, so he did his best to avoid an encore. “I kept it in back ...
Fueled by comeback victories, Class A finalists Jeannette, Monessen set for showdown
By Ed Phillipps
It’s only fitting the remaining Class A boys basketball teams in the WPIAL tournament are Jeannette and Monessen. Both squads have refused to go away. ...
Trib Cup: South Park girls look ahead to PIAA tournament
By Brian Graham
For the first time in four years, the South Park girls basketball team will not be playing in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game. While the end result was not what first-year coach Juliet Highberger had hoped for, the journey she and her new team embarked upon showcased a vision of ...
High school roundup: Mt. Lebanon boys oust Hempfield
By Staff Reports
With a berth in the PIAA tournament on the line, Jonny David scored 17 points and Matt Hoffman had 10 to lead No. 3 Mt. Lebanon to a 56-53 win over No. 4 Hempfield in a WPIAL Class AAAA fifth-place game Thursday night at Peters Township. Mt. Lebanon (20-6) used ...
Third-quarter run helps Seton-La Salle boys return to WPIAL title game
By Karen Price
Members of the Seton-La Salle boys basketball team were fine with this being a new season and a different team from the one that won ...
Switching defenses turns tide for Redbank Valley
By Matt Grubba
One defensive switch made all the difference for Redbank Valley. The Bulldogs abandoned their 1-3-1 zone for man-to-man defense, and that turned a seven-point deficit into a 47-34 win over No. 3 Curwensville in the District 9 Class AA semifinals Wednesday at Clarion High School. Brooke Hinderliter had 22 points, 11 rebounds ...
Karns City girls return to District 9 title game
By Matt Grubba
For LeeAnn Gibson and her Karns City teammates, it was a night of happy returns. Gibson scored 22 points in her first game back from surgery to repair a broken finger, and the top-seeded Gremlins will be returning to the District 9 final after defeating No. 4 Moniteau, 49-29, in the ...
Salvino’s career highlighted by success
By Jeff Oliver
Joe Salvino is in his 31st year coaching basketball at Monessen. On Friday, he will make his 10th trip to the WPIAL championship game. That’s an ...
Trojans a win away from going to states
By Jeff Oliver
When California Area’s girls’ basketball team was eliminated by Riverview in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs, Trojan coach Chris Minerd said he ...
Late 3-pointer sends Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls to finals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic needed a prayer. It got a Hail Mary. Freshman guard Mary Cassamassa popped out behind the arc and fired in a ...
Aliquippa boys run away from Greensburg Central Catholic in semifinals
By Paul Schofield
In a blink of an eye, No. 1 Aliquippa turned a close game into a rout late in the third quarter of Wednesday’s WPIAL Class ...
Pinpoint free-throw shooting carries North Allegheny to 1st finals since 1999
By Doug Gulasy
North Allegheny wanted no part of another Fox Chapel upset. An airtight defense and nearly flawless free-throw shooting prevented it from happening. The No. 1 Tigers (23-2) shot 39 of 45 from the free-throw line, nearly equaling Fox Chapel’s point total, in a 71-44 win in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal ...
Blairsville boys, girls win playoff games
By George Guido
It was a clean sweep for Blairsville on Wednesday night in the District 6 semifinals before an overflow crowd at Bishop Carroll. The Bobcats girls and boys secured victories. The top-rated Blairsville girls basketball team continued to bulldoze its way through the District 6 Class A playoffs. The Bobcats secured a berth in ...
South Fayette girls top Elizabeth Forward to reach 1st WPIAL title game
By Dave Mackall
Even without its center presence, South Fayette found a way to prevail in the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA girls basketball playoffs. The Lions switched ...
Gorman: Indiana’s run high on heart
By Kevin Gorman
Indiana is holding a pep rally in its gymnasium Thursday to celebrate its first WPIAL basketball finals appearance. But its path to Petersen Events Center was forged by road trips that prepared the Little Indians for playoff-caliber competition. “As big as it is to play at Petersen Events Center and in ...
High school roundup: No. 2 Char Valley earns another trip to WPIAL finals
By Staff Reports
The Chartiers Valley boys basketball team is headed back to the WPIAL championship game for the fifth time in the past six seasons after defeating No. 11 North Hills, 78-53, in a Class AAAA semifinal game Wednesday night at Moon. The second-seeded Colts (22-3) made 15 3-pointers, including eight in the ...
Clutch 3-pointer lifts Beaver Falls to 3rd straight trip to finals
By Chris Harlan
Coaching decisions were instrumental in Beaver Falls reaching the WPIAL Class AAA finals. Like the choice to build around two sophomores, or the idea to ...
Rush scores 31 as Monessen returns to WPIAL title game
By Bill West
How appropriate that the team with a Rush on its roster won a WPIAL boys basketball semifinal between the most transition-crazed teams in Class A. Junior ...
Norwin clinches 1st WPIAL finals berth
By Dave Mackall
Norwin handed North Allegheny two of the Tigers’ three girls basketball losses so far this season, including one in the WPIAL playoffs Tuesday night that earned the Knights their first trip to a WPIAL title game. They’ll get their chance to take home the prize when they face upstart Penn Hills ...
Bishop Canevin knocks off No. 2 seed Burrell, 32-30
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The fun-filled buildup to another appearance in the WPIAL finals ended with a crashing letdown for the Burrell girls basketball team. Sixth-seeded Bishop Canevin, wide-eyed and ...
Highlands falls to Mars for 3rd time
By George Guido
Highlands keeps coming close, but the Golden Rams can’t quite overtake Mars. For the third time this season, the Planets held off Highlands on Tuesday night in a PIAA Class AAA play-in game at Moon. Mars built a 15-point lead in the third period, only to see the lead sliced to one ...
Fox Chapel playing with an open mind
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Open-mindedness in what’s been called a wide-open playoff field. It’s what Fox Chapel has thrived on as it has navigated its way through the WPIAL ...
Seniors the glue for feisty Riverview girls
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Hannah Larkin gave a speech to her Riverview teammates before they took the court against California on Monday night at Norwin. It’s somewhat of a locker-room custom for the Lady Raiders’ senior guard. “I told them no one expects us to go out there and win,” Larkin said. But sixth-seeded ...
High school roundup: Indiana boys top Ambridge to reach 1st WPIAL finals
By Staff Reports
The Indiana boys basketball team continues to make history. After earning its first trip to the semifinals, the Little Indians defeated No. 9 Ambridge, 54-45, on Tuesday night to earn a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA finals for the first time in program history. Ambridge led 32-31 heading into the ...
GameChanger app revolutionizes Ligonier Valley boys basketball
By Peter Turcik
Any high school sports team in the country keeps stats on their players. For most teams, a manager records the various bits of information from ...
Jeannette student athlete of the week: Swade Redman
By Kristie Linden
Swade Redman, a junior at Jeannette High School, is a point guard for the Jayhawks — a position he really likes. “I feel like I can ...
Franklin Regional basketball coach pleased with team’s focus, fight
By Michael Love
It was a tough year for the Franklin Regional varsity boys basketball team, both overall and in section play. The Panthers finished 3-9 in Section 2, tied with Penn Hills for fifth. They were 7-15 overall and suffered five losses in a row to end the season. But head coach Brad Midgley ...
Gateway girls coach pleased with players’ effort
By Michael Love
�Gateway head coach Cornelius Nesbit said that while last week’s 34-28 loss to Baldwin in the first round of the WPIAL Quad-A playoffs was tough, he said he made sure his players knew how pleased he was with the effort they showed through the game’s ups and downs. The Gators clawed ...
Healthy Jeannette gets rematch with Monessen
By Paul Schofield
When Jeannette started the season 1-4, many thought the Jayhawks were in for a long season. Not coach Adrian Batts. He said he knew his team ...