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Gateway hires Freedman as boys basketball coach

By Kevin Gorman
Daryn Freedman, who spent the past five years at Kiski School, was hired Tuesday night as Gateway’s boys basketball coach. Gateway athletic director Randy Rovesti said Freedman’s strong resume stood out. Freedman worked in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers and on the staffs of John …

Plum’s Zezza realizes Division I dream
By Michael Love 12:01 a.m.
Like many young basketball players, Courtney Zezza had a dream of earning a Division I college scholarship. That dream became a reality last week when …
Plum girls basketball standout commits to St. Francis
By Michael Love
Like many athletes who set goals when they are young, Courtney Zezza had a dream of making it in the game of basketball and earning a Division I college scholarship. That dream became a reality last week as the 6-foot-3 Plum senior center gave a verbal commitment to continue her …
Newman thrilled to sign with Division I Cleveland State
By Ed Phillipps
When Nicolete Newman signed to play basketball at Cleveland State University, it was almost a dream of hers coming true. Almost, because the reality is …
Steel Valley tabs Schifino as new boys basketball coach
By Dave Mackall
Former WPIAL scoring whiz Drew Schifino was named boys basketball coach at Steel Valley on Tuesday night by a school board vote of 5-2-1. Schifino, who coached at Waynesburg High School for one season, is a former Penn Hills star who ranks among the all-time leading scorers in the WPIAL …
Henry Kuzma, architect of 1965 Midland Leopards, dead at 86
By George Guido
Scholastic basketball fans in Western Pennsylvania will probably argue forever whether the best team in history was the 1965 Midland Leopards or the 1967 Ambridge Bridgers. Followers of Midland remind others that the small Beaver County school played teams in the highest enrollment classification. Now, the architect of the legendary …
Seton-La Salle’s Newman commits to Cleveland State
By Bill West
Senior running back Trewon Marshall carried the load Saturday to lead Quaker Valley (2-1, 2-1) to a 35-7 road win over Century Conference rival South Allegheny (1-2, 1-2). Marshall recovered a fourth-quarter fumble to go with his 225 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. He had 13 carries for 114 yards …
Gorman: Mt. Lebanon coach leads USA to gold
By Kevin Gorman
Dori Oldaker was still bleary-eyed Labor Day, three days after returning home from her two-week trip to China. One thing the Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach could still see clearly in her mind’s eye was her moment on the medals stand. Oldaker led the USA to its first gold medal …
Gorman: Rowan’s move hurts area hoops
By Kevin Gorman
Maverick Rowan started classes Monday at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Good for him. Bad for WPIAL basketball. Maybe Pitt hoops, too. Rowan, who led Lincoln Park to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships last spring, would have been the top player in Western Pennsylvania. Which is …
Facing criminal charges, Gateway boys basketball coach resigns
By Kevin Gorman
Mitch Adams, who led Gateway to back-to-back WPIAL Class AAAA championships in 2011 and ’12, resigned Sunday as boys basketball coach amid allegations he threatened …
Pitt recruit Rowan leaving Lincoln Park
By Chris Harlan
Pitt basketball recruit Maverick Rowan is leaving Lincoln Park for a high school in Florida. The 6-foot-7 junior withdrew Thursday from the Beaver County charter …
Gateway coach to fight criminal charges
By Kevin Gorman
Gateway boys basketball coach Mitch Adams on Saturday vowed to fight criminal charges he faces in connection with an alleged incident with a neighbor. Trafford police charged Adams, 56, of Trafford on Aug. 11 with making terroristic threats and harassment during an alleged confrontation July 13 with a neighbor. “There’s …
Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Meabon steps down after 5 seasons
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Meghan Meabon was faced with a tough decision recently. After much thought, she decided to step down after a successful …
Seneca Valley, Mars, Butler girls basketball programs come together for summer drills
By Jerry Clark
They are rivals geographically, but getting better at basketball and having some fun doing it trumped all else for the Seneca Valley, Mars and Butler …
Belle Vernon girls basketball standout Slagus will play at Bucknell
By Bill Hughes
As a sophomore two years ago on the Belle Vernon Area girls’ basketball team, Kaitlyn Slagus saw first hand what the recruiting process was like …
New coach to lead Greensburg Salem girls basketball
By Brian Graham
The Greensburg Salem girls basketball team will head a different direction this season under the watch of Lisa Mankins. After opening the position in the early summer, the Greensburg Salem school board hired Mankins based on her collegiate playing experience, previous coaching experience and her willingness to develop the program …
No summer vacation for Mars boys basketball team
By Joe Sager
The momentum continues for the Mars boys basketball team. With four new starters and a young roster, the Planets reached the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals …
Belle Vernon coach’s family bonds through basketball
By Ed Phillipps
When Ed Manfredi decided to come out of retirement and accept a position as an assistant girls’ varsity basketball coach at Belle Vernon, it wasn’t …
Griffin takes over Keystone Oaks girls basketball team
By Nathan Smith
After one of his first voluntary practices with his new team last week, Keystone Oaks girls basketball coach Rich Griffin laid out the three goals …
McKeesport caps girls summer league season
By Dave Mackall
A regular-season schedule of nine games each for 26 high school teams was just enough to keep the contenders sharp in the McKeesport Girls Basketball Summer League. The intensity picked up in the playoffs. Norwin defeated WPIAL Class AAAA champion Penn-Trafford, 53-41, in the title game Tuesday at McKeesport High …
EF coach excited for return to boys game
By Dave Mackall
For the past three years, Elizabeth Forward has known Sam Kosanovich as its highly successful girls basketball coach. Come next season, Kosanovich will lead the …
Quaker Valley boys basketball team develops in summer league circuit
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team has been doing its best impression of the most recent NBA champion this summer. Like the San Antonio Spurs, …
Bosnic resigns as Connellsville boys coach
By Jason Black
Citing personal reasons, Dan Bosnic resigned as coach of the Connellsville boys basketball team. The Connellsville School Board is expected to accept Bosnic’s resignation at …
EF names Kosanovich boys head coach
By Staff Report
Elizabeth Forward School Board named Sam Kosanovich head coach of the boys varsity basketball team Wednesday. Kosanovich coached the EF girls for the past three seasons, compiling a 64-15 record with three trips to the PIAA tournament. His assistant coach, Krystal Gibbs, was named the EF girls head coach Wednesday. …
Norwin girls basketball team already working for next season
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin girls basketball team didn’t take much time to reflect on the end of its most recent season before beginning to prepare for the …
Norwin boys basketball team getting experience over summer
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin boys basketball team will feature many new players in 2014-15, and they’re getting their first taste of the varsity level this summer. Although …
Franklin Regional boys gaining experience over summer
By Doug Gulasy
Next season’s Franklin Regional boys basketball team will count heavily on newcomers, but those players are already getting their first taste of the varsity level …
Penn-Trafford boys continuing to grow
By Doug Gulasy
The growing process that began last season for the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team is continuing over the summer, and coach Ryan Yarosik counts himself pleased …
Ligonier Valley boys basketball benefits from summer league
By Alex Oltmanns
While official team practices don’t begin for several months, the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team spent the last several weeks refining its skills. Competing in the Richland Varsity Summer Basketball League at Richland High School, the Rams went up against teams from various leagues such as the WestPAC, Laurel Highlands …
WPIAL confirms basketball title games moving in 2015
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL basketball championships will move to Petersen Events Center next season, not a year later as the Board of Control incorrectly stated Monday. The WPIAL agenda and meeting discussion included 2015-16 and 2016-17 for leaving Palumbo Center. “That was wrong,” said WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley, listing the correct …
Penn-Trafford girls basketball squad not resting after first title
By Doug Gulasy
Three months after winning the first WPIAL championship in program history, the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team is working on its title defense. Even with the …
Plum league helps basketball players stay sharp, make their mark
By Michael Love
In a sweltering auxiliary gym Monday night at Plum High School, players from the Gateway and Valley varsity boys basketball teams battled for 40 minutes. …
Plum, Gateway girls hoops teams make most of summer time on court
By Michael Love
The 2013-14 high school basketball season for the Plum and Gateway girls squads ended four months ago, and preseason practices for the 2014-15 campaign don’t …
Franklin Regional girls dealing with injuries in summer league play
By Doug Gulasy
Injuries can cause problems for teams during the regular season, but the Franklin Regional girls basketball team is experiencing some health-related misfortune during the summer. …
High school notebook: WPIAL basketball championships moving to Petersen Events Center
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL basketball championships are leaving Palumbo Center. The Board of Control voted Monday to move the boys and girls finals to Pitt’s Petersen Events …
Father figure: Farrell looks to restore winning ways at Riverview
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Joe Farrell isn’t quitting his day job, he’s just making his extended family larger. Riverview’s new boys basketball coach is proud to say he’s a …