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Leechburg placed on probation

Leechburg's boys basketball program has been publicly censured by the WPIAL and placed on probation for one year after violating a PIAA rule that prohibits teams from playing opponents that do not have schools.

Leechburg opened the season against St. Gertrude's of Vandergrift, a CYO team that does not have a school.

Rules say WPIAL/PIAA teams can only play other high school teams.

Leechburg, which added St. Gertrude's after Saltsburg withdrew from its tournament, beat St. Gertrude's, 53-51. But Leechburg forfeited the game before the WPIAL board reviewed the issue.

The one-year probation starts from the time of the incident, which was Dec. 8.

Winchester Thurston, which also played St. Gertrude's in the same tournament, was not punished by the WPIAL.

— By Bill Beckner Jr.

Top high school sports
By Staff Reports
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, 11:48 p.m.

Senior guard Sterling Henry went end to end with less than seven seconds left in Tuesday's Section 1-AAA game at Knoch and banked in a jumper from the foul line to deliver Kittanning a heart-pounding win.

Henry scored 20 of his season-high 30 points in the second half as Kittanning won, 68-67, in Jefferson Township.

The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0) trailed, 54-51, after three quarters.

Henry sank two 3-pointers and made all eight of his free throws.

After he made the game-winner, Kittanning students stormed the floor.

“It was crazy,” Henry said. “I wasn't ready for it at all. ... We were at half-court and ended up all the way back by the hoop because they kept pushing us back.”

Kevin Barnes followed in scoring for Kittanning with 11 points.

Mark Vaughn scored a team-high 21 points, including the put-back that gave the Knights (2-3, 1-1) a one-point lead with 6.6 seconds left. David Gallagher and Austin Miller added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Fox Chapel 66, Franklin Regional 54 — Billy Urso connected on all six of his 3-point attempts on his way to scoring 20 points, and Fox Chapel moved to 6-0 (2-0 Section 2-AAAA).

Brian Papich led the Foxes with 24 points, and Matt D'Amico scored 17 and pulled down 17 rebounds.

Norwin 37, Kiski Area 28 — Curtis Perz and Matt Stewart each scored 14 points to lead Norwin (4-2, 2-0) past Kiski Area in Section 1-AAAA action.

Adam Robison, Nick Stone, Mike Simmons and Joe Brungo all recorded six points for Kiski Area (3-3, 0-2).

Deer Lakes 53, Ford City 43 — Tim Jaczesko's game-high 21 points helped lead Deer Lakes (3-2, 1-0) past Ford City (2-4, 0-1) in Section 1-AA play.

J.J. Kovalkowski added 13 points for the Lancers. Jesse Sequeira scored a team-high 12 points for Ford City.

Leechburg 60, United 49 — Chris Swank's team-high 16 points helped lead Leechburg (3-2) past United (0-3) in nonsection play.

Jason Iellimo had 16 rebounds and scored seven points in the win.

St. Joseph 71, Geibel 49 — John Arcuri scored a game-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as St. Joseph cruised by Geibel in nonsection play.

Nick Chepkevich added 10 points for St. Joseph (3-2).

Aaron Agostoni scored 15 points for Geibel (0-3).

Girls basketball

Apollo-Ridge 58, Highlands 27 — Apollo-Ridge moved up a class to defeat visiting Highlands. Ashley Emminger scored 15 points for Class-AA Apollo-Ridge.

Sarah Bonelli and Briana Fairman each scored 12, and Julie DeMeno added 11 for Apollo-Ridge (5-1).

For Class AAA Highlands (1-4), Carly Hines scored 13 points and Nikki Misejka had 10.

Fox Chapel 60, Franklin Regional 43 — Alexa Yaksich and Erin Mathias each scored 16 points to help Fox Chapel (6-0, 2-0 Section 2-AAAA) stay undefeated.

Mathias also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Kayla Slovenec scored 14 points for the Foxes.

Plum 64, McKeesport 35 — Four Plum players scored in double figures in a Section 2-AAAA win over McKeesport.

Krista Pietrapola led the Mustangs with 16 points, Courtney Zezza scored 14, Jordan Seneca 12 and Ange Borriello 10 for (5-1, 2-0).

Kittanning 33, Shady Side Academy 32 — Cassie Merryman finished with a team-high 12 points for Kittanning (4-2), which led, 22-14, at halftime of the nonsection game.

Gabby Harchelroad scored 14 for Shady Side Academy (2-4).

Riverview 53, East Allegheny 16 — Leah Sero's game-high 10 points helped Riverview (4-2, 1-1) defeat East Allegheny (0-2, 1-4).

Rachel Condron scored nine points for the Raiders in the win.

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