McKeesport wins in OT
McKeesport played in four overtime games during the regular season. That experience under pressure paid off Saturday as the No. 11 Tigers (15-7) knocked off sixth-seeded Bethel Park, 58-54, in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round playoff game at Baldwin.
Carlitto Acie had six 3-pointers and a game-high 28 points, and the Tigers hit seven free throws in overtime to lock up the victory.
Cody Gilchrist had 22 points, and Wyatt Hagerty had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Bethel Park (17-6).
Hampton 53, Mt. Lebanon 49 — Ryan Luther scored 19 points, and David Huber had 14 to lead No. 3 Hampton (19-4) to a Class AAAA first-round victory at North Allegheny. Justin David had 20 points for No. 14 Mt. Lebanon (10-13).
Seneca Valley 72, Central Catholic 41 — Ryan McCauley scored 26 points, and Easton Buzzoli added 22 points as No. 12 Seneca Valley (16-7) won in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Seneca Valley led at halftime, 38-16, and held the Vikings to only two third-quarter points. David Urso scored 19 points for No. 5 Central Catholic (16-6).
Aliquippa 69, Avonworth 60 — Aliquippa (10-13) earned a preliminary-round win and advanced to the first round to play No. 4 Jeannette (17-4) Wednesday.
Apollo-Ridge 66, Neshannock 64 — Apollo-Ridge (16-7) held off a furious fourth-quarter rally to win a preliminary-round game at Highlands. The Vikings led, 56-41, with 1:44 left in the third period, but Neshannock (17-6) rallied and had a chance to win it at the buzzer before a 3-point attempt by Ernie Burkes missed the mark. Lucas Burrell led five Vikings in double figures with 18 points. Burkes led the Lancers with 28 points.
Bishop Canevin 59, Charleroi 52 — Matt Tambellini scored 19 points, and Jake Seligman added 17 points to lead Bishop Canevin (11-12) to a preliminary-round victory. Matt Indorante paced Charleroi (14-7) with 16 points. The Crusaders advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinals against No. 1 Beaver Falls (19-3).
Brentwood 56, California 50 — Jason Pilarski scored 19 points and surpassed 1,000 career points as Brentwood (13-9) won a preliminary-round game. Mike Kish scored 20 points for Brentwood, which will take on Shady Side Academy in the first round Wednesday. Brian Fisher surpassed the 1,000 career point mark by scoring 24, including all 14, in the third quarter for California (18-4).
Burrell 64, Beth-Center 34 — A 14-0 run allowed the Bucs to open a 30-9 lead midway through the second quarter and roll in a preliminary-round. Cole Bush recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Burrell (16-6), which will face Washington in the first round Wednesday.
Mohawk 49, Serra Catholic 43 — Mohawk opened the second quarter with a 15-0 run that led to a preliminary-round. Serra Catholic (13-9) cut the deficit to two, 34-32, with 3:27 remaining in regulation, but Mohawk (10-13) held off the late charge. Lucas Grim paced Mohawk with 17 points while George Prota paced Serra Catholic with 14 points. Mohawk will take on No. 3 Seton-La Salle (20-2) on Wednesday.
Northgate 44, Brownsville 38 — Northgate (14-9) pulled away late to earn a win a WPIAL Class AA preliminary-round win at Baldwin. Justin Parra scored 14 points for Northgate, which will face No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (21-1) in the first round Wednesday.
Riverside 58, West Shamokin 53 — Tyler Falk led Riverside (15-8) with 20 points in a preliminary-round win. Anthony Rocco led all scorers with 21 points for West Shamokin (11-11). Riverside will play No. 6 Quaker Valley (18-4) in the first round Wednesday.
Shady Side Academy 48, Deer Lakes 45 — Aaron Horne scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half as Shady Side Academy (9-14) won a preliminary-round game. Deer Lakes (16-7), fresh off its first section title since 1992, was seeking its first playoff win since 1985. Tim Jaczesko finished with a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
Washington 76, Jefferson-Morgan 32 — Josh Wise and Jaylin Kelly scored 19 and 17 points, respectively, as Washington (17-6) won in the Class A preliminary round. Jordan Drew added 13 points for Washington, which led 28-5 after the first quarter and 44-13 at halftime. Rece Henneman tallied 10 points for Jefferson-Morgan (11-12).
Indiana 36, Ringgold 35 — The Little Indians (16-7) won a Class AAA preliminary-round game and advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinals to face No. 3 South Park (19-2).
Keystone Oaks 45, Mt. Pleasant39 — Kayla Brownlee scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half to lead Keystone Oaks (14-8) to a Class AAA preliminary-round win at Gateway. Alexa Szelong led all scorers with 25 points for Mt. Pleasant (14-8).
South Fayette 61, Freeport 35 — Caityln McLuckie and Shannon Gillespie had 12 points apiece as South Fayette (15-7) cruised to a Class AAA preliminary-round win. The Lions will play No. 4 Central Valley (17-4) in the first round.
West Mifflin 61, Kittanning 41 — West Mifflin (10-12) broke open a close game with a 20-6 third-quarter surge to capture a Class AAA preliminary-round victory. Taylor Thomas tallied 23 points to lead the Titans. Kittanning (9-14) had just 14 field goals — seven two-pointers and seven 3-pointers. Alaina Thomas 14 points to lead Kittanning. West Mifflin will play No. 1 Blackhawk (22-0) in the first round.
Cornell 61, Carmichaels 56 — Mason DePetro had 27 points as No. 11 Cornell (12-10) pulled off an upset in a first-round game. Amanda Brown had 19 points for No. 6 Carmichaels (19-4).
Jefferson-Morgan 29, Eden ChristianAcademy 25 — Jefferson-Morgan (10-13) was led by Katie Shaffer and Kayla Yorco with eight points each in a preliminary-round win. Aila Bradford led Eden Christian Academy (12-11) with 11 points. Jefferson-Morgan will play No. 2 Serra Catholic (20-2) in the first round Wednesday.
North Catholic 65, Frazier 37 — Lauren Wolosik had 28 points to lead No. 3 North Catholic (14-9) to a first-round win. The Trojans will play Cornell in the quarterfinals next Saturday.
Quigley 81, California 38 — Kaitlyn Smith scored 18 points to lead Quigley Catholic (17-5) to a first-round win at Peters Township. Kristin Jackson added 15 points and Morgan Dillon 14 points for Quigley, which led at halftime, 47-16. Courtney McMasters scored 18 points and surpassed 1,000 points for her career for California (14-8). Quigley will play St. Joseph in the quarterfinals Saturday.
St. Joseph 45, Avella 30 — Mallory Heinle scored 20 of her game-high 24 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 12 St. Joseph (11-12) to a first-round upset of No. 5 Avella (13-7) at North Hills. Avella played without its leading scorer, 5-foot-9 senior center Olivia English, who missed the game with a neck injury. Amanda Klawinski added 11 points for the Spartans.
West Greene 50, Clairton 26 — Sisters Madison and Alyssa Raber scored 25 and 14 points, respectively, as West Greene (13-9) won in the preliminary round. Justice Hall scored 10 points for Clairton (7-14).
Track and field
Seneca Valley's Jonathan Dorogy and Hempfield's Jasmine Jones were each double winners in individual events Saturday at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Indoor Championship meet at Edinboro University. Dorogy won the 60-meter dash (6.91 seconds) and 200-meter dash (22.28), and Jones did the same, with a 7.83 in the 60 and 25.82 in the 200.
Section 1-AA tournament — South Park entered the Section 1-AA tournament with three wrestlers seeded first, and all won titles, including Rob Wolak (285), Greg Bulsak (126) and Taylor Wentzel (138). Other top seeds to win included Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt (106), South Fayette's Seth Carr (113) and Mike Fetchet (170), South Side Beaver's Nathan Reckner (120) and Shane Gentry (132), Chartiers-Houston's Tanner Sutton (145) and Garrett Vulcano (195), Freedom's Boe Bonzo (152) and Avella's Jake Temple (220).
Section 2-AA tournament — Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths, the top-ranked wrester in Class AA, won a 4-0 decision over Jefferson-Morgan's Howard Brendan to earn the 106-pound title. Other top seeds to finish first in their weight classes were Mt. Pleasant's Mike Novak (120) and Justin Overly (182), West Greene's Wade Blackmon (132) and Cody Jacobs (220), Charleroi's Nick Gavazzi (138), Jefferson-Morgan's Dustin Conti (170) and Southmoreland's Jacob Beistel (285).
Section 3-AA tournament — Kittanning's Jason Nolf won the marquee bout in the Section 3-AA finals, with a 1-0 decision over Keystone Oaks' Nick Zanetta at 132 pounds. Other top seeds to win were Valley's Jihad Ratliff (106) and Josiah Hughes (120); South Allegheny's Justo Hernandez (113); Burrell's Steve Edwards (138), Phil Marra (145), Cory Kelms (170), Dakota DesLauriers (182) and Alan Beattie (285); and Kittanning's Taylor Jack (152), Jacob Robb (160) and Zac Croyle (195).
City League Championships — Ean Disilvio was named outstanding senior wrestler after winning the 138-pound title and leading Allderdice to the City League title at Carrick High School. Also taking first for the Dragons were Devaughn Dorion-Long (113), Josh Zinkhovsky (126), Brian Estep (145), Cameron Jacobson (152), Jaylen Wilkins (182) and Pat Ferguson (285).