High school roundup: Chartiers Valley boys advance to title game
Chartiers Valley's Matty McConnell hadn't forgotten about the last time his Colts faced Beaver, because his little sister wouldn't let him.
McConnell received a note from her Tuesday, encouraging him to shoot 3-pointers better than the last time his Colts played Beaver.
It was good advice, his father said with a laugh.
McConnell scored 24 points and led No. 1 Chartiers Valley to a 68-43 victory over No. 4 Beaver (19-4) in the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball playoffs at North Allegheny. Michael Boulos had 16 points, Spencer Casson had 12 and Dominic Castello added 10.
“The first time we played them, my son was 1 for 13 from the 3-point line,” CV coach Tim McConnell said of a 59-55 loss on Jan. 8. “He wasn't tonight, and that was a huge difference. We hit some shots tonight.”
The Colts (22-3) will face Section 5 rival Montour at 9 p.m., Friday, at Duquesne's Palumbo Center for the championship.
Montour 61, Mars 52 — Rob Julian scored 17 points and Kevin Scuilli added 15, as No. 3 seed Montour (21-4) secured its second WPIAL finals appearance in three years with a Class AAA semifinal victory at Moon. Devin Wilson added 12 points for the Spartans.
Second-seeded Mars (21-4), in the semifinals for the first time in school history, got 12 points from Josh Goetz, Zach May had 11, and Matt Getsy and Owen Nearhoof had 10 apiece.
Vincentian Academy 82, NorthCatholic 69 — Ryan Wolf scored 29 points to lead No. 2-seeded Vincentian Academy (24-1) to a WPIAL Class A semifinal victory at North Hills, moving the Royals into the WPIAL championship game.
Jim Kenna added 15 points and Matt Rathz scored 11 for Vincentian Academy, which withstood a North Catholic rally in the fourth quarter before pulling away. Danny Savulchak led No. 3 North Catholic (16-6) with 33 points.
Bethel Park 36, Gateway 28 — Sammi Simpson and Harper Zimmer each scored 11 points to lead No. 3 Bethel Park in the Class AAAA semifinals at Keystone Oaks. Bethel Park (22-3) will play No. 5 Chartiers Valley in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Palumbo Center.
Bishop Canevin 55, Burrell 19 — Class AA No. 2 Bishop Canevin (21-4) coasted in a semifinal game at Moon, as senior standouts Carly Forse and Erin Waskowiak shined. Forse scored a game-high 23 points and Waskowiak added 22 as the Crusaders advanced to face No. 1 Seton-La Salle (24-1) in the title game at 5 p.m. Friday at Palumbo Center.
It will be a rematch of last year's final and Bishop Canevin will look to avenge a 73-60 loss.
Seton-La Salle 73, Jeannette 38 — Natalie Piagessi's 17 points led three Rebels in double figures, as top-seeded Seton-La Salle (24-1) won easily in the Class AA semifinals at North Hills. Nicolette Newman scored 14 points and Naje Gibson had 10 for Seton-La Salle, which won its 17th consecutive game. Ciara Gregory, led Jeannette (17-7) with a game-high 27 points.
The Plum School Board unanimously voted to hire Matt Morgan as the school's head football coach Tuesday night. Morgan, a 1999 Plum grad who was a PrepStar All-American, was a four-year starter at offensive tackle at Pitt and played with the St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills.
He has spent the past few seasons as an assistant coach at Gateway.