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Reigning basketball champs Beaver Falls, New Castle to join Section 2-AAA

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
 

Beaver Falls and New Castle, both two-time reigning WPIAL champions, will share a boys basketball section next season.

The WPIAL Board of Control on Tuesday approved a new section alignment for the 2014-15 season that places the two teams in Section 2-AAA with Beaver, Blackhawk, Central Valley and three others.

“There aren't going to be any games where there are seven or eight people in the gym milling around looking at pictures,” Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega said. “They're going to be meaningful games every single night.”

Enrollment numbers dropped New Castle to Class AAA after two seasons in Class AAAA. But Beaver Falls moved up voluntarily after winning WPIAL Class AA titles in 2012 and 2013.

“We haven't mastered Class AA by any means,” Biega said. “But you're looking at a tremendous opportunity for four or five local rivalries. And then you add a rivalry with New Castle. It's a no-lose situation for local basketball fans.”

The new alignments for boys and girls basketball were completed Feb. 11 but kept private until Tuesday. The most-debated decision involved Central Catholic's latest move in Class AAAA boys, said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley.

One team from Section 2-AAAA had to join Section 3, which loses Hampton and New Castle. The 14-person basketball steering committee, which includes Fox Chapel athletic director Mike O'Brien, considered having Fox Chapel join other schools from the north suburbs, but instead moved Central Catholic. The Vikings, with their campus in Oakland, have switched sections often.

“We're sort of like the odd-man out,” said Central Catholic coach/athletic director Chuck Crummie. “They feel like they can send us anywhere.”

Fox Chapel, which shares a border with Shaler, should have been the team moved, Crummie said.

“Supposedly, the WPIAL's main concern is the student-athletes, but they're going to put kids on the road on Tuesday nights to Butler or Seneca Valley?” he said. “… Sometimes you have to wonder where their concern is. That's disappointing to me.”

Among other notable moves, the Chartiers Valley boys return to Section 4-AAAA after two seasons in Class AAA. Lincoln Park, the No. 1 seed in the Class A playoffs, will join Section 1-AA.

The WPIAL also released updated section alignments for gymnastics, rifle and wrestling.

Board business

• Should the PIAA grant Sto-Rox's pending request to amend its enrollment numbers, the WPIAL doesn't want that change to take effect until the 2015 football season. For one season, Sto-Rox would play the Class AA schedule already assembled, then return to Class A. School administrators will meet with the PIAA on March 20.

• The WPIAL will require an eligibility hearing for Nicholas Aloi, who transferred from Ellwood City to Lincoln Park.

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

Below is the new alignment for boys and girls basketball, which begins with the 2014-15 school year.

Class AAAA

Section 1

Albert Gallatin, Connellsville, Hempfield, Kiski Area, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford

Section 2

Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Gateway, McKeesport, Penn Hills, Plum, Woodland Hills

Section 3

Butler, Central Catholic, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler

Section 4

Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, Moon, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair

Class AAA

Section 1

Burrell, Deer Lakes, Freeport, Hampton, Highlands, Knoch, Mars, Valley

Section 2

Ambridge, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Ellwood City, Hopewell, New Castle

Section 3

Derry, Greensburg Salem, Indiana, Kittanning, Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland, West Shamokin, Yough

Section 4

Belle Vernon, Elizabeth Forward, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Steel Valley, Thomas Jefferson, Uniontown, West Mifflin

Section 5

Keystone Oaks, McGuffey, Montour, South Fayette, South Park, Trinity, West Allegheny

Class AA

Section 1

Laurel, Lincoln Park, Mohawk, Neshannock, New Brighton, Riverside, Shenango, Summit Academy

Section 2

Apollo-Ridge, East Allegheny, Ford City, Greensburg Central Catholic, Shady Side Academy, South Allegheny, Wilkinsburg

Section 3

Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Burgettstown, Carlynton, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, Seton-La Salle, Washington

Section 4

Bentworth, Beth-Center, Brownsville, Carmichaels, Charleroi, Frazier, Waynesburg

Section 5

Aliquippa, Avonworth, Freedom, Northgate, OLSH, Quaker Valley, South Side Beaver, Sto-Rox

Class A

Section 1

Cornell, Eden Christian, Quigley, Rochester, Sewickley Academy, Union, Western Beaver

Section 2

Aquinas Academy, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Leechburg, Riverview, St. Joseph, Springdale, Vincentian

Section 3

Avella, California, Geibel, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown, Monessen, West Greene

Section 4

Clairton, Imani Christian, Jeannette, Serra Catholic, Trinity Christian, Winchester Thurston

Girls basketball

Class AAAA

Section 1

Albert Gallatin, Connellsville, Hempfield, Kiski Area, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford

Section 2

Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Gateway, McKeesport, Penn Hills, Plum, Woodland Hills

Section 3

Butler, North Allegheny, North Hills, Oakland Catholic, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler

Section 4

Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Moon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny

Class AAA

Section 1

Deer Lakes, Ford City, Hampton, Highlands, Kittanning, Knoch, Mars, Valley

Section 2

Ambridge, Beaver, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Ellwood City, Hopewell, New Castle

Section 3

Derry, Greensburg Salem, Indiana, Laurel Highlands, Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland, Uniontown, Yough

Section 4

Belle Vernon, Brownsville, Elizabeth Forward, Ringgold, South Park, Thomas Jefferson, West Mifflin

Section 5

Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks, McGuffey, Montour, Quaker Valley, South Fayette, Trinity

Class AA

Section 1

Beaver Falls, Laurel, Mohawk, Neshannock, New Brighton, Riverside, Shenango

Section 2

Apollo-Ridge, Burrell, East Allegheny, Freeport, Greensburg Central Catholic, Shady Side Academy, South Allegheny, West Shamokin

Section 3

Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Burgettstown, Chartiers-Houston, Seton-La Salle, Steel Valley, Wilkinsburg

Section 4

Bentworth, Beth-Center, Carmichaels, Charleroi, Frazier, Washington, Waynesburg

Section 5

Avonworth, Carlynton, Freedom, Northgate, OLSH, South Side Beaver, Sto-Rox

Class A

Section 1

Aliquippa, Cornell, Quigley, Rochester, Sewickley Academy, Union, Western Beaver

Section 2

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Eden Christian, Leechburg, Riverview, Springdale, St. Joseph, Vincentian

Section 3

Avella, California, Fort Cherry, Geibel, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown, Monessen, West Greene

Section 4

Clairton, Ellis School, Imani Christian, Jeannette, Serra Catholic, Trinity Christian, Winchester Thurston

 

 

 
 


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