TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Breaking down the PIAA basketball finals

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Related Stories
Top high school sports
Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Class AAAA

New Castle vs. La Salle College

8 p.m. Saturday, Giant Center

New Castle (30-0)

Coach: Ralph Blundo

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

3 Drew Allen G 6-0 Sr.

5 Jake McPhatter G/F 5-11 Sr.

22 Anthony Richards G 5-8 Sr.

23 Malik Hooker G/F 6-1 Sr.

32 Stew Allen C 6-3 Sr.

La Salle College (23-6)

Coach: Joe Dempsey

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

4 Najee Walls G 5-11 Jr.

5 Jalen Herdsman F 6-5 Sr.

24 Shawn Witherspoon G 6-0 Jr.

25 Dave Krmpotich F 6-7 Jr.

30 Chuck Champion G 6-0 So.

Title-game record: NC: 0-3, L: 0-0

Notable: La Salle reached the finals with a lineup of first-year starters. Krmpotich, who has Patriot League interest, averages 11.5 points. The third-place team from District 12, La Salle beat 2013 PIAA champion Lower Marion (71-48) and runner-up Chester (61-55). Not since 2004 was there a Class AAAA final without a District 1 team.

Predicted winner: New CastleClass AAA

Neumann-Goretti vs. Susquehanna Twp.

8 p.m. Friday, Giant Center

Neumann-Goretti (26-4)

Coach: Carl Arrigale

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

2 Tony Toplyn F 6-6 Sr.

3 Troy Harper G 6-1 Sr.

5 Lamarr Kimble G 6-0 Jr.

12 Jamal Custis G 6-6 Sr.

20 Ja'Quan Newton G 6-3 Sr.

Susquehanna Township (23-7)

Coach: Vince Rogers

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

3 Nehemiah Mack G 6-0 So.

4 Gabe Mack G 5-10 Sr.

15 Joe Marshall F 6-4 Jr.

22 Quintin Ward F 6-6 Jr.

25 Roman Letterlough F 6-5 Jr.

Title-game record: NG: 3-0, ST: 2-1

Notable: Susquehanna, playing in a fourth straight PIAA tournament, is led by Division I prospect Bud Mack (19.3 ppg). Neumann-Goretti is in the PIAA playoffs for a sixth straight season and won three titles from 2010-12, beating Chartiers Valley and Montour twice. Newton (21.2 ppg), a Miami (Fla.) recruit is the Philly Catholic League's all-time leader with nearly 2,000 points.

Predicted winner: Neumann-GorettiClass AA

Seton-La Salle vs. Constitution

2 p.m. Saturday, Giant Center

Seton-La Salle (29-1)

Coach: Mark Walsh

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

11 Malik White C 6-4 Sr.

12 Christian DelGreco G 5-9 Jr.

23 Dale Clancy G 5-9 Sr.

24 Levi Masua F 6-6 Sr.

32 Ryan Norkus F 6-3 Jr.

Constitution (27-5)

Coach: Robert Moore

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

4 Raheem Liggins F 6-5 Sr.

10 Akeem King G 5-11 Jr.

11 Floyd Preito G 6-0 Sr.

21 Ahmad Gilbert F 6-6 Jr.

22 Kimar Williams G 6-1 Jr.

Title-game record: S: 1-0, C: 1-0

Notable: Gilbert, a small forward with offers from Drexel, Hofstra and Rhode Island, led Constitution with 18 points and three 3-pointers in a semifinal win over Elmer L. Meyers, 55-44. A Philadelphia public school, Constitution won the Class A title in 2012 over Lincoln Park, 68-46. In its only other PIAA title game appearance, Seton-La Salle won Class AAA in 1988 over Milton, 77-72.

Predicted winner: ConstitutionClass A

Lincoln Park vs. MCS Charter

2 p.m. Friday, Giant Center

Lincoln Park (29-1)

Coach: Mark Javens

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

0 Antonio Kellem G 6-1 Jr.

2 Ryan Skovranko F 6-7 Sr.

3 Nelly Cummings G 5-10 Fr.

5 Elijah Minnie F 6-9 Sr.

24 Maverick Rowan G 6-7 So.

MCS Charter (15-14)

Coach: Dan Jackson

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

2 Tyrese Hester G 5-11 Jr.

4 Nazeer Bostick F 6-5 So.

20 Samir Doughty G 6-4 Jr.

23 Louis Myers G 6-3 Sr.

34 Mike Watkins F 6-9 Jr.

Title-game record: LP: 0-2, M: 1-0

Notable: MCS Charter won 70-55 when these two teams met in the 2011 final. Doughty, who has Atlantic 10 offers, has averaged 17 points for Math, Civics and Sciences Charter. Watkins, a Penn State recruit, averages 11.0. MCS, the No. 1 seed from District 12, played a tough regular-season schedule. Rowan averages 27 points for Lincoln Park, which lost only to New Castle.

Predicted winner: Lincoln ParkClass AAAA

Cumberland Valley vs. Spring-Ford

6 p.m. Friday, Giant Center

Cumberland Valley (27-5)

Coach: Bill Wolf

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

5 Jen Falconer G 5-6 Jr.

20 Taylor Sneidman G 5-6 Jr.

22 Maddie Torresin F 6-1 Sr.

25 Kelly Jekot G 6-0 So.

35 Meghan Rhoades F 5-11 Jr.

Spring-Ford (27-6)

Coach: Mickey McDaniel

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

5 Shelby Mueller F 6-0 Jr.

12 Julia Roshelli G 5-6 Jr.

22 Sammy Stipa G 5-5 Sr.

23 Amy Roth G 5-4 So.

24 Maggie Locke F 6-0 Jr.

Title-game record: CV: 1-1, SF: 1-0

Notable: These teams will feel quite familiar with one another in a rematch of the 2013 PIAA title game won by Spring-Ford, 60-45. They played Feb. 6 in a nonleague game, with S-F winning 52-37. Stipa, a Lafayette recruit with more than 1,300 career points, averages 13.7 points, and Mueller averages 12.8 for Spring-Ford. Torresin leads CV at 15.5 ppg. Spring-Ford, which defeated North Allegheny in the semifinals 46-32, is ranked No. 1 in the state.

Predicted winner: Spring-FordClass AAA

Blackhawk vs. Archbishop Wood

6 p.m. Saturday, Giant Center

Blackhawk (27-2)

Coach: Steve Lodovico

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

1 Bridgette Shaffer G 5-9 Jr.

2 Chassidy Omogrosso G 5-5 Jr.

13 Danielle Levato F 6-0 Jr.

21 Halle Denman G 5-7 Sr.

23 Courtney Vannoy F 6-1 Jr.

Archbishop Wood (25-3)

Coach: John Gallagher

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

4 Rachel Day G 5-6 Sr.

5 Jess Kaminski G 5-8 Sr.

21 Bailey Greenberg F 5-11 So.

22 Laura Trisch F 5-9 Sr.

34 Aubree Brown F/C 6-0 Jr.

Title-game record: B: 2-0, AW: 3-0

Notable: Archbishop Wood from District 12 won its four state playoff games by at least 15 points each. The team made 12 3-pointers to beat District 2's Holy Redeemer, 74-56, in the semifinals. Brown had 19 points for Wood, which won three straight PIAA titles from 2010-12. Blackhawk won in 1999 and 2000. Omogrosso, a Duquesne recruit, averages 21.7 points. Denman is an IUP recruit and Vannoy will play at Loyola (Md.). Shaffer hit 64 3-pointers this season.

Predicted winner: BlackhawkClass AA

Seton-La Salle vs. Neumann-Goretti

Noon Friday, Giant Center

Seton-La Salle (26-4)

Coach: Spencer Stefko

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

3 Shaunay Edmonds G 5-0 So.

5 Nicolete Newman G 5-6 Jr.

12 Cassidy Walsh G 5-7 Jr.

20 Naje Gibson F 6-0 Sr.

24 Yacine Diop G 5-10 Sr.

Neumann-Goretti (29-0)

Coach: Letty Santarelli

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

3 Sianni Martin G 5-7 Jr.

5 Ciani Cryor G 5-4 Jr.

23 Tanesha Sutton G 5-8 Sr.

21 A.J. Timbers F 5-11 Jr.

10 Emmanuela Awobajo F 6-0 Sr.

Title-game record: S: 2-0, NG: 0-0

Notable: Both teams have Division I point guards, with Sutton headed to Duquesne and Walsh committed to Pitt. Diop (12.5 ppg) and Gibson also are Pitt recruits. District 12's Neumann-Goretti's hasn't lost since the second round of last year's state playoffs. The team lost 51-49 in double overtime to Notre Dame-Green Pond. Seton-La Salle won its second state title in 2012. Its first was a Class AAAA title in 1984.

Predicted winner: Seton-La Salle Class A

Vincentian vs. Old Forge

Noon Saturday, Giant Center

Vincentian (26-3)

Coach: Ron Moncrief

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

4 Torrieonna Cash G 5-7 So.

12 Ally Bartoszewicz G/F 5-11 Sr.

14 Kayla Key G 5-6 Sr.

23 Maia Joiner G 5-6 So.

50 Brenna Wise G/F 6-1 Jr.

Old Forge (24-3)

Coach: Tom Gatto

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

4 Teri Vieira G 5-2 Sr.

5 Rhyan Barnic G 5-5 Sr.

21 Lauren Carey F 5-7 Sr.

23 Natalie Bieryla C 5-7 Sr.

25 Taylor Nemetz F 5-7 Sr.

Title-game record: VA: 1-2, OF: 0-0

Notable: Vincentian Academy was PIAA runner-up last season, when it lost to Tri-Valley in the Class A final 59-42. Wise, who averaged 18.6 points this season, scored 38 in the Royals' semifinal victory over Bishop Guilfoyle, 60-45. She also had 10 rebounds. The Division I prospect averaged 21.9 points and 11.9 rebounds last year. District 2 champion Old Forge has no starter taller than 5-foot-7. Carey leads with 13.5 points and Barnic averages 10.9.

Predicted winner: Vincentian

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Basketball

  1. Burrell girls basketball braces for Greensburg Central
  2. Deep roster sparks Butler boys basketball team
  3. Uptempo style of play leads to strong start for Bishop Canevin boys
  4. Connellsville can’t overcome poor 2nd quarter in loss to Latrobe
  5. High school roundup: OLSH uses big 2nd half to surge past Quaker Valley
  6. Daily News roundup: TJ boys down Montour in nonsection game
  7. Butler girls basketball team earning narrow victories
  8. Ringgold girls escape with 41-35 win over Brownsville
  9. Perz providing Norwin boys basketball a scoring spark
  10. Plum grad Cressler makes coaching debut
  11. Quick start carries Riverview girls past Leechburg
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.