High school notebook: Sunday slate a special one at PBC Classic
Sunday high school basketball games are rare in Western Pennsylvania, but today's slate makes it worth breaking the norm on a typical day of rest.
The Pittsburgh Basketball Club Classic at La Roche College will begin at 11 a.m. with a schedule of games featuring some of the WPIAL's top teams, regardless of class.
Seven ranked teams will be part of the six-game lineup: Aliquippa vs. West Allegheny, 11 a.m.; Ambridge vs. Seton-La Salle, 1:30 p.m.; Sto-Rox vs. Chartiers Valley, 3 p.m.; Upper St. Clair vs. Gateway, 4:30 p.m.; Seneca Valley vs. Lincoln Park, 6 p.m.; Shaler vs. Montour, 7:30 p.m.
The mid-afternoon game between Class AAAA No. 4 USC and Class AAAA No. 3 Gateway could prove to be a playoff primer, as the two-time defending WPIAL champion Gators face a Panthers team that has won nine in a row.
In the next game, Lincoln Park, the top ranked team in Class A, will take on Seneca Valley, which reeled off seven wins in a row after falling to No. 1 New Castle on Jan. 4.
Make that 11
Baldwin senior running back Dorian Brown has been added to the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 33 Classic on June 15 at HersheyPark Stadium.
That makes 11 WPIAL players who will compete, including Clairton's Tyler Boyd and Titus Howard, Belle Vernon's Dorian Johnson, North Allegheny's Mack Leftwich, Seneca Valley's Forrest Barnes and Dean Ketterer, Woodland Hills' Alex Beasley, Gateway's Todd Jeter, Washington's Jaylin Kelly and West Mifflin's Marcus Martin.
The WPIAL team wrestling tournament gets under way Monday with preliminary-round matches in Class AAA. Chartiers Valley will host four matches, two starting at 6 p.m. and the others immediately after. The winners will advance to the first round to meet the top four seeds — Canon-McMillan, Franklin Regional, North Allegheny and Connellsville, which also will be hosting the first round and quarterfinals Wednesday.
Fifteen teams qualified for the WPIAL Class AA tournament, which will begin Wednesday. Top-seeded Burrell received a first-round bye but will be one of the host sites for the first-round/quarterfinal matches. South Fayette, Jefferson-Morgan and Chartiers-Houston also will host.
The PIHL just can't buy an outdoor break this season.
A pair of hockey games at North Park ice rink Friday night were postponed after a daylong snowfall. Last month, two games at South Park ice rink had to be postponed because the ice was melting under unseasonably warm temperatures.
And in late November, construction was delayed on the Penguins Pond at Station Square, which forced the PIHL to postpone several games. The games at South Park are planned for Feb. 22. PIHL commissioner Ed Sam said the league is working to reschedule Friday's games at North Park.