High school notebook: Playoff picture coming into focus for A-K Valley teams
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The local WPIAL baseball and softball playoff picture is coming into view as the regular season winds down.
Local baseball teams headed to the postseason are Plum in Class AAAA, Knoch in Class AAA, Deer Lakes and Freeport in Class AA and Riverview and Springdale in Class A.
Burrell and Ford City remain on the bubble in Class AA. Burrell can clinch with a win Monday over Apollo-Ridge. The Buccaneers have been to the playoffs 15 straight seasons under coach Mark Spohn.
Softball qualifiers from the A-K area are Plum in Class AAAA, Highlands in Class AAA, Deer Lakes, Burrell and Freeport in Class AA and Leechburg and Riverview in Class A.
The softball pairings are scheduled to come out next Thursday, with baseball to follow Friday.
Knoch's softball team learned first-hand the purpose of a tiebreaker to determine playoff teams in the WPIAL.
And it learned teams don't always benefit from such rules.
Four teams all finished 5-5 in Section 5-AAA and the top three qualify.
Essentially, when the tiebreaker is applied, those four teams are lumped together into mini standings with their head-to-head records matched up.
Hampton finished 4-2, Highlands and Kittanning were 3-3 and Knoch was 2-4 against the other teams.
With Hampton advancing, head-to-head was used again among the other three, and Highlands advanced at 3-1. Kittanning (2-2) and Knoch (1-3) did not qualify.
The tough part is that Knoch had the best overall record in the section, at 9-7, when the tiebreaker was enforced.
School records fall
Riverview's track program has a pair of new record holders, thanks to performances at the recent Mars Invitational.
Junior Tyler Murphy broke the record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.35 seconds, which earned him second place.
Senior Greg Wagner, meantime, shattered a mark that had lasted for 25 years in the 3,200-meter run. Wagner ran a 9:43.05 to take sixth.
Stein to Edinboro
St. Joseph senior swimmer Holly Stein will continue her career at Division II Edinboro University.
Stein finished second in the WPIAL and third in the PIAA in the Class AA 100-yard breaststroke this season.
She also considered California (Pa.).
On a side note, Stein still has not received her bronze medal from states.
Nitowski picks SVC
Burrell's Nick Nitowski will continue his football career at Division III Saint Vincent College.
The 6-foot, 225-pound senior will play defensive end.
He was a first-team all-Allegheny Conference selection at offensive guard last season.
Nitowski was a two-year starter on both lines.
Riverview will have a unique event on Tuesday when it hosts “Afternoon in the Park,” a baseball fan appreciation event at Riverside Park.
School is dismissed early, and throngs of students head to the baseball field, not unlike a football pep rally.
The Class AA No.2-ranked Raiders host Apollo-Ridge at 12:30 p.m.
“The foul lines are full, there's ice cream and hot dogs; it's a festival for a day,” Riverview baseball coach Rich Griser said.
“It's usually a packed house. We have a presentation of colors ceremony, and they have promotions planned each inning.”
The Pirate Parrot also is scheduled to appear.
Admission is free.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers hope new faces breathe life into team
- Inside the ropes: Shazier shows off speed
- Westmoreland women stole thousands to finance dog show appearances, police say
- Steelers notebook: Team hasn’t called on Keisel, Harrison yet
- 1 intruder killed, other shot and wounded in Carrick home invasion
- Sewickley Township man got food stamps, $206K in gas well royalties, investigators say
- Rutgers football coach says Scarlet Knights, Big Ten is ‘a tremendous marriage’
- Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police
- Hiring in shale industry shifts to skilled workers
- Pittsburgh Brewing Co. tries to reconnect with region, return to glory days
- Sunoco wants to rebuild station in Greensburg