High school roundup: Pine-Richland defends WPIAL cheerleading title
Pine-Richland claimed its second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA title at the competitive spirit championship at North Hills Middle School.
The Rams advance to the PIAA Championship in Hershey on Jan. 24-25. Pine-Richland finished ahead of Butler, while Highlands and Central Valley (runner-up) advanced in Class AA with Chartiers-Houston and Neshannock (runner-up) in Class A.
“The pressure was on us after doing it (winning) the first time so I was so proud of them for what they did,” Pine-Richland coach Danielle Hitson said. “They were focused, they knew what they had to do and they definitely did it.”
Competitive spirit is in its second year as a sanctioned WPIAL sport.
Also advancing to the PIAA Championships were four schools from the large squad classification (Highlands, Norwin, Neshannock and Elizabeth Forward) and seven schools from the medium squad division (North Allegheny, Thomas Jefferson, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Baldwin and Central Valley).
Among the six squads to advance in the small squad classification, Pine-Richland, Butler and Chartiers-Houston will be joined in Hershey by Shaler, Franklin Regional and Hampton.
Central Valley 61, Ellwood City 24 — In Section 2-AAA, John George scored 15 points to lead Central Valley (11-1, 4-0) to its sixth straight win with the victory against Ellwood City (2-11, 0-6). Central Valley, which led at halftime, 36-16, held Ellwood City scoreless in the third quarter.
Hempfield 58, Hollidaysburg 51 — Kason Harrell scored a game-high 23 points and Tony Pilato added 14 to lead Hempfield (10-1) past Hollidaysburg (5-5) in nonsection play. Ryan Adams led Hollidaysburg with 13 points.
Trinity Christian 60, Geibel 37 — Wes Lavrinc scored a game-high 18 points and James Chandler added 13 points to lead Trinity Christian (5-6) over Geibel (1-9) in nonsection action. Matt Mammarella led Geibel with 16 points and 20 rebounds.
Vincentian 95, North Catholic 92 — Eight players scored in double figures as Vincentian (12-0, 3-0) outlasted North Catholic in a Section 2-A matchup. Vincentian's Ryan Wolf led all scorers with 28 points with teammates Jamison Nee and Jim Kenna adding 20 and 19 respectively. Jon Savulchak led the Trojans (5-6, 2-1) with 27 points.
Ambridge 68, Beaver 50 — Daylon Carter scored 26 points and Stephon McGinnis added 24 to lead Ambridge (9-4, 3-2) over Beaver (5-5, 2-3) in Section 2-AAA. Darius Wise and Nick Barney scored 11 points each for Beaver.
Obama Academy 63, Independence (Ohio) 45 — D. J. Porter notched a game-high 20 points and Calique Jones added 17 as Obama (10-0) defeated Independence in nonsection action.
Bishop Canevin 44, Shaler 43 — Sarah Green scored a layup at the buzzer to give Bishop Canevin (11-3) the win over Shaler (9-2) at the Gateway Tournament. Gina Vallecorsa led Bishop Canevin with 11 points while Johnie Olkosky added 10 points. Andi Lydon paced Shaler with 10 points.
Baldwin 56, Connellsville 29 – Amanda Johnston scored 17 points as Baldwin (7-5) defeated Connellsville (5-7) in nonsection play.
Beaver 44, OLSH 40 – Lexi Posset scored 27 points to lead Beaver (9-2, 5-1) to a Section 6-AA win against OLSH (6-6, 3-2). Heidi Langhorst tallied 11 points in the loss.
Central Valley 67, Ellwood City 34 — Senior Seairra Barrett scored 37 points to put her over 1,000 in her career as Central Valley (9-3, 5-0) beat Ellwood City (4-9, 1-5) in Section 2-AAA. Kiana Law added 10 points for Central Valley, which led at halftime, 35-17.
Valley 56, Highlands 29 — Valley (1-9, 1-5) won its first game under coach Mindy White with a victory over Highlands (2-9, 0-5) in a Section 1-AAA make-up game. Lashay Madison led the Vikings with 24 and Kaylyn Iacopino added 18. Nicole Boda led the Golden Rams with 11.
Cornell 58, Union 6 — Nicole Byron scored 16 points and Domonique Richards added '12 points and 14 rebounds as Cornell (7-5, 3-2) dropped Union (2-9, 1-4) in Section 1-A play. The Raiders held Union scoreless in the first half.
Chartiers-Houston 53, Washington 43 — Addy Knetzer scored 26 points as Chartiers-Houston (9-3) beat Washington (7-4) in nonsection play. Taja Gordon scored 14 points and India March added 13 in the loss.
Mt. Pleasant 70, Greensburg Salem 36 — In Section 3-AAA, Alexa Szelong scored 26 points as Mt. Pleasant (7-4, 5-0) downed Greensburg Salem (5-7, 3-2). Morgan Barlock added 12 points for Mt. Pleasant while Claire Oberdorf and Karly Mellinger each scored 11 points to pace Greensburg Salem.
Hempfield 75, Kiski Area 10 — Monica Burns scored 18 points and her sister Michelle added 12 points as Hempfield (8-5, 4-2) scored 37 first-quarter points on way to its Section 1-AAAA win against Kiski Area (0-12, 0-6). Audrey Halusic added 13 points in the win.
Pine-Richland 57, Butler 38 — Amanda Kalin scored 16 points and Marisa Hombosky added 13 points as Pine-Richland (8-4, 2-3) defeated Butler (7-3, 2-2)in Section 3-AAAA. Alyssa Dipippa scored a game-high 15 points in the loss.
Charleroi 59, Monessen 24 — Anjie Tilghman and Mia Woytovich each scored 17 points as Charleroi (11-3) beat Monessen (1-7) in nonsection play.
Altoona 37, Oakland Catholic 34 — Despite Taylor McCorkle's 14 points, Oakland Catholic (2-10) fell to Altoona in nonsection play.
Gateway 53, Upper St. Clair 48 — At the Gateway Tournament, Jada Epps scored 17 points as the host team beat Upper St. Clair (9-2). London Wade added 11 points for Gateway (6-4) while Rachel Mazzie and Madison Serio scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, for Upper St. Clair.
Obama Academy 70, Independence (Ohio) 50 — Kayla Payne had 15 points and Taylin Taylor added 10 as Obama Academy (4-2) defeated Independence (8-4) in a nonsection game.