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Venango earned rare trip to PIAA playoffs

By Jeff Oliver 1:08 a.m.
Since Venango Catholic’s current players were in middle school, varsity boys’ coach Ed McIntyre saw something special in them. That group was groomed for success over ...
Cal saw both sides of WPIAL’s ‘play-in bracket’
By Jeff Oliver
When the WPIAL announced at its pairings meeting that it was trying a new system to determine the final seeds in the various classes for ...
Monessen boys, Cal Area girls each draw Venango Catholic
By Jeff Oliver
The opponents and sites have been set for three area teams participating in the PIAA playoffs. WPIAL boys’ Class A champion Monessen (20-6) will face Venango ...
Monessen boys capture yet another WPIAL basketball title
By Bill Hughes
For the seventh time in its storied basketball history, and for the fifth time under Joe Salvino, Monessen can call itself WPIAL champions. “This is very ...
Gorman: WPIAL Class A title game a victory for small-town teams
By Kevin Gorman
When it ended, Joe Salvino blew celebratory kisses to a crowd that must have made Monessen a ghost town. On the other side of Pitt’s ...
Oliver: It takes a lot to be a Greyhound
By Jeff Oliver
The dream starts early for kids in Monessen. They start out by watching Greyhounds 10, 12, 13 years older than they are play the game. They watch. They learn. They dream. Then they move into the midget league program, all the while chasing that dream. To be a Greyhound. To be ...
Monessen-Jeannette: Who gets the gold?
By Jeff Oliver
At the start of the basketball season, Monessen coach Joe Salvino and Jeannette mentor Adrian Batts both felt their teams were good enough to reach ...
Salvino’s career highlighted by success
By Jeff Oliver
Joe Salvino is in his 31st year coaching basketball at Monessen. On Friday, he will make his 10th trip to the WPIAL championship game. That’s an ...
Monessen Rushes past Vincentian into finals
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago when Monessen beat Vincentian 110-99 in a record-setting WPIAL Class A semifinal, Lavalle Rush didn’t play. Tuesday night, in a rematch under similar ...
Hounds, Royals ready to run it again
By Jeff Oliver
One thing is certain for the Monessen Greyhounds and the Vincentian Royals going into their WPIAL Class A boys’ basketball semifinal game tonight at Baldwin. Each ...
Cal Area, EF girls in quarterfinal games
By Jeff Oliver
The WPIAL rarely postpones basketball playoff games due to inclement weather. However, Saturday’s big storm that blanketed the Pittsburgh area with close to eight inches of ...
Monessen crushes California Area again
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen is in the WPIAL basketball semifinals for the fifth time in seven years after defeating California Area, 73-38, in the Class A quarterfinals Friday ...
Third time the charm for California?
By Jeff Oliver
Most coaches believe one of the toughest tasks in sports is defeating a team three times in the same season. Don’t tell that to California Area ...
After sluggish start, Monessen rolls over St. Joseph
By Jeff Oliver
There is one constant about the playoffs that Monessen boys’ basketball coach Joe Salvino has long realized never changes: The first game is always the ...
Monessen: Trek for a title starts tonight
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, when the WPIAL Class A boys’ playoffs tipped off, all the talk was about highly-touted Lincoln Park and their talent and size ...
WPIAL releases Tuesday, Wednesday sites
By Jeff Oliver
The WPIAL released its playoff sites for Tuesday and Wednesday first round playoff games with Monessen heading off to Norwin for its encounter with St. Joseph. The Greyhounds (16-6) will face St. Joseph (10-12) 8 p.m. Tuesday at Norwin in a boy’ Class A game. Also on Tuesday, California Area (16-5) ...
Evans keeping Yough in limelight as AD
By Jeff Oliver
Yough Athletic Director Tom Evans learned from one of the best when it comes to being an AD. Evans watched his good friend Paul Zolak closely during Zolak’s lengthy stint as athletic director at Ringgold. Zolak wrote the book — literally — on being a successful AD. At Yough, Evans has made ...
Monessen boys seeded 2nd; Cal girls 3rd
By Jeff Oliver
In 31 years of going to the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting, Joe Salvino often came home with mixed feelings. However, that’s not how the successful ...
HS highlight reel: Decision time for WPIAL committee
By Tribune-Review
The pieces of the WPIAL basketball pairings puzzle will fall into place Tuesday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Green Tree. Who deserves to sit in those top-seeded spaces will be a subject of much debate in several classifications. For the boys, Aliquippa (21-0) and Mars (21-1) are logical choices in ...
Monessen overwhelms California, 92-38
By Jeff Oliver
The pairings have yet to be announced for the WPIAL Class A playoffs, but if California Area coach Bruno Pappasergi had to pick a champion, ...
Greyhounds run by Leopards in final minutes
By Jeff Oliver
It’s not too often after a high school game that both coaches come away fairly pleased, but that’s how Monessen’s Joe Salvino and Belle Vernon ...
Monessen cruises to 63-point win over West Greene
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen continued its domination of Section 3-A with a 75-12 win over visiting West Greene Friday night. Monessen (13-6, 10-0) has won every section game by ...
Cold-shooting Monessen suffers costly loss to Fort Cherry
By Jeff Oliver
Some losses are tough. For Monessen’s girls’ basketball team, Tuesday’s defeat could be tougher than any the program suffered in the last quarter century. Monessen bowed to ...
Playoff tickets punched for some local hoop teams
By Jeff Oliver
At the three-quarter pole of the high school basketball season, several area teams have already wrapped up WPIAL playoff berths. On the boys’ side, those who ...
First quarter nightmare for Monessen
By Jeff Oliver
Going into Sunday’s game against undefeated Aliquippa, the top-ranked Class AA team in the state, Monessen coach Joe Salvino was hoping to get a good barometer of his team before the Greyhounds enter the WPIAL Class A playoffs in February. While Monessen is 10-0 against all Class A competition with an ...

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