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Proficiency at foul line pays off for Lincoln Park in win over Central Catholic

By Andrew Erickson
Lincoln Park’s biggest asset against Central Catholic on Friday night might have been its practice routine. The Leopards’ practices are physical and competitive, coach Mike Bariski said. The result: plenty of whistles from Bariski and his assistants and plenty of free-throw practice. No. 2 Lincoln Park (19-3, 12-0 Section ...
Battles in practice prove worthy for No. 2 Lincoln Park’s Cummings, Aloi
By Chris Harlan
To add some fire to practice, Lincoln Park coach Mike Bariski organizes occasional one-on-one tournaments. The players are seeded Nos. 1 to 16, use make-it, ...
High school notebook: Few WPIAL teams choose to play up
By Staff Reports
Only three WPIAL football and boys basketball teams have chosen to move up in classification for the next two years, when the PIAA will move ...
Harlan: Lincoln Park guard Cummings sharing the scoring
By Chris Harlan
When it comes to his basketball future, Nelly Cummings is willing to trade some points for assists. “I’m 6-foot,” he says. “To get where I want to, I can’t be a scorer first. I need to distribute, score when I have to and lead a team ­— all ...
Gorman: Rowan ready to make jump
By Kevin Gorman
Maverick Rowan is looking for another high school, but the former Lincoln Park basketball star isn’t planning on playing there. He just wants to ...
Blackhawk’s Omogrosso, Vincentian’s Wise named state’s players of the year
By Staff Report
Blackhawk’s Chassidy Omogrosso and Vincentian Academy’s Brenna Wise continue to defend their titles. Less than two weeks after they each helped their girls basketball teams ...
Gorman: Aloi eligible, ready to play
By Kevin Gorman
Basketball was taken away from Nick Aloi not once but twice in the past two years. First was the torn ACL in his left knee that sidelined Aloi for his sophomore season. That was followed by a transfer from Ellwood City to Lincoln Park last January, which prompted the WPIAL ...
Class AA boys basketball preview: Plenty of changes facing defending WPIAL, PIAA champion Lincoln Park
By Chris Harlan
When Lincoln Park starts its season, the state’s player of the year won’t be there. And neither will the coach of the year. The state champion ...
HS highlight reel: WPIAL again rules Lincoln Park guard ineligible until Jan. 21
By Chris Harlan
After a second WPIAL hearing, Lincoln Park junior Nick Aloi remains ineligible to play basketball until Jan. 21. School administrators and Aloi’s family presented additional testimony Monday in an attempt to overturn an April decision by the WPIAL Board of Directors. Instead, the board voted unanimously to uphold its earlier ...
High school notebook: WPIAL splits decision on Lincoln Park transfers
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL issued a split decision on two Lincoln Park transfers Wednesday when it ruled Jihad Cromer ineligible and Michael Smith eligible. Both basketball players transferred ...
HS highlight reel: Hearings scheduled before WPIAL board
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL scheduled several eligibility hearings for November with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic junior Isaiah Harvin among them. The Penn Hills native, who transferred from Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va., will have his case heard Nov. 17, said WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley. Harvin (6-3, 190) played receiver for Linsly. ...
High school notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9
By Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep
Just 11 of 64 possible WPIAL football playoff positions remain open heading into the final week of the regular season, and many teams have plenty ...
WPIAL board to again hear Aloi appeal
By Chris Harlan
The eligibility case of Lincoln Park junior Nick Aloi is back in the WPIAL’s hands. In April, the WPIAL ruled Aloi, a transfer from Ellwood City, ineligible for the first six weeks of the 2014-15 basketball season. Aloi appealed that decision to the PIAA. But at a hearing Wednesday in Mechanicsburg, ...
Gorman: Lincoln Park charade over
By Kevin Gorman
Lincoln Park once again is taking its case to Mechanicsburg, where the PIAA pretends to fix high school sports. The Midland charter school and basketball powerhouse will appeal Wednesday to the PIAA board of directors the case of Nick Aloi, a junior who transferred from Ellwood City. The WPIAL voted unanimously ...
HS highlight reel: SF wrestler Walker chooses Kent State
By Tribune-Review
Anticipating another long season on the football field, South Fayette senior J.J. Walker committed to Kent State for wrestling a couple weeks before the season ...
High school notebook: Lincoln Park seeking co-op for girls basketball
By Chris Harlan Paul Schofield and Dave Mackall
Lincoln Park will add a girls basketball team this winter, and already it’s drawing WPIAL scrutiny. The Midland charter school asked to form cooperative agreements in girls basketball, boys track, baseball and boys golf with Western Beaver, a small public school in nearby Industry. The WPIAL board on Monday approved ...
Henry Kuzma, architect of 1965 Midland Leopards, dead at 86
By George Guido
Scholastic basketball fans in Western Pennsylvania will probably argue forever whether the best team in history was the 1965 Midland Leopards or the 1967 Ambridge Bridgers. Followers of Midland remind others that the small Beaver County school played teams in the highest enrollment classification. Now, the architect of the legendary Midland ...
Gorman: Rowan’s move hurts area hoops
By Kevin Gorman
Maverick Rowan started classes Monday at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Good for him. Bad for WPIAL basketball. Maybe Pitt hoops, too. Rowan, who led Lincoln Park to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships last spring, would have been the top player in Western Pennsylvania. Which is exactly why the ...
Pitt recruit Rowan leaving Lincoln Park
By Chris Harlan
Pitt basketball recruit Maverick Rowan is leaving Lincoln Park for a high school in Florida. The 6-foot-7 junior withdrew Thursday from the Beaver County charter school ...
High school notebook: Quaker Valley’s Jackson picks Pitt for football
By Chris Harlan
After a morning tour of campus, Cornell senior Dane Jackson committed Tuesday to play football at Pitt. Yet, his decision had been made awhile ago. ...
Lincoln Park teammates commit to RMU
By Paul Schofield
Robert Morris coach Andy Toole has been busy the past few months retooling is squad. Because of suspensions, defections and the graduation of point guard Anthony Myers and sharpshooter Karvel Anderson, Toole had seven scholarships available. He’s quickly filling up the roster spots and Sunday got oral commitments from two Lincoln ...
WPIAL revises date of Lincoln Park transfer’s ineligibility period
By Chris Harlan
Lincoln Park transfer Nick Aloi won’t miss his entire junior basketball season after all. On the advice of the PIAA’s attorney, the WPIAL Board of Control reconsidered the start date it set for the sophomore’s one year of ineligibility, said executive director Tim O’Malley. The WPIAL board had decided ...
HS Buzz: WPIAL stars Jenkins, Whitehead on ESPN 300
By Staff Reports
A pair of four-star junior football recruits from the WPIAL were ranked among the top 300 players in the country by ESPN last week. Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins (6-foot-8, 290 pounds) was ranked as the 68th-best prospect, and Central Valley defensive back Jordan Whitehead (5-11, 171) was ranked 136th. Jenkins has ...
High school notebook: Lincoln Park basketball transfer ruled ineligible for 1 year
By Chris Harlan and Kevin Gorman
Lincoln Park’s basketball coaches weren’t overly surprised when transfer Nick Aloi was declared ineligible by the WPIAL on Thursday. But they were shocked by what they considered extra-harsh punishment. When the WPIAL Board of Control declared Aloi ineligible for one year, its members could have made the penalty retroactive ...
WPIAL notebook: Lincoln Park’s Aloi goes before WPIAL board
By Chris Harlan
Those who accompanied Lincoln Park sophomore Nick Aloi left Wednesday’s eligibility hearing doubtful the WPIAL would rule in his favor. “My clients felt like they were under intense scrutiny right from the start,” said attorney Craig Lee, who represented the basketball standout and his parents at an afternoon hearing with the ...
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