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High school notebook: Hampton’s Luther edges New Castle’s Hooker in all-state player of the year voting

By Chris Harlan
Despite four head-to-head losses, Hampton senior Ryan Luther was chosen over New Castle’s Malik Hooker as the state’s Class AAAA boys basketball player of the …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Blackhawk’s Cody Bain, Seneca Valley’s Nikki Matz
By Brian Graham
Cody Bain School: Blackhawk Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Bain pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15 batters to help the Class AAA …
Trib Cup: North Allegheny, Blackhawk, Seton-La Salle, Vincentian lead winter standings
By Brian Graham
The temperature may not indicate that the winter is over, but the second portion of the WPIAL high school calendar has changed with four of the top districts climbing the ranks of the Trib Total Media/WPXI High School Sports award standings. North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Blackhawk (Class AAA), Seton-La Salle …
Blackhawk girls nab PIAA Class AAA title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Blackhawk junior guard Chassidy Omogrosso felt the momentum change early in the third quarter. Her team was trailing the entire game to District …
Trib Cup: Blackhawk girls set to make history
By Brian Graham
The Blackhawk girls basketball team is one win away from doing something the program hasn’t done in 14 years. The Cougars will look to win …
Breaking down the PIAA basketball finals
By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA New Castle vs. La Salle College 8 p.m. Saturday, Giant Center New Castle (30-0) Coach: Ralph Blundo No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. 3 Drew Allen G 6-0 Sr. 5 Jake McPhatter G/F 5-11 Sr. 22 Anthony …
Standout WPIAL pitchers learn importance of changing speed
By Bill West
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay broke onto the WPIAL baseball scene three seasons ago with a curveball that baffled and two fastball variations that zoomed past all …
Breaking down the PIAA basketball semifinals
By Compiled By   Tribune-Review
Class AAAA New Castle (29-0) vs. Abington (25-5) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chambersburg Winner plays: The winner of Chester (25-5) vs. La Salle College (22-6) How they got here: WPIAL champion New Castle defeated Bethel Park, 71-64, in the first round; North Allegheny, 64-54, in the second round; and Hampton …
Blackhawk girls hang on to defeat Hickory
By George Guido
Undefeated Hickory was looking to upset a WPIAL powerhouse for the second time in 48 hours in Saturday afternoon’s PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal. Instead, WPIAL champion Blackhawk held on to defeat the Hornets, 48-45, at Butler. After defeating defending PIAA champion South Park on Thursday night with a buzzer-beater, a …
Blackhawk fights past sloppy 1st half to beat Mercyhurst
By Ed Phillipps
For the first two quarters of the Blackhawk girls’ PIAA Class AAA first-round game against Mercyhurst Prep, the Cougars didn’t look like a playoff-caliber team. …
Breaking down the PIAA girls basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Jason Mackey
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Penn-Trafford (20-6), Hempfield (17-9), Fox Chapel (19-5), North Allegheny (22-2), Mt. Lebanon (16-6), Obama Academy (14-6) Around the state: Three of …
No. 1 Blackhawk downs South Park for 6th WPIAL championship
By Gary Horvath
Halle Denman is a girl of few words, both on and off the court, so she let her play do the talking Saturday. The Blackhawk …
Breaking down the WPIAL basketball finals
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA New Castle vs. Hampton 7 p.m. Saturday, Palumbo Center New Castle (25-0, No. 1 seed) Coach: Ralph Blundo No., Name, Pos., Ht., Yr. …
No. 1 Blackhawk uses late run to edge West Mifflin in WPIAL semifinals
By Gary Horvath
Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico said before the season even started that this year his team was on a mission to finish. The Cougars (22-2) are now just one step away from completing that mission after a 68-57 win in their WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game against No. 12 West Mifflin …
Mt. Pleasant girls learn lesson against No. 1 Blackhawk
By Justin Criado
After a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class AAA first round, Scott Giacobbi and his Mt. Pleasant squad knew drawing top-seeded Blackhawk would be the toughest test yet. “We saw this an opportunity,” Giacobbi said. “We tried to take advantage of that.” Try as they did, …
Thomas Jefferson boys escape Blackhawk in overtime, reach semifinals
By Dave Mackall
Third-seeded Thomas Jefferson survived Blackhawk’s overtime challenge Friday night in the WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball playoffs to remain in contention for a trip to finals at Palumbo Center. “Bottom line: We’re playing in the semis,” Thomas Jefferson coach Dom DeCicco said. Charlie Scharbo scored 21 points, and Thomas Jefferson …
Top-seeded Blackhawk overwhelms Kittanning
By Matt Grubba
Blackhawk looked every bit the No. 1 seed in its playoff opener. The Cougars scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked …
Knoch succumbs to Blackhawk in WPIAL 1st-round game
By George Guido
Blackhawk coach Andy Hedrick saw his game plan unraveling, with two key players in early foul trouble and Knoch using its height advantage. But the …
Millers are Western Pa.’s first family of basketball coaching
By Bob Cohn 10:05 a.m.
Dan Hurley and Archie Miller last week occupied opposing benches, connected by common ground. Hurley was coaching Rhode Island in an Atlantic 10 game at …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Chartiers Valley’s Matty McConnell, Blackhawk’s Halle Denman
By Brian Graham
Matty McConnell School: Chartiers Valley Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: McConnell went over the 1,000-point mark in his career and recorded a rare …
32 WPIAL players headed to Division I-FBS schools
By Tribune-Review
Thirty-two WPIAL players and one from the District 6 Heritage Conference have accepted football scholarships from FBS schools. WR Troy Apke Mt. Lebanon, Penn State DE Rori Blair Upper St. Clair, Pitt TE Alec Bloom Ligonier Valley, UConn OL Alex Bookser Mt. Lebanon, Pitt DT Brock Boxen Beaver Falls, Akron …
Denman does it for Blackhawk in win over rival Central Valley
By Jason Mackey
Halle Denman will remember the Blackhawk girls basketball team’s second meeting with Central Valley much better than the first. Denman missed the Cougars’ 10-point loss …
Adjusting to college life becoming priority No. 1 for recruits
By Jason Mackey
Justin King’s arrival at Penn State was hardly routine. For one, King chose to graduate from Gateway early and enroll for the 2005 spring semester. …
Duo leads Central Valley girls to upset of top-ranked Blackhawk
By Jason Mackey
Seairra Barrett knows how she would defend herself and teammate Kiana Law. “I’d double-team us the whole game,” Barrett said. “Try to stop us.” Blackhawk …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Cornell’s Dane Jackson, Blackhawk’s Chassidy Omogrosso
By Brian Graham
Dane Jackson School: Cornell Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Jackson went 14 of 14 from the foul line and scored a game-high 39 …

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