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Clutch 3-pointer lifts Beaver Falls to 3rd straight trip to finals

By Chris Harlan
Coaching decisions were instrumental in Beaver Falls reaching the WPIAL Class AAA finals. Like the choice to build around two sophomores, or the idea to ...
HS highlight reel: Big crowd expected Tuesday at Geneva
By Chris Harlan
To handle a larger crowd at Geneva’s Metheny Fieldhouse, the WPIAL switched the start time for Tuesday night’s Beaver Falls-New Castle boys basketball semifinal to 7 p.m., and relocated a girls playoff game originally scheduled to follow. The Class AA girls semifinal between Seton-La Salle and Carlynton was moved to ...
New Castle continues playoff mastery of Hampton
By Chris Harlan
Hampton coach Joe Lafko recalled a time as a player when his team lost each postseason to the same rival. It was tough to accept. “They were our New Castle,” he said.   Watching his Talbots lumber out of the locker room Friday night, Lafko understood their frustration. Seeded third, Hampton lost ...
For Pete’s sake: WPIAL set to host basketball finals at Pitt’s home court for 1st time since 2006
By Chris Harlan
Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David saw Palumbo Center at its very best. He was there a decade ago waiting for the Class AAAA boys final ...
Beaver Falls moves up in class, clinches section title
By Chris Harlan
With a sellout home crowd watching in the old orange and black gym, Beaver Falls clinched a section title and delivered a message to any ...
Defensive strategy sparks New Castle in win over Ambridge
By Chris Harlan
Ambridge’s Daylon Carter forced New Castle to do something it never had done under coach Ralph Blundo. The Red Hurricanes used a box-and-one defense. “First ...
High school football notebook: Hampton, New Castle bringing rivalry outside
By Chris Harlan
New Castle and Hampton can’t seem to avoid one another. But now their basketball rivalry has transitioned to football. “I had an inkling the WPIAL ...
HS highlight reel: Pa. teams among nation’s winningest
By Tribune-Review
Four Pennsylvania high schools appeared this week on a MaxPreps-compiled list of those with the most football wins. The lone WPIAL member was New Castle at No. 46, listed with 707 wins. The others were No. 6 Mount Carmel (816), No. 15 Berwick (771) and No. 28 Steelton-Highspire (742). ...
New Castle puts focus on being physical
By Kevin Ritchart
Hit or sit. That’s the motto for the New Castle football team heading into this season. “We know playing in a physical conference like the Parkway, you ...
Roundball roundup: Hooker leads Quad-A stars to win
By Staff Reports
Malik Hooker, an Ohio State football recruit from undefeated state champion New Castle, took home MVP honors as the Class AAAA all-stars defeated the Class A/City team, 130-125, in the 11th annual Roundball Classic at Geneva College. Hooker scored 23 to lead Class AAAA. Elijah Minnie from state champion Lincoln Park ...
New Castle’s Hooker, Vincentian’s Wise named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball Players of the Year
By Chris Harlan
New Castle’s Malik Hooker and Vincentian Academy’s Brenna Wise are the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball Players of the Year. Boys player of the year Malik Hooker ...
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: New Castle’s Malik Hooker, Seton-La Salle’s Cassidy Walsh
By Brian Graham
Malik Hooker School: New Castle Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Hooker played his last high school basketball game and won a PIAA title ...
New Castle caps unbeaten season by winning PIAA Class AAAA title
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — New Castle can finally add a state title to its bundle of WPIAL championships.   Malik Hooker and Drew Allen each had 13 points, ...
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 ...
PIAA basketball championships notebook: Seton-La Salle ready for double dip in Hershey
By Chris Harlan
For the second time in three seasons, the Seton-La Salle boys basketball team will watch the PIAA Class AA girls championship. This time, though, they’ll ...
New Castle survives scare, advances to PIAA Class AAAA title game
By Chris Harlan
CHAMBERSBURG — Known for his acrobatics above the rim, New Castle’s Malik Hooker celebrated this time flat on his back beneath it. With New Castle clinging to a one-point lead, Hooker drew a charge with 10 seconds left in Tuesday night’s 58-54 victory over Abington in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal. ...
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; ...
New Castle rallies past rival Hampton
By Chris Harlan
New Castle senior Anthony Richards paused to think over the previous eight games with Hampton, trying to remember one that was any better. He couldn’t. ...
New Castle sweeps past NA into quarterfinals
By Gary Horvath
Wednesday’s game between North Allegheny and New Castle had a familiar ending. Fueled by an 11-0 run in the second quarter, New Castle (28-0) edged WPIAL Section 3-AAAA rival North Allegheny, 64-54, in the second round of the PIAA playoffs at Ambridge. New Castle also defeated North Allegheny (22-5) last season in ...
Breaking down the PIAA boys basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: New Castle (26-0), Hampton (22-4), Kiski Area (17-6), North Allegheny (21-4), Bethel Park (18-6), Allderdice (21-4). Around the state: Philadelphia’s ...
High school notebook: Lincoln Park looking forward to rematch with Johnsonburg
By Staff Reports
Lincoln Park wanted at some point this postseason a rematch with Johnsonburg, the team that ended last season’s playoff run. Well, here it is. WPIAL ...
For 3rd straight season, New Castle tops Hampton for WPIAL championship
By Chris Harlan
After winning a third consecutive WPIAL title with an unbeaten record each time, New Castle coach Ralph Blundo searched for words. “I’d love to put it ...
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 ...
Unbeaten New Castle hammers Kiski Area in Class AAAA semifinals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A non-factor this far in the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade, Kiski Area essentially entered uncharted waters when it took ...

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