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Allderdice boys dominant in dealing New Castle 1st loss

By Chris Harlan
New Castle coach Ralph Blundo understands better than most the talent it takes to win a Class AAAA state title. Two years after his team won ...
Gorman: The hottest ticket in town
By Kevin Gorman
They drove 80 minutes from New Castle to see the game of the year, only to find signs taped to the entrance of the Allderdice ...
Allderdice, New Castle ready to wage game of the year
By Kevin Gorman
For Allderdice, this is the game the Dragons lost on a last-second shot last year. For New Castle, this is the game that separates the ...
No. 1 New Castle sweeps No. 2 Beaver Falls to claim section crown
By Chris Harlan
In coach Doug Biega’s eyes, New Castle looked like a cloud of “gnats” buzzing around his Beaver Falls team. But his comparison to the small, winged insects was a compliment, not an insult. Gnats are small but also relentless. Without a starter taller than 6-foot, New Castle again found ...
Gorman: One way to find the best in Western Pa.
By Kevin Gorman
It’s an innocent question but one, at least for this season, with a complicated answer: Who’s the best boys basketball team in Western Pennsylvania? Typically, we would start in WPIAL Class AAAA. But this isn’t your typical season. No. 1 Latrobe, which lost to Norwin Tuesday, has scored 100 ...
Hooker’s big 2nd half leads No. 2 New Castle past No. 1 Beaver Falls
By Chris Harlan
New Castle’s Marquel Hooker remembers last year’s rivalry with Beaver Falls this way: he fouled out three times and the Red Hurricanes lost all three. ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: New Castle’s Marquel Hooker, Imani Christian’s Cali Konek
By Alex Oltmanns
Marquel Hooker School: New Castle Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: The senior scored 26 points in a win over Blackhawk last week after ...
WPIAL to discuss 6 classes with member schools, won’t leave PIAA
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL won’t leave the PIAA. Secession is not an option for dealing with PIAA expansion, the WPIAL strategic planning committee unanimously agreed Monday when it met to discuss the issue. But beyond that, the committee decided it needed more information before it could recommend a path forward, committee chairman ...
Central Valley, New Castle face WPIAL hearing over fight before football game
By Chris Harlan
School administrators and football coaches from New Castle and Central Valley will attend a WPIAL hearing Monday to discuss a pregame fight that drew ejections and suspensions. The WPIAL scheduled the hearing for 4:45 p.m. in Green Tree. Invited are both districts’ superintendents, high school principals, athletic directors ...
Gorman: So much for sportsmanship
By Kevin Gorman
Five days after Monessen and Wilkinsburg were called to the WPIAL offices to answer for a fight, there was another. Where Monessen-Wilkinsburg’s brawl ended their football game, the one between Central Valley and New Castle occurred before the game even started. “This is way different,” WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley said ...
New Castle in search of postseason success
By Kevin Ritchart
Don’t get him wrong: New Castle coach Joe Cowart is proud to say that his team has qualified for the WPIAL playoffs the past two ...
Longtime Westminster coach’s influence is felt in WPIAL basketball
By Chris Harlan
There to watch a high school game that drew a few thousand, Ron Galbreath squeezed into the crowd at Geneva College’s field house and rooted ...
New Castle defeats Indiana for 7th straight PIAA tournament victory
By Chris Harlan
WPIAL champion Indiana had faced teams with quick feet or quick hands, but never both. New Castle became the exception. “This was a combination I don’t ...
Previewing the PIAA boys basketball playoffs
By Compiled By  chris Harlan
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Chartiers Valley (23-3), North Allegheny (23-3), North Hills (13-11), Fox Chapel (16-9), Mt. Lebanon (20-6), Allderdice (23-2) Around the state: ...
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 ...
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