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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). Valdosta, …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 Roman …
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 …
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. …
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 …
Reigning basketball champs Beaver Falls, New Castle to join Section 2-AAA
By Chris Harlan
Beaver Falls and New Castle, both two-time reigning WPIAL champions, will share a boys basketball section next season. The WPIAL Board of Control on Tuesday approved a new section alignment for the 2014-15 season that places the two teams in Section 2-AAA with Beaver, Blackhawk, Central Valley and three others. …
Tough choices in AAAA as WPIAL announces hoop playoff pairings
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL had little trouble with the first three seeds in the Class AAAA boys basketball bracket. Just like last season, the spots were awarded …
No. 1 New Castle holds off Hampton as Class AAAA stars Luther, Hooker shine
By Chris Harlan
New Castle already had clinched the section title, but Malik Hooker wanted more. “I’m out here to prove we’re the best team, and that’s kind …
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 …
New Castle outduels North Allegheny again
By Chris Harlan
Never this season had the zero side of a one-sided run belonged to New Castle. Caught on that unfamiliar side Tuesday night, the No. 1-ranked …
Prospect Watch: New Castle’s Jake McPhatter
By Tribune-Review
Jake McPhatter The WPIAL’s top-ranked Class AAAA basketball team has three starters with Division I scholarships, yet they’re all for football. New Castle’s Jake McPhatter, …
New Castle boys stave off Hampton’s upset bid
By Chris Harlan
Ahead by just two, New Castle increased its pressure and scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to claim a 58-42 victory Tuesday night over a short-handed Hampton lineup that was missing …

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