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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: ...
Gorman: McGinnis’ move has perfect ending
By Kevin Gorman
Aliquippa calls Stephon McGinnis a superhero, yet he’s reluctant to wear a cape — even when he saves the day. When McGinnis transferred from Ambridge ...
Undefeated Aliquippa downs Seton-La Salle for WPIAL Class AA title
By Dave Mackall
It was just a matter of time before Aliquippa took control and claimed its 11th WPIAL championship in boys basketball. After all, the Quips don’t ...
Aliquippa boys run away from Greensburg Central Catholic in semifinals
By Paul Schofield
In a blink of an eye, No. 1 Aliquippa turned a close game into a rout late in the third quarter of Wednesday’s WPIAL Class ...
No. 1 Aliquippa runs past Ford City, improves to 22-0
By Matt Grubba
It took three quarters, but the Aliquippa run that Ford City feared finally appeared. The top-seeded Quips blew open an otherwise plodding game in the fourth quarter and knocked out 16th-seeded Ford City, 61-26, in the WPIAL Class AA first round Wednesday at Moon. Stephon McGinnis led the Quips (22-0) with 23 ...
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 ...
HS highlight reel: Decision time for WPIAL committee
By Tribune-Review
The pieces of the WPIAL basketball pairings puzzle will fall into place Tuesday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Green Tree. Who deserves to sit in those top-seeded spaces will be a subject of much debate in several classifications. For the boys, Aliquippa (21-0) and Mars (21-1) are logical choices in ...
Top 10 WPIAL recruits in the Class of 2016
By Chris Harlan
1. Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills (above) Twitter: @BoobieMiles_4 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, running back Sanders verbally committed to Penn State in July, but others continued to offer ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Aliquippa’s Stephon McGinnis, West Mifflin’s Miranda Ferguson
By Brian Graham and Robert Stinner
Stephon McGinnis School: Aliquippa Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: McGinnis drained six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 32 points to lead ...
HS highlight reel: Aliquippa entering home stretch
By Tribune-Review
Just two games remain in Aliquippa’s pursuit of its first perfect section record since 2006-07. The top-ranked Quips (19-0, 12-0) will visit Quaker Valley (15-4, ...
Gorman: Quips finding victory amid great loss
By Kevin Gorman
Nick Lackovich has Aliquippa undefeated, restoring his alma mater as a WPIAL boys basketball powerhouse in his second season as Quips coach. It’s deeply personal ...
HS highlight reel: Big 33 participant streak carries on
By Tribune-Review
For the 49th straight year, the Super Bowl will include a former Big 33 Football Classic participant. Eight Big 33 alums play for teams remaining in the NFL playoffs and could suit up for Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. The group includes Seahawks Garry Gilliam (PA) and Jordan Hill ...
High school football lifts spirits in Western Pennsylvania’s former industrial towns
By Megan Harris
Decked head-to-toe in Sto-Rox green, principal Tim Beck hung his head at halftime as the rusting scoreboard flickered and died. “It hasn’t been our finest year,” ...
High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game
By Staff Reports
For the third time in four years, the WPIAL Class AAAA final included a key call by an official. An inadvertent whistle in the third quarter Friday negated a Pine-Richland fumble in a 21-13 victory over Central Catholic. The Rams kept possession and scored a touchdown on the next play. ...
WPIAL Class AA notebook: South Fayette’s Brumbaugh closes in on state passing record
By George Guido
South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh continues to move closer to Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer’s state career passing record. Brumbaugh’s 352 yards Friday gave the Lions senior 10,645 yards in his career. That’s 303 short of Bodamer’s mark of 10,948, set just two years ago. e_SBlt The Class AA title ...
South Fayette again defeats Aliquippa to defend WPIAL Class AA title
By Bill West
South Fayette’s trio of three-play touchdown drives in the WPIAL Class AA championship bugged Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac, but the way the Lions burned long ...
WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
By Tribune-Review
To recognize 100 years of WPIAL football championships, the Tribune-Review selected what it and many within the Western Pennsylvania high school sports community regard as ...
From venues to playoff format, much has changed in 100 years of WPIAL championships
By Chris Harlan
Don Yannessa remembers vividly how the fans waited on Aliquippa streets for the buses to arrive home with his 1955 championship team. The Quips, with a senior named Mike Ditka, had just beaten Mt. Lebanon, 14-13, in a WPIAL football final at Pitt Stadium. A little-used sophomore that season, Yannessa watched ...
WPIAL final wins over Aliquippa haven’t changed South Fayette’s underdog mentality
By Bill West
Even when recent history  favors his program, South  Fayette coach Joe Rossi believes the narrative of the WPIAL Class AA football championship never changes when ...
Gorman: Aliquippa football program on record run
By Kevin Gorman
Asking Mike Zmijanac about Aliquippa’s record run of seven consecutive trips to the WPIAL Class AA final is akin to talking about Fight Club. The first rule ... “I always look forward to the next game,” Zmijanac said. “All the ones in the past are in the past. I can ...
Aliquippa quarterback Fields ready when number is called
By Bill West
Early in his career as a quarterback, Aliquippa senior Darrien Fields imagined a day when coach Mike Zmijanac would approach him with grand plans to ...
Aliquippa downs Washington to earn 7th straight trip to WPIAL Class AA title game
By Brian Duermeyer
The WPIAL’s most-decorated football program is headed back to Heinz Field for a championship game rematch. No. 2-seeded Aliquippa earned a record-setting seventh consecutive trip to the WPIAL Class AA final with a 44-26 victory over Washington on Friday at Joe P. Demichela Stadium in West Allegheny. Aliquippa’s victory sets up a ...
WPIAL Class AA semifinal capsule: Washington vs. Aliquippa
By Bill West
class AA Semifinals No. 2 Aliquippa (11-0) vs. No. 3 Washington (11-0)   7:30 p.m. Friday at West Allegheny After a regular season ...
Aliquippa tops Mt. Pleasant in Class AA for 8th consecutive WPIAL semifinal berth
By Ray Judy
Aliquippa is going to the WPIAL semifinals for the eighth straight season. The second-seeded Quips used their top-ranked offense and suffocating defense to beat No. 7 ...
Mt. Pleasant focused on eliminating mistakes in rematch with Aliquippa
By Jason Black
With plenty of speed, toughness and skill, the Aliquippa football team doesn’t need a lot of help from outside sources when it comes to winning ...

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