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Some of the WPIAL’s top teams leaning toward two-back ground game

By Chris Harlan
Miles Sanders wants 2,000 yards. Sounds reachable, right? Especially for a senior who’s considered the fourth-best running back recruit in the nation. But after a late-summer ...
Class AA breakdown: Dynamic offense to again lead 2-time PIAA champion South Fayette
By Karen Price
South Fayette football coach Joe Rossi is certain that other teams are looking at the Lions, now without record-setting quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, and thinking they’re ...
Aliquippa defense sets out to be more aggressive
By Chris Harlan
Senior captain Darnell Gardner knows exactly what he wants to see from his Aliquippa defense this season. “A lot of hitting,” he said. The middle linebacker ...
HSFB preview by position: Stable of running backs are game-day stars
By Chris Harlan
A consensus four-star recruit, Miles Sanders is the best all-purpose back in the nation, according to Rivals’ rankings. That’s remarkable, but the Woodland Hills senior ...
Gorman: Some advice for Monessen’s Salvino
By Kevin Gorman
Mike Zmijanac has words of wisdom for Joe Salvino taking on double duty as head coach of Monessen’s football and basketball teams. “Get lots of ...
Blackhawk’s Omogrosso, Vincentian’s Wise named state’s players of the year
By Staff Report
Blackhawk’s Chassidy Omogrosso and Vincentian Academy’s Brenna Wise continue to defend their titles. Less than two weeks after they each helped their girls basketball teams ...
High school basketball notebook: Aliquippa motivated by loss in PIAA title game
By Kevin Gorman  and Chris Harlan
In the moments after its first loss in 30 games, Aliquippa’s junior-heavy lineup promised to find motivation in Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia’s Conwell-Egan Catholic in ...
Gorman: Aliquippa not perfect, but proud
By Kevin Gorman
A dejected Darrien Fields was the last player to enter the Aliquippa locker room, carrying the PIAA Class AA runner-up trophy upside down. The Quips didn’t get the perfect ending they wanted. A 62-51 loss to Philadelphia’s Conwell-Egan Catholic Saturday spoiled Aliquippa’s bid to become only the 13th team in ...
Aliquippa boys’ bid for undefeated season ends with loss in PIAA Class AA title game
By Chris Harlan
Aliquippa celebrated 29 victories, mourned a heartbreaking death and cherished a district title in a four-month season stretched as far as possible. But this last ...
Aliquippa looks to add to decorated basketball history
By Chris Harlan
While celebrating a trip to the state championship, Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich called this season “probably” the best in school history. But in ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Aliquippa’s Jassir Jordan, CWNC’s Sam Breen
By Brian Graham
Jassir Jordan School: Aliquippa Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Jordan had 30 points to lead Aliquippa to a PIAA Class AA semifinal ...
Motivated by pregame speech, Aliquippa ‘rings’ up victory
By Chris Harlan
Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich delivered many other pregame speeches this season to an undefeated Quips locker room, but this one had a familiar ring. ...
Undefeated Aliquippa proves too much for Redbank Valley, 70-36
By George Guido
Twenty-eight times this season, Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich has used the same pregame slogan: “If we do what we do, no one’s going to beat us.” It worked again Saturday as the Quips forced six turnovers on Redbank Valley’s first seven possessions, and Aliquippa was on its way to a 70-36 quarterfinal ...
Redbank Valley eager to take on undefeated Aliquippa in PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
By Matt Grubba
If the best postseason in Redbank Valley basketball history is to continue, it will take a monumental upset. The Bulldogs will attempt to extend their ...
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 ...

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