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High school notebook: Attendance up at WPIAL basketball title games

By Chris Harlan and  paul Schofield
Attendance was up for the WPIAL basketball finals. The WPIAL sold nearly 13,500 tickets for last weekend’s eight championships at Petersen Events Center, said executive ...
Indiana boys beat Beaver Falls for 1st WPIAL basketball title
By Chris Harlan
The final seconds were falling away, and Indiana’s Dylan Stapleton found himself falling down. But with 1.5 seconds left, the junior leaned into the lane ...
Sophomore stars carry Beaver Falls to 3rd finals appearance in 4 seasons
By Chris Harlan
Beaver Falls sophomore Donovan Jeter can laugh at it now, thinking back on his first varsity start. The gym was full last winter for a ...
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 ...
No. 2 Beaver Falls tops Knoch, advances into WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It’s not often a coach uses the word “thrilled” in a postgame interview after a loss — especially a loss that ends his team’s season. ...
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 ...
High school coaches critical of new hand-check rule
By Chris Harlan
With their hands held behind their backs, the Beaver Falls boys basketball team honed its new defensive style. The team moved its legs but not its ...
Class AAA boys basketball preview: Change in classification creates natural rivalries for Beaver Falls
By Chris Harlan
Don’t misunderstand Beaver Falls’ motivation to move. “We don’t think we’re too good for Double-A,” said coach Doug Biega, who voluntarily took his team to ...
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 ...
Apollo-Ridge stands tall in 58-40 victory over Beaver Falls
By George Guido
After 95 years, Apollo’s Owens Field finally hosted a home playoff win. Four touchdowns by Jonah Casella and two more by Tre Tipton and Duane Brown ...
Apollo-Ridge, Beaver Falls bracing for Class AA shootout
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Watch enough Allegheny Conference football, and you’ll see its style of play is consistent and rather simplistic: Kick it short on a squib or out ...
Aliquippa blasts Beaver Falls to complete another perfect regular season
By Brian J. Duermeyer
No. 2 Aliquippa completed its fifth consecutive undefeated regular season and can expect another high seed in the Class AA playoffs with a 56-6 blowout victory over rival Beaver Falls at Carl A. Aschman Stadium on Friday. The Midwestern Conference game was a one-sided affair that resulted in another ...
Shaler’s Schwartz earns WPIAL cross country 3-peat
By Bill West
By not competing in several major cross country meets this fall, Shaler senior Brianna Schwartz nudged the rest of the WPIAL community to speculate about ...
Beaver blanks rival Beaver Falls
By Brian Duermeyer
Beaver’s fast-paced, explosive offense lit up rival Beaver Falls on Friday night, but the Bobcats defense provided the real spark in a 35-0 victory at ...
Beaver Falls in midst of youth movement
By Chuck Curti
Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook has a challenge for the rest of the WPIAL, and it has little to do with throwing down the gauntlet ...
High school notebook: PIAA passes mixed-gender rule
By Staff Reports
The days of boys playing girls sports at area high schools is likely over. The PIAA announced Friday its decision to approve a mixed-gender participation by-law that will, according to PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi, “expand opportunity for female athletes, protect the ideals of fair competition and conserve the health and ...
WPIAL inducts 2014 Hall of Fame class
By Jerry DiPaola
Don Yannessa heard the complaints and listened with the patience of a good coach and administrator. In the end, though, he did things his way, and ...
North Hills football great Kasperowicz part of WPIAL’s 2014 hall class
By Jerry DiPaola
Eric Kasperowicz remembers every detail. The down, the distance — even the wind-chill (30-below) at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. “That’s in my head like ...
Greensburg CC knocks off reigning state champ Beaver Falls
By Paul Schofield
Greensburg Central Catholic isn’t a team that relies on the 3-pointer. But in Saturday’s PIAA Class AA quarterfinal against Beaver Falls at Chartiers Valley, the ...
Freshmen lead defending champ Beaver Falls into quarterfinals
By Staff Report
Freshmen forwards Josh Creach and Donovan Jeter each had a double-double to lead defending PIAA champion Beaver Falls to a 72-48 victory over Summit Academy in Class AA second-round game at North Allegheny on Wednesday. Creach had 21 points and 17 rebounds and Jeter scored 22 and had 12 ...
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 ...
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. ...
Back-to-back WPIAL champion Beaver Falls still contending without star player
By Chris Harlan
Doug Biega laughs a little when folks wonder what’s wrong with Beaver Falls’ basketball program. “It’s asked as if we’re having a bad year,” the coach ...

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