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Pine-Richland collects gymnastics title

| Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009

Pine-Richland had one all-around individual champion and a solid overall performance to win the WPIAL team gymnastics title Saturday at Moon High School.

Pine-Richland finished with a combined score of 149.075, which was just enough to edge North Allegheny (146.30) and Moon (142.65).

Pine-Richland's Nika Gill won the all-around in the Intermediate II division with a combined score of 32.75 in her four events, even though she finished no better than third on any one individual apparatus. Gill's only third-place finish was on the uneven bars.

Kaitlyn Russell of Ambridge won the balance beam and finished second overall with a 32.55, while Kari Tedesco of Ambridge came in third at 32.50.

Moon's Stephanie Nam finished first in the beam and second on both the bars and in the floor exercise to capture the all-around in the Intermediate I division. Nam finished with 35.75 points..

Natalie Bellstein of Knoch nearly swept the Advanced division. She won the vault, bars and beam as well as the all-around.

Boys basketball

Greensburg Salem 66, Ambridge 32 — Greensburg Salem senior guard Chris Klimchock scored a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and had seven assists and three steals as Greensburg Salem (19-4) rolled over Ambridge (11-12) in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game.

Moon 61, Uniontown 60 (2 OT) — Controversy surrounded the ending of this WPIAL Class AAA playoff game. With Uniontown (15-6) leading and with the arrow possession in its favor, the officials gave Moon (14-9) a timeout with 24 seconds left during a loose ball that it seemed neither team had possession of.

Brett Hoffman then hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to give Moon the win. Uniontown had two shots at winning the game but failed.

Blackhawk 77, Thomas Jefferson 59 — Mike Pearson and Zack Hayward each scored 19 points to lead Blackhawk to first-round victory in the Class AAA playoffs. Brock DeCicco of Thomas Jefferson led all scorers with 24.

Monessen 54, Steel Valley 50 — Telly Clark had 16 points and Terrance Stepoli added 15 to lead the Greyhounds (13-8) to a Class AA preliminary-round win over Steel Valley (6-13).

Sewickley Academy 61, Geibel 47 — Peter Schramm scored 27 points and Tom Droney added 20 points, as Sewickley Academy (18-4) dropped Geibel (11-11) in a Class A first-round game.

Serra Catholic 85, Avella 51 — T.J. Heatherington scored 21 points, as No. 2 seed Serra (19-2) cruised to a Class A opening-round win over Avella (10-13).

Girls basketball

Penn Hills 56, Norwin 53 — Darche Jackson scored 16 of her game-high 28 points in the third quarter as Penn Hills rallied from a 16-point deficit to upset No. 4 Norwin in the Class AAAA first round.

Ambridge 67, Uniontown 38 — Erin Smith scored 20 points, and Ambridge (15-8) pulled away for a victory.

McKeesport 45, Pine-Richland 37 — Megan Brinkos scored 16 points to pace the Lady Tigers (13-10) in a Class AAAA preliminary-round game.

Chartiers Valley 48, Thomas Jefferson 37 — Chartiers Valley (17-6) got 21 points from Erica Restich in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game.

Mt. Pleasant 55, West Allegheny 50 — Nicole Malara hit a running shot with 10 seconds remaining to give Mt. Pleasant (18-5) the lead for good in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game.

South Park 58, Blackhawk 45 — South Park (16-6) ran out to a 34-12 halftime lead and cruised in a Class AAA preliminary-round game.

South Fayette 48, Neshannock 26 — Sara Throckmorton and Colleen Graeser each scored 15 points, as South Fayette (18-5) beat Neshannock (11-12) in the preliminary round of the Class AA playoffs.

Apollo-Ridge 49, Brownsville 37 — Hanna Shaffer scored 21 points to lead Apollo-Ridge (17-5) to a Class AA preliminary-round win.

Jeannette 49, Beth-Center 47 — Jeannette (14-9) advanced to the first round, where it will face fourth-seeded Ford City.

Quigley 62, California 30 — Taylor Verrico scored 18 points, as Quigley (19-2) beat California (6-16) in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

Serra Catholic 71, Sewickley Academy 17 — Jade Stewart scored 29 points to lead Serra Catholic (15-6) over Sewickley Academy (9-13) in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

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