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High school roundup: Pine-Richland squad wins PIAA spirit title

| Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, 9:06 p.m.
Sewickley Academy's Scott Brown (right) scores past Shady Side Academy's Dylan Groff (14) and Mike Ware during their game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Sewickley.
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Sewickley Academy's Scott Brown (right) scores past Shady Side Academy's Dylan Groff (14) and Mike Ware during their game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Sewickley.

Pine-Richland won its first PIAA competitive spirit title Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey.

The Rams scored 250.90 points to edge runner-up Butler (243.10) for the small squad division title. Franklin Regional (232.9) was third and Chartiers-Houston (196.5) was ninth.

Defending champion Bishop McCort won the medium division with 256.5 points, with Shaler (250.4) placing second. Elizabeth Forward (213) was eighth.

Cumberland Valley (251.20) won its third straight large division title. Norwin (219) finished fourth and North Allegheny (211.9) was sixth.

Boys basketball

Pine-Richland 87, Indiana 82 (3OT) — At the Hoops for a Cure Rumble Up North at North Allegheny, Andrew Petcash scored 24 points and Phil Jurkovec added 22 to lead Pine-Richland to a victory.

The Rams (14-4) used a 13-8 edge in triple overtime to earn the win.

Riley Stapleton scored 27 points for Class AAA No. 3 Indiana (15-2) and surpassed 1,000 for his career.

Sewickley Academy 62, Shady Side Academy 54 — In nonsection play, Justin Pryor led all scorers with 26 points as Class A No. 3 Sewickley Academy (17-0) held off Shady Side Academy. Teammate Drew Johnson added 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Etai Groff tallied 18 points for Shady Side (10-7), and Lewis Berry scored 14 points in the loss.

South Park 69, Clairton 42 — In nonsection play, South Park's (13-6) Dan Wanker scored a game-high 22 points in the Eagles' victory over Clairton. Justin Gorny tallied 19 points, and Shawn Coologhan added 12. Uri Myers netted a team-high 21 points for Clairton (5-9), and Aaron Mathews added 12 points.

Upper St. Clair 94, Vincentian Academy 60 — Class AAAA No. 5 Upper St. Clair's (14-4) Doug Wagner led all scorers with 25 points and 20 rebounds as the Panthers defeated Class A No. 1 Vincentian Academy at the Hoops For A Cure Rumble Up North tournament. Andrew Wheeler hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points, Zachary Pateras added four more 3-pointers and scored 14, and Marcus McGinniss and Nicholas Beeler tallied 13 and 10 points, respectively. Ryan Wolf led Vincentian (11-6) with 23 points, and Jamison Nee scored 14 in the loss.

Girls basketball

Hempfield 46, Connellsville 37 — Three players reached double digits for Hempfield (11-6, 5-3) as it defeated Connellsville in Section 1-AAAA action. Lexi Irwin led with 14 points, and Michelle Burns and Leah Knizer added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Spartans. Abbey Davis drained five 3-pointers for 15 points, and Molly Bauer added 14 for Connellsville (6-13, 3-6).

West Shamokin 45, Apollo-Ridge 19 — Lizzy Cornish scored 14 points and Olivia Fusaro added 13 points to lead West Shamokin (9-8, 4-6) to a Section 2-AA win over Apollo-Ridge (9-7, 4-6). West Shamokin led 28-5 at halftime.

Ellwood City 59, Laurel 44 — Allie McKelvie scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Ellwood City (8-10) defeated Laurel (7-11) in nonsection play. Karington Ketterer added 15 points in the victory.

New Castle 48, Woodland Hills 32 — In nonsection play, Jamay Walker scored 21 points to lead Class AAA New Castle (3-14) to victory at Class AAAA Woodland Hills (2-16). Isi Palamone tallied 17 points in the loss.

Penn-Trafford 78, Franklin Regional 50 — Four players reached double figures for Class AAAA No. 1 Penn-Trafford (18-1) in its nonsection victory over Franklin Regional (5-12). Maria Palarino had a game-best 29 points for the Warriors. Casey Aunkst added 13, while Kylie Grabowski and Katy Abreu each contributed 10. Penn-Trafford extended its winning streak to 17 games. Paige Verona led the Panthers with 16 points, while Natalie Palmer scored 11.

Ringgold 65, Brooke, W.Va. 40 — Bailey Cooper scored 25 points and Ashley Briscoe added 23 as Ringgold (10-8) downed Brooke, W.Va in nonsection play. Marlena Schmidt added 11 points while Angela Staffileno scored 35 of Brooke's 40 points.

Vincentian Academy 71, South Park 36 — At the Hoops For A Cure Rumble Up North tournament, Brenna Wise scored a game-high 29 points for Class A No. 1 Vincentian Academy (14-1). Caroline Elliot added 11. Natalie Clydesdale led South Park (9-8) with 10 points.

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