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Every season's special for Misiak

Paul Schofield
| Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006

Geibel basketball coach Ken Misiak is the dean of basketball in the WPIAL. He's been to many WPIAL pairings meetings, so he's never surprised at the outcome.

Misiak has been the boys basketball coach at Geibel since the doors opened at the school in 1964. He has coached the team to more than 700 victories, but he said coming to the pairings meeting never gets old.

"This has been 20 some down here, maybe 30 years that I've been coming here," Misiak said Tuesday night at the Green Tree Radisson. "Every year is special. This is like icing on the cake for your kids who worked hard all year. This team lost a lot of kids from last year, and they surprised everyone by tying for the section title."

Misiak has coached a lot of great teams, but the 1978 and 1980 teams are special. Both won WPIAL titles, but the 1978 team finished 26-0 and went on to win the PIAA Class A title.

"I like this team because there are no superstars on it," Misiak said. "They all play as a team."

Geibel (13-6) tied Carmichaels (13-9) for first place in Section 2-A.

Just a chance

Southmoreland boys coach Harry Bowser said all he wanted was a fair chance in the playoffs.

He walked away from the pairings meeting satisfied.

The Scotties (19-5) will play North Catholic (13-11) 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Jefferson in a pigtail-round game.

In three years since returning as coach, Bowser has put Southmoreland basketball back on the map.

The Scotties were a perennial playoff team during the 1980's.

Brisbane surprised

Even though the Hempfield girls basketball team finished with a 12-12 record, the Spartans were seeded No. 9 by the basketball committee.

Hempfield will play Seneca Valley, a team it lost to 63-51 earlier this season.

Hempfield coach Gene Brisbane was pleasantly surprised that his team received such a high speed.

Last year, Hempfield upset Pine-Richland in the opening round of the playoffs.

Fast facts

There are 44 schools that have both their boys and girls teams in the tournament. ... There are 25 teams with sub .500 records. ... Only eight teams finished unbeaten in their sections. The list includes Indiana girls, Greensburg Central Catholic girls, Oakland Catholic and Serra boys.

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