By Mike White | Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 12:10 a.m.
Star players often attract the biggest crowds in high school sports. If that's the case, then the WPIAL should be extremely happy with two of its basketball championship games Friday night at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center.
Chartiers Valley's T.J. McConnell, pictured to the left, and Sewickley Academy's Tom Droney, pictured to the right, will play in back-to-back title games Friday after winning semifinal games Tuesday night. Chartiers Valley defeated West Allegheny and will play in the Class AAA final against Hampton at 9 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Sewickley Academy will Lincoln Park in the Class A final. Sewickley Academy defeated Cornell Tuesday night.
You wouldn't get many arguments from people if you said McConnell and Droney are the top two players in the WPIAL this season. McConnell is headed to Duquesne and Droney to Davidson. Fans can see them on the same court in back-to-back games, and you can bet those two will help sell some tickets. The night will kick off with the WPIAL Class A girls' championship at 5 p.m.
Chartiers Valley's Matt Noszka, the team's second-leading scorer, suffered a minor left knee injury in the first half of Tuesday's semifinal game against West Allegheny. He came out of the game briefly in the first half because of the injury, and played the second half with the knee bandaged.
After the game, Noszka said he hurt the knee when he landed on it awkwardly in the first quarter. But he said he will be fine to play in the title game.
The Seton-LaSalle girls made it to the WPIAL Class AA final. That means two cousins will be in the title games this weekend. Seton-LaSalle senior guard Molly Tuite, pictured to the left, is T.J. McConnell's cousin.
Seton-LaSalle will play Jeannette in the title game.