Live blog - WPIAL semifinals: Char Valley wins; Hampton leading; No. 1 girls seed loses; Baldwin wins

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By Mike White | Tuesday, March 2, 2010


T.J. McConnell finishes with 32.

9:12 p.m. - Hampton leads West Mifflin, 27-21, early in the fourth.

9:09 p.m. - End of the third quarter and Char Valley leads, 57-44.

9:06 p.m. - West Allegheny is hanging tough. Trail only 55-44 late in third.

9:02 p.m. - Hampton leading West Mifflin, 20-6. Not sure at what point of game. This from MSA and Don Rebel.

9:00 p.m. - Tom Droney has 15 in the first half to help Sewickley Academy to a 35-21 lead against Cornell in a Class A semifinal.

8:55 p.m. - CV's Matt Noszka starting second half with bandage on knee and hit a 3-pointer. Guess he's not too bad.



8:49 p.m. - Halftime Char Valley leads West Allegheny, 47-31. Can't see West Allegheny coming back from this. T.J. McConnell has 21 at halftime and Matt Noszka 13. But possibly a big development for Char Valley. Noszka, the team's second-leading scorer for the season, was on the bench at the end of the half and it looks like he has an injured knee. The trainer was working on him.

8:41 p.m. - This one, I hate to say, is over. Chartiers Valley leads, 43-21, second quarter. West Allegheny can't handle CV's pressure. A number of turnovers. T.J. McConnell has 19.

8:30 p.m. - End of the first quarter and Chartiers Valley boys lead, 19-10, over West Allegheny. Things started good for West A. leading 10-6. But CV scored final 13 points of quarter. T.J. McConnell had nine points for CV in the first quarter.


Baldwin defeated Bethel Park, 63-49, behind 34 from Belma Nurkic

Jeannette girls beat Beaver, 48-39.

Lincoln Park boys defeated Serra, 54-48.

7:50 p.m. - One family member is in the finals. Molly Tuite is a senior guard for the Seton-LaSalle girls. Her cousin is Chartiers Valley senior guard T.J. McConnell, who plays next in a Class AAA semifinal against West Allegheny.

7:42 p.m. - Quigley girls trail Vincentian, 55-51, in the fourth quarter.

7:38 p.m. - See, WPIAL basketball playoffs and T.J. McConnell bring out important people. I just asked Greg Rosatelli why Paul Posluszny was here. He wanted to maybe see some of Char Valley's game (8 p.m.). G Ross. said Posluszny's brother lives in the Wexford area and sometimes works out in Wexford in the offseason.

7:36 p.m. - How about this one? Buffalo Bills linebacker and former Penn State stud Paul Posluszny is in the house at North Allegheny for the Char Valley-West Allegheny game. Was sitting with former Hopewell standout guard Greg Rosatelli, who helped the Vikings to a WPIAL championship game not all that long ago.

7:30 p.m. - Lincoln Park and Serra are tied, 35-35, after three quarters. Rob Heatherington has 15 points for Serra and Chaquille Pratt 13 for Lincoln Park. .. In Class AAAA, Baldwin leads Bethel Park, 45-39, early in the fourth quarter, as Belma Nurkic has 27 for Baldwin.

No. 1 Class AA seed Avonworth trails Seton-LaSalle, 30-17, with five minutes left.

7:17 p.m. - I'm sure Avonworth is having a bad night, but geez is it hard to believe Avonworth is the No. 1 seed for Class AA girls. Four minutes to go in the third quarter and they still haven't cracked double figures. Of course, when you're top scorer (Tara Gallupe) has yet to score a point, what do you expect? Tough night for Gallupe and the Antelopes. Obviously, they are a lot better than this.

7:12 p.m. - Update from Class A semifinals. Colleague Reggie Sanserino says Lincoln Park leads Serra, 21-20, at the half.

7:08 p.m. - From the Did You Know Department? Seton-LaSalle football coach Greg Perry is an assistant coach with the girls' basketball team. I think he probably teaches the pass pretty well.

7:02 p.m. - Avonworth, No. 1 seed in Class AA, trails Seton-LaSalle girls, 22-9, at halftime. Tara Gallupe, who averages over 20 a game, scoreless in the first half. Seton-LaSalle's Katie Gattuso has nine points, five rebounds and two blocks.

UPDATE CLASS AAAA GIRLS SEMIFINALS: Bethel Park and Baldwin are tied, 22-22, at the half. Baldwin's Belma Nurkic has been almost a one-girl show. She has 17 points in the first half.

6:57 p.m. - Here courtside next to MSA Sports director Don Rebel, the fine play-by-play and do-everything man for MSA. Rebel and his crew have every WPIAL game either on the radio or internet. It's a great thing the WPIAL has in MSA.

6:46 p.m. - From colleague Big Brad Everett, the Baldwin girls and Bethel Park are tied, 11-11, after the first quarter. Baldwin's Belma Nurkic (Duquesne recruit) has nine of the 11 points.

6:30 p.m. - Here at North Allegheny in the first game of a WPIAL semifinal doubleheader. Girls' game first. Seton-LaSalle vs. Avonworth.

Look who's in the house? Pitt assistant football coach Greg Gattuso. He's here to watch his daughter, Seton-LaSalle's senior center. Katie Gattuso is headed to Niagara.

Good matchup with Gattuso and Avonworth's Tara Gallupe, the second-leading scorer in the WPIAL this season.

That's Gattuso's wife, Colleen, sitting next to him. I think Greg is asking, "Did you know I averaged over 20 points a game when I was a senior at Seton-LaSalle?"

It's true. The big guy had some basketball talent to go along with his football talent (played at Penn State).



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