By Mike White | Saturday, March 27, 2010, 10:07 p.m.
A few notes and thoughts on today's state championships.
South Fayette wins Class AA
South Fayette won its first basketball title with a 49-47 victory against Philadelphia Strawberry Mansion this afternoon at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. Juniors Pat Zedreck and Mike Lamberti led South Fayette with 17 points each while Tyler Henry added 10.
It was a nice defensive job for South Fayette as it held Strawberry Mansion's D.J. Newbill, a Marquette recruit, to 15 points, 10 below his average.
Zedreck and Lamberti are back next year, but don't look for a repeat. That's because the Lions can't win Class AA. They are moving up to Class AAA next season.
Indiana girls lose
Indiana of the WPIAL lost to Archbishop Wood, 49-39, in the girls' Class AAA final tonight. Archbishop Wood outscored Indiana, 18-9, in the fourth quarter.
* Plymouth-Whitemarsh won the Class AAAA boys' championship with a 58-51 victory against defending champion Penn Wood. Plymouth-Whitemarsh has 6-foot-10 C.J. Aiken (pictured to the left), who should have a nice future at Saint Joseph's. I was impressed. Although he needs more strength, he's long and showed some ability to play a little away from the basket. He was dominant at times tonight and finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh winning should make North Allegheny feel a little better. The Tigers lost to the eventual state champion in the semifinals and trailed by only two at halftime before losing, 71-47.
* Plymouth-Whitemarsh also has 6-7 junior Jaylen Bond. Pitt and a few Big East Conference schools are interested in Bond. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was at the Plymouth-Whitemarsh-Pitt game Wednesday.
Bond (pictured below) has a nice body, is long and is strong. But it looks like has a ways to go offensively. He's certainly a prospect because of his size, strength and athletic ability, but he won't wow anyone with his offensive ability. He had five points and seven rebounds. He's not a good free-throw shooter, either. It will be interesting to see if Pitt ever offers him a scholarship.
How good is Char Valley?
If Neumann-Goretti is ranked among the top 10 teams in the country, what does that make Chartiers Valley after losing to the Saints, 65-63, in the Class AAA final Friday night? If Char Valley wins, I say the Colts get ranked in the top 25 somewhere. And here is something else that tells how good Char Valley is. The Colts' only other loss was to Massillon Jackson, which tonight won the Ohio Division I state championship with a 57-34 victory over Cincinnati Moeller. Division I is the largest classification in Ohio.
I'm thinking the Char Valley-Neumann-Goretti game was one of the best championships I've seen in a while.
The attendance for the championship games (four doubleheaders) was 20,706.