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McConnell nears record and milestone ..... Center student section in jail?

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By Mike White | Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, 7:55 a.m.

Future blog note: We'll have a live blog tomorrow for some of the games in the Pittsburgh Basketball Classic - particularly the Gateway vs. Bishop O'Connell (Va.) game. Bishop O'Connell has North Carolina recruit Kendall Marshall. There are seven games in the Classic, which is at Robert Morris.

Notes, news and thoughts from the high school sports scene.

McKeesport got a big victory against Plum Friday night. Click here for some Post-Gazette highlights from the game and some comments from McKeesport coach Corey Gadson.

Perry, the first-place team in the City League, won another close game yesterday, defeating Allderdice, 59-58. Perry is an interesting team because the Commdores basically play five guards, but are unbeaten in City League play. Perry has won two games by one point, one by two and one by three.

Click here for Post-Gazette highlights from the Allderdice-Perry game. Gotta love the Perry cheerleaders dancing in the beginning of the highlights and the celebration on the court at the end.

Record breaker

Chartiers Valley's T.J. McConnell is closing in on a WPIAL record and a career milestone.

The senior guard has 292 career 3-pointers after he made seven in Friday night's victory against South Park. McConnell, a Duquesne University recruit, needs 11 3-pointers to break the WPIAL career record of 302. The record is held, coincidentally, by a former Chartiers Valley player. Mike Colbert made 302 from 1994-98.

McConnell had 54 3-pointers as a freshman, 94 as a sophomore and 93 last year as a junior. He has 51 this season.

But McConnell also is closing in on another milestone. He needs only a little more than 100 points to reach 2,000 for his career. He averages over 30 points a game so he could easily get both marks by the end of the regular season.

McConnell also would break Colbert's school record for points. Colbert scored 2,022.

Where is he now?

Just in case you were wondering what Mike Colbert is doing these days, he lives in Las Vegas and works as a sports book director. What is a sports book director? Yes, he deals with sports betting. Legally, of course. Remember, it's legal in Vegas. You could bet the house that McConnell will break both of his records.

Student-section humor

I attended the Blackhawk-Center game Friday night and have to admit that I got a chuckle out of the Center student section. The place was packed and Center had a lot of students who stood the entire game. But all of the students were wearing orange. They had orange T-shirts, orange hoodies and I even saw an orange sweater. I had to wonder because Center's schools colors are blue, white and gray.

Finally, when I asked someone why the students were in orange, the answer got a laugh out of me. Apparently in the last home game, Center's students booed each player from the opposing team when they were introduced in the starting lineups. They also booed the cheerleaders.

So, some Center school officials chided all of the students and demanded improved behavior at games. The Center students' response? They felt like they were now in jail in the student section so they all wore orange, as in jail suits. I even saw a few orange T-shirts with numbers on the front.

Should you be angry or humored by the students? Sorry, but I had to laugh. Sometimes you gotta love students' creativity. By the way, I heard no booing of the Blackhawk starters or cheerleaders. Maybe the Center students will get a treat for good behavior.

PIAA football stays the same

I guess the state football championships will continue to be played only one week before Christmas. The PIAA Board of Control had meetings Thursday and Friday, but no one on the board made a motion to start football season one week earlier so that it doesn't end one week before Christmas.

Sorry, but I am baffled once again. The football championships this past season were played Dec. 18-19. That is the latest they were ever scheduled. Only a handful of states in the country were still playing football that weekend. This year's championships are scheduled for Dec. 17-18. The PIAA Executive Director, Brad Cashman, and his staff members remarked in December that something should be done to finish the season earlier. Starting the season a week earlier seemed like the logical option. A number of Board of Control members also have remarked that the season shouldn't be ending a week before Christmas.

But once again, the Board of Control did nothing about it.

However, the Board of Control were given PIAA playoff brackets for a 15-week season. Currently, the season is 16 weeks. The brackets were given to the Board for informational purposes only.

Dorsett did NOT go to Aliquippa

I wish I had 10 dollars for every time over the years that some sports announcer said Tony Dorsett went to Aliquippa High School. HE DID NOT!!!! He went to Hopewell.

Jim Nantz of CBS did it in a recent NFL playoff game when talking about New York Jet defensive back Darrelle Revis, who is a graduate of Aliquippa. Nantz said Revis attended the same high school as Mike Ditka and Tony Dorsett. Wrong, Jim. Dorsett attended Hopewell. Those living in Hopewell simply have an Aliquippa mailing address.

Canon-McMillan's Hull, Pitt QB recruit on TV today

Canon-McMillan linebacker Mike Hull has been selected one of four captains for USA Football's Team USA all-star team. The team will face a world all-star team today in a game at Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium. Kickoff is noon and the contest is part of the NFL Pro Bowl. It can be seen on the NFL Network with Rich Eisen and Deion Sanders giving commentary.

Also, a blog reader informs us that Pitt quarterback Mark Myers is in the game today, playing for the USA team. So check him out.

Hull is a Penn State football recruit who also is wrestling some this season at Canon-McMillan. Hull is a talented wrestler, but did not wrestle last season because of injuries from football. He said he is wrestling in team matches this year because he promised Canon-McMillan's coach that he would help the team this year.

Hull also is a talented outfielder in baseball, but said he will not play baseball this season.

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