Mike White | 6:52 p.m. Friday, March 20
STATE COLLEGE - The PIAA appeal hearing for suspended Westinghouse girls' basketball coach Phyllis Jones has been postponed until May.
A few weeks ago, the City League (District 8) athletic committee suspended Jones from coaching for a year for allegedly recruiting a player from Langley. Jones supposedly made a comment to the player after a game.
Jones appealed the suspension to the PIAA and a hearing was scheduled for tomorrow here in State College. But PIAA Executive Director Brad Cashman said Jones requested a continuance of the hearing until the PIAA Board of Control's next regularly scheduled meeting in May.
Greensburg Salem vs. Archbishop Carroll
9:30 p.m. - Final score. Carroll 75 Greensburg Salem 54
9:13 p.m. - Attendance for tonight's doubleheader was 4,270. For this afternoon's doubleheader it was 4,217.
9:06 p.m. - Ouch. It's 57-31.
9:01 p.m. - Carroll has opened up a 49-30 lead with 3:50 left in third.
8:53 p.m. - Just got the scoop on why Doug Collins is here. I went up and introduced myself and asked him why he was here. His son in law is Archbishop Carroll's coach. Paul Romanczuk. Collins seemed like a great guy. He complimented GS's Klimchock.
8:44 p.m. - Halftime Carroll leads, 37-25.
8:38 p.m. - Former NBA player, coach and now TV commentator Doug Collins is in the first row of seats behind me. Wonder why? Maybe I'll ask at halftime. He might be the best NBA color commentator. He's tremendous.
8:35 p.m. - Oh-oh. It's only the second quarter and GS's Chris Klimchock just picked up his third foul. Paul Sapotichne is leaving him in. I don't blame him. It's the state championship. Greensburg Salem doesn't have a chance without him. Timeout with 2:37 left in the half and Carroll has opened up a 33-18 lead.
8:33 p.m. - Carroll's quickness and strength are starting to make a difference. Juan'ya Green just scored on a fast break layup and Carroll has opened up a 27-16 lead. ... North Catholic's boys' team is in the house, watching on the floor underneath one of the baskets.
8:26 p.m. - Greensburg Salem's Chris Klimchock , king of game-winning shots, just threw a shot up from 3/4 court at the end of the first quarter. It went around the rim and out. Carroll leads, 16-14, after the first quarte.r
8:23 p.m. - GS is hanging tough. Jake Matthews, who has averaged 18 over the past three games, has hit two 3-pointers and has eight points. Game tied, 14-14, with one minute left in first quarter. Matthews is only a junior. The way he shoots, he'll play small-college ball somewhere.
8:18 p.m. - Have a hard time seeing Greensburg Salem winning. Carroll looks too physcial and too quick.
8:14 p.m. - Greensburg Salem is overmatched physically. Archbishop Carroll looks much stronger than Greensburg Salem. Although don't underestimate GS point guard Chris Klimchock. He's only 5-9, but he said the other night that he bench presses 215 pounds.
8:11 p.m. - Greensburg Salem's students showed up in force. They have about 20 times as many as Mt. Lebanon did for the girls' game.
8:09 p.m. -- A big key is for Greensburg Salem to stay close early.
Archbishop has some tremendous names. Kasheef Festus and Juan'ya Green.
7:42 p.m. - It's impressive to finish a season undefeated in any classification. But what Mt. Lebanon did is even more impressive because it is in Class AAAA.
7:39 p.m. - THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!!
The Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils just did something a WPIAL girls' team hasn't done in 26 years. They finished the season with an undefeated record after beating O'Hara, 67-58, in the PIAA title game.
7:38 p.m. - Mt. Lebanon is on top, 63-56. And to think, O'Hara hadn't allowed more than 55 points in a game this season.
7:33 p.m. - This isn't over yet. O'Hara just hit a 3-pointer and Mt. Lebanon now leads by only 59-55.
7:32 p.m. - One of the reasons Mt. Lebanon is so good because all of its players are athletic and quick. I don't think there is a slow player on the roster.
7:23 p.m. - Mt. Lebanon has opened up a 53-42 lead with 3:25 left. I think it's safe to say who the Post-Gazette coach of the year will be. Mt. Lebanon's Dori Oldaker. And that was an easy choice before this game.
7:17 p.m. - Mt. Lebanon has just opened up a 49-42 lead on Emily Miller's layup. I know Cardinal O'Hara has five players headed to Division I colleges. Mt. Lebanon's only senior who plays much is Emily Miller. If some of these O'Hara girls are doing Division I, then Miller could play there, too.
7:15 p.m. - Holzer has just returned to the first seat on the bench and started crying. It looks like she's done. She has taken her shoe off and her ankle brace.
7:13 p.m. - Holzer is now trying to loosen her ankle in the end zone of the arena. She is still limping noticeably.
7:09 p.m. - Mt. Lebanon has taken a 45-40 lead after three quarters. The Blue Devils outscored Cardinal O'Hara, 13-5, after center Steph Holzer went out with an ankle injury. Holzer is now wrapping her ankle and looks like she is going to try and play again. Where the heck is O'Hara's trainer? Seriously, Holzer is taping her own ankle. She just put underwrap on and now she's putting on the tape. Oh, there is a man that has sat down beside her and looks like a trainer. But he is just watching her tape her own ankle. Never seen anything like this.
7:07 p.m. - What a horrible turnout from the Mt. Lebanon students. They're practically non-existent here.
7:06 p.m. - It looks like Cardinal O'Hara's Steph Holzer is done for the night. She is now on the end of the bench with her shoe off, getting treatment on the ankle. She is fighting back tears. Hard to believe Cardinal O'Hara can win without her. Mt. Lebanon has taken a 40-37 lead and stands to have a good chance at becoming the first WPIAL girls' team to go undefeated since Mount Alvernia in 1983.
7:05 p.m. - The PIAA's contract with Penn State and the Bryce Jordan Center is up after this year. The PIAA will put the games out for bids and will make a decision in May on where to play the games for the next few years. Talking to some insiders, the PIAA is very happy with the games at Penn State. And unless Hershey gives the PIAA a cheaper deal, don't look for the games to go back to Hershey.
7:00 p.m. - Mt. Lebanon's Madison Cable had eight points to lead the Blue Devils in the first half. Did you know her mother was a talented player in the early 1980s at Beaver Falls and had one outstanding season at Duquesne. She was Sue Cox back then.
6:55 p.m. - Cardinal O'Hara leads, 35-32, early in the third quarter, but standout senior center Steph Holzer is down at center court after colliding with a teammate. Holzer, a 6-3 senior center and the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year, is walking gingerly off the court, favoring her right ankle. That ankle has given Holzer problems throughout the playoffs.
6:50 p.m. Mt. Lebanon leads Cardinal O'Hara at halftime of the Class AAAA championship, 30-29. The Blue Devils can definitely play with this team, which is ranked No. 5 in the country by USA Today. Honestly, there is no way O'Hara is the fifth-best team in the country.