Mike White | 3:30 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2009
Notes, thoughts and anecdotes from the local high school scene.
Want to see the high-scoring Chartiers Valley basketball team against Aliquippa? Want to check out possible Pitt recruit Tom Droney of Sewickley Academy? Want to see how 7-foot McKeesport center Zeke Marshall looks? Want to see a couple other interesting matchups?
Then go to Robert Morris College's Sewall Center tomorrow.
The Pittsburgh Basketball Classic is a six-game event run by John Giammarco, director of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club. Giammarco tries to promote basketball in Western Pennsylvania and also runs summer leagues and other events in the area. Tomorrow, his event starts at 11 a.m., with Lincoln Park facing Montour. It finishes at 8 p.m., with Beaver Falls meeting North Allegheny. In between, Bishop Canevin plays Sewickley Academy at 12:30. Chartiers Valley faces Aliquippa at 2. McKeesport takes on Upper St. Clair at 5. Central Catholic plays Gateway at 6:30.
The Chartiers Valley-Aliquippa game might be fun to watch because Chartiers Valley averages 84 points a game, by far the best in the WPIAL. Aliquippa has been known to like a fast pace also and the Quips are averaging 68 points a game.
Sewickley Academy's Droney had a triple double Friday night against Vincentian. A junior guard, Droney has narrowed his college choices to Pitt, Notre Dame and Davidson.
McKeesport is playing well lately and one of the reasons is Marshall, an Akron recruit who his scoring much more in the past few weeks.
Tickets for the event are $6 for adults, $3 for students with a student ID, and $2 for senior citizens and kids age 12 and under.
Running of the Colts
Chartiers Valley has been impressive all season with its offense, but the Colts have been scoring at a ridiculous clip lately. In two consecutive games recently, Chartiers Valley scored 64 points in a half. Friday's 95-67 victory against South Park was the fifth time this season Char Valley has scored 90 or more. And get this: Over the past five games, the Colts are averaging 94 points.
Remember this bite?
Sports Illustrated recently ran a story on memorable biting incidents in sports. The magazine brought up seven incidents - and one of them happened in the WPIAL.
It was 1987 when Monessen girls' basketball player Nicole Naccarato bit the arm of West Greene's Victoria Lynn Martin. A month after the game, Naccarato was found guilty of harassment and fined $300.
Good news for Nate
I did a story this fall on Seneca Valley football coach Ron Butschle and his 1-year-old son, Nate, who was battling a possible fatal disease. Nate Buschle had Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a rare disease in which too many white blood cells grow in certain tissues and organs, and damage them. The disease primarily affects children and is treated much the same way as career.
Well there is good news for Nate. He recently underwent a biopsy of the original site of the disease and he is now in remission.
Ron Butschle, by the way, resigned as Seneca Valley's coach after the season.
A shocking story out of Kentucky, where David Jason Stinson, the football coach at Pleasure Ridge Park High School, was indicted recently on one count of reckless homicide in the death of one of his players, Max Gilpin.
Gilpin, a sophomore lineman, died this summer at Kosair Children’s Hospital, just three days after he collapsed at a team practice. Gilpin's temperature reached 107 degrees at the hospital after the collapse. Stinson is facing up to five years in prison if found guilty of the charge.
Here is a story in the Louisville Courier-Journal: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090122/NEWS01/90122023/1008.