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About the PIAA, Tom Droney and basketball season

Written by Mike White on .

Some things that fell off my laptop computer.

*** I know the Steelers were on last night, but I switched over to watch some of the Davidson-Kansas basketball game. Davidson upset Kansas, 80-74, and did anyone catch any of Tom Droney's act playing for Davidson?

Droney, the former Sewickley Academy star, had only four points, but he played 26 minutes. He has started all 10 games for Davidson. Although he is averaging only 4.7 points, he is averaging 3.8 rebounds, is shooting 82 percent from the free-throw line and leads the team with 31 assists.

Remember, he is only a sophomore and his offensive production should increase the next two years. Droney is a former Post-Gazette Player of the Year. Davidson is 7-3 this season.

*** It's still early in the basketball season, but a couple things we've learned so far:

North Allegheny is still very good, even without Anthony Dallier. Dallier, by the way, is playing at a prep school and is averaging a little more than 10 points a game. North Allegheny has been impressive in the early going and had a big win against Shaler last Friday.

I haven't seen Barnett Harris' name scoring in double figures for the first few games for Gateway. I thought he would score more this season with Devon Cottrell now graduated.

Section 3 in Class AAAA is looking like a bear of a section, and so is Section 4.

Big, big game Thursday night with Upper St. Clair at Chartiers Valley. Both are undefeated and both were at a tournament in Florida last week.

Another interesting game Thursday night is Plum at Shaler. It is non-section, but two of the WPIAL's best guards go head-to-head in Plum's Nolan Cressler and Shaler's Geno Thorpe.

New Castle is looking awfully good. It's no surprise after seeing them often in the spring and summer. This team doesn't have much size, but coach Ralph Blundo's team is extremely athletic, quick and can really shoot. The Red Hurricanes lead the WPIAL in scoring at 78.3 points.

Sto-Rox lost its top two leading scorers from last year, but looks like a major player in Class AA. It already knocked off Greensburg Central Catholic, which was No. 2 at the time.

*** The Post-Gazette football player of the year and coach of the year will be announced in Friday's paper, along with all-conference teams for the WPIAL and City League. Just curious who you think should be coach of the year? It could be a number of coaches. I put it to a vote among our scholastic sports staff.

I think you could make a point for all of these guys: Montour's Lou Cerro, Clairton's Tom Nola, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render, Penn-Trafford's John Ruane, Knoch's Mike King, Aliquippa's Mike Zmijanac, University Prep's Lou Berry, North Allegheny's Art Walker.

I don't think it's real hard to figure out who the player of the year should be.

*** I will not name the coach or the school, but a girls varsity coach told me a story recently about how his starting point guard is inexperienced. How inexperienced? Well, on the team bus to a preseason scrimmage, a teammate pulled out a sheet of paper to show the point guard a play. The inexperienced point guard stopper her teammate with a question: "What are the X's and O's for?"

I kid you not. That is a true story.

*** To the PIAA Board of Directors, one big "C'MON MAN!!!!"

It is mind-boggling to me how these people can't figure out that there shouldn't be high school football in Pennsylvania a week before Christmas. The only other states playing at that time are California, Florida and Texas.

The PIAA voted down a proposal last week that would've shortened the season one week. It passed two previous readings by a 29-1 vote. It was defeated by a 16-10 vote. How do things change that drastically? It really makes you wonder about the politics and deceit that go on with this PIAA board. And the PIAA wonders why it doesn't have a great reputation? Shame on those board members for not figuring this out and not getting the season over earlier.

Rod Frisco of www.rodfrisco.com has an excellent column on the PIAA Board of Directors and the PIAA overall. Frisco is a retired sports writer at the Harrisburg Patriot-News and now runs his own web site.

One thing, though, don't blame the PIAA administrators for this. They wanted to shorten the season, but they don't have a vote. The WPIAL also wanted to shorten the season.

 

 

 

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