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WPIAL basketball bracketology ...... let's talk playoff pairings and seedings

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The WPIAL basketball steering committee is meeting today to decide playoff pairings and seedings. The matchups and the seeds will be announced tomorrow night at a meeting in Green Tree.

But let's talk brackets right now. We already know what teams are in the playoffs, but who will be the top seeds? What will be the first-round matchups?

Let's not wait until tomorrow night. Here are Varsity Blog's matchups and seedings for the boys tournament, along with some thoughts.

CLASS AAAA

I truly believe there are maybe 7-8 teams that could win this thing. That's how balanced Class AAAA is this year. There are a number of teams that fall into this prognosis: It wouldn't be surprising if they got to the championship, and it wouldn't be surprising if they lost in the first round.

It seems what is getting a lot of talk is who should be the No. 1 seed, Chartiers Valley or Latrobe? Chartiers Valley is 17-4 and Latrobe 20-1. (Chartiers Valley's Eddie Flohr is pictured in a game against Upper St. Clair). Chartiers Valley's losses are to an out-of-state team, Monessen (No. 1 in Class A), Aliquippa (No. 1 in Class AA) and Peters Township. Latrobe's only loss was to Norwin. Basically, I think these two are just about the same. I'm not a big believer in using past history to determine seedings. But Chartiers Valley is the defending champion and a perennial championship contender.

Latrobe has a slightly better record, but Chartiers Valley plays in a much tougher section. Latrobe plays in Section 1, which has not fared well in the playoffs. That being said, Latrobe is good enough to win it all. That wouldn't surprise me. But I'll go CV No. 1 and Latrobe No. 2.

Another tough thing is where do you put the three teams that tied for the Section 3 championship (Pine-Richland, Central Catholic and North Hills). North Hills had a few out-of-section losses that might hurt its reputation, but the Indians are still a section champ from an excellent section. Should Pine, North Hills and Central all be seeded next to each other?

Also, where does Bethel Park go? The Black Hawks look like they are playing as good as just about anyone lately.

Well, here goes:

(1) Chartiers Valley vs. (16) Hempfield; (2) Latrobe vs. winner of Mt. Lebanon-Franklin Regional; (3) Pine-Richland vs. (14) Norwin; Penn Hills (4) vs. (13) Butler; (5) North Hills vs. (12) Peters Township; (6) Bethel Park vs. (11) Gateway; (7) Central Catholic vs. (10) Baldwin; (8) Plum vs. (9) Penn-Trafford.

CLASS AAA

Problem area is what to do with section champs Indiana and West Allegheny? Yes, West A. is a section champ but the Indians are only 12-10. Indiana is the defending WPIAL champ, but not as good as last season and the Little Indians' section is suspect.

New Castle should get the No. 1 seed, regardless of what it does tonight against Allderdice. Mars is No. 2. (Pictured is New Castle senior guard Marquel Hooker, who averages more than 20 a game).

Also, there are 20 teams in the Class AAA playoffs. To get to a 16-team bracket, you need four play-in games involving eight teams. I believe you should seed those eight teams, and the two worst teams should play, and the winner has to play the No. 1 seed - and so forth.

Well, here goes:

(1) New Castle vs. Mount Pleasant-Thomas Jefferson winner; (2) Mars vs. Southmoreland-Montour winner; (3) Beaver Falls vs. Laurel Highlands-Trinity winner; (4) Steel Valley vs. Yough-Central Valley winner; (5) Highlands vs. (12) South Fayette; (6) Indiana vs. (11) Knoch; (7) West Allegheny vs. (10) Ambridge; (8) West Mifflin vs. (9) Hampton.

CLASS AA

A big question is what to do with Quaker Valley? The Quakers are only a second-place team, but they are 18-3. Despite being a second-place team, could they be a No. 4 or 5 seed? 

Aliquippa is definitely the No. 1 seed. The Quips are undefeated and aiming to become only the second team in WPIAL history to win back-to-back WPIAL titles with undefeated records. New Castle did it a few years ago. Before that, it never happened. (Pictured is Aliquippa's Jassir Jordan, the team's leading scorer).

Another big question is what to do with Brownsville? The Falcons are a section champ, but the section is weak and has done nothing in the playoffs in recent history. I put Brownsville at the No. 7 seed, and that might be generous.

I didn't give every matchup in Class AA because I do not know what the WPIAL plans to do with 21 teams. I seeded the first 12. The remaining nine in order would be: Avonworth, Shady Side Academy, East Allegheny, Charleroi, Riverside, Chartiers-Houston, Waynesburg, Frazier, Beth-Center. Not sure how the WPIAL will bracket them.

Here goes:

(1) Aliquippa vs. a preliminary-round game winner; (2) Lincoln Park vs. preliminary-round winner; (3) Greensburg Central Catholic vs. preliminary-round game winner; (4) Bishop Canevin vs. preliminary-round winner; (5) Quaker Valley vs. (12) Wilkinsburg; (6) Washington vs. (11) OLSH; (7)  Neshannock vs. (10) Seton-LaSalle; (8) Brownsville vs. (9) Laurel.

CLASS A

Monessen is the easy No. 1 seed. The Greyhounds finished the regular season averaging 92.1 points. (Pictured is leading scorer Dwight Moore).

A big question is where do you seed Jeannette and Clairton, who tied for a section title? They should probably be seeded next to each other, but my idea is to seed them two spots away from each other so that they are on opposite sides of the bracket and don't meet in the quarterfinals.

Also, how high should Eden Christian be seeded? The team finished in second place in Class A Section 1, but has an 18-3 record with losses only to Sewickley Academy, OLSH and Quaker Valley.

Here are Varsity Blog's matchups:

(1) Monessen vs. (16) Leechburg; (2) Sewickley Academy vs. (15) Avella; (3) Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic vs. (14) West Greene; (4) Clairton vs. (13) Cornell; (5) Eden Christian vs. (12) Trinity Christian; (6) Jeannette vs. (11) Springdale; (7) Vincentian vs. (10) Winchester-Thurston; (8) Union vs. (9) California.

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National signing day 2016 live blog

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Join Mike White for a running blog chronicling the local signing day happenings:

Live Blog Mike White's signing day blog: 2.3.16
 

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New Castle at Allderdice game of the year? ..... Who gets No. 1 seed in AAAA?

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Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the high school basketball scene.

It is a non-section game on the final night of the regular season between a City League team and WPIAL squad. It will mean absolutely nothing in seedings for the playoffs.

But Monday's New Castle vs. Allderdice game could very well be the game of the year - before the playoffs.

And if you don't have a ticket, you better get to Allderdice in the next day or so.

Allderdice will play host to New Castle Monday night at 7:30. I question whether there has ever been a game at a City League school involving a WPIAL team as big as this one. I say that because WPIAL teams don't often come to play at City League gyms. And decades ago, WPIAL teams never came to City League gyms.

Allderdice is the No. 1-ranked Class AAAA team in the state and has started to capture more fans in Pittsburgh. New Castle is New Castle. Good again. Undefeated. Allderdice has to be the favorite, but look for New Castle to give a battle even though the Red Hurricanes don't have a starter taller than 6 feet. Allderdice doesn't have a starter smaller than 6-1 and the Dragons have a 6-9 and 6-5 starter.

It has the makings of a terrific game. Now about the tickets. Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky said the school will sell a total of 1,400 tickets for the game.

"Oh, it will be sold out," said Valinsky.

Allderdice has given New Castle 200 tickets and you can bet those are probably gone by now, knowing how the Red Hurricanes' fans travel. Allderdice will sell 1,200 tickets, but will sell them only at the school during the day. If you want tickets, you have to come to Allderdice during school hours. Don't be surprised if a lot of New Castle fans show up at Allderdice the next few days.

It could be a great atmosphere.

Creighton makes statement

Allderdice defeated Mars, 77-68, in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Classic Sunday. Allderdice point guard Ramon Creighton scored 26 points, 13 above his average. Valinsky said Creighton may have had something to prove. Mars sophomore Robby Carmody has about a half dozen scholarship offers from major colleges. He deserves them. He is an extremely impressive player for a sophomore, a 6-4 guard whose jumping ability puts his head in the clouds.

Creighton(pictured) doesn't have any Division I offers.

"Ramon still flies under the radar," said Valinsky. "Robby Carmody gets a lot of attention and kids read what's going on. Ramon's thinking, 'I'm a senior and he's a sophomore. Why not me?'"

Creighton is one of my favorite players. He's the nose guard-point guard. I mean, how many talented point guards do you ever see in basketball who played nose guard on the football team? That's Creighton.

Mars coach Rob Carmody Sr. had a great point about Creighton.

"I love how he plays because he never changes and you can't speed him up," said Carmody. "He reminds me of how Devin Wilson [now at Virginia Tech] used to play when he was at Montour.

Who is No. 1?

The WPIAL playoff pairings will be announced next week and is there a debate over who should be the No. 1 seed? Latrobe or Chartiers Valley.

Latrobe has only one loss. Chartiers Valley has four losses, but three to WPIAL teams (Monessen, Aliquippa and Chartiers Valley). 

"I'm very happy with where we are right now," Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell said after losing Sunday to undefeated Aliquippa, the No. 1-ranked Class AA team. "This game means nothing to us. It might have helped in the seedings if we won, but I don't think it hurt us. We're still section champs and defending WPIAL champions. They [WPIAL basketball committee] might say the defending champs get the No. 1 seed. If we can finish out, we have a chance to be the No. 1 seed. Our section is better than Latrobe."

Quips as good?

Aliquippa is undefeated again. A year ago, the Quips were undefeated up until losing in the PIAA title game.

Is this undefeated team as good? The Quips might go undefeated and win another WPIAL title (although Lincoln Park might have something to say about that). But I say Aliquippa isn't as good as last year, mainly because of one thing: Stephon McGinnis has graduated.

McGinnis was a very good guard. The Quips still have Jassir Jordan  (pictured) and Charles Humphries, but not another guard in McGinnis' class. Jordan, by the way, belongs in the class of top guards in the WPIAL.

The thing that is a little unusual about this Aliquippa team is that it doesn't press much. That is unlike many previous Aliquippa teams.

Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich had some interesting comments about not pressing this season.

"I'm kind of like a Jamie Dixon guy," said Lackovich. "You play good, solid defense, rebound the ball and limit turnovers, then you're going to be in good shape. Because in the end, I feel like I have the best players."

 

Indian uprising

The North Hills basketball team sometimes warms up with shirts that read "We The North" on the front. It's a takeoff from the Toronto Raptors slogan.

But North Hills could be saying "We A Section Champ" by the end of the week. But it will take a victory over rival North Allegheny Friday.

By virtue of North Hills' victory against Pine-Richland tonight, there is a three-way tie for first place in WPIAL Class AAAA Section 3 with North Hills, Pine-Richland and Central Catholic.

North Hills plays North Allegheny Friday. If North Hills wins, it still is considered a section champ, even if there is a tie. It has been 33 years since North Hills won a section title. The last came in 1983 when Paul Thomas was the star player and the Indians had four players between 6-5 and 6-6 - Thomas, Lance Cox, Bill Graham and sophomore Tom Huebner. Thomas went on to pitch at Florida State. Huebner played football at Pitt as a tight end.

But beating North Allegheny will not be easy for North Hills.

This year's team has been led by a strong one-two punch of Nick Smith and Ishmael Waldron. Smith (pictured) is one of the top junior guards in the WPIAL and had two impressive showings the past two games against two other good junior guards - Lincoln Park's Nelly Cummings and Pine-Richland's Andrew Petcash. Smith had 30 against Lincoln Park and a career high 33 tonight against Pine-Richland.

Waldron is a 6-6 senior center who had 22 points against Pine-Richland.

I'm just sayin'

*** It baffles me when I see every once in a while a player who talks to his Dad on the court more than he does his coach and constantly looks at his Dad. I'm not mentioning any names, though.

*** If Mars' Robby Carmody grows an inch or two more, keeps improving and continues to develop his 3-point shot, colleges across the country will be recruiting him. Well, a number of colleges already are recruiting him.

**** Favorite time of the high school year coming up. The WPIAL and state basketball playoffs. The quarterfinals and semifinals can be great theater.

**** Good guy, that Jim Jurkovec, father of Phil.

 

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State basketball rankings ..... Allderdice, Aliquippa still No. 1

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Here are the newest state basketball rankings for boys and girls.

BOYS

Rankings from Mike Bullock and cityofbasketballlove.com

(records through games of Jan. 31/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

CLASS AAAA

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Allderdice (8) 17-1 1
2. Roman Catholic (12) 16-4 2
3. Parkland (11) 17-3 4
4. Downingtown West (1) 19-1 3
5. Coatesville (1) 19-1 5
6. Reading (3) 17-3 6
7. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 18-1 8
8. Ridley (1) 19-1 9
9. Archbishop Wood (12) 13-7 OW
10. La Salle College (12) 15-5 7

Checked in: No. 9 Archbishop Wood.

Checked out: No. 10 Cheltenham.

Others to watch: Abington (1) 16-4, Abington Heights (2) 17-1, Academy Park (1) 14-5, Archbishop Ryan (12) 13-7, Baldwin (7) 14-5, Bethel Park (7) 13-6, Carlisle (3) 13-5, Cedar Crest (3) 16-5, Central Bucks West (1) 16-4, Central York (3) 17-2, Chartiers Valley (7) 15-4, Cheltenham (12) 15-4, Chester (1) 13-6, Conestoga (1) 14-6, Emmaus (11) 16-4, Franklin Regional (7) 13-6, Harrisburg (3) 14-3, Hazleton (2) 14-3, Latrobe (7) 18-1, Lower Merion (1) 14-6, Martin Luther King (12) 12-9, McCaskey (3) 15-5, Northeastern (3) 18-1, Penn Hills (7) 15-5, Pennridge (1) 16-3, Phoenixville (1) 19-3, Pine-Richland (7) 14-4, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) 12-5, Plum (7) 13-5, Pocono Mountain West (11) 17-3, Spring Grove (3) 18-2, Strath Haven (1) 17-3, Upper Merion (1) 13-6, William Allen (11) 13-6, York (3) 11-9.

CLASS AAA

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 18-2 1
2. Imhotep Charter (12) 17-3 2
3. Archbishop Carroll (12) 18-2 3
4. New Castle (7) 19-0 4
5. Scranton Prep (2) 15-2 5
6. Mars (7) 15-5 6
7. Beaver Falls (7) 18-2 7
8. Pottsville (11) 19-0 8
9. Lewisburg (4) 17-0 9
10. Del-Val Charter (12) 13-5 OW

Checked in: No. 10 Del-Val Charter.

Checked out: No. 10 Cathedral Prep.

Others to watch: Allentown Central Catholic (11) 12-7, Benjamin Franklin (12) 13-5, Berks Catholic (3) 12-6, Bethlehem Catholic (11) 12-7, Bishop McDevitt (3) 15-4, Blue Mountain (11) 15-4, Boys' Latin (12) 16-4, Cathedral Prep (10) 13-5, Clearfield (9) 17-1, Cocalico (3) 15-4, Crestwood (2) 13-4, Eastern Lebanon County (3) 18-3, Eastern York (3) 17-4, General McLane (10) 14-4, Girard (10) 15-3, Hampton (7) 13-6, Harbor Creek (10) 13-5, Highlands (7) 16-4, Hollidaysburg (6) 14-2, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 16-4, Lampeter-Strasburg (3) 20-1, Lower Moreland (1) 15-3, Meadville (10) 15-2, Middletown (3) 13-7, Milton Hershey (3) 18-1, Nanticoke (2) 14-3, Octorara (1) 18-2, Palmyra (3) 16-4, Salisbury (11) 17-3, Shamokin (4) 18-1, Somerset (5) 14-5, Steel Valley (7), 14-3, Strong Vincent (10) 12-5.

CLASS AA

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Aliquippa (7) 19-0 1
2. Conwell-Egan (12) 13-6 2
3. Lincoln Park (7) 17-3 3
4. Greensburg C.C. (7) 18-1 4
5. Church Farm (1) 15-3 5
6. Mid Valley (2) 17-1 7
7. Camp Hill (3) 15-4 6
8. Quaker Valley (7) 17-2 9
9. Minersville (11) 16-3 8
10. West Branch (6) 16-1 10

Checked in: No one.

Checked out: No one.

Others to watch: Avonworth (7) 13-7, Bellwood-Antis (6) 16-2, Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 15-1, Bishop Canevin (7) 14-4, Bishop McCort (6) 12-5, Cambridge Springs (10) 13-4, Dunmore (2) 12-6, Fairview (10) 12-6, Greenville (10) 13-5, Hanover (3) 13-6, Holy Cross (2) 11-6, Hughesville (4) 13-4, Laurel (7) 16-4, Mastery Charter North (12) 19-1, Meyers (2) 11-6, Neshannock (7) 15-4, Northwestern (10) 14-4, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 14-5, Penns Valley (6) 15-3, Richland (6) 10-7, Shady Side Academy (7) 13-6, Titusville (10) 15-3, Trinity (3) 12-6, Tyrone (6) 11-5, Upper Dauphin (3) 18-3, Washington (7) 13-5, West Middlesex (10) 11-7, Westmont Hilltop (6) 10-8, York Catholic (3) 16-4.

CLASS A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Kennedy Catholic (10) 15-2 1
2. Monessen (7) 17-3 2
3. Farrell (10) 12-4 3
4. Constitution (12) 11-9 4
5. St. John Neumann (4) 17-0 5
6. Elk County Catholic (9) 19-0 6
7. Homer-Center (6) 18-0 7
8. Clarion-Limestone (9) 17-1 8
9. Phil-Mont Christian (1) 18-1 9
10. Sewickley Academy (7) 17-2 10

Checked in: No one.

Checked out: No one.

Others to watch: Bishop Carroll (6) 12-6, Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 9-5, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7) 12-8, Clairton (7) 13-2, Clarion (9) 13-5, Coudersport (9) 17-1, Cowanesque Valley (4) 17-3, Eden Christian (7) 16-3, Faith Christian (1) 14-5, Ferndale (6) 15-3, Jeannette (7) 14-5, Jenkintown (1) 13-6, Lincoln Leadership (11) 14-5, Lourdes Regional (4) 15-4, Math, Civics & Sciences (12) 8-13, McConnellsburg (5) 13-3, Millersburg (3), 12-6, Millville (4) 15-3, North Penn-Mansfield (4) 13-7, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 10-7, Old Forge (2) 10-7, Paul Robeson (12) 15-6, Ridgway (9) 16-2, Rocky Grove (10) 12-5, Saltsburg (6) 14-2, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 17-1, Shenandoah Valley (11) 13-5, Southern Fulton (5) 15-3, Sullivan County (4) 17-1, Union-Rimersburg (9) 13-6, Vincentian (7) 13-5, York Country Day (3) 15-0.

GIRLS

Girls rankings from Pennlive.com

AAAA

Rankings plus honorable mention selections, with home district in parenthesis and overall record ...

1. Norwin (7) 19-0 — previously: 1

2. Cardinal O'Hara (12) 16-2 — previously: 3

3. Cumberland Valley (3) 16-2 — previously: 2

4. North Allegheny (7) 15-3 — previously: 4

5. North Penn (1) 18-2 — previously: 5

6. Penn Hills (7) 18-2 — previously: 6

7. Mount St. Joseph (1) 18-2 — previously: 7

8. Governor Mifflin (3) 20-1 — previously: 9

9. Boyertown (1) 17-3 — previously: 10

10. Red Lion (3) 20-1 — previously: HM

HONORABLE MENTION

Abington (1) 13-6, Bethel Park (7) 14-4, Bethlehem Liberty (11) 16-4, Bishop Shanahan (1) 16-3, Cedar Crest (3) 18-2, Central Bucks South (1) 16-3, Central Bucks West (1) 14-6, Central York (3) 18-2, Cocalico (3) 15-4, Conestoga (1) 15-4, Downingtown East (1) 14-5, Easton (11) 15-4, Erie McDowell (10) 16-2, Garnet Valley (1) 15-3, Harrisburg (3) 17-4, Hazleton (2) 14-2, Lower Dauphin (3) 17-4, Neshaminy (1) 16-3, North Hills (7) 13-5, Northampton (11) 14-5, Parkland (11) 16-4, Peters Twp. (7) 17-3, Perkiomen Valley (1) 18-2, Pottsville (11) 16-3, Pine-Richland (7) 14-5, Pittston (2) 12-5, Seneca Valley (7) 14-5, State College (6) 14-3, Upper Dublin (1) 16-4, Wallenpaupack (2) 13-5, Warren (10) 13-3.

CLASS AAA

1. Archbishop Wood (12) 14-6 — previously: 1

2. Villa Maria (10) 18-0 — previously: 2

3. South Fayette (7) 15-3 — previously: 3

4. Greencastle-Antrim (3) 17-1 — previously: 7

5. Lancaster Catholic (3) 19-1 — previously; 8

6. Danville (4) 18-0 — previously: 10

7. Trinity (7) 14-3 — previously: 4

8. Hickory (10) 16-1 — previously: 5

9. South Park (7) 15-3 — previously: 9

10. Blackhawk (7) 14-5 — previously: 6

HONORABLE MENTION

Abington Heights (2) 13-5, Ambridge (7) 17-3, Berks Catholic (3) 14-4, Blue Mountain (11) 17-2, Boiling Springs (3) 17-2, Brownsville (7) 19-2, Fleetwood (3) 15-3, Forest Hills (6) 15-3, Girard (10) 13-4, Gwynedd Mercy (1) 15-3, Hampton (7) 15-2, Juniata (6) 14-5, Mars (7) 14-5, Mercyhurst Prep (6) 13-5, Nanticoke (2) 15-2, Northern Lebanon (3) 20-1, Slippery Rock (10) 12-5, Southern Lehigh (11) 19-1, Susquehannock (3) 19-2, Susquenita (3) 16-3, St. Marys (9) 13-5, West Scranton (2) 13-5, York Suburban (3) 17-3.

CLASS AA

1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 17-0 — previously: 1

2. Dunmore (2) 18-0 — previously: 3

3. Minersville (11) 18-0 — previously: 4

4. Bishop Canevin (7) 16-2 — previously: 2

5. Imhotep Charter (12) 17-1 — previously: 6

6. Bishop McCort (6) 18-1 — previously: 5

7. Tyrone (6) 17-1 — previously: 7

8. Holy Redeemer (2) 14-3 — previously: 8

9. Holy Cross (2) 17-1 — previously: 9

10. New Hope—Solebury (1) 18-0 — previously: HM

HONORABLE MENTION

Bellwood-Antis (6) 14-4, Burrell (7) 15-3, Camp Hill (3) 16-3, Carlynton (7) 15-4, Charleroi (7) 14-6, Chartiers-Houston (7) 14-5, Delone Catholic (3) 14-6, Everett (5) 16-0, Karns City (9) 15-2, Linden Hall (3) 16-1, Marian Catholic (11) 18-2, Mohawk (7) 15-3, Mt. Carmel (4) 18-1, Neshannock (7) 15-3, North Schuylkill (11) 13-5, North Star (5) 16-1, Notre Dame—Green Pond (11) 16-4, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 16-3, Palisades (11) 18-2, Riverside (2) 13-5, Riverside (7) 16-3, St. Basil Academy (1) 17-3, Washington (7) 15-4, West Middlesex (10) 18-1, Wyomissing (3) 19-2, York Catholic (3) 17-4.

CLASS A

1. Vincentian Academy (7) 14-3 — previously: 1

2. Pittsburgh Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7) 16-2 — previously: 2

3. Jefferson-Morgan (7) 18-1 — previously: 6

4. Ellis School (7) 15-1 — previously: 7

5. Kennedy Catholic (10) 13-3 — previously: 4

6. Mansfield (4) 17-2 — previously: 3

7. Jenkintown (1) 17-3 — previously: 10

8. Bishop Carroll (6) 14-3 — previously: HM

9. Faith Christian (1) 13-4 — previously: HM

10. Phil-Mont Christian (1) 14-4 — previously: 9

HONORABLE MENTION

Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 11-5, Blairsville (6) 13-5, Christian School of York (3) 14-5, Cochranton (10) 14-4, Cornell (7) 14-5, Commodore Perry (10) 16-1, Coudersport (9) 17-1, Halifax (3) 13-6, Harrisburg Christian (3) 16-4, Juniata Valley (6) 12-5, Keystone (9) 13-5, Lebanon Catholic (3) 14-5, Lourdes Regional (4) 14-4, Mahanoy Area (11) 14-5, Meyersdale (5) 13-2, North Clarion (9) 17-2, Portage (6) 14-4, Quigley Catholic (7) 13-5, Serra Catholic (7) 13-4, Shade (5) 14-3, Southern Fulton (5) 13-4, Williams Valley (11) 13-5, West Greene (7) 15-4.

 

 

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Hudson to decide Wednesday ..... Hampson picks Princeton ..... State hoop rankings

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A little bit of news on the football recruiting front today.

McKeesport High School's Khaleke Hudson, the Post-Gazette Player of the Year, tweeted that he will announce his college choice Wednesday. His finalists are Pitt, Penn State, Michigan and UCLA. Hudson visited Penn State this past weekend. He already had been to UCLA and Michigan.

Hudson was going to make an official visit to Pitt this weekend. Guess that won't happen. Don't know if you should read anything into that, but Hudson had said a month ago that he didn't know if he would make an official visit to Pitt because he had been there enough times.

I don't see any way Hudson goes to UCLA even though I know he likes the place. Just too far. Looking like either Michigan or Penn State. But that's just a hunch.

Hampson to Princeton

Pine-Richland defensive end Matt Hampson, a Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick, committed to Princeton today.

Hampson (pictured running through a practice drill last season) was a standout lineman the past two seasons for Pine-Richland. He played both offense and defense, but was recruited to play DE. He had 17 career sacks.

Hampson's finalists were Princeton, Dartmouth and Army. You can tell by his finalists that he is an excellent student - and he's also an excellent interview. 

Here is what Hampson had to say about his choices and the recruiting process.

"Whenever I started taking my official visits, Princeton was my first visit and I was set on them," said Hampson. "A few weeks later, my mind was set on Army. Then I took my Dartmouth visit and I was set on Dartmouth.

"Then I reeled myself back in and thought about things. My Dad thought I was going to Dartmouth and my Mom thought it was Army.

"It was funny. I sat down and thought it through and thought I couldn't wrong with any of the three. But I felt I was looking at Army for not all the right reasons. It was because I knew some people there and would have some friends going there. Our safety [Anthony Battaglia] is going there. It was very appealing that I knew people there and I knew it was big-time football, but that wasn't the way I wanted to pursue things."

"It came down to Dartmouth and Princeton. Education is first for me and my family. Dartmouth did have some things better than Princeton, like a little better facilities. But I had a great connection with Princeton's defensive line coach. And something clicked with Princeton when I had visits here with all three of the schools.

"I thought Princeton was the school that cared the most about me and showed the most interest in myself."

State basketball rankings

Here are this week's state basketball rankings for boys, courtesy of Mike Bullock and cityofbasketballlove.com

 

(records through games of Jan. 24/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

 

CLASS AAAA

 

No.  School                                             Rec    Pvs

1.     Allderdice (8)                                14-1        1                           

2.     Roman Catholic (12)                    13-4        2

3.     Downingtown West (1)               17-1        4

4.     Parkland (11)                                 14-3        5                               

5.     Coatesville (1)                                15-1        6

6.     Reading (3)                                     14-3        7

7.     La Salle College (12)                     14-3         8

8.     Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1)          16-1         3

9.     Ridley (1)                                        16-1         9

10.   Cheltenham (1)                             14-3      10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Abington (1) 14-3, Abington Heights (2) 15-1, Academy Park (1) 12-5, Archbishop Ryan (12) 11-6, Archbishop Wood (12) 9-7, Baldwin (7) 12-5, Carlisle (3) 12-4, Cedar Crest (3) 14-4, Central Bucks West (1) 15-3, Central Dauphin East (3) 10-7, Central York (3) 15-2, Chartiers Valley (7) 13-3, Chester (1) 11-6, Conestoga (1) 12-5, Emmaus (11) 14-4, Franklin Regional (7) 12-5, Harrisburg (3) 12-2, Hazleton (2) 12-3, Latrobe (7) 17-0, Lower Merion (1) 13-5, Martin Luther King (12) 12-8, McCaskey (3) 13-4, Northeastern (3) 15-1, Penn Hills (7) 14-4, Pennridge (1) 15-3, Phoenixville (1) 16-3, Pine-Richland (7) 11-4, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) 11-4, Plum (7) 12-4, Pocono Mountain West (11) 15-2, Spring-Ford (1) 16-4, Spring Grove (3) 14-2, St. Joseph’s Prep (12) 12-5, Strath Haven (1) 15-2, Upper Merion (1) 11-5, William Allen (11) 12-5, Williamsport (4) 9-5, York (3) 11-7.

CLASS AAA

 

No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                15-2         1

2.     Imhotep Charter (12)                  15-2         3

3.     Archbishop Carroll (12)               15-2         2

4.     New Castle (7)                               17-0         4

5.     Scranton Prep (2)                          13-2         5

6.     Mars (7)                                          13-4         6

7.     Beaver Falls (7)                              16-2         7

8.     Pottsville (11)                                16-0         8

9.     Lewisburg (4)                                 14-0         9

10.   Cathedral Prep (10)                      12-4    OW

 

Checked in: No. 10 Cathedral Prep.

 

Checked out: No. 10 Milton Hershey.

 

Others to watch: Allentown Central Catholic (11) 12-5, Benjamin Franklin (12) 13-4, Bishop McDevitt (3) 13-4, Blue Mountain (11) 13-4, Boys’ Latin (12) 15-3, Clearfield (9) 15-1, Cocalico (3) 13-4, Crestwood (2) 11-4, Del-Val Charter (12) 13-4, Eastern Lebanon County (3) 16-3, Eastern York (3) 14-4, General McLane (10) 12-4, Girard (10) 14-2, Hampton (7) 11-6, Highlands (7) 15-3, Hollidaysburg (6) 13-1, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 14-3, Lampeter-Strasburg (3) 17-1, Lower Moreland (1) 13-3, Manheim Central (3) 13-5, Meadville (10) 13-2, Milton Hershey (3) 14-1, Nanticoke (2) 12-3, Octorara (1) 16-1, Palmyra (3) 14-4, Salisbury (11) 15-1, Shamokin (4) 15-1, Somerset (5) 13-4, Steel Valley (7), 11-3, Strong Vincent (10) 10-5.    

CLASS AA

 

No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Aliquippa (7)                                     16-0        1

2.     Conwell-Egan (12)                           13-4        2

3.     Lincoln Park (7)                                14-2        3

4.     Greensburg C.C. (7)                         16-1        5

5.     Church Farm (1)                               13-2        6

6.     Camp Hill (3)                                     13-3        7                                       

7.     Mid Valley (2)                                   14-1        4

8.     Minersville (11)                                13-2        8

9.     Quaker Valley (7)                             15-2        9

10.   West Branch (6)                               13-1     10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Avonworth (7) 12-6, Bellwood-Antis (6) 14-2, Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 12-0, Bishop Canevin (7) 12-4, Bishop McCort (6) 10-5, Cambridge Springs (10) 12-3, Dunmore (2) 10-5, Fairview (10) 10-6, Greenville (10) 11-5, Hanover (3) 13-4, Holy Cross (2) 8-6, Hughesville (4) 12-4, Laurel (7) 14-4, Mastery Charter North (12) 18-1, Meyers (2) 9-5, Neshannock (7) 14-4, Northwestern (10) 13-3, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 12-4, Penns Valley (6) 12-3, Richland (6) 9-6, Titusville (10) 13-3, Trinity (3) 11-5, Tyrone (6) 9-4, Upper Dauphin (3) 15-3, Washington (7) 11-5, West Middlesex (10) 11-5, Westmont Hilltop (6) 10-6, York Catholic (3) 13-4.

CLASS A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Kennedy Catholic (10)                       12-2       1

2.     Monessen (7)                                      12-3       2                                  

3.     Farrell (10)                                           10-4       3

4.     Constitution (12)                                  9-8        4

5.     St. John Neumann (4)                        14-0        5

6.     Elk County Catholic (9)                      16-0        7

7.     Homer-Center (6)                               13-0        8

8.     Clarion-Limestone (9)                        15-1        9

9.     Phil-Mont Christian (1)                      17-1      10

10.  Sewickley Academy (7)                      14-2        6

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Bishop Carroll (6) 11-4, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7) 10-7, Clairton (7) 10-2, Clarion (9) 12-3, Coudersport (9) 14-1, Cowanesque Valley (4) 14-3, Delco Christian (1) 8-7, Eden Christian (7) 14-3, Faith Christian (1) 14-4, Ferndale (6) 12-3, Jeannette (7) 11-4, Jenkintown (1) 13-4, Lincoln Leadership (11) 11-5, Lourdes Regional (4) 14-3, McConnellsburg (5) 11-2, Millersburg (3), 11-6, Millville (4) 14-2, North Penn-Mansfield (4) 12-6, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 10-6, Old Forge (2) 8-6, Paul Robeson (12) 13-5, Portage (6) 11-4, Ridgway (9) 13-2, Rocky Grove (10) 11-4, Saltsburg (6) 12-2, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 14-1, Shenandoah Valley (11) 11-4, Southern Fulton (5) 12-3, Sullivan County (4) 15-0, Vincentian (7) 11-4, York Country Day (3) 13-0.

 

 

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