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State basketball rankings ...... About Tyler Boyd and WVU

Written by Mike White on .

Below are some items that fell off my laptop, but first some Varsity Blog news on "commenting."

**** In case you haven't noticed, the "comments" on Post-Gazette blogs are now different. We have switched administrative sites, and to comment, you now need to have a "Facebook" account. Comments are now made through "Facebook." I hope it doesn't stop people from commenting. Always good to see some of the comments, with an emphasis on "some."

Now for some high school talk.

**** Clairton football star Tyler Boyd created a stir with Pitt fans when he visited West Virginia this weekend. But it shouldn't have been a surprise. Heck, when Boyd committed to Pitt at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he talked about possibly visiting a few other schools.

But according to Clairton assistant coach Eric Fusco, Pitt fans can relax. Boyd is still very much committed to Pitt. Fusco has been involved in Boyd's recruiting all along.

***** The state basketball rankings from the Harrisburg Patriot-News are out for this week. They are at the end of this blog. But first some other thoughts.

**** I saw Lincoln Park's Elijah Minnie play for the first time yesterday. He most definitely should get some Division I attention in the future. Minnie is a 6-8 junior who just became eligible a few weeks ago. He gets a handful of blocks every game and grabs his share of rebounds.

But just because Minnie is 6-8, don't expect him to be a post player. He is very athletic and roams around the perimeter a lot. In fact, he shot a number of 3-pointers yesterday against Seneca Valley. He has a fairly decent shooting stroke for a 6-8 player.

**** Duquesne continues to follow Montour point guard Devin Wilson closely. The Dukes have not offered a scholarship but they have been at a number of Wilson's games. Duquesne assistant coach Rich Glessman was on hand to watch Wilson go against Shaler's Geno Thorpe in yesterday's Pittsburgh Basketball Club Classic at La Roche College.

Since Wilson decided a few weeks ago that he will definitely play basketball in college and not football, some more schools have started to recruit him. George Mason recently offered a scholarship.

**** Speaking of Wilson and Montour, the Spartans have a big game tomorrow night when they play host to Chartiers Valley. It is one of the best games on the WPIAL slate tomorrow night.

**** Speaking of Chartiers Valley, I say Char Valley guard Michael Boulos has been  one of the biggest surprises this season. A senior, Boulos is now averaging about 20 points a game. He wasn't close to being this player a year ago.

Boulos is a good athlete (team's leading rusher in football) who is bulit well and has excellent quickness.

**** One more thing about Montour. Longtime athletic director Mitch Galiyas will retire at the end of the school year.

**** Another big game tomorrow night is Seneca Valley at New Castle. I caught New Castle's act Saturday night for the second time this season. We all know the Red Hurricanes are really good. But when they shoot it like they did against North Hills, no team this side of the state in any classification can stay with the Red Hurricanes. New Castle had 14 3-pointers against North Hills.

**** I want to golf once this summer with Montour's coaching staff and really see how good assistant coach Adam Scuilli is. He was the club champ at Chartiers Country Club a few years ago.

**** Nice event that John Gimmarco and the Pittsburgh Basketball Club put on yesterday at La Roche College. Six games and some of the top teams and players in the WPIAL. La Roche coach Hermie Carmichael and his staff did a nice job hosting at a nice venue. But geez, La Roche has to be one of the most poorly-lit gyms on a college campus.

**** I still like pep bands at high school games better than music. Don't get me wrong, I still like some music, but to me, a good pep bands is priceless at a high school game.

**** Senior guard Tonyea Curry hasn't played the past few games for Sto-Rox. He is the Vikings' leading scorer.

**** This is pretty impressive: The Allderdice girls basketball team has two of the top eight scorers in the WPIAL-City League. Sierra Fordham and Sydnee Abernathy are both averaging over 20 a game.

**** I think Class AA boys in the WPIAL is down this season, compared to years past. But the top three teams in the Harrisburg Patriot-News' state rankings are from the WPIAL - Beaver Falls, Greensburg Central Catholic and Jeannette. I think Class AA all around the state might not be terrific. Last year's state champion was Imhotep Chartier, which defeated Beaver Falls in the title game. But Imhotep Charter moved up to Class AAA.

**** Here are the state rankings for this week from the Harrisburg Patriot-News:

CLASS AAAA Rec Pvs

1. Chester* (1) 14-3 1

2. Lower Merion (1) 16-2 2

3. Harrisburg (3) 18-1 3

4. McCaskey (3) 17-2 4

5. New Castle (7) 17-0 5

6. St. Joseph’s Prep (12) 15-3 6

7. Cathedral Prep (10) 15-2 7

8. Williamsport (4) 14-2 8

9. North Allegheny (7) 15-1 9

10. Martin Luther King (12) 18-1 NR

Honorable mention: Abington (1) 13-4, Bethel Park (7) 14-2, Council Rock North (1) 13-5, Gateway (7) 11-3, Great Valley (1) 16-0, Hampton (7) 14-3, Hatboro-Horsham (1) 13-3, La Salle College (12) 13-4, Liberty (11) 11-5, Norristown (1) 15-3, Parkland (11) 14-4, Penn Wood (1) 11-6, Pennsbury (1) 12-4, Pocono Mountain West (11) 14-2, Ridley (1) 15-2, Roman Catholic (12) 13-5, Seneca Valley (7) 14-4, State College (6) 12-4, Upper St. Clair (7) 13-3, York (3) 16-2.

CLASS AAA Rec Pvs

1. Neumann-Goretti* (12) 13-4 2

2. Imhotep Charter# (12) 16-4 1

3. Allentown C.C. (11) 15-2 3

4. Archbishop Carroll (12) 13-4 5

5. Beaver Area (7) 15-1 6

6. Chartiers Valley (7) 16-1 7

7. Susquehanna Twp (3) 18-1 8

8. Abington Heights (2) 14-2 9

9. Mars (7) 13-3 4

10. Berks Catholic (3) 15-3 10

Honorable mention: Archbishop Wood (12) 10-6, Bishop McDevitt (3) 11-6, Danville (4) 12-2, Donegal (3) 19-0, General McLane (10) 11-4, Gettysburg (3) 15-5, Girard (10) 11-4, Glen Mills (1) 11-6, Greencastle-Antrim (3) 14-3, Hickory (10) 12-3, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 12-4, Montour (7) 13-4, Palmyra (3) 14-5, Philly Electrical (12) 10-10, Pottsville (11) 13-4, Steel-High (3) 15-2, Thomas Jefferson (7) 12-5, Uniontown (7) 13-2, West Mifflin (7) 12-3, Wilson Area (11) 17-1.

CLASS AA Rec Pvs

1. Beaver Falls (7) 15-3 2

2. Greensburg C.C. (7) 16-1 3

3. Jeannette (7) 14-2 4

4. Meyers (2) 14-2 1

5. Holy Cross (2) 12-3 5

6. Trinity (3) 13-3 6

7. Communications Tech (12) 12-4 7

8. West Middlesex (10) 13-3 8

9. Loyalsock (4) 12-2 9

10. Lewisburg (4) 13-1 10

Honorable mention: Bald Eagle Area (6) 14-1, Bellwood-Antis (6) 14-1, Constitution (12) 11-8, Dunmore (2) 9-5, Freire Charter (12) 13-7, Lakeview (10) 14-2, Mercyhurst Prep (10) 10-5, Mid Valley (2) 13-2, Penn Cambria (6) 12-3, Quaker Valley (7) 12-4, Riverside (2) 10-5, Serra Catholic (7) 12-3, Seton-La Salle (7) 15-2, Sto-Rox (7) 9-7, Wellsboro (4) 16-1.

CLASS A Rec Pvs

1. Math, Civics & Sciences (12) 19-0 1

2. Vaux (12) 13-6 2

3. Lincoln Park (7) 11-5 3

4. Church Farm (1) 11-5 4

5. Johnsonburg (9) 15-1 5

6. Bishop Carroll (6) 13-2 6

7. Vincentian (7) 15-1 7

8. Ridgway (9) 13-3 8

9. St. John Neumann (4) 15-0 9

10. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 12-2 10

Honorable mention: A-C Valley (9) 14-2, Clairton (7) 8-5, Clarion (9) 13-4, Delco Christian (1) 12-5, Greenwood (3) 16-2, Kennedy Catholic (10) 11-4, Lebanon Catholic (3) 13-6, Lourdes Regional (4) 13-4, Mahanoy Area (11) 14-3, Marian Catholic (11) 14-5, New Hope Academy (3) 15-2, North Catholic (7) 11-4, North Clarion (9) 16-1, OLSH (7) 14-3, Pius X (11) 12-2, Shade (5) 14-1, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 13-2, Shenandoah Valley (11) 13-5, Smethport (9) 14-1, Sullivan County (4) 16-1, Union (7) 13-2, Wilkinsburg (7) 8-7.

*- defending PIAA champion. #- 2012 PIAA champ in Class AA, but bumped up. $-2012 PIAA champ in Class A, but bumped up. Number in parentheses is PIAA district.

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