North Hills High School stayed in house to find Jack McCurry's successor.
Pat Carey was hired tonight as North Hills' new football coach. It is no surprise. He was the logical candidate since McCurry retired last month after coaching the Indians since 1978.
It seems like a good move for North Hills. Carey is highly-respected among his coaching peers for his work as North Hills' defensive coordinator. He was the DC for the past 15 years and a North Hills assistant for 19 years overall.
Carey was a running back-defensive back on the legendary 1987 North Hills team that was ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today. He went on to play at James Madison.
During his high school days, he also played baseball. Rumor has it that he also played basketball at one time, but I have a hard time believing that (ha ha).
Carey is a physical education teacher at North Hills and said he will most likely continue running North Hills' defense.
After the first few days of the WPIAL basketball playoffs ..... I'm just sayin'
Before we get to some talk about 'on-the-court happenings,' here is a light-hearted side to the playoffs.
Shoutouts to the Montour and Vincentian boys teams for gettin' to it with "Harlem Shake" videos. The "Harlem Shake" videos are sweeing the country with sports teams from youth to pro. Montour and Vincentian sent me their videos, and I must say, they had me laughing out loud.
Seeing Montour's Devin Wilson shaking his legs wildly while hanging on the rim was priceless. Whoever had the Gatorade cooler on their head is my man. I love the kid bouncing on the green ball, and who is on the "dolly?" Great stuff. Coach Adam Kaufman can only hope his team's play will be this good in the playoffs.
Then there is the Vincentian "Harlem Shake." Whoever is dancing in the "hula" skirt on the wall has some moves. Check out this "Royal" treatment of the "Harlem Shake."
***** But not all "Harlem Shake" videos have been so terrific to watch. In fact, teams better be careful they don't go overboard. One high school hockey team in New York was forced to drop out of the playoffs because of a "Harlem Shake" video that was, let's say, a little too risque. A cooperative sponsorship team of Nyack and Tappan high schools apparently went a little too far with the "Harlem Shake" video. In part of the video, there is a player wearing only a sock, and it wasn't on either foot.
***** Now onto some thoughts about things on the court. I'd say if Seneca Valley plays Central Catholic 10 times, no way does Seneca Valley win by 31 points like it did in a first-round game Saturday. It was one of those horrible games for Central Catholic while Seneca Valley played really well.
But do't get the wrong impression. Seneca Valley is good. The Raiders' size in their zone defenses can cause problems and when R.J. McCauley and Easton Bazzoli are making outside shots, they are a tough team to beat. Remember, Seneca Valley is a team that won AT Hampton by 22 points.
***** If I ever get stopped in a dark alley by strangers, I want Seneca Valley's R.J. McCauley with me.
***** Did you know the eight 3-pointers made by Upper St. Clair's Joel Klein in Saturday's first-round game against Norwin tied a Class AAAA playoff record? Connellsville's Johnny Leonard made eight 3-pointers against Pine-Richland in 2011.
The overall playoff record for most 3-pointers in a game is 10 by Neshannock's Kevin Covert in 1995 Class A game against Clairton.
The 13 3-pointers Upper St. Clair made overall in the game was only two short of the WPIAL playoff team record of 15 by Chartiers Valley against North Allegheny in 2005.
***** Western Beaver's Nick Miller scored 43 points in a first-round loss to Vincentian. That is the third-most ever in a Class A playoff game. Covert scored 46 in that 1995 game against Clairton.
***** For some teams that play Tuesday and Wednesday, it is almost two weeks since they played a game. Can you say rusty?
***** I don't know what the Central Catholic fan was saying from the stands to Seneca Valley coach Victor Giannotta during Saturday's game, but Giannotta was just a little upset about it. Enough so that in the second half, Giannotta called on WPIAL officials about the fan. Giannotta had no comment after the game about the incident.
***** I'm going to say the best playoff game tomorrow night is West Mifflin vs. South Fayette at Baldwin. I will be there. I'll be at Fox Chapel-Hempfield Wednesday at Gateway. Will the great Fox Chapel student section be as strong for a playoff game? I want to see.
***** Section 1 has not fared well in the playoffs in recent years, but the top teams in Class AAAA Section 1 this year are legit and better than people think. Kiski Area and Hempfield tied for the Section 1 title.
***** Let's not forget about the City League. Boys semifinals are tonight. Championship is Saturday - for boys and girls.