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State basketball rankings ...... other notes

Written by Mike White on .

Some items that fell off my laptop ...


Four teams from Section 3 have made the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAAA boys basketball playoffs. I spent part of today researching this: It is the first time in the history of the playoffs that four teams from one section have made the semifinals.

Now it should be pointed out that the WPIAL didn't start taking four teams from each section to the playoffs until the 2004-05 season. But still, it was pretty rare when even three teams from one section made the semifinals before then in the 1990s.

New Castle, North Allegheny, Hampton and Seneca Valley are the four Section 3 teams in the semifinals. A year ago, Section 3 became the first section to have five teams advance to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

**** I don't know about you but isn't it nice to see some "new faces" in the WPIAL semifinals? Mars has never been there. Burrell and Apollo-Ridge have been there only once. Nice job by the coaches of those teams, but it also helps when you have some talented players who can make a difference.

**** A good move by the WPIAL to put the two Class AAAA boys semifinals as single games at different sites Wednesday. A doubleheader would be too much for one gym to handle. It's a shame both Class AAAA games couldn't be at the Palumbo Center. The crowd would have been big.

**** I did a story on fathers coaching their sons last week. It's not the same, but Kevin Scuilli plays for Montour and his brother, Adam, is a Montour assistant coach.

"I think Kevin wants to go after his brother on a daily basis," Montour coach Adam Kaufman said with a laugh. "Adam can be a very angry coach."

**** Speaking of brothers, Hampton vs. North Allegheny features two brother combos. For Hampton it's the Luther twins - Ryan and Collin. For North Allegheny, it's the Haus brothers - senior Adam and junior David. Reportedly, the Hauses got all their talent from their father, who played at North Allegheny and La Roche. At least that's what Dad says.

By the way, Adam and David's older brother, Jeff, plays at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a team ranked No. 14 in the country in NCAA Division III. St. Mary's plays in the NCAA tournament Saturday against MIT. Jeff is averaging 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game.

**** It's hard to go against this Clairton team because the Bears know all about winning. All of their players were on the football team. But winning against Lincoln Park is a totally different matter. Clairton and Lincoln Park meet in the semifinals.

**** Dori Oldaker does a terrific job as Mt. Lebanon's coach and the Blue Devils just might win yet another WPIAL title. But I think Class AAAA is a little down this year in terms of top teams.

**** I was very impressed with Fox Chapel 6-3 junior Erin Mathias against Mt. Lebanon in the quarterfinals. Mathias is a Duke recruit. She has excellent post moves and very good hands. Finishes with either the right or left hand, which is unusual for a big girl her age around here.

**** At this point, New Castle's Ralph Blundo has my vote for coach of the year in boys.

**** Beaver Falls' Doug Biega needs only two wins to reach 300 for his career. That's pretty impressive for only 14 seasons.

**** Could there be such a thing as the Varsity Xtra jinx? Our Varsity Xtra video show the past two weeks has featured Bethel Park's Ben O'Conner and Jeannette's Adrian Batts as guests. Both lost playoff games a few days later.

I asked Beaver Falls' Biega if he would come on this week. He texted me after Jeannette lost Saturday and said, "I will never come on your show."

**** Is there any team now from seventh grade up that doesn't use the high ball screen at least a few times in a game?

**** Jerry Shenk of the Middle Atlantic Sports News and LLHoops.com has the state rankings (regardless of class) for this week and a nice rundown of the playoffs in every district around the state.

Don't forget in Sunday's paper, our own Kenny "The Horse" Mrazik will have a complete rundown of what team finished in what place in every district in the state, as well as PIAA matchups.

**** Here are the Harrisburgh Patriot-News and Pennlive.com state rankings for this week:

 

CLASS AAAA

 

No.  School                                         Rec    Pvs

1.     Chester (1)                                   22-3      1

2.     Lower Merion (1)                           24-2      2

3.     Harrisburg (3)                               24-2      3

4.     McCaskey (3)                                25-2      4

5.     New Castle (7)                              24-0      5

6.     Cathedral Prep (10)                       20-2      6

7.     Williamsport (4)                            21-2      7

8.     St. Joseph’s Prep (12)                    20-4      8

9.     Martin Luther King (12)                  23-3      9

10.   York (3)                                        25-2    10

Honorable mention: Abington (1) 21-4, Central Bucks South (1) 16-9, Coatesville (1) 20-7, Freedom (11) 16-8, Gateway (7) 16-6, Great Valley (1) 26-1, Hampton (7) 20-4, Liberty (11) 18-7, Methacton (1) 22-5, Norristown (1) 21-4, North Allegheny (7) 21-3, Parkland (11) 19-7, Penncrest (1) 17-8, Ridley (1) 19-8, Roman Catholic (12) 18-6, Seneca Valley (7) 17-7, State College (6) 16-7, Upper Darby (1) 17-8, Upper St. Clair (7) 20-4, Wilson (3) 20-5.

 

CLASS AAA

 

No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Imhotep Charter (12)                        23-4        1

2.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                       19-5        2

3.     Allentown Central Cath (11)               21-3        3

4.     Archbishop Carroll  (12)                    19-5        4

5.     Susquehanna Twp (3)                       24-2        5

6.     Abington Heights (2)                         23-2        6

7.     Mars (7)                                          21-3        7

8.     Berks Catholic (3)                             24-3        8

9.     Chartiers Valley (7)                           21-3        9

10.   Montour (7)                                      20-4      10

Honorable mention: Beaver Area (7) 19-3, Bishop McDevitt (3) 17-7, Crestwood (2) 16-7, Danville (4) 19-4, Donegal (3) 25-1, GAR Memorial (2) 15-8, General McLane (10) 18-5, Girard (10) 19-4, Glen Mills (1) 14-9, Palmyra (3) 17-7, Philly Electrical (12) 14-11, Pottsville (11) 21-4, Scranton Prep (2) 17-7, South Fayette (7) 14-10, Thomas Jefferson (7) 17-7, Uniontown (7) 17-4.

 

CLASS AA

 

No.  School                                                 Rec    Pvs

1.     Beaver Falls (7)                                     21-3        1

2.     Meyers (2)                                            22-2        3

3.     West Middlesex (10)                              20-3        5

4.     Greensburg Central Cath (7)                   22-2        2

5.     Holy Cross (2)                                       21-5        7

6.     Communications Tech (12)                     18-7        6

7.     Trinity (3)                                             17-6        8

8.     Loyalsock (4)                                         22-3        9

9.     Lewisburg (4)                                        22-3      10

10.   Mid Valley (2)                                        22-4      NR

Honorable mention: Apollo-Ridge (7) 18-7, Bald Eagle Area (6) 21-2, Bishop McCort (6) 17-7, Burrell (7) 18-6, Calvary Christian (1) 19-6, Catasauqua (11) 16-6, Constitution (12) 16-9, Elk Lake (2) 20-4, Jeannette (7) 18-5, Lakeview (10) 20-3, Mercyhurst Prep (10) 16-7, Northern Cambria (6) 20-4, Notre Dame-Green Pond (11) 13-10, Penn Cambria (6) 18-4, Quaker Valley (7) 20-4, Seton-La Salle (7) 21-3, Wellsboro (4) 22-1, Westinghouse (8) 15-8.

 

CLASS A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Vaux (12)                                               19-8       1

2.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                     23-2       2

3.     Lincoln Park (7)                                       19-5       3

4.     Vincentian (7)                                         23-1       4

5.     Church Farm (1)                                     19-6       5

6.     Bishop Carroll (6)                                    20-4       6

7.     Johnsonburg (9)                                      24-2       7

8.     Smethport (9)                                         22-1       8

9.     Ridgway (9)                                            21-4       9

10.   St. John Neumann (4)                              21-2      10

Honorable mention: Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 18-5, Clairton (7) 15-6, Delco Christian (1) 18-7, Gospel of Grace (1) 12-8, Greenwood (3) 20-3, Homer-Center (6) 18-5, Kennedy Catholic (10) 15-6, Lebanon Catholic (3) 16-7, Lourdes Regional (4) 18-5, Mahanoy Area (11) 19-5, Marian Catholic (11) 18-5, Muncy (4) 17-6, New Hope Academy (3) 17-4, North Catholic (7) 16-5, North Clarion (9) 23-1, Pius X (11) 19-2, Sankofa Freedom (12) 14-11, Shade (5) 23-1, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 20-3, Sullivan County (4) 21-2.

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